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Old 01-17-2015, 02:56 PM   #29
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Nice truck!!! I have replied to your Classified ad on the hitch - is the hitch still available? Live in Puyallup, so close by.
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Old 01-17-2015, 03:13 PM   #30
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Nurvet, yes the hitch is still available. I didn't get your response to the ad, not sure what happened.

Anyway, I just sent you a private message here on the forums.
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Old 01-17-2015, 03:34 PM   #31
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you picked a real nice truck. They didn't offer a denali 2500 in 2009, that would have been my first choice. The rock tamers do get warm if you go that way. The nav system is nice but You can't use it while driving the truck, we use a second system to navigate . You won't regret this purchase.
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Old 01-17-2015, 03:47 PM   #32
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I loved reading about your purchase and envy you for making a decision to move forward with the 2500 Denali diesel. I am having a terrible time trying to decide on which truck to buy and I usually don't have a problem making decisions!

.snip..... and we are not comfortable towing this size trailer with our SUV. We began looking at trucks and I have not been able to make a decision on which way to go. This is not normal for me I usually study a problem gather information and then make a decision. Not so with this decision, it is a really tough with no clear right answer. ...(snip)... I don't want to make a costly mistake!
As has been said, this topic has lot of opinions and no real answers. I have an older F250 Diesel and it does an excellent job hauling...
But as a go to the store vehicle.... even with a shorter bed it's difficult to pull into shopping center parking lots (and get back out when you leave..).

My F250 just gets driven to keep the tires and batteries functioning as we have more vehicles than people.

When I replace I've been toying with a large gas 2500 Ram or GMC. I don't feel sitting is good for any truck -- including the diesel. Short runs doesn't even warm the engine block. Thus the gas seems better for me with intermittent use.

I personally have reservations about the Eco versions small block gas lasting 10 years without problems. I hear it screams (high RPMs) up moderate grades. Large Disp. Gas would rev too, but nothing beats displacement....

And the winner should be.......??
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:02 PM   #33
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George the 1500 ranges from 12,000 lbs (2 WD) to a low of 9,100# (Denali 4WD Std Box). As I was getting an oil change yesterday I was looking at the wall chart on towing. Lots of combinations depending on the vehicle, engine, 2/4WD, dually and the list goes on. The 2015 GMC towing brochure, and every manufacturer has one, runs 20 pages as a PDF.

What caught my eye was thinking about the 2015 Classic with a 10,000 max weight. Lots of posts here on the forum have folks towing something similar and when you look at the charts they could easily be exceeding the vehicle limits depending on the combination of parts.

If I still had my 2015 5.3L Gas Sierra 1500 by the numbers I was limited to 9,100 (they didn't have the max trailer when I got mine). Max trailer would take that to 11,000#. Duramax is 13,000#. These weights are using a WD hitch.

As to size other than low parking garages and a bit more maneuvering sometimes while parking I don't find the 2500 much worse than the 1500. Turning radius is larger and the truck with the same box (std) is the same length in 1500 or 2500. You can get a short box and shave off 15 inches. My 1500 was the short box and was a bit easier to maneuver but the standard box is much more functional with the extra length.
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:07 PM   #34
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T2P if you are an iPhone user get the GM Onstar app and you can do programming of the nav from your phone. Voice command on the phone works great.

I buy DEF at Walmart. That seems to be about the cheapest in the 2.5gal size. I've not looked at the DEF pump nozzle in the truck stops but the opening on the Duramax would probably not be sufficient to handle the fill rate. Maybe with a funnel or saving a couple of the 2.5 gallon cartons. They work great since they supply a short plastic hose.
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:18 PM   #35
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:58 PM   #36
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George the 1500 ranges from 12,000 lbs (2 WD) to a low of 9,100# (Denali 4WD Std Box). As I was getting an oil change yesterday I was looking at the wall chart on towing. Lots of combinations depending on the vehicle, engine, 2/4WD, dually and the list goes on. The 2015 GMC towing brochure, and every manufacturer has one, runs 20 pages as a PDF.

What caught my eye was thinking about the 2015 Classic with a 10,000 max weight. Lots of posts here on the forum have folks towing something similar and when you look at the charts they could easily be exceeding the vehicle limits depending on the combination of parts.

If I still had my 2015 5.3L Gas Sierra 1500 by the numbers I was limited to 9,100 (they didn't have the max trailer when I got mine). Max trailer would take that to 11,000#. Duramax is 13,000#. These weights are using a WD hitch.

As to size other than low parking garages and a bit more maneuvering sometimes while parking I don't find the 2500 much worse than the 1500. Turning radius is larger and the truck with the same box (std) is the same length in 1500 or 2500. You can get a short box and shave off 15 inches. My 1500 was the short box and was a bit easier to maneuver but the standard box is much more functional with the extra length.
I see that there is a difference in the builds from the US to Canada. We don't have the Denali 4x2 only 4x4 and as far as I can see you can't order the max tow package on the 1500 Denali so you can only get 3.23 axle
A Canadian build Denali with 3.42 gives it's tow capacity of 11700 lbs. Also on the SLT with 6.2 and max tow we can build it with 7600 lb GVW, whereas you can't?
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:23 PM   #37
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Very nice truck! I thought long and hard about getting one, too.

We upgraded to a 2014 F350 w/Powerstroke. I believe the tow haul mode is similar to the GMC in that it uses a combination of transmission and exhaust braking. Coming from a 2000 F250 diesel, there's a light year or two of improvement. When it came down to it, the tipping point for the Ford was my trust in the service department of my dealer.
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:35 PM   #38
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In 2011, we upgraded from our 2002 GMC Yukon XL (which we loved) to a 2011 GMC Sierra Denali Duramax 3500 HD to tow our 2004 30' Classic. The longer wheel base of the truck fits better with the 30' Classic. There are so many great things about this vehicle....double the fuel economy, the downhill braking feature, the mirrors, the back-up camera....well, you know! My husband got every option available on our vehicle....except the snow plow package! I only asked for 5 things: no duallies on the rear axel, the 6-foot bed, input on the color, no decals (advertising your 4x option), and 4WD with posi-traction. It has been a wonderful tow vehicle!
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:15 PM   #39
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I've not looked at the DEF pump nozzle in the truck stops but the opening on the Duramax would probably not be sufficient to handle the fill rate. Maybe with a funnel or saving a couple of the 2.5 gallon cartons. They work great since they supply a short plastic hose.
The DEF pump at our nearby truck stop has a tiny nozzle dispenser that fits precisely in the DEF filler, no need to use the plastic funnel, and it meters slowly. Much easier than wrestling the nozzle while holding an 18lb carton. Plus, you can dispense the precise amount needed.

I do feel a bit silly sidling up to the big rigs; about the only time my truck feels small.
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:38 PM   #40
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Thanks Lara. Good to know.
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:53 AM   #41
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In December, we decided to upgrade our tow vehicle from a 2013 Ford F150 to a 2015 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD Diesel.
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Looks like you opted for the 18" wheels. I am ordering a similar truck and am debating between 18" and 20" wheels. Why did you go with the 18's?
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Looks like you opted for the 18" wheels. I am ordering a similar truck and am debating between 18" and 20" wheels. Why did you go with the 18's?
If you think you'll ever use chains, check the owner's manual before getting 20" wheels. Not recommended on my F350, probably for cosmetic reasons with the lower profile tires. Can't scratch them purty rims.

I'm going with tire socks.
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