My Truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by stuffdeer, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,617


    Ok, Now before anyone says anything, just listen for a minute.

    I am only 15, and getting into the buisness this year.

    Within the next month or so, I'll have a 5x8 trailer, Back-pack blower, Edger, Trimmer, and 21" mower.

    And quick question. When does the mowing season usually start in Southern Michigan?

    Thanks, Mike
  2. duke99

    duke99 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    stuff deer - where about's are you in Southgate?? im right next door to you ... in Lincoln Park ..
  3. iluvscag

    iluvscag LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 743

    Don't expect to pull anything heavy.
  4. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,617

    I know, It's only a 4 cyclinder. I've pulled an 18' boot with it, and the only thing was stopping. I might have a brake controller installed for instances like that. That's why I'm only planning on a 5x8 trailer.

    Duke- I'm located off Eureka.
  5. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    The State of Michigan allows you to drive and tow at only 15? Wow, you sure couldn't do that in NC. You can't even get your drivers license until 16 and then it is a "graduated" step type license still that only allows certain types of driving and hours that adjust each year up until 17-18. Personally I think that is probably also a good plan. This NOT intended directly at you at all young man, but I'm not sure any 15 year with so little driving experience should be pulling an 18' anything behind a truck, esp a little truck that doesn't have the pulling or stopping power needed for such.
  6. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,617

    Ok, Sorry, I didn't need to know I had to Completey explain myself. I can't get my license until I'm 16, but I do have my permit. In Michigan, you can drive when your 16, but not from 12-5 in the morning...Unless going to or from Employment or with an adult.

    And towing the 18' foot boat was stupid, but we were on vacation and our f-150 7700 was in the shop.

    Thanks, Mike

    P.S. I've been towing things with my Dad since I was 5, And acually helping move things around the yard and on Vacation since I was 10. So I do have SOME expirence
  7. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    I'm not cutting on you dude, I just say in general young inexperienced drivers shouldn't be doing certain types of driving is all. That "experience" of moving stuff around in the yard and driving down and interstate at 70mph pulling a trailer is totally different animals.

    But anyway, good luck and that truck, while small is much nicer than my first vehicle was.......a 1963 VW Beetle. :laugh:
  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    Doesn't look to bad! Are you thinging bout a 36" commercial walk behind mower or anything along thos lines? If not, I would say save the money and just use the back of the truck! For a 21", trimmer, and blower, you should have more than enough room!
    That truck will serve its purpose and save you money on gas. I started with a dodge dakota and it got me going without any difficulty!
  9. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,617

    Acually, Yes, Probably around June or July, I will be buying a 32" or a 36" WB.

    Thanks Everyone!
  10. phototropic1

    phototropic1 LawnSite Member
    from MS
    Messages: 118

    Some of the posts here have been a bit on the negative side.:nono: I think some of these guys might be a little intimidated by a 15 year old with so much initiative. At least it seems that way to me. As for what a 15 year old is capable of.....I've seen some 25 year olds who barely know how to get out of bed and tie their shoes without being lorded over by a cattle prod wielding "grown-up". And I've seen 12 year olds who have enough maturity and wit to run an entire household. Though age MIGHT be one indication that you are inexperienced, it does NOT prove it. I'm sure you've been brought up with a good work ethic and know how to do things others twice your age don't (don't take this as license to be cocky, though!) And, you'll learn so much more from this experience.
    Good luck to you! Try to invest only what you can afford. That will make for some more restful nights. Like one poster said, you may not even need a trailer at this point. Give that some thought.
    And remember..........slow and steady wins the race!!!:clapping:

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