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Old     (nate26)      Join Date: Jun 2009       10-02-2014, 12:10 PM Reply   
I was hoping to get some information from Chevy owners. I've been thinking about upgrading to a new truck. I currently have a 2008 Chevy 1500 with a 5.3L and 4 speed transmission. It's been a great truck and towed our old boat, Sanger 215, fine. We now have a Wakesetter vlx. For the most part our current truck tows it fine. But, when loaded up with camping gear and six people the truck struggles some. Especially going over Mt. Hood.

I'm undecided on weather to get another 1500 with the 5.3L and 6 speed transmission or to step up to the 2500 diesel. Obviously the 3\4 ton with a diesel would be better for towing. I'm just not sure I want to diesel for a daily driver or spend the extra cash for the 3/4 ton.

My questions are more about the 1500. Can anyone tell me how the 2014s are for towing? Especially loaded down. Would it behoove me to get the Z71 package? I would imagine the 6 speed tranny that come in them now would be a vast improvement over our current 4 speed. Does it make as big a difference as I think it would? For what we do would the 1500 5.3L be adequate or would I be wishing we'd went with the 2500 diesel?

I know there are a lot of Ford, Dodge, and Toyota fans out there, but I'm only looking at the Chevys.

Any info from other members would be appreciated.


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