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Petr51488
12-15-2006, 01:39 AM
I plan on buying a new pickup this comming summer. I never knew that chevy made a 3500 with the single wheels in the back. My question is.. Is it better to go with a 2500hd (crew cab long bed) or to go with the 3500 (crew cab long bed), both being diesels. The trucks look exactly the same, except one can hold more than the other. Will the 3500 consume more fuel over the 2500hd? I won't be towing anything outragious, but from what i understand, it's allways better to have more than you need. I don't hear too much, or see, people driving driving these 3500's with the single wheels. Is the 3500 to much of a truck? Any thoughts on the two?

justanotherlawnguy
12-15-2006, 02:05 AM
There is not much difference,

2500HD 3500
gvwr 9200 9900
curb weight 6037 6322
max payload 3163 3578

With the diesel, there isnt much difference. Price wise there isnt much difference either. Probably for just a little more cash, you get a little more truck.
Its the same difference as a f250 and 350.

stoneseller
12-15-2006, 06:11 AM
I have considered the SRW 3500 series as well, to replace my 2500HD. In comparing the specs, there is very little net gain in capacities of the 3500 series. If you tow a lot of heavy loads, the dually 3500 would be the ticket.

Another consideration. How many roads do you regularly travel that have signs "NO Thru Trucks over 3/4 Ton"? Not that the enforcement level is high, but you might get ticketed on these roads in a SRW 3500.

LawnScapers of Dayton
12-15-2006, 06:14 AM
licensing is more expensive for 1 tons......at least in Ohio....

Petr51488
12-15-2006, 11:04 AM
Yea, i didn't even think that this was a 1 ton truck. So do you recommend that a 3/4 ton truck is the best all around truck? In the future i plan on towing a 5th wheel camper and a larger 7x20 trailer.. I know the diesel will help but will the 2500hd do the job fine?

climber
12-15-2006, 05:27 PM
The 2500 will have no trouble with the camper or tailer! My uncle has one with the 6.0 Duramax and Allison auto. He hauls a 24' gooseneck with a New Holland TC30 Tractor with a 6' brush hog. And it hauls it like nothing. His truck has 100 thousand + miles and no mechanical problems at all just some new tires...

Dan

Eclipse
12-15-2006, 08:04 PM
If I were buying a new truck it would be a 3500 SRW. I do not think the licensing will be any different on a 2500 or a SRW 3500. For a DRW 3500 that may be the case.

nobagger
12-15-2006, 08:11 PM
My suggestion, buy a F250 SD,lol the can of worm's has been opend. If you have your heart set on a diesel then buy a Dodge, NOTHING beats that damn Cummins! Why a deisel? if you just do city driving, and you said you wont be towing heavy loads then a deisel IMO is a waste of money.

Petr51488
12-15-2006, 09:41 PM
My suggestion, buy a F250 SD,lol the can of worm's has been opend. If you have your heart set on a diesel then buy a Dodge, NOTHING beats that damn Cummins! Why a deisel? if you just do city driving, and you said you wont be towing heavy loads then a deisel IMO is a waste of money.

To be honest, i have my eyes set on the chevy. I love it. The reason for a diesel is because i do alot of driving. Especially during the summer time. I go up to our house in the poconos about every other week towing my 6x12 enclosed with 2 atv's in it.. Thats about a 200 mile round trip. Another thing is i plan on keeping this truck forever. I'm 19, so i hope this lasts me a very long time. The truck itself is big too, and a gasser would just gulp up the fuel.