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Old 01-25-2015, 06:50 PM   #1
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2014 Chevy/GMC 1500 6.2L + max tow?

Looking for anyone who is using 2015 GM 1/2 ton with 6.2 liter V-8 and max trailer tow package combination crew cab. The max trailer tow package was the only way to get a 1960 lb. payload rating with this truck. It was available with both the 5.3 L and 6.2 L V-8s. I've been looking around for this combination to pull my new 27 FC. Chevy dealers tell me that GM is not accepting dealer orders for this combination and none have been made, even though the "build and price" section of Chevy's website offers this combo. I'm wondering whether there's a supplier issue or a bad warranty experience with the '14s or what. So I wanted to see if anyone on the forum is using this combo. Having driven a couple of trucks with this engine, I'd say it's very nice. I can't say the same about the 5.3. Looking at the new F-150 3.5 ecoboost also, which is what I may end up with.
But my first choice is the big V-8, if I can get the max towing.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:18 PM   #2
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Have you compared your choice to the 3/4T version?

An air ride 3/4T Dodge with 6.4L Hemi would be my default comparison for any pickup with gasoline motor were I considering a pickup for a 25' or larger A/S.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:25 PM   #3
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I am picking up a 2015 Sierra 1500 with a 6.2 tomorrow for my next demo. I couldn't find a max tow that fit the parameters of my program. So it is a 6.2, 8 speed but has the standard rear axle and a 3.23 gear instead of the 3.42.

I'll at least be able to gauge the performance, allow for the gear difference and do some extra math at the scale to see how it may work for a loaded up truck and 30' classic. It'll be a couple of months before I can report back, but I am still considering it over a 2500....we'll see. My gut says it'll pull fine...but for me and my toys, I don't think there's enough payload. IIRC, the max tow gives 350ish more pounds of payload, depending how optioned.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:43 PM   #4
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Sierra 1500 max tow

I went looking for one of these to test drive in November. Couldn't find one with the 6.2. For 2015 models, the only 6.2s were mated to the 8 speed tranny, built in the Denali version, which has special shocks. The Max Tow package has different, special, shocks, so I guess putting Max Tow on a Denali would make it no longer be a Denali....

Anyway, I did test drive a 2015 1500 Sierra with Max Tow and the 5.3. The ride is clearly better than the 3/4 ton trucks I also test drove. I was overall pleased with it. The dealer had two Max Tow trucks on hand, both in LTZ trim. The payload posted on the door sticker read about 1850 on one and 1880 on the other (different options on the two trucks). I think these trucks were both short beds, but I may be remembering that wrong.

In the end, we decided to keep the tow vehicle we have now.

I'll be interested to hear what others think when they find a 6.2 engine paired with Max Tow.
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Old 01-25-2015, 08:22 PM   #5
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I am picking up a 2015 Sierra 1500 with a 6.2 tomorrow for my next demo. I couldn't find a max tow that fit the parameters of my program. So it is a 6.2, 8 speed but has the standard rear axle and a 3.23 gear instead of the 3.42.

I'll at least be able to gauge the performance, allow for the gear difference and do some extra math at the scale to see how it may work for a loaded up truck and 30' classic. It'll be a couple of months before I can report back, but I am still considering it over a 2500....we'll see. My gut says it'll pull fine...but for me and my toys, I don't think there's enough payload. IIRC, the max tow gives 350ish more pounds of payload, depending how optioned.
The dealer I used to work for in BC has ordered one in for me on spec and I have been to the US site and looked. Most every thing is the same except when we were speccing it out we both noticed that there was an optional 7600lb GVW available with the Crew and 6.5 box and Max Tow.
When I look on the GM.com site I can't find the option tho you may be able to see it on the site you use for ordering.
Have you noticed this?


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Old 01-25-2015, 09:42 PM   #6
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I don't see a 7600lb GVWR. I see a 7200GVWR with Maxtow.

BTW, I called my sales counterpart coworker. There does not appear to be any restriction on any MaxTow ordering capability. There was...way back at the beginning of the 2014 model year, when we couldn't get enough of the 9.76" rear axle.
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Wonder if it another Canadian thing like no 4x2 Denali?


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Old 01-26-2015, 07:04 AM   #8
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Wonder if it another Canadian thing like no 4x2 Denali?


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Possibly, I just am not familiar with Canadian distribution. However, I would be REALLY surprised if there were physical suspension (et.al.) differences, resulting in GVWR rating differences in Canada vs. US.

I am wondering if the website isn't clear and the 7200 "max GVWR" on the spec page is for non-MaxTow trucks and the Maxtow axle brings it to 7600". I really need to see a MaxTow truck and My demo door placards to get an answer. You are correct, in that the Dealer order guide is (most of the time) more correct and more detailed than marketing materials, like simplistic web page spec sheets.
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Is the fuel tank only 26 gallons on these with the 5.3L and 6.2L. That would be a deal breaker for me for towing.

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Old 01-26-2015, 10:15 AM   #10
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Kelvin, yes 26 gal on the 1500.
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Possibly, I just am not familiar with Canadian distribution. However, I would be REALLY surprised if there were physical suspension (et.al.) differences, resulting in GVWR rating differences in Canada vs. US.

I am wondering if the website isn't clear and the 7200 "max GVWR" on the spec page is for non-MaxTow trucks and the Maxtow axle brings it to 7600". I really need to see a MaxTow truck and My demo door placards to get an answer. You are correct, in that the Dealer order guide is (most of the time) more correct and more detailed than marketing materials, like simplistic web page spec sheets.
The 7600lb was on the dealer order guide, not on the website.
I'm going to get hold of the fleet Mgr (we are on the road for another 5 weeks) and see if I can't get a code.


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Possibly, I just am not familiar with Canadian distribution. However, I would be REALLY surprised if there were physical suspension (et.al.) differences, resulting in GVWR rating differences in Canada vs. US.

I am wondering if the website isn't clear and the 7200 "max GVWR" on the spec page is for non-MaxTow trucks and the Maxtow axle brings it to 7600". I really need to see a MaxTow truck and My demo door placards to get an answer. You are correct, in that the Dealer order guide is (most of the time) more correct and more detailed than marketing materials, like simplistic web page spec sheets.
The 7600lb was on the dealer order guide, not on the website.
I'm going to get hold of the fleet Mgr (we are on the road for another 5 weeks) and see if I can't get a code.


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I read somewhere that the GM 2500 SUV's were not going to be produced in 2015?
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Jack, correct and there were no 3/4 ton Yukons/Tahoes in 2014 either.
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