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Old 11-29-2015, 12:09 PM   #21
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Like everyone else said, 2500HD, preferably with a diesel. I am extremely happy with my 2015 GMC 2500HD with the Duramax engine. My TT is about 5000 lbs when loaded and I feel very safe pulling with that truck.

If your tow vehicle will only be used for pulling the trailer than go for a dually if it is in your budget. Otherwise it is overkill if it will mainly be used for commuting.

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Old 11-29-2015, 12:29 PM   #22
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either 2500 or 3500 with diesel. If you are new to this your current RV will not be your last and you will want the heavier TV

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Old 11-29-2015, 12:53 PM   #23
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Diesel gets way better mileage than a gasser, both loaded and unloaded new models are quite and Oil changes are every 15,000 miles, cost per mile on maintence if you change oil your self is competitive with gasser, most rv's on the road are pulled overweight and most people thinks that because they haven't killed anybody and because they made it home from a trip, they are fine, I wasted so much time and money trying to justify pulling overweight - until a friend at church with a ford excursion was blown off the road by a big truck - weight was well in limits of the truck, but a 30 foot long camper needs a big enough rig to resist air mass as much as possible. Everytime we went out west on the plains, we had constant cross winds that exceeded 35 miles per hour. my truck weights 9200 loaded vs camper @ 10,000 loaded - camper is not jerking this truck around. That make it feel safe and secure and at 13.5 miles a gallon vs the 6.6-8.4 miles I got with the gasser 1/2 ton now I'm a happy happy camper with the right rig
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Old 11-29-2015, 02:29 PM   #24
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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
Used my 2012 suburbn to pull my new Greywolf 27RR home...not enough truck ! my wife bought the best 2014 Ford superduty F250 Deisel crew cab lariat...It does everything you want and 450 vey strong horses 9000 ftlbsO torque....screen n gages are very very accurate,,,,and fuel mileage is excellent..Even with with both Harley Deluxes in garage and ful tanks n gear..Truck does not Know trailer is back their.
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Old 11-29-2015, 02:45 PM   #25
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As other have suggested, best to go with a 2500 with 6.0. Here's why: we pull a 16' tandem axle cargo trailer with a GVW of 7,000 lbs cross country. We formerly had a 2008 Sierra 1500 HD with a 4-spd auto. That transmission drove us nuts shifting on hills and excessively revving the 5.3. You have an '08 Suburban, so you know what I am talking about. We now have a 2013 Siverado 1500 HD with 6-speed auto. It has down-hill braking integrated into the transmission. There is a world of improvement in shifting performance and down-hill safety. We can pull some pretty tough grades with truck bed and trailer fully loaded. Both pickups are equipped with rear Firestone Ride-Rite air bags that add tremendous results on sway and leveling.

That said, the trailer is 7K GVW. If I had your TT, the 1500 HD might suffice provided it had the Ride Rites. But if buying a different TV, I would definitely go with a 2500 HD for the bigger pay load. You will definitely be looking for a truck with a HD tow package. I would also strongly consider adding Firestone Ride Rites (easy install), especially since you want to bring the Harley.

Here is another must have-an "integrated brake controller". Believe me, it is integrated. And no, it is not part of the standard HD towing package. To begin with, it is mounted in the dash so it is not a knee knocker. The truck, itself, has braking safety features, but the integrated brake controller takes it a step further and applies the same braking safety features to the trailer electric brake system. That is a feature an after market brake controller can not do. It does still have the gain adjustments and the emergency braking lever. I will be having a factory integrated brake controller installed in our F450 coach next spring.

I would hesitate on going with a 1 ton. If the stats for a 2500 are adequate for your use, a larger capacity may be overkill. You may want to consider your ride comfort when not towing. If you have the Ride-Rites, you can air up when hauling and 10 lbs when you are not. best of both worlds.
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Old 11-29-2015, 03:08 PM   #26
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It's better to have too much truck than not enough. Not only can you tow up grade better but you have more woah when you want to stop.
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Old 11-29-2015, 04:08 PM   #27
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I was kind of in the same boat. I have a Yukon xl, the numbers on the trailers we were looking at "worked" on paper. Then I was in the market for a truck. Was deciding on a 1/2 ton truck and "half ton towable" TT or 5th wheel. I convinced the DW that we should go with a 2500 diesel. We have never had a diesel so I didn't and still don't know much about them. Only that I needed one, Haaa... I just did not want to be close to the 1500 tuck limits. I am a GMC man but could not afford a duramax. I got a great deal on 2015 ram 2500 SLT diesel. I gave up the leather interior, a more quiet ride and just my preference of a GMC. It was a major $$ difference. I have to say though that I am very happy with the truck. It is a quiet ride, although not as quiet as a GMC. I have a friend that had a 2010 ram that was pretty loud. The truck came with integrated brake control, jake brake, and upgraded gauge cluster and 4x4. I also ended going with a 5th wheel which is still on order (312 bhx wildcat maxx). So while I still have not towed anything that big with it, I feel confident that the ram will be able to handle that trailer.
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Old 11-29-2015, 04:27 PM   #28
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I just bought a 30hds and my first trip I pulled it with a Dodge 2500. It was about the worst experience I've ever had pulling a trailer. I now have a 2008 3500 Duramax dually and absolutely love it!
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Old 11-29-2015, 04:34 PM   #29
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Nightrain - We bought a 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Diesel and could not be happier with it. We are in process of upgrading from a 29 ft. Travel Trailer to a 35 ft. Fifth Wheel Cardinal 3250RL. We will lose the storage capacity of the pickup bed, but will gain storage capacity in the new trailer. The Duramax diesel and Allison 6-speed tranny are the best. Our previous tow vehicle was a Ford Chateau with 460 cu. in. V-8 that netted 6.5 mpg while towing. Our Silverado gets more than 13 mpg when towing!! The standard bed length on the 2500HD is 6' 6". You may need the longer bed to acomodate your bike.
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Old 11-29-2015, 08:07 PM   #30
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It was a 1998 Dodge 2500 with a 360 engine.
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