My old F150 is nearing EOL. My JKU is evolving and getting heavier in the process and about to get moreso with 60's and after the 37's die down, 40's. I'd like to get to the place of towing it for 4+hr drives - save on wear and tear, tires, if I break that far away, etc. Those longer trips would happen about two or three times/year.
I need a truck for my work, put around 13,000 just in work miles on it per year and size-wise, 1/2 tons fit all my work needs (ie 3/4's are overkill for work and gas $ does come into play since it my $.)
When I look at towing threads, I don't come across 1/2 ton pickups - always see 3/4 ton +. Is there any particular reason why to this? My old F150 could never tow that weight, but looking at specs on the newer 1/2 tons, seems on paper most of them should work no problem when properly configured.
Ex. I'm liking the new 5.3 2014 Silverado. The specs on the configuration I'm looking at have max trailering at 11,100 and payload 1,751. Spitballing, say JKU is 6200 and a trailer is 2400. That leaves 2,500 for payload/passengers till max. Seems like I'd safely be under max. What, if anything, am I missing here?
So whose towing with the half tons and your thoughts on it?
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