Originally Posted by b105
I doubt I'll upsize the TT anytime soon (actually the one I have is probably a bit big for just me and the dog). The original plan was for a 1/2 ton, but so many on this site seem to jump down the throat of anyone towing with those. I read so many comments about awful, white knuckle rides and 5 mph uphill straining engines that it worried me. The 3/4 ton is mostly for peace of mind. And just in case I ever DO decide to upsize.
Ok. Here is my experience from when I was shopping for a 3/4t and why.
I have had f150 super crew ecoboost. 2 actually. Smooth ride, most rear seat leg room of any standard crew cab I've been in, and the ecoboost was a pulling beast. 2 things that kept me from purchasing another for towing...
1) lack of payload
2) limited engine braking on down hills.
My my f150 were 2011 and 2012. Both had payload of just over 1500lbs. When I'm loaded up with my wife, dog and now 2 kids and car seats, tonneau cover, side steps, and gear for a weekend I've used up 700lbs of payload, leaving me with just 800 for trailer hitch weight.
So now I knew I needed at least a 3/4t if I ever wanted a decent sized enclosed car hauler or toy hauler. I looked at 3 used Ram 2500 cummins. Now you really have to be watch when you buy a used 3/4 ton, especially a diesel. Why is that? Who was the previous owner and how was it used. Around here there are basically 3 types of 2500 diesel owners...
Young oil hands/farm kids that drive them hard and put them away wet with very little care or maintenance. You can usually spot these by the lift kit and mud tires.
Then there is the ex ranch/farm truck. These usually have hard miles from a life on washboard gravel roads, being worked hard and often overloaded, and tons of hours on the motor from idling all the time. These you can tell by the truck being only a hand full of years old but the inside of the bed is scratched and dented like a 20 yr old truck and usually accompanied with several small dings and gouges in the body panels and dust in nooks and crannies that the detailers just cant get to.
Then you have the well maintained and used trucks usually owned by 40-60yr old gentlemen who used it to tow their camper or race cars. They are usually mostly stock, nice paint and body, and the bed only shows normal use. This is the kind I looked for.
Now the other problem that comes with a used diesel. Resale value. While this is great if you bought new, it sucKS if trying to buy used. The 2010 ram 2500 C.C. cummins bighorn 4x4 with 70,000 I looked long and hard at was priced at 38,495 and the dealer didn't want to deal at all. I ended up buying brand new 2015 Ram 2500 C.C. 6.4 hemi bighorn 4x4 for 40,495. Full 100k warranty. All the latest creature comforts.
I mulled over the F250, but wasn't real big on the dated design and they sag under load because Ford lengthened the springs for ride comfort. The 6.2 is strong, as is the 6.7 PS, but I wouldn't own a PS out of warranty because they have the HPP fuel pump that when it goes it destroys the rest of the fuel system. $$$.
Personally I didn't even consider the Chevy, but I do like the GMC looks a lil better. The 6.0 is showing it's age and the Duramax now uses the same fuel pump as the powerstroke so wouldn't buy one used.
The Ram doesn't have as big of a back seat area as my old F150, maybe I should have looked at a MegaCab. It rides much worse empty. It also sits way higher. I'm 6'3 and have to use side steps. It tows my TH fine, but I do miss the low end power of the ecoboost a bit.