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Sep 04, 2003 (1:37 pm)
When Jim wrote:
"You're not going to find any 4 door 1/2 tons in your price range. There are 4 door crew cabs out
there in your price range."
He meant that 4dr. half tons are relatively new, and well above $5K price range. Chevy and Ford however, made 3/4 and 1 ton crew cabs in early 90s that are probably available at your price. Only thing is that were mostly bought as work trucks, so they've probably seen a lot of hard miles. I always saw them working the Amtrack rail lines, with pipeline crews, or logging.
Sep 04, 2003 (7:27 pm)
Sorry about that kc, and thanks Walt for clarifying that statement.
I meant to say: "You're not going to find any 4 door 1/2 tons in your price range. There are 3/4 ton 4 door crew cabs out there in your price range."
Your statement about pop-ups is right!! Very little noise insulation at all. I can appreciate your wanting the TT. Good luck with the search. I hope you find exactly want you want.
#8 of 15 Boat towing question
Sep 06, 2003 (5:35 pm)
I'm currently feeling out the market for a 3-4 year old truck for towing a 24' boat. The complete towed rig will realistically weigh near 7000 lbs with trailer, gear, gas, etc. I think a 1/2 ton will just do, but I cannot decide if I need 4WD or not. I will be towing on relatively level ground, and the ramps I use are in fairly good shape, yet I cannot help to feel that I would someday regret not going for the additional traction advantage. I also plan on using the truck primarily for towing duty only, as I will be using my car for daily transportation. Suggestions?
#9 of 15 Boat towing question
Sep 07, 2003 (1:20 pm)
For a 7Kk lb rig, either 4x4 or a limited slip rear end would be very helpful. Best entertainment at local marina is folks who get stuck on boat ramp.
#10 of 15 Re: wpalkowski
Sep 08, 2003 (4:10 am)
I should clarify that if I were to get only a 2WD, it definitely would have a limited slip axle, but I'm still not sure if that would be enough. Right now, I'm leaning toward 4WD, although I may never NEED it, but more as an insurance policy in case I ever would.
Actually, the BEST entertainment at a marina is watching people launch their boats on the asphalt in front of the water (ouch)!
#11 of 15 The only advice
Sep 08, 2003 (5:54 am)
I would give is to make sure you need the 4x4 for all the days you aren't towing your boat. I have been where you are but my last solution was to get a slip. Towing and launching was no problem but I moved quite a ways from the beach so a slip made life a bit easier. The biggest problem is the cost to operate a 4X4 when you aren't towing the boat. 4WD lowers you towing rate by about 300 pounds and your cargo weight by about as much. The 4X4 will use more fuel as well. It will work a lot better on the ramp however.
#12 of 15 I think it will be an F350
Sep 08, 2003 (11:08 am)
Thanks again for helpful comments. I have
narrowed my choices to F350 as it is the only one,
early 1990s truck with 4 doors. Please, correct
me if I'm wrong.
Now the question is what to be aware of. I know
that I will not have a lot of selection but I'm
not in rush (I have until the next summer to find
it) so I'm willing to wait until something decent
What is the best engine, gear ratio, etc. for
towing 5-6k lb 5th wheel?
Sep 08, 2003 (11:28 am)
You probably will have to take whatever is available. In that truck, you'll probably only find two engine choices, 7.4L(460ci) gasser and the 7.3L(444ci) diesel. Most likely all you will find will be 4.10 gear ratios, however there may be some 3.73's out there. For what you are wanting to do, either ratio will do just fine. You've allready stated fuel mileage is no concern, so either engine is perfectly capable of what you are wanting to do.
IMO: I'd hold out for the diesel, if everything else were equal of course.
daschtick: You stated; "The complete towed rig will realistically weigh near 7000 lbs with trailer, gear, gas, etc." There are several 1/2 tons that are rated to tow that weight. Would I routinely tow that much weight with a 1/2 ton? NO. The 1/2 ton doesn't have the suspension or brakes needed to handle that much trailer. The tongue weight alone will bring the rear end of the truck way down. If the trailer has surge brakes, then a weight distribution hitch is out of the question. I've seen people with too much boat for the tow vehicle get pulled into the water by their boat because their brakes were not heavy enough to handle the load.
Get the 3/4 ton. The towing experience will be much more enjoyable and you'll be more relaxed when you get there. If you're still set on the 1/2 ton, you'll need 4wd. You'll find that 4wheel low will be a necessity pulling that heavy boat up a slick ramp.
#14 of 15 94 Ford F-150 XLT Extended Cab 4x4
Sep 17, 2003 (11:08 am)
Found a truck at local used truck dealer. I saw it over the summer and he was asking 8k and now it is at 7k and I could get it for about 6k. It has 91,000 miles on it, 5.0L, auto and matching cap. Is this a good price for the truck and how will this thing do towing? Looking to tow a 25' sailboat and which will weight about 5,000 lbs. Thanks, Dan.
Sep 17, 2003 (7:11 pm)
Can't speak for price, I haven't priced anything like that truck in a long time. Check the used car values here to see what it says.
The truck will be marginal with that boat. I'm sure the truck will handle a 5k load OK, but the 5 liter may be a little weak, especially if the gear ratio is anything other than a 4.10.