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Should I buy one??? (5500)

I am looking at getting a 5500 to replace a 2007 3500 and a 2001 GMC 6500. The 6500 is a little over kill for what we do (no power tho) and the 3500 could be a little heavier for some of the stuff we do. We haul boats, a lot of the stuff the 3500 does like nothing but when I start getting into pulling weights over 20k I get uncomfortable.

The most I will ever really be towing is a 7k pound trailer with a 15k load for any distance. Around town we will do up to 20k on the trailer (very rarely).

I know the 5500 has a GCW of only 26k. I have a feeling that is for CDL issues though. I mean the for F550 has a GCWR of 33k and its a Ford .
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capability wise I would say go for it. My 3500 tows 15,000 lbs + pretty easy. The factory exhaust brake works great as well. I would imagine that the 5500 would be impressive with the right gearing.

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i love the 6.7 in my 3500, but if i was to go up to a 5500 id try and get a chevy 5500 with a cat 8.1 if i could. much better for those loads
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5500 Chevys have D-Max's and are no longer made. 09 was last model year. IIRC the 6500 has an avaliable 7.8 D-Max or C7 Cat.

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i love the 6.7 in my 3500, but if i was to go up to a 5500 id try and get a chevy 5500 with a cat 8.1 if i could. much better for those loads

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The 5500 dodge n sterling come with 4.56 gears and 225/70R19.5 tires which come in 2 load ranges F 12ply n G 14ply.

Wear like steal you'll get some miles out of them tires.


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