I wasn’t going to do a series on trucks, but the “likes” and “new subscriber” response to my trailer-purchasing posts was almost overwhelming. At this point, thanks to our research-to-the-extreme tendencies, I am absolutely SICK of looking at trucks! It is nearly impossible to find or decipher the info that’s out there when you need to buy a good truck. Clearly, there is a need for a good series on truck purchasing. So, here goes….
So you’ve decided you need a truck. Some folks have their personal favorites which can help narrow the search a bit, some are working within a tight budget which narrows the search even further, and still others don’t care and may have cash to burn. One person wouldn’t be caught dead in a particular brand, while another wouldn’t drive anything else. Fords, Chevy’s, Toyota’s, and Dodge; 1500, 2500, 3500, and the “”F” equivalents; gas and diesel; manual and automatics; payloads, GVWR’s, GCWR’s, minimum and maximum tow capacities…..what on earth do all these mean? Is one really better than another? How do you choose?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that it’s much easier to buy the right trailer! The terms, widespread beliefs, and misunderstood specs on trucks is almost overwhelming. The simple answer, though, is that there is no “right” truck. While some trucks are certainly better than others, the “right” truck is really based on your particular need.
For the purpose of this series, I am going to assume you are looking for a truck to actually do work with. If you have found your way to my blog, you are likely in need of a farm truck, work truck, and/or a truck to tow your trailer with. Based on this, I can tell you right now that, for the “average” stock owner, hauling more than 2 animal units (or, roughly 1 ton of animal weight), you have already pretty much ruled out the light trucks like Toyota Tacomas, Nissan Titans, Ford Rangers, Dodge Dakotas or Colorado’s, and so forth. You would think you could select a truck based simply on it’s tow capacity, but it doesn’t exactly work like that. You have to make other decisions first.
Throughout the next few posts, I will explain what we have found after a ridiculous amount of research, which included test drives, talking with private owners, dealers, and the manufacturers themselves, as well as reading through more online specifications and reviews than I care to remember. Buckle up, and enjoy the ride!