Do you have a truck? Do you have a trailer? Are you struggling to figure out how best to match your truck to your trailer for a safe towing/trailering experience? You came to the right place, because TFLtruck’s Roman, Andre, and MrTruck are talking about “towing like a pro“!
TFL Talkin’ Trucks Ep.2
There are three major classifications of pickup trucks. Here is how to decide which truck to buy or what type of trailer your truck can tow.
- Mid-size: (Toyota Tacoma and the like)
- Full-size/Half-ton: (Ford F-150 and the like)
- Heavy Duty: splits down into 3/4-ton and 1-ton trucks
The midsize trucks are factory rated to tow up to 7,700 lbs for very specific 2WD models. Generally speaking, most midsize 4×4 trucks have a maximum towing rating between 5,000 – 7,000 lbs.
The “half-ton” trucks are manufacturer rated to tow up to 13,400 lbs. This title currently goes to a 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 with a 6.2-liter V8 and a maximum towing package. We generally recommend towing up to 10,000 lbs with a half-ton truck.
The heavy duty “3/4-ton” trucks are rated to tow up to around 20,000 lbs. The rating depend on a lot of parameters: engine, transmission, rear axle ratio, and maximum towing packages. Typically, if a heavy duty truck is rated to a certain amount, you can generally push it very close to that limit (assuming you have the proper hitch and other safety equipment).
The heavy duty “1-ton” trucks come in two flavors (single rear wheel and dually). When we talk about 1-ton trucks, we typically think about the duallies. These turbo-diesel monsters are now rated to tow up to 37,000 lbs. The title currently goes to a 2020 Ford Super Duty with the new 6.7-liter diesel V8 and an hd 10-speed automatic transmission. So far, we have pushed all the new diesel duallies on the Ike Gauntlet™ with a 30,000 lbs trailer.
We use the latest heavy duty hitches from Gen-Y Hitch. They are high-adjustable with available weight distribution attachements. They have hitches with torsion suspension. They offers cushioned hitches for heavy gooseneck and 5th-wheel applications as well.
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