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Silverado 1500 vs. 2500

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i have a 2500 with the 6.0 liter and 4.10 gears.  in my opinion i would recommend the 1500 with the 5.3.  my truck only gets in the 10’s in town and on the highway it gets upper 12’s at 80.  if you want the 2500 i would recommend 3.73’s instead of 4.10’s.  there good for 1 mpg across the board.  don’t get me wrong i love my truck but it likes fuel.  the heaviest thing i’ve pulled with my truck was a 13000# 5th wheel.  the truck did great! . – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – >Ready to order a new Silverado but am still on the fence with regards to a >1500 vs 2500. The truck will be a 4×4 short box, ext. cab LT with 4:10 gears >and all available towing stuff, coolers etc. The following data is from the >GM towing guide. >GVWR        1500 = 6400 lbs.    2500 = 8600 lbs. >Payload    1500 = 1779 lbs.    2500 = 3115 lbs.    Advantage 2500 by 1336 >lbs. >Max trailer rating 1500 = 9500 lbs.    2500 = 10,800 lbs. >GCWR        1500 = 13,500 lbs.        2500 = 16,000 lbs. >My usage profile is as follows: >-    Daily commute ~ 18 miles round trip, stop and go driving all below 40 >mph. >-    5 times per week – soccer, baseball, basketball practices/games, >archery and cub scouts for my son. ~ 5 miles round trip each time. >-    Misc. unloaded travel ~20 miles per week. >-    Tow enclosed car trailer with car to local circle track once per week >during the season. 22 miles round trip, two lane flat hiway. Loaded car >trailer = ~6573 lbs. Truck payload = 1639 lbs. >-    Tow 23 foot travel trailer ~5 times per year, sometimes with 3 >dirtbikes in truck bed. Two or three of these 5 times will be over a >mountain pass. Loaded travel trailer = 5017. Truck payload = ~2377 lbs. >-    Tow dirt bikes on motorcycle trailer ~5 times per year. Truck payload = >1639lbs. Trailer w/bikes = ~1200lbs. >-    Tow small boat ~5 times per year. Truck payload = 1639lbs. Boat >~3800lbs. >So, do I go for the 1500 – better fuel mileage, easier to get, possibly >better unloaded ride. However it is close on the payload figures as you can >see. >Or the 2500 – should handle the loads no problem, provides room to grow >trailer size wise, but lower mileage, longer to get etc. >Any input is appreciated. >Wayne

99 seirra 2500  6.0 liter kx 500 mooor poowwwer

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Unfortunately Vince, you waited just a hair too long to make a decision. You’re now getting ready to order a 2001 model and pricing is as yet unavailable.  As for the question of 1500 vs. 2500, I think it’s important to know: 2WD or 4X4?  How long will you keep it?  The 1500 is more than up to the challenge of doing what you need it to do, and the 2WD even more so. However, if you’re going to keep it "until it dies" or for a long period of time anyway, you may want to consider a 2500 as it will most likely last longer under the towing stress.  It seems you don’t do any regular heavy duty trailering but the weekly towing of the car trailer is pushing the limits of the 1500. Ken.

– Hide quoted text — Show quoted text -> Ready to order a new Silverado but am still on the fence with regards to a > 1500 vs 2500. The truck will be a 4×4 short box, ext. cab LT with 4:10 gears > and all available towing stuff, coolers etc. The following data is from the > GM towing guide. > GVWR        1500 = 6400 lbs.    2500 = 8600 lbs. > Payload    1500 = 1779 lbs.    2500 = 3115 lbs.    Advantage 2500 by 1336 > lbs. > Max trailer rating 1500 = 9500 lbs.    2500 = 10,800 lbs. > GCWR        1500 = 13,500 lbs.        2500 = 16,000 lbs. > My usage profile is as follows: > –    Daily commute ~ 18 miles round trip, stop and go driving all below 40 > mph. > –    5 times per week – soccer, baseball, basketball practices/games, > archery and cub scouts for my son. ~ 5 miles round trip each time. > –    Misc. unloaded travel ~20 miles per week. > –    Tow enclosed car trailer with car to local circle track once per week > during the season. 22 miles round trip, two lane flat hiway. Loaded car > trailer = ~6573 lbs. Truck payload = 1639 lbs. > –    Tow 23 foot travel trailer ~5 times per year, sometimes with 3 > dirtbikes in truck bed. Two or three of these 5 times will be over a > mountain pass. Loaded travel trailer = 5017. Truck payload = ~2377 lbs. > –    Tow dirt bikes on motorcycle trailer ~5 times per year. Truck payload = > 1639lbs. Trailer w/bikes = ~1200lbs. > –    Tow small boat ~5 times per year. Truck payload = 1639lbs. Boat > ~3800lbs. > So, do I go for the 1500 – better fuel mileage, easier to get, possibly > better unloaded ride. However it is close on the payload figures as you can > see. > Or the 2500 – should handle the loads no problem, provides room to grow > trailer size wise, but lower mileage, longer to get etc. > Any input is appreciated. > Wayne

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For your situation, I’d consider the 2500.  It has more towing capacity and a stronger engine. Also, with the 2500, you can order the factory extendable towing mirrors.  Get the 6.0.   Regards, DH Snipped: >Ready to order a new Silverado but am still on the fence with regards to a >1500 vs 2500. >My usage profile is as follows: >-    Tow enclosed car trailer with car to local circle track once per week >during the season. 22 miles round trip, two lane flat hiway. Loaded car >trailer = ~6573 lbs. Truck payload = 1639 lbs. >-    Tow 23 foot travel trailer ~5 times per year, sometimes with 3 >dirtbikes in truck bed. Two or three of these 5 times will be  over a >mountain pass. Loaded travel trailer = 5017.

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It is far too late to order a 2000, so you will be buying off the lot or ordering a 2001. My dad pulls a 6500lb trailer regularly with his 1500 (5.3L Auto 3.73) and has no problems, even with the hills in the midwest. I think the 1500 will satisfy your needs quite well. And get better mileage all the time. Mike L 99 Silverado 1500 Base 4×4 4.8L 5spd 00 Silverado 2500 LS 4×4 6.0L 5spd (TPW – This Week) Before you buy.

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> For your situation, I’d consider the 2500.  It has more towing capacity and a > stronger engine. Also, with the 2500, you can order the factory extendable > towing mirrors.  Get the 6.0. > Regards, > DH

You can get the camper mirrors on a 1500. I have them on mine. Mike L 99 Silverado 1500 Base 4×4 4.8L 5spd 00 Silverado 2500 LS 4×4 6.0L 5spd (TPW – This Week) Before you buy.

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Ready to order a new Silverado but am still on the fence with regards to a 1500 vs 2500. The truck will be a 4×4 short box, ext. cab LT with 4:10 gears and all available towing stuff, coolers etc. The following data is from the GM towing guide. GVWR        1500 = 6400 lbs.    2500 = 8600 lbs. Payload    1500 = 1779 lbs.    2500 = 3115 lbs.    Advantage 2500 by 1336 lbs. Max trailer rating 1500 = 9500 lbs.    2500 = 10,800 lbs. GCWR        1500 = 13,500 lbs.        2500 = 16,000 lbs. My usage profile is as follows: –    Daily commute ~ 18 miles round trip, stop and go driving all below 40 mph. –    5 times per week – soccer, baseball, basketball practices/games, archery and cub scouts for my son. ~ 5 miles round trip each time. –    Misc. unloaded travel ~20 miles per week. –    Tow enclosed car trailer with car to local circle track once per week during the season. 22 miles round trip, two lane flat hiway. Loaded car trailer = ~6573 lbs. Truck payload = 1639 lbs. –    Tow 23 foot travel trailer ~5 times per year, sometimes with 3 dirtbikes in truck bed. Two or three of these 5 times will be over a mountain pass. Loaded travel trailer = 5017. Truck payload = ~2377 lbs. –    Tow dirt bikes on motorcycle trailer ~5 times per year. Truck payload = 1639lbs. Trailer w/bikes = ~1200lbs. –    Tow small boat ~5 times per year. Truck payload = 1639lbs. Boat ~3800lbs. So, do I go for the 1500 – better fuel mileage, easier to get, possibly better unloaded ride. However it is close on the payload figures as you can see. Or the 2500 – should handle the loads no problem, provides room to grow trailer size wise, but lower mileage, longer to get etc. Any input is appreciated. Wayne

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It really sounds like you need the 2500. You have the option of the 6.0L engine which would yield a little bit more torque for all the towing. Another major consideration is the transmission and axles. With the 2500, you get the 4L80E transmission, which is significantly beefier than the 4L60E, what you find in the 1500. Also, on the 2500 you find a semi-float 14 bolt (9.5" ring gear) axle in the rear, and a 9.25" IFS axle in front, compared to the tired 10 bolt in the rear and a weak 8.25" IFS axle in front. You really need a truck equipped to comfortably handle the towing you plan to do, considering the frequency with which you’ll be doing it. Fuel economy is the trade off for longer drivetrain and suspension life.

– Hide quoted text — Show quoted text -> Ready to order a new Silverado but am still on the fence with regards to a > 1500 vs 2500. The truck will be a 4×4 short box, ext. cab LT with 4:10 gears > and all available towing stuff, coolers etc. The following data is from the > GM towing guide. > GVWR        1500 = 6400 lbs.    2500 = 8600 lbs. > Payload    1500 = 1779 lbs.    2500 = 3115 lbs.    Advantage 2500 by 1336 > lbs. > Max trailer rating 1500 = 9500 lbs.    2500 = 10,800 lbs. > GCWR        1500 = 13,500 lbs.        2500 = 16,000 lbs. > My usage profile is as follows: > –    Daily commute ~ 18 miles round trip, stop and go driving all below 40 > mph. > –    5 times per week – soccer, baseball, basketball practices/games, > archery and cub scouts for my son. ~ 5 miles round trip each time. > –    Misc. unloaded travel ~20 miles per week. > –    Tow enclosed car trailer with car to local circle track once per week > during the season. 22 miles round trip, two lane flat hiway. Loaded car > trailer = ~6573 lbs. Truck payload = 1639 lbs. > –    Tow 23 foot travel trailer ~5 times per year, sometimes with 3 > dirtbikes in truck bed. Two or three of these 5 times will be over a > mountain pass. Loaded travel trailer = 5017. Truck payload = ~2377 lbs. > –    Tow dirt bikes on motorcycle trailer ~5 times per year. Truck payload = > 1639lbs. Trailer w/bikes = ~1200lbs. > –    Tow small boat ~5 times per year. Truck payload = 1639lbs. Boat > ~3800lbs. > So, do I go for the 1500 – better fuel mileage, easier to get, possibly > better unloaded ride. However it is close on the payload figures as you can > see. > Or the 2500 – should handle the loads no problem, provides room to grow > trailer size wise, but lower mileage, longer to get etc. > Any input is appreciated. > Wayne

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