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Old 10-15-2015, 02:27 PM   #11
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The 2016 MY Silverado / Sierra are rumored to include the 8 speed trans which will improve mileage when empty and address gear hunt when towing. The new 1500/150 trucks can handle 5500 pounds which is my guess for your trailer weight.
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Old 10-15-2015, 04:45 PM   #12
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I just upgraded my TV from a 2003 Z71 1500 to a 2015 Chevy 2500 Duramax Diesel. Could not believe the difference in towing. Go for the 2500, you'll be glad you did
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Old 10-15-2015, 05:10 PM   #13
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Of course a diesel will tow better than a 1/2 ton gasser but that does not by any mean$ make it a necessity. If the trailer specs out to be in the safe towing range of a 1500 series there is no real reason to spend thousands more on a truck that isn't needed.
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Old 10-15-2015, 06:44 PM   #14
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We pull our 26BH just fine with a 2010 1500, so I'm sure you would be fine. Pulled it last year with a 2006 Tahoe - it did okay, but I find the longer wheelbase of the crewcab and the 6 speed transmission make a night and day difference. Would I like a new 2500 Duramax... sure, but trucks these days are astronomically priced - was a stretch for me just to get a late model 1500...
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Old 10-15-2015, 06:55 PM   #15
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If your buying something go ahead and get the 2500 now. Then if you upgrade trailers you already have a great tow vehicle. And no such thing as overkill lol...
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:32 PM   #16
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I'd consider how much you tow. My TT is also my daily driver and it spends a relatively small amount of its time actually towing. Gas mileage and ride comfort for the 48 weeks a year I'm not camping makes the decision easier for me.
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:37 PM   #17
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If you can swing the payment on a 2500, dont mind the worse MPG, and the harsh suspension dosnt bother you, then by all means get it. Otherwise, your half ton will handle it just fine.

Me? I think along the lines of the few others above.... overkill?????? Whats that????
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Old 10-15-2015, 09:37 PM   #18
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I'd consider how much you tow. My TT is also my daily driver and it spends a relatively small amount of its time actually towing. Gas mileage and ride comfort for the 48 weeks a year I'm not camping makes the decision easier for me.

If my tow vehicle was my daily driver and I only camped a few times a year, I'd have a smaller camper than I do now. Why spend for a bigger camper for little use.. Not judging at all. I laugh a little when I see someone buy a bigger camper and then say a suitable tow vehicle is just not in the budget. The horse is more important than the cart. Don't put the cart before the horse. My 2007 2500 duramax is as comfortable as my 2010 1500 was and neither are my daily driver. OP doesn't need a 2500 but if he is upgrading, a 2500 is not much more and gas mileage is not a lot different. A diesel 2500 is better mpg than 1500 gas... A gas 2500 is not much different mpg than a 1500 but will still tow a better.
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:34 PM   #19
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I agree with southco I use to pull with a 5.7 liter tundra now I pull with a 6.7 liter ford diesel night and day difference way better fuel economy and you know that the vehicle will handle anything,there isnt any second guessing once you leave your house,and that's very comforting to me.
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Old 10-16-2015, 05:20 AM   #20
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We pull our 24 FBS with a Ram 1500 Hemi quad cab with tow package and 20 in wheels. No issues, it does a great job.
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