Downsizing my business

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Kickin Your Grass, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    I am trying to downsize my business

    I went from this:


    To this:


    So I lost 6' of trailer and a little over 1000 lbs. Im in the market for either a Ford Ranger or a V-6 Chevy truck. Im getting a little under 6 miles a gallon with my F-250 and between 14-16 with my Suburban.
  2. TheLawnBarber

    TheLawnBarber LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    Just currious what made you decide to downsize? I realy like both of your trailers what sizes are they?
  3. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    I had a 6' by 16'

    I sold it and bought a 6' x 10'

    5.85 miles per gallon is making me downsize. I bought a smaller trailer so my Suburban can pull and I will get a Ford Ranger or Chevy 1500 next season. I am selling my F-250
  4. ReefBlueCoupe

    ReefBlueCoupe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    That must be a gas F250. 460 by chance? I'd sell it too.

    Go for the Chevrolet 1500.. The Rangers get worse mileage than you think. My daily driver is a 99 ext cab Ranger with 3.0 V6 and auto.. gets about 17mpg city/highway combined... worse when hauling anything at all.

    The full size Chevrolet will get similar mileage, has tons more power, and mileage won't decrease hardly at all pulling a lawn mower on a small trailer.
  5. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    Yes it is a 460. I think I am going to go with the Chevy V-6. Im also trying for the Police department in October so my employee will be doing the lawns alone.
  6. ReefBlueCoupe

    ReefBlueCoupe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    In some cases, V8s will actually get better mileage in the same vehicle as a V6.. it's because the V6, while smaller in displacement, has to work harder to move a heavy vehicle, and even harder when towing something. If you went with a late model 2wd Chevrolet V8 truck, you'd probably still see decent mileage even while towing because you don't have to keep your foot in it as much as you would with a V6. Plus, if the job called for some heavier machinery to be brought to the site (rented bobcat, etc), you'd have a truck that is up to the task with the V8.
  7. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    Thanks for the info. I had a 93 F-150 V-8 I sold last winter and I am kicking myself for getting rid of it.
  8. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    6mpg??? Ouch... With just one Z and some little extra stuff, a 4 banger Ranger will do the job (5x8, 5x10 trailer). There are several LCOs in my region now running this set-up, either 4banger Tacoma or Ranger. They average 20-23 mpg towing small trailer and one Z, 2-stroke equipments. When doing sods, have pallets delivered to location. Don't buy small V6, ain't worth saving gas at all. You need to average 20+ mpg in order to make better profit. Gas @ $3+ gallon, you won't make profit and it will get worse cause gas will go up never come down. What u gonna do when next month the unleaded cost $3.25 or $3.50 per gallon?
    I won't pull with Suburban either. Big rig days are numbered. Filling up can cost your $100+, that sucks!
  9. lawn guy1350

    lawn guy1350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    man you had a really goodlookin setup there. ive heard of some 2wd powerstrokes gettin 20+ so u may want to consider a regular cab 250 or somethin like that.
  10. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    I have a 1997 ford 250 4x4 351 (5.8) auto and I get anywhere from 6 to 7mpg but I can get 8mpg hauling an 18ft trailer with two dixie choppers and a 36in walk-behind if I baby it alot. If you think $100.00 is alot that is chunk change to what I put in my truck. I fill it up 3 times a week, That is $91.00 each fill up to a grand total of $273.00 each week or $1092 a month to fill the truck up. I am ordering a diesel in a couple of months. You best bet would be to sell the truck. If you don't need a 3/4 ton then sell it or trade it in on something like a 1/2 ton.

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