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Old 11-30-2015, 07:16 AM   #41
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I'd go with a F250 or 350 or a ram 2500 or 3500 with an 8 foot box,i'd stay away from government motors....

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Old 11-30-2015, 07:28 AM   #42
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H, I don't understand why a one ton would need air bags to tow your trailer. Tongue weight was maybe 1200# without the bike loaded (around 1000# with it... wild guesses) That much weight should squat a one ton only slightly. It drops my little 2500 only about 2 inches. And the WDH gets all that back. All I see in the photo is a hitch with the ball height too low, an easy fix. For your test pull, did you have WDH setup... a trailer over 5000#it is required.

My limit (with the Ram 2500) is determined by the hitch and the ball. The factory states max trailer weight is 12000# conventional with a tongue weight of 1200#. Your truck might be more? Make sure the ball is rated for this, as well. I saw a Work and Play on the road when the light duty hitch snapped.

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Old 11-30-2015, 07:33 AM   #43
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I have the 3500 dually and this is the absolute best truck I have ever had, so I know exactly how you feel.
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Old 11-30-2015, 10:29 AM   #44
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Here are the corrected numbers: I picked up the truck in Idaho. I drove to San Diego via Yellowstone and Teton National Parks. Total distance was 1740 miles. I was not towing anything and the only load was two people, light luggage and a 5th wheel hitch. For the 1740 miles my overall average gas mileage was 21.5 miles per gallon of #2 Diesel fuel.

On my first outing towing my trailer I drove 400 miles and got 13.3 miles per gallon. As I said, I'm new at towing a 5th wheel trailer. The performance of the truck is much better than what I expected. The photo below was taken when I pulled into my driveway when picked up the truck. IMHO, that's pretty good performance for a Crew Cab Ram 3500 Diesel HD Truck. I love that truck.

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Old 11-30-2015, 11:12 AM   #45
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Just go with the 3500 gas and you will have no worries. For a couple hundred more than the 2500, it is well worth it. Forget about the diesel and get the gas. Don't succumb to the pressure here. Gas is great and you will be happy with it.

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Old 11-30-2015, 11:25 AM   #46
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These gas versus diesels/1/2 ton versus 3/4 open up a can o' worms as you can see. My take is you wont find many diesel owners wishing they would have went with gas yet many owners of gas wish they would have or already went to diesel.
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Old 11-30-2015, 12:00 PM   #47
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I can get an F-150, Super Crew, XLT, 5.6 Bed, with Chrome package and Class IV hitch and a bunch of other goodies for around $35k

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A 2500 HD with the Isuzu Diesel is gonna run you $50k or better

To me anyway, $15k is a lot of money.

A lot.

You gotta determine if it is absolutely necessary IMHO or if it's just some guys being Cadillac Cowboys

Okay, Edmunds screwed me up. Looks like the F-150 is around $39k.

Still, $10k is a bunch of money
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Old 11-30-2015, 01:52 PM   #48
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at least a 3/4 ton, but in my opinion, just skip that and get a single rear wheel 1 ton. Virtually same price and handles much more weight
Checking the GMC Ordering guide trailering specs the 3/4 ton std bed 4wd crew cab with the duramax will tow 17100 5th wheel and with the gas engine 14000.

The 1ton 4wd crew cab std bed (Single rear wheel) with the duramax will also tow 17100 5th wheel and 13900 with the gas engine.

Not a whole lot of difference. The only reason to go 1ton is to go dually which will give you 22600 with the duramax and 13300 with the gas engine. Less towing capacity with the dually gas engine combination.

Just setting a few facts out there.

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Old 11-30-2015, 03:52 PM   #49
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First off lets get the gorilla out of the room (brand does not matter) as people are "very loyal" to the brand they will suggest. So next issue is weight the coach you own right now is just under 10,000# GVW so you will need the biggest 1500 you can but to make this work!
So the item is since you claim you are new to this most people keep the coach they own right now for maybe 3 to 4 years, then they get something else, might be bigger (Family things, toys change etc so just to give yourself a small window of safety you should get a 2500 truck, if there is the SMALLEST idea that you might upgrade to a larger coach you have to get a 3500 series truck.
SO you need to sit down and think real hard "what am I going to do in a year or two or three with rving with the toys you have, how much traveling you will be doing" and then that will steer you to the correct truck.
Now the question I need to ask, you did not say what series the suburban is, and why you do not feel comfortable using it?
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Old 11-30-2015, 04:46 PM   #50
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Originally Posted by silverback 35ts View Post
First off lets get the gorilla out of the room (brand does not matter) as people are "very loyal" to the brand they will suggest.

I would point out brand does matter which is why the OP titled this thread "Which one to go with CHEVY 1500 or 2500 HD"

When I read that, I assume the OP is looking at Chevy's and not a Ford, a Ram, a Toyota or an M1 Abrams tank. But everyone and their sister in law instantly recommended everything the OP apparently wasnt interesed in?

The title of the thread is not "which one to go with a chevy or ford or dodge or nissan 2500 or 3500 or dually or single rear wheel or diesel or M1" it?

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