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Old 10-04-2015, 08:32 AM   #1
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GMC 2500 Diesel SRW vs GMC 3500 diesel SRW

I am looking into buying a new vehicle for retirement. Looking for the differance between 3/4 ton and 1 ton. Have not drove either one. Most of the 5th wheels I am looking at have a pin weight of 2200 lbs. The 3/4 ton has a carry weight of 3000 lbs. 1 ton of 4000 lbs. Cost are with in $2000 of each other. Vehicle size look to be the same. Does the 1ton have a rougher ride? Does it drive differant? If everything is =, Why buy a 3/4 ton over a 1 ton.


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I have a 2014 Chevy 3500 SRW Duramax. The cost difference was much less than $2000. The added payload comes from auxiliary helper springs. Payload difference, at least for 2014, was 1600 additional lbs for the 3500 over 2500. Ride will be exactly the same, since when empty, the helper springs aren't contacting anything. Mine holds the weight of the 5th wheel beautifully. Definitely recommend 3500.
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One tonne for sure.
Payload gets eaten up really fast


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Old 10-04-2015, 09:08 AM   #4
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I had a 09 GMC 2500 before I got the 14 Chevy 3500. I think the 3500 rides better.
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Thanks for all the help. Are brakes and rotors the same on 1 and 3/4 ton pickups?


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Thanks for all the help. Are brakes and rotors the same on 1 and 3/4 ton pickups?


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for SRW, yes, for dually, probably different, but not necessarily bigger.
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I just bought a GMC duramax 3500 Denali. The 3500 single wheel and dual wheel were the same price for the same options and right now the 2500 is actually a little higher at the dealer i used. Now these are all similarly equipped Denali's, but the dealer i used was selling them cheaper than most dealers with lower trim levels. You just have to shop around on the web. Autotrader will help and know what rebates you can qualify for....ie., Farm bureau, credit union, military, curent gm owner, etc.

I just sold my old 2005 Chevy 2500 4x4 Duramax for a premium! It had 134,000 miles on it, was stock other than exhaust and wheels/tires. No chip or tuner. It was in good shape and the LT interior (same as Ltz now) was almost perfect. It rode rougher than my new 3500 but most of it was probably the tires.
I think the 3500 will hold its value and be easier to sell. I looked around for used 3500s but they were almost the same or more than new price, and 3500s sold fast. But honestly my old 2500 was only on the market for about 2 weeks before it sold.
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I own a Chevy 3500 SRW Diesel. We bought our truck before we bought our 5th wheel. The cost difference was negligible and the additional payload and capacity allowed us more options when choosing a fifth wheel. Go for the 3500.


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Old 10-04-2015, 11:18 AM   #9
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I believe the DRW has a more stable ride & less prone to sway or shift around at highway speeds when towing a 5er with a semi passing.
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Can you get a 3500 SRW with Double Cab (not Crew) and Standard 6.6 Ft bed so it would fit in my garage?
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