Originally Posted by jevanb
personally I would never own another 1/2 ton unless I gave up camping and or towing trailers.. my last gasser (6.0) did ok but I did not like seeing 5000 rpm on any hills
The newer 1/2 tons are just as capable as the older diesels. 10 years of technology has vastly improved the old gassers. The major limitations of 1/2 tons are the payload, tongue weight, and wheelbase. Heck my 1/2 ton with a 1600 lb payload capacity and 9300 lb tow rating is basically like an older 3/4 ton. Of course the numbers don't mean everything, so I always like to hear real world experiences.
Towing my 7K loaded TT the highest revs I experienced with my 5.6L and 3.36 gears was 4500 rpm's for a quick burst on a long grade passing a slow moving truck and keeping ahead of traffic (with 2000 rpm's left before redline). Most of the trip she just purred along at 2300-2500 rpm's in 4th and 3500-3700 rpm's in 3rd when needed. Would I want to tow all day up steep mountain grades and tight, twisting access roads...heck no, but a couple hundred highway miles and a few back roads 8-10 times a year no problem. Just my take.
The Liberty Edition pkg adds about 700-800 lbs to the listed base weight of the Freedom Express 292BHDS. Your interior and exterior are very similar to mine and the Sunset Trails also offer an exterior pkg that adds a similar amount of weight. Basically that front fiberglass cap is the heavy part, but there's not much more for extra money and weight. Looks nice, but for a half ton I chose to skip that pkg to save some weight and $.