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Gebrown

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Posted: 06/28/14 07:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dshelley wrote:

Gebrown wrote:

So whats the point in 1/2 ton trucks? They can't haul much, are they the grocery getters of the truck world?


What's the point of your question?


Just looking for opinions on 1/2 ton trucks. Seems most people on here have bigger trucks or recommend trucks larger than 1/2 tons when it comes to towing TH's or TT's.

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intheburbs wrote:

I towed a 5000-lb travel trailer with my half-ton Burb. Several trips to Florida and one to Yellowstone with a family of 5. 4000-lb rear axle was the weak link. Just made frequent stops at the scales to check my weights.

Also used it to pull a 3500-lb cargo trailer. Pulled just fine.
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Wow, how did that do when it was windy?

Nice looking setup and family by the way.

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Half ton trucks can be the ideal tool for the job. What are your requirements? I tow a 5000# TT with a Ram 5.7 1500. perfect combination in my mind. If I needed a larger hammer to do the job I would have bought one.

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donn0128 wrote:

Not true at all. They do an adequate job if kept within their specifications, just like any pickup truck. The key is the correct tool for the job.


X2 -- It's all in the fine print.

Watch the advertising, they say truck X can pull 11,000 lbs. People see those ads and the only thing they hear is "truck X can pull 11,000 lbs. They assume all truck X's can pull 11,000 lbs. Then the manufacturers build versions of truck X, that can't pull 11,000 lbs.

What the ads don't say is, truck X can pull 11,000 lbs only, if the driver weighs 150 lbs, he is alone, and he has no cargo. They also don't say, truck X can only carry 1500 lbs, and that includes aftermarket accessories, passengers, cargo, and trailer tongue weight, combined. People add a couple hundred pounds of accessories, 5 - 600 lbs of passengers and cargo, and think they can still pull that 11,000 lb trailer, with it's 1500 lb tongue weight.

Prime example -- Toyota Tundra pulling the space shuttle. If that space shuttle had 10 - 15 percent tongue weight, like a travel trailer, it would squash that Tundra like a bug.


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1/2 ton trucks are all purpose vehicles suitable for the vast majority of truck owners. You just have to know the limits of what it can safely do. I hauled 700 sq ft of brick pavers with mine. It took three trips to get them all home. It wasn't worth buying a dually for this one project.

The limiting factor is how much gear you haul in addition to your TT, TH, or 5er. Kayaks, bicycles, firewood, people, and pets will surpass most 1/2 ton trucks payload. This is the same reason that led to my recent 3/4 truck purchase. I want to take all my gear to enjoy the outdoors and get there safely.

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I really only use my 2500hd for towing and hauling my atvs and home improvement projects. On weeks that I am not needing to haul anything I try to drive it at least once a week so it gets exercised by making a trip to the grocery store.

I personally would be comfortable hauling up to 2000 lbs and towing about 7700 lbs with most half tons. This will cover the hauling and towing needs of most truck owners.

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As others have mentioned, it's nothing more than selecting the proper tool for the job. If the largest bolt I have to tighten is a 9/16 a 9 inch adjustable wrench will be much better for me than the 24 inch one than someone else might need for their inch and a half bolts. I have a trailer that weighs around 7000 pounds that I pull a several times a a year. The rest of the time, the truck is used for daily transportation. I had a 2500 diesel , but didn't need it., and I find that overall the new half ton provides me much more satisfaction.


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Modern crew cab 1/2 ton pickups are the mini van of the 21st century to soccer moms

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Pretty simple answer. Almost any vehicle can be suitable for towing, but some are better for the job than others, and they all have differing capabilities. Buying the right tool for the job by doing some research first is the best route to go.

I would gladly own a 1500 series RAM if I owned a smaller RV.


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Excluding TT use, mine has takin me elk hunting, taken the 4 wheeler to the trailhead for a day of riding, gotten pavers and sheet rock. Towed a boat to the lake, got some groceries, hauled a load of limbs to the local landfill. So I am not sure what to tell you.


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