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Isuzu NPR as a tow rig? #703707
03/07/06 07:05 AM
03/07/06 07:05 AM
bob large  Offline OP
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Coeurdalene ID
So Iím thinking about getting a tow rig for my 4x4 toys. And Iím going too need something to tow all my junk the next time I move. (2nd gen troop, first gen amigo, my samurai buggy, all my regular junk) And Iíd love to keep it going with the Isuzu's.

I found a somewhat local yard that caries used commercial rigs including NPRís.
They where priced in the $3500 to $6000 range. With the 3.9L diesel 4 speed auto trans. And they have both, flat beads, and boxes. The beds are in the $500 range and the boxes in the $1000 range.

And of course there are lots of them on eBay.

So would the NPR be a good choice?
Anyone have one?

I thought about dumping this in the diesel section but itís not really a diesel specific question soÖ

NPR... good tow rig?
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Re: Isuzu NPR as a tow rig? [Re: bob large] #703708
03/07/06 09:35 AM
03/07/06 09:35 AM
StinkBug  Offline
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Are you planning on trying to transport all that stuff at once, or separately? IMHO it really depends on what else you plan on using it for. If its just a dedicated tow rig then it'd probably do the job fairly well, though I'm not sure on the comfort for long trips. If you plan to use it a bit during the week I think you'd be better off just getting a full size pickup. It'll ride and drive better, probably have similar or more power depending on drivetrain, and will be a bit more functional in the DD mode.


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Re: Isuzu NPR as a tow rig? [Re: StinkBug] #703709
03/07/06 10:12 AM
03/07/06 10:12 AM
Rodeo Guy  Offline
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If you need to tow all that junk for your move, rent some huge uhaul, or even an 18 wheeler. If you want a tow rig that you can still drive around town occasionally I would still say go with a pickup. Early-mid 90's diesels in good condition are going to be hard to find for 6k, but you can find plenty of gassers in that price range.

And if you need to tow the sammy, just stick that thing in the cargo basket in your trooper <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/pfft.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Isuzu NPR as a tow rig? [Re: Rodeo Guy] #703710
03/07/06 02:26 PM
03/07/06 02:26 PM
RobG  Offline
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mostly depends on what you're after... if you're looking to be different and want a little wow factor, then rolling up to the trail with an Isuzu NPR pulling your Isuzu rig could be cool.

that sad, I don't think an NPR is the best bargin out there in terms of towing capability. They're actually not as powerful as you think, ride is a bit rough, and parts are not easy to come by. you're also more likely to encounter attention from the DMV pulling with something like that vs a 1-ton truck.

IMO, in terms of cost and performance, you're better off with a 1-ton diesel truck.


Re: Isuzu NPR as a tow rig? [Re: bob large] #703711
03/07/06 05:35 PM
03/07/06 05:35 PM
Rust_in_Peace  Offline
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Posts: 344
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I see more and more of them in campgrounds pulling big 5th wheelers. Most have custom beds with super storage options. Talked to the Isuzu Sales Mgr. about it several months ago and he's got several full-time RV'ers leasing their second NPR.

To me the biggest attraction over a pickup is the storage options. The ride probably sucks.

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Re: Isuzu NPR as a tow rig? [Re: Rust_in_Peace] #703712
03/07/06 06:41 PM
03/07/06 06:41 PM
96TrooperSE  Offline
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 108
Madison, Wisconsin
Sorry, but I had to say HELL NO! If you want a good tow rig and want to stick with Isuzu the best bet would have to be the Silverado/Sierra with the Duramax Diesel. 6.6L diesel built by Isuzu. They're not cheap, but they can tow just about anything.

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Re: Isuzu NPR as a tow rig? [Re: 96TrooperSE] #703713
03/07/06 08:12 PM
03/07/06 08:12 PM
Smiley  Offline
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Iím pretty sure everyone will agree that the Isuzu NPR and Mitubishi Fuso are quite comparable to one another - almost like identical cousins. Ė Anyway:

I donít have any experience with the NPR, but several years ago, Kathy and I logged a whole lot of miles in a brand new Fuso. --- We traveled all up and down the east coast, with trips to Miami, Boston, and almost everywhere in-between, selling (of all things) handcrafted rustic birdhouses <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif" alt="" /> - and I can tell you first-hand that it was NOT AT ALL a comfortable vehicle to travel in.

Kathyís legs bothered her for a couple of years afterward, solely because she couldnít fully extend them while we were out on the road for several+ hours at a time Ė and I think thereís still a flat spot on my backside from that awful seat.

Aside from the ĎKeeping it in the Isuzu Familyí Cool Factor, Iím not sure if Iíd want one myself.

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Re: Isuzu NPR as a tow rig? [Re: Smiley] #703714
03/07/06 09:22 PM
03/07/06 09:22 PM
CPOM  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 2,285
Boston (roslindale)
late 90's F350 Ford diesel 4x4 with the kingpin HP60 front coverted to run on WVO. That is my long term plan anyways, they are cheap, reliable and very common.

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Re: Isuzu NPR as a tow rig? [Re: Smiley] #703715
03/07/06 09:29 PM
03/07/06 09:29 PM
bob large  Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,156
Coeurdalene ID
Well I would love to get a new duramax 6.6L Chevy. But there absolutely no way Iím going to spend that kind of money. Really Iím looking at spending under 6k.

And as for the comfort factor. Thatís not too big of a concern. All the NPRís Iíve seen so far have chewed up driver seats so if I got one Iíd be getting an PRP "daily driver" seat the next day.

And anyway it wouldnít get driven that much. Just to tow my Sami buggy to the trail and to haul stuff. So once a month or so.

And I love the idea of the flip cab. It would make working on it so easy comparatively.

Steve C
Re: Isuzu NPR as a tow rig? [Re: bob large] #703716
03/07/06 09:34 PM
03/07/06 09:34 PM
bob large  Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,156
Coeurdalene ID
well after reading all these post and this one off of pirate i'm starting to question going with the NPR.


Steve C
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