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Old 08-08-2012, 12:45 PM   #121
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This is, and always will be “the great debate”. ½ ton vs ¾ vs 1 ton. It boils down to what you can afford and what you plan on doing with your setup. I never go to campgrounds, always in the woods so for me it was a 4x4 1 ton hauling a 5500lb TT with a quad in the bed. A tow vehicle should be heavy enough to haul your trailer, stop your trailer and not strain the tow vehicle. You don’t tow a jumbo jet with a vehicle designed for a Cessna. It might work, but for how long.
Anyway, its great to see all the responses here and what folks use. Have fun and enjoy your outings.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:52 PM   #122
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Just remember if your truck is like this
Then you know you need a new truck
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:03 PM   #123
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my pregnant wife says that about my truck as it is now....towing or not!! ..
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:10 PM   #124
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my pregnant wife says that about my truck as it is now....towing or not!! ..
If mine said anything about my truck....this would be me with the Prenuptial

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Old 08-08-2012, 08:20 PM   #125
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It took me a long time to decide on buying a 3/4 ton truck. I really didn't want to have to deal with such a big, noisy monster on a daily basis.

But I'm so glad I did. Towing is so much more comfortable - it really is effortless for trailers 5,000 lbs up to 12,000 lbs. - and so is stopping. The truck isn't pushed around by the trailer much, as it is quite heavy itself. I have a 2011 2500HD Silverado 4x4 LTZ. I have 3 travel trailers - one 3800lbs, one 6200lbs and one 8400 lbs. I also have a 1500 Suburban with 5.3l and tow package. The only trailer it will tow comfortably is the 3800 lb trailer. The 6200 lb one it will do, but it's not very comfortable and it needs air bags to keep from sagging, even with a WD hitch setup. The HD doesn't really need the WD hitch for the two bigger trailers, but it definitely makes it rock solid stability wise. The 3/4 ton payload is much higher than 1/2 ton - by about 1200 lbs in my case - so tongue weights are not a concern.

Around town the diesel is not so bad, as the body on the 2500 is the same as the 1500 - it just sits taller. Highway mileage is good at 22 mpg, so operating cost is better than the gas model. With 400 hp and gobs of torque, acceleration is surprisingly good.

But, like all things good in life, it comes at a price. THe 3/4 ton can be quite expensive, depending on options. It starts at $7500 over the gas model unless you get incentives. As you know, you can really option up a 1/2 ton truck - I saw some F150's topping $50k when I was shopping. I got my 2500 for $55k.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:34 PM   #126
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I got my 2500 for $55k.
I will get a dodge cummins. But this is why I will get a used one.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:04 PM   #127
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my pregnant wife says that about my truck as it is now....towing or not!! ..
You guys should consider adding Sulastic Shackle's to your truck, it's on my list of modes and come highly rated... they really take the bounce out of the truck bed.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:04 PM   #128
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I got my 2500 for $55k.

picked up my 08 duramax ccsb 2x4 in 10 with less than 3000 miles for just under 30,000 with trade in of 05 1500hd sierra with quadrasteer. 05 had less than 50,000 mles and sold in less than a week.

i miss my quadrasteer. what a nice handy option.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:49 PM   #129
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I got my 2500 for $55k.

picked up my 08 duramax ccsb 2x4 in 10 with less than 3000 miles for just under 30,000 with trade in of 05 1500hd sierra with quadrasteer. 05 had less than 50,000 mles and sold in less than a week.

i miss my quadrasteer. what a nice handy option.
Did they have that on 4x4s? I have it on my tractor, still not quite used to it.

what I didn't mention - Stickered at $62k. Discounted to $55k. Had choice of another 5k rebate or 0%. Took the 0%. Sounds expensive, but this is completely top of the line - every available option - only way you could go higher is either long bed or up to 3500HD. Funny how the Chevy tops out here, but a less capable truck from Cadillac is upwards of $85k!
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:27 PM   #130
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We were pulling a 36ft 2005 Montana 330RKBS with a 2003 Ford Expedition. For the weight we were over; it towed nicely and even with putting 96K miles on it, had no troubles. We wanted to travel further from home, and into the mountains. Upgraded to a new 2008 Silverado 2500 Duramax Crew Cab LTZ. Took that in for a oil change in January 2011 and brought home another new 2500 Duramax CC LTZ. Pulled the camper the same, but just purchased a 2012 Sierra 365SAQ 5th wheel and almost wish I had a 3500 DRW. Pulls fine, handles very well, even with my led foot, but I would feel better with a dually. Not going to trade on a whim while doing an oil change again however. Hate telling the DW what I did without consulting her. It will be a couple years anyway, 2nd baby on the way in November.
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