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Old 06-16-2019, 05:48 PM   #1
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1500 6.2 L vs 2500 gasser

More questions to sort out so here it goes. Besides payload and fuel mileage what am I gaining or losing between the 1500 and the 2500. Keep in mind Iím asking about the 6.2L. I know the new 2500 is coming out with a bigger engine with more than the current one but still has less HP and torque than the 6.2L. Am I seriously over looking here. So just trying to sort things out before I go to the dealer and start looking and lose focus of what I really need over want to a point. Please know that I have only owned a 97 1500 and that was a hand me down and only pulled a pop up with it and owned it for 4 years back in 07-10. So my knowledge of trucks is little to none. I own a mini ďman vanĒ and a traverse. So thanks for any help you can provide. This would probably be a daily driver and to and from work about 20-30 miles one way. Oh and I donít mind diesel people jumping in but know Iím trying to cover all areas and Iím really just interested in gassers for now. Thanksgiving any insight and Iím sure Iím overlooking stuff so please let me know.

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Old 06-16-2019, 06:05 PM   #2
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Whatcha pulling? The 2500 will more than likely have 4.10 gears, will pull great, but so won't the 6.2, just depends on how much weight.
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Hard to say without knowing what youíll be towing, but if I were buying a gas v8 full-size truck to tow with I would go with the 2500 over the 1500, the towing experience is much better due to suspension and stability increases with the 2500, especially with trailers on the large side. Very easy to run out of payload with a 1500, especially if youíre planning on taking your family or loading stuff into the bed.
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Old 06-16-2019, 06:19 PM   #4
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1500 6.2 L vs 2500 gasser

Ha I forgot to include that . As of now a shamrock 183. But in about 3-5 years we will upgrade to a larger TT but not sure exactly what as of yet. But travel in the mountains or higher elevation is a possibility for sure. If I had to guess right now probably a 26-30í around 6-8000 lbs based off what my DW has talked about but that will change Iím pretty sure of it
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Having towed a 31ft TT, that was just over 8,000lb loaded, with both a half-ton and 1-ton SRW truck, Iíd never tow a trailer that size with a half ton again. I donít care what the truck mfrs say the trucks can tow, Iíd do a 26ft, 7,000lb max trailer with a half ton. Anything more and Iíd rather have a 3/4 ton minimum just for the stability and payload.
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Old 06-16-2019, 06:41 PM   #6
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That right there, going to upgrade in a few years, BUY A BIGGER TRUCK NOW, you won't regret it! 2500 you will at least have the option of a fifth wheel, 3500 would be my option if I did it over again, don't hesitate!
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IMO, the 2500 6.0L w/4:10 rear will pull anything in the 35' - 10K lbs anywhere you want to go. Ĺ tons make better daily drivers and grocery getters than larger trucks but small cars beat them.

It's a matter of what you are going to do with the truck. Going to tow a lot or seldom? Bigger trailers in your future? Think it through.
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Give y'all our experience, had an 03 Tahoe, we both loved it, bought a lil 23' ish TT, worse towing experience in my life. Last tow with that Tahoe, bought a 2500, pulled that lil house no problem. Next thing you know, bigger camper, yup, fifth wheel. We are over our truck limits according to the sticker by 200lbs. I got 300lbs of stuff in the tool box I could get rid of. Truck doesn't know the difference, we've pulled it all over the place, no problems. Very good friend of ours had bought a TT had an older Avalanche, upgraded to a newer 1500, had a little more towing capacity. Out of the blue he calls me and asks my opinion on ANOTHER new truck, yup, talked him into at least a 2500, what's he do next you ask, bought a 2500 THEN a new fifth wheel, well guess what, he's over his limit by 600 lbs. towed great according to him, but we've gone camping together and on just the little hills in SC his truck was struggling a lil bit, he didn't want to talk much about the fact that he would do 70+ mph down hill and I'd have to take the cruise control off when we caught up to him at the top of the next mole hill. I only set the cruise to 63-64 mph. He recently traded for a 3500 this time with a diesel. So take some advice when people say you can't have too much truck, sounds to me like your wife will be looking to go bigger. 👍 Hate to think how much money a good friend of mine lost on trading through so many trucks, just to go camping!
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The 6.2 is an all aluminum engine hot rod originally for Cameros and Corvettes, that is why it is not available in 2500 or 3500 trucks
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Give y'all our experience, had an 03 Tahoe, we both loved it, bought a lil 23' ish TT, worse towing experience in my life. Last tow with that Tahoe, bought a 2500, pulled that lil house no problem. Next thing you know, bigger camper, yup, fifth wheel. We are over our truck limits according to the sticker by 200lbs. I got 300lbs of stuff in the tool box I could get rid of. Truck doesn't know the difference, we've pulled it all over the place, no problems. Very good friend of ours had bought a TT had an older Avalanche, upgraded to a newer 1500, had a little more towing capacity. Out of the blue he calls me and asks my opinion on ANOTHER new truck, yup, talked him into at least a 2500, what's he do next you ask, bought a 2500 THEN a new fifth wheel, well guess what, he's over his limit by 600 lbs. towed great according to him, but we've gone camping together and on just the little hills in SC his truck was struggling a lil bit, he didn't want to talk much about the fact that he would do 70+ mph down hill and I'd have to take the cruise control off when we caught up to him at the top of the next mole hill. I only set the cruise to 63-64 mph. He recently traded for a 3500 this time with a diesel. So take some advice when people say you can't have too much truck, sounds to me like your wife will be looking to go bigger. Hate to think how much money a good friend of mine lost on trading through so many trucks, just to go camping!


I assume his 2500 was a gas engine because as far as I can tell Ram, Ford and Chevy offer the same power train in 3/4 ton as they do in a 1 ton. So the improvement in performance came from getting a diesel not a 1 ton
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