Originally Posted by keeprr
I pulled a 26 ft Mini Lite 4400 UVW and 527 hitch weight with an Avalanche 5.3L 3.73 gears. I wasn't happy with performance in the mountains or on the interstates. I do not like running an engine in the higher rpm ranges which the 5.3 does in modest mountains.
Knowing I'm going to upgrade in a year or two, I went big enough to handle whatever we feel will satisfy the two of us. I bought a GMC 2500 with Duramax diesel.
Overkill for the Mini Lite, but adequate for the next rig.
We had our 2002 Chevy 2500 dramas diesel for 12 years, Loved it. Was a leather seated crew cab. Rode nice with or without the 5th wheel and got decent to good mpg. It even would pull our new 17K, 5 slide, 41.5 ft fifth wheel, but reliability and mileage became a concern. I used it to drive to work for years. Again 2500 or F-250 with diesel have served us well with our fifth wheels (12 yrs) and TO (1 Yr). Good luck and great investment for your children and grand children memories!