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Old 07-19-2012, 07:03 PM   #11
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Problem solved! We are purchasing a HD 2500 tomorrow, now that should make me fell better.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:17 PM   #12
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Sweet! That should cover it.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:18 PM   #13
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Uhh.....yeah...I think that truck will do it..!...till ya want a 40ft 5er!...lol....it never ends!
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:11 PM   #14
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Important to remember.

Max tow ratings are based on curb weight of the tow vehicle. NOT the GVWR.

You usually have a choice of maxing out the camper and driving with only the 150 pound driver in the TV and your family and dog in a car following you; or maxing out the Tow vehicle and towing an empty camper.

If we have said it once we have said it ten gazillion times; salesmen LIE.

It is their JOB to get you into the most expensive; biggest camper they have on the lot that they think they can convince you that you can afford and tow. Note the word "convince" because they really have no idea.

Search on Suburban and you will find a recent thread where we did a similar workup. It was not pretty. With his family and some camping gear on board the maximum tongue weight available was 199 pounds Yep, 199 pounds as he weighted 7000 pounds "ready for camping" and no camper.

At 12.5% tongue to camper ratio, that made the biggest camper he could to max in at 1592 pounds. (What your tongue weight is on that camper)

If I were you I would be looking for a good lawyer.
Yes I know you have an avalanche but they have similar towing specs.

GVWR Scared Now
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:00 AM   #15
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Trust me we are going back to our salesman they are going to make something right shouldnt have to purchase an additional vehicle after we just spend 30K!
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:30 PM   #16
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I have a 2002 Avalanche 2500 with a 496cid big block (they weren't offered for long) and a FEMA Forestriver Salem. I put two anti-sway bars and a 12k load balancing easy hitch to pull my trailer. My Avalanche came with the tow package so I only had to plug in the electric brake unit, wiring was already done. I have only towed the trailer a few times (I'm stripping and rebuilding the innards), but when I have towed I've not had a ingle problem. The truck rides level and has plenty of pulling power. Your 2500 should do very well. The only concern I would have with a pickup is make sure you have enough tongue weight. A light rear on a towing pickup spells jackknife. That's one reason I like towing with my Avalanche. It's a heavy pickup...oh, I mean SUV :-)
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:27 PM   #17
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Your best bet would be to purchase Dodge with Cummins Diesel. Duramax diesel are not a proven motor , let's face it cummins diesel are not standard equipment in Fire Trucks for lack of durability
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:47 PM   #18
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Your best bet would be to purchase Dodge with Cummins Diesel. Duramax diesel are not a proven motor , let's face it cummins diesel are not standard equipment in Fire Trucks for lack of durability
I was really happy to see the Avalanche 2500 come with the Chevy rat motor but would have preferred diesel. Though my 496cid has 125k and is still starting and running like new (amazing how that happens when an owner takes care of what they purchase) I like the torque a diesel offers. My replacement will eventually be a diesel, though I'm still a Chevrolet/GMC fan over Dodge, but your point is a good one. Thank goodness we're not dealing with those insane gas to diesel conversions of so many years ago. Those must have left many a camper stranded on the side of the road.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:29 AM   #19
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Yep... never take a salesman's word without investigating it for yourself!
I always laugh when they ask me the question "what you towing with"... they don't know and don't care to understand the facts behind a truck's correct tow rating.

I can get the same answer about my truck from my kids... "yep, your good to go"!
Enjoy the 2500...good news you were in a position to upgrade.
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