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Old 01-24-2019, 10:00 PM   #1
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1500 vs 2500

I'm buying a new tow vehicle and am unsure with what to go with, either a 1500 or 2500HD. Our camper weighs 5000lbs and towed well with my 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3L engine. I don't know if we will upgrade to a larger camper in the future, I doubt it. My wife likes the minimum. I want something that I can use regular gas in vs. the 6.2L engine - requiring premium gas, and I would also like a tow vehicle that is very stable in all weather conditions. What are you using and are you happy with it. I am open to all brands, Chevy, GMC, Ford, Dodge and Toyota. Don't care for the looks of the Nissan! Thanks for your input!
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:24 PM   #2
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Hi step bill.

Are you at 5000lbs fully loaded?

I will have to sayim biased and prefer GM products and 2500s and against eco anything or any active fuel mgmt systems. Really any tech driven by the EPA and government instead of the customers who are towing, hauling and using the trucks every day. I like my Yukon 8.1 which takes 87 octane.

That out of the way i think any new 1500 would work well for you with the right rear gears. If I was buying, it would be the 6.2 yukon or maybe an F250 or Ram 2500, but I need more towing and payload capacity right now.
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Hi step bill.

Are you at 5000lbs fully loaded?

I will have to sayim biased and prefer GM products and 2500s and against eco anything or any active fuel mgmt systems. Really any tech driven by the EPA and government instead of the customers who are towing, hauling and using the trucks every day. I like my Yukon 8.1 which takes 87 octane.

That out of the way i think any new 1500 would work well for you with the right rear gears. If I was buying, it would be the 6.2 yukon or maybe an F250 or Ram 2500, but I need more towing and payload capacity right now.
I too hate the EPA and government rules. Thats why I'm staying away from diesel, along with the cost of fuel. Here, diesel is 80 cents more per gallon of gas.

Fully loaded I'm probably pushing 6000lbs but I'm normally never fully loaded as I drive dry and fill up with water when I arrive.
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If 6000 max, and i was in your shoes, I would go with a 1500 with a tow package and at least 3:73 gears. Good luck and let us know when you get your new truck
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Brand is irrelevant. You'll find tons of people who swear by what they have and wouldn't drive a Ford, Chevy, Dodge (fill in the blank) if you paid them. Almost everyone says they don't see themselves going with a bigger camper, but most do. It would be a killer to buy a new truck and then find yourself saddled with a camper you no long want but you can't upgrade because your truck is too small to pull it. Go 2500 and no worries. Just my opinion.
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Daddy always said "GO big or stay home".
Mine weighs just under 7000 fully loaded,, and I pull it with a 1500, pulls it fine, only have 5.3 pulls it good, could use a little more in the mountains, but in all reality it goes as fast as I want to go
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We have ford F150 2.7 eco boost with tow package. Our trailer is 22 feet and weighs loaded 5,500, truck is rated over that. Also hwy gas mileage not pulling is 23. around town 15-18, Have never had any problem towing up or down hills.
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1500 vs 2500

I have a 2012 Denali 289RK. It weighs in the 8000lb range when loaded. I pull it with a 2017 Silverado High Country 1500, 6.2 engine. I use regular gas unless I'm in the mountains.
I have LOTS of power, get about 12 Imperial MPG at 95 kph. Truck handles this trailer with ease.
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I have a 2016 Aerolite 282DBHS (6300 lbs dry) that I pull with a 14 Silverado 1500 5.3. You will be fine with a 1500.
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