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Old 01-26-2016, 01:16 PM   #11
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I also have the 3006wk. I currently tow with a 2014 ram 1500. I am looking at a GMC Sierra with the max tow package. 11,000 pounds towing and 2100 pounds payload. Our poor dodge is only rated for 1250 pounds payload
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Old 01-26-2016, 03:11 PM   #12
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I too thought that having a half ton with higher towing capacity would be better. Unfortunately, I didn't have a good experince. The half tons seem to get pushed by the wind and by the trailer too much. I'm really looking into trading for a 2500 or 3500.
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Old 01-26-2016, 03:33 PM   #13
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I too thought that having a half ton with higher towing capacity would be better. Unfortunately, I didn't have a good experince. The half tons seem to get pushed by the wind and by the trailer too much. I'm really looking into trading for a 2500 or 3500.
If you go to HD truck, get a Duramax if you can swing it. It will put the biggest smile on your face. I don't think you will be nearly as happy with the 6.0 after driving the 6.2 in your truck regardless of what it's in. Wife has the 6.2 in her Yukon. There are things you can do to greatly reduce sway and enhance the driveability of your truck.
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Old 01-26-2016, 08:48 PM   #14
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My trailer is a rockwood 8325ss 35 ft long that weighs 7800 lbs.Think tongue weight is around 700 lbs.
I had towed it with a Chevy 2500 HD with the 6.2 gas engine with no problems what so ever with sway or power. The big rigs can fly by and I didn't feel a thing.
I traded it a couple weeks ago for a Gmc 2500 HD with the duramax 6.6 long wheel base .
Hadn't towed with it yet but the older 2500 duramax I had back in 2011 had gotten 13.8 mpg towing a 10,000 lb fifth wheeler Sabra.
The truck I just bought is a monster that gets 26-28 mpg on the highway not towing.
Can't wait to see how it does in a couple weeks and will let you all know.
It's. 2013 GMC SLE package which had only 16,700 miles when I bought it for 36,800 with the factory warranty still on it.
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:03 PM   #15
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I don't believe you will regret going to a 3/4 T. I love to hear the guys in this forum talking about pulling 35-40 ft trailers with a half ton and claiming they handle just fine. Most of them must not not travel more than 50 miles and never had a cross wind to deal with. Just because your vehicle may technically by rated for the weight doesn't mean it will be an enjoyable ride

On a side note if you travel long distances and/or use your trailer a lot I would look into a diesel also.


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Old 01-27-2016, 06:58 AM   #16
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Thank you everyone for your posts. It's nice to hear that I'm not crazy for saying the new half tons don't tow well. I am very excited to upgrading and having a stress free tow down the road. I hope I cross paths with you some day on the road.
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:06 PM   #17
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I tow our trailer that weighs around 8800 lbs loaded with a tad over 1000 lb tongue weight. Not knowing any better I bought my crew cab with the short wheel base. Ecoboost is a great motor, plenty of power, just the short wheel base sucks, dreaded pulling on the interstate because of the push and pull from passing semis, etc. Had a Blue Ox Sway Pro, good hitch, just did not work for me. After searching around and reading results from other members on this site I found a used ProPride hitch and bought it. Night and day diff pulling our trailer. Still feel a little push, not near as bad as before, but the truck/trailer move as one unit. You might consider looking at a diff hitch setup. My next truck will be a 1 ton, but that is when we move up to a fifth wheel.
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Old 02-05-2016, 02:04 PM   #18
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Well we headed off on a 4 hour maiden voyage truck sits about 1/4" lower in front
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My trailer is a rockwood 8325ss 35 ft long that weighs 7800 lbs.Think tongue weight is around 700 lbs.
I had towed it with a Chevy 2500 HD with the 6.2 gas engine with no problems what so ever with sway or power. The big rigs can fly by and I didn't feel a thing.
I traded it a couple weeks ago for a Gmc 2500 HD with the duramax 6.6 long wheel base .
Hadn't towed with it yet but the older 2500 duramax I had back in 2011 had gotten 13.8 mpg towing a 10,000 lb fifth wheeler Sabra.
The truck I just bought is a monster that gets 26-28 mpg on the highway not towing.
Can't wait to see how it does in a couple weeks and will let you all know.
It's. 2013 GMC SLE package which had only 16,700 miles when I bought it for 36,800 with the factory warranty still on it.
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2x4 my guess? I get about 18 to 19 depending on terrain at highway. Overall hand calculated ave is 17 to 18. Truck display says 19 so not so far off.
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Old 02-06-2016, 04:42 AM   #20
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Yup, like everybody said, you need at least a 3/4 ton. If you're going to bite the bullet and get one, try try try to get the diesel. You'll never look back! Personally, I prefer the Cummins, but that's just me. Any of the big 3 are good trucks. Four wheel drive if you can swing it.
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