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Old 12-08-2014, 02:59 AM   #15
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Hi, Paula; No disrespect, but it sounds like you are in La La land. If you really want a General Motors truck and a Duramax Diesel, you might want an Allison transmission with it. maybe you have been sneaking around the Dodge/Ram dealers and got Cummins [Diesel] locked into your head. And now an Avion??????
Thanks - just a brain fart - been looking at too many trucks lately.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:47 AM   #16
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GMC vs. Chevy

Hitch weight on a 34' Avion tridem is 10% thus no more than 950# at GVWR. That may be no higher than your present TT.

JimGolden on this forum has a nice one. TXIceman bought and refurbished a V-model I looked at buying a few years back. Thread on IRV2 "A Newer Vintage Trailer". Both may have scale tickets and TW real numbers.

Both use[d] diesel pickups. The current air ride 3500 Dodge would be my choice of a diesel for heavy fulltimer load were I buying new, but this low TW means a far wider range of TV is possible.

The latest diesel pickups are overpowered and highly expensive on a per mile basis versus ten years ago. The gasser motors can handle far more than what this TT needs.

A GMC is just a slightly upmarket Chevy.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:19 AM   #17
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The F-150 is really fine, but I liked the driver display a lot better in the Chevy - and for me (a lefty) the Chevy seems a bit more ergonomic, then there's the monster 2500 Duramax diesel engine and Cummins tranny.

Plus I've been negotiating on a 10 meter Avion.

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If you're anticipating a 10 meter Avion, you'll no doubt like the extra oomph of a 3/4-ton pick-up. I wouldn't hesitate buying any of the big 3's diesel offerings. They all have their good points. I lucked out and found a lightly-used 1995 PowerStroke for a steal of a price. Only had 70,000 miles on it when I bought it 3 years ago for $6850. For that kind of deal, I can afford LOTS of diesel and upkeep compared to a $50K new(er) truck.

If you don't mind me asking, what year/model of an Avion are you looking at?

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Forgot to mention that the Dodge 1/2T EcoDiesel can handle a tridem Avion. And get 30-mpg solo highway. Also optional air ride. "Top" has one (see thread).

Good luck with whatever you choose.

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Just badging- The vans are even more similar. The ONLY difference in the vans is badging and grill.
The Dodge Durango/Jeep Grand Cherokee are the same, come off the same assembly line. I know someone who has a Dodge Durango with Jeep wheels - factory goof up-
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People usually choose Chevy or GMC based upon which one they can get for less/a better deal.
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GMC has occasionally options not on a Chevy.

The IFS on this brand is a good thing, but turning radius is said to be higher than Dodge.

Cab ergonomics would be big for me were I Paula's size. Same for mirrors. Harder to get everything set to driver needs the shorter one is.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:43 AM   #22
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I asked the question when I bought our current GMC truck - deae told me they are virtually identical apart from minor detail/trim changes - said that some folks jus have brand loyalty t one or the other.

I had always thought that the GMC brand was a slightly upscale version the Chevy - guess not, he said prices are the same. (I still think it is a little classier - but then I may be biased!)


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GMC has occasionally options not on a Chevy.

The IFS on this brand is a good thing, but turning radius is said to be higher than Dodge.

Cab ergonomics would be big for me were I Paula's size. Same for mirrors. Harder to get everything set to driver needs the shorter one is.
That used to be so with the Denali, but now Chevy has the High Country.
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Forgot to mention that the Dodge 1/2T EcoDiesel can handle a tridem Avion. And get 30-mpg solo highway. Also optional air ride. "Top" has one (see thread).

Good luck with whatever you choose.

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I would not recommend any 1500-rated pick-up to tow a 34' Avion unless you plan on pulling it empty up and down the road. (you won't, of course) It's a 1500 for a reason. The Dodge EcoDiesel is a beautiful truck and should be good for the mid-sized trailers, but for me, the top end limits of the 1500's are too close for the heavier Avion 34's. Just my opinion. To each his/her own, though. Let us know how it works out.
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I'm so sick of studying tow vehicles I don't know what to do. My dilemma - we purchased a new 28 ft. AS Flying Cloud in Aug 2014 and thought that we were OK towing it with our Infiniti QX 56 which has a tow rating of 8,900 lbs, but after towing the AS for about three thousand miles I'm not comfortable especially stopping so I started looking at RAM and GMC 1500. Now I'm concerned that 1500's (1/2 tons) are big enough and I'm considering moving up to the RAM or GMC diesel or the big gas engine. What are your thoughts?

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If you are looking new then the GM 1500 is available with the 6.2l gas and 8 Spd rated around 12000 lb tow and available with 7600lb GVW,which would've more than enough.


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If the QX56 won't do it, a 1/2 ton truck might not, either. You may need to look at 3/4 ton trucks. There are at least a couple of folks on here that went from a QX56 to a Ram 3/4 ton diesel.
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Ed, are you confident that your brake controller and/or weight distribution is PROPERLY configured? I'm towing a new 28' with a much smaller TV than a QX56 without any issues whatsoever....the AS actually tows much better than my previous (and much shorter/lighter) SOB....likely due to a more tuned towing setup.
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