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Old 09-07-2012, 08:50 PM   #11
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@herk, the numbers between the 2500 and the F350, also depending on the rear gears, the towing weight varies.
You are correct, the max towing capacity of the 250/2500 is almost the same as the 350/3500. That's because they have virtually the same drivetrain. The reason that we're recommending a 350/3500 is because of the increased payload capacity it has. With a 250/2500, you could reach the GVWR of the truck with a 10,000# camper with 20% pin weight. The fact that's it's rated to tow 15000# is irrelevent as you reach the payload maximum (by the truck's GVWR) with a camper as light as 10000#.

The 350/3500 gives you 1000 - 1500# more payload over the 250/2500 and you won't be worrying about the capacity of the truck.

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:14 PM   #12
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Was dropping off a vehicle for service at my Chevy dealer last week, and asked my salesman about a truck for my daughter who will be getting her permit soon. He mentioned he could get me at least 11k off sticker on a new truck with the encentives right now. I have a 2500 and it handles and pulls my 365saq without any problems. Pulled from OH to FL in March 2 days after picking up trailer. Set cruise on 70 and it acted like it wasn't even back there.
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One thing I forgot to mention, I went with the 2500 because of the ride of the truck when empty. I put a lot of miles on with little or no weight in the bed, and I prefer the ride of the 2500 compared to the 3500.
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You are correct, the max towing capacity of the 250/2500 is almost the same as the 350/3500. That's because they have virtually the same drivetrain. The reason that we're recommending a 350/3500 is because of the increased payload capacity it has. With a 250/2500, you could reach the GVWR of the truck with a 10,000# camper with 20% pin weight. The fact that's it's rated to tow 15000# is irrelevent as you reach the payload maximum (by the truck's GVWR) with a camper as light as 10000#.

The 350/3500 gives you 1000 - 1500# more payload over the 250/2500 and you won't be worrying about the capacity of the truck.

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Perfect answer Dave.
Thank you as I could not have stated it better.

I went with the 2500HD for ride as well and regret not getting the 3500HD SRW every time I think about a new camper.

Without a new truck I will be stuck in the under 10K 5th wheel range.
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