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Old 03-15-2013, 08:07 PM   #11
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Pot trailer....., I still want one.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:11 PM   #12
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:35 AM   #13
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Brings me back to my days living out on the coast... I miss living in a fishing community - always had people bringing around fresh seafood!

The 2500/3500's are just built with heavy towing and hauling in mind. The 1500's try to be an every man's truck - cush ride and lower suspensions, but they try to beef it up a bit for some towing capacity. Nobody pays the extra expense for a 2500 unless they tow or haul, so it's built for it. All of the driveline components are going to be beefier and rated to higher capacity.

For me, I upgraded for more durability of the driveline (when we still had a lightweight trailer). Of course, now we have a heavier trailer and I definitely wouldn't want to pull this with anything less.

Under ideal conditions, most of the "right at GVWR" or even somewhat over rigs go down the road just fine in ideal conditions. You just don't have the same safety buffer. On our trip last week, we rode home with 50+ MPH winds (mostly a headwind or a cross-wind as we were winding through the mountains). Even in our truck, it was a little white knuckle at times. The truck was really working hard with the head-wind. I was glad to have the power and stability I do.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:47 AM   #14
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When I initally purchased our Springdale (7200Lbs dry) I pulled it home 1800km with a 1998 GMC K1500 4x4. The truck had enough power to pull but you could tell it was workin and near it's comfortable limits. When I had a nasty crosswind or when passing a transport it became a two hands on the wheel white knuckle ride.....it was a bit stressful. With my Gmc 2500HD it is effortless. The frame and suspension are stiffer, brakes more effective, just feels solid compared to the 1500. I'm interestd to see how the 2500hd pulls the new 32tsbh. Can't wait!
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We started with a minivan, went to a custom Dakota, then to a 1500 Silverado and now the Diesel. The difference between the Silverado and the Diesel with the same trailer was night and day. The Silverado pulled "okay" and the diesel kept asking me, "Are you sure there's a trailer back there?" There is NO WAY the Silverado would have pulled our new camper. BTW....Silverado pulling Export 17C - 10 MPG. Diesel pulling Swift 264BH - 14.5 MPG.....same trip.
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Crabby when I had my 2500/6L I was getting 17 mpg mixed driving and 21+ highway.. (solo) and 13 highway with the TT.. of course this was doing 65 max.. Check your plugs and wires.. I would consider an upgrade to split fire plugs and new premium wires.. .. ahhh the joys of owning a diesel none of that nonsense..LOL
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Crabby when I had my 2500/6L I was getting 17 mpg mixed driving and 21+ highway.. (solo) and 13 highway with the TT.. of course this was doing 65 max.. Check your plugs and wires.. I would consider an upgrade to split fire plugs and new premium wires.. .. ahhh the joys of owning a diesel none of that nonsense..LOL
+1, my dad did the exact same upgrade (plugs & wires) to his 6L Chevy 2500. Said it was a pretty big improvement in economy and power.

Those are some pretty impressive mileage numbers for that truck though...
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+1, my dad did the exact same upgrade (plugs & wires) to his 6L Chevy 2500. Said it was a pretty big improvement in economy and power.

Those are some pretty impressive mileage numbers for that truck though...

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My 04 big block only has 30K on her. You think new plugs and wires would help? She is 10 years old. Only mod is a drop in K&N and Hypertech programming for 93 octane.
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There are many things besides the basic numbers that add up to a good tow vechicle. Wheel base, weight, larger brakes, bigger springs.....and just the feeling of how all these things work to keep the pulling part in charge of the following part of a lash up.

When I was in the service I worked on clark tugs, they were used to pull everything including aircraft around the flight line. Little short wheel based pulling machines is all they were. They had the tow rating but anything over a few miles per hours and you were out of control........

It's not just numbers, it's the overall design.
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