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Old 04-17-2013, 11:42 PM   #1
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sunset trail st32rl pulling

I have a 14 Sunset trail st 32rl it weighs 7338# on order . I have tobuy a pull truck I want to buy gm
truck.Am debating Heavy duty 1/2 ton Silverado with the heavy duty pulling pkg. It has 6.2 liter engine and heavy suspension from the 3/4 ton 2500.its rated to pull 10400#.
Or should I go buy the 3/4 ton 2500 truck with the 6.0 engine that can pull 10,000#? Next ? or should I spend extra $10,000 and jump to the 6.2 Duramax diesel.Dealer has told me i'm ok with the heavy duty half ton but 2500 might be better.
I've talked to people that have Diesel that love it for pulling but would not buy now do to price of diesel.
I want people that really pull this size trailer to let me know.I know the 1/2 ton will pull it but I don't want the trailer to be pushing the truck around.
Thanks for all your help
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:09 AM   #2
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I had a CR 28RKX that weighed 7,400 so the same as your unit. I pulled it with a Cadillac Escalade with a 350 HP engine, putting out 428 FP of torque. I had no problems on flat land and up smaller hills...but I soon realized if I was going to take it into any mountains I would be working it very hard...which almost always means extra wear and tear on the TV, which equates to money for repairs. I sold the Caddy and bought an F-250 and it was like night and day. I now have a fifth wheel CR CF34SS and I'm glad I have the TV I do. One thing to remember, you will not be pulling will be pulling over 8,000 easily...and then you always have to take into account what you put into the the truck fuel and family. The only TV that I have heard might work in that range is the new F-150 with the HD tow package...if you want to stay with a gas engine instead of diesel. I know of people who are hauling 9,000 plus fifth wheels with the F-150 and say it works fine. You will be looking in the $40k range for something like that. I opted for an older model with low mileage and feel what I saved over a new unit could be put toward any repairs if they arise. This is a personal choice...but in the end it does come down to safety and feeling secure. I did not feel secure in my old TV...and in honor of others on this forum they told me as much...and they were right. I just don't think it would be good to buy a new 1/2 ton or even a used one and then have to trade it in and lose money. This is just MHO of course...others will weigh in as well...and they will address WDH's and other concerns as well.

Welcome to the forum, good luck with your new unit...and whatever you safe.


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Old 04-18-2013, 01:04 AM   #3
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Go with the 3/4 ton deisel and never look back. Just MHO.

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Old 04-18-2013, 01:10 AM   #4
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Go with the 3/4 ton deisel and never look back. Just MHO.
X2, can't go wrong with a diesel, and if in the future you want to go bigger you will have the truck already. Diesel cost more, but you will also get much better mileage when towing.

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Old 04-18-2013, 01:27 AM   #5
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Of those two choices I would choose the 6.2L NHT package. You don't need a diesel to pull 8500lbs. Unless you plan on going even bigger in the future. Get a nice hitch and I think you will be happy.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:01 AM   #6
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Get the 2500 with the 6.0, 6 speed tranny, and 4.10 rearend. It will do just fine anywhere you go and will handle many 5th wheels if you upgrade. For $10,000 difference for a diesel you can buy a lot of gasoline.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:24 AM   #7
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lets look at this from another angle. How often are you going to pull the trailer? I have the 6.0 2500HD with the 4:10 rearend. I pull aPF30CK 5th wheel. I am at the max limit for the truck but I don't pull the trailer but 4 or 5 times a year and it is always within 100 miiles of home. I cannot justify the extra cost of the diesel. Now, once my kids are on their own and we can hit the open highway I will no doubt be pulling with a diesel. Sometimes the extra cost of the diesel truck, the oil changes,the fuel.......etc. is not worth it if you are not going to use it. Just throwing out something else to think about!!!

P.S. - I do think you will want to go with a 3/4 ton truck. JMO but I think a trailer of that size needs the stability of a larger truck. Edited by: scott
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:04 AM   #8
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ok here is what I have learned the hard way. No tow vehicle will be able to tow a TT that is all the way up to its capacity (and no your TT won't be at overall towing capacity). the thing you really need to look at is payload. 1/2 ton trucks are really limited by payload. some 3/4 ton trucks are limited by payload also. the key is to check the payload sticker inside the door.Some good examples of this are: my old armada had a towing capacity of 9100 lbs but one loaded with options and passengers it only had 800 lbs of payload available. my current F250 diesel (long bed, crew cab, 4x4 etc) optioned out plus passengers has an available payload of 1400 lbs. This is really low for a 3/4 ton. The tongue weight of your TT will be approx 13-15% of the loaded weight of your TT. on average people add between 1000-1500 lbs of cargo to a TT. if you add 1500 lbs you are looking at a loaded weight of 8800 lbs.that means a tongue weight of 1100-1300 lbs. You need to subtract the tongue weight, weight of all occupants and gear from the payload.

I would skip the half ton. For a little more $ go to the 1 ton so you have enough truck if you upgrade your trailer. that is what I wish I had done when stepping the truck up. As for diesel vs gas. Diesel will cost more to maintain but will give you a better towing experience. the Diesel engine will also weigh more cutting into your payload. I towed with a gasser SUV and then my diesel F250. I have a 30' zinger that weighs about 7000 lbs loaded. I have had some very bad towing experiences towing with my old armada. it really struggled with the hills. it would almost overheat going up and have trouble controlling the tt going dow the hill/mountain. the engine wasn't strong enough to hold the rig back and I would have to use a lot of brakes going down a steep grade. I have taken the same steep grade with new to me diesel and only had to touch my brakes 1 or 2 times. it was a night and day towing experience. this truck loves to tow!I do think you would have a better experience with a 3/4 ton gasser towing than my old SUV but I wanted to show you the difference behind what the engines can do.I would not want to tow without my diesel now. I use my truck as a daily driver and fuel is expensive but the peace of mind when towing once a month is worth it to me.

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Old 05-04-2013, 05:39 AM   #9
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the only 1/2 ton i would consider is the F150 with HD payload and max tow packages
that would pull it fine and have basically the same payload as a 3/4 ton truck
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:34 PM   #10
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We pull our 2013 Sunset Trail with a 2011 Ford F150. We had the Reese Dual Cam Weight Distribution set up installed and have had no issues. We've traveled on all types of roads and highways but surprisingly it handles better then expected. I'll admit we are pushing the envelope.
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