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Old 03-23-2007, 06:43 PM   #71
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Another item to consider for those looking for a new truck:

Toyota Tundra misses the mark regarding crash safety rating: Toyota promised to deliver a 5-Star rated new Tundra to satisfy its customers. However, it received only 4-Stars, while its domestic competitors; Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Dodge Ram, and Ford F150 pickups each received 5-Stars in the frontal crash rating test. (Automotive News 3/20/07).
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Old 03-23-2007, 07:10 PM   #72
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This can be taken care of by replacing the 26/27 gal. OEM tank with a midships 45 gal. replacement tank from Transfer Flow. Since I am not a fan of the long bed PU with an ext. cab or crew cab, this is what I will do in the future.
I remeber filling my 42 gal tank in the Suburban, it took a long time.

Now I have the GMC 2500 with the 26 gal tank. I am interested in that 45 tank. Where does it fit midship? I looked under the bed, and really didn't see any room, except where the spare tire is, but, that would be stern though.

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Old 03-23-2007, 07:33 PM   #73
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tanks...

Usually they just replace the factory tank with a larger one, another good aftermarket tank is by Titan Tanks <http://www.xxtank.com/>.
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Old 03-26-2007, 10:47 PM   #74
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Wow

Wow you guys (gals too) are great. Thanks so much for sharing what you know and your experiences too. I'm quite certain now that I'll go with a 3/4 truck now that way I know I'm good for the 28W model and also for a 25FB, and if for some reason we go smaller (23D maybe?) I'll be happy knowing that I'll be able to just yank it down the road with ease.

While I am leaning toward the GM, I'll still consider Dodge and Ford too. I've not looked at any Dodge products yet, and have only looked at Ford 1/2 tons. I'll go check out the 3/4 in the Ford and Dodge line now. But will likely end up back at the GMC dealer I really like the new '07 GMC line. I guess I should look for good used too to cover all of my bases.

Thanks so much you are the best!


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Old 03-26-2007, 11:04 PM   #75
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Cosmotine,

Thanks for your input here, since you are dealing with a 28W already I appreciate you chiming in here and telling me how it is. The issue of a 1000 pound tongue and you feeling more comfortable in a larger tow rig is dually noted.

Mike Lewis,

Nope, I've not decided yet, for real. I still think I have a bit to learn since I've never trailered anything. The cost is not too big a concern as the difference between a basiclly equipped SLE1 Sierra 2500 and a upgraded MAX tow equipped SLE1 Sierra 1500 is nil, they basically cost the same thing.

The issue too much information. I have two coworkers who each tow travel trailers one coworker has an Airstream which is a Safari 25' and he tows with a '06 Ford 1/2 ton 5.4 Triton crew cab with tow package and says he has no issues towing his Airstream. The other guy has a '05 2500HD series Chevy crew cab with the 6.0l V8 he tows a 26' SOB. Now he has no trouble towing this trailer either. However, I've ridden in and driven both of these guy's trucks and the 1/2 ton Ford is much more comfortable and gets a few more miles per gallon in daily use. So between what my coworkers are telling me and the information I've been reading on this forum I remain a bit confused still.

Of course I don't yet know how a new '07 2500 series GMC will ride as there are none available just yet in my area. I suspect I need to go check these out in closer detail.

Thanks all for all of the help so far! You are really a great bunch of folks!

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I'd be interested in comparing the real figures between the two trailers you mentioned. The 25' Safari may be much lighter than the 26' SOB and I'd question the 1/2 ton owner as to where he has towed the Safari. My '92 Z71 4X4 with 350 V8 and 5 speed manual trans got my '77 31' Excella up to interstate speed but struggled on steep hills.
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Old 03-27-2007, 12:49 AM   #76
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I agree, and we'll see

Craig,

I don't know the weight of my friend's 26'SOB, I know prior to his having a 2500HD Chevy he towed it with a 1/2 ton Chevy but was not completely happy with the towing. He bought the 2500HD in anticipation of getting a new 5th wheel SOB.

The 25' AS and 1/2 ton for combo that my other friend owns has really only been towed around Texas in the Austin/Hill country area. But this summer this guy plans on towing on through the mountain areas of New Mexico and Colorado. I suspect that this will be the trip that really tests his combo.

I may have purchased a truck by then, but if I have not you can be sure I'm going to ask him how it went when he gets back from New Mexico and Colorado.

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Old 03-29-2007, 09:27 AM   #77
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Wannastream,

I bought a 1/2 ton GMC Sierra in January. I love my truck. I bought the crew cab short bed for use in my business. I do not tow anything as of now but like you I am in the market for an Airstream at some point.

Just wanted you to know that the new GMC trucks are great.

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Old 03-29-2007, 09:34 AM   #78
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The new GM Trucks look great. The 2500/3500's are just now being released. I've been thinking about a 3500 non-dualy.
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Moose is right. The trucks look great. I have never had so many compliments about how great my truck looks.

Of course it is red with 20 inch wheels so the younger guys really like it.
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:13 AM   #80
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I love my Chevy Crew Cab 2500HD Duramax! It is very comfortable and roomy for our family of 5. Although, (usually on long trips), I have said they need to come up with a privacy window (like in limos) that could separate the kids from us.. wouldn't that be a dream !
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:41 AM   #81
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"Max Trailering Pack, includes (L76) Vortec 6.0L V8 SFI engine, (G80) heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential, (Z85) Handling/Trailering Suspension Package, (AXN) 9.5" (24.1 cm) hybrid rear axle, (JD9) front and rear disc brakes and (Z82) heavy-duty trailering equipment (NHT) "

I got this off of the GMC web site. I looks like a 1/2 ton with the Max Trailering package does come with heavy duty breaks and rear axle.

It is rated to tow 10,200 lbs. The standard 1/2 ton is rated at 7600 lbs.

A 3/4 ton Suburban is rated at 9700 lbs.
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So that's the same?

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So that's the same axle and brake setup as the 3/4?

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There may be a little confusion with the GM line-up. A 1500 is your basic half ton truck . A 1500HD is basically the same as a 2500 ( and probably a 1500 max tow ). The reason a 2500 suburban has a slightly lower tow rating than the pick-up is the difference in weight and wheel base . A 2500HD is a whole other animal , heavier frame ,brakes,bearings etc. Hope I didn't add any confusion.
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wanna,

I don't know about the same axle and breaks. I just was looking at the web site. You will have to talk with someone that knows more than I do.

Two things I do know.

1. The 2007 are great trucks.

2. My 2007 1/2 ton is a much bigger truck than my 2000. I don't know if the weigh more, but it is just a bigger truck.
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