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Old 03-07-2021, 07:43 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I have a Chevy 3500 extended bed (the equivalent of an F-350) and I still consider myself an Ecomodder

At 11 mpg the only time it leaves the yard is with my lawn or boat trailer behind it or for a run to Home Depot if I need to pick up plywood or drywall. I've put about 5k miles on it in three years

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My gut tells me the truck is going to cost your more than the alternatives, even if your time is free.

On the other hand, this thread made me smile. My vote is "go for it".
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Old 03-07-2021, 02:41 PM   #23 (permalink)
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A patina'd F150 could become an objet d'art.

There's a thread on a 50mpg 3/4-ton drivetrain here: ecomodder.com/forum: 94 Caprice Wagon project--now 50.55 MPG with "3/4 ton" drivetrain/suspension
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Old 03-07-2021, 07:24 PM   #24 (permalink)
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.Just up the cases of beer �� you offer to move it and be done with it.
The cases of beer isn't the problem - I don't like asking the favour in the first place. Also, we often decide on launch/haul days on impulse based on the day's weather, which complicates begging/borrowing.

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Or hire a tow truck. (tow trucks are cheaper than you would
Yeah, we've actually paid for a tow a few times. Not super cheap because the boat's at a somewhat remote lake.

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It’ll cost less in the long run... �� No taxes, tags, insurance, repairs or maintenance.

No doubt. But it's not a 100% logical/financial decision.

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Maybe something like this instead.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...etplace_search
That one's bonkers! How does the guy justify "I want $1500, or I'm going to scrap it"? The wrecker might give him $200 for it!!



Some of the others look more reasonable.


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But, if we’re lucky. You’ll buy the field truck... And we’ll get to hear about it...
I think it'd be fun. It wouldn't be a wise decision on any level, but still fun.

That said, I haven't even confirmed if the thing is still parked where I last saw it.
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My $0.02: you have a home depot or a rental yard then you have a rentable truck with a trailer hitch.

We actually do have truck rentals at Home Depot here - they rent full size vans anyway. I wonder if you can tow with those - contractually, I mean. I always assumed that you couldn't. Will check into that.


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but you are an Ecomodder. Saving dollars is a supposed benefit.
Not always! Not in my case anyway. I'm pretty sure I've spent more money on sheets of coroplast through the years than I've saved in gas as a result!
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You have enough eco cars, link them up like trains and tow the boat.
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Old 03-08-2021, 12:48 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Also, we often decide on launch/haul days on impulse based on the day's weather, which complicates begging/borrowing.
If you get another reason to own a truck all-year round, go for it. On a sidenote, if you could get some Deutz or Perkins Diesel engine to swap into the truck, it would be even better.
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Will the homedepot vans haul stuff? If the have a 2" steel box/hitch adapter on the rear bumper they are good to class 3 towing. (The rating is actually a stopping limit on the brake system) if they have a round connector for the trailer probably up to Cat 5 with trailer brakes.

Otoh, if you want a project......... that is how the Ranger went electric.. and my bicycle. And my toy planes........roasting my coffee, making beer, building a greenhouse, but you should get the point.
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I think it'd be fun. It wouldn't be a wise decision on any level, but still fun.
Just like going to the casino.
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