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towing with a chevy 2500 ???

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I asked a few days ago about a Ford 150 for a DD/tow rig but after checking it out today I had to pass (major steering and rear end issues) but I may have come across a Chevy 2500 for a decent price so I was wondering if anyone had any experience with them. The only experience I have with Chevy trucks was my old 66 pickup with a 327 so I'm not really sure what to look for in a newer one. I will have to tow a dual axle trailer with surge brakes and a 3900lb Jeep on it for a trip from NJ to Georgia in a few months so I need something pretty beefy that will also serve as a DD. I also need 4WD for surf fishing, snow, camping etc... The truck I am looking at is an 88 2500 extended cab 4WD with a 350 and a 5spd. It looks in pretty good shape but I don't know what to check out on the IFS or transfer case? What tranny is in this, NV4500? Is it powerful enough with only the 350, anything to watch out for? Whats a good price, $2500? Thanks much for any help
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I do quite a bit of towing with my '92 Suburban. It has the 454 - a good engine!
Around town empty it gets almost 15, pulling's less. But it runs up hills with the load easy. A great tow vehicle. It's heavy enough in the rear the trailer doesn't push it around like a pick-up.

Ford's have no power in reverse - at least none of mine did. There was no way I could even back one trailer wheel over a curb! -- And that was just a lightweight "T" trailer with a light sandbuggy on it!
Once they went computers in Fords they've been terrible. You can always tell you are driving a Ford by the hesitation in acceleration and the surging at steady speeds.

Dodge - I'd use a 440 - have one in my motorhome - love it. Needs a few tricks to make them run right though.

I'd never even consider a constant RPM engine like a diesel - I drive my vehicles on streets and highways where you find you need to go different speeds.
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