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Nov 29, 1999 (9:01 pm)
It's not likely you can put 10000 pounds behind any truck that wins the Fourwheeler contest and get awesome towing results. You have to look at the test criteria. The Fourwheeler, Off-Road, and similar magazines are more interested in off-road performance. Good tow vehicles won't do as good. Motortrend, Car & Driver, and other similar magazines mainly test on-road performance with some mild off-road and occasionally some light towing (4,000-6,000 pounds. If it's tow performance you're looking for, you should probably be looking at some of the RV mags like Trailer Life. The magazine tests that matter the most are the ones that most closely test the criteria that you intend to use the truck to do.
For the record, no manufacturer offers a 1/2 ton that is rated to tow 10,000 pounds. The max is a little over 8,000. Based on the 99 tow guidelines published by Trailer Life Magazine, the max tow ratings for each manufacturer for 1/2 tons are:
Chevy - 8,200
Ford - 8,000
Dodge - 7,800
Tundra - 7,200
The list may be incomplete. It was published at the beginning of the year. It's dependent on axle ratios, engine size and options. There may be more available combos than were available at the time the guide was published. I can also say that the tow ratings change quite a bit when you move into the 3/4 and 1 ton categories. Ford has the highest tow rating with Dodge right behind (almost equal). The Chevy is quite a bit farther back, but I suspect that will be resolved when they introduce their new heavy duty line.
Nov 29, 1999 (9:07 pm)
...so your saying that truck trend rated the much hated Tundra ahead of a 1 model of dodge and all the fords and chevs?
Nov 30, 1999 (4:30 am)
If you read far enough back I defend the Toyota name and I really do not care what anyone buys, it is your money. I wanted people to read an article and have Pyro get off his Toyota horse and see the light, don't categorize people for choosing a Toyota, Dodge or whatever, you don't have to ride in it, I could two craps about what someone else drives I don't make their car payment, I just drive my so called wanna be 18 wheeler, as Pyro says.
Nov 30, 1999 (1:16 pm)
Try reading post #499.
Dec 01, 1999 (2:50 am)