Hi, my Dad is looking to buy a pickup, maybe a 2008 or so, he wants to
be able to comfortably tow a medium sized camping trailer behind him.
Pls make some general suggestions regarding make and model. He is
thinking 1/2 ton with about a 4.8 liter engine but I don't know.
He's an old fella so I'd say it should be easy to drive. He's getting
rid of his 20 year old F-350 XLT Lariat diesel which he babied.
He's thinking about Dodge but is open minded.
thanks for any suggestions.
It is all about weight. The truck in this case should be rated more
than the towed load.
I have a half ton. 1500. Rated at 7K pounds or so. Would never
consider more than 5K load and then not for long term.
Please define 'medium sized' camping trailer. Weight especially, but
length/style is also a factor.
I'd never do serious towing with anything less than a 3/4 ton truck,
IMHO, an F-150, or a 1500 just isn't designed for that kind of work.
Now, I'm talking tows of hundreds (or thousands) of miles, something
that I do from time to time, if you are talking of towing 20 miles to
a lakefront camp, things are different. So distance for a tow is
important (both average and maximum).
The actual size/weight of the trailer is the main factor, and since
you have not (yet) defined that, no one can give you a good answer.
I don't know nearly enough to be a good reference for any of them, but
I've been hearing good things about Fords. Dodge, so far, is an
unknown, especially about quality.
My 2001 Jeep was excellent, very high quality. My 2004 2500 PU is a
POS, with many, many repairs, terrible paint quality (leading to
massive rust problems) and it leaks both from the headliner and from
under the dash when it rains! Maybe Chrysler will improve their
quality, but for me it is 'wait and see' since I won't buy another one
until I am convinced they are better than that 2004 one I have!
As to Government Motors, they may be good, or may not. They are
certainly #3 in the mix, sales wise however.
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