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Need a farm truck, suggestions wanted.

I’m needing a reliable truck to use on the weekends to run to the feed store and hardware store. Probably be used less than 50 times a year. I don’t want to buy an expensive truck but need something reliable. Needs to be 3/4 ton in case I have to take my horses to the vet.
Must be 3/4 ton in case I need to take my horses to the vet. Any suggestions? Looking to spend 7k or less.
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You don't need a diesel for that. You can find a gasser pretty reasonable. 05 and up has front coil springs and rides better but even that isn't a big deal for what you want.

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I had a 96 F250 with gas 7.5L and only issue was drum brakes. Not sure what year 4 wheel disk brakes came into super duty land but I would look for one with 4 wheel disk brakes. Since a horse trailer doesn't weigh that much, suggest you check out smaller displacement gas trucks as they are far less expensive and require less maintenance than a diesel.
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$7K, reliable and 3/4 ton, 1 of the 3 need to go. Don't expect to spend $7k for a truck and not need to do something to it. Diesels also don't like to sit, a low mileage gas option would be better. Regardless things like brakes, rust, interior or something is going to be off in that price range.

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You don't need a diesel for that. You can find a gasser pretty reasonable. 05 and up has front coil springs and rides better but even that isn't a big deal for what you want.
I agree. Though with Fords I would be in the 5.4 arena and those are trash. So id have to look into chevy’s or GMC.
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$7K, reliable and 3/4 ton, 1 of the 3 need to go. Don't expect to spend $7k for a truck and not need to do something to it. Diesels also don't like to sit, a low mileage gas option would be better. Regardless things like brakes, rust, interior or something is going to be off in that price range.
Maybe I should have said most reliable for <7k. If it needs something I can do it. I just don’t want to replace an engine or tranny if possible. I’m in the south so virtually none of the vehicles have rust issues unless they were shipped down from up north, interior I can deal with it being a little dodgy as it’s a farm truck. I need it to get me to the feed store or lot and back once a week.
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Maybe I should have said most reliable for <7k. If it needs something I can do it. I just donít want to replace an engine or tranny if possible. Iím in the south so virtually none of the vehicles have rust issues unless they were shipped down from up north, interior I can deal with it being a little dodgy as itís a farm truck. I need it to get me to the feed store or lot and back once a week.
I'd look for a 99-05 Triton V10 or an 2011+ 6.2 V8. They're relatively simple and should be plenty to tow a horse trailer every now and again.

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Where you located? I have an 85 Chevy 3/4 4x4, with th400 and 4:10's that was used for pulling horses that I just put a brand new 350 in that I'm going to sell. It's a southern Cali truck so no rust. It had a brand new paint job when I bought it, but it has some micro cracks in the paint now. I got sick right after I bought it and it sat in the sun.
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Where you located? I have an 85 Chevy 3/4 4x4, with th400 and 4:10's that was used for pulling horses that I just put a brand new 350 in that I'm going to sell. It's a southern Cali truck so no rust. It had a brand new paint job when I bought it, but it has some micro cracks in the paint now. I got sick right after I bought it and it sat in the sun.
I’m in the Chattanooga area. I’d be willing to drive though.
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Maybe I should have said most reliable for <7k. If it needs something I can do it. I just don’t want to replace an engine or tranny if possible. I’m in the south so virtually none of the vehicles have rust issues unless they were shipped down from up north, interior I can deal with it being a little dodgy as it’s a farm truck. I need it to get me to the feed store or lot and back once a week.
I'd look for a 99-05 Triton V10 or an 2011+ 6.2 V8. They're relatively simple and should be plenty to tow a horse trailer every now and again.
. How many miles if maintained well can you trust the V10? I don’t have any experience with them.
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