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Old 11-19-2014, 09:02 PM   #11
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Yeah, thats the part she won't like, plus it would be a little longer and harder to park. We are going to go test drive one tomorrow because, to be honest, I haven't been in a 3/4 ton for a long time. The good thing is we've bought our last four vehicles from our local Chevy dealer, so they are good about letting us test drive w/out tons of pressure to buy.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:10 AM   #12
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If I were you I'd ask myself, Do I really need a 3/4 ton or see myself needing one in the future? Then weigh out the pros and cons. I will say if you are concerned about gas milage then forget the 3/4 ton truck and stick with a 1/2 ton. I see your truck has 342 gears. Those gears are good for getting good gas milage but they are not a towing gear.If you went to another 1/2 ton with 373 gears you would notice a big difference and would gain on tow capacity. Just my worthless 2 cents.
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To some degree payload is the concern, as it is we are quite honestly pushing it at times.

We just got back from a test drive in a 2010 2500HD LTZ and to be honest, it didn't ride all that bad, maybe a little harsher but not near what I expected.
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:34 PM   #14
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To some degree payload is the concern, as it is we are quite honestly pushing it at times.

We just got back from a test drive in a 2010 2500HD LTZ and to be honest, it didn't ride all that bad, maybe a little harsher but not near what I expected.
I just traded in my 2014 Silverado LTZ for a 2014 Ram 2500. The ride is stiffer but dropping the rear from 80lbs to 60lbs made a huge difference.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:01 AM   #15
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To some degree payload is the concern, as it is we are quite honestly pushing it at times.

We just got back from a test drive in a 2010 2500HD LTZ and to be honest, it didn't ride all that bad, maybe a little harsher but not near what I expected.
Your right they don't ride that much stiffer. Some people make them out to be like riding on a buckboard.I will say from personal experience I had a Chevy 1500 then went to the 2500 HD and after having the HD I would never go back to 1500 again. I will say this. I can pull my trailer full with water, bed load of wood and my 100lb generator and I get 7.5 mpg. In comparison my sister has a 2014 1500 with the 5.3 and 3.73 gears pulling a 28 ft Avenger with one slide and they get approx 9 mph pulling much less weight and no wood in the bed.
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Your right they don't ride that much stiffer. Some people make them out to be like riding on a buckboard.I will say from personal experience I had a Chevy 1500 then went to the 2500 HD and after having the HD I would never go back to 1500 again. I will say this. I can pull my trailer full with water, bed load of wood and my 100lb generator and I get 7.5 mpg. In comparison my sister has a 2014 1500 with the 5.3 and 3.73 gears pulling a 28 ft Avenger with one slide and they get approx 9 mph pulling much less weight and no wood in the bed.
Curious what year your truck is, or more specifically whether it has a 4 or 6sp transmission? We get about 9.5mpg towing, if I am really careful I can squeeze 10mpg but that's only if I'm not fighting a headwind.
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I have both, a 04 1500 and a 04 2500. The real difference in the empty rides is really felt on bad and bumpy roads. On good roads, they are not that far apart. And most folks test drive on good roads by the dealer. As for towing, I pulled my trailer with the 1500 and got around 10 mpg in good conditions, but I was over my payload and was not comfortable with the combo, especially on windy days.
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Going from my '04 1500 reg cab short body to my current '07 2500HD crew was a no brainier for us. We knew we had two kids. We knew our 24 ft TT w/o slides needed to be replaced with a bigger trailer.

My mileage not pulling us 11/12 and pulling its 8/9.

The Z71 package makes it a bit higher than my old 1/2 ton, and running 80 psi in the rear is a stiffer, but more awesome ride.

With 3.73's in the rear and front end I feel like a nice blend of towing and highway use.

As for longevity on the 6.0, only time will tell for me. I do notice a previous owner used a red gasket manifold repair goop on the exhaust. It's got just over 100k and I want to change plugs due to a somewhat noticeable stumble every now and then.

Am I looking for a Cadillac ride? Nope. I bought a work horse that can double as a family grocery getter. So far the whole fam loves getting up into the big truck and going.

I LOVE the previous comment "will pass anything except a gas station!" No truer words have been uttered.
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I have both, a 04 1500 and a 04 2500. The real difference in the empty rides is really felt on bad and bumpy roads. On good roads, they are not that far apart. And most folks test drive on good roads by the dealer. As for towing, I pulled my trailer with the 1500 and got around 10 mpg in good conditions, but I was over my payload and was not comfortable with the combo, especially on windy days.
Oh, trust me I took some bumpy roads, sadly our town doesn't have much else, most of the streets would rip the front end out of car if your not careful. I know most places have the salesman go with you, at this dealer, they just hand us the keys And you sort hit my issue dead on, this truck does a GREAT job pulling our camper, but when we get hit with strong crosswinds, it gets a little shaky at times. I'm also tired of telling the kids we can't take their bikes because we don't have the payload. Basically we are on the edge of needing a 3/4ton.

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The Z71 package makes it a bit higher than my old 1/2 ton, and running 80 psi in the rear is a stiffer, but more awesome ride.
I think its because our 1/2ton has the Z71 package that we aren't noticing that much difference, as 1/2 tons go ours has a somewhat stiff ride.
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Mine has the 5 speed automatic with 4.10 gears.
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