Need some help.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Kickin Your Grass, Aug 22, 2006.

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Read the thread and tell me whats smarter...

  1. Suck it up! Drive the F-250! Go broke!

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  2. Let it sit till it sales. Use the Suburban till next season.

    3 vote(s)
    42.9%
  3. Trade it for the used 98 F-150 or 03 Chevy. (V-6)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Trade it for a new 07 Chevy V-6 Truck

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  1. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    I have a 97 F-250 that gets 5.85 miles per gallon. The gas in the F-250 alone runs me 100+ a week. This is crazy for my area. I cant afford to drive it anymore thanks to the drought. Since I bought my new trailer, I have been using my fully loaded 05 Suburban with 5,000 miles and am getting 13-15miles per gallon. I am having trouble getting the truck sold and it looks like my only other options is to trade it in or let it sit and keep making payments on it till it sales.

    If I trade it in I will more then likely be upside down on it since I still owe $7,000. I have been looking for a cheap used truck and found a 1998 F-150 V-6 with 70,738 miles for $6,000 or a 2003 Chevy V-6 with 67,971 for $10,000. I called my car sales man and he said I should get a plain 07 Chevy Truck V-6 that could tow my 3,200lbs for $14,987 + TTL new.

    I really dont want a truck payment but cant afford to buy a truck straight out right now because of the drought. I can afford payments. What would you do.

    I went from this:

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    Now what should I pull the new trailer with?
     
  2. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    How about selling them both or just the F-250 and go get a F-350 diesel? Ford just announced 0% for 72 months.:clapping: If you had to you could just trade in the F-250.

    BTW Why did you downsize?
     
  3. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,794

    If you can't afford $100 in gas, why are you making payments on a brand new vehicle (The Surburban)?

    Sell it, get a cheaper grocery hauler, and the extra you saved will keep you afloat during this drought.
     
  4. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    My wife and 3 kids needed it. Oh, and the little one baking in the oven will be here March.

    Not that I really cant afford it, but tires of paying it. My route is compacted and our town is not that big. 100.00+ a week is crazy expensive here.
     
  5. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    Drought is killing profits. Im also trying to get on with the Police Force.
     
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    What enigne is in it? Have you done a tune up or anything recently?
     
  7. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479


    460..Tuneup less then 500 miles ago.
     
  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    Thats pretty bad mileage even for the 460. My buddies dad has an 89 f350 dually with the 460 in it and he's getting 7-10 mpg or at least thats what he tells me.
     
  9. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    If you don't want to spend the $$$ got get a F-150 they're going for like $250 a month around here and thats for a XLT supercab, V8, 4x4. If you don't want a Ford theres, Chevy, GMC & Dodge.

    BTW like said above that really bad mileage.
     
  10. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,849

    are you mow and go only? what is your normal operation? you need to focus on what 90% of your business is and buy the correct vehicle for it, don't think about "oh I might tow that 7K lb 12" chipper twice a year so I need the big truck"

    Until you give more information we can't pinpoint what you need.
     

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