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    01-23-2012, 09:32 PM
Diesels sound great and I think I will want one in the future, but it would probably be a little more than I need or can afford right now. I have realized that I might need to spend a little bit more than I had hoped to get a decent truck, so I'm now looking at selling my current car too and just buying a 3/4 ton to drive for a while.

As far as where I live, it is generally flat. We're talking probably about 2 or 3 days a months in which I would trailer 30 minutes to an hour away and just trail ride for the day. If I get a chance this summer, I would like to spend a weekend at a lager park that is 3 hours away. I would encounter some hills in that area. Annnd now my dad is expressing an interest in buying a horse in the next year or so, so that he could trail ride with me (which just means more weight to the trailer).

So I think I've come to realize that 3/4 ton is the way to go. Thanks so much for the info guys! Like I said, I'm totally new to this (I actually knew little to nothing about deisels). Great learning experience for me. :P
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    01-23-2012, 09:51 PM
Green Broke
I'd suggest driving down to a local horse trail one Saturday afternoon and see what trucks and trailers are in the parking area.

We rode the Chickamagua battle field New Years Eve, there were 7 trucks with trailers, 5 fords, 1 Dodge, and one Government motors.

Two were f-350's, the others were 250's or 2500's....rarely, but on occasion do I notice a half ton.

So when you have time, go look and see if you see any half tons in the parking lot.

If it's flat maybe a half ton will work for you, but you'll be starting with a truck that's already at it's limit for pulling that much weight.

I went to the 350 to get well below the rated max. Frankly, the 350 doesn't know the trailer is behind it. If I don't look back, neither do I.

I think a 250 would be a better choice if you can make it work.
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    01-23-2012, 09:55 PM
I used to pull with a F250 gas engine. When we bought the new 250 deisel super duty, it freaked me out the first time I hauled, I thought I had lost the trailer, lol, couldn't feel the pull.
    01-23-2012, 10:43 PM
Yup, the diesel definitely pulls nicer, but the newer gasers and 1/2 tons are much better than the old ones. That said, if the OP is looking at older vehicles I would stay with 3/4 ton, diesel if possible. The diesel can have a much higher mileage on it and still have lots of engine wear left, but check out internet sites for recommendations, bugs and problems for specific models -- knowing the exact engine and gearing you have.

I went from a '98 3/4 6.5 diesel GMC to a 2007 6.2 1/2 gas Chevy. Both pulling the same trailer (gooseneck, two horse with dressing room), I had about the same reaction from each truck, but there is almost 10 years difference there. My husband's 4.8 2010 GMC? Nope, I wouldn't pull my horse with that, no how, no way. Sorry, but his truck is a POS. (Don't tell him I said that :) )
    01-23-2012, 10:51 PM
Northern Mama, can you PM with your phone number, there's something I need to tell your hubby.....
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    01-24-2012, 06:44 PM
LOL, Waresbear.

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