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Old 03-04-2015, 10:48 PM   #31
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OC, I was told by someone (but I can't say who) that if I had your money I could burn mine !
That's cause he got rich off them thar awning poles.


OP as stated above. The correctly equipped half ton can tow that trailer, the truck us getting g the right truck. To know that you need to know the real world numbers on your trailer. When shopping, pay attention to the tire loading sticker on the actual truck (not computer or stated) before you buy so you don't get a truck you think is properly equipped but really isn't.
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Most of you don't know me, as I recently joined the boards having purchased a 2304s Ultralite. I still needed to purchase the TV to pull her.

I found what I wanted yesterday.

I decided on gas as the vehicle will still be used for daily short-trip drives and only occasionally for towing. When I retire (in about 7-10 years) I'll probably go diesel. For now, a gasser is the better choice.

The 2304s weighs 4660 lbs empty and dry. For weight budgeting purposes, I figured I will be pulling 6000 lbs behind me. I know there are 1/2 tons that will pull that load easily, but there was another consideration.

Knowing that my wife wants to drive the rig by herself on trips from Michigan to Virginia got me leaning towards the 3/4T, for drivability reasons. I thought the heavier-duty everything (frame, suspension, axle, cooling systems, payload) fit the bill for what is primarily a towing vehicle.

I located a 2004 Ram 2500 that had just 63,000 CARFAX verified miles yesterday. Asking price was a wishful $15.5K. She needed new tires, as I'm pretty certain I was looking at the original OEM's. There was some tread left, but the side-walls were beginning to crack and peel. The rust on the car had just begun to break paint in a few places, but for a Michigan truck at this age and price-point...some of that has to be expected. I negotiated the price down to a reasonable $13K and bought the truck.

The 5.7L Hemi will pull the trailer with a yawn, but will suck gas. We'll probably average 60-80 driven miles a week in short trips. I'll take her out on a longer drives occasionally to stretch her legs and breath, but this truck will live a pretty sedentary life.

I'm pretty satisfied with the package. It's an older, lightly used heavy-duty truck pulling a moderate weight trailer. A Blue-ox weight distribution hitch came with the camper and will keep the coupling between the two nice and tight.

This probably belongs in the towing section, but as my story was fresh and my decisions recent...I thought I'd share them here.

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...When shopping, pay attention to the tire loading sticker on the actual truck (not computer or stated) before you buy so you don't get a truck you think is properly equipped but really isn't.
Factory tire loading stickers are misleading as they usually list P rated tires and NOT LR D or LR E.
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Most of you don't know me, as I recently joined the boards having purchased a 2304s Ultralite. I still needed to purchase the TV to pull her.

I found what I wanted yesterday.

I decided on gas as the vehicle will still be used for daily short-trip drives and only occasionally for towing. When I retire (in about 7-10 years) I'll probably go diesel. For now, a gasser is the better choice.

The 2304s weighs 4660 lbs empty and dry. For weight budgeting purposes, I figured I will be pulling 6000 lbs behind me. I know there are 1/2 tons that will pull that load easily, but there was another consideration.

Knowing that my wife wants to drive the rig by herself on trips from Michigan to Virginia got me leaning towards the 3/4T, for drivability reasons. I thought the heavier-duty everything (frame, suspension, axle, cooling systems, payload) fit the bill for what is primarily a towing vehicle.

I located a 2004 Ram 2500 that had just 63,000 CARFAX verified miles yesterday. Asking price was a wishful $15.5K. She needed new tires, as I'm pretty certain I was looking at the original OEM's. There was some tread left, but the side-walls were beginning to crack and peel. The rust on the car had just begun to break paint in a few places, but for a Michigan truck at this age and price-point...some of that has to be expected. I negotiated the price down to a reasonable $13K and bought the truck.

The 5.7L Hemi will pull the trailer with a yawn, but will suck gas. We'll probably average 60-80 driven miles a week in short trips. I'll take her out on a longer drives occasionally to stretch her legs and breath, but this truck will live a pretty sedentary life.

I'm pretty satisfied with the package. It's an older, lightly used heavy-duty truck pulling a moderate weight trailer. A Blue-ox weight distribution hitch came with the camper and will keep the coupling between the two nice and tight.

This probably belongs in the towing section, but as my story was fresh and my decisions recent...I thought I'd share them here.

Chris
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That is the right way to go. Buy what you are comfortable with, whatever it is.
I think I made two reasonable compromises.

1) I would have preferred a diesel, but with the number of short trips this car will make in-between towing trips...the diesel wouldn't be played to it's strength (long-range highway miles). So gasoline it had to be. That's just fine. Both engines can pull this moderate load easily

2) The primary function of this vehicle is safe and comfortable towing...when it was called upon to tow. Thus, the Ram 2500. We had a modest budget (no more than $15,000). At that point, I was looking at vehicles with 10+ years on them. Some rust was inevitable. To have found a gently used, low mileage vehicle with very mild corrosion was a score. Carfax verified what the 2nd owner had said to be true and turned up no red flags. Bam.
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I think I made two reasonable compromises.

1) I would have preferred a diesel, but with the number of short trips this car will make in-between towing trips...the diesel wouldn't be played to it's strength (long-range highway miles). So gasoline it had to be. That's just fine. Both engines can pull this moderate load easily

2) The primary function of this vehicle is safe and comfortable towing...when it was called upon to tow. Thus, the Ram 2500. We had a modest budget (no more than $15,000). At that point, I was looking at vehicles with 10+ years on them. Some rust was inevitable. To have found a gently used, low mileage vehicle with very mild corrosion was a score. Carfax verified what the 2nd owner had said to be true and turned up no red flags. Bam.

AGAIN, well thought out and good choice.
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Factory tire loading stickers are misleading as they usually list P rated tires and NOT LR D or LR E.
I was referring more to payload so they don't get a truck with a small payload. I know really you determine payload by weighing the truck and subtracting from gvwr but this is the poor man's version when you can't get to a scale (ie new truck sitting on dealer lot).
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