I have had 3 Dodge cummins trucks with 3:54's and one with 4:10's, they all the ones with a 5spd trans got close to the same mpg, the one with the 4:10's got 1-2 better towing and you could tell it was so much easier on the truck when pulling a load.
I think you will be happy.
I am not sure what year it was but a few years ago Ford built a F250 quad cab 4X4 long bed king ranch diesel that was so heavy all you could haul was 4 grown men and 500 lbs in the bed before you were over the "max" pay load for the truck.......how many really believe you were in danger if you were also pulling a 7K lb camper ? ? ?
remember the good-ol days when folks put 4,000+ lb truck campers on 1965 3/4 ton SRW trucks, look what we have been brain washed to think is a deadly desaster, I am 51yrs old, been a farmer,machanic,tractor puller for all of my adult life, I have seen some things that even I think is a very bad idea, but pulling a 6-8k lb tag trailer with a 1/2 ton and a proper hitch is not even on my radar as a danger, come on guys.....have we became a society where we need to be told ( don't stick your hand under your lawn mower )
A good WD hitch, sway control, and good brakes on the TV as well as the TT.
Bear, I must be slow..... it took me 8 before I " think " I am done...... I went through everything but a class B motorhome, I have had TV that range from a 1967 Caprice, to an Olds Cutlass, to 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, 1 ton, and even thought about a 4500 for a while, then started going back down in camper size.
Of corse I know I am dreaming when I say ( this is the last camper I will buy ).
The camper industry should love me.
If you are just wanting to get out and take a trip, the southern tip of ILL is the hot spot, there are some nice campgrounds that are right in the center of the path, ( Fern Cliff State Park ) would be a good one, pluss you are in the Shawnee National Forest and there are some good day trips from there.
Go over it with a fine toothed comb before you sign, make them fix antthing that you find sub-parr, there is not much difference in the brands these days, I owned a Lance supposed to be one of the best, I now own a 2017 forest river and I have found very little that was better on the lance.
have fun with the new rig.
A half ton from the mid 90's is not the same truck in 2015, the newer trucks are huge and heavy with giant wheels and tires, for instance....my 1993 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 weighs 6,300 with me in it and full of fuel, I would be willing to say ( don't know for sure ) a new 1/2 tone is as heavy if not more, so in this case they would be the same with exception of payload, but as far as the white knuckle stuff it would make no difference.
what year is the 1/2 tons your are using ? do you have them set up with sway bars and WDH, a 6,500-7,000 lb wet TT would tow fine with a modern half ton with all the goodies, what you are talking about is the seat of your paints feeling, not ( OH I am 250lbs over my advertised max payload ).
if you tow in the mountains, tow at 70mph, take 1,500lb of stuff in the bed of the truck, then you need a 1 ton DRW truck.
If you tow 50 miles to the local CG a few times a year and home a newer 2012+ 1/2 ton will be fine with a sub 7,500lb TT.
I tow very A heavy goosneck a few times a year 19k+ with a 93 Dodge 1 ton DRW 4x4, you don't want to take your eyes off the road as you have a feeling it will take a while to stop, to me this never goes away even when towing my 6,500 lb TT, just an observation for me.
We got more good shots in Yellowstone of mammals, but we get pretty excited when we get a good shot of a new bird in the Appalachians, we tend to be drawn to them above 6,000ft during the spring migration, and this year will be no different.
I got my wonderful wife from God....... He felt sorry for me and gave me an angel, knowing I needed someone to care for and watch over me.
for 31 years this year, maybe she had been a bad girl or something because she got a raw deal.
Thank You God.
You can make anything work if you want to, I mean we used camp in tents, and sometimes no tent at all, just a tarp and a sleeping bag, A truck camper is much better than that, but be aware.....they are small, even the ones that are way to big for your truck, If you live in part of the country where they have some at dealers take along the grandkids and go look at one for an hour or 2, you will get the idea of what a cold rainy day will be like, Ours was nice for my wife and I but when we had more people it got close.......and we really really like each other.
as I said before it "will" work just don't go into it blind as to the size of them.
For us some of the big plus points is, park just about anywhere, camp in any campground, if you miss a turn they are super easy to turn around, they are just down right handy, I loved my TC alot more than my wife, she goes along with my motorcycle, antique tractor, gun thing without gripe, so I think I can give a little on the camper.
I am not a ford guy but I am in the diesel world hip deep with all brands, if you can buy a 6.0 that has had the EGR system already taken care of along with new head gaskets they are really a pretty good engine after that, the duramax engine is quite powerful and pretty dependable but parts and labor will kill ya if needed, some folks won't even look at trucks that are more than a few years old ( why I will never know ) but a dodge from 91.5-98.5 which takes in two body styles but still has the 12V mechanical pump cumins would be my choise for a truck to get you there and home, parts are better priced and most any diesel shop or farmer can work on them with no problems. I have had 4 trucks of this vintage all went well over 200k before I sold them with zero engine problems, they are not quiet, the truck it's self has a few problems but they are hard to beat.
Sounds like you are going to have an awesome time, And ( if ) something happens out on the road there are many many people who can and will come to the rescue including myself when you are in my area.
I will pm my phone number, hang on to it and take it with you.
when in Washington don't miss Mt Rainier, the Hoh rain forest, then on down the Red Woods, and Big Sir.....all these are a must.
please post up the photos.
Dar & Barb
72 here yesterday and it snowed 30 miles north of me this morning, it was 37* on my ride into work.
I have never seen such drastic swings so often through the winter here, it is very strange but it gives us a little break so it seems like winter is not so long.
the frogs around the house don't know what ot do.