serious q'n on the Ford Tub's on the utes - does anybody have any work use out of their ute ? Need to buy a ute for paving business and wanted to know if the tub could take it? - Or should I just go a tray back and be done with it...
And towing - how good are the utes at towing reasonably heavy laods... (its a double wheeler trailer) so noy much load on the rear axle of the ute, but more pulling power... can they hack/haul it?
Im more inclined to beleive that a Falcon would be better at towing (4 liter 6 cyl VS a 6 cyl 2.7 liter hilux) - does anyone have heavy tow experience with falc? just liked to know.
Most 'horsey' people use Falcons for towing their floats, with 2 horses in them they average about 2000kgs.
I use an EA Fairmont Ghia Wagon and found that it is average on the flat but going up the hills is a bit hard. My friends have an EB Falcon sedan and find towing ok with that but they only tow one horse (but a BIG horse!), they also sometimes use their EF sedan and were happy with that too.
I have tried towing with an EA wagon with CFI and I reckon that I could have pulled the float faster!
Heaps of mates that are brickies use the old X series utes for towing and carrying gear and have had no worries.
We tow a tandem Pegasus horse trailer with one horse on board (17hander) thats about the 2 tonne all up, we use our Grange. Like I have said many times on these forums, cars are not meant for towing, I dont care how powerful the engine is... get a pickup or a 4X4. They are made to haul the stuff, everything from the engine, gearing, suspension, the vehicle weight factor. It will last you longer too.
i'd tend to agree with you about the 4x4's being tougher too, but i was comparing the power of some of the other options and they have SUBSTANTIALLY less power.. do you think that'd play SOME role in its ability to tow well? (these are all petrol ones)
I've seen some 4X2 F250s 5.4L V8 advertised at $45,000 which would do the job, if that's too pricey, I quite like the Mitsubishi Triton V6. Not sure what they retail at. I think there are also Nissan Patrol and Toyota Landcruiser pickup styles too.
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