Tow Rigs - Old versus New


Weekend Wheeler
So I believe this will be a subjective question, but what is everyone’s thoughts on having an old versus new tow rig? I use a ‘95 F250 with 0 issues for my needs.

Todd Ockert

We use a Chevy 1500. We have had 0 issues with it, other than it is gas, and we are slow going up the big hills.

I have used my Dad's F350 once, it is was night and day difference.



Staff member
My 31 year old tow truck, my Ford F250 4x4 finally died at 21,000 miles of hard use. So NOT that old; but old can be gold.


Staff member
My 31 year old tow truck, my Ford F250 4x4 finally died at 21,000 miles of hard use. So NOT that old; but old can be gold.
21k miles! It died cause you didn't Drive it lol

I am a big fan of the early 90's Super Duty's. I have seen a surge here lately of them being restored with a touch of modern. Old saying is, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."


Wrench guy
I’ve had a ‘97 CTD, it was loud and I was always concerned about the trans holding up. It was a solid truck but Chrysler transmissions suck👎
Had a 2006 CTD and loved it till 2008-9 crash
Now have a 2017 CTD and it’s a nice truck. The creature comforts are nice. Fuel mileage isn’t great compared to a 5.9 and to be honest.....truck payments just suck! I’d love to get rid of it and suffer for a bit to eventually pay cash for a 5.9 Cummins


Jeep Owner
I ran an old 95 Powerstroke all over the southeast for years. When the diesel boom came I got too much money for it and put it on a 2016 Cummins.

The older truck did everything I needed it to, but the newer one does it easier and more quiet.


Jeep Newb
I used to tow with a 2000 Ford Excursion. The v-10 had good power and terrible gas mileage.

But, I'm going to go against the grain.

I just bought a 2018 F150 with the 2.7 eccoboost in June. I towed to Moab, UT from Northern, IN in October. The truck worked amazingly well. I do have a weight distribution hitch setup on it. There was plenty of power. I climbed the mountains west of Denver on I70 w/o issue. I averaged 11.5 mpg hand figured over the course of the 3500 miles round trip (we came back on I40 due to snow on I70...truck is 4x4, but towing a trailer in the mountains in the snow didn't sound like much fun).

I have no regrets about buying this truck. Plus my wife daily drive's it and gets 17-20 mpg with mixed highway and city driving.

This pic is from the rest area at the top of vail pass. I stopped because we were caravaning with others and a few of the other tow rigs in the group needed to cool off, I would not have stopped otherwise.
Photo Oct 07, 15 09 58.jpg

We sold the excursion a week after buying this truck.

mac 'towing with twins....turbos' gyvr