That being said... I had an '84 Ranger as my first vehicle ever, and I have always had the itch to go back to having a little compact truck. So I think once the project motorcycles are gone and I've finished the refresh on the Lancer, I will build a homeowner truck. So it can have my own little twist on it.
I love my truck, 1/2 ton Chevy. It's smooth, comfortable and quiet. It cruises on the interstate.
I haven't carried anything in it that I couldn't have put in numerous hatchbacks, small SUV's and sports cars in the past, but when I do, it's easier. I live in the suburbs so there's always room to park. My wife loves it because "I feel so safe". I have an acre lot in a subdivision. The truck will last forever. I got a good deal. I will admit, it's big, but doesn't feel big anymore.
I don't need it, but I love it. It's a very versatile vehicle.
Unless you are doing a DIY renovation of the entire house, you don't need a truck.
I've owned a house for 10 years, and have borrowed a truck from friends/family on 4 occasions during that time. Two of those to move into/out of said house when we were renovating it.
Hey OP, if you're looking for an excuse to buy a truck, then buy one after you buy the house.
But do you need a truck? No. Not trying to sound braggy, but I've owned 3 old homes (1950-something, 1928, and currently 1939 fixer upper), have rental properties, and co-own a business that regularly does deliveries and offsite events. I've never had a truck. My GTI did come in handy a few times though.
For your brush pile; can you wrap it up in a tarp like an xmas present and fit it in a car or SUV? That's how I typically handle that sort of situation; a truck bed ought to be tarped anyway.
I have owned multiple houses for 12+ years now. One of them I did a full on down to the cement walls renovation of the basement. I’ve never owned a truck. Everything that went into my basement except the drywall was hauled in my TSX or wife’s RDX. It can be done.
But, it’s not the best tool for the job. Often I had screwy situations like the below, and it was only the fact I was driving short distances on back roads that let me get away with it. And that doesn’t count the wear and tear on the interior. If you want a truck, and you have space and budget for a truck (or beater van/SUV) I bet it comes in handy way more than you think. But you can do without.
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I've been in this house since 2014 and have never needed a truck
The one time I used one put me off completely. I rented a Uhaul pickup to get a freezer from a Sears outlet. Brought it home, it didn't work Had to rent another truck to take it back. Lowes' delivers, along with everyone else.
If you do a ****load of yardwork or w/e then it makes sense. But I was hauling wood in my 350Z. Most people who live in houses don't have pickup trucks.
acreage/old house/diy person.
I really own 2 trucks as I also have a plow truck
Originally Posted by VigorousZX
My dad always had a truck of some sort growing up. When I became of driving age, I kinda laughed at him for not having a cooler vehicle, like a car. He told me that if I ever had a truck, I'd never want to be without one again.
Boy, was he right. When I bought my single family house, I mainly had a Jetta Sportwagen and then a 5-door Golf TDI. I got by with those vehicles, bringing stuff home from Lowes for bathroom remodels and garage supplies. Even bags of mulch/dirt. But then I traded the TDI in on the brand-spankin'-new BRZ and I realized I couldn't haul anything anymore. So I went out and found a 4-year-old base-model Ranger with 40k miles on it. And, man, was that a life-changer.
Not only was I able to not worry about where ever I took it, but I always had it right at my fingertips for whatever. Being able to find something (furniture, car parts, etc) on Craigslist and telling the guy "I'll be over now" instead of "I'll be over once I find/rent/borrow a suitable vehicle to pick up the item" was a great way to actually not have items sold out from under me. I could trim trees and throw 8- or 10-foot branches in my truck and take them to the dump rather than having to cut them up in to nice 4-foot sections to bundle them up for curbside pickup. That alone is a huge timesaver. Also, a bed-load of bulk mulch is $15, which is a lot cheaper and easier to deal with than going to Lowes and buying bag after bag. It's also saved me a bit of money on delivery costs. Instead of paying $200 to get one item delivered, I could pick it up for free 10 minutes from my house. Taking my lawnmower to get its blades sharpened is now a non-event.
In addition to all that stuff, I also use my truck for volunteer work (hauling tools & supplies around) and, yeah, moving stuff for friends and family (but hey, I actually like my friends and family, so it's okay).
I liked that Ranger so much that I sold it. I sold it and traded in my Golf R and got a new Ridgeline. I combined two vehicles into one nice driving vehicle that can haul stuff or go to the dump when necessary. And it's really convenient to have around. I don't have to worry about driving to a rental place, standing around there for a half our, renting a truck, driving back, and only then being able to get some real work accomplished.
Could I deal without having a truck? Yeah, sure I could. But having one is a lot more convenient than not. And I'm a lot less worried about hauling stuff in the truck than I would be trying to lay down a canvas drop cloth a car's cargo area to prevent scratching up the interior. And now with the Ridgeline, I've combined two cars into one and I have a vehicle that does daily commutes and road trips very well and I can throw stuff in the back without worrying about it. I's a great vehicle. It's even got V-Tec, yo!
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After reading through more of this thread and seeing "you don't need, it's not hard to do it in X," etc etc... I will say this. Hardly anyone ever needs a pickup truck, but..
..when you're balls deep in a project and you need to go to the store to get materials, or you are cleaning up, not having to..
- fold seats down and lay a tarp to dispose of garbage/demo
- **** around in the parking lot moving things around in your vehicle
- worry about possibly scratching interior panels
- worry about staining/spilling/getting your interior dirty
- worry about fitment, period
..is worth $1,000,000. You're generally already frustrated, focused, worked up or in a hurry. Adding inconvenience to that is a recipe for disaster at least for me. I get impatient, I cut corners, I get frustrated and sometimes angry. Jumping in my little yet capable pickup and heading to the store for just about anything, walking out and just huffing it in the bed - perfection.
Realizing I'm one bag short on mulch and having to run back to the store after spending 6 hours in the sun, throwing it in the back of my hatchback/suv/wagon and the bag tears and spills contents out? 0-100 real quick.
But yeah, love having the Tundra for the last 2.5 years. So nice when we need it for truck stuff. Of course I'll be the first to admit that we probably only use it for truck stuff ~20% of the time.
But now I want a Raptor since I've found they can be had new < 50K. Extended cab, poverty spec, but still...
Current: '17 Tundra, '16 3 GT
Past/Sold: '13 Evo, '08 Si, '12 Mustang GT, '03 Evo VIII, '01 Golf 1.8T
Trucks are pretty useful when you're a homeowner, but I always have hated owning more than one vehicle. I bought a truck and sold my E90 when I bought my house and regretted it almost instantly. I'm much happier with my utility trailer setup, I get to drive a fun vehicle when I'm not hauling something, and when I need to haul, I've got more load capacity than my truck ever did.
That's really the line of thinking I was going with. I'm the type of person that likes to cut out as much of the middleman/waiting when I can do it myself stuff as much as possible. That's why I was thinking a cheaper beater truck would be nice to have around for those maintenance/updating projects I anticipate to be taking on.