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Old 10-29-2015, 09:02 PM   #1
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I am towing a 2015 36rsqs and the hitch weight is too heavy for my 8.1 lt 2500hd siverado. What diesel would you recommend for the 2700-2800 lb tongue weight. Don't want duellys. Are recent ford and chev 3500's okay for this axle weight?
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Old 10-29-2015, 09:09 PM   #2
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I think the most experienced would recommend a dually. I'm with you tho, I don't want a dually.

I have a 3500 with 4100 lbs cargo on the door sticker. I think any late model one ton truck will have the payload and towing that will work for this rig.

I believe a 3500 with a gas motor will get you there too, if you don't want the diesel... I'm of the opinion that GM, Ford and Dodge are all a gamble. Ya pick the one you like best and hope for the best. Good luck.
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Old 10-29-2015, 09:12 PM   #3
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I will say up front I don't know. Your best bet is going to each trucks manufacturers website. That kind of pin weight would have me looking at dually's. Are you not wanting a dually as it will be your daily driver?
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Old 10-29-2015, 09:22 PM   #4
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yes, and I don't want to buy that many tires when the time comes. i love the allison in my truck. I have a 2001, the first yr for them and no issues.
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Allison is a great trans. Love my '07 LBZ.
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Old 10-29-2015, 09:33 PM   #6
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What year is the 2500HD I have a 2007 gasser and I put a cab over in mine that weighs that much I added timbrens and rancho 9000s.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:25 PM   #7
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I'm pulling a Pinnacle 38FLSA with a Duramax 2500HD... somewhere around 3000 lbs on the hitch plus a 50 gallon bed tank... would have bought a 3500 SRW (can't get a dually in the garage) had I known I was getting a 5th wheel, had a bumper pull before... 2500 and 3500 SRW share the same axle, same part number even... the springs and tires are what's different... was going to put the factory 3500 springs on but decided on adding Supersprings instead.. tires become the limiting factor, stock tires on 20" rims put you at 6,390 lbs, replacement tires brought me up to 7500 lbs... with full fuel leaves me at 600 lbs wiggle room... of course you can increase that to 10,000 lbs with 19.5 wheels and tires..
Just finished a 3500 mile trip, was really pleased with the performance and handling of the truck..
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I am towing an Eagle Premier 361REQS with a 2013 Ford F350 (diesel) and no dual rear wheels.
Measured pin weight is 3025 lbs with a full fresh water tank. Grey and black tanks were empty. The rear axle measured at 6700 lbs. The axle is rated for 7000 lbs. The rig handles very well.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:46 PM   #9
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Just looked in the Owners manual for the Chevy... the 2500 is rated at 3000 lbs hitch weight for 5th wheel, 3500 SRW is 4000 lbs and dually is 5500 lbs... the sticker on door jam is cargo weight which is separate from hitch weight... everything added together needs to be less than GVW rating...
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3500 for sure due to spring package. SRW vs DRW is a personal preference, but with that kind of weight and like mine I preferr to have 4 under the load for saftey and stability reasons.
Keep in mind that the pin weight is sticker and once you load will increase by several hundred pounds. Last weight was 3300 on the pin for mine. Sticker was 2600# at time of purchase. All the storage you have is in front of the axels and mostly in basement lockers.

As for brands again it's personal, but just make sure you understand the combinations of what you can have. A 3500 is not a 3500 as it pertains to powertrain as there are many variations with what they are built with in options. At least that is the way Ram does it. This will also effect tow ratings significantly.

Once you settle on the brand go on some forums and ask around here for some input. I spent the better part of 6 months researching my current TV and glad I did as I had no idea just how many variables there were. If you are looking at used then it's even more of a hunt.

Also another part is urea vs pre urea.

Lots of variables now with diesels in the last 4-5 years.
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