This is really about choosing the right tool for the job.
An interesting TikTok video by user Cagney Hebert Blanch illustrates why it’s important truck owners know the capabilities of their respective trucks. In Blanch’s video uploaded earlier this week, what looks like an A-Class RV is stuck in a ditch, unable to get some traction down to pull itself out. Both a Chevy Silverado and Toyota Tundra half-ton fail, the Tundra destroying its front end.A passing Ford F-250 Super Duty eventually comes along to save the day.
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The Chevrolet Silverado Duramax and Toyota Tundra are more than capable trucks when used within their limits but, as half-tons and with no loads in their beds, they never really had a chance pulling out an RV.
The Silverado Duramax has a stump-pulling 277 HP and 460 lb-ft but is only rated to tow up to 9,300 pounds.
Even though the Tundra is slightly less powerful at 381 HP and 401 lb-ft from its gas V8, equipped properly and this Texas-bred Toyota can technically pull up to 10,200 pounds.
Step into the realm of 3/4 ton trucks and the Ford F-250 with its new 7.3L V8 rated at 430 HP and 475 lb-ft, typically tows up to 15,000 pounds but, when properly equipped with the right package, can easily tow up to 20,000 pounds all day long.
Knowing that Class A RVs start around 18,000 pounds and the video becomes pretty cut and dry. Those half-ton trucks were failing at punching up a weight class.
Typically, half-ton trucks like the F-150, Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500 ,while meant for serious work and towing, must also be able to drive around town and almost be as liveable as a car since that’s what most truck owners use them for.
3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks are a lot less comfortable without a load but have beefier frames and suspension setups and are more powerful than their half-ton counterparts.
So, take note truck owners. Unless you can afford a new engine, don’t try to be a hero if you don’t know how much you’re really towing.