What kind of Truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ztrguy, Jun 2, 2003.

  1. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Posts: 466

    I'm planning on getting a 7x14 enclosed trailer. I was wondering what kind of vehicle I need to pull this trailer? Do you think my Trailblazer would pull it once it's loaded down? Or do I need a V8 Pickup? Let me know what you think.
    Thanks.
     
  2. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Full size with a V-8 or diesel.

    You dont want to tear up the trailblazer :D

    Remember, the enclosed is a lot heavier than an open trailer. So right away you add more weight. Also add a good brake controller. This might help you more than the V-8....;)
     
  3. Moguy

    Moguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 238

    I have a 7 X 18 enclosed trailer and pull it with a 5.3L Chevy truck. It's a lot of weight so, just be sure whatever you get, there is plenty of torque available.
     
  4. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Posts: 466

    Thanks guys for your replies!!!

    Looks like I'll be looking into a Silverado 2500. Guess I'll go with the V8. I just wasn't sure exactly how much a 7x14 trailer weighs. Thanks for the help. Any other additional info greatly appreciated.
     
  5. Moguy

    Moguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 238

    I think my 7 X 18 weighs around 2600 lbs unloaded. From what I understand, and I'm by far an expert, but trailers with a Torflex suspension ride and tow smoother than others? What equiptment do you plan to haul in your trailer?
     
  6. jsr2741

    jsr2741 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nothing less than a 3/4 ton, preferably with diesel power.
     
  7. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Posts: 466

    Moguy,

    Thanks for your reply. I plan on pulling a 7x14 enclosed trailer. Lets say the trailer weighs around 2,600 lbs. In the trailer will be (2) 52" ZTR, Push Mower, Trimmers, Blowers. With all the equipment the weight begins to add up in the trailer.


    jsr2741,

    I guess a V8 would probably be better.
    Diesel would be nice too!!
     
  8. jsr2741

    jsr2741 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 392

    Just remember, theres a lot of good used trucks, especially diesels out there. My friend just traded his 95 PSD for a new one. I tried to sell it for him so he wouldn't get slammed on the trade. Had a couple guys look at it but the color scheme wasn't what they wanted. He wanted 12k for it and it only had around 75,000 miles on it. So there some deals out there if you look hard enough.

    Good luck.
     
  9. wxmn6

    wxmn6 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    ztrguy, you might want to look into Chevy Silverado 2500HD instead of 2500 light duty. There is a very small difference in price. I priced out between two trucks and I find a difference of $300. So just go with the 2500HD, it has more powerful engine, heavier suspension, more capacity to do work and towing. You won't be disappointed. :D
     
  10. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Posts: 466

    wxmn6,

    Thanks for the reply. I'm looking into the 2500HD too. What do you think about the 3500 Dooley? I hear everyone around here talking about how much longer a Diesel will last. I've never owned one so I couldn't argue. Anyone owned a Diesel and think they can out last a gasser? Thanks again for all the replies.
     

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