Re: Best 1/2 Ton Truck
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Most of us that use 1/2 tons to tow have been doing it a while. We have 8-10 ply "LT" tires and maintained equipment. Not 4-6 ply "P" tires.
Electric over hydraulic, vacuum over hydraulic, surge, ect can fail just like electric brakes.
My sisters FIL was helping us haul milo hay this weekend. He is a DOT licensed, nursery plant hot-shot. He has a 1-ton and a trip-axle 33' trailer. We were discussing brakes. He had heard of some drivers switching to electric/hydraulic brakes. His concern was if a wheel cylinder fails or line breaks, what then? 1st time you need to brake there goes ALL brake fluid... NO BRAKES!
If a wire or magnet fails, he still has 5 brakes. If a short happens, he is SOL just like the above scenario. That's when you try to "LAND" as you put it. Short of air brakes they all have their flaws. Air brakes, they just lock up and you are stuck among other flaws they have as well.
OP, follow the advise others have given. Follow your desires 1st. Pick one with good service and reliability 2nd.
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