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Old 09-14-2020, 01:47 AM   #21
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What about the 2019 Next Generation GMC Sierra 2500? The towing capacity is 18.500 lbs. We have a 2014 38rl . Our campers weight is 13.5 and loaded, about 15k. We purchased the truck a few weeks ago, and then last friday, was hit from behind at 65mph while stopped for a garbage truck.
The car that hit us was totaled, and our GMC , and God really came thru.
It did bend the frame, bumper , tail gate, and pushed the bed up to the cab, but , it really saved our life. So, said all that because they may total the truck, and we were wondering if we should bump up to the 3500.
But Definately staying with the GMC.
The shipping weight our our RL38 is 14,600 lbs ( actual weight 16,700lbs that day I scaled it) That's NO water, No battery , No propane , No gear! With minor gear , food , water ,propane and battery My single rear wheel 3500 GMC crew cab 4x4 is over the rear axle rating of 7050 lbs by 600~700 lbs deepening on how much water , fuel and crap I leave in the back of the truck. Yes I could run everything at the bare min and be under 7050lbs but that's not how we travel. I have purchased a 2020 3500 DRW and just waiting for it to show up at the dealer in the next 2 weeks. So having said that your old 2500hd had been over loaded much more then mine...... As we travel my truck and trailer would regularly scale out at 26,600lbs combine. Just incase your wondering GM only rated my truck at 11,500GVW and a gross combine weight of 25,100lbs witch I am certain the 2500 is not rated that high.

Real Pin weight of out RL38 is 3600~3700lbs with 70 gallons water on board. So add in your hitch weight any extra fuel and passengers you will quickly find GM trucks are over loaded on the rear axle for Most owners. Ford trucks are lighter from the factory and have larger rear tires so they can carry roughly 500~700 more LBS depending on the extract truck.
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Old 09-19-2020, 08:21 PM   #22
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Not sure how much a CAT scale weigh and re-weigh is across the country, but here in the northeast, it's $12 for the first weigh and I think $2 for the re-weigh (as long as its within a day or 2). Best money I ever spent! Redwoods are beautiful and well built, but they are heavy! My pin weight was almost at my max payload capacity for my 2019 RAM 3500 SRW with the H.O. diesel. Darn truck could probably pull a small house off its foundation, but the payload capacity was only just under 4,000 lbs (which isn't much when you have 4 people, a full tank of diesel and a 3,200 pin weight w/ a near empty cellar in the RW). Why risk being overweight? Get a dually!
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When we purchased our 2013 Redwood 36RE we had a one ton GMC single rear wheel. After weighing it I realized how close we were to max pin weight so I traded out the tires and wheels for 19.5's which gave me a nice cushion for not exceeding tire load. In 2019 we purchased a Ford F450 and couldn't believe how much more stable it is towing with a dually. No need for air bags and the ride is great. Wish we had done it from the start.
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When we purchased our 2013 Redwood 36RE we had a one ton GMC single rear wheel. After weighing it I realized how close we were to max pin weight so I traded out the tires and wheels for 19.5's which gave me a nice cushion for not exceeding tire load. In 2019 we purchased a Ford F450 and couldn't believe how much more stable it is towing with a dually. No need for air bags and the ride is great. Wish we had done it from the start.

I will have my new 2020 3500 DRW truck on Oct. 1st assuming the DMV paper work is all correct and I dont have to wait 2 more weeks....
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