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Old 02-14-2015, 03:53 AM   #1
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Hi, I have read many of the other forums, but none go for me exactly.. I don't want to start a brand war, but which type of 4wd truck can tow the most. I am a park ranger and plan on buying a new 3500/350 crew cab long box truck. it has to be 4wd so I can drive on back roads all year round, again I know it will probably be a turbo diesel with a Allison transmission, but i want to find the highest towing for a 4wd truck. it would tow my fifth wheel a.k.a. my house.
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Old 02-14-2015, 08:27 AM   #2
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I think Ford or Dodge has the highest tow rating (dual rear wheels) right now.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:38 AM   #3
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I would go to Trailer Life's towing guide for 2014/2015 vehicles. This list by brand what each brand is capable of towing and in what configuration.
Now are you planning on SRW or DRW truck? The DRW will have the most capability in towing and load carrying ability.

Now I will say that the Ram trucks do meet the SAE J2807 towing guide and have been tested and pass the towing requirements of this guide.

Here is a link to the guide; J2807 (WIP) Performance Requirements for Determining Tow-Vehicle Gross Combination Weight Rating and Trailer Weight Rating - SAE International
Google the towing requirements for SAE J2807 and see what is out there.

The Ram 3500 truck offers a Aissin 6 sped auto mated to the 6 CYL 6.7L Cummins and a 4:10 4X4 in the DRW configuration that has a 30,000 LB towing capacity with 385 HP and 850 lb-ft of torque.

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Old 02-14-2015, 02:39 PM   #4
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You left out the most important info--the weight of the fifth wheel trailer (dry) and the Pin weight (dry.)

Any diesel pickup can pull heavy loads, but if the kingpin is too heavy it'll take a 1 ton with dual rear axles.

And the Ford and Dodge will handle heavier pin weights than the GM comparable trucks.
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Hi, I have read many of the other forums, but none go for me exactly.. I don't want to start a brand war, but which type of 4wd truck can tow the most. I am a park ranger and plan on buying a new 3500/350 crew cab long box truck. it has to be 4wd so I can drive on back roads all year round, again I know it will probably be a turbo diesel with a Allison transmission, but i want to find the highest towing for a 4wd truck. it would tow my fifth wheel a.k.a. my house.
If you want an Allison there is only one brand with it.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:53 AM   #6
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For what you want, Ford or Dodge. The current GM offerings seem to have been left behind in the 'race' for towing ability regardless of theiir advertising. Ford's current 6R140 transmission is about bullet proof and everything I've seen the Dodge is as well
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My next door neighbor owns a diesel repair shop geared mainly to the 250/2500 to 350/3500 consumer. For every 10 Fords he works on, he works on 2-3 Dodges, and 1 or less Chevy/GMC. His words not mine! He says that he loves Ford because they keep him in business, he drives a GMC.
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My next door neighbor owns a diesel repair shop geared mainly to the 250/2500 to 350/3500 consumer. For every 10 Fords he works on, he works on 2-3 Dodges, and 1 or less Chevy/GMC. His words not mine! He says that he loves Ford because they keep him in business, he drives a GMC.
If you look at the percentage of vehicles/make on the road - that's about right statistically
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I buy the one with the Cummins in it.....
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I buy the one with the Cummins in it.....
On a '13 and up, do due diligence and problem history with the EPA mandated garbage that Fiat* has been required to finally add to their Dodge line.

* That word alone would scare me off
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Smile Best truck for towing

Sure everyone has their favorite brand truck and such. Would suggest going to U Tube and watch the tow comparisons between the top 3. Think you will be surprised. Also I think after watching the couple that appear "fair", you will be better able to decide for your particular usage. Thought though, would recommend going more to the HD side when choosing. That means you can always upgrade your TT without overtaxing your truck. After watching numerous comparisons,(all are good vehicles) think you will find that it's not the truck but the gearing. Also Google the "transmission gearing". You will find that Ram has the highest which equates into less towing ability on the grades at lower speeds. Just my thoughts. PS. I own 2014 Ram 2500 with the 6.4 gas. Re geared from 3.73 to 4.56. Totally different towing vehicle now.
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Any of the big three will work. If you want an Allison, it's got to be a Chevy or GMC.
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On a '13 and up, do due diligence and problem history with the EPA mandated garbage that Fiat* has been required to finally add to their Dodge line.

* That word alone would scare me off
Do you really know what you are talking about?????

Go Read the Turbo Diesel Register PDF booklet called the Perfect-Collection
and than respond to what you have stated. P.S. I have attached the link below for you.

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http://www.turbodieselregister.com/c...ect-Collection
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On a '13 and up, do due diligence and problem history with the EPA mandated garbage that Fiat* has been required to finally add to their Dodge line.

* That word alone would scare me off
What does Fiat have to do with the 6.7l Cummins? The Italian designed engine with the Cummins name is only in the 1500 series trucks.
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