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.