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Old 03-03-2015, 02:19 PM   #1
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3/4 to 1/2 Ton Tow Rig

I have a 2015 Rookwood 8311 SS and currently towing it with a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins. I am needing to by a new truck and wondering if I can go to a half ton truck. Have looking at the dodge ram half tons but am concerned that it is to small for my TT.
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:24 PM   #2
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That trailer is 8500 lbs loaded.
With a 646 hitch weight unloaded "likely more loaded"
Need towing specs for truck.
1) cargo carrying capacity
2) max tow weight
Etc etc

I'd scale your trailer to get exact weights loaded then you'll have a better idea.
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:39 PM   #3
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I have a 2015 Rookwood 8311 SS and currently towing it with a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins. I am needing to by a new truck and wondering if I can go to a half ton truck. Have looking at the dodge ram half tons but am concerned that it is to small for my TT.
Consensus seems to be that the new Ram 1/2 tons with the coil suspension is just too soft for the larger trailers. I went the same route of 3/4 to 1/2 ton about 16 months ago. I recommend you check out the F150 with the Ecoboost. The torque curve is much better for towing than the naturally aspirated engines found in all other 1/2 tons except for the Ecodiesel by Ram. If you feel you absolutely MUST be under published specs, I recommend looking toward the MaxTow package in a truck without every possible option- consider an XLT. There is the HD Payload option also that ups GVWR by another substantial amount. It used to be 7200 standard, 7700 MaxTow, and 8200 HD Payload- but I think that has changed with the 2015 models. I am happy towing with the Ecoboost after having a diesel- I don't think I could say the same going from diesel to a naturally aspirated engine that needs to rev to produce power. If you can find a 2014 F150 EB you could probably get an awesome deal on it right now with the 2015's coming out.
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:42 PM   #4
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Go with a tundra with towing capacity you won't regret it
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:43 PM   #5
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Just bought a 2015 Ram 2500 with a 6.4 l. We looked at the Ram half tons and we were way way over. The price on the 2500 was not much more than a half ton. If money were no object though, i would probably order a Ford 150 with ECO boost from factory with Max tow options
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After towing with a 2500, you will never be happy with a 1500 anything. Borrow a 1500 from a friend and give it a try before you spend your money.
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After towing with a 2500, you will never be happy with a 1500 anything. Borrow a 1500 from a friend and give it a try before you spend your money.
That wasn't my experience. I went from a 1997 F250 PSD to a 2011 F250 PSD and now have a 2013 F150 EB. I discovered that the new diesels did NOT like to be driven on short 5 mile or less trips constantly like I have to do. I didn't want to try to feed a 3/4 or 1 ton gasser. So I opted for the EB. I did go with a ProPride hitch. I've been very happy with the performance of the EB thus far. I did add air bags, LRD LT tires and Rancho RS9000XL shocks. Most people that have a gripe with towing handling on a 1/2 ton will find their truck to be a completely different animal with suspension upgrades and real truck tires. I wouldn't recommend buying a cheap hitch like most try to get by with when towing heavy with a 1/2 ton, either.
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That wasn't my experience. I went from a 1997 F250 PSD to a 2011 F250 PSD and now have a 2013 F150 EB. I discovered that the new diesels did NOT like to be driven on short 5 mile or less trips constantly like I have to do. I didn't want to try to feed a 3/4 or 1 ton gasser. So I opted for the EB. I did go with a ProPride hitch. I've been very happy with the performance of the EB thus far. I did add air bags, LRD LT tires and Rancho RS9000XL shocks. Most people that have a gripe with towing handling on a 1/2 ton will find their truck to be a completely different animal with suspension upgrades and real truck tires. I wouldn't recommend buying a cheap hitch like most try to get by with when towing heavy with a 1/2 ton, either.

This is correct, but why do all of the add ons when a stock 250/2500 is more than capable? Not counting your choice of engines, but a 2500 has a bigger stronger chassis, brakes, axles, tires etc.
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This is correct, but why do all of the add ons when a stock 250/2500 is more than capable? Not counting your choice of engines, but a 2500 has a bigger stronger chassis, brakes, axles, tires etc.
I average about 4mpg higher than a 3/4 ton gasser unloaded. At 15K miles per year at $2.50 gas that's just over $900 per year. My mods cost me ~$500, not counting the tires which are just a consumable. So, after 6 months I'm making money at a rate of almost $100 per month. If you consider the slightly higher cost of the 3/4 ton up front, I was actually making money from day one. Also, I just couldn't convince myself I'd be satisfied revving constantly when pulling hills and inclines or fighting head winds. I'm not advocating towing substantially overloaded with a 1/2 ton. But for what the OP is intending to pull, a 1/2 ton with a few suspension upgrades, stiffer tires and a good hitch will be more than adequate IMHO.
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I added LT tires to mine. No suspension upgrades on the Max Tow. I have 1800 to 1900 on the pin and 9500 fully loaded behind. No issues either getting going or stoppping. Can beat the Ecoboost dry as that is 85% of its time on the road.
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