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Old 11-06-2017, 05:47 AM
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I know that my 08' 5.7L 4x4 is suppose to have a trailer towing capacity of 8700 (14,000 GCVW). This weekend I was checking on prices for renting a steer skid "bobcat" to do some work around the house. The salesman said that I needed either a 1/2 ton truck for one of the units or a 3/4 ton truck for the other one. This got me to wondering. What does the Aspen classify as in a tonnage rating.

Some quick searches online revealed some interesting numbers. Some of which I find hard to believe. One website said that a 1/2 ton pickup (F-150, Ram 2500, Chevy 2500) is not suppose to exceed 5000 lbs. With that logic, a 1/4 ton would be 2500 lbs and a 3/4 would be 7500 lbs. However, I know this can't be right as I know a 3/4 truck can pull in excess of 10 K. This would also mean that the Aspen is a 3/4 ton which also leaves me wondering.

So does anyone know what or how to figure out what the Aspen classifies as in tonnage?
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I am not an expert but the "rating" vary depending on options. A 1/2 ton pickup can vary between 5000-10,000 lbs towing and the 3/4 is a step up from there. They having towing options just like the Aspen. The 08 Ram is rated 200-300 lbs less than the Aspen due to GVW, so looks can be deceiving. Go by your vehicles specs. I know there is a Mercedes SUV that tows as much as our Aspens, but most people look at it and think "station wagon".
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I am aware that options vary towing capacity just like any other vehicle. I am also aware of the specs of my vehicle. However, it's only mentioned in pounds (8700 towing) etc. When I went to check on renting the steer skid, they said I needed a 1/2 or 3/4 ton truck. Not a vehicle that could pull 5000 lbs or whatever. So what I am trying to figure out is where the Aspen would fall in this area (if it does). 1/4 ton truck, 1/2 ton or even 3/4.
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Sorry, what I was trying to say is the 1/2 and 3/4 ton name does not mean much anymore. It relates to how much the truck would carry, not tow. With all the advances a F150( the current 1/2 ton )can carry 1500-2000lb. So I guess ours at 1600 lbs would be equivalent to a current 1/2 ton pickup.
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Thank you. That's what I was wondering. I was thinking the Aspen would at least be a 1/2 ton. Thanks for the clarification.
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