I really wanted a 1500 to work for my new truck to pull a travel trailer and tried to talk myself into it as well as most of the camper salespersons. The math just didn't work for payload and safety was a huge factor too. Went with the Silverado 2500 6.6 Gas Custom. So far I love it! Old truck was an 06 Sierra with a 4.8 V8. Expect to be pulling a newer TT with GVW of 7500lb - 8500lb. Thanks for all the input. Thought this might help others that may be in the same situation I was in on making a new truck purchase decision. Price wise it was about the same as a 1500, yea I don't have a heated steering wheel or heated leather bucket seats but I'm not into that stuff. Keep it simple.