2017 2500 Duramax Crew Cab Long Bed
Sounds like you got a good one. Try not to idle or sit in city traffic and your mpg should only improve from here.
8,500 lbs is way to heavy to pull with a Raptor. I was in the RV business. 8,500 lb travel trailer is too heavy for any 1500. An 8,500 load on a flatbed trailer, ok, but a travel trailer, especially bumper pull requires a little more weight in the tow vehicle.Are you towing anything heavy or just your TT?
So it sounds like, all-in, it’s costing you quite a bit more to tow with this truck than it cost with the Raptor.
Yes it is typically not the power of the tow vehicle that is the problem, but the weight of the vehicle. RV’s have the tendency to push around the tow vehicle if it isn’t sized right. I noticed a huge difference even going from a short bed to a long bed. The extra wheelbase helped keep things straight during cross winds.Agreed. That is why I went up to the 2500. The problem is I am in between, light for a 2500 6.6 Duramax but heavy for a 1500, especially in any kind of cross wind. I probably should have got the 2500 6.6 gasser. The Raptor pulled it great, even held 6th most of the time (6 speed) but the suspension was not up to the task.
It doesn’t need to make sense to you now, but when you do it, and have a little more experience I’m sure it will make sense.I never understand, nor can I follow the logic of these statements. A new 1/2 ton is rated to tow over 13,000 pounds, but people say it’s unsafe to tow at 2/3 of the maximum rated towing capacity. Why? You say it’s because the truck doesn’t weigh enough. Well, everything scales. A 8,500 pound camper will have less surface area than a 13,000+ pound FW, so the wind factor idea doesn’t really apply. The new half tons weigh as much as the old 3/4/1-ton trucks, and people had no problem towing well over 8,500 pounds with those trucks. And finally, for the ”truck doesn’t weigh enough” argument, look at which new truck is rated to tow the most weight, a RC, 2WD truck, the lightest truck of them all. yet that truck is rated to tow over 36,000 pounds. That argument doesn’t hold water.
Let‘s look at it from a different viewpoint. You say it’s unsafe to tow a trailer that is 1.5 times the weight of a half ton. By that logic, a one ton truck would be unsafe towing less than 13,000 pounds, that’s all just based off of the weight of the truck.
Or, let’s look at it from the tow ratings perspective. You say 2/3 of tow rating for half ton is unsafe, then, following that logic, towing with a one ton SRW gas truck, it would be unsafe to tow 9,600 pounds, since that is 2/3 of the weight rating for a conventional bumper pull trailer for that truck.
None of that is logical.