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Old 10-29-2015, 10:15 PM   #11
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shop by payload first, then towing capacity. You already know you are upgrading trailers, make sure the truck will handle that future upgrade
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:05 PM   #12
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The 6.2 if it has an 8 speed will probably best the 6sp ecoboost in MPG empty. My dads boss and coworker both have one and they get surprising mpg. Towing will be a toss up.

The smaller tank on the GMC is a big downer.
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:20 PM   #13
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With either one you can forget upgrading your camper to 9,000 lbs. if that's something u r really going to do, go ahead get a 3/4 ton
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Old 10-30-2015, 01:13 PM   #14
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I am with lynne brownlee. I would get the 3/4 ton too. We do mostly the Rockies, so I would also get a diesel. My Dodge Ram 2500 gets about 14MPG towing our ready to camp 7000lb. trailer, and it gets about 22MPG not towing. JMO.
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Old 10-30-2015, 01:24 PM   #15
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Tow vehicle

Well, I've had the GMC and it towed good but I just bought the new ram 1500 eco diesel, whichwill tow up to 9200 lbs. With 29 to 32 mpg not towing. From what I've read it should get somewhere around 14 to 16 towing. I will find out on thanksgiving weekend. The truck is amazing so far.
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Old 10-30-2015, 03:00 PM   #16
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2+ ditto w/Lynn Brownlee .. 9000# would be a challenge on the 1/2 ton 6.2L GM trucks. Consider the 3/4 ton in your planning. I have the Chevy 1500/6.2L (430 hp)/8-speed and tow about 6000# (Roo 23IKSS). Truck does fine. I avg about 10 mpg when towing. That's pretty typical. I avg over 21 mpg when clean and had a 1200 mile trip peak at 24.9 mpg. Active cylinder management seems to work nicely. What impresses me the most about the Chevy is how quiet the cabin is. Even under heavy load climbing hills when towing, the engine strain is barely noticeable in the cabin.
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Old 10-30-2015, 03:30 PM   #17
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IMO 9000 lbs with a half ton is pushing the envelope. I pull about 6000 with a ram 1500 ,5.7 hemi, 6 speed. Mileage is 10 towing, 23 hiway dry. Never a question of stability , power or safety with this rig. A friend pulls a 33 ft trailer with a ram 2500 hemi after pulling a 30 ft with a ram 1500. Accprding to him, the difference is like night and day. The stability provided by the 2500 platform takes all the white knuckle time out of pulling a larger unit. I'm a dodge guy. I've driven the ford and the chevy and I prefer the ram. That being said, they are all good trucks and any will give you years of service. Personal preference. But if I were you, I would consider a 2500 if you indeed are planning a camper upgrade.
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Old 10-30-2015, 03:45 PM   #18
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We currently tow a 2005 Rockwood 2601 with our 1999 Yukon. GVWR on the trailer is 6400 and tow capacity on the Yukon is 7000. But we load lightly and only carry jugs of water for toilet flushing, so actual towed weight is 5500 or so. We have no problem pulling most grades at 50 mph. The new camper will most likely be in the 8000 lb GVWR range rather than 9000. 9000 is possible but we have found several we like at under 8000. I know some say you will always load up to GVWR but this has not been the case with us. It would seem that increasing tow capacity by 4500 lbs to tow a trailer 2500 lbs more is feasible. I have never been worried about being the first to the top of the hill anyways.
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Old 10-30-2015, 04:13 PM   #19
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2010 F150 XLT supercab HD

I purchased a Ford F150 XLT supercab HD with 5.4 liter gas engine. The biggest factor for me was the integrated brake controller and automatic sway control that the Ford offered. Not sure if Chevy offers this now or not?

We tow a Crusader 270RET fifth wheel. Have traveled about 35,000 miles in three years with only minor issues.

https://owner.ford.com/how-tos/vehic...-150&year=2015

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I purchased a Ford F150 XLT supercab HD with 5.4 liter gas engine. The biggest factor for me was the integrated brake controller and automatic sway control that the Ford offered. Not sure if Chevy offers this now or not?

We tow a Crusader 270RET fifth wheel. Have traveled about 35,000 miles in three years with only minor issues.

https://owner.ford.com/how-tos/vehic...-150&year=2015

It has the brake controller and the sway control also. The brake controller is at steering wheel height on the gm which makes it easy to use. If I remember correctly it's low on the dashboard on the Ford.

Thanks for your input.
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