Today, 35% of American families are choosing toÂ grow food in their own homestead, according to reports by the National Gardening Association. Not to mention, the statistics are expected to rise by 2020. Perhaps youâ€™ve grown tired of questionable GMO products, the fast-paced city life, and looking for the simple countryside of living.
So, youâ€™ve made the decision to sell your furniture, quit your city job, buy some land, and use your highly-deserved savings. Thatâ€™s when it hits you â€“ how are you going to transport and move all your things? And how much cargo do you really need?
Trucks: a homesteaderâ€™s best friend
Running a homestead involves moving equipment and materials around. The load might be as light as a few pounds of gravel or as heavy as a 5-ton sack of manure. Although they might appear to carry the same weight,Â trucks have different capabilitiesÂ when it comes to loading and towing away the goods.
When choosing a truck for your homestead, having the right features can make the difference between an easy steading experience and a painful challenge. First, you will need to consider the largest loads you plan to haul. Two factors to choosing a truck are tongue weight, which is the force that willÂ hold the trailer on the hitch ballÂ and the gross mass, which is the weight of the vehicle plus the load. The suspension should be able to handle at least 10% of the trailers maximum gross weight.
Four Wheels Versus Two
YourÂ goal is to build and farm, which means plenty of hauling, moving, storing, cutting, lifting, towing, and winching. A good 4×4 truck with a sturdy bed and a strong engine will be the best bet for any homestead. Truck buyers often seek out four-wheel-drive models with high-tech upgrades like big tires and upgraded suspensions.
The additional features that are often standard on 4-wheel-drives can cost more than most homesteaders are willing to pay, not to mention, the cost of maintenance. So, unless you need the added traction, consider going with a two-wheel-drive.
Whatever the size of truck you choose, the secret to getting the most productivity of your homestead drive is to take preventative maintenance. Modern trucks are built to last. So, spend your money on putting fresh oil in, maintain your suspension, and keep the equipment to run your homestead in the best of care.
Written by Cassie Steele