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    01-25-2013, 03:01 PM
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The reason to go to a 3/4 ton instead of a 1/2 ton is NOT whether the truck has enough power to pull it. It is whether or not the truck can remain under control and STOP. Especially in an emergency. A 1/2 ton may be able to stop but it will take more distance with a full load.

I've seen a guy pull a 4 horse steel gooseneck with his dodge Dakota. Would I do it? Heck no! The Dakota doesn't have the weight for it. It may pull it and stop ok, but what happens in an emergency? I don't think it would do very well. What happens if the trailer brakes were to fail? I think that trailer would push the Dakota all over the road.
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    01-25-2013, 03:33 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
Used to haul with a 1/2 ton, got a 3/4 ton and I am never ever hauling with a 1/2 ton ever again. The difference is huge. If you can get a good 4x4 3/4 ton then you will be set to take a 2 horse trailer anywhere.
I used to haul with a 3/4 ton, got a one ton dually, and am never ever hauling with a 3/4 ton ever again. The difference is huge.

Bigger is better.....to a point...I mean....
    01-25-2013, 03:41 PM
Originally Posted by gunslinger    
I used to haul with a 3/4 ton, got a one ton dually, and am never ever hauling with a 3/4 ton ever again. The difference is huge.

Bigger is better.....to a point...I mean....
Haha, a guy I know who hauls has a luxo Freightliner. Guess what he says about truck size hahaha. And hauling with that thing is a total dream, especially with the air ride. I only have a dinky 2 horse, but I want a 4 head to head (eventually) so I'll need a 1 ton for that!
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    01-25-2013, 03:53 PM
My 1/2 ton is rated for 9000lbs - It can haul quite a bit.
Personally, I would still rather have a 3/4 because it gives me a lot more hauling options.
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    01-25-2013, 03:56 PM
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Bigger is better, but a 3/4 ton doesnt always mean more power. You can get a 3/4 ton with a smaller engine and less capacity than some of the optioned out 1/2tons. Any one that advises you or makes statements about what can and can't be done with a given truck without knowing or mentioning at least engine displacement and preferably rear axle ratio doesnt know what they are talking about.
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    01-25-2013, 04:13 PM
Yes, I have been researching this, and there seems to be a lot to consider. This road is to a 2nd house I just bought, my first house is down on the flats, and I am in no rush to get this new truck. Obviously, since I will be hauling my horse I really need to think this thing through, and I have gotten a lot of info from this forum. Thanks everybody.
    01-25-2013, 04:39 PM
I wpuld go Dodge, though, regardless of size.
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    01-25-2013, 04:44 PM
Green Broke
All truck makers publish a towing guide, look up your truck with its specific features usually engine displacement, rear end and transmission type, and stay well under that max number and you'll be fine.
    01-25-2013, 06:37 PM
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Yes, I should have mentioned mine is the V8 5.7L Hemi with the 3:92 and stock tires. (they make a difference.)
Much harder to find... took some reading, research, learning and quite a long search to find in my area.
    01-26-2013, 10:00 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by WSArabians    
I wpuld go Dodge, though, regardless of size.
I'd go with a Ford....if for no other reason, because they didn't take the government money.

I'm done with GM and Chrysler. Never again will they get a dime of my money.
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