Originally Posted by Chrisy
We just got an EB 27 Getting a vehicle to tow it as had like concerns about The Tundra though I love it. We are Looking at a Silverado 1500
with Max trailering package. 6.2 L 8 speed. Reading this thread I am now concerned about this being enough. Or should we go to the 2500? We have Three Golden retrievers and my wife and I #350. We plan on couple of generators ,kayaks and bikes.So it seems we will get over our max to keep it safe.After all its about control and stopping.Alot of these engines will pull the loads.Do you think thats ok or should we move up?
Chrisy... considering your payload requirements, I'd go straight to a Silverado or Sierra 2500 with Duramax/Allison.
Our payload is similar to yours, possibly slightly heavier. We went with a Sierra Denali HD with Duramax/Allison and are so thrilled with the truck on its own, as well as how wonderfully matched it is to our Airstream. The engine is smooth, powerful, and very quiet. It is a pure pleasure to drive and tow with.
We live in Arizona and often travel through the many mountains ranges in Arizona, the Rockies, & the Sierra Nevada range and the pulling and engine braking performance of this truck with our 30' AS are exceptional.
Our truck's payload (with the full luxury options that the Denali has) is just about 2300#. With a less-fully equipped version, there would probably be a little more payload. 2300# payload meets our needs well, with a little extra buffer payload still on tap. I'm not keen on pushing payloads to the max (or beyond) when towing.
I'm not sure about all the Silverado/Sierra models, but the Denali HD also has 4-wheel disc brakes. We also got 4-wheel drive, which we are very thankful for, as we often find national forest 4WD trails that we can easily handle with the higher ground clearance and 4-wheel drive on tap. We have used 4WD numerous times in the few months that we have had the truck.
At present, we're in the Rockies (Ouray/Telluride, Colorado) and are using the truck in 4WD to access some of the mountain passes here in the Rockies. Magnificent! Getting to many of these awesome places would not be possible without the 4WD capability. And having the Duramax gives plenty of great power, even here at 12,000 feet elevation. Captured these images here yesterday: