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Old 06-07-2016, 12:39 PM   #11
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I went from an Avalanche with 5.3 to a GMC 2500 Duramax. What a difference. Promptly went out and bought a 5er.
My mechanic at the dealership commended me on making a good decision. Heavier frame, stronger suspension and much larger brakes. Far better towing vehicle than 1/2 ton chassis. Gas or diesel.
By the way, I have a never used 9 1/2 inch drop shank that I will gladly sell for half-hearted original cost plus shiping.

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Old 06-07-2016, 12:42 PM   #12
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hidee ho

Great post; thanks for being candid and the photos.

Our 2012 Ram 1500 hemi tows our 2013 Surveyor 220 just fine; the truck is rated to tow 8500 and the trailer weighs 5000 loaded so I have quite a reserve left in safety, braking and power. Our WDH is dialed in and it's a pleasure to tow it. Any trailer longer or heavier and I would get a larger truck for sure.

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Old 06-07-2016, 02:04 PM   #13
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I tow with a 2500HD Duramax. My trailer weighs about 5500 lbs loaded. Sure the truck is overkill but all of that extra towing capacity equals safety. Safety for me and my wife and safety for the other people on the road. I upgraded from a 2500HD gas with Allison transmission and there was a huge difference in stability and braking performance.
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:44 PM   #14
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I'm with ya. Pucker factor goes way down with a 3/4 ton or heavier HD diesel.

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Old 06-07-2016, 04:00 PM   #15
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I'm pulling a 9100 lb 27RKSS and didn'want to be "Brody: You're gonna need a bigger boat" so I went with a 2500HD Duramax and couldn't be happier.
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:48 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Stormrider151 View Post
Great post and I agree all the way. I down sized my trailer because of what you are referring too. I really liked my Salem but it was just too much for my truck. I looked at the 1 tons and almost passed out at the price. Then I looked at the 3/4 tons and they were not much better than the 1/2s. Not being a wealthy person I decided to change trailers. Worked out great. Truck and trailer are a spot on match.

We just took in a 2015 f350 srw lariat fx4 blah blah blah with 39k miles. Saw his sticker in glove compartment and pooped. Think we are retailing at 40k.

Eventually we will get a different unit and upgrade truck with it but putting that off as long as possible

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Old 06-07-2016, 06:08 PM   #17
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Had an Avalanche 5.3 pulling Mini Lite 2502ks. Great little unit for short trips. DW didn't like it in the hills of NW Arkansas. Didn't like the idea of pulling it thru the mountains going to Virginia Beach. I took the forums advise and bought for the next upgrade. Bought GMC 2500 Duramax, overkill for the Mini Lite.
Went to the spring RV show and she liked the idea of the extra room in a 5er. Low and behold, traded the Mini Lite for 5er. Now we're ready for the longer month to two long trips.
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Old 06-07-2016, 06:09 PM   #18
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Don't know what to say about your story but DUH !
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Old 06-07-2016, 08:21 PM   #19
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What HAZMAT91180 said. Great perspective!
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:05 AM   #20
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The longer wheel base F 150 is what you need for the towing capacity & stability. 156 ". I tow a 8526FKWS 8000 lbs dry..rock solid towing.

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