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Old 11-04-2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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Solved my "which TV" dilemma

As many of you have witnessed, I purchased a 2015 Tahoe to tow my future FC 25. BUT, ended up ordering the FC 28 Rear Bed and immediately became anxious as to the towing capability of the Tahoe with the increased tongue weight. Problem solved. Just traded the Tahoe for a 2015 2500HD Duramax diesel, exhaust braking with Class 5 hitch. Call me overdone but ain't gonna sweat the big hills. Now don't y'all make me regret my decision! LOL


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Old 11-04-2014, 03:51 PM   #2
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I tow with an '04 duramax 2500 HD. Got it gently used for a great price. Great engine and transmission. I get about 13.5 towing around CA. Over Donner summit or down 395. Love the ability to take on any mountain and haul lots of stuff in the bed. Love my chevy.

Im pulling a 06 Safari 23. It may be overkill, but if we decide to go up to a 27 we already have the TV.


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Old 11-10-2014, 01:37 PM   #3
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As many of you have witnessed, I purchased a 2015 Tahoe to tow my future FC 25. BUT, ended up ordering the FC 28 Rear Bed and immediately became anxious as to the towing capability of the Tahoe with the increased tongue weight. Problem solved. Just traded the Tahoe for a 2015 2500HD Duramax diesel, exhaust braking with Class 5 hitch. Call me overdone but ain't gonna sweat the big hills. Now don't y'all make me regret my decision! LOL


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Old 11-10-2014, 01:47 PM   #4
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Aside from buying a GM product (Ha, Ha) GREAT move. You will love the difference and the extra room of the 28 over the 25. Congratulations.
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Old 11-10-2014, 02:12 PM   #5
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As many of you have witnessed, I purchased a 2015 Tahoe to tow my future FC 25. BUT, ended up ordering the FC 28 Rear Bed and immediately became anxious as to the towing capability of the Tahoe with the increased tongue weight. Problem solved. Just traded the Tahoe for a 2015 2500HD Duramax diesel, exhaust braking with Class 5 hitch. Call me overdone but ain't gonna sweat the big hills. Now don't y'all make me regret my decision! LOL


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We tow with a 2015 Ford F-250 diesel. You are going to love towing with your new diesel truck!!
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Old 11-10-2014, 02:36 PM   #7
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First diesel other than Mercedes sedans. Had to go with GM since we've had such miserable experiences with Ford and their lousy customer service. Had a 2015 Tahoe but once we decided to upsize to a 28, just didn't feel comfortable it could handle the load. Now I worry no more.


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Good, then nobody will be telling you do and dont's for care and feeding of your new diesel. Enjoy it.
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I think that you will be happy with the Duramax. We have a 2011 3500 long bed, crew cab. It easily handles our 25FB while carrying our 3,000# Outfitter truck camper in the bed.

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Old 11-16-2014, 02:52 PM   #10
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We have the 28 ft rear bed Flying Cloud. We're towing it with a 2010 Infiniti QX-56 and think that we need a bigger TV, no one seems to talk about stopping. My biggest problem with the Infiniti is that i don't feel comfortable braking with it. Are there pros and cons to gas trucks vs diesel when it comes to stopping while towing?
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Old 11-16-2014, 02:58 PM   #11
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We have the 28 ft rear bed Flying Cloud. We're towing it with a 2010 Infiniti QX-56 and think that we need a bigger TV, no one seems to talk about stopping. My biggest problem with the Infiniti is that i don't feel comfortable braking with it. Are there pros and cons to gas trucks vs diesel when it comes to stopping while towing?
Are you sure your trailer brakes and brake controller are set an working properly?

I don't know about gas towing vehicles but diesels have an exhaust brake that not only helps downhill but is also helpful to deploy as needed.

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Old 11-16-2014, 03:04 PM   #12
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Are there pros and cons to gas trucks vs diesel when it comes to stopping while towing?
Yes! What they are specifically will vary by respondent here but the exhaust, or "Jake," brake on a diesel makes it the most significant/preferred feature especially in mountainous or high grade terrain.
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We have the 28 ft rear bed Flying Cloud. We're towing it with a 2010 Infiniti QX-56 and think that we need a bigger TV, no one seems to talk about stopping. My biggest problem with the Infiniti is that i don't feel comfortable braking with it. Are there pros and cons to gas trucks vs diesel when it comes to stopping while towing?
Regardless of what tow vehicle you choose, truck, SUV or passenger car, the trailer should always stop itself. If not, then your setup needs looking at.

A bigger tow vehicle doesn't automatically mean bigger and better brakes. Having said that, the exhaust brake of a diesel vehicle comes in very handy at high elevation and in mountainous territory.
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Old 11-17-2014, 06:24 AM   #14
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Great decision. I tow with a 2008 Dodge/Cummins 2500 4x4 long bed crew cab, and it beats the heck out of a non-diesel SUV.
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Old 11-21-2014, 04:08 AM   #15
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Thanks to all of you, final piece of our TV/AS decision made. Talked to Sean at ProPride and getting the WD hitch with 1400 lb. bars. I should be safe pulling my FC 28 with my 2500 HD Duramax. See y'all on the road and thanks for your help.


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Old 11-21-2014, 05:28 AM   #16
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Regardless of what tow vehicle you choose, truck, SUV or passenger car, the trailer should always stop itself. If not, then your setup needs looking at.
So true Ed. Check out the adjustment on the trailer brakes. Our Infiniti/Airstream stops great and feels very comfortable.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:27 AM   #17
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wise choice

[QUOTE=DeltaRon;1534990]As many of you have witnessed, I purchased a 2015 Tahoe to tow my future FC 25. BUT, ended up ordering the FC 28 Rear Bed and immediately became anxious as to the towing capability of the Tahoe with the increased tongue weight. Problem solved. Just traded the Tahoe for a 2015 2500HD Duramax diesel, exhaust braking with Class 5 hitch. Call me overdone but ain't gonna sweat the big hills. Now don't y'all make me regret my decision! LOL "

I wouldn't worry to much what others think, especially if you are happy. Its a good choice and wise move on your part. Extra capacity in the trucks capability is good.
I just got back from a 1870 mile round trip tour of the southeast, and even though a lot of the travel was in flat land, I would not have wanted to tow my 28' with anything less than my Dodge 2500.
I saw on the interstate way to many instances of to much trailer for tow vehicles.
Had one ole' boy pass me on 95 near Georgia/Florida line, about 6:45 am in the morning, two fridays ago, poor old tahoe or suburban, was over loaded and in was down in the rear, chains dragging when going across bridge transitions. Trailer was wagging all around down right scary. They were moving on.
I got off 95 in Jacksonville, I didn't want to be anywhere near that accident waiting to happen!

so Duramax, is a good choice Deltaron. I like seeing truck and trailer riding level. Diesel fuel is down to $3.34 is some places.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:40 AM   #18
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Good choice to get enough truck to handle the tongue of a 28' plus the extra weight of a pivot point projection hitch. You will still have enough cargo capacity to not ruin your day when you are loading up.

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And with the 2500 vs the 1500 you will be able to put some stuff in the bed of the truck. My GMC Sierra 1500 pulled my FC 25 fine, even up the hills of Colorado. But only had about 80# of load available for the bed of the truck with me, wife, dog, full tank of gas and my ProPride when I checked it on the CAT scales. No issue at all with the Sierra 2500 Duramax.
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So very true about the 250/2500 diesels pulling with no effort. If there is a downside, it is most likely the ride quality..... Not as smooth as a large SUV as a result of different suspension systems. But, the overall level of fatigue in driving is IMO less when the TV does all the work. Especially is this true in adverse conditions when having the correct set up can be a life saver. Check this out the "morning after" towing 75 miles in a Wyoming blizzard

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