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drsteve

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Posted: 07/09/19 06:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Door stickers from my 2006 1500HD. Crew cab, LT trim.

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Thanks for pictures drsteve. Was thinking the base weight was around 5500-5700 lbs, leaving one with about 3000 lbs of payload!

All the naysayers about this truck, those thinking less than a ton of payload, can go home!

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We had a 2001 1500HD, and it performed very well. At the time we towed a 30ft Jayco fifth wheel that weighed 7k pounds. We went all over the US without issue, it is a good truck.
Now we have a 40ft fifth wheel, and a 3500HD dually.

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The door tag posted says it all about the '00-'06 1500 HD 6.0 engine 4L80 tranny . Mention the 1500 HD and some uninformed members say it can't pull anything but a small TT or popup.
Now the newer 1500 GMs come with a NHT package at 7600 gvwr and 4300 rawr with the 5.3 or 6.2 engines 6/8 speed trannies. The newest year models may have the new 10 speed trannies.

There was a 2500 LD at 7200 gvwr and 4900 rawr 350 engine and 4L60 tranny 9.5" 4.10 axle. I had one and worked great for 234k mile before giving it to my 16 year old GS.

Then later the 2500HD came out with the larger AAM 11.5" rear axles. Heavier built truck all around for the Dmax.


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falconbrother wrote:

Question: What was the difference between a Chevy Silverado 1500HD and a 2500? Both have heavy axles and the larger V8.


Lower GVWR on the 1500HD. Echoing what DRSteve posted, It was 8600 GVWR.

My brother had a 2003 1500HD.

I don't think it had the "Powerdome Hood" (as GM called it), which was the taller hood that the 2500HDs have.

2500HD of that era was 9200 GVWR.


As far as component differences between the two trucks, I don't know what all was different.

I know springs were different, and I think the spring hangers on the frame were taller, I remember this when comparing my 2500HD to his 1500HD.


If I remember correctly, the 2500HD came out in 2001. Prior to that the 2500 was a non HD designation, and could have been 8600 GVWR.


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guidry wrote:

A pop up small trailer vs a nice TT with lots of room and amenities. That’s the difference between the two trucks.


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sgfrye wrote:

guidry wrote:

A pop up small trailer vs a nice TT with lots of room and amenities. That’s the difference between the two trucks.


best post of the week award


Cool!! I see we got 2 more weight cops, "can't haul more than a bag of groceries or tow more than a uhaul trailer without a dually".
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Grit dog wrote:

sgfrye wrote:

guidry wrote:

A pop up small trailer vs a nice TT with lots of room and amenities. That’s the difference between the two trucks.


best post of the week award


Cool!! I see we got 2 more weight cops, "can't haul more than a bag of groceries or tow more than a uhaul trailer without a dually".
Welcome aboard [email protected] talkers!!


I'm dying. Don't you know you need a 1 ton dually diesel to tow pop up. LOL.

Couple of folks have asked me why I didn't get a diesel. I had no need. I am towing around 7500lbs. "Well you will be under trucked" I just nod my head and move along.

The 1500HD and 2500 are fine for towing and hauling a lot of different things. Not everyone wants or needs a diesel.


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