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Old 04-18-2016, 02:57 PM   #1
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Is Mega Cab worth the extra cost?

I am planning way ahead for a new Tow Vehicle. I am starting to look now so I don't make any impulsive decisions. I know what I want/need as far as tow rating and GVWR but I am still on the fence about engine and cab style and I have not ruled out Ford, Chevy or Dodge.

My questions for today are:

Does anyone have a Mega Cab and if it was worth the the extra money?
If so, is the short bed a problem for you?

Did anyone consider the Mega Cab but decide against it due to cost/availability but wish they had opted for the bigger cab?

Am I putting too much into the cab size?

Here is my issue. I love towing with the SUV but I have no weight capacity left for passengers. I wanted to take an adult couple with us on a Casino run but could not since we are at GVWR on the SUV with just hitch weight me and my wife. Therefore I want my new vehicle to be as comfortable to passengers as my SUV but have the ratings of a 3/4 ton. I can't seem to find a newer 3/4 ton SUV.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

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Old 04-18-2016, 03:58 PM   #2
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I have a MegaCab and if I had to do it over I would not pay extra for it. I like it and it gives you a little more storage behind the seat, but it's not easily accessible. It also adds another foot to the length of the vehicle and even though that doesn't seem like much, that truck is already long enough without it. The only real saving grace about it is that the back seats recline far enough to be comfortable, however that takes away a lot of the extra storage space.

As for the short bed, it's not a problem at all. I've towed a bumper pull and now tow a fiver. The fiver will make almost a 90 turn without activating the slider.

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Old 04-18-2016, 04:18 PM   #3
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I didn't get it... I didn't want it. My truck's too long as it is, but I can put child seats in the back and haul grand kids around, so I guess it'll have to be OK.
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Old 04-18-2016, 04:25 PM   #4
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For the time being I staying with a Supercab so I can park. a 6 3/4 ft box is just fine for towing and leaves room for firewood or the generator etc.
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Old 04-18-2016, 04:27 PM   #5
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Is Mega Cab worth the extra cost?

I have road in the back of a regular crew cab ram and I have a tundra crewmax which the sizes of the crewmax and the mega cab are very similar. If you are thinking about the comfort of your passengers then get the mega cab. It's worth it in my opinion.
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Old 04-18-2016, 05:11 PM   #6
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My crew cab is very comfortable for passengers, including adults
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Old 04-18-2016, 05:20 PM   #7
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The length of your TT is where you can have problems. Too short a truck length and too long a TT you'll get sway even with a great WDH. I tow with a 2012 Ram 1500 4X4 quad cab, the 6'4" bed, which makes it like an extended cab from Chevy or Ford, not the 4 door. With this truck, I shouldn't tow more than 28' of TT to minimize sway concerns. Our trailer is 25' and it tows like a dream. Were we to get a heavier or longer trailer, I would get a 3/4 or 1 ton long bed truck. I found the length of truck/trailer formula on this forum a long time ago but couldn't find it today, sorry. When towing a 5th wheel, they tell me a long bed is good as well for turning radius. The folks who tow 5'ers might want to chime in. anyway, Happy Camping!

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Old 04-18-2016, 05:52 PM   #8
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This year, 5 years after I purchased mine, I wish I would have gone with the MegaCab. We are going on longer and longer trips and the kids complain on the long trips the seats aren't all that comfortable. For that reason and the full back seat, (no cup holder indent in the middle), if I was buying today, I would get a MegaCab.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:16 PM   #9
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New or used? If 2012 or older, the MegaCab weight ratings are absolutely abysmal. 2013 and newer is fine.

From a comfort perspective, the middle seat is "short" in the crew cab but not the MegaCab. And the seats recline, but we haven't had complaints in our many traveling miles.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:27 PM   #10
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Seeing how I hardly ever have rear passengers. I would go with the Double cab with 8 ft box. Later RJD

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