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2011 Towing Maximum Capacities for Diesel Pickups

I have been looking at new trucks and found that they are not all equal in the towing department. My trailer has a max load of 14,000+ capacity and I have reched it a few times. My issues is I tow with an Excursion and it's only rated for 12,500lbs, so it would be nice to have a truck that can legally pull the 14k I need it to. I would like to get a new truck but the 2011 Ford is a little to salty for me, the 2011 GMC feels to me like 2008 with a new motor, and I have never been a fan of their IFS. The 2011 Dodge seems to be the best price by far but I would have to upgrade to the 3500 to pull what I want it to and even then I don't know that the receiver hitch is rated for it? The Dodge lacks the power of the other two but I guess it can be tuned easily.

Conventional Towing and 5th Wheel:

Dodge 2500 CC 4X4 12,750 (does not claim conventional or 5th wheel)
Dodge 2500 Mega Cab 4X4 12,400 (does not claim conventional or 5th wheel)
http://www.dodge.com/en/2010/ram_2500_3500/ download spec sheet

Ford 2500 CC 4X4 14,000 & 15,000

GMC/Chevy 2500 CC 4X4 13,000 & 16,800
Info taken from GMC handout spec sheet
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To be honest I don't think it really matters. Both will tow your trailer fine. If you ask me the big 3 have taken there power & tow rating a little to far. I will have to ask what the extra power of the one vehicle does for you towing? Most people that tow do the speed limit. How does that extra power help you towing at 55-65 mph? Are you towing up mountains all the time where is will come in useful? Are you towing for a living or pleasure? I would take both trucks for a test drive and get the one you like the best. If it's a toss up who will give you a better deal?

One other thing you may need to look at is how your state laws are for towing. With a 14k + trailer and a truck with a 12k + tow rating many states will tell you you need a CDL or some sort of Non-CDL type license or endoresment. NYS want me to get a CDL. After 6 months of arguing (winter) with them I told them to pack sand, I'm not getting a CDL to tow a camper a couple times a year & that I'll take my chances of getting caught. After that they let me take a road test for a "R" endorsement and warn me about driving for hire. In hind site I should of got the CDL and tried to make a little money on the side.

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I woud get the Dodge for sure. With the Dodge diesel you can tow that 14,000 with e-z even 20,000. You can get the 3/4 ton 2500 and save on fuel and the towing capacity will still meet your needs. The Ford has lots of sensors and injector problems that will give you trouble down the road. Between the injectors and the sensors I would say no to Ford. The Chevrolet is okay with me, but their injectors are questionable too. If you get the Chevy with the Allison transmission you will be okay. Overall I think that straight six Dodge will do better and the injectors are the cheapest ones on the market to replace an easier, do it yourself. Everything is right there in the top of the head. That is my .02 cent
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I'm on my 3rd Dodge Cummins, my first 02 2500 pulled my 8000 lb 5ver great, heck did not even know it was pulling it. I believe my 02 was rated at 220 hp and 460 ft Tq. Don't hold me to that. But the pulling power of that 6cyl is Awesome. Won't talk much about my 2nd 6.7 (early model) nothing but emission problems. My 09 CTD 3500 is rated lower than the Ford and the Chevy, but it will pull allot heavier. Think my tag on door pannel only showes 12,200 lbs. which I think is low. I was going to purchase a new Chevy 3500 D/max but way to pricey for me.
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