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Old 08-31-2015, 04:01 PM   #11
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Another thing we just bought a new GMC Sierra with the Max Trailer Tow package and aside from the items Jim and Bob mentioned you get different gearing and a bunch of other features which make towing easier.

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Oh pooh, forgot about this type of truck. Okay, now we have two more to test drive!
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:02 PM   #12
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I'd wait until Nissan Titan diesel comes out, pricing may be excellent.
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:09 PM   #13
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My 2014 Ram 1500 came standard with a transmission cooler, engine oil cooler ,
tow haul mode and sway control . It did not come with a tow package
because they don't offer one. Even though my truck has a tow rating of 10250 lbs, it is not rated to tow a 5th wheel trailer. I would read the specs on any truck very carefully.
Another thing to consider is that some features needed for towing are not addable at a later date. My factory brake controller is integrated with my vehicles computer and safety equipment ,the after market ones are not and may cause issues.
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:13 PM   #14
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I'd wait until Nissan Titan diesel comes out, pricing may be excellent.
I test drove one of those yesterday (well, the gas version), as well as the Silverado (which is now off my list). I really liked that Titan and Dirk said it had the most room in the cab of any that we've tested. He checks out the passenger side while I check out the driver's side since he's not too interested in towing the trailer himself.

He also said I was far more aggressive in my test drive with the Titan than I had been with the other trucks. I wasn't sure what he meant at first, but I realized I was far more comfortable driving that truck than I had been with the others, so I cornered faster and all that than with the others.

The salesman did talk about the diesel but I'm wondering if you really want to get a brand new (to them) style until they've gotten the bugs worked out. He also said they were going to change some things on the inside. He gave us a flyer on it and while it doesn't have too much information on it, it does have a pretty nifty looking truck on it in a color that was very similar to my Isuzu Trooper (cognac).
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:56 PM   #15
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Steve,
I think the Class IV receiver hitch, trailer brake control,trailer tow 7 pin wiring, back up camera, as well as the afore mentioned trailer sway control, tow haul transmission mode, engine and transmission cooling, all of which qualifies as a trailer tow package other models offer.
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Old 08-31-2015, 05:58 PM   #16
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The GMC Sierra is a fancier Chevy Silverado.
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:29 PM   #17
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The GMC Sierra is a fancier Chevy Silverado.
Ah, so if I didn't like the Silverado for feel while driving, I might not like the Sierra then. I don't remember the salesgal telling us about the Sierra. Interesting.
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:57 PM   #18
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Steve,
I think the Class IV receiver hitch, trailer brake control,trailer tow 7 pin wiring, back up camera, as well as the afore mentioned trailer sway control, tow haul transmission mode, engine and transmission cooling, all of which qualifies as a trailer tow package other models offer.
Mine also came with the Class IV hitch and 7 pin connector but no back up camera. I spent time on the internet and talked to several dealers and was told that the Ram 1500 does not
have a defined towing package per se . The dealer I bought my truck from had a list of suggested options for towing which were all sold ala carte. IE; hitch-camera -brake controller -3.92 rearend - air suspension. Assuming that all towing packages are equal can turnout to be a costly mistake. I bought my 2011 Ram without the factory brake controller and when I went to add one the cost to install and tie it into the vehicles computer system was double what the factory controller cost.
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I second the nomination for a look at the Nissan Titan w/Cummins diesel. There going to available by years end. If I were in the market for a new tow vehicle I would certainly wait to compare the Nissan, or the soon to follow Toyota Tundra Diesel. The payload, tow capacity and fuel milage is an impressive package.
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I second the nomination for a look at the Nissan Titan w/Cummins diesel. There going to available by years end. If I were in the market for a new tow vehicle I would certainly wait to compare the Nissan, or the soon to follow Toyota Tundra Diesel. The payload, tow capacity and fuel milage is an impressive package.
So, is there going to be a Tundra diesel? Right now the Titan and Tundra were my two favorites of all I've driven, with the Titan a bit ahead. I do need to cruise the internet to get more info on these two rigs. one of these days!
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