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Old 08-29-2012, 10:37 PM   #161
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Just bought a 05 F250 4x4 CC lariat V10, to replace my 04 1/2t suburban with the 5.3. Should pull my 7000lb tt much nicer! always been a GM guy, but found a great deal on this truck. Bet a 5er is in our future now too....
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:55 PM   #162
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Hi waterrat, when you say you have "rear wiggle" is that on your TT or TV? If it's your TT it could be anything from too light of tires on your TV to your hitch set up. It may even be due to "P" rated tire on your avalanche instead of LT tires. I am not an expert by any means but it sounds like you are at the max for your TV which is hard on your truck and hard on you and not the safest set up. I was in the same boat as you as to spend money to upgrade a already overloaded TV and or do it right and safe and get a truck made to tow your weight. I started this thread to help with users in making the tough decision of upgrading from a 1/2 ton to 3/4 or 1 ton and hearing real life experiences and not theories.I went from a 1/2 ton gas to a 1 ton diesel and couldn't be happier with how it tows, almost effortless and I have a similiar weight TT as you. It sounds like a lot of users that did upgrade found good used diesels that they are very happy with and didn't pay alot. Good luck.
I have the stock P rated tires on the truck. Good news - I need new tires this next month. So thank you for the suggestion on replacing with LT tires.

I'm glad to hear that almost no one regrets upgrading their TV. I just had to replace the wife's vehicle this month, so it'll be awhile before it's my turn again. Thanks for all the suggestions and input!
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:22 AM   #163
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Just picked up my replacement TV for my 1/2 ton Dodge Ram it's another Ram. 09 2500 sport with the Hemi. For me the gas vs diesel debate raged on in my mind for a long time but choosing another gas motor was right for me. I think this truck will pull my TT alot more comfortably on the highway as well as safely. Another 1K pounds added to the payload over the 1/2 ton is a quantum leap.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:57 AM   #164
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I have the stock P rated tires on the truck. Good news - I need new tires this next month. So thank you for the suggestion on replacing with LT tires.

I'm glad to hear that almost no one regrets upgrading their TV. I just had to replace the wife's vehicle this month, so it'll be awhile before it's my turn again. Thanks for all the suggestions and input!
LT tires made a huge difference in the handling! No more squishy, floaty feeling and I feel safer as well.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:14 AM   #165
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P series tires are usually designed for passenger cars, hence the "P". LT is for light truck. p tires will ride smoother, but lt's will take the weight.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:24 PM   #166
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I pull my 40 ft. 5 slide fifth wheel with an 05 f250 4x4, may add airbags next year but the diesel pulls it with no problems, I average 60-70 mph and get 10-14 mpg depending on the area.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:31 PM   #167
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I have the stock P rated tires on the truck. Good news - I need new tires this next month. So thank you for the suggestion on replacing with LT tires.

Just a suggestion...when you have the LTs mounted, make sure they use new valve stems that can handle the load. My P-metric valve stems couldn't handle the 80 psi that my new LT's are rated at.
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I have the stock P rated tires on the truck. Good news - I need new tires this next month. So thank you for the suggestion on replacing with LT tires.

Just a suggestion...when you have the LTs mounted, make sure they use new valve stems that can handle the load. My P-metric valve stems couldn't handle the 80 psi that my new LT's are rated at.
I hear you! didn't think of that in time and it pisses me off!
pisses me off because I should not have to think or worry about about this stuff. new tires, the garage should suggest the different options. Never mind, they didn't even know how much psi I should put in for for towing! they told me just what's on the door.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #169
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LT tires made a huge difference in the handling! No more squishy, floaty feeling and I feel safer as well.
Good to hear the LT's worked. Peace of mind towing is nice.
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i dont run mine at the 80psi they say to. that is the MAX pressure. i run mine at 70, towing and empty and seem to be getting good treadwear, but they are only 3000 miles old.

16 " michelin mtx lt tires. best 900 bucks spent ever.
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