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2001 Dodge vs. Chevy 1-ton -- Which is better for towing?
I have a 3-car Kaufman auto transport trailer with a gooseneck hitch that we'll be using to transport the cars. Curb weight of the trailer is about 7,000 pounds. It has three 6,000 pound axles and is rated to carry 18,000 pounds.
Recently I've gotten a hold of two different trucks--a 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT Ext Cab and a 2001 Chevy K3500 LS Crew Cab. Both have duallies and diesel engines. The Chevy is a 6-speed manual trans. The Dodge has 58,000 miles and the Chevy has 39,000. I plan to keep one for our purposes and will sell the other. Problem is, I can't quite decide which one to keep. We've taken the Dodge on a couple test runs with the trailer fully loaded and it handled the load well. We haven't taken the Chevy yet because it isn't equipped with a gooseneck hitch, and I don't want to put the money into it unless I know for sure we're going to be keeping that one.