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Old 04-24-2016, 06:27 PM   #15
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Based on pulling my little 20ft FC with my '05 Yukon or '12 Tahoe, both with the 5.3L engine, I'm partially agreeing with Cando above...you'll be disappointed wit the 5.3L engine heading up mountain passes, but you'll be fine everywhere else, including merging onto freeways and interstates. Safe travels. jon
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:38 PM   #16
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You should buy the truck that you like to drive, either one will do the job. The Ford will probably be more cost effective over it's life cycle for you but I'm just guessing at that since I don't know your overall circumstances. People worry too much about uphill speed when it's downhill speed that really matters. To me the main concern I have is that all the weight you are in charge of when rolling down the road is on contact patches of tire that just aren't all that big. I like cruise control because it keeps my speed down around 60mph! If a fancy hitch could save a tow combo from losing control in an unexpected emergency maneuver, or if you tow lots of miles and it makes driving less tense for you it would probably be a good investment. If it was me I'd buy the Ford and try a Reese cam type hitch and hit the road. If the combo doesn't feel good to you then you still have money to spend on a pricey hitch.
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:08 AM   #17
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I like reviews from these guys who real world test trucks under 9000 lb loads up an 8% grade.
I watched this and it's impressive. The only downside is this isn't exactly how the original poster's TV is setup. This is what GM calls their max tow package with the 3.73 gear ratio and 11,000 max towing. With the 3.42 gear ratio that weight drops to 9400 lbs. Still the video will give folks some idea of the capacity and performance. I've yet to take my 23d on any steep inclines (coming soon as I make my way from Texas to North Dakota in a month or so). But right now it has no problems towing the 6,000 lbs in a configuration the original poster also shares.

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Edit: One other thing to note is I added the trailer mirrors (they didn't come on my 2015 GMC without getting the max tow package). Those mirrors will set you back a pretty penny ($6000 pennies ... or $600 dollars ... plus installation because they have to do a software upgrade for the lights). However, I wouldn't tow the AS without them.
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:42 AM   #18
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I watched this and it's impressive. The only downside is this isn't exactly how the original poster's TV is setup. This is what GM calls their max tow package with the 3.73 gear ratio and 11,000 max towing. With the 3.42 gear ratio that weight drops to 9400 lbs. Still the video will give folks some idea of the capacity and performance.
They also didn't mention manual shift mode, which is on my 2015 1500. That should help eliminate some braking on the downhill portions.
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:02 AM   #19
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...Edit: One other thing to note is I added the trailer mirrors (they didn't come on my 2015 GMC without getting the max tow package). Those mirrors will set you back a pretty penny ($6000 pennies ... or $600 dollars ... plus installation because they have to do a software upgrade for the lights). However, I wouldn't tow the AS without them.
That would be 60,000 pennies!
I never understood the need for trailer mirrors until I bought a set of the McKesh mirrors for our trailer mirror less F-150... Holy cow! What a difference!
When we upgraded to the 2500 diesel Ram (sorry Doug, it is an upgrade!) it came equipped with towing mirrors. Now I sing the song of the mirror converted...

As to the original poster's question... I'm sure that with a load capacity of 1800 pounds that truck will be just fine if underpowered on hills. If I were looking for a non diesel I'd likely look at the GM 6.2, it is a very nice engine with an awesome 8 speed. Other than the turning radius and those fender flares the 1500 was high on my list before I went to the "dark side" and bought a Ram...

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Old 04-25-2016, 08:27 AM   #20
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Sounds good to me.
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:38 AM   #21
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I watched this and it's impressive. The only downside is this isn't exactly how the original poster's TV is setup. This is what GM calls their max tow package with the 3.73 gear ratio and 11,000 max towing. With the 3.42 gear ratio that weight drops to 9400 lbs. Still the video will give folks some idea of the capacity and performance. I've yet to take my 23d on any steep inclines (coming soon as I make my way from Texas to North Dakota in a month or so). But right now it has no problems towing the 6,000 lbs in a configuration the original poster also shares.

-Wayne

Edit: One other thing to note is I added the trailer mirrors (they didn't come on my 2015 GMC without getting the max tow package). Those mirrors will set you back a pretty penny ($6000 pennies ... or $600 dollars ... plus installation because they have to do a software upgrade for the lights). However, I wouldn't tow the AS without them.
Yes, that is true, and if you head to their website, and look around, they have videos from lots of trucks and setups, although you have to find the link for the 2015 models kinda hidden on there.

Me .... I've watched a bunch of them as I've been considering trading my gasser 2500hd for a 1500, f150, etc --- but man I hate to give up the payload... but I also use my truck for stuff like.... to bring home 3 yards of dirt...
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:45 AM   #22
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I have a 2016 Silverado 1500 with the 5.3 and 8spd. I towed my 25FB for the first time over the weekend. Where I live things start out at 4200 feet and go up from there. The truck did fine. It pulled the grades well and the trailer didn't toss it around even though it was the windiest trip that I have ever taken. I use my truck to get to and from work as well as the weekend outings with the trailer or a 26' boat. I could have gone with the 3/4 ton diesel but for the 90% of the time that I use it without towing I really enjoy the ride and handling of the 1500 plus it is designed to run on regular gas not Premium like the 6.2 or diesel. Fuel won't be cheap forever!
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That would be 60,000 pennies!
I never understood the need for trailer mirrors until I bought a set of the McKesh mirrors for our trailer mirror less F-150... Holy cow! What a difference!
oops! You're right. It should have been 60,000... All I know is it hurt paying for them. But like you, now that I have them, I wouldn't tow without them.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:38 PM   #24
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I just hooked up my little 5.3 to my 31'er and towed it the 20 miles from the garage to my house to load it up for a planned three month trip and I pulled the speed limit all the way home.

It will do.


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