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Old 09-13-2015, 02:05 PM   #31
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We have a 2014 Sanibel 3500 (40 ft) and tow it with a Ford F-250 Diesel 6.7. The only mod that we did was to add a set of adjustable air bags to the rear suspension system. We have used this rig for 2 years now making 2 extended trips of 6300 miles each into Yellowstone and Montana on both trips. Average fuel mileage is right at 12 mpg towing. We are also averaging one trip a month around home of 300 miles or less.
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:41 PM   #32
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I just got a new 2500 chev high country (chevs denali) 6.6 duramax and intend getting a new fiver in the future, the only thing I can add to this is the OP forgot to exclude the weight police as well as the (found on road dead) group.
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Old 09-13-2015, 03:59 PM   #33
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How do you get around the Cargo Capacity of less than 2500 lbs on diesel 2500/250 and the pin weights on the 17,180 lbs 5th wheel? If the SAE J2807 standard more realistic should all numbers be followed not just the ones that fit?

Bingo!!!

Useless truck. I had one.
2100lbs payload.
Loaded up my family, 800lbs left.
Hooked up my TT. BOOM... Over weight.
Pulled great! But with such a low payload, there's no reason to chose it, over a 3500.


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Old 09-13-2015, 04:11 PM   #34
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Bingo!!!

Useless truck. I had one.
2100lbs payload.
Loaded up my family, 800lbs left.
Hooked up my TT. BOOM... Over weight.
Pulled great! But with such a low payload, there's no reason to chose it, over a 3500.


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Yep, if I was going to by another 3/4 ton I wouldn't put diesel in it. My Chevy diesel 2500HD had cargo capacity of 2475 on on the door sticker and less than 1900 loaded ready to camping and that is scale weight and not a guess.

10,000lbs 5er with average pin weight of 20% = 2000lbs pin weight.... I would be over manufacture cargo capacity by 100lbs.
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Old 09-13-2015, 04:31 PM   #35
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the age old question that nobody really has the answer to...lol
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Old 09-13-2015, 05:25 PM   #36
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I had Chevy 2500HD Diesel and when I put my Crusader on the Cat Scale it was 780 lbs over the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and very close to be over the Rear Axle Weight Rating and Tire Max Weight Rating. My 2500HD Diesel had 2475 Cargo Capacity and my F350 has 3744 Cargo Capacity. Yep they both tow the same weight but 2500HD couldn't accept the pin weight and stay within Manufacture Specs. Now with the F350 I have over 500 lbs under my Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings. If you want I would be glad to post the Cat Scale tickets....
Kind of comparing apples to oranges. You go from a 2500 to a 1 ton Ford? Later RJD
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Kind of comparing apples to oranges. You go from a 2500 to a 1 ton Ford? Later RJD
Yep sure is!!! That is my point of the post was to compare a 3/4 ton to 1 ton and the difference in cargo capacity. That buying a 2500 limits your selection of 5ers do to its cargo capacities.
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As I have an extra 85,000 lay'n around, think I'll wait for the new 2016 Dodge w/ max tow package.........NOT!
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From STRICTLY noise standpoint, the only diesel I'd have is a Duramax. Ford and Dodge sound like a bucket of bolts rattling around in a steel bucket.

But, I'll never own any of them, my old Silverado is the "Last of the Mohicans"
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From STRICTLY noise standpoint, the only diesel I'd have is a Duramax. Ford and Dodge sound like a bucket of bolts rattling around in a steel bucket.

But, I'll never own any of them, my old Silverado is the "Last of the Mohicans"
one thing i will say, is the duramax don't have enough torque or power to break any driveline components. so they are reliable that way
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