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Old 09-23-2008, 10:09 AM   #11
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I think you would do better with a diesel. My brother-in-law get 19 city/highway and 22 highway not towing with his 2008 Chevy 2500. He gets 12 towing his 12,000 lbs 5fer. Just think what you could towing your TT. Yes diesel is more expensive. But the better gas mileage would more that make up for it. My next TV will be a 2005 Ford Excursion with a diesel. I wish Suburban had kept coming with a diesel.

By the way, in 2010 GM will have a 4.5L diesel for the 1500 class vehicles.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:16 AM   #12
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They didn't have one red enough, so you settled on that one, right?

Enjoy your big red truck!

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Old 09-23-2008, 12:04 PM   #13
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You can always add rear air bags to the springs later if the truck sags too much, for every day use you will be much happier with the 1500 than the rough riding 2500hd.
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:57 PM   #14
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I think you would do better with a diesel. My brother-in-law get 19 city/highway and 22 highway not towing with his 2008 Chevy 2500. He gets 12 towing his 12,000 lbs 5fer. Just think what you could towing your TT. Yes diesel is more expensive. But the better gas mileage would more that make up for it. My next TV will be a 2005 Ford Excursion with a diesel. I wish Suburban had kept coming with a diesel.

By the way, in 2010 GM will have a 4.5L diesel for the 1500 class vehicles.
I am not formilier with diesel only with gas engines, but I did consider it, however finances has played a big part in the decision. With a year and a half left of college for my daughter and trade school getting ready to hit me for my son, I need to watch the penney. I did look at a 2500 HD diesel with the LTZ package but had to run away from it, with a price of $51,000. So I think with in the next 10 to 15 years after this truck I will be able to up-grade. Thanks for your input.
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:06 PM   #15
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They didn't have one red enough, so you settled on that one, right?

Enjoy your big red truck!

Thanks Radio I hope I will enjoy it. By the way you are right, It is bright red, I added some extra chrome to it after I posted the pic. The bars on the bottom were free to make the deal and floor mates.
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:07 PM   #16
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:03 AM   #17
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I do remember reading on a forum a response about tow rating from a GM engineer. He said besides the structure engineering and curb weight of the TV, the other componet for tow rating is expressway entry acceleration. It is just like the Tundra ads that talk about 40 to 70 acceleration times.
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I do remember reading on a forum a response about tow rating from a GM engineer. He said besides the structure engineering and curb weight of the TV, the other componet for tow rating is expressway entry acceleration. It is just like the Tundra ads that talk about 40 to 70 acceleration times.
I was surprised how well and quick it accelerates, it will get out of it's known way, but I am not hooked up to my camper. That will be another test in about 3 weeks.
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I have a 2008 1500 Silverado Crew Cab pulling a 2009 28ft V-Lite. It has a very heavy tongue weight and so far no problems. I haven't towed more than 50-60 miles but it was 2 lane back roads with hills. I have the 5.3 w/active fuel management. No problems with either the engine or the towing. If you look the height of the 2007 and up 1/2 ton 2wd is the same as the 4wd version. GM did a great job in the spring department on the new body style trucks.
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