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Old 11-03-2015, 06:16 PM   #1
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Chevy 3500

We currently have a Class A but are thinking of moving to a 5th Wheel I've found the following vehicle and am wondering what the consensus is on this as a tow vehicle

2007 Silverado/Sierra 3500 HD Crew Cab
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4WD LB DRW

It does have higher miles at 171K but my experience with a GM product is good.

Are there any major problem with the drive train, engine, transmission.

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Old 11-03-2015, 07:04 PM   #2
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Just my two cents...Chevy improved their frame a lot on 2011. If there is anyway you can swing to buy a 2011 or newer you will like the truck more.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:13 PM   #3
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Injectors and fuel pump, other than that the motors are good. But t h is items alone replaced can put you near $5/6k.

171k miles not bad if price is right and in good shape, well maintained.
Pull dipstick and look at oil...smell it for fuel.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:28 PM   #4
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Find your fifth wheel first, than find the truck, IMO. Otherwise, you'll be strictly limited to the trailer you can buy based on the remaining weight capacity.

Go here with the numbers to check what weight you can carry: RV Tow Check | Towing Guide Eliminator
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Definitely find a 2011 and newer. Any of the brands are good after 2011.

More power, more reliability, and capability.
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:38 AM   #6
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Is the 2007 the new body style? For 2007 gm had the old body style which matches the 2006 and a new body style for 2007. If the 07 you're looking at matches the 06 then you're looking at the LBZ engine code and Allison 6spd tranny. That is the most sought after duramax combo. The LBZ had no injector issues like the earlier LB7 motor or the cooling issues of the LLY. If it's as nice as my dad's 06 cummins which has 160k, and it's a good deal, buy it. If it's the LBZ it also has no emissions crap to deal with
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Old 11-04-2015, 04:32 PM   #7
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I second dcarver. If youre looking at an 2007, the LBZ (classic) is the way to go. If it won't handle your rig, a later model would likely not do it either. I know of no weak components inherent in the LBZ duramax/allison but its always good to let a diesel mechanic take a gander at it.
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I checked the towing capacity of this truck, it is 16000 which is about as high as you can get.

Haven't looked at the truck physically but the pictures look good. Priced at ~$20K.

Interesting info on a 2011 truck or newer, but the cost for this may be higher then wanting to pay.

If I buy a 5th wheel before I have a truck what do I do with it, leave it parked at a storage yard??? Is this considered putting the cart before the horse??
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I bought my truck 1st. Once I had my truck, I knew how much I could afford to pay for a trailer and how big of a trailer I could buy. I found a low miles Chevy DRW diesel. I love my truck (mine is a LB7).



I feel like I saved major bucks by avoiding new vehicle depreciation.
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Love that truck!
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:16 AM   #11
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I bought my truck 1st. Once I had my truck, I knew how much I could afford to pay for a trailer and how big of a trailer I could buy. I found a low miles Chevy DRW diesel. I love my truck (mine is a LB7).







I feel like I saved major bucks by avoiding new vehicle depreciation.

Nice truck hard to find 01-02s in nice shape to many don't take care of there things. Nice find


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If you have an good idea of how heavy the 5th wheel will be I guess you can buy the truck 1st.

The advice given to me was to find the 'house' 5er 1st. I found a 5er with stacked washer dryer at a good price. If I bought the SRW truck that I was going to buy it would not tow the trailer I bought.

Any dealer will be happy to hold a trailer until spring. At least the dealers around me are happy to keep (at no cost) the trailer. This is central Ohio.
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Being my daily driver, I didn't want a DRW.
I bought the highest payload truck I could in a SRW. 2015 Ram 3500 Crewcab 4x4. Then I knew what I could pull.
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I bought the largest unit my truck can pull. A 39 ft Big Country by Heartland. No regrets.
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