The one thing is for sure if you plan to tow on long distance or you need to tow for 5 hours or so a day, buy a diesel truck. Especially if you need to tow over the mountains. Diesel trucks have more torque, and that is the main reason why do they have the much bigger towing capacity.
Along with torque and towing capability diesel trucks have an exhaust brake feature
. It is a tremendous help when towing down the steep hills. For towing within the city and hauling not so heavy load, you can use the gas truck.
Another benefit of using diesel trucks for towing is automatic transmission
. Ford recently developed 10-speed automatic transmission. Transmission in diesel pickups may be heavier and costly to maintain but gives better fuel economy and power needed for towing.
Here are just a few numbers to neglect about towing. High-duty trucks equipped with a diesel engine can tow more than 30,000 pounds
. That is four times more than its weight. RAM 3500 diesel dually, Ford Super Duty diesel and other ultra-duty diesel trucks
are capable of towing gooseneck or 6 wheel trailer at much better MPG compared to gas versions.
Diesel goes into the lead.