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Old 05-17-2016, 02:04 AM   #1
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A pickup to tow a 10K lb TT or 5er

The 1st I'm considering, is a new 2500 Reg Cab, Long Box WT RWD, 6.0L V8 (360 hp & 380 ft-lb torque) Curb Weight 5817 lbs, Max Payload 3534 lbs, Max GVWR 9.3K lbs. W/Conventional tow rating of 14.5k lb w/4.10 rear gears.

The other is a Toyota Tundra, 2WD Reg Cab, Long Box, w/5.7L V8 (381 hp & 401 ft-lb torque). Curb Weight 4940 lb, Max Payload 2060 lb, GVWR lb 7K &
Max tow cap is 10.5K lb (w/4.3 rear gears & towing package).

10K is the GVWR of the RV. It should way more like 8.5K loaded. I'm wondering why with more torque & a higher axle ratio, the Tundra is rated so low on towing. Anyone have any ideas why this would be the case. I'm staying away from turbocharged gas engines. I don't believe they are worth the loss of dependability they cause. The Tundra has an all aluminum block, I doubt it last as long as an iron block.

Any idea which of these two work work better and be the better buy?

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Old 05-17-2016, 03:15 PM   #2
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The 2500 hands down! You can't compare a 1/2 ton with a 3/4.

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Old 05-17-2016, 03:21 PM   #3
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If 5'er, depends on the pin weight of the loaded camper. The 2060 of the 1/2 ton will make you upside down before you start. The 3534 of the 3/4 ton might give you a little room for cargo, depending on pin weight. Those two numbers must be equitably satisfied before you discuss tow capacity numbers.
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:22 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by whj77372 View Post
The 2500 hands down! You can't compare a 1/2 ton with a 3/4.
you will run out of payload quickly on the Tundra with a 5'er

Go 3/4 and consider Diesel if you ever think you may upgrade
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Old 05-17-2016, 04:02 PM   #5
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If your going to pony up to a diesel , then get a one ton DRW . Better to have to much truck , then not enough.
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:33 PM   #6
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I also agree, the 1/2 ton going to come up short at 10,000 and the gas 3/4 will handle it nicely.
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:57 PM   #8
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I see the 3/4 tons and raise a 1 ton.

More play room now and perhaps latter in the event a bigger trailer follows you home one day.
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Old 05-17-2016, 06:12 PM   #9
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Having just gone through this after weighing with my 1500, not 2 weeks ago, I traded for a used 2500 Diesel. Slight difference was both crew cabs vs reg cabs and didn't go with an 8' bed either. Good luck!
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:03 PM   #10
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you can get a single rear wheel 1 ton for basically same price as 3/4 ton. MUCH more payload and same ride quality. I had one before I went dually and it would handle a mess of weight.

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