01-22-2014, 12:14 AM
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Go with a long bed, don't get sucked into the short bed. You'll want/need/appreciate the extra space in the bed for everything you'll inevitably want to bring along.
For a 4 horse you could probably get away with a single rear wheel 3/4 ton, but I would seriously consider a 1-ton. Even better, for an added bit of safety and a lot of extra capacity, a 1-ton dually would be even better. You can never have too much truck.
Don't even contemplate a half ton. There are some manufacturers out there who are now patently absurd with their 1/2 tow ratings, and they are useless for fifth wheel or gooseneck trailers which have a lot of pin weight, and even for traditional trailers some of the ratings make me shake my head for a 1/2 ton truck.
Keep gearing in mind. Most 3/4-1 Ton trucks will come with short gearing given their workhorse intentions, but if you're buying used make sure someone didn't spec a heavy truck with tall gears (AKA pavement princess grocery getter in the skin of a big truck) - it will effect it's pulling power. 3.73's is what you want in the rears at least, with 4.10's not out of the question if you want to put power over speed.
Diesel is far superior for pulling and will yield better MPG, but comes at an added initial cost. The mileage you plan to cover while towing will depend a lot on whether or not that makes financial sense or not.