Originally Posted by gunslinger
Ford, and if for no other reason, because they didn't take, and aren't owned by the government.
The federal government owns 26% of General Motors stock.
I'll never own another GM or Dodge. PERIOD.
Bail out my behind.
Bingo, prior to the bailout I was ambivalent to what manufacture I owned. I did steer clear of Dodge because they got worse MPG and lower power than the other two before coming out with a Hemi truck engine. Post bailout, I'm a pure Ford man.
Now for the OP. I advise everyone to steer clear of 1/2 tons and most SUV's for towing livestock. Why? They'll do it but just are not as stoutly built as heavier trucks. That means they are harder stop due to smaller brakes, more likely to break down and have catastrophic failures.
These suck while pulling an RV but your RV doesn't get career ending injuries from being tossed around. Your RV doesn't mind getting left beside the road while your rig is towed off for repairs. Your RV doesn't get hungry or thirsty while waiting for rescue. If your rear axle decided to exit the axle (quite possible with 1/2 tons) and you get in a wreck, the RV doesn't have to be "put down" due to injuries from the ensuing accident they just get hauled to the junkyard and you are out a few dollars.