Originally Posted by napria
Am I missing something? Whenever I look at towing capacity for under 40' diesels, it's usually 5,000 lbs or less. There are some great floor plans that meet my requirements and are diesel... Except they are rated too low towing capacity.
My husband really wants a diesel for ease at the pump (we had to leave a gas station without getting gas last trip because we could not use the diesel pumps and there was no room to maneuver at the gas pumps). He also thinks that a diesel will climb hills better. But everyone thinks a diesel has better towing capacity and I'm finding that to be incorrect in the under 40' segment.
Ahhh, don't be confused. Be an informed consumer. Usually you get what you pay for. As another has pointed out the price point for DP has come down. In comping down many things have been downgraded.
You have the right idea in looking at what you want to tow and tow capacities to limit what to look at. The lower price point DP will have lower capacities due to Engine/Transmission combinations along with a number of other factors.
Try to get an understanding on GVWR, GCWR, CCC/OCCC, and hitch ratings.