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Old 04-24-2015, 10:25 AM   #29
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I think every ones missed the point here. He's towing at the most 6200lbs. That's clearly in DRW territory. And definitely a diesel. I would also suggest 4wd. You just can't have too much truck.
Well you would if you bought a DRW diesel.


Seriously most 1/2 tons would tow 6200lbs fine. And that's assuming he's going to load the TT to the max. Probably only be around 55-5700lbs loaded. You don't need a 3/4 ton for that.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:26 AM   #30
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They are very happy they chose not to buy less for very good reasons. Something about "don't send a boy...."
No need to send a man to do a boy's job either. I'd say pulling a 6200 pound max trailer is, in the terms around here, a boy's job. Just get the job done properly, be workwise. No sense fetching a 6 ton come-along when you need a ton and a half.
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Know several that went upscale on the truck, after having enough of the "tail wagging the dog" and a few long 6% grades in low at max RPM.
If going local and about 100 miles, it can be tolerated
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:42 AM   #32
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Know several that went upscale on the truck, after having enough of the "tail wagging the dog" and a few long 6% grades in low at max RPM.
If going local and about 100 miles, it can be tolerated
I think a Ecoboost F-150 can pull a 6200 pound trailer up a 6% grade without being in low gear and max RPM. If properly informed you'll certainly agree.

As for "tail wagging the tog", I've never experienced that with my 5700 pound trailer and F-150. Are you talking about sway? What are the dynamics involved? What is the cause and effect?
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Ram 1500 vs Ford F150 Towing Question

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I think a Ecoboost F-150 can pull a 6200 pound trailer up a 6% grade without being in low gear and max RPM. If properly informed you'll certainly agree.



As for "tail wagging the tog", I've never experienced that with my 5700 pound trailer and F-150. Are you talking about sway? What are the dynamics involved? What is the cause and effect?

I have no idea. Just relating experiences of friends. The folks tried this n that and decided that throwing $ at a stronger truck made sense.
So the cause was "not happy". The effect was "very happy". YMMV
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For the weight you are talking, either truck will do the job. It sounds like you have already made up your mind but if not, go with what feels good. They both are nice trucks but which one would you rather drive?

BTW - I have owned 'em all at one time or another and I have no brand loyalty but I have to say, my Ram 2500 is one of the best vehicles I have ever owned...second only to my wife's V8 4runner.
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:38 PM   #36
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The new 1/2 ton trucks ride as good as a car. The Chevy is probably the best smooth car like ride. The Ram and Ford are not far behind. You could drive any of the 3 trucks across the country as easy as most cars. I drove my 2011 F-150 1,000 miles only stopping at rest stops and gas stations. It was very comfortable with great support in the seats. No back pain at all.

I am sure the Ram and Chevy would also be very comfortable.

Now...the heavier duty trucks have also improved their ride. I drove a 2012 F-450 the same 1,000 miles as the F-150. Again...with great seats no driver fatigue.

I drove a 2011 Ram 3500 dually 550 miles on my leg of driving. After 550 miles I felt I could drive another 550. No driver fatigue in that truck either. Great seats also.

If money was not an issue I would buy a F-150 3.5 Eco-Boost Limited, a Ram 5.7 Laramie, and a Chevy Denali. Then maybe after 5 years of equal driving I could pick a fav....but then again, maybe not.
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I went from a 2010 RAM 1500 to a 2014 RAM2500. While I had the 2010 RAM1500 I went form a 6000# TT to a 9000# TT. The 6000# trailer was a good match for that 1/2 truck and obviously not so good with the 9000#. The 5.7 v8 is a great engine. The 3/4 truck would be overkill for the 6000# TT. The RAM2500 is a much rougher riding truck, even with the coil springs and it is a very high truck (in 4x4 version), case in point i carry a ladder in the back so I can get in/out of the bed. Also It drive a much bigger truck, example harder to park and see out of than the 1/2 truck. Those are my biggest grips of the 3/4 ton truck.

The ride and the drive train of the 1500 is great as a passenger vehicle, but it isn't set up as a tow vehicle, payload is on the small side and the gas tank small (mine was extended size) I had to refuel at about 150 mile intervals--which killed me because we often times do 800 miles days. And the rear end would drop 3-4 inches on hitching the TT. (Expect new air suspension would address that issue).


My advise is to get the 1/2 truck that's best suited to tow (mirrors, largest gas tank, largest payload)--I think FORD address this objective better , and go bigger (3/4 ton) if there's the slightest chance of up sizing the TT ( think many do--I'm on my third on in 10 years).
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Ford is still a U.S. Company, & trucks made in KC.
Dodge is not a U.S. Company & the trucks are not made here. Just something to consider .
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I towed a 5600 lbs trailer 3 years with a V6 Ranger with great service.
Towed my wood trailer loaded with 2 cords of hardwood (8000lbs plus trailer) and 1/2 cord (2000lbs) additional in the box up an over 10 deg hill with my 86 4 cylinder 4 x 4 Ranger for 6 years with no problem.
My friend towed a 6400 lbs trailer with a V6 Dodge Decota for 3 years.
But my F250 diesel tows a 15000 lbs trailer for the past 8 years at better mileage then all the above.
The low ratio rear end could be a problem but any of the available 1/2 tons can tow 7000 lbs as long as the tongue weight is enough to allow the truck to control the weight.
To many are saying to not load the truck. Loading the truck only guarantees a successfully trip.
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Ford is still a U.S. Company, & trucks made in KC.
Dodge is not a U.S. Company & the trucks are not made here. Just something to consider .
Chrysler is in fact still a US company. Ram trucks do have more US parts content than Ford. Just for the record. Check your facts.

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Chrysler is owned by Fiat. Fact
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Also F150 is rated #2 most American made, behind Toyota Camry
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