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Old 01-21-2024, 05:09 PM   #1
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Somebody needs to decide for us

We've been truck shopping. We plan to buy a half ton truck, and we believe we've narrowed it down to either a Silverado 1500 High Country 3.0 Duramax or a Tundra Platinum.



The Tundra seems like it drives nicer as far as steering and brakes, it's quieter inside other than the piped in engine sounds. we just don't like all the blue accents on the seats, the seemingly low roof on the windshield, and the large screen, it's just not as nice to be in as the high country but it drives nicer.



The Chevy has stiffer brake feel, and feels more truck like to drive. the ride is softer in the rear. but the new 2023-24 interior is the nicest of all the brands we've looked at.



The Tundra is probably the more reliable vehicle, the extra mileage of the Duramax is offset by the higher fuel/def cost and smaller fuel tank. The gas engine silverado's have the same heavy brake pedal feel that our old sierra has, and we didn't like that in either.



The silverado can have a max trailering package, that in theory is a higher tow rating, but none of our trailers are heavy, so that's not a big concern.
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I don't think you can wrong with either. But it is an interesting challenge. What is the payload comparison? And torque and HP comparison? What about service requirements?

If both can do the job (have the necessary specs) then it is just a matter of preference.

Toyota has a higher reliability rating and probably a somewhat high residual value (if that is important).

Let us know what you decide.
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Old 01-21-2024, 05:50 PM   #3
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The Chevy can be had with the max Trailering package, payloads ranged from 1300-1600 on the chevy's we looked at. I haven't driven the particular set of options i would pick, it's at a dealer further away.


The Tundra platinum has a tow rating of 10,000lbs and the payload was 1300 lbs


both trucks have about 200+hp more than the current truck, and I happen to know that a 2008 expedition can tow either of our trailers so I'm not too worried about payload.



I'm not too worried about the resale value, we've had our current truck that we bought used long enough that it's worth about what we paid for it 12 years ago.
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Old 01-21-2024, 07:13 PM   #4
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That Tundra interior will never change, so if you go that route, you'll be looking at that blue color you mentioned, and the big screen, every time you drive it.

I'd get the Chevy. I'd order it, or find one with an acceptable payload.

Only other thing I'd consider is the dealership. I drive a Ford. I like Chevy, but I know a couple guys at the local Ford dealership, and trust 'em.

https://www.chevrolet.com/content/da...-ebrochure.pdf
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Old 01-21-2024, 08:06 PM   #5
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I would absolutely get the Tundra. Toyota’s quality cannot be beat. I have had a Land Cruiser, Tacoma, and a Lexus 460 GX. All three have been absolutely bullet proof. Our Land Cruiser was going strong at 316,000 miles when we traded it in. I only wish Toyota made a 3/4 and 1 ton truck. I don’t think that will happen any time soon if ever.
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Old 01-22-2024, 07:16 AM   #6
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The tundra will last longer.
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Old 01-22-2024, 08:07 AM   #7
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Just traded in my 2016 Tundra Limited for a 2024 Tundra Limited. I looked at other brands, but the previous 3 Tundras (2003, 2007 and 2016) gave me 250+K of trouble free towing miles...
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Check the operator's manuals for the latest towing specs. The last time I looked the Tundra had a weight-carrying towing specification of 5000 lbs. maximum, while the GMC/Chevy was at 7000 lbs.
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I have an F150 Platinum Hybrid - it is awesome. We live in CO and mostly dry camp. No need for the generator, I just plug into the truck. It turns on every hour for about 90 seconds. And the truck pulls the 25' up any hill without concern.
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Hi

Just how heavy did your trailers read last time you loaded them up and ran them over a CAT scale?

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Old 01-22-2024, 10:44 AM   #11
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I have a 2021 Silverado 1500, crew cab, 6ft 6in bed with max tow package; payload 1930, tow 11,100, Max vehicle gross wt 7300, Max combined wt 16,800. The specs for 2024 the same. It does the job nicely pulling our 28 RBT FC ( measured 925 lb tongue wt.) We have gas 5.3L engine. With a 1/2 ton the issue is payload. If you can stay below max payload the 1/2 ton gives a great ride and good gas mileage. I get 11-12.5 MPG. The whole truck is lower and as a little guy much easier to get stuff in/out of bed.
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Old 01-22-2024, 11:37 AM   #12
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The newer trucks all are nice trucks today, but it really boils down to your Airstream weights...what is your loaded tongue weight and can the tow vehicle you "think" you want, handle that tongue weight, your "gear" and all your passengers? Best to "weigh" your loaded up Airstream so you know those numbers.

RAM and Toyota 1/2T's often are very low in the "max payload" category (1200-1400lbs). GM and Ford typically have higher capacity in this area. (1500-1800lbs+ is not unusual for either GM or Ford)
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Chevy or Toyota?

I have a new Chevy on order so I might be biased a little. A half ton with the 3.0 Duramax and the max trailer package. I have seen several you tube videos with talking about major problems with the new Tundra. I have not looked at any of them so would advise checking that out before making your decision. One you tube channel (pickup talk and SUV talk) just sold his 2023 Chevy with the 3.0 Duramax and said it was the best truck he has ever had. He got great mileage even with the max tow package. He had a new Tundra before the Chevy and had some trouble with it. Looks up his videos for more information. Good luck.
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Like the 3.0

I have 36,000 miles in my Suburban with the 3.0 Duramax. 13,000 pulling the Airstream. I absolutely love it.
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Check the operator's manuals for the latest towing specs. The last time I looked the Tundra had a weight-carrying towing specification of 5000 lbs. maximum, while the GMC/Chevy was at 7000 lbs.
11,120 lbs.
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Can of Beans, this is appropriate since you have just opened one on us. In my humble opinion you have voiced a lot of concerns that will make us deciding for you impossible. If you get worked up over the color of the seats and the size of the screen, are you really concerned about the ability to tow your trailer? OK, you have said that both of your choices will work for you, so you must have looked in to capabilities. As an owner of 5 Toyotas, I can attest to their dependability. If that is big on your list, move Toyota to the top. On the other hand, my Tundra is a half ton with limits on carrying capacity. It has plenty of power, and rides nice enough for me. If I were to go big with a trailer, I would look closely at capability. I also noticed that your choice comes as a crew max configuration. That means you get a little more space in the back seat but give up a good foot in the bed. You can order a larger bed but then the total length gets pretty long. I doubt one of those would fit in my garage.
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Tundra -- RELABLE

Older Tundra with the 5.7L V-8
all the bells and whistles in the "newer" trucks (Fords, Chevy's, Dodge) are just expensive electronic stuff that is expensive to replace and are normally unrepairable -- but is more stuff to go wrong.
Tundra V-8 drivetrain is a proven workhorse and is bullet-proof (when maintained properly such as oil changes at 5K and Gearbox oil changes at either 30K or 60K intervals).
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11,120 lbs.
Towing without a WD hitch is limited to 5000 lbs.
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11,120 lbs.
The GMC, per the manual, has a tow limit of 7000 lbs without a WD hitch.
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One you tube channel (pickup talk and SUV talk) just sold his 2023 Chevy with the 3.0 Duramax and said it was the best truck he has ever had.
Curious then why did he sell it?

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