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2oldman

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ShinerBock wrote:

I wonder how many times we are going to hear "You can never have too much truck" or "I never heard someone complain that they had too much truck"....
or, "You won't even know it's back there."

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2oldman wrote:

ShinerBock wrote:

I wonder how many times we are going to hear "You can never have too much truck" or "I never heard someone complain that they had too much truck"....
or, "You won't even know it's back there."


I know I have a trailer behind my empty 12k lb international. Be it a 3000-12,000 lb trailer. Knew it behind my dmax dually too.
One should always know feel that a trailer is back their vs no trailer.
As far as 15 vs 25 vs 35 series. My rwd reg cab basic 2500 has/had 300 lbs less door sticker payload than my mid trim dmax, 4wd crew cab dually...... But, if you go with axle ratings, dually is 2000+ lbs ahead of 2500.
It is no fun having to little suspension ability, as it is being shy on power. I'll take a correct sized chassis underpowered I've an overpowered under chassid'd rig.

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The answer is it depends.

Lightly loaded half ton truck with 175 lb man and a 120 lb woman and a mini dog... no problem.

1,000 lbs of flesh in the Cab plus a bed full of camping gear and 1,000 lbs of tongue weight and you are looking at an average half ton waiting for a scene of the accident

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2oldman wrote:

ShinerBock wrote:

I wonder how many times we are going to hear "You can never have too much truck" or "I never heard someone complain that they had too much truck"....
or, "You won't even know it's back there."


Just bought a RAM 3500 SRW with the 6.7 Cummins and I still know the trailer is back there and it is 9500 lbs loaded. Anyone who says they can't feel the trailer back there even if they have way more truck that they need isn't paying enough attention.

To the OP sorry to hijack the thread. You will be fine with a properly setup 1/2 ton. I did it for 11 years with a trailer same weight as yours.


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Which TV is most appropriate is going to depend on the trailer itself and not just its overall weight. It’s weight distribution by design (yaw inertia), axle position, tongue weight, and how it’s loaded will make a difference. Both could be capable from a general point of view of overall weight and payload.


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While boating and talking about right-a-way we always said tonnage wins hand down. The same can be said for tow vehicles. We towed a 16K 39' 5th wheel and now a 8K 27' TT with the same 2015 3500 RAM 4x4 CC SB. It towed/tows both just fine. Do I want to get rid of the 3500 now that the 5th wheel is parked in our summer RV park, nope! I love the 3500 diesel RAM. Chris

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A capable 1/2 ton is doable with a 7500# trailer but you may have to pay attention to what/where you're packing. How much weight you carry in the truck (people, gear in the bed, etc.) is also a big factor. A 3/4 ton would pretty much allow you to just forget about weight and bring anything (or anyone) you want. So, if you want to have a good excuse to leave your mother-in-law at home, get the 1/2 ton. If not, get a 3/4 ton [emoticon]

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My bunkhouse is a similar weight, and I tow with a 1500hd tha GM mad in the early 2000's, it has the drive train I'v a 3/4 and a 1/2 ton body. It handles the trailer pretty well, but could use a little more power. I'm looking at new trucks, and will definatley be going 3/4 ton, and probably with a gas engine.

You could tow with a proper 1/2 ton, but if you are buying a truck I'd go ahead and get the 3/4. The prices are not that much more, so the is not much downside.


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seems like the first topic of feedback is payload/etc. etc. However, IMHO there are a few other differences that could sway you one way or the other. My observations.

1) Many 1/2 ton "crew cab's" have a shorter std box than a 3/4 ton. less cargo room.
2) Many 1/2 ton are shorter overall than the comparable 3/4 ton.
3) Many 1/2 tons have a lower step in height than 3/4 ton.

So, before deciding just on payload etc. look at the box length, interior room, overall length and decide what fits YOUR needs and wants best.

For us, a long enough short box to haul motorcycles or loads of dirt, a large back seat to take 5 adults comfortably was high priority, and I sacrificed overall length, and step in height and turning radius and went with 3/4 ton. But again that was OUR priority, decide based on YOUR priorities.


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The math works fine as long as you don't go bigger. If you think you might someday go 3/4 ton


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