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Old 05-17-2013, 07:34 PM   #1
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2500HD or 3500HD that is the question

I am looking at replacing my 03 2500HD Duramax Allison and need your input pro and con.

I have pulled a 36RE for the past 2 years rather comfortable. Why change?
looking to improve my pulling potential and warranty options.

Looking at the Chev booklet I would be near the top of the 2500HD and lots of room with a 3500HD SW. I am looking at 4X4, Diesel

Now the fun part, You can tell me which way to go.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:39 PM   #3
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I think you already know the answer.
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Hands down 3500, except I'd want the dual rear wheels. Additional stability of the rear platform while towing plus extra security in the event of a tire failure on one of the rear wheels. Had 2 duallies after the first 3/4 ton. Rode the same, but truck felt better in heavy winds while towing. Next truck will be a dually. Whatever you feel comfortable with.
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looking to improve my pulling potential and warranty options.
I am going to a DRW (they are building it soon). but I am doing it because my current truck is going under the knife (new motor 1000HP potential), so with that said still is cheaper to replace parts then have a truck payment. get a new set of injectors (aftermarket) and they will last, your LB7 is a great motor with high HP potential and they last if some of the problem parts are taken care of. the 3500HD SW is just higher capacity tires and extra spring pack, you can do that real cheap on your current. but it sure is nice having a new truck, but you will hate the DPF and urea, after 5years and the warranty is out parts, that need replaced cost a lot more esp the exhaust
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:55 PM   #6
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The DW con is that you have to park them out of the way. This means more walking for the wife with bad knees.

Keep the reply's coming.

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Old 05-17-2013, 08:57 PM   #7
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I have the 3500HD, SRW. Earlier this year I towed in 30mph crosswind (with a big 5er). and had no problems at all. If you need the DRW for capacity, then do it. Otherwise, SRW is fine.

And why 4x4? Are you planning to take that RV out into the mud or sand?
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:39 PM   #8
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I love my 2008 2500HD 2WD Duramax and I expect many more years of service before I am ready for my next one.

Having said that, my next one will be a 3500HD 4WD SRW Duramax.

I have been stuck once too many times; twice in snow while towing (AT the campground getting into a spot and out of one) and once while at a restaurant's overflow (large vehicle) parking lot.

Losing the 500 pounds of towing capacity won't matter since I will be no where near the max payload limit.
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3500hd

And your are pulling what? You too know the answer..especially if DW carries half the house in the coach when she leaves home..Our 270RET Crusader would easily pull behind a 1500..but I have a 2500HD...now I have no problems taking the house with us...take care..
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I have the 3500HD, SRW. Earlier this year I towed in 30mph crosswind (with a big 5er). and had no problems at all. If you need the DRW for capacity, then do it. Otherwise, SRW is fine.

And why 4x4? Are you planning to take that RV out into the mud or sand?
I have found over the years I use 4WD low for backing into tight spots at camp grounds and at home. I find a lower speed helps make up for "skill" in backing.
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