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Old 02-18-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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Chevrolet Tahoe or Chevrolet 1500?

I am looking to purchase either a Chevrolet Tahoe or 1500 4Door truck. Both are 5.3 l engines. My camper is a 27' Forest River Salem. It weighs about 5300 lbs dry weight...gross vehicle weight 7300 lbs...Double Axle. Which would be better to pull my camper? Both have the same motor...I am new to camping and I just want to be informed. I also would prefer NOT to buy a larger vehicle. Thanks for you help...

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Old 02-18-2014, 06:12 PM   #2
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Truck because of longer wheelbase will be more stable

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Old 02-18-2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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plus the truck will have a much higher towing capacity, hitch capacity, payload, and stronger suspension.
a Tahoe will be heavier, have less everything for towing and will have terribly soft suspension for towing.

comparing a full size SUV, to a full size pickup, isn't even fair when it comes to towing.
and the fact that they have the same engine, is only one piece of what it takes to tow safely.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:34 PM   #4
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Tony - Whichever one you get, MAKE SURE you know what it's actual towing capacity is for the EXACT version of the truck you intend to buy. Don't let the dealer tell you "Oh, any 1/2 ton pickup can tow that." That's the biggest lie in the industry, and he WILL use it on you.

For example, my 2009 Silverado Owners Manual lists towing capacities for 99 (count'em - NINTEY NINE!!) different permutations (cab, engine, rear end gearing, transmission, cooling packages, towing packages, long/short bed, etc.) of the Silverado 1500 ranging from 4,400 lbs to 13,000 lbs. (There are additional listings for the 2500 and 3500.) There's an 8,600 lb spread between 4,400 and 13,000 lbs!!! Mine is good for 7,500 lbs.

So make sure the exact vehicle you intend to purchase can handle your TT.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:35 PM   #5
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definitely the truck over the SUV
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I used to tow a 4,000lb TT with a Tahoe, and I would strongly suggest the truck, the Tahoe did ok but even with a 4 point sway control it wasn't great. We towed long distances would never do it again, we bought a 2500HD then upgraded to a 5th wheel.
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I have a Tahoe which came factory with the trailering auto leveling system with a gear ratio designed for pulling trailers and pulled this same trailer you are looking at with no problems for years. That being said, I would highly suggest that you look at all of the different items which are important in a tow vehicle. The engine size is only one consideration and the truck will probably be a better tow vehicle.
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X2 on rockfordroo's comment. Not sure what the towing packages/options are with the new silverados. Definately verify the options with the tow chart. You will need a good W/D hitch with the tongue weight on a crew cab.
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I have a Yukon with the 5.3 engine and 3.73 rear end and it pulls our 24' camper great! I would not feel unsafe with the 27' camper. With that being said, the truck in my signature is my preferred tow vehicle and not just because its diesel and a F250, although it does tow better. I love having the bed of my truck for firewood, bikes, generator, tripod and whatever other odds and ends may find their way in. In the Yukon, I can get wood and generator but even with a tarp and such it still gets a bit messy inside. Not to mention bugs....
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I bought a Ford F150...never bought a Ford before but it is a supercrew 5.4 Triton V8. 2004. This should be ok right?

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