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Old 01-08-2016, 09:29 PM   #99
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Rich and DC,
I want to thank you both for your responses. One thing that I've never done is to have my trailer weighed (total, per axle and tongue weight). I really need to do that.

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Old 01-29-2016, 09:58 PM   #100
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Hello,

I've been researching tow vehicles for months now and we're taking delivery of a 30' Serenity in 1-2 months. I've been back and forth between HD trucks, gas vs. diesel, etc. I usually enjoy researching car purchases, but I'm beyond tired. The right size TV is such a polarizing issue on this forum [end rant].

I happened to stumble onto this thread after realizing that a Ford EcoBoost Lariat wouldn't have the payload I was hoping for. If I bought a HD truck, I was planning to go GMC all the way.. so in one sense glad to be back on a Sierra.

My question.... do you think that the 6.2 with the max trailering package would be ideal for a family of four (5 and 3 yo girls currently) who eventually plans to take multi-week trips out West each year? Right now, we were planning to buy an Equalizer hitch if that matters.

So... 30 ft Airstream, Equalizer Hitch, GMC 1500 SLT w/ 6.2 and max trailering. We're probably a little less than 400 lbs. as a family, obviously the kids are growing...

Would appreciate any vote of confidence (or not) you can give me.

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Old 01-30-2016, 08:01 AM   #101
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Eric, that just depends on how much weight you plan on putting in the bed. I have about 800 pounds of toys and gear, so a couple of adult sized rear passengers (eventually for you) would overload me when I take all the gear with me. If you plan on trading before the girls are 15 or so....or don't take a lot of gear, it's more than adequate for your needs.
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:50 AM   #102
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Thank you, Rich!

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Old 01-30-2016, 09:07 AM   #103
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Btw, Eric...my door sticker payload capacity is 2036#. Loaded LTZ doublecab regular bed. I assume you would get a crew cab. Subtract 200# from payload capacity.
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Yep, you're correct. Arghh... There is no perfect solution.

The thing is, I can buy a similarly optioned SLT 2500 gasser for basically the same price as the 1500. Maybe I should give in and just get the HD as payload should not be a concern.

So excited for the trailer, not at all excited for the TV. #Frustrated...

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Old 01-30-2016, 07:54 PM   #105
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Yep, you're correct. Arghh... There is no perfect solution.

The thing is, I can buy a similarly optioned SLT 2500 gasser for basically the same price as the 1500. Maybe I should give in and just get the HD as payload should not be a concern.

So excited for the trailer, not at all excited for the TV. #Frustrated...

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I've read this thread and been looking and Chevrolet/GMC web site periodically and it's not apparent to me that a 2500 can be purchased with the 6.2L engine? Is that correct? Is there a way around this? What are the reason(s) the 2500 is not available with 6.2L? I realize the OP of this thread is discussing the 1500 with 6.2L so I apologize for the tangent.
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2500 is available with 6.0 only. It is a cast iron block and head motor better suited for the gut wrenching fleet and farm type work. Aluminum blocks can twist a bit under abusive situations which nagatively affects long term durability.
None of this is a concern for road trailer towing. I'd love to see a derated 2500 with a 6.2 and 8 speed sold to retail recreational uses only.
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:32 PM   #107
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Oops, I meant 6.0 had cast iron block and aluminum heads.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:17 AM   #108
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Pickuptrucks.com along with Cars.com has just rated the 6.2/8L80 the best tow vehicle in the half ton class. See Texas Showdown results.
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Now I'm 3 months into a cross-country full time adventure with this truck that I started the thread. I'm pulling a Flying Cloud 27 with a total passenger weight of about 460 lbs. I really do think this is the best choice if you don't want to deal with the additional bulk of a 3/4 ton. We recently completed a 10 day loop from LA to Tucson with stops at Organ Pipe National Monument, Imperial Dunes, Catalina State Park and Anza-Borrego. For the entire trip our fuel consumption averaged 13.6 mpg, at speeds no higher than 55 (California) or 60 (elsewhere). You're not going to get that out of a 6.0 in a 3/4 ton. First, you're lugging around 1200 pounds more vehicle weight and second, the 6.0/6-speed is a much less efficient engine/drivetrain combination. Typically, the 6.2 loafs along at a quiet 1700 rpm going down the highway. The 6.0 isn't going to do that. When I test drove the 6.0, it seemed to work hard to get out of its own exhaust, even empty. If I were going to go 3/4 ton gas, I'd go for the Ram 6.4 which felt more powerful. After thousands of miles towing in all kinds of terrain, I'm perfectly happy. If I were pulling a 10,000 gross weight Classic 30, I'd probably go 3/4 ton diesel, mostly because of the superior engine braking of the diesel exhaust brake. But this combination works fine with an excellent weight distribution hitch like the ProPride. In the bed, I carry a 3kw Honda generator, a very heavy tool box, a "rug" that is too big, a trunk and a couple of duffel bags of out-of-season clothes and shoes, 2 gallons of gas, a small grill, a big bag of food for my 100 lb. dog and my portable satellite dish. So, it's full. This is a "short box," so if you got the longer standard box, you'd be able to carry more stuff. If my 3 daughters were much younger than they are, I could see having enough capacity for them and their stuff for weekend or 2-week vacation trips. OTOH, 5 in my trailer would be a little cozy.
BTW, the empty fuel mileage for the 6.2 @ 65 mph exactly duplicates my experience bringing my truck home empty from Denver at the same speed.
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I've been watching this thread with interest. Although I have struggled with GM products and headroom this truck is otherwise on the short list of available 1/2 ton trucks. Not sure if I want anything this large anymore but I sure like what GM has done with these!
I'd likely want a Denali and I have no need for the max tow.
We will see!
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I've been watching this thread with interest. Although I have struggled with GM products and headroom this truck is otherwise on the short list of available 1/2 ton trucks. Not sure if I want anything this large anymore but I sure like what GM has done with these!
I'd likely want a Denali and I have no need for the max tow.
We will see!
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Maxtow does give you about 400 pounds more payload capacity...even if you don't need the trailer or GCWR capacity. Maybe you don't need the payload capacity either?
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Maxtow does give you about 400 pounds more payload capacity...even if you don't need the trailer or GCWR capacity. Maybe you don't need the payload capacity either?
We really don't... We have been living with 1200 pounds capacity in our F-150 and although that is close we really have no need for much more.

I'm more interested in ride quality when empty as 75% of my mileage is not towing. It is all overkill when your pulling a 16' Bambi!
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