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Old 07-15-2013, 06:49 PM   #11
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I pulled a 26BH with a 4.7 litre Tundra. It worked hard for a living going up hills. With the 5.7 Litre Tundra towing is a lot more pleasant experience. My 27DSRL is 1000# heavier than the 2BH and it tows just fine, but I would not want to pull anything much heavier. I am a long time Toyota owner because of the quality. In your situation I would go with the 2500 series and the larger gas engine. This will give you the option of a heavier trailer if you decide to upgrade in the future.

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Old 07-15-2013, 07:03 PM   #12
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Have pulled a 6K TT for 5 years with an 08 Silverado 4x4 w/ 5.3 vortec engine. Have never had a problem and have found the tv to have plenty of get up and go. Can start from a crawl at the bottom of a max degree interstate hill and be hitting 80 by the top. The thing has never left me wanting for power. Get 8 - 10 mpg. Getting the 6.0 or going all the way to a Diesel is a choice you have to make yourself, but unless you are doing a lot of travel in the mountains or such, I think its just a matter of personal choice.

Just took possession of a 2014 white hawk that will be pushing the 7500lb tow limit on my truck. Pulling it home [dry] 450 miles it didn't feel any different than my previous tt. Know I will have to manage my TVW but didn't want to have to step up to a 2500.

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Old 07-15-2013, 09:46 PM   #13
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No one has ever complained about having too much TV.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:06 PM   #14
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At $1.51 / liter or about $6 per gallon I do. My TV has to wear more hats then just towing.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:15 AM   #15
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TV and Trailer Question

I tow a 2013 26bh with a 11 1500 silverado 5.3 w 3.73 rear end.

No issues on flats or hills. Haven't been in strait mts yet. But I know even in hills it's not searching in reg mode.

I think I'd be fine in mts in tow.

But. The 2500 isn't a bad idea. The mileage and price differences will be relatively small if you buy used.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:24 AM   #16
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:01 PM   #17
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for a recommendation for the original post, get the 2500 (3/4 ton), you will never regret have the extra payload

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Old 07-22-2013, 04:51 PM   #18
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I was in the exact same predicament that you are currently in...26bh and towing with a 2007 Chevy Avalanche w/4.10's. Absolutely, it would pull the trailer but I never really felt completely comfortable with the setup. I also tended to stay a little closer to home when towing because of the confidence factor. Then came the opportunity to move up to a 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with the 6.0L and what a difference! It was meant to handle greater loads including payload capabilities and is a far more solid truck/trailer combo. Now I am confident heading out just about anywhere with my current setup and the truck makes the task of towing seem so much easier. Hills and most all inclines and declines are a breeze. And, the best thing of all, is how instead of gripping the steering wheel until I was white-knuckled before, now I can one-hand the steering wheel and know that the truck I am driving is meant for towing and working. Do yourself a favour and move up to the 2500...you won't be sorry.

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Old 07-22-2013, 07:25 PM   #19
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I just bought a new "13" Silverado Crew 5.3 and a "13" 28BHS. All seems good so far. Do I think a 2500 would have been a better choice? Yes, if all I did was pull the camper with it, but I do a lot of travel with the truck not pulling anything. So for me I feel it was the right choice.

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:23 PM   #20
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We have a 262FK that I originally towed behing an '85 3/4T 4x4 suburban and more than once the tail started wagging the dog. I can only hope for your sake you never come as close to losing it as I did. I now tow the same trailer with a 2005 GMC 2500HD CC 6.0 4sp and the difference is remarkable. From experience, a light marginal TV is a recipe for disaster. Go big enough to have room for margin. P.S. I firmly believe the original tires that came with the trailer had a lot to do with the trailering issues and I up sized them and went with a 10ply. So much better.

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