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Old 07-12-2012, 11:07 AM   #1
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who has switched from a 1/2 ton TV to a 3/4 or larger TT and why?

Just wondering how many has went from a 1/2 ton TV to a 3/4 or 1 ton TV and why and are you still happy with choice. Also include which TT and TV you currently have. Please check your ego's in at the door, I intend this to be informational and friendly not who's TT is bigger! or have it be about 1/2 tons vs. heavy duty.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:20 AM   #2
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Currently have a Rockwood UltraLite 2501ss and was pulling it was a GMC Yukon Denali XL (which is a 1/2 ton model). Loved the Denali overall and it had plenty of pull for the trailer. However, if it got windy, even with my Equalizer hitch I felt too much motion. Chevy dealer had a screaming deal on a leftover 2011 2500HD with Duramax. So, jumped on it and love how much better it pulls the trailer and the extra heavy suspension tames the wind like nothing else! The other reason for moving to the 2500 was we are looking at moving up to a 5th wheel and it is a bit hard to pull one of those with a Yukon.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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Chevy dealer had a screaming deal on a leftover 2011 2500HD with Duramax.
What did you pay for that new 2500

I'm looking but likely won't make the jump up to 2500 for another year.
We also are looking for one last upgrade to a 25-30' 5th wheel.
I've been chatting here and running the weight numbers and no matter
if the trailer dealers and ads say "pull this with a half ton" I'm not
going to.

I am happy with the way my current rig drives and tows even on the mountains
of Colorado or Eastern US and even with a 500 LB motorcycle in the back
but I'm in 3rd all the time and 2nd on steep hills so I won't consider a trailer
that's gonna up my gross by 1 to 2 tons.

When DW retires in a year we hope to add several weeks a year to
trailer life and we need a bigger bathroom and a slide in the living
area fer sure (oh yeah, and a FULL LENGTH mattress!!!)
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #4
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Just wondering how many has went from a 1/2 ton TV to a 3/4 or 1 ton TV and why and are you still happy with choice. Also include which TT and TV you currently have. Please check your ego's in at the door, I intend this to be informational and friendly not who's TT is bigger! or have it be about 1/2 tons vs. heavy duty.
We bought our 2006 Flagstaff 831FKSS when we owned our 2001 Dodge 1500. I towed it twice and didn't like the sound the Hemi made trying to climb small grades. I was within my limits, but I was only getting between 6-9 mpg towing and it was only an extended cab. Since the family and I planned on doing a lot of camping and doing some longer trips we felt we should upgrade.

We got a 2005 Dodge 2500 6.0l Diesel (based on some recommendations from my machanic and brother). I've loved every minute of it. I almost forget the camper is behind while towing. I'm getting 19-22mpg day to day and 13 - 16 mpg while towing.

I'm very glad I made the switch. The only concern I have is that I want to upgrade to a Toy hauler 5er and I'm worried that I maybe should have gotten the 3500.

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Old 07-12-2012, 12:00 PM   #5
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Main reasons for my upgrade

1. Wanted a nice large tt... or maybe a 5th at some point.

2. Towing with a maxed out 1/2 is too stressful both for me AND my old chebby

And the main reason......

I could finally afford a new 3/4 diesel and it's associated costs without worry...

Dont honestly think I could or would want to tow with anything else after driving this beast!!...haha
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We bought our 2006 Flagstaff 831FKSS when we owned our 2001 Dodge 1500. I towed it twice and didn't like the sound the Hemi made trying to climb small grades. I was within my limits, but I was only getting between 6-9 mpg towing and it was only an extended cab. Since the family and I planned on doing a lot of camping and doing some longer trips we felt we should upgrade.

We got a 2005 Dodge 2500 6.0l Diesel (based on some recommendations from my machanic and brother). I've loved every minute of it. I almost forget the camper is behind while towing. I'm getting 19-22mpg day to day and 13 - 16 mpg while towing.

I'm very glad I made the switch. The only concern I have is that I want to upgrade to a Toy hauler 5er and I'm worried that I maybe should have gotten the 3500.

James
2001 Ram 1500 was not offered with a Hemi it was a 5.9 (360 cubic inch) motor. The Hemi was introduced in 2002 and makes another 100 horsepower. Also the '05 Cummins diesel in the ram is a 5.9 litre straight six (turbo charged). As for you wondering about second guessing a 3500 don't even worry. That 2500 is identical in every way shape and form to a 3500 the only difference is the amount of leaves in the rear spring pack. Put a set of air bags or add helper springs and you have a 3500. I make this statement with absolute certainty. I am currently looking at upgrading my Ram 1/2 ton to a 3/4 ton diesel so I will watch this thread intently.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:38 PM   #7
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Went from 1500 silverado to f350 single wheel. Living in foothills of nc, the 28bkss 5er was a load on the hills. Now no trouble, when we upgrade camper, I should be ready.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:37 PM   #8
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I pulled my 26' Salem with a 97 regular cab chevy half ton only once. Scared the bejesus out of me. Bought a brand new diesel Super Duty in 08 and the difference was day and night. This spring I traded the Salem in for a 35' Surveyor SV 301 and am still impressed with the Ford. The fuel economy when towing went from 10 mpg to about 8, but I was expecting that. Otherwise, it tows like a dream.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:55 PM   #9
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Went from 1/2 to 3/4 diesel a few years ago, and I'm soooo glad! That decision was made with the hopes of someday pulling a camper (now reality), but more at the time for general hauling and DIY projects. Picked up a 4 year-old GMC with fairly low miles for a decent price - love it!
It's great not worrying about loading those extra bags of concrete mix or cinder blocks, or full load of whatever rather than 2 trips. Same with towing - some extra tongue weight or gear in the bed; no worries - heavy water/waste tanks; no worries - big hill, rough road; bring it.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:20 PM   #10
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Too much strain on the 1/2 ton and both truck and rv dealer said no probelms-yea right. 3/4 pulls it without any problems
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