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Old 02-03-2017, 01:38 PM   #15
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If reliability and resale are a concern to you, then check out a Toyota Tundra. Not only is it Consumer Reports top rated pick-up, it is also a best buy. Toyota does not call it a 3/4 ton, but its payload is actually greater than that, up to a full ton for the base model. Its tow rating can be up to 10,500#. Also, it's built in Texas if BuyAmerican is important to you.
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:32 PM   #16
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Thanks USAtraveler good observation to have in mind
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:46 PM   #17
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Don't know how you feel about Nissans but my Titan XD is rated to pull 12,400 pounds and has a payload of 1800#. The gas version payload is over 2100#.

Very nice truck and we got a great deal.
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:46 PM   #18
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Newbie debating between f150 Laramie 4x4 and Chevrolet ltz 4x4

Hi Newbie,
I was a virgin Newbie when I asked a similar question last Summer.
I pull a 2017 AS (7300ibs) and checked into all of the Big Three, After much research and advice, I went with my AS salesman's recommendation and bought a 2016 Ford F-150, 4x4 Lariat, with the EB 3.6L. I LOVE IT!! Also got the new Trailer Back-up Assist feature. Have about 1500 miles on the towing odometer, and that rig has got us through some hairy situations caused by "operator error", Even with the aluminum body, I only get about 16.5 mpg when towing and about 18 when not. Lariat model is very comfortable and pretty "Plushy Plush". The Rams used to have a big problem with rusting out in wheel wells, but they may have solved that by now.
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Old 02-03-2017, 06:41 PM   #19
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I'll throw in here and highly recommend a 3/4 ton truck, just sayin'.

Better to have one and not need it, than need one, and not have it.

Though my '15 Ford F150 XLT 4x4 with the 3.5 ecoboost is a mean towing machine, with 2,007 pounds of payload capacity.
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Old 02-03-2017, 11:04 PM   #20
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I tow a 34' limited with my 15 GMC with the max tow package. The truck sports a 6.2 litre engine and eight speed transmission. I pull at highway speeds loaded with anything I want in the truck. I have zero issues with sway or overload. I know everybody needs a huge truck, the bigger the better. I am totally happy.
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Old 02-04-2017, 05:19 AM   #21
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Get the Ford. And get a 3/4 or one ton. There's just no substitute. Next up would be the Ram but if you're not getting the Cummins...just get the Ford.

By the way, I put Consumer Reports in the same category as the news magazines at the grocery checkout.
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Thanks for all your opinions I do appreciate it
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:12 AM   #23
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From what I see, your Overlander has specs of a Dry Weight 4510 lbs. with a Hitch Weight 480 lbs. Even with loaded, I doubt your going to get past 6Klbs, so 1/2T can work well. You can see all the opinions on which truck, and which size. As others have suggested, you should really first decide if you want Diesel or GAS. There are significant cost differences with diesel, for service, DFT, service maintenance, cost of diesel fuel, and of course some folks (like me) don't like dealing with diesel fuel smell and other issues- but that's just me. I would then drive both the 1/2T and the 3/4 T models around a parking lot as well as on the road, park them both and see if your ok with the larger truck. No doubt the 3/4 T's are able to pull more weight and haul more payload, when properly configured. If your looking for a "daily driver" primarily, you will likely find the 1/2 T models to be more than capable and easier to maneuver than the 3/4T; just make sure you get a 1/2 T with decent payload and good hp/torque rating for your needs. If your going to be "full timing" or going on many long trips, you might well want to get the 3/4 T. Many of us have had this issue...(some of us still having "this dilemma": 1/2 or 3/4) Ohhhh the agony of choice...
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Yes thanks for that observation specially considering that's going to be my daily driver and also we're planning to go on long trips: Canada Texas California Florida but we're not going to be full timing, it's just on our vacations so definitely thinking of a 1/2 ton with good payload

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Yes thanks for that observation specially considering that's going to be my daily driver and also we're planning to go on long trips: Canada Texas California Florida but we're not going to be full timing, it's just on our vacations so definitely thinking of a 1/2 ton with good payload

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We go to MT & Canada from TX and CA each year and log over 8K miles each summer between June and September. We found the 1/2 F150 to be very comfortable all around with reasonable MPG and no real maintenance issues after 105K miles now. We did not know about the importance of having a good sized "payload" when we bought our Platinum model; that is my only regret; suggest you need at least 1800 lbs payload. Will not make that mistake when we get the new Lariat F150 this spring.
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