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whendrix13

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Good Morning,

Im buying a new camper this spring( 2021 season) It is 5800# dry travel trailer. My current one is 4000# dry with about 600# of stuff inside. so the new one would be about 64 to 6500# loaded.

I currently have a 07 classic 1500 silverado with 168k miles on it. It tows the old one fine, we don't go more than 3 to 4 hrs away when we go out. With the new one being bigger( and kids are bored going to the same spots) we want to go further out, like states away. I was thinking new truck maybe in store. i talked to a couple of people and by could probably 15, and some say the new 1500s( medium duty) trucks will be fine, some say go HD. HD because the torque converter, tow capacity, built to tow things etc. Im not going diesel because i just want one, unless it a good price.

I know my truck now can do 3800 to 7700# towing, but at 13 yrs old, I'm on OEM trans, new u joints( blew em in June on a trip) and new out put shaft and OEM motor. Im worried about power and longevity of my truck now.

Am I wrong to think that? Are the nw medium dutys the way to go or are HDs the way to go?

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Posted: 08/11/20 08:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It does not cost much more at all to have a bigger truck. Then you can tow anything with confidence. I would rather have a used diesel than a new gas truck any day.

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Posted: 08/11/20 08:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lots of improvement on the newer trucks! Many 1/2 ton trucks capable of a 7K lb loaded TT. The newer transmissions with 6 or more speeds a huge improvement!

You don't say how many kids, and the bikes, gear, fire wood, and all the extra stuff going in the truck. If you don't mind a little rougher ride, a 2500 will make the tow easier, and not worry about loading the truck down.

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MFL( Jerry) 3 kids, 5 bikes, 5 kayaks, and about 100#of wood. the bikes and food are in the camper( bike rack on back of camper) thats included in the 4600# on the current one. I scaled it out two years ago for fun on a trip .

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Your story is similar to mine where I started with a Tacoma towing 5,000 lbs to a Tundra towing 7,000 lbs to a GMC HD towing the same 7,000 lbs, with a 14,000 lb 5er in my future. Seems like a natural progression.

The Tundra is rated for 9800 lbs, but I would not want to tow much more than 7,000 lbs with it. The HD (rated for about 4,000 lbs more) was definitely the way to go for me as it made those longer trips a much easier and relaxing drive, and it will look after any upgrades that might come along later. The difference in towing experience is amazing, and I'm glad that I made the move.

Tough decision to make for sure


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Posted: 08/11/20 08:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2500HD. Then you won't be back on here in six weeks asking about tires, suspension upgrades, and high priced hitches. Plus, you are ready for your next trailer. Oh yeah, you will enjoy your longer trips.

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With that much stuff and people I would get a 2500 or 250.

My answer would be different if it was just you and your wife.


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I bought a new F250 in 13, and enjoy driving it, even around town empty. I think with that load, you are better off with the 250/2500. They really aren't any larger, in actual size, but much better in towing, and payload capability. The HD gas models will use more fuel, when empty, but will be similar to 1/2 ton mileage when towing. My truck empty, around 70 mph gets about 15 mpg, and towing my FW at 60-65, about 8-10 mpg.

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What are the specs on the old truck (engine, payload, GVRW, Axle ratings, tow rating, etc...) and how do you plan to load it (will that be different with longer trips)?

To little info to say if the truck can handle the new rig and loading.

168k miles is nothing to worry about if the ratings are up to snuff for the loading and it's otherwise in good condition.


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Valhalla360

5.3l vortec V8, Its a STOCK 07 1500 classic.
loading is the same for longer trips as it would be for shorter.

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