gravesdiesel said:You need at least a 2500 or better yet a 3500 SRW to pull that.
SeilerBird said:The problems are towing in mountains and towing in a wind storm or when a semi passes you. With a 1/2 ton that is generally a white knuckle experience.
shelley354 said:so why do they say this?
Engine Max. Towing Capacity* Max. Payload Capacity*
2.7L EcoBoost? Twin-Turbocharged V6 9,000 lbs. 2,470 lbs.
3.0L Power Stroke? Turbo Diesel V6 11,400 lbs. 2,020 lbs.
5.0L Ti-VCT V8 11,600 lbs. 3,270 lbs.
3.5L EcoBoost? Twin-Turbocharged V6 13,200 lbs. 3,230 lbs.
I was looking at the 3.5L ecoboost? Max Towing 13,200lbs, max payload 3,230 lbs
Lowell said:I disagree with the above statement. I have been towing a TT for the last 13 years with a Dodge Ram 1500 1/2 ton pickup. I have towed in mountains as high as 11,000 ft. I have towed in the desert at temperatures above 110 F. I have towed in rain and snow. And have towed in heavy semi traffic on the interstate and smaller highways. I have never had a feeling of "white knuckle" or handling concern.
One only needs to select a trailer that is matched to the truck capabilities and not exceed those capabilities, be it a 1/2 ton or 1 ton.
My truck has just under 100,000 miles now and only about 24, 000 of those miles has been towing a TT. Why would I want a heavier truck when I only tow about 25% of the time. I would have given up fuel economy and ride quality for 75% of it life for no good reason. My 2 cents,
Gods Country said:Sure a few 1/2 ton trucks can carry the weight. That's the issue. You're posting generic information for those few trucks (because that's how auto makers roll). You need to find the correct match for the vehicle you intend to purchase, and most times that will involve getting the specs from the yellow sticker on the driver side door frame of each vehicle you are considering. If you wanted to pull a trailer that was 6k loaded there wouldn't be much issue. Because most people want as much trailer with as little truck as possible you need to do your homework.
OBX said:There have been a lot of technical upgrades to trucks in recent years. I've been reading different truck forums recently because I'm in the market for a truck. A common theme I see is that today's 1500s and 150s have more power (hp and torque) than 2500s and 250s of old and in some cases possibly 350s or 3500s. Supposedly frames and brakes on 150s and 1500s are stronger and bigger than before. I am by no means advocating pulling a 5th wheel with a 150 or 1500. It is possible though that 150s and 1500s are being underestimated based on outdated reference points. Many on this forum advocate buying used trucks and RVs in order to save money. It is possible that some proponents of used vehicles have not kept up on recent truck upgrades.
solarman said:these people will exaggerate anything to sell a vehicle.. just like "unlimited" phone service that has "data caps'
i have towed 9000+ with a half ton and its not comfortable, it's just not good practice to stress a vehicle at or near it's maximum capabilities
in my opinion it's far better to have more capability than you need, far less wear and tear on the vehicle and easier on the driver
that's why I tow 9000 with a RAM 2500 CTD. I even get much better MPG from it than my previous 1/2 ton and it's a stress free drive
especially in the mountains.
Great move! I love my Cummins Diesel powered Dodge Ram trucks too. I get my new 4500 later this week!solarman said:both mine, 2013 F150 xlt and my wife's 2015 Trundra 5.7 SR5
i was not happy with their abilities so traded to a 2500 CTD 4x4
now i'm a real happy camper..