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Old 07-12-2015, 05:39 AM   #1
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Gmc 2500 vs 3500

I am thinking about buying a diesel truck. What would I gain buying a 3500 vs a 2500 SRW long bed crew cab.


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Old 07-12-2015, 06:33 AM   #2
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As we have been told, they are the same truck so get the cheaper one.
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:42 AM   #3
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The 3500 has a higher payload. When I was shopping for a truck last year, the 2500 models had a payload between 2-3000 lbs. My 3500 long bed crew cab 4wdh has a payload of 4000 lbs. I believe you also get a higher grader but am not positive. Many will debate the different parts etc but in the end I would rather go with the truly known figures instead of guessing. Who knows what may or may not break etc with a truck on questionable numbers.
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I am having a very hard time finding a 2500 crew long bed, so I thought a 3500 would be better. I have towed a fifth wheel with both long and short beds and prefer the long bed. A higher pay load is a plus.


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Old 07-12-2015, 08:13 AM   #5
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I checked @ one dealer and the srw was only 2k cheaper than a dually. For 2k difference I`d stick with a dually.
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Old 07-12-2015, 08:42 AM   #6
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Get the 1 ton dually. You'll be happy you did. There's a 44 ft Cyclone next to me in this campground. I looked it up and the stats say the pin weight is over 3500 lbs. The owner says its weight is 20,000 lbs. He's pulling it with a 3/4 ton Chev,4x4, short box. He told me he has 10,000 lb airbags on the truck. They don't change the GVWR one iota. IMHO he's greatly over weight. He says he's going on a trip to South Dakota soon. Good luck to him. I did mention he should look into getting an HDT.
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:04 AM   #7
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No dually for me, to wide for a daily driver
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:35 AM   #8
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The rearends on the 3500 series get pretty stiff unloaded and the short bed makes it worse. If you can live with the length of the longbed the one ton is the way to go though for the extra capacity and room to grow. I wish I could deal with a one ton dually but there is no way as a daily driver. Getting my Ram 2500 CC 4x4 around in parking garages and tight lots is enough of a challenge.
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:40 AM   #9
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Mine is a daily driver. You just have to pick your spots to park. Now my DW wouldn't want to drive it at all but she has. We went to the hospital a couple of years ago and I was admitted. She had to drive the truck for the 1st time. She went home in a raging Tstorm and made it just fine. She hasn't driven it since and that was 2 years ago....
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I had a 2500 and had to trade it in to get a new 3500 because I was overloaded with my 12k lb. 5th. My advice is to buy the 3500 for just a few dollars more. My wife and I have found that the new 3500 GMC is the best riding vehicle we have EVER owned, car or truck! It's really quite amazing, and it pulls my 5th like it isn't even there! What a difference between my 2008 2500 and my 2015 3500.

BTW - if you are thinking of the Ram, consider the fact that to get the torque ratings they claim, they use VERY low geared rear ends that affect mileage. I am agnostic when it comes to brands of trucks. i just want the best power train I can get. I think the Cummins engine is great but my GMC Duramax package with the Allison transmission is as good as it gets. The Allison was the final determining factor for me and I have been very happy with it.

Whatever your choose, bet of luck my friend!
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