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RE: 2020 Chevy payload

You can build one on nadaguides.com. It shows the GVWR to be 14K. Maybe apples to oranges but my fairly loaded King Ranch has almost 5300 pound paylaod. I would imagine a Denali dually would be in that ballpark. I saw a picture of the paylaod of a Denali single rear wheel short bed and it was a little over 3700 pounds. It has a 12,100 GVRW. The long bed has 12,250.
JTrac 09/11/19 04:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's 2020 tow rating question for all

I don't think Ford has announced it yet but I saw something on one of the truck forums that the 2020 F350 single rear wheel will have a 12,400 GVWR, up from the previous 11,500. I figured they would try to beat GM with their 12,100 rating. Haven't seen anything on tow ratings. My personal opinion is they are all great trucks and it's kind of fun to watch the "my truck is bigger than yours" game. One good thing, it does open up some options for those who are on the dually vs. single fence.
JTrac 08/28/19 03:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: what defines a 3/4 ton?

GM's new 2500 has a GVWR of 11,350 with the Duramax. That used to be one ton territory. The old nomenclature may be outdated but it's easier to say I have a 1/2, 3/4, or one ton truck instead of trying to explain I have a Class 1, 2 or 3.
JTrac 08/23/19 10:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rails vs pucks vs gooseneck mount

I went with a Reese puck adapter for my Trailer Saver BD3. It raises the heighth of the hitch 3 3/8", way more than I expected. Thankfully I was able to lower the hitch a couple of holes but it still sets slightly nose high. Demco makes an adapter that adds less than 2" but it is heavy and a little pricey. Also, the new trucks may sit somewhat higher than your current truck but that could be verified. I had a B&W Companion that used the gooseneck hook up. It worked fine except it did dent my bed slightly. If I remember right it needed some shims in the slots on the bed floor. I had bed rails on my last truck and no problem with them.
JTrac 08/19/19 07:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I drove a 2020 Silverado D/A 3500HD today

You didn't happen to look at the payload sticker? I know they are up but wondering what a nicely loaded one has. The only thing I can't understand is why no adaptive cruise is offered. I use it and appreciate a lot more than I thought I would on my Ford.
JTrac 08/15/19 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Slide out awnings

I just recently did the Solera's, now owned by Lippert, which did cause some hesitation, but they have been fine so far. They serve the purpose as intended and were the less expensive choice probably because they are not wrapped in a metal casing when retracted. That part did not bother me as we keep ours in a garage so the only weather they get is when we are on the road.
JTrac 08/09/19 06:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Update to my Towing analysis paralysis resolved, I think!.

I'm on my 5th season with our BD3 and have been thoroughly pleased with it. I also had some chucking issues but changed trucks and bought the BD3 at the same time. I'll never know if it was more the truck or the hitch but still glad I have the hitch. Please tell what the last hitch was. Missed this. My previous hitch was a B&W Companion.
JTrac 07/27/19 10:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Update to my Towing analysis paralysis resolved, I think!.

I'm on my 5th season with our BD3 and have been thoroughly pleased with it. I also had some chucking issues but changed trucks and bought the BD3 at the same time. I'll never know if it was more the truck or the hitch but still glad I have the hitch.
JTrac 07/16/19 03:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Saw my first 2020 GMC HD camping this weekend

I'm betting it's a factory test truck. It's just been within the last week or two that automotive journalists attended a media first drive event near Bend, OR, so it seems impossible that trucks are for sale already. Order banks opened in March and first deliveries were scheduled for last week. Check autotrader.com and you will see some already listed for sale. Some of the models like the duallies do have a later production start. I hit a couple of dealers today. N0 2020s around. Nothing on AutoTrader.com today either. I did spec out a pending order for a 3500 Dually. The paperwork states that the duallys are available to order 7/18-7/19 From what I have read the earliest possible delivery date was July 1. That was for crewcab standard bed only. My guess is there will only be a trickle of them for a while and finding one to see will not be easy. I did do a nationwide search on autotrader for a 2020 GMC 2500 and came up with 28 pages of listings. There are no pictures so my guess is none are on the ground. They do show the sticker price and GM has caught up with Ford and Ram in the pricing category. Many of them are north of $80K. In watching one of the GM truck forums some of the guys who ordered early do have confirmation of their trucks being built, pending delivery or hung up in quality control. I'm not sure I would want to be one of the first.
JTrac 07/14/19 07:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Saw my first 2020 GMC HD camping this weekend

I'm betting it's a factory test truck. It's just been within the last week or two that automotive journalists attended a media first drive event near Bend, OR, so it seems impossible that trucks are for sale already. Order banks opened in March and first deliveries were scheduled for last week. Check autotrader.com and you will see some already listed for sale. Some of the models like the duallies do have a later production start.
JTrac 07/12/19 07:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Subaru Ascent, VW Atlas, or Rav4 Adventure for light towing?

We've had our Ascent since December. Flawless so far. It is rated to tow 5K if I remember correctly. We have the Touring model so it is a 7 passenger but you can get it in an 8 passenger. We've loaded it up with grandkids a few times and no one complains. The turbo 4 is stout and the ride is smooth. Check out the reviews in Consumer Reports. They had it the number one rated mid size suv. We certainly like it.
JTrac 07/08/19 09:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC

My dissapointment is their failure to offer adaptive cruise. I have grown to really appreciate its function while towing in heavy traffic. They are upping the bar though in other features like their camera system. Just reading about it makes me think they will have it all over Ford in that department. They seem to have a lot of well thought out features, plus increased payloads in the 2500's and 3500 single rear wheel. The 2500 diesel now has an 11,350 GVWR which is one ton territory. My 2019 Ram 3500 has adaptive cruise and all the cameras as well I know. I have looked at them and they are impressive. I am toying with the idea of going back to a single rear wheel but need about 600 more pounds of payload in one equipped like we would want. We started out towing with a single and it was fine except we were overloaded. The manufacturers are now increasing their capacities so I'm just waiting to see where they fall. Ford will be out with their new ratings later this year. Our Excel is short bed friendly with the concave corners on the front cap but I was concerned about the Ram's short bed length. It is 6' 4" compared to 6' 9" for the GM and Ford's.
JTrac 07/01/19 06:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC

My dissapointment is their failure to offer adaptive cruise. I have grown to really appreciate its function while towing in heavy traffic. They are upping the bar though in other features like their camera system. Just reading about it makes me think they will have it all over Ford in that department. They seem to have a lot of well thought out features, plus increased payloads in the 2500's and 3500 single rear wheel. The 2500 diesel now has an 11,350 GVWR which is one ton territory.
JTrac 06/30/19 10:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SWR 5th wheel towing

I'm pretty sure the GVWR for the 19 GM 3500 srw is 11,500. The new 2020's, which are supposed to start hitting the dealerships this week, will be 12,250 from what I've seen which should increase the payload capacity. I've looked pretty close at them, on line, and have been impressed with what is being offered. There is a down side: more money and I would not really want an early production model. Look at the little yellow sticker on door pillar and it will tell you the payload capacity for that particular truck. I really don't like driving a dually either but I could not find a truck in a srw equipped like we wanted that would handle the close to 4K pounds of weight we add to it. We have about 3100 pounds of hitch weight which the factory said was 2685. The rest is us, a fat Boston Terrier, 25 gallons of extra fuel in a transfer tank, the hitch and other odds and ends. It adds up quick once you start putting your stuff in it.
JTrac 06/30/19 08:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Silverado HD Media Launch

I like some of the camera features on my F350 but they could be more useful. I did not get the trailer mounted camera as it only works in reverse. I used to have a motorhome and was able to monitor traffic behind me. I wish the Ford worked that way. What is useful is the camera mounted on the cab stoplight. With its centering line I can hit my hitch just right every time. Without it I couldn't see it. I did look at the new GM HD camera system on their website and it appears it will be much more useful. From what I could see you can use it as a full time rear monitor. If you want to turn the Ford backup camera on while driving forward down the highway simply put the gearshift lever in reverse. Man, I can't understand why I didn't come up with that solution. I'll give it a try next time we are out and let you know how it works out. It works. I've done it to switch on the bed camera to view what I have in the box. Okay, I'll bite. Thought you were making a joke. You are aren't you?
JTrac 06/26/19 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Silverado HD Media Launch

I like some of the camera features on my F350 but they could be more useful. I did not get the trailer mounted camera as it only works in reverse. I used to have a motorhome and was able to monitor traffic behind me. I wish the Ford worked that way. What is useful is the camera mounted on the cab stoplight. With its centering line I can hit my hitch just right every time. Without it I couldn't see it. I did look at the new GM HD camera system on their website and it appears it will be much more useful. From what I could see you can use it as a full time rear monitor. If you want to turn the Ford backup camera on while driving forward down the highway simply put the gearshift lever in reverse. Man, I can't understand why I didn't come up with that solution. I'll give it a try next time we are out and let you know how it works out.
JTrac 06/25/19 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Silverado HD Media Launch

I like some of the camera features on my F350 but they could be more useful. I did not get the trailer mounted camera as it only works in reverse. I used to have a motorhome and was able to monitor traffic behind me. I wish the Ford worked that way. What is useful is the camera mounted on the cab stoplight. With its centering line I can hit my hitch just right every time. Without it I couldn't see it. I did look at the new GM HD camera system on their website and it appears it will be much more useful. From what I could see you can use it as a full time rear monitor.
JTrac 06/24/19 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I think its almost done

We had the MorRyde IS, discs and bearings installed on ours a year and a half ago. We already had 17.5 wheels. What a great upgrade it has been over the springed axles. We put over 50k miles on the original Dexter axles and they were giving us some issues. Combined with our Trailer Saver BD3 air hitch we get a great ride.
JTrac 06/24/19 07:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Buying a leftover 2019 Chevy or GMC 3500

I've been interested in the new GM's mainly because I could get by with a single rear wheel but would like some cushion in the capacity. Ford or GM both work for me but the new GM 20's look like they will have a little better capacity in the single rear wheel models. I did a comparison of 19 vs 20 3500 crewcab, single rear wheel, standard (short bed) diesel. Not sure if this is enough to change your mind on the 19 vs 20 debate but it does appear GM has stepped up the capacities some. The wheelbase increases from 153.7 to 158.9. GVWR goes from 11,500 to 12,100 (I did see 12,250 and 12,500 also but going with the lowest). The GCWR goes from 25,100 to 29,700. The bed length goes from 78.86 to 82.2 inches. Couldn't find anything on the 19's but the 20's can tow up to a 21,300 pound fifth wheel. Mine weighs 15,500. The pricing is also now available. I priced out a 2020 Denali on nadaguides.com. Ouch but I said ouch when I got the Ford, twice.
JTrac 06/21/19 09:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is older really better than newer....

We have committed to keeping our Excel for the forseeable future. We just can't find anything in our price range that is as well built. I have upgraded the suspension to MorRyde IS and a few other things that will hopefully help with its longevity. A good, solid used unit is a very reasonable way to go, if you can find one and you may have. It all depends on how well it was maintained. Any of them will deteriorate without proper maintenance. Even though ours is a "garage queen" stored inside when not on the road, I still do an annual inspections of all the seams and screws. Leaks are the enemy of any rv. The first thing I would do if buying used would be look for any signs of water damage. Good luck.
JTrac 06/09/19 06:44am Fifth-Wheels
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