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Lightning55

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Posted: 04/13/20 01:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 5th wheel that I tow with a 2013 Sierra 2500HD SLE Duramax. It does a fine job of towing but I want to upgrade to a nicer equipped truck with the newer generation 6.6L motor. I don't exceed the weight limits on my 2500 but I've been told that the 3500 actually rides better than my truck and has higher towing limits if I ever decide to get a bigger FW. Other than the rear suspension, the 3500 is the same as the 2500, so I'm told. The 2018 LTZ that I'm looking at looks like a locomotive by comparison to my GMC, even though it's not. I have other cars but I really like driving around in the truck even when not towing. I just don't want to over kill on my truck and feel like I'm driving around in a Freighliner. I guess I really don't need greater towing capacity but like the idea of a better ride when not towing. Anyone have a 3500 and wish they got a smaller,lighter truck?

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Posted: 04/13/20 02:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMO ride in a 3500 and decide for yourself about comfort but review the 2020 Chevy Trailering Guide for payload and max tow weights.


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Posted: 04/13/20 02:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get the 3500 and don't look back. DW may see a larger 5th wheel she wants.


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Posted: 04/13/20 02:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would keep the 2500 for now if it does what it is meant to unless you just want to get a new truck. Wait and see if/when you upgrade the 5th wheel and then match the truck to it. If you want the new truck get a 3500 though.

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Calbar repeats the tried and true rule...buy or select the TT/5er first, then match a TV to it. Good advice.

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Posted: 04/13/20 05:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your getting a newer truck to tow a 5th wheel then go for the 350/3500.

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I went from a 2500 to a 3500 dually and haven't looked back.


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5 years ago, we drove a Chevy 2500HD and a 3500HD on the same test route. The 3500 had a noticeably harsher ride so we went with the 2500HD. A few years later it dawned on me that the tires in the 3500 may have been inflated to a greater pressure than the 2500, causing a rougher ride. There really isn't any other explanation for the difference.

The 2500 gets the job done, but we are pushing the payload rating. If I had it to do over, I would buy the 3500.


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On GM products the difference is nearly all on paper and not in reality, so it comes down to where you live and local laws in terms of actual capabilities.

If GVWR is something that matters, legally, in your state than get the 3500.. if it doesn't get what you want.

I've always owned SRW 3500's, but in the past the difference from Dodge wasn't anything special. Today Ram has substantial differences between the two, but even then the 2500 is fully capable of what the 3500 SRW is rated at.


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Posted: 04/13/20 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3500
I've only ever wished for bigger trucks, never smaller. My 3500 dually was over the GVWR with the TC and the boat. Next truck might be a 4500.

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