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Posted: 10/08/18 01:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One of the big problems with saying a 1/2 ton is fine...the capability varies wildly depending on how they are optioned.

Yes, one that is optioned for max payload/towing will handle a 7500lb trailer but one optioned as a grocery getter may struggle with 5500lb.

Once you jump up to 3/4 ton, there is variation but even the lower ranges should handle 7500lb trailer no problem. Plus as mentioned, bigger brakes, axles, etc...

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Posted: 10/08/18 04:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With a properly weighed and set up wdh, a half ton can handle a 7500lb trailer without much issue. If You don't know your weights and don't scale the rig to set up the wdh, that's where towing heavy with a half ton can lead to trouble.

I personally love, my 2500 and I came out of a 2015 1500 Silverado to this ram and I have no regrets. But the ride is more harsh, worse fuel mileage, but I don't, mind the ride at all. Everyone is different and there's no right or wrong answer at the weights your talking about. More personal preference. Good luck

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Posted: 10/08/18 05:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I breezed though the comments and as many have mentioned not all 1/2 tons are the same.
Understand payload as that will be the first shortfall and some 1/2 tons can be on the light side.

Look at all the fine print in the trucks towing guide and understand what you need to get what on the big chart in the back eith all the diffrent variables.


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Posted: 10/08/18 07:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Based purely on many years of personal experience, towing various sizes/types of trailers, hauling hay and firewood, etc., I'm glad I have a 3/4 ton CTD.
My previous half ton was a great little truck, no doubt about it. It did the job just fine, until I towed a 7X14 enclosed cargo trailer from Billing to Sheridan WY, loaded up with ham radio gear. That poor little truck had a terrible time on the hills on I-90. When we got home from that trip, the half ton was put up for sale, and I began the search for a 3/4 ton CTD.
I will never go back to a half ton.
But, I would never buy a NEW 3/4 ton. They simply cost too much, when there are good used ones readily available for less than half the cost.
Oh, sure, many of the available used ones have "high miles", but that isn't critical with a diesel engine. My truck had a little over 400K on it when I bought it (for $6000). It starts good, runs good, drives good, and tows like a locomotive, and it has a 12K winch in the custom front bumper.

* This post was edited 10/08/18 07:43am by mowermech *

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Posted: 10/08/18 08:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One ton is best.

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Posted: 10/08/18 09:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"We are looking at an AF 25Y it weighs 6500 dry weight. Still well within modern 1/2 ton limits. "

My view of Arctic Fox 25Y says Dry Weight 7140. That is dry, and they weigh them without any of the options. You will be adding air, awnings, thermal pane windows, etc. This unit will probably weigh close to 8000 pounds before you add your own stuff. A long haul cruise you will take lots of stuff for multiple climates and opportunities.

I reckon you will be close to 10,000 towed and back of the truck carried in the canopy. Yup, buy a bigger truck. Even consider a one ton.

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Posted: 10/08/18 10:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My answer is that it depends on what kind of RVer you are. Are you a weekend warrior that sticks to a 3-4 hr drive from where you live with the odd long trip? Get the 1/2 ton of your choice and make sure it is equipped to tow (trans cooler, tow package, proper rear axle ratio). If you are considering getting a bigger RV in a few years, planning on going full time or taking cross country trips, etc. then get the 3/4 ton of your choice.

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Posted: 10/08/18 10:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would add one more thing to consider, will the truck be primarily for towing or will it be a daily driver used occasionally for towing. If daily driver, perhaps a 1500 optioned correctly would be ok, otherwise, get a 2500/3500 that will handle the towing fine.


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Posted: 10/08/18 10:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Artum Snowbird .....The AF 25Y Looks nice a nice RV with a good floor plan. Have you looked at Granddesign Imagine RVs? They are well insulated with R7 in the walls, R30 in the floor and R40 in the roof.

You are correct I am interested in a well insulated trailer. We have relatives in northern Maine and in AZ and NV that we plan to visit, so we could see hot and cold temps. That said, odds are we won't camp too much in very cold weather, but we'd like to stay cool in the hot weather, so insulation will help with that.

We liked the Granddesign Imagine 2500RL and 2600RB trailers...we are now reconsidering them now that we've agreed to replace the truck. I'm focusing my search on 3/4 and 1 tons....not cheap!!

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Posted: 10/08/18 11:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How many times are you going to ask the same question a different way before you decide on a truck?

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