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Old 08-17-2016, 08:58 AM   #15
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Our 2016 Cougar weighs just shy of 10,000 lbs,,,loaded, 31'4" from nose to tail... Our 15 Silverado 2500 pulls (and stops it) like a dream... And yes I drive a truck for a living... The extra weight/drivetrain of the 2500 makes it a pleasure to drive... I'm getting older,,, I have enough stress at work.... The truck Controls the trailer,,, not the other way around.... Get the little bit (alot) more truck in the 2500/3/4 ton.... You'll be glad you did... (and NO we are not rich)
PS,,, I might add you don't need the extra cost of a deisel if you don't want to... Personally I Love it... But as jimnlin said,,, a properley set up gas motor in a 3/4 ton will do fine to a point....

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Old 08-23-2016, 11:10 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Bookish View Post
I am planning to become a solo RVer in the near future. I don't yet have my rig or tow vehicle although I think I have found the trailer model suitable for me. It would be 34' in length. The weight is rated at about 7000 lbs. I am also going to purchase a new truck for towing. I was thinking about a Chevy Silverado 1500 with hitch, electrical, and tow packages. The model I have been researching is rated to pull about 9500. I am looking for any recommendations or advice. Wondering if I should spend the extra and get a 2500 or something else entirely. I currently own a 1500 as a second vehicle. I have had it for 22 years and it has been very reliable. Used it to pull a 26' sailboat with no special packages and no problems.

For that much weight and length, I would definitely recommend a 3/4 ton at minimum. You want to keep your ratings at 80% or lower to improve towing and a safer tow.


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