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Ever watch a semi-truck twist when the driver lets the clutch out too quick from a stop light? They tow more than any 1 ton pickup will ever see.
The springs need to be heavy to resist squatting under load. That same spring won't offer a lot of articulation when the truck is empty. So frames are designed to flex "a little". However, these are COMPLETELY different forces than what you would find applied to the frame when towing/hauling (just like the previously mentioned semis).
Another factor that comes into play with articulation is the suspension design. In off-road situations the terrain constantly varies an independent front suspension will suit you better as each wheel works independent and does not affect the other. You clearly see it working on the front ramp. HOWEVER, if you bought a 1 ton diesel truck... your goal is to use said truck for a work horse. A solid front axle will remain stable and reliable when doing tasks in 4wd such as plowing snow. Its all about priorities. If you want a truck to move mountains on and off pavement, the Ford is a good bet. If you want a truck to soak up the lumps and bumps on and off road and articulate over obstacles, get a toyota tacoma.
'06 F250 FX4 6.0L/auto-studded, deleted, typical bolt on