pickup truck size

ljjhouser

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Midwest
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Kubota L4701
When we started looking for a new truck (2019), we reall liked the GMC Canyon. We looked at a lot of the med size trucks. But several facts kept getting in the way of selecting a mid sized truck - First was tow capacity. Seemed to run from 3500 to 7000. Second was the fact that there was not much difference in the price. When I haul my tractor, I needed two capacity of 10K to 11K. A full size truck became the only answer.
 

Torvy

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Looking to purchase a Compact Tractor in 30-50 HP range.
Every few years, in the spring, I roll into the shop and hoist it up. I then get under and start cleaning, priming, and painting.
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It’s an ‘04 without any rust in Minnesota, owned since new. It is extra work to keep ahead of it, but it has been paid of for 14&1/2 years. If it was rusted out, I probably would of replaced it by now.
I spent years in South Dakota. People there do not knowingly buy vehicles from Minnesota. The amount of salt used by MNDOT is so much that vehicles rust so badly.

FYI, the name Rust Belt has nothing to do with auto rust. It is due to the idle factories rusting away when the economy started shifting away from manufacturing and into the Sun Belt. (literally something I am required to teach)
 

goeduck

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Those that live in places were truck and car bodies last are usually
unaware of vehicle life and the increased maintenance and costs
that those who live in the rust belt.
^^ that is very true. Around here we can drive a truck until we get tired of it. My current is 22 years old and has a perfect body. If you regularly go over our mountain passes it is a little different but few do that on a frequent basis in the winter. I bought a Toyota FJ a few years back and the first thing I did was look for coats of primer/paint underneath and sure enough carfax had them all coming from eastern and midwest northern US and Canada. I ended up buying a 2008 originally purchased in this county and guess what? No rust to this day.
 
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scaredychicken

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Salmon Arm BC, Canada
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John Deere 160 (1988), Arctic Cat 400 ATV (2006), Kubota BX23S (2018),Jacobsen Super Chief 1450 (1969)
RalphVa - I'm hoping to trade for a 1984 Dodge Rampage. Sounds like a cool little truck, a baby brother to my El Caminos :)
 

Jstpssng

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Maine
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There used to be a couple of brothers downstate who would go south with a car carrier, buy a bunch of rust free trucks, bring them home and put running gears in them from rust buckets up here.
 

Cat385B

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Big Lake, MN
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Massey GC1723e
There used to be a couple of brothers downstate who would go south with a car carrier, buy a bunch of rust free trucks, bring them home and put running gears in them from rust buckets up here.
We had something similar where I used to live, but the vehicles had drugs packed in various nooks and crannies. Came up from South Florida. Once, they brought home a mid-80’s Buick Regal T-Type. We thought we should approach them about buying it. The Sheriff’s department had a similar idea.
 

CADplans

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near Roanoke VA
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584 IH 4WD
There used to be a couple of brothers downstate who would go south with a car carrier, buy a bunch of rust free trucks, bring them home and put running gears in them from rust buckets up here.
There is a dealer in Roanoke, that does JUST the opposite
He goes north, buys rust buckets, and just puts them on the lot.

The "southerners" never even think to look for rust,, this is the south,,
The car is cheap,, they buy it.

He moves dozens of cars every week in that condition,,
I remember the first time I drove past the lot, and saw the rusty cars, that were not that old,,
AND, the price is so low,, you just gotta buy it,,,

I avoid that lot like the plague,, the vehicle seems to look nice,,,,,,,,,,,, o_O
 

Renze

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Zetor 3011, Zetor 5718
There is a dealer in Roanoke, that does JUST the opposite
He goes north, buys rust buckets, and just puts them on the lot.

The "southerners" never even think to look for rust,, this is the south,,
The car is cheap,, they buy it.

In Europe if you bought a car from the South (Italy) you knew your car rusted as soon as the brochure was printed. On the opposite end, a car from the North (Sweden) was most rustproof. Even within France you could see the production location from the rust, because Southern France Simcas rusted faster than the Renaults, which rusted faster than the Peugeot whose factory was in the northeast, closest to Germany. Fords from the Genk (Belgium) factory also rusted worse than Fords from Cologne, Germany.

My neighbour had a body shop, he said in the late 70s it was not uncommon to do body work on 3 year old cars due to rust... something i cannot even imagine, because i have driven rust free 20 year old Volvos all my life: My first car was a 1991 Volvo 440 built here in the Netherlands, with a few paint spots on the rear wheel arches but no serious pitting...
 

hosspuller

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Didn't intend to have a Deere fleet - it just happened 310C, F915,102, 5200 & 5065E
As the name says, I use a extended cab, full bed, dually truck to pull a horse trailer. The gas mileage is so bad the truck is only used for hauling, no joy riding. Bought it new, it's 20 years old and 70K miles on the odo. But it will haul 17,000 pounds with no problem and at 65 mph..
 

Renze

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As the name says, I use a extended cab, full bed, dually truck to pull a horse trailer. The gas mileage is so bad the truck is only used for hauling, no joy riding. Bought it new, it's 20 years old and 70K miles on the odo. But it will haul 17,000 pounds with no problem and at 65 mph..
I hauled 13k combined with my old Volvo S70 140hp which does 50mpg+ commuting.... the same engine in a VW LT (MY '95 Sprinter with VW engine) was approved for 8.75 ton (19.300 pounds) but the LT got nowhere near 50mpg...
Though my hauling 6 ton with an S70 is illegal and i took only 2 miles of back roads...

You cant have it all in one vehicle...

Last week i went down south with a friend and his Eurovan to pick up an IH 644 he bought for tedding and raking. The Transporter is allowed 6200 pound tow, but the police dont know that when you tow 8k....
 
 
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