Man I have been towing my car trailer (18 foot dove tail car hauler) for 13 years now with everything from a 1/2 ton suburban to a buick roadmaster wagon. I tow with a 97 dodge 2500 diesel now. It has 335k on it and it has been turned up for over 50k now. I did my home work and found a very mechanically sound truck and paid the price for it. What your going to find with your cheap half ton trucks is they dont handle the weight and stopping like a 3/4 ton or a 1 ton truck. This is very important when some one cuts you off and you slam the brakes and the trailer starts dragging the rear of truck side to side (fish tailing) and your race car ends up in the ditch because you bought a 2k beater tow vehicle. You tube towing disasters. Kinda disturbing.