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Old 06-27-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
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Towing 6000 lbs. What's the perfect truck?

...in a perfect world,

Thinking new truck
Bought a new TT. 5500 full + gear, never over 6000-ish.
Im looking at biting the bullet n getting a truck to fix all worries
Family of 4 comfort, best gas mileage, no sweating up hills.
Basically, never worry again about gcwr or anything like that.

I'm looking at all 2500's but not sure, or maybe a 1500?
I'm trading in a nissan titan which is under the vital numbers
And will work for now, but doesn't have the factory big tow package

Any thoughts?
Thankyou
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:36 AM   #2
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Just about any 1/2 ton truck that is reasonably equipped will handle that load just fine, AND not be too bad on the daily driver task either. But, having made a few decisions on the matter myself recently, I would still go with a 3/4 ton truck if you can. If nothing else, for future growth. It'll probably be overkill for a 6K lb trailer, but if you ever want to go bigger, at least you won't have to look at buying a bigger truck. You'll also not have to worry so much about what you put in the truck (firewood, kayak, canoe, bikes, coolers, extra fuel...) because we all know, payload is where 1/2 ton owners get the short end. But then again, I have a pretty short commute to work, so I can handle a lower empty MPG rating for daily driving than most people.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:37 AM   #3
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Ford F150, EcoBoost, max tow pkg,3.73 gears.
I pull 26RLS fifth wheel which weighs 9000 loaded without a problem. I live in Wyoming.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:44 AM   #4
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I was thinking 3/4 ton too. Does anyone have a preference on maker?

I'm going to test my Titan 4x4 next week by picking TT up at the dealers empty
(No hills on way home), then July 4th with a short-but-steep hill.

Any pref of gas/diesel?

Thx everyone for the advice
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:56 AM   #5
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Family of 4 comfort, best gas mileage, no sweating up hills.

Basically, never worry again about gcwr or anything like that.



Because of these two wants, go 3/4 ton (or more) diesel.

I'm really happy with my gmc 2500 diesel. It's overkill for our 264bhs but if I decide to get a bigger trailer I don't have to worry if my TV can do it.
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Family of 4 comfort, best gas mileage, no sweating up hills.

Basically, never worry again about gcwr or anything like that.


Because of these two wants, go 3/4 ton (or more) diesel.


I'm really happy with my gmc 2500 diesel. It's overkill for our 264bhs but if I decide to get a bigger trailer I don't have to worry if my TV can do it.
Bingo! This is exactly right. Do not waste the time or money on any 1/2 ton if this is truly your goal. You have described a diesel pickup as what you ultimately want, so don't settle for anything less.
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Bingo! This is exactly right. Do not waste the time or money on any 1/2 ton if this is truly your goal. You have described a diesel pickup as what you ultimately want, so don't settle for anything less.

X2 perfectly said!!!
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If you think you might get a bigger trailer in the next 5 years, go for the 3/4 diesel now and not later. If you think you'll be staying with this trailer for a while or staying in the same size/weight range get a 1/2 ton. When it comes time to repairing many things, the 3/4 ton will be more expensive. A lot more expensive in some cases. It's certainly worth it if you need to haul a lot of weight. But a modern 1/2 ton will work great for you in this weight range. I agree with the above, the F150 EcoBoost deserves a serious look.
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It's all up to your budget of course, but you'll find that a mid-range 3/4-1 ton with the diesel is the same cost as an upper level heavy 1/2 ton. Going from an F150 Ecoboost Lariat with the Max Tow and doodads was about the same as my Chevy 1 ton LT + (leather plus digital climate control) with the Duramax diesel. It's overkill for our 28DSBH but now my tow is comfortable plus room to grow.
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...in a perfect world,

Thinking new truck
Bought a new TT. 5500 full + gear, never over 6000-ish.
Im looking at biting the bullet n getting a truck to fix all worries
Family of 4 comfort, best gas mileage, no sweating up hills.
Basically, never worry again about gcwr or anything like that.

I'm looking at all 2500's but not sure, or maybe a 1500?
I'm trading in a nissan titan which is under the vital numbers
And will work for now, but doesn't have the factory big tow package

Any thoughts?
Thankyou
The only thing that wont sweat going up hills and you won't have to worry about weights is a diesel. If there is a chance you'll be moving up in trailer size I'd say look into it. We made the mistake of upgrading truck and then trailer and then truck. All in all should have just bought diesel to being with. I'll never buy another gasser. They are more expensive to maintain and buy but it'll last forever. Never had a second thought about the price once I started towing with it. I can tow at any speed I want and on any terrain. And I can use cruise control because it doesn't want to constantly shift. A rougher ride when empty though.

BTW I have a Ford with the 6.7. Dodge has or is releasing a 1500 with a diesel in it. And Toyota and Nissan are following within the next year to 3 years. Don't know any specs on any of them though.

I get 12-13 pulling my 8000 lb 5er around Michigan. I got about 9 with my gasser. 3-4 mpg doesn't sound like much but it's a 33% increase.
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