Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
You'll hear a lot about makes and models, but the main thing to remember with trucks and hauling is, 'bigger is better'.
You can pull with a half ton but a 3/4 ton is better, and at least a V8 5.4 liter engine. Any smaller, and you'll have to compromise on trailer size.
Make sure the truck has a towing package, because without a transmission cooler on board you're going to burn up your vehicle very quickly.
Most newer half ton and bigger trucks come equipped with a tow package, but make sure you get a 4-pin as well as a 7-pin plug. Generally, anything you haul that has lights and brakes is going to have one of those two configurations. My truck has both a 4-pin and 7-pin plug.
You'll need a heavy duty brake box as well, and those don't come standard with even the trucks that have tow packages. You can wire them yourselves, but I've always taken mine to a professional trailer place. If you buy a new truck you could invalidate your warranty by adding anything after market yourself. Best to let the professionals handle it.
Just remember, the bigger the truck the more expensive everything will be. My tires cost $175.00 each, and that's just for standard all terrain.
Your best bet is to assess your trailer needs, and then buy a truck based on that. I'd rather have too much truck than not enough, especially when hauling live cargo.
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