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Old 07-10-2014, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Torn between the 2500 or 3500 SRW

Hello Everyone,
This is my first post so bare with me.
I am looking at both the 2500 and 3500 in SRW with the diesel.
I know the only difference is the rear leafs.
I currently have a 09 Avalanche and tow a trailer and mini skid steer about 4000 - 5000 miles a year.
The trailer, and attachments weigh about 7500-9000 lbs.
The issue I am having is a lot of the attachments mount to the front and side of the front of the trailer giving it a heavy tongue weight.
The trailer is only 14' long and does not leave a lot of room behind the axles for the skid steer up to off set the attachment's weights.
So my questions are:
Will the 2500 sag to much with the trailer, or am I better off going the 3500.

If it sags to much can I replace the spring pack on the 2500 with the 3500?
I prefer no Air bag responses.

I really want 20" rims, can I put the 2500 rims and tires on the 3500 and use the 18" for winter tires?

Does anybody know when the new tow mirrors will be available?
If I want to upgrade to the new tow mirrors in the future, which will be easier to convert from, The standard mirrors or the tow mirrors?

I kind of like the clearance lights, but for resale values does it hurt?

With the 3500 do you have to worry about going down 5 ton roads?

It seams there is more incentives on the 2500 than 3500.
Do they ever have incentives on the 3500?

Thank you in advance for all your assistance?

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Old 07-10-2014, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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2500 vs 3500

The 3500 SRW is only available with the long box (standard cab, double cab or crew cab) and it only offers the 18 inch wheels.

What you want to tow is well within the 2500 limits. If you want a short box and 20 inch wheels you need to stay with a 2500. If the heavy tongue weights cause some tongue sag, then I would spend a couple hundred bucks and get a weight distribution hitch. RV'ers use them, I always used one on a 7000 pound TT pulled behind a 2500HD, truck and trailer handle a whole lot better with that type of hitch.

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Old 07-10-2014, 01:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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On the 2015 you can get the crew cab with the standard bed.
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2500 vs 3500

The 3500 SRW is only available with the long box (standard cab, double cab or crew cab) and it only offers the 18 inch wheels.

What you want to tow is well within the 2500 limits. If you want a short box and 20 inch wheels you need to stay with a 2500. If the heavy tongue weights cause some tongue sag, then I would spend a couple hundred bucks and get a weight distribution hitch. RV'ers use them, I always used one on a 7000 pound TT pulled behind a 2500HD, truck and trailer handle a whole lot better with that type of hitch.
You can get the 3500 srw in either 6.5' or 8' box
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I would go with whichever one gets you the best deal. Can you back the skid steer on the trailer to move weight around?

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Old 07-10-2014, 07:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was in the same state that you were about a month ago. I just ordered a 2015 Denali HD and was going back and forth several times, 2500 or 3500. I tow a 40' aluminum gooseneck with two cars. I stuck with the 2500, I wanted the big wheels and the 2500 is a bit more drivable (shorter turning radius, bit of a more comfortable ride). I had an 06' 2500 and I put air bags in it and was very happy. I am going wait until I tow with this truck to see how it is before I decide to install them or not. The new GMT 900 chassis are stronger than the GMT 800's, the springs are wider in the rear and the GVW is up. If your coming from an Avalanche, even a 2500 version, the silver ado, Sierra HD's will be night and day. A 2500 is plenty capable of towing what you are going to be towing, but you just have to decide what you are comfortable with all around.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Price them both out. The difference really isn't that much and you get more capacity with the 3500.
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Registration fees can be higher on the 3500, depending on your state. 3500's do not have TPMS.
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What is everybody's infatuation with needing a 1 ton truck to do the work of a half ton??

And why are you so against air bags? ALL trucks squat. The 3500 will squat just as much as the 2500 until you hit the overloads and then when you hit the overloads the truck rides like crap. Why would you rather swap spring packs and add overloads when you could throw bags on for MUCH less time and money and have a nicer riding truck?

The 3500HD isn't available with 20" wheels for a reason, but since you are not working the truck or towing heavy you could probably get by with the 20s.

Nobody that can post an answer knows when the new mirrors are available and so far they are only available on the high country.

Clearance lights are installed for a reason, not for aesthetics. Everything hurts resale if the person looking at the truck doesn't want it.

You have to worry about going down 5 ton roads if your vehicle weighs 5 tons or more. So if your half ton or 1 ton weighs more than 5 tons you should be worried.

Incentives change all the time and cater to the vehicles that are more plentiful. Once the new model is out for awhile the incentives are usually the same for both.
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Both will easily handle the task you are asking about.

The 1-ton will leave more room for upgrading the trailer...

If you get a smoking deal on the 2500, that's probably your best bet, but from what I've seen/read/heard, there isn't much (< $1k) difference in initial cost (incentives aside).

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