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  1. That's a fact!! I would suggest ANYONE looking to buy a travel trailer of any kind to go to the RV or their respective forum for the TT they are looking to get (or have) and read up on information there. Lots of people will say the same thing, pretty much every RV dealership will try to tell you "you can tow this just fine". When we were shopping for ours, we had one dealership try to tell me my previous 1500 could handle a 34' 8200lb travel trailer just fine with room to spare. Trying to convince me that was totally fine and safe with my wife and kids with me. Needless to say we bought our TT elsewhere..... Bottom line, like FreeAmerican said, educate yourself and know your towing numbers before you ever step foot into an RV dealership.
  2. Here is information from GM for a 2017 GMC Sierra CC 4x4 with 3.42 : Trailering Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. : lbs 5000 Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. : lbs 500 Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. : lbs 6100 Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. : lbs 610 Maximum Trailering Capacity : lbs 11700 I am going to Quote a post from a little while back from Toro1966, he gave a pretty good break down that explains it better than I did. "Basically it depends on what you have in the truck. Very confusing I know, but if I have it correct, I think of it this way: 1 - You have a max of 9100lbs that you can tow behind you. But unfortunately there are other things that could potentially reduce that amount. 2 - The GVW is the truck curb weight (5302) plus ANYTHING else in or on the truck. So if your truck empty, plus you, your dog, your spouse, and all of your luggage and camping stuff in the bed weigh 6500lbs, then that is your GVW. The GVW cannot exceed the GVWR - which is 7200lbs. 3 - Since you can also NOT exceed the total 15000 GCWR, you must first figure out how much your truck is loaded up with stuff and people (your GVWR) - in the above example it is 6500, and subtract that from 15000 to get the total weight of vehicle you can tow. In this example it would mean you could not tow a camper of more than 8500lbs. A couple of other considerations. Many people want a little "fluff" in their numbers so they add 10-20% depending on the individual. That means that if you take 20% of 8500 (which is 1700) and subtract it from the 8500, the max weight of the trailer you could tow is 6800lbs. (again - given our example where your loaded truck weighs 6500lbs). Trailer weight is always listed as empty. They are NEVER empty. You have water, sewage, vittles, clothes, pots, pans...you get the picture. So make sure you take that into account. Hope that helps." The bottom line is, it unfortunately takes some crazy math and number crunching to figure out what you can actually safely tow. A lot more number come into play than just the basic towing numbers on paper. Some people blow it off and do what they want. Some get away with it, ...some don't. It's playing with fire.
  3. That is spot on. Usually the biggest gotcha towing a larger trailer with a 1500 is the max payload is exceeded. By the time you take into consideration a full tank of gas, all your passengers and any gear in the truck, you are left with very little for your tongue weight. When GM touts their payload, it is calculated with a 150 lb driver with no passengers, no gear in the truck and a 1/4 tank of gas. As we all know, that is not realistic. Let say you weigh 200lbs, your wife weighs 130, your kid weighs 80, your dog weighs 50. If you have 25 gallons of gas at 6lbs per gallon that would be 150lbs in gas. then if you have a cooler and other gear it probably totals 200-300lbs easily. Your total would be around 810-910lbs. That only leaves about 90-190lbs remaining for your total trailer tongue weight. Even with a good weight distro (WD) hitch, you are well exceeding your max payload. The WD doesn't take the weight and move it "all" to the trailer, it distributes some to the trailer and then some to the front of the truck so the front tires are grounded for better control. There are lots of people who tow fine with a 1500, but it usually leaves very little room for error and can make for a quite unpleasant towing experience. AS others have said, a cross-wind, passing semi, undulations in the road, etc... can send you out of control quickly if your not extremely cautious. I've seen too many trucks pulling too big of a trailer that gets into a tail wagging the dog situation and ends up flipped over in it's side. not pretty! I apologize for being preachy, just some food for thought. Just be safe and have fun!
  4. I totally agree! There are several of us where I work who use our diesel trucks as our daily driver as well. I have about a 27 mile commute (one-way) to work everyday and I am doing better with mpg's in my duramax than I was in my 5.3. The oil changes cost a little more, but the interval that I need to get them has lessened so it became kind of a wash. I think you would be just fine with a diesel as your daily driver, there are quite a few of us out there that prove it.
  5. 1. After my free OnStar trial ran out I didn't bother renewing it and I haven't missed it at all. The one thing I do like and use all the time is the OnStar App on my phone. It is free to use and you get diagnostic updates and key fob functions that you can use anywhere. It is nice being able to start my truck at work and let it warm up/cool off before I even go outside. I've been out of town and unlocked my truck for my kids to get something out of it. Very handy! 2. If you call to cancel your Sirius, they offer a 6 month for $25. I have done this about 4 times now. I set a calendar reminder on my phone for 5 1/2 months out. I call them to cancel and they renew the discounted 6 month offer. YMMV, but it has worked well for me. Like another post said, I now just use the Pandora App built in and have grown to like it better than satellite. 3. Do searches on this one. There have been lots of posts on this 4. If you were to go with a 2 1/2 inch level you could get 285's without any rubbing or trimming necessary. I know that first hand. How you go about that with the magnetic ride on the Denali is up to you..... Most of all, enjoy that new truck!!!
  6. Nice truck!! I have total confidence that you will have absolutely NO regrets stepping up to the Duramax.
  7. Any of you guys have any issues with cold starts in the winter? This will be my first winter where the weather is cold enough for me to be concerned with this so I thought I would ask a few questions to see what you guys have experienced. Anyone know if the remote start will automatically wait for the glow plugs to warm up before it starts? I am assuming it is tied into it somehow where it does. In other words in cold weather when I remote start it, it will probably have a much longer pause before it actually cranks over to start because it is waiting for the glow plugs to warm up. Does anyone plug their trucks in in the winter. If so, at what temp do you deem it necessary? What about oil? Do you guys change the oil to a 5w40 vice 15w40 for the colder weather? I know these are probably some newbie questions, but again this will be my first winter. Any input is appreciated.
  8. Hmmm. I am making a PB&J, what is the best jelly to use? I'm just kidding with you. I think either would work fine, it is a matter of preference. It depends on the size of trailer you have and the load bearing needs really. For example a heavy duty 5x10 utility trailer is usually rated at 3600#. So some wal-mart 10,000# ratchet straps would be PLENTY and not break the bank.
  9. Shrink wrap the buckets. Then it will be one solid mass on the trailer. When you get to your destination, get out your pocket knife and cut it off.
  10. A short bed 2500 is 6.5 ft opposwd to 5.5 ft in a 1500. Plus the 2500 can handlebthe payload unlike the 1500. While towing a TT that is.
  11. Getting ready to head out to the woods.
  12. There is no confusion. If you read the OP question he was looking for ways to haul a golf cart with his 1500 which has more payload limitations than your 2500 To "strap it down in the back" in your 2500 work good for you but OP's solution isn't that easy.
  13. If you do a quick search this has been a topic of discussion a lot recently. my short answer without getting into GVWR and GCVR numbers and tongue weight, etc... would be a very hesitant yes as long as you don't go far and have a good weight distro hitch with built in anti-sway. Also have a good brake controller installed if you don't already have one integrated. Since you are leasing you just need to take it slow and easy until your lease is up. my recommendation based on being in your seam boat is to upgrade to a 3/4 ton.
  14. I'm late to the party but wanted to to say 'Welcome' from a fellow St. Louisan
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