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Old 01-18-2015, 08:35 PM   #11
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That 3.42 gear is a killer power wise. You want something like a 4.10. My Tundra has a 4.30 but I wish it had a 4.10.
4.10s are just too low for my situation; I kinda like getting 18-20 mpg when not towing! Anyways, 3.42 was the lowest offered. I believe the reason those gears work in your truck is because the trans is geared high but that's just a guess.

Had a street legal Chevy Luv back in the 80's with a 350 small block / powerglide combo with 4.88 gears on a Detroit locker differential in a narrowed 9" ford rear end. 12.9 second quarter mile times @ 120 mph all day long on 89 octane unleaded gas. Low gears do have their place, just not in my current TV.
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:34 PM   #12
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Russ661 it all depends on how you will use your setup. If all I did was 150 mile pulls or less I wouldn't bother changing what I have.
My setup is a 2012 Silverado extended cab, with the 3.42 gear, tow package. Payload is about 1680. With very few exceptions, no complaints on how the truck handles the trailer but then I don't think I have added enough cargo to exceed the rated payload. The transmission never got too hot. I think I am operating within the "rated" design parameters of the truck.
Pulled the camper to Florida last summer. Went down a relatively flat I-65. Just the slightest hill and the transmission begins downshifting. On some hills in 4th I could not get past 50mph - mabe I could have in 3rd. Bottom line is, I don't like all the transmission hunting and I am afraid I will be climbing the steep grades through the mountains out west at 30 mph.
Maybe I am impatient or overly sensitive to the shifting and whining but I can't help but think a heavier duty and, more importantly, a more powerful truck will provide a better towing experience.
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:14 AM   #13
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KYCAMPER my experience just towing the rig home was just as you said: flat ground, no problem tows great. There is a 2 mile stretch of highway coming home from my dealer that is about a 6-7% grade and I was up and down from 40 to 50 MPH. And that was with a totally empty/dry tanks trailer! Next time I will put it in manual shift mode and just stay in 3rd gear. I am not in a good position to pull the trigger on a new (or used) TV right now so I will have to live with what I've got and just go slower. Thanks for your reply.
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:37 AM   #14
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Russ: I found that if I put the tranny in manual 4th, 80% of the downshifting problems went away. I didn't like going down the highway at a constant minimum of 2800RPM and I ceratinly never came up on anything close to a 6 or 7% grade.

I would say give it a shot - there are quite a few on this forum that have the same or very similar setup and are perfectly satisfied. It comes down to personal preference for towing performance expectations.

The most important step for getting a new TV I have already accomplished - getting the DW on board. Actually, she is just as annoyed with the performance as I am.

Love the camper but I think in a few years after we're finished galavanting around the country (I will retire 1/30/15) with this camper we will probably get something bigger (probably large 5er) to pull south for the winter for extended stays.
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:21 AM   #15
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I forgot...what was the original question?
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Old 01-19-2015, 12:42 PM   #16
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Other than the payload, the differances between a 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are minimal. Today, ALL The truck manufactures want their truck to ride like a car. So if it were me, I would consider the 1 ton for future expansion. Then again, this is from the same guy who would try pull just about anything with a half ton ( I Love My Tahoe ).
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:08 PM   #17
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if you get a srw or drw you will be way happier either way, i love my 3500 srw, was looking for a drw but they were about 3-5 grand more and needed 6 tires to replace rather then 4, generally can pull the same amount of weight and the payload is close

i can definitely feel the difference in the ride from my half ton, but not a whole lot and it is completely worth it
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:28 PM   #18
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:36 PM   #19
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The most important step for getting a new TV I have already accomplished - getting the DW on board.
That was the easy part! The hard part is coming up with the cash!
BTW, congrats on the retirement, I'm still about 18 months out.
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:36 AM   #20
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Well I had a 2005 Yukon with the 5.3 before and pulling any trailer it seemed to hunt gears even on the smallest incline . Now I have a 1995 f 350 dually crew cab longbed with the 7.3 and a 5 speed manual tranny and most of the time I can run it in 5 th gear with cruise set and not worry about it .... Now as to ride I think they have made great strides since then ,mine rides pretty rough unloaded ..... I am thinking of going to an air ride suspension kit they sell for about 3500 dollars to change front and rear to air ride ... If that tells you how much I like the trucks ability lol ... I do like the dually rears not so much for payload as for stability , it just seems more stable to me when pulling a load
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