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Jebby14

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Posted: 08/11/20 10:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

the right half ton could do it but you will be top end. buy a 3/4 ton in your flavor of choice and be happy.


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whendrix13 wrote:

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


Stock 1500 can have a variety of capacities. Find the rating plate by the door frame


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Played the payload game for years with the half tons and ended up with a 2500, game over.

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Most 1/2 ton trucks won’t have enough payload for a growing family of 5 plus wood, bikes, kayaks etc and still have enough left for tongue weight. Been there. Get a 2500 gasser of your choice and never worry about being overweight or what you pack.


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Posted: 08/11/20 12:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 2015 Sierra (half ton) has a payload of a little more than 2,000 lbs. I tow an 8,200 lb (GVW) trailer and the last time I ran over a scale, I was 75 lbs over the truck GVWR. This is for 2 of us and 2 small dogs. No kids so a lot less gear than a family would have.

I'm looking at the new gas one-tons for when I eventually get a bigger RV. Not much point to a 2500 when the 3500 is less than a grand more and has 1000 lbs more payload. Not looking to get a diesel, and I would avoid a used 2500 Diesel as the payload is not much more than I have now.


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Posted: 08/11/20 12:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can pull a big trailer...but can you safely carry the weight....payload runs out first.


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I think you are right in line with the capability of the stronger half tons ~5years old. You will gain more engine power and at least 2 more trans gears. If this will be mostly for towing, then I recommend nearly any 3/4 ton from similar era. You'll get the same power/trans benefits plus stronger components and cooling capacity for more durability and lower maintenance costs.


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valhalla360 wrote:

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.


I'd say 168k miles on a 4L60e and counting is worth considering worrying about if one doesn't want to sink another few grand into an already older high mile truck. At least based on the dozens of half ton chevys we run daily. (or any other brand for that fact)


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whendrix13 wrote:

Valhalla360

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


Have had and driven "most" models of light duty tucks in the last 30 years.

Those are nice trucks, but IMO out matched for a bigger TT approaching 7klbs. Safe? Yes. Performance? Pahtetic might be a bit strong, but not by much (compared to most all newer trucks).

Newer 6 speed half tons, aka 5 year old ish Gm 5.3s, 6.2s, 8 speed Hemi Rams and F150 5.0s and Eco boosts will all pull the doors off that 07 and have better brakes. Rear suspensions haven't changed much.
Step up to 8-10 speeds and the newest versions of the big 3 1/2 tons and even more power.
Need a 3/4 ton or bigger?? Absolutely not, by a long shot, however if you would prefer one, you will not be disappointed in the performance of the chassis (suspension and brakes). But you wont' really gain much, if anything, in straight line performance.

Same thing applies now as it always has. For a mid size trailer like you're considering, a primary DD truck and occasional towing, 1/2 ton will still serve you better. Don't mind the fuel mileage loss and bigger, rougher truck and/or tow more than occasionally? HD pickup is the better choice. Cost difference apples to apples features and gasser HD to gasser 1/2 ton is almost negligible, IMO.

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I had a 2012 Sierra, max tow capacity. I went to the 2500 gasser this year. I would never go back. Stability, ease of breaking and speeding up to pass people on the highways. Gas millage is ablut the same for me. And the ride is a bit rougher unloaded. You can tow with a 1500 , but it will struggle up mountians etc. You dont need a diesel if you dont want one. I dont. The gasser is good for me.


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