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Old 11-21-2014, 05:08 AM   #15
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Thanks to all of you, final piece of our TV/AS decision made. Talked to Sean at ProPride and getting the WD hitch with 1400 lb. bars. I should be safe pulling my FC 28 with my 2500 HD Duramax. See y'all on the road and thanks for your help.


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Old 11-21-2014, 06:28 AM   #16
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Regardless of what tow vehicle you choose, truck, SUV or passenger car, the trailer should always stop itself. If not, then your setup needs looking at.
So true Ed. Check out the adjustment on the trailer brakes. Our Infiniti/Airstream stops great and feels very comfortable.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:27 AM   #17
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wise choice

[QUOTE=DeltaRon;1534990]As many of you have witnessed, I purchased a 2015 Tahoe to tow my future FC 25. BUT, ended up ordering the FC 28 Rear Bed and immediately became anxious as to the towing capability of the Tahoe with the increased tongue weight. Problem solved. Just traded the Tahoe for a 2015 2500HD Duramax diesel, exhaust braking with Class 5 hitch. Call me overdone but ain't gonna sweat the big hills. Now don't y'all make me regret my decision! LOL "

I wouldn't worry to much what others think, especially if you are happy. Its a good choice and wise move on your part. Extra capacity in the trucks capability is good.
I just got back from a 1870 mile round trip tour of the southeast, and even though a lot of the travel was in flat land, I would not have wanted to tow my 28' with anything less than my Dodge 2500.
I saw on the interstate way to many instances of to much trailer for tow vehicles.
Had one ole' boy pass me on 95 near Georgia/Florida line, about 6:45 am in the morning, two fridays ago, poor old tahoe or suburban, was over loaded and in was down in the rear, chains dragging when going across bridge transitions. Trailer was wagging all around down right scary. They were moving on.
I got off 95 in Jacksonville, I didn't want to be anywhere near that accident waiting to happen!

so Duramax, is a good choice Deltaron. I like seeing truck and trailer riding level. Diesel fuel is down to $3.34 is some places.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:40 AM   #18
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Good choice to get enough truck to handle the tongue of a 28' plus the extra weight of a pivot point projection hitch. You will still have enough cargo capacity to not ruin your day when you are loading up.

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Old 11-21-2014, 09:38 AM   #19
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And with the 2500 vs the 1500 you will be able to put some stuff in the bed of the truck. My GMC Sierra 1500 pulled my FC 25 fine, even up the hills of Colorado. But only had about 80# of load available for the bed of the truck with me, wife, dog, full tank of gas and my ProPride when I checked it on the CAT scales. No issue at all with the Sierra 2500 Duramax.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:08 AM   #20
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So very true about the 250/2500 diesels pulling with no effort. If there is a downside, it is most likely the ride quality..... Not as smooth as a large SUV as a result of different suspension systems. But, the overall level of fatigue in driving is IMO less when the TV does all the work. Especially is this true in adverse conditions when having the correct set up can be a life saver. Check this out the "morning after" towing 75 miles in a Wyoming blizzard

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Old 11-21-2014, 10:24 AM   #21
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As many of you have witnessed, I purchased a 2015 Tahoe to tow my future FC 25. BUT, ended up ordering the FC 28 Rear Bed and immediately became anxious as to the towing capability of the Tahoe with the increased tongue weight. Problem solved. Just traded the Tahoe for a 2015 2500HD Duramax diesel, exhaust braking with Class 5 hitch. Call me overdone but ain't gonna sweat the big hills. Now don't y'all make me regret my decision! LOL


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Like we say in Wyoming, "Ain't no such thing as too much truck." Our DMAX is 9 years old and just hitting it's stride.
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:44 AM   #22
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I highly doubt you will regret it!

We moved to the Duramax 2500HD when we bought our Classic 30. I initially towed the trailer home with a Sierra 1500 that we had used with a previous trailer.

I think that in a pinch we could have stayed with the 1500, but the towing experience is just so much more enjoyable with the diesel.

About the only downside I have found - and it is a pretty minor one - is encountering a little more difficulty sometimes at fill-up time if not on the interstates. You not only have to find a gas station that you can get in and out of easily, but also one that has diesel - and even if it does advertise having diesel you have to find out which pump you need to get to!

I was more concerned about that when we first got the truck and have adapted to it now! I generally don't let the fuel gage drop down much below a half tank before I start looking though if we are on smaller secondary roads.

Also, I have gotten in the habit of carrying a spare fuel filter and tools o change it with me "Just in case." We did pick up a bad load of fuel once in a small out of the way gas station and it plugged the filter. I should have known better! (Well, I did know better, but didn't have a lot of choice.)

The truck went into what they call "Limp mode" with zero filter life showing on the dash info system and we had to carry on at not much over 5mph max to the next town here luckily there was a GMC dealer!

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Old 11-21-2014, 01:08 PM   #23
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Hi from AZ. . .my F150 Ecoboost has 'tow haul' mode on tranny & effectively acts as Jake brake. And pulls my FC 28 just fine thank you. regards, Craig
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:10 PM   #24
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Like we say in Wyoming, "Ain't no such thing as too much truck." Our DMAX is 9 years old and just hitting it's stride.
Yup, the photo was at the Petro Station Exit 310, April 24, 2010

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Old 11-21-2014, 01:46 PM   #25
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1400 LB bar for 2500 Duramax/ FC 28 ??

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Thanks to all of you, final piece of our TV/AS decision made. Talked to Sean at ProPride and getting the WD hitch with 1400 lb. bars. I should be safe pulling my FC 28 with my 2500 HD Duramax. See y'all on the road and thanks for your help.


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I have same 2500 Duramax (2013) and 30 ft Classic /. Started out with 1400 LB bar and have to switch to a much lower bar (600LB I think) due to AS rough ride - beddings, cushion, clothing all shifting around due to excessive vibration. I was advised to reduce the bar wt. since my TV is already beefed up to carry more than 10,000 LB. Forum members also claim that 1400 LB bar is ideal for smaller TV ( 1500 SUVs) but not for 2500/3500 HD on a 8-10 thousand load and that it will cause shell/frame separation with time. Please research more before you take delivery of the 1400 Lb bar as they are pricy to exchange (UPS). Looking forward to seeing you setup at Canopener
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:12 PM   #26
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Hi from AZ. . .my F150 Ecoboost has 'tow haul' mode on tranny & effectively acts as Jake brake. And pulls my FC 28 just fine thank you. regards, Craig
Let me say that I tow with an F150, and I'll be buying another F150 in 2016 or so. However, tow/haul does not do the same thing as an exhaust brake on a diesel. The exhaust brake on an engine like the RAM's Cummins increases back pressure in the exhaust to augment the already significant compression braking a diesel provides.

The exhaust brake system on a 6.7L Cummins is STILL not a Jake Brake, which is a device that opens the exhaust valves near the top of the compression stroke on demand, to eliminate the recovery of any of the energy that went into compressing the air in the cylinder. That's why Jake Brakes are so loud.

For purposes of descending a grade, tow/haul just holds the transmission in lower range, it doesn't do anything to increase the compression drag of the engine like the other 2 systems do. Now, tow/haul makes a bunch of other changes to the behavior of the transmission in different modes of operation, but that's not what I'm addressing.
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Old 11-21-2014, 09:04 PM   #27
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Msmoto I love the bumper sticker on the truck peaking out of the snow. "Easy Does It" Appropriate for the conditions.
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Old 12-20-2014, 04:41 PM   #28
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You won't regret it. Run Stanadyne fuel additive, and only Racor/Delco fuel filters or pick a good aftermarket fuel system. As long as she's drinking clean fuel you can just follow the dash maintenance reminders and never have an issue.

As said in this thread empty ride quality is the only minor gripe with a big truck, and even then it's nothing some quality springs and bilsteins can't fix.
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