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Old 05-13-2016, 02:55 PM   #21
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Go with at least a 3/4ton diesel manufacture of your choice. Cover most bases. Later RJD
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:50 PM   #22
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I love my ecoboost. We tow an 829fkss about 7500 lbs loaded and it puls it great.
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Old 05-13-2016, 06:42 PM   #23
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Towing 2504s

I tow our 2504s with a Silverado 1500 with HD towing, with a 5.3 V8. The TV has a GCWR of 15000# and can tow 9500#. It tows nicely.
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Old 05-13-2016, 07:00 PM   #24
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I tow a similar weight trailer with the 5.2 V8 silverrado. 4x4 Ltz. Went all through the Rockies last summer. No problem. Set the cruise control and go. I don't have Max tow package but have the middle range gears with that tow package. Better than average mileage and still rated at over 9000 lbs towing.
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Old 05-13-2016, 08:04 PM   #25
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Great advice all around. Like mentioned look strongly at the 1500 Ram Ecodiesel or F150 Ecoboost. The dually ton truck is massive overkill for what your trying to do IMHO. Baby steps first

As mentioned a 3/4 ton would be an option to look at and good for most applications for towing that you will need

Personally think you would be perfectly happy with a half ton, and bonus is these can be daily drivers too

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Old 05-13-2016, 08:14 PM   #26
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I tow a similar weight trailer with the 5.2 V8 silverrado. 4x4 Ltz. Went all through the Rockies last summer. No problem. Set the cruise control and go. I don't have Max tow package but have the middle range gears with that tow package. Better than average mileage and still rated at over 9000 lbs towing.
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We are towing a 6000 lb Wildwood with a RAM 1500 EcoDiesel and it tows it with ease. We are presently camping in the mountains of NC and the EcoDiesel doesn't even break a sweat. Personally I'd never go back to a gas truck because we are getting over 16 mpg when towing and 30 mpg on the highway when not towing.
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Old 05-13-2016, 08:59 PM   #28
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Like buying a safe. If you can afford it, go one size bigger than you think you need. Before you know it....you need it.

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Old 05-13-2016, 09:55 PM   #29
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I heard no mention of axle ratio. Unless you go with a diesel, IMO, get a 4.11 rear axle with any gas engine. Personally, I was 1 mile out of the RV dealer when I realized I'd be diesel shopping the next day. I'm only towing 4800 and my 2013 Chevy 5.2 with 3.42 axle didn't cut it for me. Take that max tow rating and cut it in half. You'll be towing in 4th gear on flat land and every time you go over an overpass, the tranny will downshift. I couldn't live with that. If you can go it, you won't be disappointed if with a 2500 diesel. Monarch pass will Humble a diesel. You can't overkill the tow vehicle, especially in CO.
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Think long and hard prior to purchasing a TV. I bought my 1/2 ton chevy to pull our little 24' TT... then we upgraded trailers a year later and opps, overloaded the 1/2 tons rear axle so I got a 3/4 ton with the Cummins... was a great truck, but then after my father in law died, I needed more room for the mother in law to travel with us... so after a year search a 5er was picked out... yep you guessed it, too big for the 3/4 ton... I will tell u, this dually in incredible pulling everything I can find to throw at it. Life happens... I would advise getting more than you think you will need to leave room for future growth. Honestly if you are thinking of possibly a 3/4 ton, you might as well get a 3500 SRW.. the Ram 6.4 is a great motor too
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