Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
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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