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Posted: 10/22/19 09:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 2017 Silverado 1500 has a payload rating of 1980 lb. Our 31 ft trailer loaded for winter travel weighs 6700 lb. The truck handles that with no problems at all. with the equal-i-zer hitch we do not get bothered by transports passing on freeways. With the 8 spd tranny the 5.3 V8 has enough power everywhere we have travelled which includes the atlantic coast along the Gulf and over to the Pacific at San Diego. The truck was oedered to tow the trailer an does what it is supposed to do.


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If you buy a truck that really is within ratings...you are fine.
- Make sure you understand how payload is calculated.

The only caviot I would add is how much are you planning to tow?
- A few weekends a year, short distance, not a lot of mountains, 1/2 ton is a good option.
- Full time 10-20,000miles with lots of time in the mountains, bumping up to 3/4 ton is nice.

Also, do some price checking. 3/4 ton trucks are often not greatly different in price from maxed out 1/2 ton trucks.


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ShinerBock wrote:

"I never heard someone complain that they had too much truck"


LOL...after nearly four years of daily driving a 1 ton Express my wife complained about it. She no longer cared for the ride. Sold it and moved to a 1/2 ton for the ride. We tow accordingly now vs with the Express it hauled and towed anything we needed.


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1/2 ton and 7500# yea it will work......in the low country. If you intend to do any kind of mts you will need a 3/4. You wanna be comfortable or on the edge of your seat all the time. Do you want to pass a very slow moving semi or play follow the leader? The choice is yours.


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cavie wrote:

1/2 ton and 7500# yea it will work......in the low country. If you intend to do any kind of mts you will need a 3/4. You wanna be comfortable or on the edge of your seat all the time. Do you want to pass a very slow moving semi or play follow the leader? The choice is yours.

The 1/2 ton GM with the 420hp/460 torque....or Fords F150 3.5 Ecoboost engine at 395 hp and 470 torque will pull that 6k-7k TT up the mountain just as fast or as easy with no more stress than some heavier 3/4 ton with a smallblock v8 gas engine with less hp/torque.

Now a 3/4 ton with the diesel will run up the mountain easier.

GMs NHT package 6.2 engine 8-10 speed tranny or Fords F150HDPP 8-10 speed tranny will not have any issues handling a 7500 gross weight TT.


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SRadke wrote:

To pull it our initial thought was to us a 2018 F150 2 wheel drive V8. The math works on the payload, towing, and gross weight, but it is pushing the upper limits of what the truck is able to do.



I don't like to push the limits, I would rather have a considerable margin for safety, handling, power and reliability. But then I travel where I want and don't plan on using just the easy routes that suits a marginal truck. No, you will not be fine if your numbers just meet some chart.





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cavie wrote:

1/2 ton and 7500# yea it will work......in the low country. If you intend to do any kind of mts you will need a 3/4. You wanna be comfortable or on the edge of your seat all the time. Do you want to pass a very slow moving semi or play follow the leader? The choice is yours.


I was the same with my old 99 DRW. That thing would get stuck in wet grass at the farm even with a Torsen diff I installed. I also hated driving it in the city. Eventually sold it for a SRW and promised myself that I would never got to DRW again. Luckily, SRW 3500 and 2500's today can the same if not more capabilities of DRW trucks back then.

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ktmrfs wrote:

3) Many 1/2 tons have a lower step in height than 3/4 ton.


Roger that. I looked at a 2020 Silverado HD truck the other day. They are very tall (and ugly too).

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I think the worst part about 3/4 tons are the gas engine options. I know why Ford would never put a 3.5L EB in a 3/4 ton truck, but I would love to have one if I only towed 11k a few times a year. That was the reason I went with the F150 HD over a 3/4 ton with my last truck. I would still be driving it if the wife didn't want a 14k RV.

* This post was edited 10/23/19 09:23am by ShinerBock *

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Thanks everyone for the input! I really appreciate it!

Based on the responses I think I will be "safe" so long as the math works. Since I am buying a new-to-me truck and the price difference isn't very large between the two styles of truck (from what I have seen) I think I am going to go with a gas 3/4 ton. This way we can grow to a larger camper in the future if we want without having to worry about the truck.

Has anyone had a particularly bad experience with the gas variants of these trucks? (I would rather stay away from the diesel engines because I have never owned a diesel and have never worked on one before.)

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