My parents have a great Chris Craft that we only use a couple times a year. They recently sold their truck and now have nothing to tow the boat with. I asked them if I could use the boat if I get a truck and they will let me use the boat when I wish but they will get to use my truck for their boating trips.

Sadly, I will have to sell the awesome Minivan and replace it with a big four door pickup.

So to pull 4,000 pounds of boat, I figure that a 2012-14 Ram 1500 with the 390 Hemi will do just fine running up and down the canyons at 80 MPH. We need a crew cab with a front bench for our three punky children. With the front bench my wife can sit by me and the kids won't be packed three abreast in the back.

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The Rams are fun trucks to drive with 390 HP and 405' pounds of torque and coil springs. They seem like a good value and can pull off 20 MPG on the hwy without having to pay $.50 more for diesel. The Chebbies and Fords are too damn expensive and don't have enough power at that price.

I am looking to spend about $25K. I can get the dealers to discount a new 2014 truck from 40K down to 33K but I really don't want the depreciation and additional cost. The brand new 8 speed tranny is slick while getting 22 MPG highway but it's not worth an additional $6,000. The new diesel is cool but a bit slow and expensive

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I found a 2012 Ram 1500 crew 4x4 5.7l with 26K miles for $25K.

I really want a Raptor but they hold their value too damn well, 2010s are still selling at 40K!

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Any other suggestions for a family/boat hauler?