Originally Posted by davel1971
Not sure how a Ram 3/4 ton truck is larger is harder to get around town in vs a GM 3/4 ton. I don't think there is such a thing as overkill, unless you are towing a pop up with a Peterbuilt. Diesel will always be superior for towing, and the exhaust brake is a HUGE bonus.
I originally was mentioning looking at a 1/2 ton truck compared to a 3/4 ton. I do believe there is such a thing as overkill. To each there own. These are campers, not Wabash trailers filled with freight. Again, to each there own. My perspective is a little different, that's all. If a vehicle is rated for X amount of towing capacity, then by all means, as long as you do not exceed X amount, you're good. Brakes and suspension are already figured into this equation by the manufacturer. The brakes on the trailer are for stopping the trailer and visa versa. Braking power is again factored in by the mfg. for maximum load or towing capacity.
1500 trucks have come a long way in regards to towing. Between sway control, integrated braking and computer controlled engines, the 1/2 tons of today really are slick. It all depends on what your comfortable with and what you do with the truck the majority of the time. I prefer the softer ride as well as a 5 1/2 bed that you can get with a 1/2 ton. Again that's me. I pull a few thousand miles a year tops during camping season, the rest of the time it's my daily driver that I do some lite Home Depot hauls with.
If you prefer a 3/4 ton truck, than by all means, get one, and yes a diesel is superior in pulling power as well. No argument here.
It all comes down to what you're comfortable with. All I suggested was that a 1/2 ton was a viable option.
Have a good one and happy camping!🇺🇸