New or old trucks & gas mileage

tjg

LawnSite Member
I have had and do have a old and new truck. Right now I have a 99' Chevy 3/4ton 4x4 Ex.cab short bed w/ the 366 or 6.0 liter engine that get 7 to 8 mpg loaded or empty, also have a 85' Chevy 3/4 ton 4x4 that gets 7-8 mpg all the time and doesn't have a $600.00 monthly payment. Tried a brand new Dodge 24 valve 2 wheel drive Quad cab short bed w/ 5-spd that got around 12-14 mpg loaded it was a 99' model trade it for the Chevy because I had 3 99' before. I pull a 20' bumper and 24' gooseneck trailer, only once I pulled both at the same time, the bumper trailer weighs around 5500 or so w/o grass clippings, and in the beds of the trucks I have 3 tool boxes which all together might be 1000lbs. Would like to know if you guys prefer a good old truck or a newer truck and the fuel mileage. Thinking of bidding on a 95-96 Ford F-350 sigle wheel 4x4 w/utility bed that is coming up at our Kay Electric Co-op (rural electric company) would change the bed to a flat bed, last year the sold one for $9600 w/bed, it does have around 120,000 miles on it. They get new trucks often it is getting replaced w/a SuperDuty Crew Cab w/utility bed, the have about a dozen of these trucks. Any comments help and thanks.
 

DMC300

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
central florida
I HAVE A 99'CHEVY 1/2 TON,I WILL BE BUYING AN OLDER MODEL AS SOON AS FINANCES PERMIT.HOPING TO GO WITH A CAB-OVER LANDSCAPE DUMP.THE MILEAGE NOW IS ABOUT 8-10MPG LOADED.
 

yardsmith

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Ohio
All I can afford at this time is my '87 Silverado 4x4. Had the engine rebuilt this spring, & it seems each season something needs done. Once I get it ALL done, I'll be ok; I'm just doing all the previous' owner's neglected maint. up keep.<br>BE SURE & do this type of search on the snowplowing forum; we had a discussion just like this this past Jan. or Feb. with alot of replies.<br>In the next year or 2, I plan (hope) to lease a new Dodge 3/4 ton truck- payments are only 260 or so a month; that's hard to beat! Plus it's a writeoff.<p>----------<br>Smitty ô¿ô<br>
 

Jason

LawnSite Senior Member
1978 F250 Supercab 4x4, mildly built 460, c-6, 205 t-case, Dana 60's front and rear, 1 ton springs. 35&quot; tires. Eight mpg laden or unladen, 55 mph or 80 mph just doesn't matter always get's 8 mpg.
 

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