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Lexington Ky.
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2018
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Coachmen
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Catalina Trail Blazer 26TH
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30
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I have been looking for the past several months for a new tow vehicle for my toy hauler. Trucks seem to be getting very hard to find at a price I could afford. When I did find one I liked and was affordable, by the time I asked about it, it was sold or dealer would not deal at all.

I cameacross this one Wednesday afternoon and was fortunate enough to pick it up yesterday. 2021 Chevy Silverado Custom 2500HD. Has more than enough payload for my trailer as there is abso;utely no chance of going larger at all.

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NW Oregon
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2017
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Forest River
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How heavy is your toy hauler and what's the axle ratio of the truck? I only ask because I'm still looking for the right truck. The most annoying thing I've come across is almost every ad says it's a 3.73 axle ratio but then when you ask for the door tag it's a 3.55 or worse. If I ever actually go to a dealer I'll be the one opening the front door on every truck just to find the right axle.
 
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Lexington Ky.
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Coachmen
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Catalina Trail Blazer 26TH
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30
Fulltimer
No
How heavy is your toy hauler and what's the axle ratio of the truck? I only ask because I'm still looking for the right truck. The most annoying thing I've come across is almost every ad says it's a 3.73 axle ratio but then when you ask for the door tag it's a 3.55 or worse. If I ever actually go to a dealer I'll be the one opening the front door on every truck just to find the right axle.
The GVWR of the toy hauler is 7900 lbs. and the axle ratio is 373.I am going off of the chevy website and my window sticker. It seems that the new sticker every one is talking about is not on my truck. Also I do not believe that Chevy offers a 355, that is Ford.I am not certain.

My ford pulled and stopped the toy hauler great but I felt as if the truck was just too light to tow comfortably.
 
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NW Oregon
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Forest River
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Yeah the 3.55 is the ford. I've been hunting f350s just because they're usually $15-20k cheaper. The door tag should be inside the driver side door. That's the way with ford. My toy hauler is 13,500ish gross. So I'm trying to over truck it. I know 3.55 will do but I hate pushing limits.
 
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Location
Lexington Ky.
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Coachmen
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Catalina Trail Blazer 26TH
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30
Fulltimer
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Yeah the 3.55 is the ford. I've been hunting f350s just because they're usually $15-20k cheaper. The door tag should be inside the driver side door. That's the way with ford. My toy hauler is 13,500ish gross. So I'm trying to over truck it. I know 3.55 will do but I hate pushing limits.
Are you looking at diesels or gas. I am somewhat surprised that ford is using a 355 in the 350. I believe that the diesel uses the 331and the gas usually has the 373/
 
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Are you looking at diesels or gas. I am somewhat surprised that ford is using a 355 in the 350. I believe that the diesel uses the 331and the gas usually has the 373/
I'm only looking at diesel. I was shocked to find out just how weak a 350 could be ordered. A 3.31 isn't anything so if you don't know your axle ratio and accidentally buy one a person would be thoroughly disappointed. Unfortunately almost every ad I look at claims 3.73 but seldom is. It's been a headache because I'm forced to talk to a lot of salespeople. They don't always understand and never like to be told "no thanks".
 
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I finally found my unicorn. 3.73 axle. Diesel. With a 14klb payload package.
 
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Location
Lexington Ky.
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2018
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Coachmen
RV Model
Catalina Trail Blazer 26TH
RV Length
30
Fulltimer
No
Nice looking truck. Are you sure that 14,000 lb. payload is correct. Fods F550 only has a max payload of 12,730 lbs. If thatis correct you have one heck of a truck.
 
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SW Florida
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Newmar
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Ventana 4369
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I'm finding the same thing. Most common gear is the 355 in these F350s, or at least almost all the SRW units out there. It is also rare to find one with the extra heavy payload rating. I'm not ready to buy yet and maybe it is a good thing.
 
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The axles with the Chevy 2500/3500 are rated at 11,000 lbs so that is the payload limiting factor. My stock 2500 Duramax had a payload rating of 2800 lbs but I added a double leaf set of Supersprings and replaced the tires with Nitto tires rated at 3750 lbs at 80 PSI and added Rancho adjustable shocks, and even with a 4,000 lb load in the bed there was no sag and the truck was level and easy to manage on the highways.
 
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Lexington Ky.
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Coachmen
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Catalina Trail Blazer 26TH
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30
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Can you tell me where you got that number. I dont think I have seen axles with that high of a rating on a pick-up truck. The 2021 2500 is rated at 6600 lbs. Not sure about the 3500.
 
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Location
Ringgold, GA.
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2006
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Holiday Rambler
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Ambassador
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40'
TOW/TOAD
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Nice looking truck. Are you sure that 14,000 lb. payload is correct. Fods F550 only has a max payload of 12,730 lbs. If thatis correct you have one heck of a truck.
14,000 would be the GVRW for an F350 with DRW.
 
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Location
Ringgold, GA.
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Holiday Rambler
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Ambassador
RV Length
40'
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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The axles with the Chevy 2500/3500 are rated at 11,000 lbs so that is the payload limiting factor. My stock 2500 Duramax had a payload rating of 2800 lbs but I added a double leaf set of Supersprings and replaced the tires with Nitto tires rated at 3750 lbs at 80 PSI and added Rancho adjustable shocks, and even with a 4,000 lb load in the bed there was no sag and the truck was level and easy to manage on the highways.
2500/3500 do not have the same axles. So the 2500 has a front GAWR of 4400 lbs while the 3500 is rated at 4800 lbs. The 2500 has a rear axle rating of 6600 lbs and the 3500 is rated at 7250 lbs. for a SRW truck. The GVWR for the 2500 is 10,350 and the SRW 3500 is 11,150. As you can see they are not the same truck.

You have increased the springs and tires and shocks to haul heavier loads but did not install larger brakes so your truck is still only capable of hauling the original amount safely. Any time you substantially increase the load capacity of a truck you need to also do the brakes. You're talking about hauling almost 50% more than the truck was rated with the original size brakes? Wow. That's a dangerous thing to do. At some point it gets REALLY dangerous. I hope you never find that point.
 
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