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Old 06-13-2017, 02:41 PM   #1
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New 2500 HD

I have been evaluating more power, more torque, more load capability and more fuel capacity. Not a diesel guy. I was gonna wait for the next gen Silverado 1500, since I have never owned a Ford, although Ford is clearly leading for towing in the 1/2 ton.
So I was evaluating what I would order in a 3/4 if GM did not match Ford. At our last rally I took a ride in a 2500 HD and concluded the ride is not rough like 3/4 tons used to be.
Well, a local dealer just stocked a 3/4 with specifications almost exactly as I would order, including color and double cab(not crew). I went up there and he made me a offer I could not refuse. Strangely, he ordered it with towing stuff, except not the towing mirrors. He is putting the right mirrors on and I will have it Thursday delivered to my house. Oh, its build date was my wife's birthday so that was a message from God..
At our next rally, I will be towing with a brand new 2500 HD, 6.0 gas!

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I have been evaluating more power, more torque, more load capability and more fuel capacity. Not a diesel guy. I was gonna wait for the next gen Silverado 1500, since I have never owned a Ford, although Ford is clearly leading for towing in the 1/2 ton.
So I was evaluating what I would order in a 3/4 if GM did not match Ford. At our last rally I took a ride in a 2500 HD and concluded the ride is not rough like 3/4 tons used to be.
Well, a local dealer just stocked a 3/4 with specifications almost exactly as I would order, including color and double cab(not crew). I went up there and he made me a offer I could not refuse. Strangely, he ordered it with towing stuff, except not the towing mirrors. He is putting the right mirrors on and I will have it Thursday delivered to my house. Oh, its build date was my wife's birthday so that was a message from God..
At our next rally, I will be towing with a brand new 2500 HD, 6.0 gas!

Larry
What is the payload on your new truck? Just curious!

And congrats!
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Old 06-13-2017, 03:38 PM   #4
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I will have to look again when I get it Thursday. I looked on the lot and it was either 2500+ or 2800+, I was just amazed in comparison with my 1550 1/2 ton.
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What I find perplexing is that the 6.2L engine available in the 1500 puts out more tq and hp than the 6.0L they put in the 2500.
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Old 06-13-2017, 05:33 PM   #6
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It does, on premium fuel, not regular. The 6.0 is a proven cast iron workhorse, takes plenty of abuse. No one seems to complain about the pulling capability of the 2500.
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Old 06-13-2017, 10:28 PM   #7
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The 6.0 is not particularly strong or fuel efficient but it is reliable. Most can't beat it to death in less than 200k. Fords 3.5 EB is strong & has done well in the 1/2 ton towing market. But I tow daily & could never be profitable with the fuel it takes hence I have an Ecodiesel with 323,000. Not as fast but better for towing the moderate loads of a halfer.
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I have been evaluating more power, more torque, more load capability and more fuel capacity. Not a diesel guy. I was gonna wait for the next gen Silverado 1500, since I have never owned a Ford, although Ford is clearly leading for towing in the 1/2 ton.
So I was evaluating what I would order in a 3/4 if GM did not match Ford. At our last rally I took a ride in a 2500 HD and concluded the ride is not rough like 3/4 tons used to be.
Well, a local dealer just stocked a 3/4 with specifications almost exactly as I would order, including color and double cab(not crew). I went up there and he made me a offer I could not refuse. Strangely, he ordered it with towing stuff, except not the towing mirrors. He is putting the right mirrors on and I will have it Thursday delivered to my house. Oh, its build date was my wife's birthday so that was a message from God..
At our next rally, I will be towing with a brand new 2500 HD, 6.0 gas!

Larry
What transmission 6sp or 8 sp ? You will like the truck not the gas mileage . They are great trucks .
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What I find perplexing is that the 6.2L engine available in the 1500 puts out more tq and hp than the 6.0L they put in the 2500.
Aluminum block that will never survive the duty cylces the 6.0 is made for.
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Congratulations on your new truck!

Because of you, I now have PAYLOAD ENVY!

Pics when you get it!
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Old 06-14-2017, 05:28 AM   #11
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I will post pics and payload tomorrow. The 2500HD only comes with the old reliable 6 spd. The 8 spd can be matched with the 6.2, in the right package, in the 1500. This truck is certainly not leading edge in drivetrain, but it is proven and reliable. Plus, it has a 36 gal tank. One in our club, a new one, just said he is getting 12-13 mpg pulling his Airstream, a 25FB. That is good enough for me. I learned with my 1500 that putting a tonneau on increased mpg by 10% and I will put an A.R>E> top on this one, since I have the load capability.

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Old 06-14-2017, 06:15 AM   #12
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11 to 13mpg is all I get with my 2015 Ram CTD with my 25fb.

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Congrats! My Dodge 2500 6.4 gets 10-13mpg whether towin or not. It's fine, I just budget. My monthly budget allows me to drive 35 miles per day, depending on gas prices, which is a nice pace. If I stay someplace for a week without driving much, I can go a little over 200 miles to my next destination and stay in budget. Works for me. My 2500 pulls my 25' like it's not even back there, i never need to think about weight.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:47 PM   #14
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Pics included, weight rating

Pics are here now that I have the truck. Load max is 2800#; FA 4400# RA 6200#. I have to get 500 mi on it before I can tow the trailer over to some CAT scales, an hour away, and set up my wd.

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That's one fine looking truck and looks like you have the payload load and towing issues solver, and then some!

Happy trails!
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Old 06-15-2017, 02:37 PM   #16
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Indeed, I thought my 1500 was OK, but this is overkill! I am going to put and A.R.E. cap on with all of the capacity I have. No more carrying gas cans for longer than 250 mile days!
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Congratulations! Last year I upgraded from a ½ ton to ¾ ton. I choose the diesel route, but I certainly can see why folks want to go with a gas engine. Because I drive the truck when I don't take my motorcycle into work, my only complaint about ¾ tons is the size in the parking lots. It does take some getting used to parking it in tight spaces, but can be done.

The biggest drive for me in upgrading was the increase in fuel capacity and distance that I can drive without refueling. Did over 400 miles round trip last weekend with the Airstream and didn't have to stop for fuel before storing our Airstream. I couldn't have considered doing that in my 1500.
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What brand of 20" tires came with your new truck?

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Old 06-17-2017, 06:55 AM   #19
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Goodyear all terrain since it has the Z71 package. I tried to get them to put Michelins on but they wanted too much money. I ran Goodyears on my 1500 for 5 years so I'll just ride it out.
Yeah, the fuel tank is a big thing. I was thinking about waiting for the next gen 1500 to see if they upsize the tank, along with more capacity and the 10 speed. Of course Ford already did all of that. But this was just delivered to the dealer as I would order a 2500HD and the kicker was its build date was my wife's birthday!

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Congrats, Larry. Maybe we'll get together for sure one of these times!

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