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Old 10-15-2015, 11:57 AM   #1
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we are in the process of getting a new tow vehicle for our 2015 24FBS. We currently have a 2004 Silverado with 5.3L and 373 gears. It also has a tow package. We have no issues with the vehicle pulling other than I feel it is at it's upper weight limit. Weighed at CAT scale 3,000 steer 3940 drive and 5500 trailer.
My question is this. Is a 2500 over kill for this trailer? Dealer tells me the 1500 can handle the trailer. I don't want to have to make decisions on what we take based on weight.
Any thoughts?
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:17 PM   #2
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2500 would be good choice. Something I think about myself, though after 3000+ miles towing this year I'm satisfied for time being.

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Old 10-15-2015, 12:43 PM   #3
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You will not regret jumping to a 2500. I pull our 26BH the first year with an 2007 1500, 5.3 with 3.42 gears. I never felt the combo was up to the task and even with a dealer installed WDH, the TT seems to push the truck around. The 5.3/4 speed lacked power in the hills and I opted to sell the 1500 and bought an older 2500.

Handling difference between the 1500 and 2500 was very noticeable. I gained rear disk brakes in the 2500, a stiffer suspension that resulted in less porpoising and better weight management that resulted in improved payload capacity and steering control...no more white knuckle driving. One thing I miss is the softer ride in the 1500 and I wished I was in the position to buy a 2008 or newer with the 6 speed but I would not go back to towing our TT with a 1500.
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:16 PM   #4
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:18 PM   #5
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You will not regret jumping to a 2500. I pull our 26BH the first year with an 2007 1500, 5.3 with 3.42 gears. I never felt the combo was up to the task and even with a dealer installed WDH, the TT seems to push the truck around. The 5.3/4 speed lacked power in the hills and I opted to sell the 1500 and bought an older 2500.

Handling difference between the 1500 and 2500 was very noticeable. I gained rear disk brakes in the 2500, a stiffer suspension that resulted in less porpoising and better weight management that resulted in improved payload capacity and steering control...no more white knuckle driving. One thing I miss is the softer ride in the 1500 and I wished I was in the position to buy a 2008 or newer with the 6 speed but I would not go back to towing our TT with a 1500.
Count your self lucky you didn't go with the newer 1500.The way you described your towing experience with your 07 1500 was the same the same towing experience I had with my 13 1500.

Op:it's not over kill,get a 2500 if it's in your budget.
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:35 PM   #6
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I agree if the 2500 is in your budget, then go for it! Also gives you more options later on should you decide you want a larger trailer or a fifth wheel.

But the 1/2 ton should pull your current trailer without any problems. We have the same 24FBS Elite and our F150 does the job just fine. So if you don't want to spend more money right now, you might want to consider sticking with your half ton for now and upgrading later if you feel it doesn't do the trick.
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The dealer is right your 5.3 V8 Rears 3.73 can tow the TT (5500 lbs). Because of the V8 I would say comfortable. I pull that weight (GTW 5900 lbs) with a Dodge Ram 5.7 Hemi V8 but have rears 3.92. It does' it with ease here in the mountains. Keep your money and stick with the 5.3 L and be sure you're using a proper WDH with sway control. 1/2 tons have softer ride and ask your self how many miles will the TT be behind the TV?
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Old 10-15-2015, 02:00 PM   #8
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Overkill? What's that?
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Old 10-15-2015, 02:10 PM   #9
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It is easy for others to spend you money but comparing a 2004 5.3 litre to a 2015 5.3 and assuming it is the same engine is wrong. The 2015 engine has been improved with more horsepower and at the same time better gas mileage. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples see what your old truck had for horsepower and compare it to the specs of the new ones, and then decide if how much your towing something is worth the extra 3 or 4 thousand dollars or more for a 2500.
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Old 10-15-2015, 02:23 PM   #10
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Thank you all for responses. My concern is suspension based. The 5.3 L with the 3.73 gears pulls forever, even with the 4 speed tranny. The rear axle is only rated for 3,000lbs. The day I weighed it I had the truck cap, some 4x4 pieces used for leveling and a road trip grill. This plus my wife and I along with the tongue weight put me over axle limit by 900lbs. This is why I don't want to have to make weight decisions on the grandchildren's bikes etc. Maybe I am over thinking it.
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