new truck???

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lawnfreak09, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. lawnfreak09

    lawnfreak09 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    ok here is another one i have been chewing on. I bought my f-150 last year when i started. It has a 4.2 liter v6. When i started last year gas was $4 a gallon and i had a 6x12 trailer and one mower. This year i sold the 6x12 bought a 6.5x16 and added a 52 inch walk-behind. My truck hates pulling this around. I have the pedal on the floor all day long. So my question will i spend more on repair or a new truck. just wondering which will be the cheapest route in the long run? I am a solo operation and i have already spent big bucks on the trailer and walk-behind. i just thought the truck would do pull better than it is.
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    just keep it to the floor for the next year until you can afford to buy a truck with a v8.
  3. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 695

    Like he said.

  4. VirginiaLawnCare

    VirginiaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    I have one of them trucks to and i pull one of my 16ft trailers with two 36" mowers and a 60" on it with no problem. Now it dosn't pull like my F350 does but it gets the job done half the reason I have never got rid of it.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    That setup should be OK with that truck...I pulled trailers for many many years with the 6cyl F-150. And it's not like you really need to be driving fast anyway. I'd just stick with it, the truck should be OK.
  6. Precedence

    Precedence LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Slapping a big after market transmission cooler on it couldn't hurt if your worried about damage to the truck from hauling.
  7. grassguy08

    grassguy08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    thanks for the advice. i was hoping i wouldn't have to get a new truck i mean i could but that would really hurt right now.
  8. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    My truck is an F150 and pulls a 20 foot trailer with 7,000 pounds of dirt on it, but thats a 351 V8 lol. Just keep it to the floor until you can safely afford a new truck. Or even a good used one. Have a good season.
  9. Real Mayo

    Real Mayo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I was in the almost exact same boat as the OP. I had a V6 F150 pulling a rider and WB -talk about sluggish- and a strained all season long. This year I bought a longer trailer to throw an extra WB on and there was no way it could haul it all. I was forced to switch to an 08 Silverado 1500 V8. We went from a single axle to double and no trailer brakes to brakes. I should also add that last year we strained the engine so bad that we blew out a spark plug twice.
  10. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I would keep this truck until you can justify a bigger truck. And keep in mind that you don't always have to buy brand new, it is actually financially smarter to purchase a slightly used truck, that way the biggest depreciation on the truck has already happened and you wouldn't lose that much after buying it.

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