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Old 01-26-2015, 12:56 PM   #15
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The 5.3. Is a weak tv, my neighbor has a 2009 1/2 with a 6,2 chevrolet, pulling a car trailer with a lite old car it does alright,but pulling a 24' enclosed. Trailer with a light car, it does it but it is working hard, probably like a glorified 350....best with a 3/4 ton for a gasser I like the dodge 6.4......I will keep my 6.7 with a six speed auto, the 8 or 10 speeds do not make up for an under powered engine....
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:05 PM   #16
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No complaints with my 2012 Silverado 5.3 factory towing package, tow/haul, etc. for my 25 FB. I might not say that if I had a 31 but I never will. Nor will I be tempted to go to a 2500 with a diesel for my 25. I would have bought a 6.2 if there had been one on the lot at the time, because I do agree that bigger is better.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:24 PM   #17
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The 6.2 was a new Gen 5 motor in 2014. Direct injection, cylinder deactivation as well as variable valve timing. Not the same engine as 2009 (And I'd disagree with the weak comment even in the 2009 version).

The 6.0 in the 2500 is a cast iron block and not a Gen 5 engine. 6.2 is better for highway recreational loading and pulling. The 6.0 is a fine puller for my 30'er (have had 2 of them), but am anxious to try the 6.2. I had the old 6.2 in an Escalade and a Yukon XL Denali and it pulled very well.

I also own a 2000 Express with a 350 and it is weak by today's standards. There is no comparison to a 6.0 or any generation 6.2.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:24 PM   #18
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There seems to be no fuel economy penalty for the larger engine. I drove a 2500 Duramax yesterday and I can tell you, it's night and day different from either the Chevy or Ford 1/2 tons I drove the same day. You definitely feel the additional 1000-1500 lb. mass over the lighter trucks and the engine is a symphony of gurgling, rumbling and whistling sounds as you navigate through traffic. I grew up driving various sized trucks on summer jobs I had in my late teens, so I wasn't shocked. My wife, however, had an immediate negative gut reaction--even as a passenger. I'm comfortable with the idea of pulling a 7600 lb. GVWR 27-foot Flying Cloud behind a 1/2 ton truck. I'm not sure I would fee the same about pulling a 10,000 GVWR Classic 30. Fortunately that's not what I own.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:43 PM   #19
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OK, I think I have this figured out. This is the NON MaxTow 2015 Sierra I picked up today with a 6.2L and 8 speed. It does not have the maxtow package with the heavier 9.73" rear axle.

It has a GVWR of 7200

I believe the 7600# "option" your dealer was referring to is the MaxTow package, which makes sense. You get 350#s more on the RGAWR and 50#s on the front.
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:17 PM   #20
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I had an extended cab 2000 Silverado 1500 5.3L gas engine with four speed automatic. I towed a 30' Excella with it, but it struggled in the mountains.
Next I had a crew cab 2010 Silverado 1500 6.2L gas with six speed automatic with the max trailering package. It pulled the 30' Excella that I owned at that time without any problem.
My next tow vehicle was a crew cab Silverado 2500 6.0L gas six speed. I really did not like that vehicle. It would carry all of the payload but struggled pulling the weight (a 3/4 ton is much heavier vehicle than a 1/2 ton)
I now have a 2014 Silverado 1500 5.3L gas with the six speed automatic with the maximum trailering package. This is the best tow vehicle I have ever owned. It tows my 25' just fine, anywhere I want to go. It will tow my 34' but the tongue weight of the trailer and weight of two passengers is really close to the maximum payload, 1,600 lbs, so I have to carry things in the trailer that I normally would carry in the truck bed. My truck's GVWR is 7,200.

Comparing the 5.3L in my 2014 to the 6.2L in my 2010, the 6.2L was noticeably stronger. But there's the trade off of the additional fuel consumption of the 6.2. Either engine will get the job done.
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Old 01-27-2015, 09:11 AM   #21
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Our recent experience with TV's. We've owned a 2008 2500 Suburban with a 4.10 rear end. It hauled our 28 International (7,600lbs?) just fine. But, when we got our 30' Flying Cloud (8,800lbs) in 2011 the difference was significant. When traveling in hilly territory and/or out west the 'Burb really struggled. We got to 98,000 miles and other than routine maintenance, we never had an issue with the truck. But, it was obvious that we needed to do something new.

I would graze on line sites from time to time when last week a 2012 Duramax Silverado Z71 popped up. What really caught my attention was that it was offered by a dealer with a matched ARE cap installed. That was it. We took delivery on Saturday. No experience towing yet, but I have not doubt that our concerns will be gone. The thing really is a beast and since we live in an urban environment, I'm sure I will have some interesting parking experiences. But, i guess that is the price we will have to pay. And, my wife loves the new truck.

As an aside, we traded our Suburban and the dealer told me that there were only two other used 2500's listed for sale at GM dealers in the US.
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Old 01-27-2015, 09:40 AM   #22
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I know of a 2013 GMC 2500HD Denali near me with a matching camper shell, 40k miles but I'm not sure I want a "beast".

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Old 01-27-2015, 10:21 AM   #23
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Ours had 59,000 on the odometer, but you know what they say about mileage and diesels. I also decided that I will not be able to climb in and out of the cap top easily, so I'm having a bed slide installed this week. The only accessory i wish the Duramax had was navigation, but I'm sure the Garmin RV unit will do just fine.
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:38 PM   #24
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OK, I think I have this figured out. This is the NON MaxTow 2015 Sierra I picked up today with a 6.2L and 8 speed. It does not have the maxtow package with the heavier 9.73" rear axle.

It has a GVWR of 7200

I believe the 7600# "option" your dealer was referring to is the MaxTow package, which makes sense. You get 350#s more on the RGAWR and 50#s on the front.
I think you are right. It also comes with the 3.42 rear gear.
I am presently pulling with a 2008 6L and 4.10 and am very happy pulling the 25FB.
Only has the 4spd and sometimes I wish for a couple of more gears but I wouldn't drive anything but a GM.


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Old 01-27-2015, 02:03 PM   #25
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Not really to OP's question but I've got the Yukon XL Denali with the 6.2 and the 8 spent transmission. It's got 3.23 gearing as opposed to the Sierra's max tow package's 3.43 (no max tow option on the Yukon). This power train is beyond fantastic. The new 6.2 has gobs of torque (460) and when paired with the 8 speed (which has a lower 1st gear than the old 6 speed) and it's shorter steps between gears, the result is awesome.
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Old 01-27-2015, 03:41 PM   #26
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The issue isn't towing ability or capacity. The issue is the rated cargo capacity of the truck. If I accept the stated tongue weight of trailer (800 lbs.) add 500lbs of people and dogs, the the capacity of the available truck is ok. It allows me several hundred pounds of capacity for "stuff." However, lots of posters here seem to report that Airstream's specified tongue weights are off by 200 lbs or more. I'd feel stupid if something in the rear axle or suspension failed and GM denied a warranty claim because I overloaded the truck. The 27 is a front bed model, so storing clothes in the bedroom cabinets is going to add tongue weight. The Chevy with the 6.2 is my absolute favorite of what I've driven. My dealer, which is a very big Washington DC area dealer (Koons) confirmed today that GM is not taking orders for the 6.2 and max trailer tow combination.
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Was Koons able to give you any kind of timeframe for when GM will open the order banks?
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Old 01-27-2015, 04:41 PM   #28
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