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Should You Choose a Light-Duty or Heavy-Duty Truck in Weiser, ID?

If you’re new to truck ownership, you may be wondering what the difference between a light-duty pickup and a heavy-duty pickup is. Take a look at the differences below so you can decide which one is right for your needs.

Benefits of light-duty trucks

Light-duty pickups, including the popular Ford F-150, are the most common trucks you’ll see out on the road. In general, these trucks are best for completing DIY projects, taking family road trips, and hauling small building supplies for a business. You can expect the average light-duty pickup to have a payload capacity between 1,500 and 3,000 pounds and tow roughly 12,000 pounds. Their smaller sizes also make them relatively easy to park and drive around Weiser, Idaho.

Benefits of heavy-duty trucks

Heavy-duty trucks, such as the Ford Super Duty®, make up a smaller – but still significant – portion of pickups on the market. You’ll often see heavy-duty trucks used in commercial settings for carrying lots of supplies or moving equipment. They are also needed by those who haul horse trailers on a farm or who want to bring a large boat or trailer on a road trip. A heavy-duty truck will generally be able to tow over 20,000 pounds. It is also typically capable of hauling over 6,500 pounds of payload.

Which truck should you choose?

To decide whether you should purchase a light- or heavy-duty truck, you should think about how you plan to use your pickup. If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s comfortable, easy-to-drive, and still quite capable, a light-duty truck is probably your best bet. If you need a hard-working truck for your contracting business or own a large luxury camper, a heavy-duty pickup should suit you well.
Give Hometown Motors in Weiser, Idaho, a call today to schedule a test drive of any of our light-duty or heavy-duty pickups.

Tips for Towing With Your Truck in Weiser, ID

Once you purchase a heavy-duty or light-duty pickup like the Ford F-150 or Super Duty®, it’s important to learn how to make the most of your truck’s towing capacity. Keep the following tips in mind to safely tow your truck around Weiser, Idaho, and beyond.

Get a check-up

You put your truck through the paces by hauling trailers and other items each year, so you should make sure it’s in perfect working condition by having it inspected every so often. Make sure to bring your truck to the Hometown Motors service department for an inspection as well as for oil changes, tire rotations, and fluid top-offs based on the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. You should also conduct a comprehensive light check on both your vehicle and your trailer to make sure everything is working well.

Don’t forget the trailer tires

Before taking a road trip, you should not only check the tread and pressure of your pickup’s tire but also inspect your trailer’s tires as well. If you store your trailer outdoors, your tires could be cracked or dry rotting after a few months of neglect. Don’t take off without confirming that your trailer’s wheel lug nuts are tight, that every tire is in good shape, and that you have a spare tire for your trailer in case one goes flat.

Use safety chains

Before takeoff, verify that you have properly installed safety chains hooked to your hitch. In the event that your truck and trailer disconnect, the chains should be crossed in a manner that will catch the trailer’s tongue and prevent it from slamming into the road.
By taking the time to properly prepare your truck and trailer for the road, you can have more peace of mind on your travels. If you still need the right truck for the job, check out the models at Hometown Motors in Weiser, Idaho.
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