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    12-02-2011, 03:26 PM
  #1
Weanling
Truck recommendations

We are in the market for a used pick up and need some advice. It will need to be one big compromise to fit all of our needs and we want to make the best choice possible. The truck will be one of our everyday around-town cars, need to take us to our mountain cabin in the snow (weekly), and tow a 2-horse bumper pull monthly (usually 15-50 miles ea. Way). We are looking to drive it for the long term as we don't update cars every few years. We'll drive it 'till it drops!

I know we want a 4x4, at least a 3/4 ton and we want a 4 door (2 kids!). Budget will be around $20,000. Other than that do we want gas? Diesel? Ford? Dodge? Chevy?

Any and all advice is welcome.
     
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    12-02-2011, 04:42 PM
  #2
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by newhorsemom    
We are in the market for a used pick up and need some advice. It will need to be one big compromise to fit all of our needs and we want to make the best choice possible. The truck will be one of our everyday around-town cars, need to take us to our mountain cabin in the snow (weekly), and tow a 2-horse bumper pull monthly (usually 15-50 miles ea. Way). We are looking to drive it for the long term as we don't update cars every few years. We'll drive it 'till it drops!

I know we want a 4x4, at least a 3/4 ton and we want a 4 door (2 kids!). Budget will be around $20,000. Other than that do we want gas? Diesel? Ford? Dodge? Chevy?

Any and all advice is welcome.
Diesels have more power but either would be fine for a 2 horse. They are also lots more expensive, get better mileage but fuel costs have really gone up on a diesel. Also remember the you have to add fuel addetive in the winter and taht costs also. I gthink it will also be hard to find a 3/4 4dr in decent condition that doesn't have alot of miles on it. If you are really only pulling a 2 horse you might have better luck with a 1/2 ton for your budget and can get something a bit newer and less miles on it.
     
    12-02-2011, 04:44 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
Diesels have more power but either would be fine for a 2 horse. They are also lots more expensive, get better mileage but fuel costs have really gone up on a diesel. Also remember the you have to add fuel addetive in the winter and taht costs also. I gthink it will also be hard to find a 3/4 4dr in decent condition that doesn't have alot of miles on it. If you are really only pulling a 2 horse you might have better luck with a 1/2 ton for your budget and can get something a bit newer and less miles on it.
P.S. I wouldn't worry so much about brand but moreso condition and mileage as I don't think you will have many used trucks to pick from. Everyone will have a different opinion on which brand.
     
    12-02-2011, 05:07 PM
  #4
Trained
I'm going to sound like a devil's advocate, but here is my food for thought.
I agree that a 2-horse doesn't need a diesel engine to pull it. Also, we plug our 2 diesel trucks in when it gets below freezing bc diesel engines hate the cold. BUT, diesel engines love the heat. You'll probably never overheat a diesel engine. Also, put 100,000+ miles on a regular truck and you'll consider selling it. But my 1993 3/4 ton Dodge Cummins (not 4x4 or doolie) only has 113,000 miles on it, and I only put a few hundred on it every year. Every time I take it in for maintenance I have somebody asking if they can buy it bc it won't be old until that engine hits about 300,000 miles. We've owned diesel trucks for about 20 years now. The price of diesel has fluctuated..a LOT. There have been some times that diesel was cheaper than regular, just not right now.
You will get better gas mileage with a regular gas engine, too, and since you're going to use it a lot more than I use my trucks, that's something to consider.
4 x 4 I think is even more important in a truck than air-conditioning! My 1993 truck doesn't have it. So, when we bought a new truck in 2008, we bought a 4x4. Our newest truck is a 2007 Dodge full-ton 4x4, doolie Crew Cab. It has bucket seats in the front, a few extras, and Sirius radio. We saved $10,000.00 buying a year old truck with 500 miles on it, from the dealer. There were fewer choices in color, but we had it one week after we ordered it, and it cost $37,000.00
Since we know that vehicles lose value immediately, I think you could find a good used truck for under $20,000.00 If that is your dollar limit, you might look for a 2010 model.
I use my older truck for transporting hay, feed, etc., and when I chop down branches I tote them to burn pile with it.
The difference in power with my 2007 model is noteworthy. When I haul horses, in a steel trailer, btw, I have to watch my lead foot, bc I don't feel the trailer behind me. Plus, when it's slick, THIS truck can handle any road, just as well as our Ford Explorer. My 1993 model sits in the garage bc it would be a beached whale in a snowstorm!
BTW, if you drive at night, Sirius radio is really helpful! We pay $11/month for it, and it keeps me from dozing off, and is much better than ANY MP3 I could burn.
Happy trick hunting! =D
     
    12-02-2011, 05:16 PM
  #5
Trained
Bought exactly what you are looking for, gas GMC with a tow package and about 2-3 years old at the time for $13,500 and put about $3,000 of work into it and it has been awesome.
I would not purchase smaller than a 3/4 ton for hauling, nor would I sacrifice my 4x4 or tow package. Would have loved to get a diesel but could not find one in my price range.

I've towed through minus 40 and blizzards and had no issues.

Good luck!
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    12-02-2011, 05:29 PM
  #6
Trained
Oh, snowfuzzies--I FORGOT to talk about tow packages. My 1993 truck originally hauled a bumper hitch. I have the whole rig, including sway bars stored. We got the new trailer, so it also has a ball slot in the bed for a gooseneck. You have to have these installed, or else your hauling won't be safe.
My 2007 model just has the ball and wiring for a gooseneck.
I know that many people will brag about the brand of truck they drive. I won't. We are still battling a wiring problem which presented itself last summer-2010--at a horse camp. We couldn't get our back lights to work, just the turn signals, and several folks who helped us out checking fuses, etc. complained that Dodge has had a lot of problems with their wiring.
Since then, I have purchased a set of portable trailer lights that are magnetic, and I'll be travelling next year with those on the back hooked into a car battery in my tackroom. **Corporal sighs**
Something else--if you can buy a truck with telescoping side view mirrors it will really help. Ford has had them for 3-4 years now, Dodge just got them for 2011, and I don't know about Chevy.
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    12-02-2011, 07:00 PM
  #7
Trained
Yes, those telescoping mirrors are handy dandy items.
     
    12-02-2011, 07:03 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I have had both the Dodge Cummins and The Ford Powerstroke.

I am a huge fan of the Dodge Cummins! Right now we have a 2006 Dodge 3500 6 speed 4 wheel drive. Not the dually. I use it to go to town it and I get about 27 mpg. When I am towing it averages between 17 and 20 mpg depending on what I am towing and and the terrain. It has been a ranch truck it's whole life on washboard dirt roads, snow, ice and mud. It now has 155,000 miles on it and has very little done for repairs. I am very happy with it.

The Ford we had got horrible mileage maybe 13mpg driving around town. And we put quite a bit of money in to it and didn't have nearly the rough life the Dodge has.
     
    12-03-2011, 10:19 AM
  #9
Weanling
Thanks for all of the great input! I think I might go out next week and test drive a few different used trucks and see what feels best. My hubby is leaning towards a gas truck as he doesn't want to start up a loud stinky diesel at 6:00 am in our neighborhood but I really want to drive both and see what I think. I know that a diesel would be better for hauling but we won't be hauling more than a 3-4 a times a month and not long distances. We'll be driving it more around town than hauling. Anyway, I'll update later and let you know how the dreaded truck shopping is going. I HATE car/truck shopping so wish me luck!
     
    12-03-2011, 10:35 AM
  #10
Trained
I'd reccomend Dodge or Chevy and stay right clear of fords. Diesels are great for hauling but for something like you got, I would go gas. A lot cheaper and easier, and the Hemi is very comparable to the Cummings. Chevy has a lot better body and carriage then Dodge.
My half ton sport is rated for 9000 pounds - a half ton will be fine for a two horse. Just make sure you get your trailer weight and compare ratings.
     

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