Depends on the 1/2 ton...many have tow ratings in the 5-7500 range unless properly equipped then you can get 9500 area.
Which sounds like a lot...we have a sliverado 1/2 ton properly equipped...payload is 1500lbs give or take 50 depending on how full the gas tank is.
My, wife, kids, dog are 600 lbs. tongue weight is 750-800. Guess what that adds to? We're at the limit...now put bikes, firewood, grille, etc in teh truck and we're over.
And this on a TT that FR markets as 'mid-size SUV towable'
Our TT is ~6300lbs rolling down the road. So yeah, a 1/2 ton is close to the limit.
Remember that power isn't the issue - it's braking, handling, wear and tear, safety margin, comfort while towing.
I CAN tow my 6x12 cargo trailer with my subaru outback...and my boat is under the limits for it too...but why would I want to try that? Just to brag that I can do it?
If I'm gonna spend $40k on a TV and 25k on a TT why not spend $3k more and get a 'better' TV?
Originally Posted by Orion
Why all the must have more than a 1/2 ton for a 6,000 pound trailer? Really???
A properly equipped 1/2 ton will do just fine. Check the payload numbers along with all other numbers and take your time.