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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