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1/2 Ton Trucks Durability

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by weed wacker 2, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    I have a 99 dodge 1500 4wd that pulled a 16' trailer for yrs. 90k miles replaced the rear end and at 125k miles replaced clutch, now has 150k plus miles and still a strong truck 5.2L engine using my 1 ton dump to pull the trailer now
  2. WH401

    WH401 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    No offense, but it sounds like your just trying to get into a new truck. As much as I despise the 6.0, I'd take it over a 1/2 ton any day, especially for what you plan on towing. As another said, the 06' 6.0 wasn't as problematic as the earlier versions. In the long run it's going be cheaper, and not to mention more logical, to just keep the truck you have.
  3. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    once again, were not in the 70's, 80's or 90's anymore. half tons today are not really half tons. theyve got bigger brakes on them now, with better trannies, and better suspension.
  4. WHIPPLE5.7

    WHIPPLE5.7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 958

    If for some crazy reason I was looking to use a 1/2 ton it would without doubt be a Tundra. They have a great transmission, brakes, and power. Having been a long time GM advocate and owner I will say stay away from 1/2 ton GMs, they are just too car like and weak. Don't know enough about Ford and Dodge but I'd keep the Ford 6.0 for now. If it hasn't given problems yet you might be safe. I never thaught I'd even need a dually and now that I do I wish I had 4500/5500 truck. In the case of trucks bigger is better.
  5. MikeTA95

    MikeTA95 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    my 06 silverado 1500 5.3L ext. cab Z71 is great for towing my 16' open trailer. It has a tow/haul mode that adjusts the shift points, and when you use that you can't even feel the trailer behind you. I don't have any problems with hills because.. well, here in south jersey its all flat. I would have to say that the brakes aren't very good with the trailer behind it however. I have front discs and rear drums, so with weight behind it I really have to plan my stops way in advance, especially if it's loaded up with something heavy like a few yards of damp mulch. I really love my truck through, plenty of power, very comfortable, and used it was really affordable. I do have to admit, however, I am saving up for a 2011 duramax 2500, because the new frame and engine should be more than enough to handle the extremes I put that truck through.
  6. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
    from earth
    Messages: 2,408

  7. weed wacker 2

    weed wacker 2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    I would like a new truck but im not going to get one unless its economical. When I say new truck i mean new to me. I don't ever plan to pull anything over 6-8k. I know a guy that prefers his tundra over his old 04 f250. He pulls a 26ft gooseneck with 2 60in lazers with baggers and alot of grass. He said it doesnt have the take off power as the diesel but of course it has a whole lot more low end torque. I don't do any plowing because I live in Arkansas, so im not concerned with the front end wearing out.
  8. WH401

    WH401 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    I see.

    Interesting theory your friend has...
  9. weed wacker 2

    weed wacker 2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    I meant the diesel has low end of torque. My work truck is also my daily driver until I get a whole lot more spray accounts to dedicate a truck just for that.
  10. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Messages: 2,316

    I have an 03' Dodge 1500 with the 4.8 liter V-8. I have 125,000 miles on it w/o a single gliche. I pull a 16' trailer with a 61" TT and a 72" STT and it does good with that. I used to pull my New Holland TC 30 with a loader and rotary and it didn't even phase it-The whole thing filled up my trailer so much, I had to put the bucket on the tongue of the trailer. The tractor also had about 800-1000 lbs of water in the rear tires(Total weight). It has done an amazing job and I love the Dodge truck. However, my next truck will be a one ton because they are more suited for pulling everyday. When I bought the truck, it was only going to pull one mower, so it has done way more than expected. For pulling like I do, you need at least a 3/4 ton-a 1/2 ton was never made for pulling all the time.

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