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Old 08-18-2017, 04:41 AM   #61
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Originally Posted by DHart View Post
I am looking at two potential trucks as a TV. I know that either one is more than fully capable to tow a 30' Flying Cloud, but want to get some feedback from those who may have/had either of these two trucks.

2015 GMC Denali 1500 truck with the 6.2L engine - 9,200 lbs. towing capacity 1740 lbs. payload
2015 GMC Denali 2500 truck with Duramax - 13,000 lbs. towing capacity 2793 lbs. payload

Aside from the $6k-$7k price difference:

The 1500 would have more than enough capability for pulling the 30' Flying Cloud, no problem, and is more "car-like" to drive around.

The 2500 HD is more "truck-like" to drive around, but its extra margin of towing capacity would be very reassuring. I do like the extra height and more truck-like quality of the 2500HD. And the fact that this truck could tow something heavier than an AS, should I ever want to do so, though I don't anticipate having another RV after a 30' Flying Cloud.

I'm told that late model 3/4 ton diesel trucks are in greater demand and tighter supply than 1/2 ton gas trucks are, which may indicate that the former could hold resale value better over the coming years.

I drove both of these trucks today and really liked them both, though there was a marked difference in "feel" while driving them. As I said, the 1500 with 6.2L was quite car-like and the 2500 with Duramax was quite noticeably a very beefy truck, but still quite luxurious and comfortable.

So... your comments about either or both of these trucks would be appreciated.
I had a 2500 Duramax and grew to love it for commuting. If the difference is only $6k you are getting a good deal. I drove the 6.0 gas before buying that truck and it was fine too but the Dmax was a little quicker off the line. As far as parking and handling in traffic there was no difference.

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