Monday, May 06, 2013

New Wheels

Sometime in the next year, we plan to buy a new 5th wheel-trailer. We have been in this one full-time for about 4 1/2 years, including a trip to the east coast and another to Alaska. We think the next RV will be our last and should be good for more years--if we choose--because we won't be traveling as much. Our current truck has no trouble pulling our 2009 Montana, but if we get a heavier trailer, we decided we will need a different truck.

So today, we traded in our old, much-loved and reliable 2008 Chevy 2500HD diesel

for a 2013 Chevy 3500 diesel.

When we started this process, be planned on special ordering just what we wanted, like we did last time. However, the Chevy factory is not accepting any new truck build orders because they are refitting the factory for the 2014s. We queried several dealers online to look for already-built trucks and ended up dealing with Emich Chevrolet on Wadsworth in Lakewood. There aren't a lot of 3500s sitting on lots. And even fewer extended cab models than crew cab models. Once we checked out a crew cab and learned it isn't much longer than what we have now, we decided on that.

Today we picked up our 3500 diesel single rear wheel, 4-wheel drive pickup with more bells and whistles than we ever would have ordered. But we got a really good deal and we love it! Now, we just have to add the bed liner, 5th wheel hitch and a few other after-market mods and we will be set to go. But, until we get that hitch, there is no chance we can move our house on wheels.


  1. When getting the bed liner have it sprayed in for three reasons. One a fifth wheel hitch has to be mounted solid to the box and if you have a drop in liner they will cut it for the hitch rails. Two a spray in liner does not cause the static electrical charges that drop ins do. Three if you put something on a drop in liner without tying it down you never know where you'll find it in the box. I have forgotten all kinds of things in the bed of the truck and bounced them a few hundred miles only to find them sitting exactly where I left them. It's about double the price but well worth it. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. Great looking truck, congratulations.
    Which 5W are you going for?

  3. Nice truck. Are you sure you won't have to go to Montana to turn it around?

  4. beautiful vehicle, congrats..

  5. Nice truck! We are enjoying our 2013 Chevy too!

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