Join Date: Dec 2012
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I currently use 3 trucks... 2009 Ram 1500, 2004 Ford f150 and a 2007 Toyota Tundra. Currently I use a combination of trailer,s all open, a 5x8 for simple lawns, 6x12 with 2 ft high sides (I use this for everything including debris and lawns), 6x12 with tool boxes on each side ( I use for everything excluding larger debris jobs, over 5 cy) and a 16ft for all my debris type jobs (I will take it out for lawns and such if needed) I find that my Dodge gets the best gas mileage right not averaging 12-16 MPG. depending on the trailer and equipment I'm Pulling. My F150 averages 10-10.5 with 16ft and all equipment loaded. The Tundra with same trailer and set up 11-12 easy. F150 has the small v8, the Ram has the 5.7 HEMI and Tundra I can't remember, All I know is that Tundra can pull.
My F150 is my everyday work truck with 202k on it and It has pulled easily 8.5k worth of weight at 1 time (SOD and TRAILER) The Tundra is the other work truck and is a good truck, however it has a transmission shudder, that we can't get to go away. WE had the Torque Converter Replace and a few other parts however it didn't solve the problem. Saw on a forum it's a common problem. My Dodge has 84K on it and is just out of warranty coverage now and needs 1000-2700 worth of tranny work done (Solenoids, Valve Body Assembly). However my F150 runs like a champ, Tranny slips between 2 gears every once in a while and runs great. I service it all the time and I do repairs on it when needed such as Alternator, Belts, Radiator, Hoses, ETC. I love that truck and it's just a basic STX EXTRA CAB version.
That's what I have and my deal. With you it's all about what you want. Where your work is located makes a difference. For Instance I cover a radius of 75 miles from my office. Most of my work right now is 20-60 Miles out, SO if I was looking, I would look at a smaller truck like a Ranger, Tacoma Type. Good Gas Mileage and will easily tow lawn equipment and debris job that are too heavy. I know of a company that covers like 20 counties in Florida and his employees all use single cab F150's and pull a 6x10 open Trailer with 5 FT high sides with walk behinds and equipment. His guys quite often travel 50-100 miles one way for 10-15 Lawn Cuts !!!! IF your in a more confined area than it's basically your personal preference.