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Old 02-18-2012, 07:08 PM   #15
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I have a 26 foot Salem that weighs about 5800 "dry". My 2007 Gmc Sierra 1500 crew cab w 5.3l and 3.73 rear end is rated to tow 7800 pounds. I am "ok" with this setup in the Midwest, but a bit more engine would be appreciated. Brake and suspension wise its pretty comfortable. I use an equalizer hitch.

I see that the latest model year of Sierra with the same options are rated to tow 9200 lbs. I think some of the difference in ratings is that mine has the older 4 speed teams, while newer have 6 speeds.

Staying with 1/2 ton does help on gas prices when not towing. I routinely get 22 mpg on the highway. The downside is that a trailer upgrade to a bigger size will require a truck upgrade.
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. I am going to get the TT load it up like I am ready to head out and get it weighed. I am lucky I know someone who can pull my trailer to the scales to get it weighed. Then I will look for a truck. Thanks again everyone !
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:50 PM   #17
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The 6.0L PSD had more than it's share of problems...that's why they made the 6.4L PSD, which had more than it's share of problems...that's why they made the 6.7L PSD, the jury's out on it. IMHO, if I was in your shoes, I'd get a used GM/Chevy Duramax or a used Dodge Cummins. The towing experience is so much better with a good diesel than a gasser.
Or a good old F350 with the 7.4L Powerstroke
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Or a good old F350 with the 7.4L Powerstroke

The 7.4L was the 454 cu in gasser, are you thinking of the 7.3L diesel? If so, I agree, one of Ford's best engines.
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The 7.4L was the 454 cu in gasser, are you thinking of the 7.3L diesel? If so, I agree, one of Ford's best engines.
Yup... typo. 7.3L is what my brain said, fingers had another idea. I get around 12mpg in mine, mixed driving, with a superchip and a K&N air filter. Normal towing for me is a 22' flat bet equipment trailer with 15,000lb on it.
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