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  1. Thanks for the input, especially about the hitch issue with which I am unfamiliar since I have been towing a fifth wheel trailer. I think I will forget the idea of a midsize truck like the Canyon/Colorado. I also like excess power and safety. I was a little surprised by the recommendations for a 3/4 ton truck instead of a half ton truck, however. I was interested in the new design of the 2019 Ram 1500, but I understand the diesel engine for that is not available until later this year and the towing specs for it do not look that much better than the mid size trucks. The new Ram 1500 does have the option of a 5.7 Liter V8 Hemi with around 11,000 lb tow rating and about 1,900 payload (using a 3.92 axle ratio). But I will certainly consider the 3/4 ton trucks as you all recommended. Thanks again. I look forward to be towing an Ollie later this year.
  2. My spouse and I are full timers in our fifth wheel but considering going part time and downsizing to a used or new Elite II. We have a Ram 3500 diesel dually tow vehicle but would like something smaller. I realize that a half ton or 3/4 ton truck would be easily sufficient for the Elite II, but I was curious about a midsize truck like the Canyon/Colorado diesels rated at 7,700 lb towing (7,550 with crew cab, 4X4, and long box which I prefer). It would appear to me that it would have enough power to pull a 7,000 lb GVWR Elite II depending on options and truck cargo load (1,420 lb max payload for diesel crew cab 4X4 long box). I believe the Canyon/Colorado diesels have a greater towing capacity than the Toyota Tacoma (6,800 lb max) and I have read on the forum that some people use Tacomas to pull Elite IIs. I also love my diesel engine exhaust brakes and would like to have them on my next tow vehicle. Any relevant thoughts would be appreciated. I apologize in advance for being new to the site and not knowing how to search previous topics which may have addressed this.
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