So what are you towing with 1/2,3/4 or dually?

I’m probably going to tow about 6500lbs. What would you recommend for a pickup?

Julio Fernandez
Tampa Bay Area
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A truck that weighs at least 6,500 pounds itself would be preferred.

3/4 ton is adequate. Brakes and tires are paramount in the equation.

Dually is most likely not necessary.

3/4 is on top of the list. That 36 gallon tank is scary. I’m guessing its ok since I’m buying it with a Diesel engine.

Julio Fernandez
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3/4 should be fine. The brakes and axle strength should handle the weight easily, especially if you get a diesel. 1/2 would do it but on a daily basis, the 3/4 ton will last longer. 1 ton would be fine too and give you room to pull bigger if you ever decide to.

Cool. Thanks guys.

Julio Fernandez
Tampa Bay Area
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I one ton will have a bigger brake system than a 3/4 ton. Either truck will pull it the trick is trying to stop it in a hurry. Plus you can usually pick up a one ton for less than a 3/4 ton since most 3/4 ton truck are lariat model or something similar. Most one ton are xlt or xl models if you have trailer brakes it help but its going to take you a while to learn the setting based on how full your tanks are

Get a Prodigy P2 brake controller and live the good life. There is just nothing like a good brake controller to make trailer pulling pleasant.

I found a lot of affordable 1 ton but won’t it be a bigger hit on my gas expense.

Julio Fernandez
Tampa Bay Area
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Just a personal preference but once I pulled a trailer with a dually I won’t go back to a single wheel again. Not so much for the weight but the ride is a lot better. A lot less sway and movement back there. 3/4 ton will handle the weight fine. We’ve had 10,000lbs behind f250 just fine. Now we have a f350 duals that rocks.

There is no difference in a f250 or f350 other than the brakes. Rear springs and rear axle capisity. Mpg is the same enless you get a dually. My hauler is a 2002 f350 crew cab shortbed. It gets 22mpg on the hwy unloaded and 15mpg pulling a 15000 trailer. And it lifted on 35 inch tires. Although i get about 10mpg around town no matter what i do. It is a diesel and i wouldn’t have anything else in a truck

Were up to p3 now :slight_smile: I got mine awhile back it’s very nice and easy to use

Good info. I will look into that prodigy p2.

Julio Fernandez
Tampa Bay Area
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There are other trucks besides a Ford. Just saying.

Look at 2007 and newer Tundra. You can pull 10000 with it. Brakes are big and work great. Almost 400hp V8 can get this thing going. I had 2000lbs on my truck while pulling 3000lbs trailer with no trailer brakes. It was smooth and no problems. Transmission downshifts when towing, so you brake with engine to. I love it

We had ours installed at the trailer place for like $200 per truck. I drive a 1500 and will be pulling the trailer probably less then 20% of the time.

What do you guys think about the ram 2500 w/ the Cummings engine?

Julio Fernandez
Tampa Bay Area
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Reliable engine plenty of power and best mpg of all the diesels. That being said the trucks have the biggest POS tranny in them. If you find one with a manual it will last forever. Cummins is for the most part a trouble free engine. Enless you buy the common rail model they has some problems with those.

I think that you added a “g” to Cummins. You’ll hear very few complaints from their owners.

Pick what you’re comfortable writing a check for. Don’t confuse the issue with what is “best”, as there is none. They are all good.

What is your budget? and is this a workhorse or a new play toy that may pull a trailer once in a while?

Yeah that g came in the drop down from my cells auto spell/auto correct. Lol. I have seen prob two manual transmission 2500. I’m trying to stay between 15k-25k. If I finance I might go as high as 33k. I’m going to be towing as often as I get work. I’m going to slap a nice half wrap on it. Where ever I go I will be promoting my biz.

Julio Fernandez
Tampa Bay Area
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Wrap sounds good. Are there turnpikes/parkways/fancy roads there that don"t allow commercial vehicles? I know that John T has to be aware of that issue in New York.

Get a white work truck with the proper axle/brake/tow rating at a price point/age/condition that makes sense for now.
Diesel is a preference. Not your only option.