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Old 12-15-2013, 11:40 AM   #51
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Woodworm, are you saying that the chevy 2500hd 6.0 I would not be happy with or are you commenting on my Tundra? How does the 6.0 engine perform while towing your 320bhds. Would a 3500hd SRW be my best bet? We only plan on making 2-3 long trips over the next 4 years, everything else is 1-4 hours from home in the Midwest.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:43 PM   #52
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We have a 2014 320 as we'll and love it. We ordered from the factory after shopping for months. Picked it up in April and camped 13 weekends before October. It's now stored indoors for the winter as we live in Iowa. Can't wait for spring. As for towing our TV is a 2008 Tundra dbl cab 5.7L with towing pkg. Speaking from towing all summer and longest trip being 3hrs away I would recommend getting a 3/4 ton HD. Our Tundra has no issues with power, it's the tail wagging the dog on the interstate that is unnerving. We love our truck but are at the moment shopping for a used diesel or a gas 3/4 ton ourselves. I will have to use the truck daily as we'll and don't want the extra maintenance of the diesel but I also don't want to have any regrets so we can't decide what to do. Diesel trucks are just so expensive and we want to stay under 25k. Any advice knowing the trailer we are towing.
Have you thought of a used excursion with the diesel? A nice one can be found for easily under 20k. It's a 3/4 ton chassis and tows my 320 nicely. We have a 2000 model with 7.3 (which many consider their best diesel ever). I just looked at buying another one for 13k. It was an 03 Eddie Bauer with 185k miles. These make great tow vehicles because you also have all the room for the family and the dog(s). I did just buy an 04 with the 6.0 motor. I am not worried about the bad rep of the 6.0 diesel because I know what has caused many owners of this engine problems and I take care of them before they cause future issues.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:11 PM   #53
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I will have to say that in 06 I faced this same decision. Gas vs Diesel. New was out of the question as I couldn't afford to eat that much money right off the bat. Spent a lot of time looking and bought a 99 f-250 diesel. Other friend and family members made other choices. 120,000 miles later I have done nothing to maintain the truck other than routine maintenance and oil changes every 12,000 miles. Upgraded my 5th wheel this year to a beautiful 36ft Columbus and didn't have to worry about weight issues. In the last 8 years pulling with this truck I have never once felt like I didn't have the right truck for the job. I can't say the same for those who choose 3/4 ton gas option when they purchased. All 3 spent a lot more on repairs and none still own their rigs. I have about 190,000 on this truck now and feel it will still give me more years of solid service. Oh, those who bought the gas trucks all upgraded to diesels.

With the swing in gas prices now it is about a draw for fuel expenses from my experience. Recently we went on a 1000 mile trip with 2 other families. One was pulling a travel trailer with a Tundra and the other with a 2012 F250. Both were gas rigs. In the end our gas bills were pretty close to a wash.

Just my 2 cents...... Come retirement I can tell you that it will be a new diesel as my last tow vehicle.
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:08 PM   #54
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My comment was for SoCalDustin pulling a Coachmen 320 with a Silverado 1500 5.3 engine 3.42 rear axle.
My Silverado 2500 6.0 works very nice on the open road. Some of the back hilly roads in our area I wish I had a little more power. I get 7-8 mpg pulling the travel trailer and 12-14 mpg without. I feel the ultimate tow vehicle for my situation would be a 3/4 ton with a Diesel engine which I just can't afford right now.
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The new GM 5.3 with 3.73's with the max trailering package is rated around 11,500 lbs. It's has a stronger rear suspension and shock tuning.
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My comment was for SoCalDustin pulling a Coachmen 320 with a Silverado 1500 5.3 engine 3.42 rear axle.
My Silverado 2500 6.0 works very nice on the open road. Some of the back hilly roads in our area I wish I had a little more power. I get 7-8 mpg pulling the travel trailer and 12-14 mpg without. I feel the ultimate tow vehicle for my situation would be a 3/4 ton with a Diesel engine which I just can't afford right now.
Yea I'm now in the process of looking for a 2500HD Silverado/Sierra. I think that a 2500 will definitely be my best bet and will most likely go diesel. I'm gonna eat it on the commuting miles, but i guess if it gets too bad then I can just buy a POS civic or something LOL.

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Old 12-17-2013, 09:52 PM   #57
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I think that a 2500 will definitely be my best bet and will most likely go diesel.1500
I think in the long run you will be glad you made that decision!
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I have been very pleased with my 2500 HD. I will upgrading to 3500 next year though. I'm tired of upgrading trucks so I figured I'll just go big and be done with it and keep the next one til it just won't go anymore...lol.
The only regret was not getting the 3500 when I bought my 2500. The price difference wasn't much at the time. Live and learn as they say.
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We have a 2013 320 BHDS LE. Turned 1 year old this past September.

We have every option that was available when ours was built, but some of the new options would be very nice to have. Primarily the 50 amp service. A second A/C was not an option last time I checked, I wonder if that was a dealer install? Anyway - I would probably do it, though our single 15K unit keeps up in 100 plus heat, it just runs pretty much non-stop. Whatever package has the flush mount windows, I would do that.

I see you have decided on a 3/4 truck. Good choice. I have posted my actual scale numbers in several threads from when we picked ours up. They are heavy.

I started towing a diesel Excursion. Mine was nicely built. However, I was never truly happy towing with it because of the leaf sprung front end (all 4x4 Ex's are leafs front and rear.) I changed to an 05 F250 and it so much easier to pull the trailer now.

I also use the Reese dual cam set-up. I really like it. I have pulled in some pretty nasty conditions and always felt secure.

here is a thread about my scale weights. I am over 9K with full provisions for a week of camping.
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We have a 2013 320 BHDS LE. Turned 1 year old this past September.

We have every option that was available when ours was built, but some of the new options would be very nice to have. Primarily the 50 amp service. A second A/C was not an option last time I checked, I wonder if that was a dealer install? Anyway - I would probably do it, though our single 15K unit keeps up in 100 plus heat, it just runs pretty much non-stop. Whatever package has the flush mount windows, I would do that.

I see you have decided on a 3/4 truck. Good choice. I have posted my actual scale numbers in several threads from when we picked ours up. They are heavy.

I started towing a diesel Excursion. Mine was nicely built. However, I was never truly happy towing with it because of the leaf sprung front end (all 4x4 Ex's are leafs front and rear.) I changed to an 05 F250 and it so much easier to pull the trailer now.

I also use the Reese dual cam set-up. I really like it. I have pulled in some pretty nasty conditions and always felt secure.

here is a thread about my scale weights. I am over 9K with full provisions for a week of camping.
scale weights, wd setup
We mainly pull ours with a 2wd excursion but recently "upgraded" to a newer 4wd version. What were your issues towing with the 4wd? I know the front has leaf springs, but how does that effect the towing? I have RAS springs on the rear to help with squatting and sway.
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