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Old 03-26-2010, 06:27 AM   #1
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My wife & I just ordered a Flagstaff 31' TT...my delema is my TV..'08 Tahoe, 5.3 3.73 gears. From everything I'm reading the TV is going to be taxed on the almost 7k lb loaded weight with a limit of 7200 lbs & wheelbase of 116.

I'm mentaly preparing myself to change TV although not really in the budget. I'm looking at the new Silverados both 1500 & 2500 HD. My question is which way I should go..1500 or 2500...I know both properly equipped can get the job done well. I'd like to hear from owners of both the pros & cons. Thanks in advance! Eric
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:51 AM   #2
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Eric,
When I upgrade, it it'll be to a 3/4 ton. So, to answer your question, I'd go with the 2500.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:12 AM   #3
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I was towing a similar weight fifth wheel with a 2004 Silverado with the same engine and gearing. It did alright until we moved West and encountered the mountains. I towed here with that truck until we had issues with the hills and strong winds, the truck just struggled too much. We ended up buying the 2500HD with the Duramax and the difference was unbelievable. I am glad I spent the extra cash. I got lucky when I purchased as at the time there was employee pricing and another $5000 cash back.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:25 AM   #4
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You will definitely want to go with the 2500/250 (3/4 ton). Even if you think it might be overkill, particularly for what you currently have, it won't be. The 3/4T will handle everything so much better...period. As for whether you should get diesel or not, that will depend on whether you can afford it or not. If you can, just do it. You won't regret it. If you can't, with the Chevy, you'll be getting the 6.0L which is a capable enough engine for what you are towing. If you're getting new, I believe Chevy has upgraded to a 6.2L gas, and I know Ford has for their 2011 Superduty's. With either, you won't regret the extra payload, towing capability, and peace of mind.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:50 AM   #5
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My wife & I just ordered a Flagstaff 31' TT...my delema is my TV..'08 Tahoe, 5.3 3.73 gears. From everything I'm reading the TV is going to be taxed on the almost 7k lb loaded weight with a limit of 7200 lbs & wheelbase of 116.

I'm mentaly preparing myself to change TV although not really in the budget. I'm looking at the new Silverados both 1500 & 2500 HD. My question is which way I should go..1500 or 2500...I know both properly equipped can get the job done well. I'd like to hear from owners of both the pros & cons. Thanks in advance! Eric
I tow a 2006 rockwood 8314ss and it's 33' with a 2008 Chevy Silverado extended cab pick up. Now if you go with a 1/2 ton get the heavy duty 1/2 ton. The stardard 1/2 is rated @7,300 lbs but the heavy duty 1/2 or 1500 HD is rated at 10,500 lbs, at this point if you move up from here you be going into the 2500 HD which is rate around 12,500 lbs. The wheel base on my truck is 143" and it is equip with a 6.0 gas engine, 4 speed heavy duty trans, 4:10 rear and a heavy duty tow package. When I am towing and do not need power my engine runs on 4 clyinder and auto shifts into 8 clyinder when I need it and it doesn't matter what speed I am traveling at on the highway. My 2008 pick up tows much better the my 1997 3/4 ton Suburban did, My truck came with a factory installed trailer braking system and that works great as well. The only thing I will tell you is to look into the future, what are your plans as far as a bigger camper before you spend money on a 2500 HD diesel. Yes there are other factors to think about as mention above.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:34 AM   #6
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Diesel is out of the question...cost, cost of fuel & waking camp neighbors in the early morning excursions.
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:07 AM   #7
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One thng about the GM Duramax, it is quite compared to other diesels I think, but as far as the cost for a diesel, It's a long time recovery for the money spent at this point in time. I look at it this way, I keep my trucks on an average of 10 years and hope that the camper last as long, this is when I will look at my needs and whats again when it comes time to buy a new camper, then look at a new truck to tow the camper safely. Yes, you do want a truck that is going to hold up over time, but then and again over kill will cost you more then what you are going to get out of It, so why not save it for the next truck or camper. This just my view, it's a matter of choise and how you want to spend your money. There was a time that the average person kept there vehicles for about 3 to 5 years and then bought new because they became board with them and whated something new, today it is too costly for the average to to that so now we own our vehicles longer, that one reason it is good to look ahead.
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Your Tahoe is a 1/2 ton, granted your 1/2 ton p/u will generally have a longer wheel base, but changing from Tahoe to 1/2 ton p/u will be a minimal change, go for the 3/4 ton which will give you a different drive train and the longer wheel base
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:18 PM   #9
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2500 All Day !! I had two 1500's (Suburban and Avalanche) and soon traded the Suburban for a 2500. You can justify the 1500, but the cost savings benefit vs repairs in addition to the wife asking you every trip, "Why does the engine rev so high all the time?" do not add up !!

If you're buying new, I think you can still get 0% for 60 months on that Silverado and further justify that savings against only a couple grand for the 2500.

If it's possible financially, this is a no-brainer !!

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I vote for 2500HD also awesome truck plenty of towing power
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