pickup truck size

Flad

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Jul 3, 2016
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Victoria
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cat 428b
I have a 2012 twin cab, triton 2.5 diesel pick up auto 4x4, Great unit for towing up to 3000kg Fuel consumption is not good and no where near what the specs say even from brand new, lucky to get 100km to 8lit empty, but it will sit on 100 to 110 kph max free way speed limit loaded all day, with diesel fuel at $1.32 Au, per liter at roughly $3.84 US per gallon, there is no way these big V8 trucks make sense to use as run arounds it would be just as cheap to run a single drive prime mover with sleeper cab lots of bling with a tray fitted to go shopping with and a much bigger pose taking up 2 parking spaces.
 

jjeff

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Jan 2, 2011
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142
Location
MI
Tractor
kubota l2850, kubota l4150
Have an 05 Chevy W/T 2 wd, sits low so I don't need an oxygen mask, just what I need a single cab, easy to heat and cool, 8 foot bed, 294 V eight with plenty of go , NO electric windows, locks or other niceties. They only thing I added was cruise. Just had to add the t/s stick to add it. Years ago (in the 70's)when I worked at a farm equipment dealer one of the mechanics drove a Ford with a short bed, unusual for that time, we often called it his :short buck truck" as he was a deer hunter. The manufacturers make those fancy trucks because the are a high profit item. People want all the gizmos in there trucks abd are willing to pay the price. Art the current price this will probably be my last truck.
Short beds are definitely more manageable in the woods/ two tracks etc
 

blee03

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Dec 28, 2020
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Southeastern, MI
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New Holland TC45D
I’ve always had a full size truck since I got my drivers license... it’s all I’ve ever known.

I’ve gotten to be the point where I’ve found the truck that suits me best, and it was under $19k

Everyone likes different stuff.
I like 1000ft lbs TQ with a heated steering wheel and heated/cooled seats. Also enough room for the dogs in the back (mega cab)

She’s my tow pig, but 100% daily driver too. Even though it’s a short box, it’s still on the long wheel base chassis which definitely tows better. Whatever I can’t fit in the box goes in the trailer.

There isn’t a small truck on the market that could do what I need it to do. Plus, a full size truck is way safer with all the people on the road that have sub par driving skills, lol
 

Lab Guy

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May 13, 2017
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Location
Corpus Christi, TX
Tractor
TC33D
A lot of this is driven by the stupidity of government regulation. If you are a tall or large person, even the allegedly big cars these days are not going to do it for you. Now, thanks to the environmental wacko crowd, the government is cracking down on trucks. The CAFE standards are an asinine regulation. People were buying trucks so they could take their family of four with them and some belongings without being stuffed in a small vehicle.
 

SuperFun

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Apr 21, 2016
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Loomis, CA
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Kubota L2900
Trucks are crappy daily drivers, yet so many people use it for that. I drove a truck for years, because I only had 1 vehicle and needed the 4X4 capability. But then I got a sporty car and kept a truck for when I need it. So much better. I see so many trucks that have never been off road or towed anything. But many people buy them because they think they're cool. Or they think they're safer. In a multi car accident their size may help, but in a single car accident they're worse. Your more likely to roll in an accident. Watch the dashcam accidents on youtube, trucks often end up on their sides or rolling over. And because they're big and heavy they do more damage to smaller vehicle. I put less than 3,000 miles a year on my truck and over 10,000 on my car. My first choice is always the car. My truck is a 4x4 powerstroke diesel. Awesome truck, but terrible car.
 

Alan46

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Estacada Oregon
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KiotiCK25 HST
A lot of this is driven by the stupidity of government regulation. If you are a tall or large person, even the allegedly big cars these days are not going to do it for you. Now, thanks to the environmental wacko crowd, the government is cracking down on trucks. The CAFE standards are an asinine regulation. People were buying trucks so they could take their family of four with them and some belongings without being stuffed in a small vehicle.
Hey Lab Guy, please be nice "Waco Crowd"?☮✌🏻
 

blee03

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Southeastern, MI
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New Holland TC45D
Trucks are crappy daily drivers, yet so many people use it for that. I drove a truck for years, because I only had 1 vehicle and needed the 4X4 capability. But then I got a sporty car and kept a truck for when I need it. So much better. I see so many trucks that have never been off road or towed anything. But many people buy them because they think they're cool. Or they think they're safer. In a multi car accident their size may help, but in a single car accident they're worse. Your more likely to roll in an accident. Watch the dashcam accidents on youtube, trucks often end up on their sides or rolling over. And because they're big and heavy they do more damage to smaller vehicle. I put less than 3,000 miles a year on my truck and over 10,000 on my car. My first choice is always the car. My truck is a 4x4 powerstroke diesel. Awesome truck, but terrible car.

I always had a sports car too, in addition to my trucks. (4 Camaros and 1 Corvette - all LS1)

That got expensive, specially for insurance.

I decided a truck that was fast should fit the bill, and it did. Sure it doesn’t handle great, but it’s left a few sports cars in the dust. Nothing like being pushed back into your seat with the turbo singing...
 

Cattleguard

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Thermopolis, WY
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Ford 851D
The carpenter or carpet layer who just wants a PLAIN half or three quarter pickup for work can’t find one and can’t afford one. And all the 2021 pickups have giant grills like some sort of creature. It’s all just stupid.
 

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jeffgreef

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Plumas County, California
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Farmall, Gibson, Windolph, Simar, Bear Cat, Vaughan, Howard
I recently got a 95 Dodge Ram Cummins which the previous owner had done a lot of repair on. Paid $8,000. I know I'll have to put money into it, but far less getting a new one which doesnt have as good an engine.
 

Pleease

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Erlanger, KY
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Kubota BX1880
Trucks are crappy daily drivers, yet so many people use it for that. I drove a truck for years, because I only had 1 vehicle and needed the 4X4 capability. But then I got a sporty car and kept a truck for when I need it. So much better. I see so many trucks that have never been off road or towed anything. But many people buy them because they think they're cool. Or they think they're safer. In a multi car accident their size may help, but in a single car accident they're worse. Your more likely to roll in an accident. Watch the dashcam accidents on youtube, trucks often end up on their sides or rolling over. And because they're big and heavy they do more damage to smaller vehicle. I put less than 3,000 miles a year on my truck and over 10,000 on my car. My first choice is always the car. My truck is a 4x4 powerstroke diesel. Awesome truck, but terrible car.
My truck is a Honda Ridgeline, and while it handles my truck needs - which are fairly moderate - it's also a very good driving machine. It's not really "fun" to drive because there's no drama - it just starts, stops, steers/tracks very well. It's a compromise, like anything, but in my experience very good at the dual-function game. And I bet a decent portion of bigger pickup owners don't actually need more truck capability than the RL has. That said, I don't begrudge anyone for driving the truck they want; I like a lot of them myself.
 
 
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