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First Work Truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Townhouse Yards, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    In the long run, it's better to go bigger than not. I couldn't imagine doing what I do with a Ranger or similar size truck. If you get a 1/2-ton, get a V8, no point in a V6 because fuel economy won't be any better and you will be limited on power. Also, I don't hesitate to plow, tow, and haul with my 1/2-ton, and mine's proof it can do it.
  2. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    I would agree with Schannault, if you can talk your dad into it, go V8. The gas milage won't be any better when you are towing, and you will have much more power just in day to day use.
  3. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 824

    I agree with you guys, but my dad's hang up is that I am a new driver in a highly congested area with a big vehicle. I passed driver's education with flying colors, but he is still concerned. I am going to try to sell him on an older half ton v8, like say a 2001.
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  4. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    Trial by fire. It's amazing how much better a driver you become all around when you start driving a bigger vehicle, and then pulling a trailer. The bigger you drive, the easier it gets. You can see everything around you. If I were you, I'd try to find an old 4.6L V8 F150. I'd say 5.4L but even though they're great engines with high miles on them they can be finicky, but if you find one in decent shape, it'd be good. BTW thanks for being honest about you're getting the truck. A lot of people walk around showing pictures and equip like its theirs, when its really not lol
    My first truck was an 81 F150 2wd reg cab longbed with a carbed 302 V8. You want to talk about gas guzzling?!
  5. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 824

    Well, after much deliberation, my dad will only accept purchasing a 2003 or a 2004 Toyota Tundra v6, 2 wheel drive. He said this truck is just to get me through the rest of high school and college. Then I can get whatever truck I would like. I figure since I am paying for gas, repairs, and half of insurance, it will be worth it. Thanks to all who gave their opinions, I really do value them. I will post some pictures and info of the truck on the thread once I get it.
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  6. tomsyardcare

    tomsyardcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    I agree with some of the posts that you should get at least a 3/4 ton I have a GMC 2500 HD 3/4 ton 4x4 and at times I wish I had a 1 ton. I can fit a bit over 3 yards of mulch on it but it puts a strain on the leaf springs. I cant imagine sing anything more lightweight. Plus sometimes I haul cobble stones or heavy brush loads where the extra weight limit came in handy. My 1st work truck was an old Dodge Ram that had been custom fitted into a 1 ton. Also figure to be pulling a trailer and perhaps dumping the grass clippings in the bed. They can get pretty heavy. Good luck in your new venture!
  7. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 824

    Thanks for the response and good luck! Sadly, a 3/4 ton is not an option.

    Question for anyone familiar with Chevrolet Silverado's: Is the 4.3 V6 a decent, reliable engine? Reason is, it is very hard to find a v6 tundra, so my dad also wants to look at silverado v6's, which are more common.
  8. beatsworking

    beatsworking LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 280

    I have an 07 4.3 1500, its not fast but it makes a good work truck. I've towed 5000lbs, and regularly tow 2,500lbs and it does great. Truck never struggles with that much weight. Reliability..... from 25,000 miles to 33,000 miles I've had 2 trim pieces fall off, thermostat go up, and pulleys/belts replaced. I am not thrilled with it but it always starts, I would never be afraid of it not starting. My particular truck seems expensive to keep running at only 35000 miles.
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,293

    Yeah they been around forever. Be better off with a v8 either way. You'll get better mileage
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  10. jakes mowing

    jakes mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    I think everyone gets the idea that a bigger truck and a v8 are deffinatly better than a v6, but he has stated many many times that that's not happening, so stop suggesting it!

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