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Old 03-08-2015, 04:42 PM   #1
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Question 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Gas 5th RV Towing Experience

Hi Chevy owners, is anyone using the 2015 Chevy 2500HD D. Cab, 6.0 gas w/4:10 axle for towing their 14000lb +- when loaded 5th wheel. Factory claims is 14800lbs for 5th wheel towing. I want real world experiences including hill climbing w/rv attached that will help me make a decision before ordering. Also looking @ new F250 w/6.2 w/4.3 axle, but don't like front end styling. Any comments about your experiences will be helpful, Good & Bad. I'm tired of higher maintenance cost and consistent higher fuel prices for my diesel and tow rating have increased a lot on these trucks since my diesel purchase.

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Old 03-08-2015, 04:56 PM   #2
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I have the F250 w/6.2. The claim of 14800 towing is misleading. You need to look at your cargo capacity or GVWR which you will be at before getting to a limiting factor of 14800. I'm about 300 lbs over my GVWR with my Crusader that weighs in at 11,300 lbs. I would imagine that the Chevy equivalent is near the Ford rating. My Ford is a 4x4 Crew with Lariat package.

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Old 03-08-2015, 06:47 PM   #3
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We have the 2015 Silverado 2500 extended cab gas towing 8000# + DW add one of maybe 1000#. Just returned from 7500 mile trip. Slowed a bit on long hill climbs but otherwise performed well and very comfortable.

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Old 03-08-2015, 07:12 PM   #4
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I have a 2012 2500hd which is the same chassis and power train. I pull 9000 and it is a solid towing platform. My main complaint is the engine revs high and often to make the power needed. 3000 to 5000 rpm while accelerating or climbing any sort of grade is typical. Get about 8 mpg towing, 11-12 not. The 6.0 gas is a thirsty but reliable engine with low maintenance costs. I think 14,000 is a pretty big load for that engine though.

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Old 03-08-2015, 07:23 PM   #5
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Agree with KenHwy61 completely!
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:43 PM   #6
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Take this for what it's worth. When I was shopping for my current fiver (weighs 12,000 lbs loaded), we knew we needed to upgrade our old truck. We had the owner of a dealership ask us what we were towing with. We told him we were still shopping for a new truck and we were looking at the chevy 3500 gasser 6.0. He told us if we were going to get that trailer he strongly suggested getting the diesel to tow it. He told us his son had the chevy 6.0 and in his words "it dogged out on the hills towing a load lighter than that trailer". He said we would not be happy with that engine and that trailer. We ended up with the duramax 3500 and very happy we did. Also, even if you do go gas, with a trailer that size, I would go 3500 as you will be over limits on the 2500.
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:52 PM   #7
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Regardless of payload, a gasser is not the answer for a 14k 5er. I pull one with diesel and wouldn't even attempt to pull it with a gasser.
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:56 PM   #8
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Rig in sig with 3:73. Very comfortable with my 6000# TT, but I agree with KenHwy61 you will be doing some high RPM's on the hills. I know the engine is built for high revs, but I would not be comfortable with anything in the 14,000# range.
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Old 03-08-2015, 08:00 PM   #9
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I have a 2014 Cedar Creek 29RE and tow it with a 2014 Silverado,6.0, and a 4:10 axle.....Towed from Nova Scotia to Florida and have had no problems......If you want to go thru a mountainous area you can expect to "bog" down on hills....even diesels will slow down......You have to look closely where you will do most of your camping!!!!
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My wife's truck is a 2010 gmc 2500 with 6.0 and 4:10 gears. We towed a trailer loaded with stone that weighed 7k on rt 68 through WV back to VA which is nothing but mountains. It did not feel like it had any more power than the 5.3 in her old suburban. I will say the trans with grade breaking worked well but i would never use her truck to pull anything over 10k. My 06 cummins with 146k miles tows way better than her 2010 6.0 with 36k miles. However i would probably buy a gas engine truck if I were towing 10k or less, but for our 14k 5th wheel I wouldn't use anything but a diesel.

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