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Old 03-26-2010, 08:20 PM   #11
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The 1997 GMC Suburban that I had, had 130 " wheel base, and you are right a pick up has a larger wheel base, and the 2008 pick I have has a 143" wheel base I believe it is 2" shorter then the 3/4 ton, but like I said there is a differance between the stardard 1/2 ton and the heavy duty 1/2 ton as far as frame design.
You can also get a 2500 HD equip as mine is with the 6.0 gas engine heavy duty 4 speed trans and a 4:10 rear. The 3/4 ton comes stardard with a heavier suspension a class iv receiver and load range "E" tires (10 ply) then the next step up is the 2500 HD diesel. I am not sure but is there two different size diesels from GM that you can get?.....6.0 and 6.2 ???????
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:16 PM   #12
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I have the 2500HD and love it, as for fuel I get the same or better than the my old 1500 gasser. Noise is not like the older diesel. You have the power when and where you want it.
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:15 AM   #13
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Here's a different spin on this issue---- trailer weight
trumps horse power.
We've traded up in trailer size 3 times to the one we have
now. I think we've finally found one we can keep a long
time.
In a nut shell, our trailer is the smallest one we could get that had---

A "walk around bed" really it's a peninsula but much easier
to make than the sideways "crawl over beds" of smaller models.

B it has a sofa so you can sit and not be on the bed
or behind the table.

C the table is a table and does not need to become a bed unless
you've got extra grand kids with you.

D it's an ULTRA LITE-
my certified truck scales trailer weight fully loaded with water, LP, food
clothes, gear ready to camp is right around 4500 LBS including
tongue weight.
I can add my 500 LB motorcycle in the back of my truck and still
be a few pounds under 5000.

E bonus-- mine is only 7 1/2 feet wide so if my truck tires are
on the road, so are the trailer tires. Current models are all
8 feet wide.

F the biggest bonus of all--- my wife says it's a keeper!!!

My truck is plenty strong enough for our rig.
I've got the 5.3 L v8 and towing package.
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Old 03-27-2010, 10:29 AM   #14
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You know, it's each to there own on this question. When I first picked up our new camper, I went and test pulled with a couple different TV's. If you have this option with friends that you know, do it!
With 4 kids I need the Yukon XL anyhow, though I wasn't very happy with the way the 3/4 ton suburban towed with the 6.0. So I went with the Denali and the 6.2. Very pleased with it.
Good luck on your decision!
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Old 03-27-2010, 04:01 PM   #15
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Got the 2500HD Gas 6.0 and it pulls the 31' Flagstaff with no problems.
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:55 PM   #16
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Well first off thanks to everyone for their input...bit the bullet and in my driveway sits a 2010 2500 HD extended cab long box 6.0L with 4.10 gears.
I think this combo should do ok pulling the 7000 lbs with a rating of 12700.

What an awesome truck! Now I need to log 500+ miles of break in before the trailer arives (early May). Eric
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Old 03-27-2010, 09:20 PM   #17
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Well first off thanks to everyone for their input...bit the bullet and in my driveway sits a 2010 2500 HD extended cab long box 6.0L with 4.10 gears.
I think this combo should do ok pulling the 7000 lbs with a rating of 12700.

What an awesome truck! Now I need to log 500+ miles of break in before the trailer arives (early May). Eric
Congrats on your new truck, how about a pic nothing like a new Truck...
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Old 03-28-2010, 01:04 AM   #18
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Awesome good choice you wont be sorry Now we are jealous and pictures are a must
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Congrats! I think you did great by going with the 2500. You will not be dissapointed. Now hurry and get those 500 miles on 'er so you can get to the good stuff...towing!
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OK, now I'm being nosey-- what did it set you back??
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