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Old 07-15-2008, 11:38 PM
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Tow Vehicle Opinions

I have a lawn care company on the side and it isn't worth it anymore with fuel costs for me to be hauling around all this stuff everyday and driving a 3/4 ton truck getting 9 mpg... This winter I am thinking about finding a new truck/suv...i really like the new FJ's but was wanting some opinions...i know they probably won't tow the best but i only have to tow my boat about 15 miles and maybe go to a different lake about once or twice a year....

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by the way i have never had a "stock" vehicle....this would be similiar to what i would do

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Old 07-16-2008, 12:07 AM
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that would be a little questionable in my book due to the shorter wheel base and a lift kit on the longer hauls but that's just my .02 cents worth...
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:09 AM
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yeah that is a 6" lift with 35's...i was thinking a 3" leveling kit with 33's....
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:09 AM
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Well, just my thought/observation, but you mention fuel mileage, then reference putting oversized tires and a possible lift kit on a vehicle that most likely doesn't get better than 18 or 19 stock if even that on the highway. It would only get worse after.

Is your truck paid for? If so, you can not make the numbers work to justify a new payment for only marginal gains in mpg's.

I have a Dodge MegaCab with the Cummins Turbo diesel, and I probably get 15ish pulling resonable (sub 70 mph) and about 20 empty on the highway. Only 2 wheel drive, and bone stock. I have heard, but not experienced that the Hemi with mdf can get close to those numbers and I am sure that the Chevys would also be that good. I don't think I could go back to just an SUV after the truck. Good luck in your search...and the FJ does look cool modded.
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:10 AM
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they get like 16 and 19...but i would probably buy a manual to help with the towing....but i would have to re teach my wife how to back down the ramp...i can see it now...under the marina...maybe an auto would be best...haha
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i had an 03 cummins...highly modified pushing 800hp and was getting 36 mpg loaded...then it went boom one day so i got rid of it....(went boom due to dealer's service department and they wouldn't do anything about it)...oh well...my truck isn't paid for and i am only getting 9 empty...the thing sucks it down....i wouldn't go that extreme with the lift...only level it up with a 3" kit and put 33's not 35's
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:19 AM
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this one is only 45 minutes from me and cheap...if it was winter and i was done mowing for the season i would go buy it this weekend...

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I'd be a bit skiddish of the FJ w/any lift. I have an ancient FJ and an ancient CJ Jeep that I tow my 79 S&S w/occasionally and I don't recomment it. The new FJs are of course vastly improved, but I agree that the short wheel base and lift creates a red flag. If I hit a pot-hole, run off the edge of the road, or just take a hard curve w/either the FJ or CJ, it gets a bit fishy. I'm personally a Chevy man and my Duramax w/Supertec Flashpack pulled great at about 17.5 MPG towing and 22 empty. Just my thoughts for what they're worth.
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:31 AM
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yeah i am a diesel man but that 4.80 a gallon price around here stops that real quick.....i haven't yet decided like i said it will be winter before i do anything...
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Agreed, but gas is rising and diesel is dropping right now. Also, my 1500 gets 15 MPG empty at $4.09/G and my Duramax got 22 MPG empty at $4.79/G. Even with the price difference, it's still cheaper to drive a diesel (20% cost savings even w/the higher $/G).
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