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Old 05-20-2018, 12:10 AM   #1
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Best balance of tow vehicle and everyday ride?

OK, our trailer is 6300 dry and 7600 gross. We don't travel with fresh water so rarely would exceed 7000 lbs. My GMC Sierra 1500 does fine for the most part and I'm well within all thresholds for weight. Having said that, mountain inclines are typically 50 MPH adventures at best. Thinking about stepping up to a 250/2500 but whatever I get will be my everyday ride. The 1500 is really nice, rides great, good mileage. 5.3 gas engine. Never owned a diesel but not totally averse.

Interested in thoughts on a the best balance between a comfortable ride with decent mileage for every day use that will also make the towing experience that much better. Thanks for your input!

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Old 05-20-2018, 01:08 AM   #2
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What year is your Sierra? Maybe buy a newer model with possibly the 6.2. Iím sure that would pull your camper really well. I personally own a 2013 tundra crewmax 5.7 and a pull a 7200 pound loaded toy hauler. That I pull 6-10 times during summer months. I am at capacity of my truck but my truck pulls my camper great but the rest of the year when itís used as a daily driver to run various errands or running my kid around town and to take me ice fishing all winter it works out perfect for all that. I know many people that own diesels to pull there camper that is about the same size as mine and the same amount I do. But also own another truck maybe compact to drive around town or do other things because the bigger diesel truck doesnít work for that. Their are many that do use diesels as daily drivers and works out great. The other thing that pushed me away from a diesel just because I knew my truck would be my daily driver is all the emissions garbage on them now. That stuff doesnít work well as a daily driver in stop and go and idling. We have a Cummins at my work that gets driven around town and it has been hell on that truck with the emissions stuff. Itís always In the shop. Diesels serve there purpose but in my opinion not as a daily driver.

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Old 05-20-2018, 01:43 AM   #3
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We liked our Tundra and it road better with a little weight in the backend, but had to down size. Finally got a Nissan Frontier because I hated a car.. I'll go either with the Titan with its 9200 - 9700 towing capabilities or back to a Tundra when I change vehicles in a year or so.
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:14 AM   #4
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Well, my vote is for a F150 3.5 Ecoboost.
I can get 20mpg highway and 9-11mpg towing.
Rides very comfortably.
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Old 05-20-2018, 01:16 PM   #5
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Yeah, a turbocharged 1/2 ton like the Ford Ecoboost would be better for overall use. Especially for crawling grades at any significant elevation. Any naturally aspirated engine is gasping for air. And something like the GM 6.2L Ecotec is going to be a wallet buster since it requires premium gas when it is working. I refuse to pay the exorbitant prices for premium fuel. I ignore any vehicle that uses the stuff. The 6.2L in the 1500 is more for the sports car crowd.

I have traditionally owned GM pickups, and I am in the 3/4 ton arena, so my recommendation is unbiased. Based on practicality.
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:07 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
Well, my vote is for a F150 3.5 Ecoboost.
I can get 20mpg highway and 9-11mpg towing.
Rides very comfortably.
X2. On my trips down I-75 over the mountains in Kentucky and Tennessee, I only dropped below 65 when I wanted to (prep for going down the other side).
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:23 PM   #7
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i'm going to keep a close eye on this thread as i'll be changing trucks next year. thinking F250, but considering the 3.5 ecoboost.
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:33 PM   #8
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IF you can pull what you are pulling safely with a 1/2 ton I would not go up. I just went from a ram 1500 to 2500 because I got a bigger unit. My 6.4 liter gets lousy gas mileage all the time weather I'm towing or not and rides like a lumber wagon compared to my 1/2 ton.
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:41 PM   #9
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3.5 Ecoboost f-150 with max tow does a great job for me. I've a rockwood 2703ws ( around 8000 lbs) and the truck with the 4p Equalizer do pretty good.
When I first saw the trailer i thought It was going to be too big for the truck, but she does well. No need to upgrade.
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:11 PM   #10
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I'm from the school of buy the correct truck for the haul.

If you are worried about gas mileage...then maybe a small pop-up camper is in order!

If you want to haul a big need a big truck!

And you don't need a diesel to pull what you have!

A 250/2500 gasser is all you need!
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