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Old 02-27-2016, 09:23 AM   #1
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3/4 vs 1 ton ride difference

Will be trading 2014 Silverado 1500 for a new HD truck SRW with diesel this spring. While I will test drive both, a local test drive doesn't simulate all day in the saddle on a highway. For those of you that have driven both extensively, is there much difference in the highway ride? Prefer reports from later model trucks as I think they all have improved their ride recently. Not trying to start a Ford vs Chevy vs Ram but only 3/4 vs 1 ton. I did a search and couldn't find anything negative about 1 ton ride and either 3/4 or 1 ton meet my needs, so if ride experience about the same why not go for all the excess capacity of 1 ton! Thanks

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Old 02-27-2016, 09:26 AM   #2
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I went from a 2500 to a 3500. The ride seems to be the same except when I am really loaded down. Obviously, the 3500 handles better with a heavier load.


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Old 02-27-2016, 09:35 AM   #3
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I went from a 08 Silverado 3/4 ton to a 12 Silverado 1 ton and the ride did seen to get a little more harsh. They were both SRW, just different years.

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Old 02-27-2016, 09:42 AM   #4
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Went from 1 ton single to 1/2 ton for 5 months. Now a 3/4. I don't need the extra payload for my 5er and will stay 3/4 from now on. Not much difference on smooth loads but even interstate bumps are noticed a lot more in the 1 ton unless loaded. On I-95 in FL ran over a pot hole with the 1 ton and the rear almost went off the berm. Maybe a gasser would have not been as noticed without the weight of the diesel up front??? No difference pulling the 5er is noticed unless you need the payload. Both have same engines, transmissions, brakes, etc ~ only suspension differences and possible tire load ranges. Maybe Ram and GM are different but I only run Ford.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:52 AM   #5
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The biggest change is going from a 1/2 to the 3/4-1 ton platform. The heavier trucks do ride more stiffly and on my washboard gravel road the rear end really bounces. The 3500 should ride the basically the same. You may want to check the new Ram 2500 with rear coil springs that is supposed to ride better unloaded.

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Old 02-27-2016, 10:12 AM   #6
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My 2011 Ram 2500 CC (w/springs & max payload of 3,000) felt pretty stiff hitting highway expansions joints until I added a fiberglass cap (250 lbs) & about 500 lbs. of sand bags to help tackle winter roads. Now the ride is pretty smooth.

As noted, the newer Ram 2500s have rear coil springs but if you upgrade to the heavier Cummins you will want a 1 ton SRW to maintain a decent max payload...
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Old 02-27-2016, 10:21 AM   #7
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With the 1-ton Chevy or GMC Duramax/Allison crew cab standard box 4WD, you pick up a few more pounds in rating for towing a 5th wheel than with a 3/ understanding is they are equipped the same on the rear suspension except the 1-ton has another leaf in the springs to allow for the extra load rating.....15800-vs-17000 lbs.
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Old 02-27-2016, 10:26 AM   #8
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The length of wheelbase makes a difference in ride also

Short bed trucks ride rougher than a standard long bed

Also regular cab, extended cab and/or crew cab combined with length of wheelbase in addition to single or dual rear wheels

Lots of combinations and all are a little different

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I have a 2008 F-450 4WD DUALLY Lariat to pull my 38 38FL 2014 Cedar Creek. It does a wonderful job. It is definitely much harsher on the ride. I had a 2500 Chevy diesel Duramax CC short bed that the ride was much nicer. The big thing that I would add to your considerations is gas mileage. My 3/4 ton got 19 mpg unloaded and 11 or. 12 mpg loaded with my Keystone Everest. The one ton gets 14 mpg and less than 8 mpg pulling the CC. I know the CC is heavier, but the unloaded performance (which is how it is used 90% of the time) is what is disappointing and costly to me. It all depends how you will upgrade in coming years and how deep your pockets are and how close you are to retirement.

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