Vehicle Usefulness hauling/towing/grocery getting ect.

Sprung Monkey

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Vehicle Usefulness hauling/towing/grocery getting ect.



Rate and list the big stuff you’ve thought naw too big but did any way.



So far I’ve towed a 2900LB boat + 600LB trailer. One way tripe are 220miles



Hauled 16’ 4x4



5 five gallon buckets of crused rock for my back yard drive/park.



Now I have a boat in the trunk. I’ve always wanted a boat in the bag this is a lot more.kindof like a big wide surfboard surrounded w/ air chambers very heavey duty rubber.





I intend to fab a cross brace on the lugguage rack w/ a roller in the middle then transport the 8’ inflatable rib on the roof Aussie style .yes it’s a bit heavey at 68LBs but I am used to Putting a 200LB 28’ fiberglass extension ladders on roofs of work vans.



w/ the ladders it was like straight press up then down into rack.



Loading the vessel will be roll into position lean hull onto the roller lift rear of hull basically tilt and press her on.



First off I need to patch a ½ hole in the front chamber. The 2 rear chambers are fine, Then a few coats of latex paint to help protect the rubber.



What do you Guy’s think
 

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SBUBandit

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Rented a 2 yard dump trailer to get a few loads of stone and fill dirt while working on a shed project. When I got there to pickup the trailer, it was broke, so I took the only alternative, a super heavy 4 yard tandem axle dump trailer with high sides. I hauled one load with 2 yards of stone in it. The TB did it but under protest, so the rest of the loads I ran 1 yard at a time. I push the TB pretty hard occasionally, but that was the only time I was legitimately concerned I was going to break something.
 

HARDTRAILZ

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Mine was not real happy with a 7x12 tandem dump filled with dirt for a few miles. Our trailer was basically filled to top of sides. I would not have done it far or often.

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TollKeeper

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Back in 2012 I bought a front load washer and dryer, a electric stove, Dishwasher, Over The Range Microwave. I brought them all home in 1 trip.

Many times hauling my ATV or Snowmobile.

Hauled a 6000lb tracked Skidster, and its 1500 lbs trailer. (overloaded my GMT, short haul, low speed, replaced the brakes when I was done, they were clearly smoked!)

3000 lbs of bricks

1/2 cord of wood

and the most precious cargo, my wife and son!

I love my XUV. Most reliable truck, most versatile truck, I have ever owned. Grocery getter when you need it, and a light duty work truck when you need it. No matter what I throw at her, she is always ready for more.

Mine was not real happy with a 7x12 tandem dump filled with dirt for a few miles. Our trailer was basically filled to top of sides. I would not have done it far or often.

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Do I spy a Triumph TR7?
 
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HARDTRAILZ

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That is a 76 TR6. One of 7 or 8 we have in various states of function. Also have a TR8 which is the wedge shape with the V8 in a 2500lb car that is a solid driver.
 

C-ya

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I hauled over 700 lbs of old scrap metal INSIDE mine a few years back. Back row and middle row of seats were down. That trip was when I learned how much she really weighed. Weiner dog? Pot bellied pig is more like it! Me, the truck, and a quarter tank of gas was right at 5,300 lbs on the final weigh on the way out.

She rode pretty darn nice, though!

Just recently pulled my 4,600 lb boat/trailer combo home on a trip of about 100 miles. Easy work for the V8 and 3.73s.

Like @TollKeeper said above, these are pretty versatile trucks. I don't want to think of replacing mine as it does everything I need it to except pass a gas station. She is starting to show her age though. 205K miles, smoking on startup about every other time, some lifter tap when cold - more than in the past, rust underneath, rusty doors and lift gate. But damn it, she still looks good and does what I need.
 
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NJTB

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What C-ya said. Not a heavy duty truck but very versatile for what I do.
Hauled a 4000 lb. boat and trailer several hundred miles several times, moved the smaller stuff from 2 houses when we changed addresses, LOTS of construction stuff (sheet rock, lumber, cement blocks, etc.
I'm really gonna miss this thing when it finally dies.
 

BrianF

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Going back on what I have used the old girl for.... Hauled about 5k once, maybe 500km. The usual load from 2006 to 2011 was maybe 3-3500 pounds. A little tandem axle 2 horse, straight haul trailer. It actually did great, you just lock out 4th and take your time.

The biggest thing is just day to day or weekend trips. It is super maneuverable in the city and parking lots, low enough for easy ingress/egress and a decent cargo area for groceries or weekend luggage.

Sure a car or minivan would do this fine but having true 4x4 for all season and the ability to absorb all the gravel road damage is nifty.

I can hack on the engineers in one breath, having the diff bolted to the oil pan, greased CAD etc but in that same breath I have low hood sightlines, sharp turning radius etc. I am really going to miss this thing when it ages out. Originally I said I would take it to 300,000km but I will shoot for 400 and see what happens when I get there. I am keeping my eyes out for a 2006+ lower mileage replacement as well.

I don't need it for hauling garbage or trailers, I have 2 trucks for those tasks. I am just happy having this as a daily driver.
 
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Sprung Monkey

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What C-ya said. Not a heavy duty truck but very versatile for what I do.
Hauled a 4000 lb. boat and trailer several hundred miles several times, moved the smaller stuff from 2 houses when we changed addresses, LOTS of construction stuff (sheet rock, lumber, cement blocks, etc.
I'm really gonna miss this thing when it finally dies.
What C-ya said. Not a heavy duty truck but very versatile for what I do.
Hauled a 4000 lb. boat and trailer several hundred miles several times, moved the smaller stuff from 2 houses when we changed addresses, LOTS of construction stuff (sheet rock, lumber, cement blocks, etc.
I'm really gonna miss this thing when it finally dies.
so a 4'x8' sheet rock fits in the trunk.

I really need to remove my spare tire from inside the cabin. the carrier under the car seized up one day I'll attempt a repair drill the rivets out of carrier and replace old dried grease.
 

Maverick6587

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@Sprung Monkey I had the same problem with mine, the stuck spare tire. I ground it with a grinder and ended up having to use a torch to cut the bracket that holds the wheel at the end of the metal wire.
 

redline customs

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FB_IMG_1591762347026.jpgI can't find the total weight of the thing( takeuchi TB216) can only find the operational weight(I guess that's different, way I understood is that is basically the amount of force you can put on the bucket before it tips if setting right.) The trailer weighs a little over 1800#. Hauled this 78 miles(one way, mostly highway) and she was slow but got it done, and got it the other 78 miles to the rental yard when I was done with it. When I was loading it(no ramps, did it the good ole fashioned way) and set the tracks on the back of the trailer, it picked up the rear end for a second then kind bounced back and forth. Scared my wife half to death because I had her in the driver's seat holding the brake pedal in case it did pick the rear up.
 

6716

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Hauling retaining wall debris today. Just a yard at a time. But way cheaper than a demo dumpster.
 

gmcman

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Mine was not real happy with a 7x12 tandem dump filled with dirt for a few miles. Our trailer was basically filled to top of sides. I would not have done it far or often.

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Wow...lol, I just saw this. Was the trailer leveled off with dirt or domed? With 18" sides and leveled off, that would be about 8K plus the trailer.

I just recently took my smaller single-axle to the quarry to get a ton of 21A. You pull on the scale and tug on the cord to drop the stone. I had been there many years ago to get 10 tons at a time and remember how fast it fills.

So I gave it a quick tug and in about 2 seconds, I had 2 tons and the tires looked quite different...lol.

All was good, no damage, luckily I made a DIY unloader to save the day.
 

Mooseman

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That poor TB must have been in 2nd gear the whole time dropping to first on any grades.

Towing our old 5200# loaded TT with the TB, hitting any decent grade would drop to 2nd. It pulled it but wasn't happy. That was why I switched to the Saab with its 5.3. Did much better however, just recently, it blew the motor while pulling our new TT with a dry weight of 5400# however was likely over 6000# loaded without water. The 5.3 struggled uphill, dropping to 2nd, which was when the rod bearing went. To note though is that motor always had a noise that I thought was piston slap. The Avalanche with its 6.0L and 4.10 gears is much better.
 

Reprise

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Mooseman

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Can't have more versatile than this...

And when we put that sled in my son's Silverado Crew Cab, it stuck out by 4 feet. Love the Avalanche.
 

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Reprise

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Can't have more versatile than this...

And when we put that sled in my son's Silverado Crew Cab, it stuck out by 4 feet. Love the Avalanche.
Don't know if putting the @ss end in first was an option (guessing the front skis were up as far as they'd go, anyway). But if not... you might've fit the entire length in -?
Not that it was hanging out a lot, anyway, and you'd never have been able to raise the tailgate, in any event. Just curious.

Tell the son he needs to get the 8ft bed, next time :laugh:

Did you find yourself cranking the heat a bit more, since you had the midgate open? 🥶
 

TollKeeper

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Reminds me of when I am hauling my sled in my XUV.. Mines only a 138 thou. I cant afford them big boys..
 

Mooseman

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Did you find yourself cranking the heat a bit more, since you had the midgate open? 🥶
Actually yes and cranked the seat heaters however, my son on the passenger side was getting more cold air than I was but wasn't too bad. It was around 5c out. Certainly wouldn't do this in the dead of winter.

I've never seen a sled loaded backwards except in enclosed trailers. Only thing that could prevent this is the windshield getting ripped off from catching the reverse wind. Wasn't a big deal and is a regular thing to have the track sticking out the back of trucks. As long as it's tied down properly and have a red flag attached if sticking out 4+ feet, you're legal.
 

Reprise

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Only thing that could prevent this is the windshield getting ripped off from catching the reverse wind
Oh. Yeah. :dunce:

As for the bun warmers, I've already got at least the seatback one on at 10C. And that's with the windows closed 🔥
 

Mektek

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I loaded it with pavers until the rear suspension completely bottomed out. At night this was a problem because the headlights were pointing at the sky:rotfl:
Fortunately I was only driving a few miles each trip.....
That also showed me that the jounce bumpers were crumbling. Never could find good ones at the PYP........
 

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