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Old 08-30-2016, 03:13 PM   #1
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Tow vehicle decision

Just bought an 18' tow-behind trailer. Dry Wt=3000#, GVWR=3800#. Looking hard at a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2WD with 5.3L v8, 27,000mi. Also looking hard at a 2008 Toyota Tundra 2WD with 4.7L v8, 69,000 mi. Similar prices, about $19,000.

Any preferences or experiences with similar? Any suggestions? Thanks!!

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2011 over 2008. 5.3 over 4.7 and 27k over 69k pretty easy decision.
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My son just traded his 2010 tundra 5.7 nice truck but it had a hard time running 70 with a 1,500 # trailer, don't know about the Chevy probably not much better. He purchased a 2016 f250 diesel rides rougher but it will pull.
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2011 over 2008. 5.3 over 4.7 and 27k over 69k pretty easy decision.
Yeah, I think you're right Mr. RV Wizard. I was leaning that way, but sometimes I'm letting my great experience with Toyota cars bias me toward the Tundra. I guess there are people out there who have had just as good results with their Chevy's.

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For the same money, I'd go with the Chevy.
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2011 over 2008. 5.3 over 4.7 and 27k over 69k pretty easy decision.
X2.

Both good trucks that will last you a long time and can easily handle that trailer. When it does start to fail the Chevy will likely be cheaper to fix.

The miles and year make the chevy the better choice but that aside get what you like as you will have to spend a lot of time with it.
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2011 over 2008. 5.3 over 4.7 and 27k over 69k pretty easy decision.
Agree. Also, 3,800 is pretty light, any full sized truck should be able to handle it.
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