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Old 12-26-2013, 01:57 PM   #11
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I have a similar size truck and similar size trailer and it pulls the trailer with relative ease. You may be suprised and find that at very least, you don't have to rush things.

Payload is what a lot of people hit the limit on 1st, not the towing limit.

If I want to haul a big load of wood, or 4 wheeler, and/or 3 other big guys at once along with my trailer. I am over payload limit but have thousands left on tow rating.
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:11 PM   #12
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As for the 2014 vs 2015 HD's, it's all in styling and interior. Pretty sure the mechanics and specs are the same. I just bought a 2013 in Sept, and got right at $15k off msrp. The '15s look good, but there's a high premium for looks.

They also added 2" to the back seat of the crew cab. I got the '15 3500 on next years Christmas list. Momma says I better behave myself next year.

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They also added 2" to the back seat of the crew cab. I got the '15 3500 on next years Christmas list. Momma says I better behave myself next year.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 / 3500 HD Photos and Info – News – Car and Driver
That 2" is going to make a huge difference! We felt cramped in the Chevy/GMC trucks compared to the Dodge and Ford.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:47 PM   #14
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as for 2500 and 3500 having the same equipment except the leaf spring pack then check on the price diff and what a local shop would charge to add the leafs. so you know if you go with a fiver later you can keep the truck. I have always owned fords diesels and there are more diff's between f250 and f350 and I have owned 1 f250 and 2 f350's, I would always go 1 ton with a ford.

as for diesel.......your choice gasoline prices go up and down quite bit too. the pulling power is very nice, the motors do tend to run a long time when maintained but everything else still needs work from time to time just like a gasser but in the end the cost of ownership for myself is the same. I have friends that own diesels in all three brands.... they all have one feature nicer than the other and are all the best brands lol they all do slightly better than a gasser on mpg's but where they really shine on long trips with hills is they don't lose ground in the wind pulling hard!
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Just out of curiosity I asked a professional diesel mechanic if the Fords were the same. The list of differences was huge! I suspect a Chevy is no different. There is very little cost difference between the 2500 and 3500, so if you think you'll go bigger in the future, get a one-ton. If you may get a fiver, get dual rear wheels. If you do a lot of short trips to the store, etc., don't get a diesel. They need to warm up if you want them to last. Lastly, since you only tow about 8,000 miles a year, it'll take a LONG time to makeup the cost difference in fuel savings.
That being said, I like diesels.
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Given posts on the forum from auto techs, there are so many differences in trucks that they need the VIN when ordering parts, I have a hard time believing the general statements that the only difference between a 3/4-ton and 1-ton is "this and that". But, I don't know enough about trucks to argue it either.
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I don't know about chevy's but there are diff's between f250 and f350 especially depending on years and it is hard on a diesel to turn it on and not reach operating temp so short trips to work are harder on them.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:31 AM   #18
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There is a lot of good info on the GM diesels here;
Diesel Place : Chevrolet and GMC Diesel Truck Forums - Duramax Diesel Discussion Forums

I have (2) trucks in my back garage now, (1) is a 1/2 ton (1994) Chevy. I bought it in 1998 towing snowmobile trailers was it's primary job. I can honestly say it has every upgrade that I could do, to help it tow better. From the 383 HT crate motor, to the built 4L65E transmission, to the 14 bolt semi floater axle, with 3:73 gears, and a G80 locker.

Other truck is a 2003 GMC HD Sierra 2500 DMAX Allison, that truck is mostly stock, 300,000 miles, does not use a drop of oil.

When towing the same rig, there is NO comparison between these two trucks, the 03 hands down, out hauls the 1/2 ton.

Diesels are a commitment, they are more expansive to own, and operate. If you plan to pull, there is no replacement.

Just my .02.
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:10 PM   #19
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I'm pretty new to the whole towing world. Here's what I have found out.
Trailer is a 35 foot rockwood total weight around 8k *\- depending on how many are going and how long, hitch weight 850ish. I don't subscribe to exact weights as they change so often with my family, although you should get in the ball park. Get your setup where it needs to be for a median load load with weight distributed evenly when adding or subtracting items.
Towing, started out with a 2011 f150, crew cab lariat ecoboost. Drivetrain is incredible, power is where I needed, tranny nice and smooth. Drivetrain never knew what was back there. I did a few trips in some mountains and always felt I had the driveline to get the job done. Payload, a different story. I was maxed out and sometimes over. I didn't care for the way the suspension felt. I could have added lt tires, Airbags etc, but it would not have fixed the root problem. I was out of payload!
Time to upgrade, I have had all fords in the past and they have never let me down so that's where I decided to stay. The other guys make nice units too, I did take a look at a few but loyalty won out.
Looked at 250s and 350s. Gas and diesel. The ford gas motors in the super duty's didn't do it for me power wise. They were within ratings and would have done the job but not what I wanted. Problem was the price 8k difference roughly. New units are steep so I looked used. Found a 2010 f350 crew cab lariat diesel 4x4 lifted and loaded with less than 25k miles spotless for under 40k. Got the deal done and started towing.
Power is great, driveline is solid, only complaint is I wish it had one more drive gear (this is fixed in newer units). It does the job, but one more IMHO would be perfect. Payload to spare, I went from 1400 lbs to 3300 lbs. I can bring anything I want whenever I want.
I suggest go as big as you can afford and feel comfortable with. There is always that one more thing you wish you brought with you, with my 350 there is no excuse to leave it at home.
What brand? They are all pretty good, I think all three now have in the neighborhood of 7 yr 100k mile warranty now. Buy what you like!
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I'd go 1 ton as having the extra payload is never a bad thing in my opinion.
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