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Old 01-18-2015, 11:09 AM   #1
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2500 or 3500 TV?

I am currently towing my 27DSRL with a Chevy 1500. While adequate for most any relatively short trip, I want a more substantial TV for planned cross country trips through rockies to west coast etc. Also,I think in a few years I will want to upgrade the TT to something larger. I have been looking at GMC Duramax 2500 but discovered the payload is only 2420lbs (according to label on pillar behind driver door). That eliminates quite a few 5'vers so for around another $1K I can buy a 3500 SRW with a payload a little north of about 4200lbs. To me seems like a no brainer for the money but would like a little feedback from the experienced travelers if there are any significant compromises owning a 3500 vs a 2500. Although I probably won't drive the TV much unless I'm pulling the camper, one concern is that a stiffer ride while driving unloaded might be a problem. My local dealer doesn't have a 3500 for me to try so I'll need to go to an out of town dealer to try one out. A test drive will help me decide but nothing better than feedback from anyone with some first hand experience owning one.
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:44 AM   #2
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I went from a F250 to a F350 SRW when I bought my most recent truck. Thought I wanted the 250 but they gave me a great deal on a 350. Anyways, now realizing the payload difference, and the few other upgrades, I wouldn't go back. The added cost is minimal. My 350 rides the same as my 250 did. I really do not see any negative to moving up other than the small increase in price.
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:57 AM   #3
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Old 01-18-2015, 01:56 PM   #4
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I was in the same position as you in 2013. In the grand scheme of things that little extra to go up the 3500 was small. Now with over 3800 lbs payload no worries in case we need to upgrade, and I love the towing experience.
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Old 01-18-2015, 02:39 PM   #5
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I am currently towing my 27DSRL with a Chevy 1500. While adequate for most any relatively short trip, I want a more substantial TV for planned cross country trips through rockies to west coast etc. ...
This is my exact setup but we've only just taken delivery of the trailer, first outing in 2 weeks. I'm pretty sure this setup is at the upper end of my TV's capability and I'd like to know more about your experiences towing with the 1500. My TV is a 2012 4WD extended cab with all the HD towing options and the 5.3l engine, 3.42 gear. Do I need to look into upgrading my TV in order to do long range trips? Thanks
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If you ever tow with a dually, you'll never want to tow with anything else.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:46 PM   #7
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This is my exact setup but we've only just taken delivery of the trailer, first outing in 2 weeks. I'm pretty sure this setup is at the upper end of my TV's capability and I'd like to know more about your experiences towing with the 1500. My TV is a 2012 4WD extended cab with all the HD towing options and the 5.3l engine, 3.42 gear. Do I need to look into upgrading my TV in order to do long range trips? Thanks
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.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:56 PM   #8
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Count me as the exception then. I had a duelly and went to a 1 ton SRW with 3.73 rear.
As long as it does not exceed towing specs I prefer it.
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I think when you start comparing prices the difference between a one ton and a 3/4 ton becomes minimal. For the 1k, and all other things being equal, I would go with the 1 ton. I did like towing with my previous dually (2011 Ram 3500) but for anything else the dually was "inconvenient". I switched to a single rear wheel and couldn't be happier.
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I traded in my 2007 3/4 ton GMC Duramax with air bags for a 2014 3500HD DRW long box. I was not in anyway overloaded before but decided if I was going to pull the trigger on a new truck I was going bigger.


I wanted a SRW short box 3500 but could not find one at the time with the rebates. Now that I have towed with the duelly I would not go back and the extra bed space is nice too. It is a little huge for driving around town but manageable if you are not constantly in the city.


I was worried about the ride as well but the GM's are unbelievable for ride comfort the thing rides like a 1/2 ton. I don't think GM has the HD suspension under it like Ford or Dodge does but the Duramax engine/transmission is the way to go!
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