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I'm posting this in the 1500 and the 2500 forum to get both perspectives.
I have owned gas trucks my whole adult life. Last year I purchased a tractor to work on a 10 acre lot. The tractor weighs around 6000 lbs with the front end loader. I have a 6' rotary mower that weighs around 720 lbs and a 6' box scraper that weighs around 500 lbs. The trailer is around 2900 lbs. I also have a boat that weighs around 5500 lbs with the trailer.
A few months ago a friend of mine needed me to bring my tractor to his house to help him work on his driveway. I tried to haul the tractor with our 2013 Tahoe that has the towing package and a towing capacity of 8300 lbs. After about a couple of miles of pulling the tractor behind the Tahoe, I turned around and went back home. I didn't feel like the Tahoe was safe pulling that much weight. I ended up having to rent a truck to pull my tractor to my friends house.
I am planning on buying a new truck this coming March or April and I am really struggling on which variation to buy. I plan on hauling my tractor around 5-6 times a year and haul my boat around 4-6 times a year. Since the tractor and trailer weigh right at, or just over, the max towing capacity of the standard 1500 pickup (9400 lbs), I would have to get a 1500 with the Max Trailering package which has a max towing capacity up to 11,800lbs or buy a 2500 diesel which has a 13000 lbs bumper towing capacity.
I've owned, modified and worked on gas vehicles my whole life so there isn't any unknown there. I have never owned a diesel vehicle before so I don't truly know what to expect. I've been reading a lot lately trying to help myself make an informed decision but, I'm still unsure on which way to go.
From what I've read the 2500 will pull my tractor more comfortably than the 1500 regardless of their tow ratings. I am a car junkie and I have owned more than a few fairly fast cars. I love the thought of the horsepower and acceleration of the 6.2L gas motor in the 1500. It will do 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 14.3 @ 97 mph, which is pretty damn impressive for a pickup truck. But, the flipside to that is that I really want to be able to haul my tractor safely not to mention the fact that I could modify the Duramax motor and it would be as fast or faster than the 1500 gas motor. If you look strictly at the numbers the 1500 should be plenty competent enough to pull the tractor but, I can't shake the nagging feeling that even though the towing capacity is 11,800 lbs it would still be pushing the "feel safe" limits of the truck. The diesel will cost around $9500 more up front so that is a factor but, I actually plan on keeping this truck for a long time...assuming there isn't something wrong with it. This truck will also be my daily driver. Given my situation and what I've typed which version do you guys think I should get?
Sorry for the wall of text.
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