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Old 11-28-2015, 06:52 PM   #11
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Go with a 2500 of your choice and preferably a diesel. It will get the job done. Later RJD

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Old 11-28-2015, 07:19 PM   #12
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You will not be happy or safe with the 1/2 ton.


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Old 11-29-2015, 05:14 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Nightrain3130 View Post
We are new to the camping world just bought a 2015 XLR hyper lite 29HFS we have only pulled it twice we have a 2008 suburban that we are using now not real comfortable pulling it with the suburban looking to buy a pick up but not sure which one to go with what do most of you pull yours with we have a 2014 Harley limited that will be putting in the back but have not pulled it with the bike in the back
It depends on what you're planning on doing with the Trailer and on how deep your pocket book is and how much discomfort you're willing to put up with in a HD Truck....

If you're going to travel the country and put thousands of actual towing miles on the TV, then yeah,get the 2500 with the Diesel. You'll need it.

A dually would be even better but remember something -- You're not going to be hooked up to the trailer 24/7/365. You're going to have more money in, and spend more time in, the TV than in the TT so...... That's got to be comfortable, too. Which HD Trucks aren't known for. And wait until it's time to put tires on that Dually.

If you feel you need an M1 Tank to tow your trailer, then get one. But here's the deal....

1/2-Ton pickups aren't set up from the factory to tow all that well. They don't have a sway bar on them and their springs aren't all that and a happy meal.

Some SuperSprings and a Hellwig sway bar for a 1/2-ton can run you just over $500 total if you install them yourself (springs are easy, sway bar you need an extra pair of hands but can be done by yourself, although it's no fun [I know])and will improve the towing ability of your truck immensely

But if I had it all to do over again...... If I were starting from scratch, I'd get the F-250 with the Diesel.

If you already have a 1/2-ton, I'm just saying there's no need to despair..... And Suburbans are not good tow vehicles despite their reputation from the 1970's as being such. They're just not --Not compared to a Pick Up

You also get more than just a suspension and a BigAss™ Motor. In the F-250 you get a MUCH stronger transmission and bigger, better brakes.

So yeah, if you gotta get a new truck anyway, get the HD. But they don't ride like the 1/2-Ton.

Unloaded, I can cruise down I-75 at 75 MPH having a quiet conversation with the DW and listening to Steely Dan while getting 23 MPG in my F-150 with the Coyote V8.

But like I said, I'd probably get the F-250 if I were starting from scratch.

Confused yet?
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Old 11-29-2015, 05:40 AM   #14
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I am one of those people who thought he could pull a fifth wheel with a half ton truck, boy was I wrong. All the numbers said it would work. I added the air bags and still didn't feel comfortable pulling with this combo. I was not only endangering myself but other people on the road with me. I moved up to a one ton diesel single rear wheel and never looked back. Just because the numbers work on paper they don't always work in the real world. This truck doesn't ride any worse than my half ton and is still pretty quiet for a diesel. I am partial to GM only because I drive a Ford at work and find it unreliable.

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Old 11-29-2015, 06:37 AM   #15
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You really need to move up to 2500 no matter what brand. I have a Ford F-250. You will get the same engine as a 3500. The only difference is the springs. My trailer weight is about the same as yours, and I have no problem or white knuckle driving.
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Old 11-29-2015, 07:20 AM   #16
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For easy towing I would choose a tow vehicle that places your as loaded weight at 70 - 85% of the tow vehicles rated capacity. The added capacity helps in those pucker up situations like panic stops, high wind driving, mountain driving etc. DRW makes for a more stable drive but it also makes for tougher parking when not towing. That being said it would allow you to upgrade in the future should you decide that a bigger trailer is better. Towing smaller is rarely an issue.
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Old 11-29-2015, 08:41 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the feedback. Right now I am driving a 2005 Chevy 1/2 ton crew cab back-and-forth to work I put about 50 miles a week on the vehicle just driving back-and-forth to work so if I do get the 2500 hd the way it ride will not bother me. We always take our suburban when we go anywhere. Our plans for the camper right now is to just do short trips in and around Nebraska and maybe into Colorado and Iowa
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Old 11-29-2015, 08:52 AM   #18
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First learn, not guess, your actual loaded trailer weight.

Second look at the specs for the TV.

3rd remember you need to stop as well as go. A part of the max load rating for TV is the ability to stop with a load not just pull up a hill.
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:07 AM   #19
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If you drive both you will be Amazed at the differance in the braking power alone of the the 2500 and for me that is one of the main reasons to go to a 2500 then throw in a deisel and and your set except if you can go to th 3500 dully 8 foot bed and you'll be set for a long time
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:56 AM   #20
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I have a 10,000 lbs trailer, 1159 lbs hitch weight, at the scales, pulled it with a Toyota Tundra, it was ok, not ideal. Having several trips to Yellow stone, Grand Canyon with tundra and running overweight, I decide my cargo (my grandkids) was just to valuable to risk. Bought a 3500 diesel dually, wow what a difference, got 20.5 miles per gallon average on the first 15,000 miles service and gets about 13.5 pulling camper. I'm 60 years old and never enjoyed a truck as much as this one. I recommend you get the biggest truck, don't worry about the weight of your cargo

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