Pretty sure if we bought a 1-ton, all our city friends would laugh us out of town!
Sooooo, we test drove the Sierra 2500 4WD in both fuel flavors.
First: Diesel. As I drove it, I was thinking, "Well... I guess it IS still a GIANT TRUCK. What was I expecting? This is... fine." Neither of us liked the way it handled but agreed, we can do it.
It reminded me of riding a horse: You have no direct control of direction and speed, but you give the command and hope your partner follows it. (And it will, eventually.) The force required for braking was also hard on my hip.
Gas: SO MUCH BETTER. Everything felt more immediate, smoother ride and quieter too. Braking was easier. It felt like a giant car.
The door sticker stats for that exact vehicle:
Payload: 2562 lb
GVWR: 9500 lb
GAWR Front: 4800 lb
GAWR Rear: 6200 lb
The stickers didn't report tow capacity.
The brochure tow capacity of that model/engine/cab is 13,000 lb, axle ratio of 4.1.
Airstream FC 30 -
GVW: 8880 lb
Official tongue weight: 880 lb (plus extra?)
Payload of 2560 lb minus ~1100 tongue weight = 1460 lb for passengers and cargo.
All those numbers look good, right?