Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lsu03, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. lsu03

    lsu03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    for those of you who use these types of trucks, what engine do you have and it is really an advantage to have such a small of a truck mpg wise?
  2. Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    as of right now i run a 4runner with a v6 3.0 it pulls my 5x10 loaded with my z and w/b fine. I am however upgrading to a truck soon.. Only time i have problems is when im goin up hill or steep inclines..
  3. lawnbandit

    lawnbandit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I have a dodge neon! great MPG just can't get the car to move with the trailer?:cry::gmctruck:
  4. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,758

    Just one of the costs of doing business:

    10 mpg requires 10 gallons to go 100 miles = $30 or ~$300/1000 miles

    15 mpg requires 6.67 gallons to go 100 miles = $20 or ~$200/1000 miles

    20 mpg requires 5 gallons to go 100 miles = $15 or ~$150/1000miles

    25 mpg requires 4 gallons to go 100 miles = $12 or ~$120/1000 miles

    Darn...that's sobering.
  5. lsu03

    lsu03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    thanks. i am looking for a decently used ranger with a 4cyl and extended cab. not that easy to find though...
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,061

    I have an 08 2wd ranger 2.3 we use for service. Took it to pick up machine parts today. It used 1/4 of a tank that costs $40 to fill to get there and back.When ive gone there in the past in a f 350 it cost 1/3 of a tank that costs $90 to fill.
    Do the math.
  7. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,186

    Bumped into a guy driving a HUGE Dodge, V8 I think..? Anyways he claims it gets 15 MPG without towing.
    I'm glad, I have a little ranger, saves me money when gas keeps peaking record highs.
    I've never done the MPH figures, but saying over 20 MPG sounds about right for it being a V6 3.0...Joe
  8. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    I have a 550 PSD Dump, 92 Toyota 4x4 4cyl and Tacoma V6

    The Tacoma is my personal truck, used for customer visits, occassionally tows a trailer, runs to get supplies etc, backup snowplowing etc.

    The 550 is mainly used for our excavations, walkways & retaining walls, deliveries etc. Its tows the skid steer and in the fall holds the leaf box. It is used to plow roads and businesses in the Winter. Best I have gotten on it is 12mpg on the highway usually its under 10

    The 92 is my moneymaker. It has a dumping flatbed and airsprings so I can put 3-4 yards of mulch in it and drive right to the beds for mulching. It tows a 16 ft trailer with a 61 inch ZTR and 48 inch WB plus trimmers, blowers etc all summer long. Now all my lawns are within 5 miles of my shop so most of the time it moves less then one mile from job to job. All towing is on backroads, we never really get out of 3rd gear. I see no need for a big truck doing this. I am legal towing, have brakes on the trailer and it is a lot easier to maneuver and back into drives then a fullsize dump. In the winter it plows driveways and holds a 6ft Spreader. It consistently gets 18-20mpg regardless of what it is hauling, plowing or towing.
  9. lsu03

    lsu03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    what would a ranger with a 4.0 4x4 make w/ and w/o a trailer?
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I have 2 Tacomas, they are not great on gas but they sure do run a long time without any problems. I pull a 6x12 landscape trailer and it pulls it find unless its a long hill. I have also towed a Dingo with harley rake and a 325 gallon water container (Not both at same time) filled to the top and it did fine with that and it even stopped!

    I would say the mileage is about 15-16 mph on our Tacoma 4x4's with 3.4L but they are also lifted 3" and both have heavy ARB bumpers and BFG/Goodyear MTR tires.

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