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Help me pick a truck..

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Kickin Your Grass, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    We (My 1 employee and I) are a small business with 75 customers. 70 residential and 5 commercial. We basically due regular lawn maintenance, trimming of hedges/shrubs, flower bed work, etc. With my trailer and equipment on the trailer it weighs in at 3,000lbs. I recently sold my 16' trailer that was way bigger that what I need. I was hoping to sale my F-250- 6mpg gasoline hog but Its not going to happen. I must trade it in! I am looking for something new that I will get good performance pulling what I have at the best gas milage as possible. I am close to getting a Chevy 1500 V-6 plain jane work truck for 14,800.00. I have never had a V-6 truck and am not sure If it is a good idea. With the amount of weight I am pulling what would be the best work truck?
  2. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    check out the same truck with the 4.8L v8, it'll probably serve you better.
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    that chevy will pull that trailer with no problem IMO
  4. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    get a bare bones tundra for around the same $ -much better truck! mine pulls like a house a fire with the v6 and gets an honest 15 mpg city and 21 highway. 3 yrs and not a single problem. best $ i ever spent
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    If you can find a Tundra. They're tough to come by out here and everybody wants top dollar for them if you do find one. Good trucks, but with gas prices the way they are they're a real commodity.
  6. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    I'd go with a Toyota before a V6 Chevy for sure. IMO Chevy and Ford are geared more towards there large trucks. The 1/2 tons get left out sometimes, especially the bar bone V6 work trucks. Toyota focuses on the Tacoma and Tundra because that is all they have to focus on. Mu Uncle has a '05 Tundra and loves it. It is a great all around truck and rides like a dream.
  7. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    i agree a bare bones tundra is hard to find. it took a while to find the one i wanted. toyota has a good web site that lets you search tru any dearlers inventory to see who has what . wwwbuyatoyota.com honestly my tundra v6 pulls better than my chevy 305
  8. bobcat9957

    bobcat9957 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    If you do end up going with the chevy I agree with Brendan on the 4.8. It will probably get better milage with the trailer because you dont have to stomp on it to get goin.
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    I got a 2003 V6 1500 Chevy.

    I pull a 15ft enclosed at 4700lbs.

    Truck does fine even with 20'' wheels on it, just kinda slow down the interstate.

    It is great on gas, I only fill it up 2 times a month (32 or 34 gal. tank) with all the driving that I do.

    I think a 1 ton Toyota pickup is the way to go, they got a 4 cylinder and low gears.

    Those trucks will tow anything you hook up to it.
  10. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
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