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what truck next

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by STRINGALATION, Jul 24, 2007.


    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 777

    just over paid off jeep cherokee 92 hate taking mowers off trailer for landscaping.
    i am fascinated with flat beds but feel if i get a used flat for around 1500 i need to keep my jeep. but if i get a pick up i can get rid of the jeep. jeep is not pretty outside or inside. the idea of driving around all day in the flat when not working or doing estimates seems gas consuming and cumbersome to park and what not.
    also is the ranger a good work truck it looks weak to me
    any .02 is welcome and budget is a major factor i do not like the idea of a new car note
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Well I have a D-2500 slt laramie long bed club cab with teh 5.9 litre Magnum v-8, it gets a great 10mpg solid, sometimes almost 11!

    So I use my pov for estimates and such, the ranger's not much stronger, I prefer using a car for the knick knack stuff.
  3. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    i had a 4 cycl ranger for 2 yrs. was a good work truck. a tough little truck
  4. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    i like my truck with the 4.3 V6, 13-14 towing, and 16 unhooked. it's a GMC 1500 1/2 ton.
  5. mike33087

    mike33087 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    dude not to be a dick (for a change lol) but i have an 03 chevy 2500 hd with the 6.0 v8 that gets pretty much the same numbers?!?!?
  6. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    my friend's old 2500hd had the same setup, and the same mileage, it has to do with horsepower to weight, a a V6 is kind of underpowered for continued towing, so it stresses the engine more, using more fuel. the bigger engine has to work less hard, using less fuel.
  7. MTR999

    MTR999 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 145

    If you pulling 1000-1200# with 5x8 trailer, the Ranger 2.3L is fine with that they handle well, save on gas big time. They are so EASY to fix, everything is pretty basic (manual shift) that you can pretty much maintain yourself, like $39 brake pads that you can do it yourself, etc. To this day, I know few people who still use that '94 2.3L hauling their one Z and 2cycle stuff to make a living. They never die on you.
  8. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    Back in the day, I had a 2.3 '94 Ranger. I used it to haul dirtbikes around and what not. Man, that truck was weak...and was always having electrical(egr system) problems. To me, it seemed way underpowered compared to other 4 banger trucks.
  9. mikes landscaping

    mikes landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from kansas
    Messages: 298

    i have a 99 ranger with the 3.0 stick and i get 31mpg to a gallon

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 777

    i think i am favoring the flat bed. earlier this year needed 2 pallets of sod they would not deliver and my trailor cannot hold it flat bed would have been great

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