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What Are The Best Pickup Trucks for Towing?

By Dye Autos / May 31, 2018 / Comments Off on What Are The Best Pickup Trucks for Towing?

best-pickup-trucks-for-towing-denver-1We sell a lot of pickup trucks here at Dye Autos. With our level of experience, we get a lot of questions from consumers about trucks and towing capacity. It’s important to know the details of the truck you’re considering to purchase and we’re here to help you figure that out.

To choose the best pickup for towing, truck shoppers should consider the factors that contribute to towing capability.

Start by asking yourself two simple questions will help you narrow your choices:

  1. What do you plan to tow?
  2. How will you use your pickup when you’re not towing?

If you’ll often use your pickup without the trailer, you’ll want to choose a vehicle that suits those needs, too. You’ll want to choose a lighter or more-efficient pickup that’s able to handle your trailer but is also a ride that you can live with every day.

Determine the size and weight of your trailer.

You’ll need to find out the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of what you’re going to tow.

You’ll find this on the trailer “VIN plate” (Vehicle Identification Number) or by contacting the trailer manufacturer. The GVWR is the dry weight of the trailer (empty weight) plus the maximum allowed payload.

  • Your trailer may be as little as a 12-ft pop-up camper with a GVWR of under 3,000 lbs.
  • Perhaps, it’s a behemoth conventional camping trailer that is 40-ft long and approaching 14,000 lbs GVWR.
  • How about a triple-axle 43-ft long 5th-wheel toy hauler that is pushing a total weight rating of 20,000 lbs?
  • It may be a large boat, a cargo trailer, or a horse trailer.

Figure out the GVWR of the trailer, as well as the loaded weight of your specific setup.

Light Duty or Heavy Duty Pickup Truck?

Some light-duty trucks offer huge towing capacities in excess of 10,000 pounds, but drivers with big trailers, such as fifth-wheel campers or gooseneck horse trailers, may be better off with a heavy-duty pickup, such as the Ford F250 Super Duty,  Dodge Ram 2500, or Chevy Silverado. Again, frequency of use is a consideration.

“The Ford F150 Ecoboost with Max Tow has trailer pulling capability that works well for many of our customers. It’s actually better than a diesel because it generally costs less and has less maintenance.” – Scott Dye

If you plan to tow a personal watercraft or a light-utility trailer, you may not even need a full-size pickup. Consider a smaller truck, such as the Toyota Tacoma or the upcoming Chevy Colorado, if you’re only pulling a light trailer.

Do I need a 4×4?

A 4×4 can be very handy, especially for pulling a trailer on uneven surfaces. A slippery boat ramp, soft ground or a hill with loose gravel might spell trouble for a 2-wheel-drive pickup, but a 4×4 should be able to climb right out, trailer in tow.

Four-wheel-drive pickups typically have slightly lower towing capacities than their 2-wheel-drive counterparts due to the extra weight of the 4-wheel-drive components.

What all this means for you…

Bottom Line? The best pickup for towing is the one that’s rated to pull your trailer and will suit your needs even when you don’t have a trailer behind you.

The task of determining the towing capacity of a particular pickup may seem daunting with so many factors coming into play. We can help you determine the best pickup truck for your specific lifestyle and needs. Get in touch >>here<< or call us at (303) 286-1665.

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Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs

By scott / January 26, 2017 / Comments Off on Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs

Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs

Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs have changed a lot from 1989 to 2017.  The Cummins corporation actually made the engines for the Chrysler corporation bda Dodge and Ram companies.  All these Cummins diesel engines are inline 6 cylinders.  You can find these Cummins engines in many Dodge Ram 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 truck models.  The original design in 1989 to 1993 started with  a 5.9l VE-Rotary pump and 12 valves.  These engine produced 160 horsepower (HP) and 400 foot pounds of torque (lb-ft).  In the next generation of 5.9l Cummins engines they would change the pump to a P-7100 from 1994-1998 but was still only 12 valves.  These Cummins engines produced from 175 to 235 HP and 440-460 lb-ft torque.  In the third generation of 5.9l Cummins engines they would replaced the pump with the VP44 model and would move to 24 valves from 1998.5  to 2002.  These Cummins engines produced 235-245 HP and 460-505 lb-ft of torque.  These Dodge Ram trucks were also the first to get a catalytic converters which were required for EPA regulations.  The last generation 5.9l Cummins engines from 2003 to 2007 used HPCR pump and 24 valves.  They have 305-325 HP and 600-650 lb-ft of torque.  Cummins made a displacement change in 2007.5 to the 6.7l Cummins diesel.  This new generation of 6.7l engines started to use a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) as well as a catalytic converter for new stricter EPA regulations.  The new Cummins 6.7l engine from 2007.5 to 2015 had 350-385 HP and 865 lb-ft of torque.   In 2016 Cummins broke the 900 lb-ft torque mark.  For both 2015 and 2016 Cummins had broken the torque records for any massed produced road worthy vehicle in the United States.  The 2017 6.7L Cummins has the same engine as the impressive 900 lb-ft torque of the 2015 6.7L Cummins engine in the Ram trucks.  Below is a chart from 1989 to 2107 to show the changes of HP, lb-ft, pumps and valves.  Dyeautos.com has diesel trucks for sale many of these trucks are Dodge and Ram diesels.  As a side note you can denote the 5.9l’s and 6.7l’s by the 8 digit of the VIN as a “C” or an “A,” respectfully.


Dodge diesels truck and later Ram diesel truck engines specs:

Pumps and years

VE-Rotary 1989-1993

P-7100 Pump 1994 t0 1998,

VP44 1998.5 to 2002,

HPCR pump from 2003 to 2017

Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs:

Year Displacement (Disp) Horsepower (Hp) Torque (T) # of valves (V)

Year       Disp       Hp           T               V

1989     5.9L     160         400         12V
1990     5.9L     160         400         12V
1991      5.9L     160         400         12V
1992     5.9L     160         400          12V
1993     5.9L     160         400          12V

Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs

Year      Disp     Hp      T       V

1994      5.9L     175      420   12V
1995      5.9L     175      420   12V
1996     5.9L      215     440   12V

1997     5.9L      215     440   12V 

1998     5.9L     235     460   12V

Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs

Year      Disp     Hp      T        V

1998.5     5.9L   235    460    24V
1999        5.9L  235     460    24V
2000       5.9L   235     460   24V
2001        5.9L   245     505   24V 

2002       5.9L   245     505    24V

Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs

Year      Disp    Hp      T       V

2003       5.9L   305    555    24V
2004       5.9L   325    600   24V
2005       5.9L   325    610    24V
2006       5.9L   325    610    24V

2007       5.9L   350    650    24V

Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs 2005


Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs

Year      Displ    Hp      T       V

2007.5   6.7L     350    650   24V
2008      6.7L     350    650   24V
2009      6.7L     350    650   24V
2010      6.7L    350    650   24V
2011       6.7L    350    800   24V 

2012      6.7L     350   800   24V

2013      6.7L    385    850   24V
2014      6.7L   385    865    24V
2015      6.7L   385    865   24V
2016      6.7L    385    900   24V
2017      6.7L   385    900   24V

Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs

Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9l 6.7l diesel engine specs


I believe these numbers to accurate from various articles, Dodge/Ram forms and websites. 







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Inexpensive 4×4 trucks for sale under $10000 in Denver

By scott / January 19, 2017 / Comments Off on Inexpensive 4×4 trucks for sale under $10000 in Denver

Inexpensive 4×4 trucks for sale under $10,000 in Denver is tough and frustrating process. 

Its hard to find inexpensive 4×4 trucks that look good and run good in Denver.  Dye autos has several 4×4 trucks for sale including Ford F-150’s, F-250’s, Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and Chevrolet 1500 and 2500s under $10,000.  Due to the influx of trade-ins and the recent boom of the Colorado economy these vehicles come and go quickly from inventory.  If you have a larger budget in mind like say $20,000 the opportunities open.  We have trucks for sale like Dodge Ram 2500, 3500, Ford F150, f250, f350, Nissan Titan, Chevrolet, GMC 1500, 2500 and 3500 models.  Mostly these trucks will have gas engines.  Even harder to find are trucks for sale with diesel engines.  Considering the cost of new similarly equipped trucks for sale in Denver by franchised Dealers these trucks are a great deal.  Keep in mind the 2wd trucks for sale can also fit your budget if it is not a must to have a 4×4 pickup.  If you are not stuck on a truck then maybe a AWD Ford Fusion or other AWD SUVs we have for sale by do the trick.  For a huge selection of truck and SUV inventory check out dyeautos.comYou can call 303-286-1665 for a sales representative to answer all your questions.

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Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 Comparison Denver

By / August 23, 2016 / Comments Off on Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 Comparison Denver

Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 Comparison DenverFord F-150, F-250 and F-350 Comparison Denver

Since 1948, continuous manufacturing of the F-series line of trucks by Ford, has made them one of the longest running lines vehicles with an uninterrupted past. The trucks in this series are known all over the world as ready to work trucks. Though Ford has released three models in this series including F-150, F-250 and F-350, the F-150 is considered the best-selling truck for over 30 years in US. But your choice to buy which of them can depend upon a number of factors like their engine, power, towing capacity, specifications and a number of their features. The Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 comparison Denver, provided in this write-up will help people living in Denver, Colorado and other nearby areas to know them closely before finalizing their decision to buy any of them.

Options of models of the F-150, F-250, F-350

Ford offers various types of F-series trucks in different models with different engines, cabs and trim levels for you to choose as per your needs and desires. A basic breakdown of options provided here will help you in this Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 comparison Denver.

Various models of F-150 including F-150 XLT, F-150 XL, F-150 Lariat, F-150 Platinum and F-150 King Ranch are available at different MSRPs including $25,420, $30,695, $38,685, $48,495 and $50,960 respectively but with similar engine options including 2.7L V6 EcoBoost, 3.5L V6 EcoBoost, 3.5L V6 FFV Engine and 5.0L V6 FFV Engine.

Similarly, various models of F-250 including F-250 XLT, F-250 XL, F-250 Lariat, F-250 Platinum and F-250 King Ranch are available at MSRP $31,235, $34,995, $43,300, $51,260 and $54,970 respectively with types of engines like 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel and 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke.

Correspondingly, F-350 is available in various models including F-350 XLT, F-350 XL, F-350 Lariat, F-350 Platinum and F-350 King Ranch at different MSRPs of $32,130, $35,895, $44,195, $52,160 and $55,870 respectively, and with even more powerful engine options of the 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel and 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke.

Though engine options for all the three basic models are same, the difference in their prices depend on various other features.

Classification by weight for the F-150, F-250, F-350

Normally trucks are named for their weight class but that weight is not the maximum weight they can carry. A half-ton truck can carry much more than its weight class, with the help of the latest technologies.

But still, weight class can make an obvious difference between the three trucks in the F-series line up. The smallest one, the F-150 is classified as a half-ton truck. Being a light-duty truck it is considered the best to tow smaller items like tools, furniture, appliances and lumber etc.

The F-250 is classified as a 3/4 ton truck and the F-350 is known as one ton pickup truck. Both of these trucks are known as super heavy-duty trucks with slight difference in their towing capacity and payloads.

Specification of chassis for the F-150, F-250, F-350

The chassis is the backbone and frame for any vehicle as most of its parts are held to it and its towing capacity and payload depends on its sturdiness. Being a light-duty truck the chassis of F-150 is lighter and less complex than other models, like the F-250 and F-350. The chassis of F-150 includes a stamped lower control arm and coil-over front shock suspension on a standard double-wishbone along with a solid axle and leaf spring suspension on its rear. The advanced suspensions on the chassis of F-250 and F-350 allow them to tow heavier loads.

Interior space of the F-150, F-250, F-350

Though all the models of F-series trucks can haul respectable loads in their beds, still the cab size of F-150 surpasses other models. Both the super heavy-duty cabs can accommodate 6 passengers in their cabin due to their strong built and larger towing capacity but the F-150 can provide larger head room and legroom to its passengers. Thus, the F-150 can be more a sensible option for you as it is more comfortable than its bigger brothers, if you do not need a vehicle with a greater hauling capacity.

Start searching the most suitable F-series pickup for you

Thusly, the basic thing you should consider while selecting a suitable pickup for you is the way you will use it. The F-150 in the Ford F-series is the best seller in the US due to various reasons including awesome fuel efficiency, affordable price and impressive performance. But if you want to tow heavier loads, then the more powerful F-250 or F-350 can be more suitable for you. These super heavy-duty trucks have been preferred by businesses, skilled laborers and contractors for many decades for this reason.  To view our Ford F-Series inventory here

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Dye Autos – Your One Stop for Commercial Trucks in Denver

By / December 21, 2015 / Comments Off on Dye Autos – Your One Stop for Commercial Trucks in Denver

dodgeDye Autos, located in Wheat Ridge, has a plethora of commercial trucks. When you shop with us, you’re bound to find one that can meet your business need. We have trucks ranging from Ford F-450’s, F-550’s, to Dodge 4500 and 5500’s. We also carry moving trucks, cargo vans, and have trucks with beds as long as 21 feet. If we don’t have what you need on our lot, we can surely find it for you.

Dye Autos makes it easy to buy a diesel or gas commercial vehicle. You’ll find we have the lowest prices in Denver and a simple buying process. We can finance for as low as 1.99%.

You want ‘em – We got ‘em. Stop by Colorado’s largest truck center in Colorado today. You’ll find us at 4855 Miller Street, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033.


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