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Old 09-21-2014, 02:46 PM   #1
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Max tow or regular?

Looking at new GMC 1500....35 foot (37 with hitch) trailer weighs 7,300 lbs loaded down as per cat scales. Might add 100-200 more lbs when the baby is born here in a few weeks....

so the big question, a regular 1500 at 9,600 lbs where i can get a screaming deal on a 2014 or wait and order a 2015 with max tow and get over 11,000 lbs?

I am getting rid of a 2500 and am not interested in any weight police telling me I need a 2500, we tow a few times a year and most of the time park the trailer at the wife's family's cottage for a few months so really looking at a nicer ride and better MPGs again

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Old 09-21-2014, 03:08 PM   #2
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Why not keep the 2500 and buy a car to make the commute?

Just about any car can beat the MPG's of a PU.

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Old 09-21-2014, 04:24 PM   #3
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"I am getting rid of a 2500 and am not interested in any weight police telling me I need a 2500"

Well... Since you came here looking for advice but refuse to hear the truth... I will give you my opinion since you asked for it.

A 35' trailer with a 1/2 ton pickup?
You may pull it but in an emergency, you'll have trouble stopping it. Keep the 3/4 ton and keep your new baby safe!
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Old 09-21-2014, 04:35 PM   #4
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I use a Silverado 1500, also rated at 9600 lbs, to pull my 21 FBRS. I travel pretty light. I haven't weighed myself in a while but I'd guess about 4300. I can't imagine towing something at 7300 lbs with my truck (5.3L, 3.48 rear end). That said, I doubt that the extra rating is worth giving up a good deal. Unless your limited towing involves a lot of hills, I'd go for the 1500.
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Old 09-21-2014, 04:41 PM   #5
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If the trailer brakes are adjusted correctly, he shouldn't have a problem stopping.
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Old 09-21-2014, 04:42 PM   #6
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Towed a 32 ft 2703ss Rockwood with my half ton 5.4 l F150. No issues. Bought a 13 EcoBoost with 11300 capacity walked all over the 09 5.4 l F 150. I too use the truck as a daily driver and want a smother non towing ride. Not going to say you/ shouldn't tow with a half ton. That's your business and your money. I felt safe, currently feel safe with my Fiver and am under legal capacities. It is ultimately up to you.
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DO the math...

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Old 09-21-2014, 07:55 PM   #8
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Crunchman, I appreciate the opinion and you are correct this is a public board and i asked for opinions. But here is the thing, one i am not going to buy a car, i dont have room for a 3rd car nor do i feel like paying for insurance. 2) I hate when people say "good luck stopping"! c mon man its the 21st century, a good brake controller or the factory controller will stop the truck/trailer combo just fine.

i did not mention this because i was looking for opinions but i towed it home and a few hundred miles with a 2012 half ton rated at 9600 before i upgraded. length has no difference on weight which is 7,300 lbs per the CAT scales.
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Old 09-21-2014, 08:23 PM   #9
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My question is the payload factor for both trucks. You will get more payload with the max tow. I would go with the max tow as you will likely struggle less with tranny temps and hills. For sure good deal see if the dealership can find you a 2014 with max tow. They might just 've able to do so.
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Max tow should have the bigger 6.2 engine, heavier transmission, and axles and brakes, and I believe different gears also available with it. I'd defiantly go that route if you need a new truck with a trailer that size.
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