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Old 10-21-2014, 03:53 PM   #41
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With the OPs OK, I moved this thread to the Towing Forum. This thread pertains to all 5th wheels, not just Toy Haulers.
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Old 10-21-2014, 04:10 PM   #42
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I have a 2011 GMC, 1 ton drw, 4x4, crew cab, long bed. I pull a 35 ft 5er. In the bed is a 50 gal. fuel tank behind the cab. When dry camping, which is most of the time, I put in a 50 gal potable water tank behind the fuel tank and in front of the 5th wheel. I had a 2001 GMC 3/4 ton prior to this truck. It was overweight when everything was loaded. My present truck is the daily driver. I'm retired so no going back & forth to work. I don't regret the bigger truck at all. It tows like a champ and the mileage isn't too bad. Anywhere from 9.5 to 13 mpg towing, depending on wind and terrain. It's a truck and doesn't ride like a caddy. Get the bigger one and then no regrets afterwards. My 4 cents worth.
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:24 AM   #43
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A 1 ton truck is about $1000 more than a 3/4 ton truck with the same options. If I am going to spend over $50,000 on a new truck, that is only a 2% price shift.....a small price to pay for the added payload and safety.
Actual price difference is only about $400.00, or at least that was the case in the truck I bought. As other have mentioned, going the 1 ton route is the way to go. The unloaded ride is the same as a 3/4 ton (loaded ride is noticeable better), the price difference is small, and the increase in Payload (trucks rated carry capacity) is about 1500lbs.
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:17 PM   #44
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Actual price difference is only about $400.00, or at least that was the case in the truck I bought. As other have mentioned, going the 1 ton route is the way to go. The unloaded ride is the same as a 3/4 ton (loaded ride is noticeable better), the price difference is small, and the increase in Payload (trucks rated carry capacity) is about 1500lbs.
You are very right. Makes zero sense to buy a 3/4 ton when you can have a single wheel 1 ton for virtually same money and have a 50% increase in payload capacity
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:47 PM   #45
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well...not too long ago I figured out the truck is going to be expensive,,,,very expensive...
I am not gonna worry about a few bucks here or there!

3500
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LT trim
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& all the little nick nacks that look good to me when I order it

Comes out to $60,230 or something like that..on the Chevy website
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:58 PM   #46
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I have a 2014 3500 just like you listed. Well equipped, but not loaded. Sticker on mine was 54,000. I paid about 47ish. Seen many half tons cost way more than that.
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Looking at GMC too....anyone have an opinion on those?
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:44 PM   #48
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Make sure you get HD towing package options. If given an option always go with the 11k gvwr over 10k gvwr. Get your dealer to look for a 2014 leftover or even look for a newer lightly used truck to save some $.
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I have a 2014 3500 just like you listed. Well equipped, but not loaded. Sticker on mine was 54,000. I paid about 47ish. Seen many half tons cost way more than that.
But a similarly equipped half ton can be purchased for about 15K less than that!
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3/4 tons are not worth buying in my opinion if you are going to be towing anything. Virtually no price difference to get a single wheel 1 ton.

And before someone says it, NO airbags aren't the solution
I know the OP is buying a truck and yes he just as well by a 3500 but your statement about airbags is not true for someone that already owns a 250/2500.

Still till this day my 2500 handles my 5er better than my '13 3500 SRW with just short of 4000# of payload and the air on board is a very useful tool. You just have to buy the right system.
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