Doug Kanter wrote:
> What *do* you use it for?
Towing an enclosed 6x12 trailer. The trailer is used to move tools,
like 600 pound table saws, thickness planers, and jointers. When the
tools aren't in the trailer it's usually used to move furniture grade
hardwoods, $100-$200 per sheet plywoods, furniture, and finished
cabinetry. The materials I move need to be _inside_, away from dirt and
weather, and some of the sheets and most of the lumber is 12 feet long,
so I have no use for an 8 foot bed.
Sometimes, the rig needs to go over unpaved surfaces to get to where the
contents need to go. I've installed a second hitch receiver on the
front of the Taco for easy manipulation of the trailer.
I've found that towing 3000-4000 pounds on a regular basis with a
vehicle rated at 3000-4000 pounds usually results in an early demise of
the vehicle. The new Taco comfortably tows the trailer, and provides
the perfect balance of size and power for my taste, without having to
deal with the size of an F150, Silverado, or Ram. Getting similar
performance from a Dakota would require a V8.
Last, but not least, the 2005 F150 is not available with my preference
of transmission, a manual.
Back to the size is relative stuff, most of the other folks that do what
I do drive 350 HP full-size pickups and SUV's.