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Old 01-06-2016, 06:16 PM   #1
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Chevy Silverado 2500HD vs 3500HD

Do the daily driver characteristics suffer with respect to the 3500HD compared to the 2500HD?

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Old 01-06-2016, 06:58 PM   #2
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When trying out the GM HD trucks I only drove 2500's. I ended up buying a 3500. I don't remember a noticeable difference. Take a look at the HD rear springs. On my 3500 the stiffer springs don't engage until the lighter springs have "squatted" into them. I would compare the setup between the 2. My guess is unloaded the truck sits on the softer springs on both the 2500 and 3500??
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:20 PM   #3
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Thanks. I plan to compare the set ups, but was more interested in your how-your-butt-felt comment as the most meaningful.

I'm rethinking this because if I can accept this truck as a daily driver, that would make me think a lot harder about this option vs a Seneca or used premium diesel pusher. The only thing that made me shy away was my wanting to avoid a traditional rough ride. Edd505 got me to rethinking this.

I did take a ride in a Ram 3500 with rear airbags, unloaded, and it was not as bad as I expected.
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I find them comparable year to year with the ride of the new model better than my 2008. Best thing I can say is go down and drive a couple. Personal preference is the 3500 long bed crew cab.
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Old 01-06-2016, 08:55 PM   #5
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"Personal preference is the 3500 long bed crew cab."
That makes sense to me, and probably the diesel, based on what I have read about suitable trucks. I also understand the diesel will come with an exhaust brake matched to the transmission. The crew cab matches my Boxer dog as well.

I will go for a ride, but I'm doing a bit of research first since it is raining at the moment.

Once I have established that I have an acceptable and understandable choice, I will go looking for a matching fifth wheel. Don't want to buy the truck first.
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LOVE my 2015 2500HD Duramax. Should have gone diesel years ago. The truck is an animal, hauls and plows snow with ease and is comfortable to drive.
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Old 01-07-2016, 06:11 AM   #7
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Do the daily driver characteristics suffer with respect to the 3500HD compared to the 2500HD?

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Hi RodgerS,

I've owned both - 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD D/A and now 2014 GMC Sierra 3500HD D/A. Both SRW and Crew Cab. The 2500HD had the SLT package and the 3500HD is an SLE.

Even though the 2500HD was a more plush model then the 3500HD I have now, I've found the ride very comparable between both. I have not noticed any difference in ride and comfort.
I use the truck as my daily drive when not using it as a tow vehicle.

The 2014 definitely gets better fuel mileage then the 2006, but that's from the engine tweaks GM has made between 2006 & 2014.

A person once asked me:
"Have you ever heard anyone say they wished they had a smaller tow vehicle?"
Something to keep in mind when looking to purchase a tow vehicle.
It's always good to have more then you need, better towing, better stopping.

Hope this helps some.
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Old 01-07-2016, 06:33 AM   #8
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"Personal preference is the 3500 long bed crew cab."
... probably the diesel, ... I also understand the diesel will come with an exhaust brake matched to the transmission. ...

Once I have established that I have an acceptable and understandable choice, I will go looking for a matching fifth wheel. Don't want to buy the truck first.
RodgerS,

Definitely, if you can afford it, diesel is the way to go.

My 3500HD has both the exhaust brake and StabiliTrak, where the 2500HD didn't have either.
The exhaust brake along with the Allison transmission's grade brake is excellent.
And the StabiliTrak along with 4x4 performs great in the snow. The StabiliTrak feature keeps the truck from fish-tailing when on snow covered roads.

Pay close attention to trailer's GVWR and estimated loaded weights when picking out your matching fifth wheel.

My 3500HD SRW short bed is very close to weight limits on the truck's GVWR and Rear GAWR with my trailer loaded based on measured weights from a CAT scale.
Probably would have been better off going with a DRW, but didn't want the DRW because of using the truck as my daily drive vehicle. Just my personal preference.

I'm not sure if a 3500HD long bed has a different GVWR or Rear GAWR then the short bed.

Though the advantage of a long bed is you don't need a FW slider hitch.

Good luck.
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My 3500HD has both the exhaust brake and StabiliTrak, where the 2500HD didn't have either.
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My 2500HD has both.
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Old 01-07-2016, 07:45 AM   #10
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Originally, I was considering a Volvo 610 semi-hauler, then exploring the Seneca. Having made a mental leap towards thinking of the Silverado as a reasonable daily driver, the rest has followed. Also went from new to used mentally as I built up my service/maintenance skills.

Many have indicated that a Class A with a toad is, in regards to set up and break down, not that different from a truck and 5th. I lack the experience but can see the logic in it.

Pitting a choice between a premium used dp and a new Silverado with a new or barely used full-time quality 5th has some strong attraction.

This thread has provided a short list of the basic issues and I'm aware one can add rear air bags as well to the Silverado.

I had assumed I would be traveling quite a bit, but am now becoming more skeptical as I tend to be more location focused rather than journey miles focused. I think that also mentally and practically tends to shift me from Class A to a not long 5th.

Looks like the rain is starting to slow down, so I will try to get some truck seat time.

My father, who passed many years back, made the common mistake of buying a 1/2 ton truck and then having to compromise and camp without the trailer he wanted. I may end up following him and my mother, as to usage, in that they use to spend a whole season parked in a state campground, with partial hookups. They simply used the campground toilets and showers.

My mistake might be buying a too short 5th, so still working that problem.

I also don't have a lot of pull towards staying in a private campground and socializing all that much, nor does status stuff draw me. So, you can see how this is naturally flowing in a different direction that where I started.
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