Originally Posted by Miller303KDS
Well I decided on the Silverado. Bare with me as I explain why..... I had a 2009 Ram 1500 that I traded in at a Chevy dealer 80 miles away for a used 2011 Ram 2500 CTD back in August. The 2500 had some alignment/drivability issues from the start. I took it to a Dodge dealer near the house to have checked out and was told there were some bent suspension parts under the front end and they wanted $800 to repair. I called the Chevy dealer where it was purchased to let them know there was damage and it needs to be resolved. They agreed to take it to a Dodge dealer they work with to have fixed. That Dodge dealer claims they replaced a tie rod end and a ball joint and lined up the truck. After getting the truck back, it reverted to having issues after 100 miles of driving again. I took it to a third Dodge dealer where they told me the same as the first, it was wrecked and there were signs of half effort repairs. I called the Chevy dealer and told them the third dealer said the same as the first and I wanted out of this truck because my confidence in this truck was gone. My original thought was to get my old 1500 back and start my search again. Well over the 8 weeks that this was happening, they sold my 1500. I was now at the mercy of the Chevy dealer. It was either keep the wrecked 2500 or buy a Chevy. They located me a new 2013 2500 D-Maxx but I could not afford the $50k price tag and they had a hard time finding a 6.0 2500. The next option was a 1500 on the lot. So, with all that being said, the choice was a wrecked truck with major repairs needed and no guarantee that nothing else would rear its ugly head or buy the Silverado 1500.
I now have the 1500 but have since added a 2" level in the front and a 1" taller block in the rear and some 10 ply tires. Future plans include some Firestone bags in the rear as well. I know the truck will have to exert a little effort to pull my TT, but I should be well within my capacities. Payload on the truck is important, I know. I am figuring with a full tank, myself, the DW, and small kids and tongue weight, i should be around 1300lbs. The tag says payload max is 1700lbs. Tow rating is 9600lbs and the last time I weighed the TT loaded was 7200lbs. I do not haul wood and the only things in the bed are usually a wagon and a small bike. Ideally I would like another 2500 but it did not work out. We will find out In the spring how it does. I appreciate everyone's input. It was taken into consideration as much as it could be given my situation. This is a great forum and resource. Keep up the great work irv2 members!!
Good luck with the new truck!
I think you will be just fine with it and will appreciate the improved MPGs over the 2500.
I will be looking forward to you resurrecting this thread in the spring after you have towed the TT to let us know how it went.
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