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Old 06-02-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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Any sugguestions for which truck/engine/rear i should get

Looking to pull a trailer (6k) about 5 days a week and carry approx 1200lbs as payload. 2 days would be high miles of a total of 400 miles and then 3 days local of a total of 200 miles. Prefer a 2 wheel drive truck but would settle for a 4x4, definitely a gasser not a diesel.

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Old 06-03-2012, 12:02 PM   #2
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I was asking what type of vehicle should a get to tow a trailer and last for the long run. Sorry for the confusion.

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Old 06-03-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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For a 7200# trailer and payload combination, I would suggest any of the big 3, later model 3/4 ton pickups, for that many miles a week, I would suggest the diesel, the mileage difference will more than payfor the difference in purchace price is less than a year. If you go with a gasser, make sure that you have the tow package for the lower gear ratio, 3:73 minimum. A diesel will come with the proper ratio.

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Old 06-07-2012, 12:04 PM   #4
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Looking to pull a trailer (6k) about 5 days a week and carry approx 1200lbs as payload.
So you have a trailer that grosses about 7,200 pounds wet and loaded? In that case, any pickup with a tow rating of about 8,200 pounds or more would do the job. Manufacturers' tow ratings are overstated by about 1,000 pounds, so if your tow vehicle has a tow rating of 8,200 pounds or more, you should be good to go.

Looking at 2012 Ford F-150 pickups, you'd need the V8 5.0L engine and 3.73 axle ratio to tow that trailer. Or the EcoBoost engine with any ratio would do the job. My 2012 F-150 4x2 with EcoBoost engine and 3.15 axle ratio has a tow rating of 8,400 pounds, and it would be wonderful for that load. You can choose trim level and cab size and bed length to suit your fancy, and any EcoBoost F-150 you find on the lot will do the job for you.

2 days would be high miles of a total of 400 miles and then 3 days local of a total of 200 miles.
Miles don't matter. You don't want to be overloaded, whether one mile or 1,000 miles from home.

Prefer a 2 wheel drive truck but would settle for a 4x4, definitely a gasser not a diesel.
My truck is a 4x2 and burns ordinary regular gasoline. On a recent 4,000 mile trip towing a 5,000-pound TT, I averaged about 9.5 MPG burning 87 octane gas and cruising at 65 MPH. It will get over 20 MPg unloaded and at slower speeds.

So my truck woud be perfect for your needs. Maybe too plush with the Lariat Plus trim, but Ford also makes it in the normal XLT trim and the work truck XL trim if you don't want to be too comfy on those 400-mile days.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:19 PM   #5
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Smokey make a good point especially on the 8200 GVWR package/E tires and wheels F150 HD truck.

Also the 1500 Mega Cab Dodge with the Hemi in a short bed only. '08 was the last year of production. It has a 8510 GVWR/6000 RAWR and load range E tires and 8 lug wheels. Its a very heavy truck however it will handle the loads you mention.

Also the '01 to '05 1500 HD chevy 6.0 with 4.10 gears with a 8600 GVWR/6084 RAWR with E tires and 8 lug wheels is another good used truck for towing/hauling.

The new GM and Dodge have the std 7000ish GVWR with small 3900-4000 lb RAWR and P tires. Good strong pullers. If 1200 lbs is the actual total weight in the bed of the truck then the newer 1500 trucks will work depending on your package selection.
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The later model 1/2 ton truck, WHEN PROPERLY EQUIPPED, can pull the trailer you are considering. So do your homework and make sure the truck is properly specified to handle the load you will be towing, plus any load added to the truck such as cargo and passengers.

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Folks, I have deleted or edited a number of posts which were sarcastic or personal attacks. Please don't go there again.

Thanks for your help.

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Originally Posted by Jeffinthebag View Post
definitely a gasser not a diesel.
Originally Posted by Jeffinthebag View Post
and last for the long run.
You have a contradiction here. If you really want it to last for the long run (as in 300k) it will need to be a diesel.

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I like my diesel..BUT fuel mileage will not pay for the extra up front cost (yes you do recoup most of it at resale) extra maintance, ect. I purchased ours to replace a ordered new 2008 F150 CC Lariat as we find we are camping more. Towing mileage hasn't been much more than 1-2 miles better than my gasser, but I've got all the truck I could ever need with heavier brakes suspension ect. For a daily driver I see no problem with a gasser, they last 150k with proper maintance and how many people keep a truck that long anyways. we enjoy the power of our diesel, but it's not a daily driver, it was bought to do a job and it does it well. I think you'd be pleased with either option, which truck is right for you is a matter of personal choice.
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I would get the Dodge 1500 5.7 hemi. I just traded my 2007 in with 207,000 on it no engine or trans. problems!! and I towed a 27' T.T.@ 7200lbs with it. avg.10.5-11.5 mpg towing & 19 hiwayBought a 2011 same make & tow a 9700 T.T. with it tow rating is 10,250 as equip.
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If you're really stuck on buying a diesel, go ahead. But if you are considering a gas rig, you can't go wrong with the Toyota Tundra. It's what I drive around town and I swear by it. It will tow up to 10,000 lbs and it's V8 engine gets about 16 mpg in town. It's the first foreign vehicle I have ever owned and it's the Best vehicle I have ever owned. (other than my 69 Corvette)

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