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Old 12-05-2015, 10:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I had a 2004 GMC 2500HD sense new and I have pulled 36K with her a few times.
Next time you do that, call me. I will be sure to get myself off the roads.

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Old 12-06-2015, 02:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I believe going down from the 4500 TK to a 2500 or even down to a 3500 is going to be a dissapointment from a towing perspective. We're talking going to a light duty truck after towing with a medium duty truck.
For myself after towing with my 3500 I do not want to go back to a 2500 even if the numbers say it is OK. I can get my excitement in other ways.
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:22 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I tow commercially with the truck in my signature. Generally I don't go over about 16,500 but I have. As long as you are not going over the weight rating of the tires with airbags you would have no problems assuming the trailer brakes are in good working order. Would a dually be more stable? Sure, but I do not run down the road at 80 mph loaded. You will also lose out on mileage empty plus the parking issues. The chassis on the new trucks are incredible!
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I agree with Strugeon-Phish. You are going from a medium duty truck to a light duty truck. Sure the weight ratings are close to each other, and the new truck will feel more refined, but you would still be stepping down to go newer. I don't believe a towing comparison would be close. I think the medium duty truck would win handily in every category except maybe fuel mileage and creature comforts.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:12 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Assuming your trailer is 17,900 that is pushing the limits IMHO. Do you have actual weights of your trailer. That might help some of us.
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My Raptor is 13,900 dry
We don't tow wet but we do keep our things inside. She grosses out at 18K but we are never close to that
Realistically I think 15K is a more accurate weight
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OK thanks. 15k is enough of a load to let you know it is there while towing with a 2500!
I just pulled my 20ft stock trailer from Iowa to Tennessee, loaded with household goods. Stopped at a cat scale and it was 21,650 for truck (08 dually) and trailer combined. I could feel it there on long hills in Missouri.
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I must say that with the C4500 my toy hauler is not much of an issue
I feel very safe pulling her
With a 2500 I think I would have to keep a much keener eye on the trailer brake on long descents
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I must say that with the C4500 my toy hauler is not much of an issue
I feel very safe pulling her
With a 2500 I think I would have to keep a much keener eye on the trailer brake on long descents
Well, with the enhanced grade braking and exhaust brake you shouldn't have to watch it too close.
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