Hey all, sorry for what seems like it may be a dumb question. i've been looking at replacing my current ride, a 2002 GMC 1500HD and am set on a diesel. i've been trying to do all the reasearch i can on each different model and all.
planned use for the truck is a daily driver for me and will pull a 13K-14K 5th wheel once a month or so.
i'm mainly focusing on looking at crew cab 1-ton's with SRW's.
My biggest concern is reliability, as i put about 25K+ miles per year on my current truck (doesn't pull a 5th wheel, just an occasional trailer of about 5Klbs and hauls a couple sportbikes and the family)
so, to one of my questions. Frame stiffness. i found this video on line
and at one point it compares the frame stiffness between the Ford 350 and GMC 3500. video made sense at first, and showing the GMC had a far stiffer frame and that thats better. but, reading through some of the comments on the video got me thinking.
Stiffer frame should be better for a more "solid" feel. but does stiffer = stronger? if the frame is to stiff, could that hurt towing ability of the ground was uneven, or if towing and hit a big bump? where if there was a little flex in the frame couldn't that help keep the wheel planted in going over back country trail (thinking out of the way camping spots down camping roads) or say if i was towing and hit a large bump, pavement transition ect, if it was big enough hit to max the suspension, could an overly stiff frame really suffer damage (like one comment said)?
am i over thinking all this?