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Do I need a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

I am considering buying a 2003 22' Sea Ray Cabin Crusier and I need to pick out a truck to tow it with. I'm looking at Dodge Rams and I'm not sure if a Ram 1500 will tow that much boat with ease. Do I need to bump up to a 2500? I'm not biased as to which brand the truck is so same applies to F150/250 & Chevy 1500/2500.

The ramp we kick off at is pretty steep so I want it to be effortless.

Any experience?
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It depends.

How often are you going to be hauling this thing?

You may want to rent an old duelie wheel box van from rent-a-wreck and save the monthly payment.
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We are pretty frequent boaters. You can pick up a decent used truck for $10k so i won't be making payments.
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Go 3/4. A half ton could pull it, but the added safety with the 3/4's larger brakes and suspension are worth it. Plus, most of the larger trucks already have a nice frame mounted hitch installed.
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I have a 3/4 ton which I use for towing my car to the track. It is a 2000 Chevy work truck--paid around $9,000. Larger rear brakes vs. half ton. Suspension and brakes would be the two major differences. I have towed with my 2005 Tahoe and I prefer the 3/4 ton. The Tahoe works fine but the 3/4 ton feels safer driving--if that makes any sense. Personally, if I was towing a 22' boat, I would try to locate a 3/4 ton. Also, make sure you find a vehicle with a transmission cooler. My 2 cents.
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Without know more than you give, I'd say a 3/4 tonne, but a heavy 1/2 might easily do the job. How much weight are you planning to pull? I don't know how much those boats weigh...

Limited slip differential. Can't stress it enough!!! 3.73 rear end, 4.10 will give great towing, horrible fuel consumption.
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A 1500 will tow that with no problem. But if you plan on towing it any kind of long distance, the 2500 will be a little more stable on the highway. Also are u planning on a regular cab, or extended cab? The longer wheelbase on the extra cab will add to the stabilty
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I have a 3/4 ton which I use for towing my car to the track. It is a 2000 Chevy work truck--paid around $9,000. Larger rear brakes vs. half ton. Suspension and brakes would be the two major differences. I have towed with my 2005 Tahoe and I prefer the 3/4 ton. The Tahoe works fine but the 3/4 ton feels safer driving--if that makes any sense. Personally, if I was towing a 22' boat, I would try to locate a 3/4 ton. Also, make sure you find a vehicle with a transmission cooler. My 2 cents.
All good advice. Also, 3/4 tons usually have heavier duty wheel bearings than the 1/2 tons...so, it's more than pulling power, springs, and brakes. Definitely a +1 here on the trans cooler advice. It easy to go too light on a tow vehicle choice, hard to go too heavy.
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Re: Do I need a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

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I am considering buying a 2003 22' Sea Ray Cabin Crusier ...
The ramp we kick off at is pretty steep so I want it to be effortless.

Any experience?
That size boat combined with steep, and WET boat ramps make a 3/4 ton almost mandatory imo... while a 1/2 'might' work don't even think about it...
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Pick anything but a Dodge. Dodge has the worst build quality known to mankind.
I beg to differ.... Ive always been a long time Ford person, Ive owned 6 ford trucks From a BroncoII up to a crew-cab F350.
My Dodge Ram 3500 It probably one of the best vehicles Ive owned. There is absolutely nothing wrong with its build quality. The truck is a tank.
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I concur Vinny, I've got a beater Ram 250 w/ 180K still going strong...
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Get a 3/4 ton, Chevy or Ford. These guys saying Dodge trucks are okay have just been lucky enough not to have problems with the brakes, or front end, or transmission that I heard about nearly every day when I lived in Texas.

If it does not have trans/diff cooler install one. If it has an 4 sp auto, tow in 3rd.
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Only a 1/2 ton...

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Toyota tundra dual cab 5.7 liter with tow package. More that you will ever need and confortable and fun to drive to boot. If you're gonna get a truck, you might as well get a good one.

I know better that to buy a chrysler product and would rather walk than drive a ford. I'm allergic to having a POS break down on me and leave me stranded. I'm also not fond of having little bits and pieces of plastic fall off while I'm driving.

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I'd have to second on the Dodge build quality

my uncle had a 2006 Ram 1500 with the 4.7L V-8

at 22K it needed new valve lifters

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he traded it in for a Toyota and hasnt had a problem since
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