Originally Posted by moosetags
That was a very interesting read. I guess I've always leaned toward the GM Trucks even though I own 2 Ford cars. Between this test and the Trailer Life Magazine shootout of the 3/4 tons, it looks like Chevy is walking away with all the honors.
I am researching a new tow vehicle right now, and have narrowed it down to the Ford and Chevy. The Dodge just isn't up to what I plan to carry and tow. I'm shopping for a pop-up truck camper to put in a long bed single rear wheel diesel 1 ton and still pull Lucy at 7400# with a 1000# tongue weight.. The truck camper will go a little over 3000#. This will be a big load. I don't wan any disappointments with a new tow vehicle.
This test pushes me hard in the Chevy direction. The lack luster performance of Ford's engine brake system is a major negative for me. Chevy's engine braking function sounds miles ahead. We do a lot of mountain towing. The last thing that I want is to smell the brakes as I am careening downhill with 20,000+# of truck, camper, and Airstream.
Brian, I know you wanted to stick w/SRW for off-road...the 1 ton GM SRW have the greatest GVWR for SRW...you will be heavy with your full setup.
Check it out...can't go wrong with the D/A...
I hope the new Ford does better than the last couple of gens...time will tell...the rest of the truck is very nice...the verdict is still out on the new power train.