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Old 07-12-2015, 04:39 AM   #1
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Gmc 2500 vs 3500

I am thinking about buying a diesel truck. What would I gain buying a 3500 vs a 2500 SRW long bed crew cab.


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As we have been told, they are the same truck so get the cheaper one.
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Old 07-12-2015, 05:42 AM   #3
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The 3500 has a higher payload. When I was shopping for a truck last year, the 2500 models had a payload between 2-3000 lbs. My 3500 long bed crew cab 4wdh has a payload of 4000 lbs. I believe you also get a higher grader but am not positive. Many will debate the different parts etc but in the end I would rather go with the truly known figures instead of guessing. Who knows what may or may not break etc with a truck on questionable numbers.
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Old 07-12-2015, 05:54 AM   #4
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I am having a very hard time finding a 2500 crew long bed, so I thought a 3500 would be better. I have towed a fifth wheel with both long and short beds and prefer the long bed. A higher pay load is a plus.


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Old 07-12-2015, 07:13 AM   #5
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I checked @ one dealer and the srw was only 2k cheaper than a dually. For 2k difference I`d stick with a dually.
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:42 AM   #6
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Get the 1 ton dually. You'll be happy you did. There's a 44 ft Cyclone next to me in this campground. I looked it up and the stats say the pin weight is over 3500 lbs. The owner says its weight is 20,000 lbs. He's pulling it with a 3/4 ton Chev,4x4, short box. He told me he has 10,000 lb airbags on the truck. They don't change the GVWR one iota. IMHO he's greatly over weight. He says he's going on a trip to South Dakota soon. Good luck to him. I did mention he should look into getting an HDT.
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:04 AM   #7
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No dually for me, to wide for a daily driver
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:35 AM   #8
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The rearends on the 3500 series get pretty stiff unloaded and the short bed makes it worse. If you can live with the length of the longbed the one ton is the way to go though for the extra capacity and room to grow. I wish I could deal with a one ton dually but there is no way as a daily driver. Getting my Ram 2500 CC 4x4 around in parking garages and tight lots is enough of a challenge.
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:40 AM   #9
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Mine is a daily driver. You just have to pick your spots to park. Now my DW wouldn't want to drive it at all but she has. We went to the hospital a couple of years ago and I was admitted. She had to drive the truck for the 1st time. She went home in a raging Tstorm and made it just fine. She hasn't driven it since and that was 2 years ago....
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I had a 2500 and had to trade it in to get a new 3500 because I was overloaded with my 12k lb. 5th. My advice is to buy the 3500 for just a few dollars more. My wife and I have found that the new 3500 GMC is the best riding vehicle we have EVER owned, car or truck! It's really quite amazing, and it pulls my 5th like it isn't even there! What a difference between my 2008 2500 and my 2015 3500.

BTW - if you are thinking of the Ram, consider the fact that to get the torque ratings they claim, they use VERY low geared rear ends that affect mileage. I am agnostic when it comes to brands of trucks. i just want the best power train I can get. I think the Cummins engine is great but my GMC Duramax package with the Allison transmission is as good as it gets. The Allison was the final determining factor for me and I have been very happy with it.

Whatever your choose, bet of luck my friend!
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I had a 2500 and had to trade it in to get a new 3500 because I was overloaded with my 12k lb. 5th. My advice is to buy the 3500 for just a few dollars more. My wife and I have found that the new 3500 GMC is the best riding vehicle we have EVER owned, car or truck! It's really quite amazing, and it pulls my 5th like it isn't even there! What a difference between my 2008 2500 and my 2015 3500.

BTW - if you are thinking of the Ram, consider the fact that to get the torque ratings they claim, they use VERY low geared rear ends that affect mileage. I am agnostic when it comes to brands of trucks. i just want the best power train I can get. I think the Cummins engine is great but my GMC Duramax package with the Allison transmission is as good as it gets. The Allison was the final determining factor for me and I have been very happy with it.

Whatever your choose, bet of luck my friend!

That's what I find odd is the Ram has two auto transmissions behind their diesel where GM has the proven Allison. All the auto companies make darn good trucks I prefer Fords but I'm not against the others. I have to make up my mind in January 2016 if I want to move up to a diesel. Ford doesn't seem to want to deal as much as the others so I might wind up with a Ram or a GMC depending on who gives me the best deal. The nice thing about being retired is I'm in no hurry and I love playing one dealer against another just to see what happens.
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3500 way to go

I had a 2500 gas 6.0 Chevy that had no problem towing our 5th wheel. We wanted to go to Alaska and wanted a couple of extra's that we did not have. We went with the GMC 3500 diesel 6.6. We were glad we did when we were in the Rockies. I also got a 37 gallon fuel tank for the bed. Our 2500 had a 26 gallon tank and the 3500 has a 36 gallon. We chose the short bed with a slider hitch so it would fit in our garage, we chose the srw also so it would fit in our garage. We have the crew cab and a long bed would not fit. I drove my father in laws long bed crew cab and figured out real quick that parking lots are not designed for long bed crew cabs. Just mini cars. We have a cul-de-saq at the end of our street so when we come back from camping we have to turn around in it because of a power box that sets next to the street between us and the neighbor. I have never had to use my slider. Even with the short bed and crew cab there were many campgrounds on our trip to Alaska I wished I had a shorter truck. My only complaint was the price of diesel fuel on our trip to Alaska last year. Over 6 bucks a gallon most places. We should have gone this year. Fuel is cheaper.
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Old 07-12-2015, 12:29 PM   #13
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I have a long bed crew Chev 2500 gas and a 1500 short bed ext cab. I tow with the 1500 because it is more reliable with only 60,000 miles the 2500 has a 150,000 and has been worked hard all its life, it needs a rest. I'm pretty sure its going to be the 3500 long bed crew diesel. There is some pretty good deals out there right now. But there are very few long bed SRW trucks on the lot.


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Old 07-12-2015, 01:23 PM   #14
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I use my silverado 3500 SRW long he'd crew cab as a daily driver. You will have to pick and choose your parking a bit and I have learned backing into spots is easier than pulling in but it was the same issue with my long bed crew cab f250. I only had 1500 lbs of payload on my old f250. As for a stiff rear end, I don't notice it. In fact it rides better than my f250 did.
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You will find that one can actually buy a dually cheaper than a 3/4. Did this several times It's based on how you equip the truck. I always bought the 1 ton extended cab long box for stability and tow ratings. I really like them.

One of the things is that I could not justify is a diesel base on the $8200 option and the number of miles driven and price of fuel. I normally trade every 4 to 5 years. I now have a 2015 3/4 ton standard box crew cab 6.0 and it tows what I intended it to tow. This is the key also as to what are you towing and is this a daily driver. Also I found the 3/4 ton easier to maneuver when going on trips for site seeing when leaving CG. Dually was just to hard to park at times.

Axtually this truck cost me more than had I bought the dually Later RJD
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Old 07-12-2015, 11:00 PM   #16
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A few years back, (2008) I bought my 2500HD duramax. I talk with an GM engineer who, at that time told me other than the additional leaf on the rear springs, the other difference is they stand on on foot and whistle dixie when assembling the 3500. I don't know about the new models but I sure you can no longer whistle dixie. Just for peace of mind, go with the 3500 if priced about the same. Of course if you go twith a dually, its at least a 3500.
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I was going to buy a 2500HD, then at the last minute, I was on my way there after work, my friend asked me about the cargo capacity. I checked the 2015 2500HD and it was 2285, my pin weight is 1950, then by time you add the hitch weight, and my wife and I we were way over weight. I then started looking at the 3500HD and the one that I bought had a cargo capacity of 3845 pounds. The 2500HD could tow 17300 as where the 3500HD could only do 17100. Probably due to the extra weight of the added springs in the 3500HD. Regardless, 17100 was more that enough. I could have added more by getting a dually, but didn't need it. Many people that are out there towing are over their cargo capacity but do not seem to care. I do!!!
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I have a SRW 3500 Chevy. Has rear auxiliary leaf springs that the 2500s don't have. Much more payload, but same ride quality when empty. Handles my 5th wheel perfectly.
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I also want to add, there was only a few hundred bucks between the 2500 and 3500,
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I also want to add, there was only a few hundred bucks between the 2500 and 3500,
which is exactly why I can't figure out why anyone buys a 3/4 ton truck.
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