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Old 07-07-2010, 11:18 AM   #31
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If money is an issue, buy a trailer. I have seen some that can be stood on their sides for storage.
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Old 07-07-2010, 11:59 AM   #32
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interesting. i'll google it but if you come across it, let me know. i could then store in on the side of my house.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:22 PM   #33
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Just don't forget that if you pay China prices you get a China trailer, axles rust and break ect... Maybe look for a better quality. It would pay off in the end.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:30 PM   #34
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I just realized i pay a small homeowners fee for my neighborhood. It pays for the street repairs and a park, but it also includes a boat/rv/trailer parking lot. so storage is no longer a problem!
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:46 PM   #35
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truck wise, the 5.9 cummins and dmax are the two i'm looking at. 12k can get you a pretty decent used 5.9 and the dmax starts around 15k with nice ones going 20+

it makes gas hard to consider in a truck when you look at the power, mpg and longevity advantages of diesel. rpms are probably the single biggest factor in engine life if all maintenance is done correctly. each time that piston goes up and down and the crank spins a minor amount of wear takes place. being diesels redline around half of what gas does, it's easy math
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:40 PM   #36
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http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...auses&gs_rfai=

Speaking of maintenance,
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/...ery-six-months

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Old 07-07-2010, 06:24 PM   #37
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I would excercise caution in pulling a trailer with a small vehicle, particularly a front wheel drive vehicle. There are also stability considerations at highway speeds. Plus the size of trailer you can pull with a small FWD auto will still limit weight capacity.
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I would excercise caution in pulling a trailer with a small vehicle, particularly a front wheel drive vehicle. There are also stability considerations at highway speeds. Plus the size of trailer you can pull with a small FWD auto will still limit weight capacity.
the suspension on the fwd is a big big BIG deal. stock suspension on most FWD cars is fairly soft and it's really hairy if you have any weight in the trailer and are going 65. a more track oriented setup of shocks, springs or even coilovers not only improve the cars handling, it makes hauling much much safer. i've actually hauled 1200lbs in a little integra type r that would have been impossible had it not been setup for the track with roughly 2x the factory spring rates in front and 3x out back
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Lets not over engineer this. I have pulled my trailer for 20 years with all kinds of loads and many different vehicles, most FWD. Some loads at over 1000lbs above the limit, bad idea but I couldn't stop the front loader when he was dumping the sand. My tires were squished out pretty good. I only had about 10 miles to go so I just took it very, very easy. Now I have a truck deliver gravel, sand ect... Pulling a trailer is no big deal. Here the speed limit is 80kmh with a trailer. I don't usually follow that when I'm pulling light loads but with heavy stuff just slow down, you'll get there. If it starts to wiggle then really slow down! I know from first hand experience, I sure miss that old truck. dorf dude...
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Lets not over engineer this. I have pulled my trailer for 20 years with all kinds of loads and many different vehicles, most FWD. Some loads at over 1000lbs above the limit, bad idea but I couldn't stop the front loader when he was dumping the sand. My tires were squished out pretty good. I only had about 10 miles to go so I just took it very, very easy. Now I have a truck deliver gravel, sand ect... Pulling a trailer is no big deal. Here the speed limit is 80kmh with a trailer. I don't usually follow that when I'm pulling light loads but with heavy stuff just slow down, you'll get there. If it starts to wiggle then really slow down! I know from first hand experience, I sure miss that old truck. dorf dude...
Sounds like some of the old farmers around here that use old dog chains to tie down their skid steer. DOT loves these people.
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truck wise, the 5.9 cummins and dmax are the two i'm looking at. 12k can get you a pretty decent used 5.9 and the dmax starts around 15k with nice ones going 20+

it makes gas hard to consider in a truck when you look at the power, mpg and longevity advantages of diesel. rpms are probably the single biggest factor in engine life if all maintenance is done correctly. each time that piston goes up and down and the crank spins a minor amount of wear takes place. being diesels redline around half of what gas does, it's easy math
I've never been concerned with gas really. i figure i can either b!tch or just pay it!

Are you looking ar quad cabs?
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I would excercise caution in pulling a trailer with a small vehicle, particularly a front wheel drive vehicle. There are also stability considerations at highway speeds. Plus the size of trailer you can pull with a small FWD auto will still limit weight capacity.
Yeah, i still think i am backing down from that idea. probably should just put that money in savings for a truck and live with borrowing family's vehicles until then.
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I'm pretty sure the civic can handle the smaller jobs but i would still have to borrow family trucks for the bigger stuff. (delivery is pricey around here)

I can fit 8ft boards in the civic and for the next couple of projects it will make do. i think
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Buy them a 6pk or case of beer, favorite wine, liquer, $25 gift card to local restaurant etc
I used to always top off the tank whenever I borrowed somebody's truck/vehicle

You will save $$ in the long run & they will be happy
I offered to loan my truck to a friend...he didn't want to drive it
"No problem, I'll go with you"...so far he hasn't taken me up on the offer
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I always top the tank off for sure. Usuually my dad wants to go with anyway so i get extra hands along with the truck. I usually pick up dinner for us on the way back.
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