I used a Colorado with the towing package to haul a 12' v nose trailer from south bend to Indy. Apx 200 miles. All it had in it was household goods. I hated that drive! 50mph
And two tanks of fuel! My dually with a 454 and a 3:73 rear gear gets 15/18 empty and 10/12 pulling a stock trailer and 4 horses. I understand if your not handy and don't want something older but skimping on the the tow vehicle will end up costing more in the long run. My truck is rated to gvwr at 10000lbs my trailer has breaks, and I'll never wear it out hauling horses. Pull the same load with a "light truck" and you'll see your lower cost of ownership go threw the roof!
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It's not that I want to skimp on the tow vehicle, so much as that I don't want to drive a giant gas guzzler as my everyday vehicle, a truck (of any size) won't fit my husband's needs, and having a 3rd vehicle just to tow 5 or 6 times a year doesn't make sense (and to afford a third vehicle I WOULD have to skimp on it)
1/2 ect refers to the truck bed capacity not towing.
Right... payload capacity. But since "half ton" trucks now have a much higher payload capacity than 1000 lbs (the Ford F-150 has a payload capacity of anywhere from 3/4 up to 1-1/2 tons depending on the specific model) and has nothing to do with towing, I'm not sure how to (a) identify a "half-ton" truck or (b) why that even matters.
So far, it seems like only the Trailblazer EXT is a candidate. Can someone explain what specs make this vehicle suitable for towing, but are not sufficient on a small truck (like the Colorado or Tacoma)? They're both rated similarly in tow capacity. The wheelbase is about the same if you get an extended cab (which is also about the same as a regular cab F-150). The trucks do have a little lower horsepower (240 vs 290).
As I said, I'm not trying to skimp- I'll buy something that is safe or nothing at all- but I want to understand why only a full size truck will do if that's the case.