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Old 01-20-2012, 08:44 AM   #31
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Yes, the 3/4 ton will always out-tow the 1/2 ton. His current condition may allow for more variables to enter into the equation; example: Time restraints – Is he limited to weekend camping 99% of the time? Does time restraints control travel distance and terrain encountered.

Not too very long ago, I too tussled with this same decision – 1/2 ton verse 3/4 ton. His situation may be similar to mine in that most of my towing is on flatland. We do a most camping at Percy Quin State Park near McComb, MS. When traveling to Percy Quin, I travel into the sovereign state of Mississippi approximately 13 miles northbound up I-55 where I do encounter a couple of small hills. Most of our camping is limited to weekends (leave Friday and back on Sunday) as my wife still works.

When the time comes (Lord willing) where we can travel further distances, I will get 3/4 ton for a tow vehicle. For now I replaced a 1/2 ton single cab short wheelbase with a crew cab containing a larger V8 and different axle ratio.

Just as a side note, my wife will probably work another 9 years. In which case, I may as well get me another job. But, for now, I am taking advantage of this recent retirement life to catch up on projects around home where I find myself using the 1/2 ton for transporting materials for these home projects more than for anything else. I don’t even have time for joyriding.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #32
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IMHO, get the 3/4 ton as you will NEVER get buyers remorse.
With the 1/2 ton you most likely will at some point.
Amen, Brother. I grabbed my 2001 2500 Ram CTD when it was a year old, and the only reason I'm going to have to replace it is because the PA winters are going to make the truck rust out from under the engine. Gotta love that salt brine. Go 3/4 ton diesel or go home, whatever brand you choose. Even as a daily driver, you're going to get better fuel mileage than a 1/2 ton gasser.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:33 AM   #33
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IMHO, get the 3/4 ton as you will NEVER get buyers remorse.
With the 1/2 ton you most likely will at some point.
That happened to me with my current Diesel. I bought a new 3/4ton Gasser and 4 months later traded it back in for a new 3/4ton Diesel. The Buyers remorse cost me an extra 300.00 a month but its now paid off and well worth it.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:21 AM   #34
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This thread has taken a turn towards the gas vs. diesel debate.

Anyways, I don't think you could ever go wrong with a 3/4 ton. Nowdays the 3/4 ton trucks ride just as nice as the 1/2 tons do. You know your driving situation better than anyone and can decide what engine type will best suit your needs. If you can't decide between diesel or gas you could read the MANY threads debating that on this site and get a pretty good idea what you may be looking for. Best of luck!
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:07 PM   #35
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I will agree that a 3/4 truck will tow better, but if you have to use your truck as a daily driver, that is when the 1/2 will really shine. It will ride better, not rattle and spew out black smoke, and is a lot sportier looking and handling truck.
That would be like saying the down fall of gas is replacing points and adjusting carburators.....just not true anymore.
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Well, I would hazard to say without the 1/2 ton class - 3/4 ton class; diesel vs gas engine; China bomb tires; ST vs LT vs P debates; and gripes about the radio; we would't have hardly any action on this forum!
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3/4 ton trucks are very popular.We have a 5th wheel trailer and we use my mother in laws 1 ton truck. In some places 1 ton trucks are cheaper to find used than a new 3/4 ton truck. Our little 1/2 ton would probably pull it but it has a V6 in it. If you are pushing your limits panic stopping would probably be an issue......might be a case of bigger IS better....just my 2 cents
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Nowdays the 3/4 ton trucks ride just as nice as the 1/2 tons do.
Doesn't the Ford 3/4 ton 4X4 have a solid front axle? If so, no way it rides or handles as well as an independent front end. That's where GM and Dodge have an advantage. I believe their HD trucks have independent front suspension on the 4X4?

Heavier springs have to equal a rougher ride . . .
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My two trucks have both been 3/4 Chevs (even tho I'm generally a Ford man), '98 with a 454 and '06 with a 6 liter (about 360 c. i.). Both about 300 h. p. and about 4:13 rear ends. No problems with either on the flatlands, but with my new trailer which is about 2300 lbs. heavier (6400 dry weight) than the older trailer, some of the mountain passes in Colorado are a little slower than I care for. Wayne
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:50 PM   #40
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Well, I would hazard to say without the 1/2 ton class - 3/4 ton class; diesel vs gas engine; China bomb tires; ST vs LT vs P debates; and gripes about the radio; we would't have hardly any action on this forum!
Amen! Iíll have a swig to that way down here in the bayou. Pass that jug of Uncle Gatorís swamp water brew.
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