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Old 04-14-2015, 08:07 PM   #11
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if price isn't the big thing I would go with a 2500 or 3500 diesel, you won't need to wonder again. I say go big it cheaper in the long run. big hills in the northwest and I am happy with 11-12 mpg 13800 loaded

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Old 04-14-2015, 08:16 PM   #12
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NOREASTRV, are you looking at new trucks or used trucks? A new 1/2 ton is rated at what used 3/4 ton trucks were rated at just a few years ago. I had a 2004 F250 that was no where near as good a tow vehicle as my 2013 F150 Eco Boost is.

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Old 04-14-2015, 09:47 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by NOREASTRV View Post
I have done all the research and now would like your opinions please. I have a 2015 Rockwood 2703W Ultra Light 6,000 lbs plus dry and 7,000 lbs plus loaded. I looked at a GMC Sierra 1500 I was ready to purchase and found the rear axle ratio is 3.08 which I was told won't do the job not to mention I would be at the max tow capacity from what I can determine. I was told 3.42 is the way to go which I found in a Silverado. My question is should I be looking at a 2500 instead of a 1500 ? What are you using and how does it tow? Thanks is advance. Tom
We have a 24" Wildwood with the same weight numbers as your Rockwood. We pulled with our '03 f150 5.4L w/3:73 gears and standard factory tow package for two seasons. The F150 got us there and back but that said we felt like we were stressing things especially in the mountains. We were able to upgrade to a Dodge 2500 and really noticed the difference. Instead of working hard in the hills, we just set the cruise control and sit back and watch the "movie". Our suggestion, if a 2500 is too costly look at something "pre-owned". We got lucky and found exactly what we wanted for a price we could afford. Couldn't be happier with the decision to upgrade!
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:31 AM   #14
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Get the 2500 with a diesel and your towing worries will be over, until you decide to upsize your camper.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:50 AM   #15
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The type of camping you do should also be considered. Do you do 1 or more long trips each year? If no, then why suffer with the downsides of the heavier truck for the other 95% of non-towing use?

This is essentially why we get by towing 5200 lbs with a Mountaineer. The only long trip we have done is a single 1900 mile round trip 2 years ago. We never left Michigan (pretty much flat). If we were doing that every year, or intended to do a camping trip into the Smokies, I'd want more.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:54 AM   #16
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By the way, I think my BIL's Silverado has the V8 with 3.42, and his tow rating isn't anything close to enough for your camper. I think he's only around 5000 or so. Does GM offer multiple V8's?
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:13 AM   #17
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Not sure if they do or not as I am a RAM 1500 owner, but it the gears in the rear end that make most of the differences.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:30 AM   #18
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We recently looked at new trucks and decided to go with a Ram 2500. We bought it new because i worked out better financially for us. Trucks hold thier value so well that buying used is no longer the best deal. (if you plan on owning for extended length)

What pushed us over the edge was payload. The rear gears didn't make a difference on payload. We needed more and the 2500's had it. While we were very interested in the Eco boosts, but there weren't deals out there when we were looking.

In the end, buy what's best for you and your family. But as others have said, be aware that you may want to upgrade again and rarely do people go smaller
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:21 AM   #19
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I had a 2013 Silverado 1500 that I pulled a 7000# dry weight 35' TT. It had a 5.3 Lt, 6 speed tranny, and a 3.42 rear end and rated to pull over 9,000#. I was happy with the way it drove and pulled, but fifth wheel fever hit out house. Within 8 months of buying the new Silverado we were trading up to a GMC Sierra 2500 Duramax. Granted I do love the GMC for towing but it does have a rougher ride. The bottom line is: the 1500 did good for the TT but if you are even thinking about a fifth wheel it might be better off to go all the way and be ready with a 2500.
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If you can afford it, go diesel, period..............

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