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Old 01-08-2012, 01:21 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by robo59097 View Post
When I upgraded to my 28BHS I was towing with a 1999 1500 Suburban 5.7L, while it was adequate I felt fine towing within the state. However we were planning longer trips and I knew I needed something bigger. Don't forget it's not just the towing capacity. I was wearing out my front brakes alot faster and using more trailer brake. The WD hitch also made a big difference because of the lighter suspention in the 1500. So we bit the bullet and bought the 2007 2500 Yukon XL with the 6.0 3.73 gears. It was night and day between the two trucks. Body sway was reduced and the bounces on rough roads were smoothed out. I can now accelerate going up hill. A pick-up was not considered since we have 3 kids and to keep the driver sane everyone gets split up so there are no space violations! Just my 2 cents worth, never regreted it.

I bought it in 2010 with 65000 miles on it
Thanks for the imput, after reading all of the links we are convinced we will be getting a 3/4 ton or 1 ton. We have found a few on autotrader that are in our range but tend to have a few more miles than we prefer or are older than we want. Then there are the ones that are perfect for us but 1000 miles away, it is just a matter of waiting and looking for one to turn up near to our location. We are not in a hurry as we have two months before the trailer is built and even then we are fortunate enough that we can borrow a truck from my father to pick it up. I think we will be waiting for a crewcab but as time goes on we will probably be more open to an extended cab as long as it can handle a car seat. I dont mind trading it in 4 or 5 years for a different vehicle if something else is better for our family at that time.

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Old 01-08-2012, 06:47 PM   #12
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Well benjamin, I tow a 28BHS with the half ton in my signature so I`ll give my insight. The truck will pull the trailer. The drivetrain is up to it. But the suspension is marginal with the relatively heavy tongue weight of the loaded 28BHS and the weight of gear in the truck and the occupants. If I had to choose I would prefer a 3/4 for more capable suspension and payload. That being said I love the great ride and reasonable mileage of the 1/2 ton when not towing. But If I were in a position to buy a truck today, it would be a 3/4 ton or a very heavy duty half for towing this trailer.


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Old 01-08-2012, 07:24 PM   #13
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Just keep watching and the one you need will show up. My son looked for two months and finally found a real nice 3/4 chevy. It is about a 2004 and only had 30K and had extendable mirrors, Prodegy controller, and a class 4 hitch. The dealer put on 4 new 10 ply tires and new brake pads on the front.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:40 PM   #14
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I got an '06 GMC 2500HD 6.0 Ext. Cab 4X4 W/T w/ 48K miles in 2010. I got a great deal. It was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted the plain jane truck for cost reasons, but what you are looking for will show up. I looked for about 6 months before it showed up, and when it did I went and bought it. If you have a reputable used dealer around have them look at auctions. We have a reputable dealer close by that keeps a few fleet trucks on the lot and they go quick. While looking, I came across a few GMC/Chevy's with the 8.1 and if they would have been the right config of what I wanted I would have gotten one of those. I only drive my truck on weekends (occasionally) and when I haul stuff. If it's primarily gonna be an every now and then truck, than one with that 8.1 will pull anything and it comes standard with an Allison tranny. The 6.0 is plenty adequate, but the 8.1 is a beast and mpg's arent much less......I love my truck though. Had a V10 too. It was a beast as well, and got 10MPG's no matter what.
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:18 PM   #15
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My previous tow vehicle was a 2002 Chevy Suburban K2500 8.1, 4.10.

It was a towing machine. I towed 60K+ miles with it. 144,000 total miles. Went to Canada towing from Texas 3 times, and through almost every state in the lower 48.

Great tow vehicle for my 8,500+ lb trailer.

Just bought a 2012 GMC Sierra 3500HD SLT Crew Cad, standard bed with Duramax. I have not yet towed with it, but it will dwarf the Suburban towing.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:25 AM   #16
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You cannot go wrong with too much vehicle... BUT if you find you have too little vehicle... Thats a whole other story....
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:14 PM   #17
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I have a 2011 28BHs and pull it with a 2011 F-150 Supercab with the 5.0L engine & towing package. I can honestly say i dont even feel that trailer behind me, even on steep grades. I have pulled it with full fresh water tank and lots of stuff for a week of camping and like I said it pulls like a dream. The new F-150s are really worth taking a close look at. The other thing I am really liking about the truck is the excellent fuel mileage I get, even when towing, which would be less with a 3/4 ton. You should talk to guys who pull with 2011 or 2012 F-150s and see what other responses you get; I hear good things about that 6cyl. eco-boost engine too. We also have a 2000 Expedition with a 5.4L engine but it is gutless by comparison and a total pig on gas (will eventually replace it with a second F-150; 2010 or newer at some point.

Anyway, dont be too quick to pass over the 1/2 ton option if you're looking at new trucks; if you're looking at later models then 3/4 ton might be better.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:04 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by benjamin09 View Post
I have trouble with the idea of paying more than 16 to 20Gs for more than about 75,000 miles and 4 or 5 years old.
Be patient and look around you'll find one.

Here is link to Trailer Lifes tow ratings. http://www.trailerlife.com/trailer-towing-guides/

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