If equipped exactly the same (Denali with Denali Ultimate and 5th Wheel Prep) are there any differences between the 2500 and 3500 SRW? I know there is some suspension difference (previous gen the only difference to a 3500 was an extra rear leaf spring and higher load rated tires). I am more interested in the difference in actual features and options. For example, in the previous generation the 3500 had smaller wheels and no TPMS but it looks like the '20s have the same 20" wheels and also have the TPMS so I'm just curious if there is anything I'm missing. Thanks
When you build a truck on gmc’s website it takes into account cab size, bed size, 4 wheel vs 2 wheel drive and engine when calculating payload but doesn’t take into account and options above and beyond the standard features. The Denali will definitely add around 1000lbs or so. I was under the impression a fully loaded Denali was still in the 2100-2200 LB range but I guess you have something else that weighs a couple hundred pounds.
GM advertises -20 F starts in less than 3 seconds with no block heater. The lowest I’ve seen is right at -20 and a couple more cranks than normal is about all I noticed. I suppose if you live somewhere that could get lower than -40 F maybe you could run into some issues
And I answered it. That engine will start no matter how cold it is if it can get fuel. The block heater is to reduce cold start wear on the engine, it will not be the limiting factor in IF the engine will start
What’s going to keep your L5P from starting is whether or not your fuel has gelled to the point it can’t flow they the injectors. My first winter with mine the fuel gelled one night around -20 F air temp. Took a couple days and a fuel filter replacement to get it going again. Even Diesel 911 didn’t do anything for me. Now I run fuel from truck stops only all winter and add a supplement if it’s below 0. The block heater just helps it warm up faster and makes the cold starts less damaging to your engine long term. But it shouldn’t really have any impact on actually starting or not.
When I need to take the bikes along with the boat it’s becuase we’re going camping and the truck bed is loaded to the max so that isn’t an option. I will will have to ask around, I don’t know any fabricators in the area and honestly I would be more comfortable knowing a an actual weight rating on something as opposed to just having someone welding something together and guessing. It seems the 2” dual adapters decrease the overall towing capacities by about 50% so I may just have to figure out a different solution.
I am aware of reducer sleeves thanks I would like to tow my boat and have a bike rack at the same time. Something like this but 2.5” https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Adapters/MaxxTow/MT70070.html?feed=npn&gclid=Cj0KCQjwn_LrBRD4ARIsAFEQFKs9siRdNAQSipAIlwMc6WGQXoq9nnUfzBG5tihfBu3XHk2tTMyeaOsaAjXmEALw_wcB I need it to support 8000lbs trailer weight and 1000lbs hitch weight so using this adapter with a sleeve also wouldn’t work even if I got a different ball.
This is what good pricing on a 2019 looks like...sometimes it’s hard to compare different parts of the country for pricing but here’s a start for you and you can look at others in the site for a better comparison, they have a ton of ‘19 2500s left and this dealer is as good as It gets. Good luck https://www.laurabuickgmc.com/VehicleDetails/new-2019-GMC-Sierra_2500HD-Crew_Cab_Standard_Box_4_Wheel_Drive_SLT-Collinsville-IL/3504551043
I am having a hard time locating a solution for what I want. I have a 2.5” receiver and a 2.5” Andersen Adjustable ball hitch. I would like to find some sort of solution to add a bike rack to my hitch as well. Ideally I would like something that is a sleeve that the Andersen hitch goes thru like how a towtector would mount but I haven’t seen anything. I have seen 2” dual hitch extenders that would allow me to use a regular hitch mount bike rack but I have never seen a 2.5” and my Andersen ball cost over $200 and don’t really want to buy a new one. Any ideas would be helpful, thanks.
Also, unfortunately, there are few people that know less about towing than the people who sell you the truck and the rv.
That camper, even when maxed out, is going to put less than 1500lbs on your truck. On these new 2500’s that is nothing and probably going to only mean 5-6 inches or so of squat and there is already around 3 inches of rake from back to front. The idea of a WD hitch isn’t to evenly distribute the weight, it’s to make sure the truck is sitting level and will handle/brake properly. So a properly setup WD hitch is only gonna need to transfer a couple hundred pounds to the front axle and that’s not even factoring in the couple hundred pounds it took off the front axle before the weight distribution. In my opinion, I would be surprised if with a properly setup WD hitch and that trailer you had much more weight on the front axle than an unloaded truck, and if so only a couple hundred pounds. I personally would not order the heavier front springs.
DRWs supposedly won’t be available until close to the beginning of the year
Yeah I ran into the same issue with my last truck, locking pin wouldn’t fit. I used the reducer sleeve for a while though until I actually needed a new hitch, it doesn’t decrease the towing capacities of your current hitch so I just bought a new pin. I actually considered buying my new hitch in a 2” as well and continuing to use the reducer so it could be used with other receivers if necessary but I ended up getting a 2 1/2.
I tow around 8500 lbs regularly and rarely heavier loads. I upgraded to a 2500 Duramax 3 years ago and will probably never go back to a half ton. My Duramax gets 2 MPG better mileage than my old 6.2 and 4-5 MPG better when towing plus diesel is cheaper than the premium you have to put in the 6.2. If you want a standard bed 1/2 ton in any of the higher trim levels you pretty much have to customer order it. I love the way it handles and for longer trips I’m not maxing out the payload with the boat plus a loaded bed and 4 people. I don’t have any experience with a 2500 gasser though and I know the Duramax drives the price above a 1500 by a decent amount.
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