anybody tow with a dakota v8?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by haybaler, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. haybaler

    haybaler LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 511

    with the crazy price of diesel I'm looking at a 2001 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8. It would mostly be personal truck/ looking at jobs, but it would be nice if I needed it in a pinch to pull the mowers around. it has a tow hitch and I would add a brake controller.
  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Aint gonna be any cheaper to run than a diesel.
  3. lawnman456

    lawnman456 LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Messages: 90

    that v8 will get no more than 12 mpg dodges suck down that gas

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,222

    actually we pulled quite a few times with my brothers 2002 dakota v8 and it did great, no matter what we put behind it. We used to tow our trailor with 2 z-mowers on it and it did just fine.

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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  6. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    i know a guy who pulled a firebird 3100 miles accross the country and then back with a dodge dakota V8, and he had no complaints. he said it pulled as good as a full size.
  7. haybaler

    haybaler LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 511

    thanks for the replies. I know the mpg isn't great, but I still think it will cost less to run overall.
  8. Tim03

    Tim03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    Dakota owners, how does your truck hold up reliability wise?

    There is a slight chance that I will have to give up my current truck and rely on the Dakota as both work truck and main transportation. I would be looking at getting a new truck.
  9. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 680

    never towed with one...but did see one townin an camaro on the tp and was keepin up with trafic for the most part
  10. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    Again, i don't think it's a matter of power. More an issue of stopping power. I wouldn't pull too long of trailer because of the size of the truck.

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