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Old 11-05-2016, 03:01 PM   #29
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I would have got a 3500SRW but I had trouble enough finding a 2500 around here like I wanted... It will do us fine.... Very happy so far,.....
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I finally got my FW back from the dealer. The difference between my previous Tundra and my new Silverado is like day and night. Like a lot of people told me I wouldn't know it was behind me. I towed my FW with my Tundra to North Fort Myers, Fl (1,003) and averaged 11.1 MPG with gears shifting between 5th and 6th with cruise at 60-61 MPH. I got 12.1 MPG within 60 miles with cruise set at 65 MPH. I didn't buy the truck for better MPG it just turned out better than my Tundra.

I keep telling my DW that the truck is making fuel. While traveling on the highway with cruise set between 65-75 MPH the fuel range would go up instead of down. But then again going on short local trips the fuel range goes the other direction. But I am glad I made the switch. My friends were shocked when they found out that I bought the new truck because they know how much I like Toyota vehicles. I hope my Silverado will be just as reliable.
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The diesel makes all the difference in the work! Congrats on the new ride
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Here is my 2015 Denali. 10 to 12 mpg towing 17500. 18mpg empty at 80mph
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:49 AM   #34
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Interesting. My 07.5 3500 got about 7.5 to 8 towing my 18K toy hauler.
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Old 04-14-2017, 03:18 AM   #35
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While I agree that you might just as well get a 3500 because it is rated to carry more, the only real difference between a 2500 and a 3500 is an extra leaf spring. All the rest is the same. So you could put the extra spring on but it doesn't change the rating. BTW get the diesel you won't be disappointed.
re leaf is only difference. Thanks for info. True? I ask, because 2 dealers informed me the 3500 has a stronger axle, and the 3500 axle has a different part # from the 2500 axle. I cannot tell by visual inspection: both appear the same.
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I have had them both 2500 and 3500 (one was dually). If I had it to do over again, I would lean toward the 3500 with dual rear wheels. If you ever upgrade your 5th(I'm guessing you will-its in our nature), you won't be concerned about capacity but more than that, I felt better with the dual wheels in back. Tight curves felt better and I felt better about braking. There is not a hugh price difference and if you can live with driving a dually around for sightseeing or groceries ( you get used to it) I recommend a dually. We are now in a class A but did spend almost 10 years with 5ths. jmo mark
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I have had them both 2500 and 3500 (one was dually). If I had it to do over again, I would lean toward the 3500 with dual rear wheels. If you ever upgrade your 5th(I'm guessing you will-its in our nature), you won't be concerned about capacity but more than that, I felt better with the dual wheels in back. Tight curves felt better and I felt better about braking. There is not a hugh price difference and if you can live with driving a dually around for sightseeing or groceries ( you get used to it) I recommend a dually. We are now in a class A but did spend almost 10 years with 5ths. jmo mark


We are considering going to a 5th wheel from our 44ft class A
I see you've gone the other way
Pluses or negatives?
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Unless the cost of a diesel pusher became prohibitive, I would not consider going back to a 5th. We like viewing the road up high and having the amenities available as we drive down the road. I also really like using the jeep for a get around vehicle once we are located somewhere. I do believe 5th wheels present less cost obsticles but we like the class A. jmo mark
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Unless the cost of a diesel pusher became prohibitive, I would not consider going back to a 5th. We like viewing the road up high and having the amenities available as we drive down the road. I also really like using the jeep for a get around vehicle once we are located somewhere. I do believe 5th wheels present less cost obsticles but we like the class A. jmo mark


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No comparison between a Tundra and any diesel. You must have a light 5th wheel if your truck tows it easily. In real hills you Tundra will struggle. Since most people buy larger and heavier RV's you will eventually need a heavier duty truck. You may need a 350 dually if you go heavy enough. If you stay at lower level a SRW would probably be ok.
What you need to decide is how big could you possibly go with a new 5th wheel and then but a new truck. Use it and then buy the RV when you want, knowing you have a proper TV.
All kinds of threads on this site where posters have trucks too small and they try to justify their poor decision to buy the wrong truck first and then go RV shopping.
Plan ahead so you don't join this group.
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Having a 2007 GMC 2500 Duramax, I researched this until the cows come and found no difference in the "running gear" except the wheels. I broke down and called my uncle who was a division head at GMC, who put me in touch with an engineer. Bottom line was if you change the 2500HD emblem to 3500 and exchange 3500 rear springs and rims, few mechanic could tell the difference without looking at the vin number.
Bottom line, don't put more in the truck than the tires can handle. The cargo weight capacity is weight without an independent braking system and depending solely on the truck to stop.
My personal experience is my 12,000 gooseneck is head and shoulders above the stability I feel when I towed my 9,000 pound tow behind.
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