Originally Posted by MHammy
Hubby got nervous about our towing vehicle since we live in the mountains and he went out and bought a 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD Duramax diesel with the Allison transmission. May be overkill, but now we know we are okay to tow the AS when it arrives. Now to modify the garage........we are making one of the doors larger and adding 8 feet on the back. Have to keep the new toy warm and cozy!
Congratulations! Fabulous truck with all the capability and payload capacity you will need for a large Airstream and carrying plenty of items in the bed of the truck, as well.
In addition to the great pulling and hill descent control, the truck's payload capacity gives you lots of capability in bringing along the extras you may well want to have with you. We absolutely love ours and I'm sure you'll be thrilled with yours as well.
Here's our's during a trip to Colorado last fall.
One of the biggest potential drawbacks to towing with SUVs and 1/2 ton pickups (depending on what you're towing and what cargo you want to have along for the trip) is payload capacity. While these vehicles usually have enough power to pull with, they are usually surprisingly low in payload capacity (aka cargo capacity) if you're going to be pulling a large trailer.
You (your husband) needs to be well-educated on what cargo capacity is comprised of, add up all the weight that your personal requirements include (tongue weight, people, dogs, tools, camp equipment, grill, kayak, whatever... and stuff) then compare that sum with the cargo capacity of the tow vehicle. Important stuff to take into consideration. When we did this analysis with our 2015 Yukon Denali, we found that it did not have enough cargo capacity (payload) for our requirements, thus we traded for the Sierra Denali HD pickup. Glad we did.
Your unique needs will certainly differ from other peoples', thus only you can determine what cargo capacity requirements YOU have.