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New truck or trailer?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by mattjm1017, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    What's the best MPG pickup out there for $12000? or what's a good trailer to get I'm debating on whether to trade in my wrangler for a truck or just buy a trailer ( something I hate having to use )

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  2. bogydave

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    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    If you're looking for something for firewood, a trailer works well. I especially like the lower loading height over a pickup. Depends on what you want and are comfortable with. I've been pulling trailers around since I've been able to drive.
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    I love my Wrangler but they're terrible tow vehicles.

    IMO get the truck.
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  6. nate379

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    5k axle but maybe 2-3k frame, not to mention 4 pin plug means no brakes!

    Agree for hauling wood, 7-10k car trailer is the best choice. Can load 2 cords on it.

    The little trailers do work, but the more trips made means that wood is costing more and more.

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  7. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    Any suggestions on a pickup? Does anyone have any experience with Lowes trailers. If I go with a trailer it will be for firewood trash hauling and supplies from the hardware store. I hate using the jeep as a tow vehicle which is why Im considering a truck but at the same time still considering a trailer because I hate to get rid of my jeep its a lot of fun.
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    Eatonpcat Minister of Fire

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    How much do you want to spend...Trucks for sale everywhere!
  9. ScotO

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    screw it, buck the norm, and GET BOTH.......::-)
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  10. bogydave

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    New Tundra with 12k dump trailer ;)
  11. nate379

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    Or hell a Pete 379 with dump box... a winter (or three) of wood in one trip!... only set you back about $100k... pocket change for most of us right? :eek:;)
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    Yeah that's a good idea I think Ill go to the dealer tomorrow and pick one up or maybe two so the wife can haul firewood too.
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    If I sell the jeep Id be looking for a truck around the 12k price point
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    I think I've seen ComputerUser posting pics of a Wrangler with a trailer full of wood. Can anybody confirm that? If I remember correctly, for the 2 door, you can move 2500lbs. I think the tongue weight has to be a light 250lbs though.

    Matt
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  15. nate379

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    I towed a small pop up camper one before and it wasn't fun. Was for sure a case of the tail wagging the dog the whole trip.
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    12K should get you a nice truck...Just make sure you look around and find what you want!
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    It can be done but it's not fun. A full trailer load on a light, short wheelbase with brakes adequate for stopping only the vehicle makes for some interesting driving.

    Not sure in your area but ~$3k here will get you a decent used truck, not the best on fuel or prettiest but a solid truck.
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    Wow...three grand here gets you a piece of crap!!
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    If I go the the used route Id be looking at anywhere from 3-6k for a decent used truck. This really is turning into a big debate in the household and in my head Im torn on what to do here. Id love to keep the jeep and buy a truck.
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    I need to sell my '94 Ranger there. Picked it up for $2400 in 2007 with 50K miles on it. Now has 56K. It has a true overdrive 5th gear and gets an easy 32 mpg on the freeway. Not a spot of rust on it, never seen road salt.
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    +1 on the Ranger. Its a great little truck as is the older Toyota Tacoma. For your price range the only full size trucks youll find will have relatively high mileage.Towing or more specifically backing up a trailer takes a little practice and if its a big enough trailer to carry a couple of green cords you will need something more than a jeep to pull it anyway. plus you need a place to park the trailer when youre not using it.
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    I'd look for a used trailer. Not too big so you're not tempted to over load it. If you try it & decide it'd not for you you can sell for what you paid & look for a truck. You're out nothing but some time.
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    Why not keep the Wranger and buy a cheap truck?

    Got my diesel 93 GMC 1 ton 4wd for $2k, put $1k into it, and have a fairly reliable truck that gets 15-18mpg and can handle 2 tons in the bed and have pulled 10k with it.
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    Guess I am an idiot...I spent $6500 on a 2007 UTV!!
  25. Pallet Pete

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    I purchased a $100 popup stripped it down to the frame and rebuilt it into a wood hauler. ( I am not saying for you to strip and rebuild ) reason being it has no motor and I can pull it with anything that has a hitch. This means your not reliant on a motorized truck only for you firewood.

    Pete
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