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Old 06-06-2015, 12:26 PM   #21
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IMO

6.2 for brute strength and more torque (trailer pulling power) Vs 5.3 engine which on hills might be taxed heavily depending on hills, speed, trailer weight, etc.

might maybe get better MPG with the 6.2 which is counter-intuitive
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Old 06-06-2015, 01:34 PM   #22
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Agree with most, check tires out, but what no one has said is brand

1) Michelin LTX 2
2) Firestone Transforce

Not sure on availability for both sizes but those are the only 2 options I would look at for tires when towing
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Old 06-06-2015, 03:13 PM   #23
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Agree with most, check tires out, but what no one has said is brand

1) Michelin LTX 2
2) Firestone Transforce

Not sure on availability for both sizes but those are the only 2 options I would look at for tires when towing
What is wrong with Nitto Dura Grapple tires? That is what I am using on my 3/4 ton Ram. The tire size is LT285/70R/17 126R which is a 10 ply tire and rated at 3750lbs@80 psi. These are my towing tires my winter tires when I am not towing are Michelin MS2 on a different set of wheels.
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Old 06-06-2015, 03:26 PM   #24
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LT Michelin truck tires if you can.

3.42 ratio seems low for towing. 3.70 better especially if you have overdrive transmission.
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Old 06-06-2015, 04:51 PM   #25
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If I were you I would go ahead and purchase a 2500 series vehicle with load range E tires. You may not need that much truck now but if you decidel to pull through mountains etc your 1500 will not be enough. Also if you move to a larger tt or a 5ver in the next couple of years you will have a capable TV. Just my humble opinion. Congrats on your purchase either way. I tow with a 1999 Ford F250 7.3 Powerstroke with 3.73 gear. Auto tranny. 161,000 and counting and lile it more every time I drive thinking no payments.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:23 AM   #26
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For the 7k trailer you mentioned, a 1500 will be fine. The size of the tire is more a matter of preference and $$$. As long as it has the load capacity, you should be fine. I personally prefer LT tires, as they're meant for trucks/towing.

As a general rule, the bigger the rim size, the more expensive the tire. A 20" is going to definitely be more expensive than an 18". Being cheap, I'd go with the 18".

Most of the 1/2 tons today are rated above 10k (when properly equipped) and will do just fine. No need to step up to 2500, and I don't feel you need E load range tires either. The ride is harsher than a D load range, and the tire is overkill for the trailer mentioned.

That said, RVers LOVE to upgrade. We don't always go into it meaning to, but that bug is hard to resist. Do you think you may want a bigger RV in a couple years? Do you want to have to buy a bigger truck if/when you do?

A 1500 will be fine for the weight mentioned. I'd say the 18" over the 20". Only you can answer if that's enough for the future.
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:45 AM   #27
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If I were you I would go ahead and purchase a 2500 series vehicle with load range E tires. You may not need that much truck now but if you decidel to pull through mountains etc your 1500 will not be enough.
Hmmm... we've spent lots of time transiting through mountains with 7K+ lbs in tow and not once have we questioned the capability of our 1500. And we did it all with those despicable P-Metric tires!

Maybe we're doing something wrong?
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:31 AM   #28
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I have been there and done that with 1/2 tons pulling travel trailers and horse trailers. Made it ok with the half tons but the stability of the 3/4 and above with load range E tires is a much more relaxing drive. As for ride with E tires yes it is stiff but If I want ro cruise we get the Harley or the Volvo Convertible out. My truck is a truck.
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I have found it is not if the tire is an 18 inch or 20 inch tire, it that the tire is an LT tire and the wider the better.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:51 AM   #30
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The O/P is asking about (GMC 1/2 ton) tires! If buying a GMC with the (Towing Package) and you are (Asleep) you could end up with (P-Tires/342-Rear Gear/and NON Towing Mirrors)! It can be quite a Hassel! Youroo!!
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