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        06-25-2014, 01:13 PM
      #31
    Yearling
    I wasn't saying it made it less safe but more so that it was a lot harder on the truck. I would think it would make the truck not last as long stressing out the engine that bad wouldn't it? I dunno I just upgraded to an f150 but there's a big difference in the way it tows vs the frontier :( and sadly they actually get the same mpg!
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        06-25-2014, 01:22 PM
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    Weanling
    Extra wear and tear towing "at the limits" of a vehicles ratings? Arguably, sure, but towing at all puts extra wear and tear on a vehicle so I wouldn't let it be a deciding factor to avoid buying the "next truck up" in our OP's situation where only very occasional towing is in the cards.

    Again, it comes down the the numbers. Weight or the trailer, the horses, what the OP plans to bring along, and the rated numbers of the tuck. As well as being equipped right.

    Buying a 70K diesel dually makes no sense (on countless fronts) for someone who tows a light load once or twice a year and uses the truck as a grocery getter the other 99.9% of the time. The same could be said for buying a 3/4 ton.

    Like I've said many times, having too much truck for the job is never a bad idea, however it's not necessarily always a good idea either when it's either impossible or impractical for the person actually laying out the dollars and cents.

    Into the person who brought up the legal ramifications of towing overweight, in the USA where everybody is quick to jump to litigation I don't think it's necessarily unwarranted, however on the flipside I don't believe that the OP was talking about towing beyond the capabilities and stated rstings of their vehicle to begin with, so it's arguably moot.
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        06-25-2014, 01:23 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by evilamc    
    I wasn't saying it made it less safe but more so that it was a lot harder on the truck. I would think it would make the truck not last as long stressing out the engine that bad wouldn't it? I dunno I just upgraded to an f150 but there's a big difference in the way it tows vs the frontier :( and sadly they actually get the same mpg!
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    I love my nissan and wouldn't pull my horse with it unless I knew he was safe. Of course I would never tow anything larger than a two horse and I'm only towing him in it. Also my frontier is extremely reliable, I never have to worry about it.
         
        06-25-2014, 07:54 PM
      #34
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by neil foreman    
    Thanks for the input everyone. My farrier agreed that a half ton truck is the least I should go for.I think I am going to go for a half ton truck with 4 doors. Its a toss up between a ram 1500, f150 or chevy 1500. I might go smalller on the engine and do a 6 cylinder auto as I honestly see myself rarely hauling and if I do I am happy to go slooow.

    The Nissan 4.0L V6 is legendary for reliability. They are massively dependable, however they are also not known for their efficiency.

    A V8 with a modern 5 or 6 speed automatic behind it can use less of its available power when not towing and get pretty amazing mileage when unloaded. My F-150 with a 5.4 gets the same mileage as the 4.0 V6 unloaded.

    IMO, stay away from the FORD eco-boost...turbos have more moving parts, require higher octane fuel ($$) are more sensitive to oil change intervals and will not last as long as a non-turbo engine. Additionally they have more plumbing for the intake, exhaust and cooling systems as well as more electronics to monitor all those systems.
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