Moving from 1/2 ton truck to HD truck

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Anyone who does this is a real piece of %^&.

Diesel exhaust particulate matter is a known and proven carcinogen. Intentionally defeating your emissions control just to blast it into someone's face is evil. Coal rollers should go straight to jail.

Sorry, rant over, let's not derail Mule's thread. I'm sure his scorpion 6.7L is running nice and clean, as it was meticulously engineered to do. But all your initial observations about driving a 3/4 ton are part of why I went the other way for my next truck, lol.
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I agree with the comments above about stability when towing a heavy trailer, but the more important factor is braking. The 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks all have bigger brakes, which provide much better stopping power, and more importantly, downhill speed control on long grades. Later model Diesels also have engine braking which provides significant down grade braking.
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I was in the same position but needing a bit more load handling....why buy a pickup?

I bought an International 9200 single axle semi with 150k miles on it with the big Cummins and a Eaton 10spd for $18k.

Pulls better then any new HD truck your gonna buy and at 1/4 of the cost.
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My 2019 1/2 ton has bigger and stronger brakes than my 2003 2500HD did. Plus you really don't need any more pickup braking power when your trailer's brakes are properly functioning and controlled. Which my 1/2 ton also does way better then my 3/4 ton ever did.

The lines are blurry now, IMO.
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Have a very sweet Ram 1500 Hemi truck I got new (leased) last year.

Been thinking about moving up to a HD pickup to make towing my big enclosed trailer easier. Diesel HD trucks are insanely high in price. Even with 150k miles on them, you’re looking at $50k around here. So I opened my search up to gasoline HD trucks as well. I found a 2021 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with the new 6.6 gas engine. Sweet truck, extremely well cared for. Problem is, the 6.6 gas is a 400 HP engine. The axle is a 3.73. The trans is the old 6L90 that’s been around since 2006 and the ratios are really tall. So, I threw that combo into a spreadsheet along side the same info (power, trans ratios, axle ratio) from my Ram 1500. Looks like my Ram has significantly more pulling power in every gear, despite the 3.21 axle ratio. If my truck had the 3.92s it would be a bloodbath. But yeah, power/gearing advantage from 0 to 70 miles per hour. AND my truck is 1,500 lbs. lighter so that increases performance even more over the HD. I get that a HD truck is heavier and therefore in theory should handle/steer better with a trailer but I have a hard time justifying a move up to HD to get worse acceleration, fuel economy, and maneuverability. Sigh…

The Ford gas HD trucks can be had with 430 HP, 10 speed trans, and 4.30 gears which is a stellar combo but they are like finding a needle in a haystack. I can’t find one in my price range anywhere in this entire region.

The Ram HD gas trucks are nice but they seem to be abused on construction sites or work sites and by the time I find them on the used market they’re pretty rough.

"When going to HD trucks, go straight to 1 ton"? That’s what I was thinking too. But I looked up the tow chart from GM’s own website and it is surprising. The 2500 gas can tow more than the 3500 gas (only a couple hundred lbs., likely the difference in weight between the 11.5 and 12.0" axles). The payload gain on the 3500 is less than 500 lbs. If you go diesel then there’s a couple thousand lb. advantage for the 3500, but that’s not really a huge deal either. Surprising though that on the gas trucks the difference between “3/4 ton” and “1 ton” is almost zero on paper.
I had a 2018 F250. I will never own another Ford again after that truck. I do like Dodge and Chevy's. I shied away from dodge years ago due to their rusting issues. I may go back to them if I find they have fixed that issue (Love the Hemmi). Now that being said diesel Vs. gas. It all depends. Will this be your everyday driver and only tow once in a great while? If that is the case, go gas. If it is your work truck and tow / haul everyday diesel would be better but comes with a much higher cost but also with a higher resale value. Now 1/2 ton, 3/4 tone or 1 ton. It all depends on what you tow / haul. Even though the newer trucks have a higher rating than just a few years ago, it is never good to max out your truck (always go up 1 class more than you think you need) I have seen many hotshot trucks broke down because of transmission issues. These drivers by a lower rated truck to try and stay under the 26,000lbs limit. In doing so they overwork their trucks and that is when breakdowns happen.

I hope this helps.
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Why are people so adverse to an older clean Western truck. Like an OBS Chevy or GMC out of Oregon or Idaho with a perfect rust free body, needing slight maintenance and upkeep, those trucks are built 100 times better than anything you can buy new. Furthermore for 8-20 grand you save real money, parts are available and they are easy to repair.
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I just shake my head when I see all these brand new fully loaded diesel duallies all over here in Texas. Yea I know, they got money and they do use them. I see huge trailers with cattle, hay, equipment. But the prices if you only need one for occasional hauling and the rest as a grocery getter is insane.

I still have my 2004 Cummins I bought brand new for 39k.
The only emission equipment it had from the factory was a cam that gave a little egr.
No cat, no particulate filter, no DEF. Factory.
Power brakes, power steering, power windows, power door locks, power drivers seat, air conditioning that has never failed, cruise control, nice stereo with steering wheel controls.

One great feature I just love about this truck is you cannot drain the batteries down if you leave something on. The truck automatically times out and shuts all accessories and lights off.

Another thing... some vehicles don't do. my wipers park after shutting them off.

Truck is 18 years old now. She's been through a lot with performance upgrades and plowing snow every winter when we lived in PA. Lots of rust especially the wheel wells and the rockers from the salt.
Pulled a 12k fully loaded enclosed trailer from PA to Texas twice. Pulled like a dream except I didn't do a great job distributing the load so dealing with sway was a pain. (Single wheel)

Dyno's 600hp 1200tq at the rear wheels every time.
Trans never failed but I did have it worked at around 65k went I went from 400hp to 600. Over 200k on the odo.

03 and 04 Cummins did have a tendency to drop a valve seat when you jack them up. Well wouldn't you know.. at about 125k she dropped a valve seat.
$15k later she's a brand new engine (rebuilt) with bigger pistons, new tow cam to eliminate the egr, heavier valve springs, diamond coated injectors from F1, and I just had to have my bigger turbo rebuilt.

Truck is on my lift right now as I'm going over the front end before I put a new set of boots on her.
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It's a numbers game and the dealers play it well. All of them, truck, trailer, etc.

I have a "Half Ton Towable" RV that can be towed by an F-150, or 1500 series truck. But only if equipt with very specific options.

If you look at their charts only those trucks occupying a small area, usually way down in a corner are capable. And are typically not the half-ton you own because if you spec'd it out that way you'd have gone to a 3/4 ton.

I generally go with the Mick Jagger method of "Too much, is just about right" when deciding on what to buy. I don't need something failing because I stressed or strained it too much. I have enough trouble keeping my native stupidity in check to worry about design issues in equipment.
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Pulled a 34' reach 4x4 aerial boom home on a tandem axle equipment trailer this weekend. Used it to get some work done up high on our house. Fascia pieces were loose from recent storms. The F-250 tows like a dream compared to all the 1/2 ton trucks I've had before. I couldn't believe the difference. Truck went to the top OD gear and stayed there. Hills, didn't care. Speed, didn't care. It just cruises in top OD gear with all that weight behind it. Never felt squirrely or out of sorts. Just a drastic difference. Wow.

For work, I love this truck. I have a car to drive the rest of the time.

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It just cruises in top OD gear with all that weight behind it. Never felt squirrely or out of sorts. Just a drastic difference. Wow.

For work, I love this truck. I have a car to drive the rest of the time.
Awesome! Really great to see you putting it to work right away with some proper jobs. Thanks for updating us.