New England residents, you’ve got a job to do, and you need a truck to do it. Here are the five you’ll want, based on the kind of work you’ve got to do:
The Ram 3500 is a flat-out towing animal, especially in 2WD configuration. In 2008, with the 6.7-liter, Cummins turbo diesel six-cylinder, you churn out 350hp and an earth-turning 650-ft.lbs. of torque. Its rated to tow up to 16,350 pounds, and these later model Dodge trucks have a stellar reputation for reliability and toughness.
Choosing a truck for plowing depends largely on what kind of plowing you intend to do. If you’re plowing commercially, you’ll want something with the guts to stand up to the abuse. Many half-ton pickups aren’t rated to plow, so look for heavier duty pickups. Early 2000s Ford pickups with the 7.3-liter diesel are nearly unstoppable. Also, crew cabs are nice, but regular and extended cabs with short beds make tight towing maneuvers a lot easier.
Hauling is all down to bed size and payload. You’ll want the longest bed you can find. When Chevrolet and GMC revamped its line of pickups in 2007, it made the long bed available in almost every configuration except for the 1500 crew cab, offering you tons of payload and GVWR options, along with the gigantic cargo box.
You’ve got work to do, but a good percentage of the time, that work involves spending some time with clients. You need a pickup to haul gear and cruise through jobsites, but you also need something that doesn’t make you look like Sanford and Son. The King Ranch trim has been available on the F-150 since the 2001 model year, but the trucks from the last generation add a flight deck’s worth of connectivity and entertainment technology for the busy contractor.
Your work includes a whole lot of runs to the local lumber yard, Home Depot and the landscape yard, along with towing the occasional boat trailer. Your truck is your only vehicle, so select one that’s pleasant to drive, and big enough to haul a 4×8 sheet of plywood between the wheelwells. The Toyota Tundra isn’t the choice of contractors, but that makes it the perfect choice for the handy homeowner.
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