2500 vs. 3500 870 set up

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We have a GMC Savana 2500 extended van. Max payload is 3,262 lbs. The max payload on a 3500 Savana is 3,591. So, there's a 329 lbs payload difference.

An 870 has an approximate operating weight of 2,635 lbs. I have been told that I need a 3500 for an 870 set up. Curious peoples' thoughts and experiences on this subject.

Any help is appreciated.
 

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We have a GMC Savana 2500 extended van. Max payload is 3,262 lbs. The max payload on a 3500 Savana is 3,591. So, there's a 329 lbs payload difference.

An 870 has an approximate operating weight of 2,635 lbs. I have been told that I need a 3500 for an 870 set up. Curious peoples' thoughts and experiences on this subject.

Any help is appreciated.
Evidently, the payload capacity on those vehicles varies some depending on whether or not it's regular cargo or extended. (Extended is actually a bit lower payload) I found this on a quick search that compares the newest 2500 with the 3500. The 3500 regular cargo actually has a higher payload capacity going over 4,000 lbs. than the extended which is also over 4,000 lbs. I'd say personally if you want to operate w/o onboard water you would be good to go with either of them and you may be able to carry some water, but you best do your due diligence on that. A water tank can easily add 1/2 a ton to your payload. I would feel very hesitant to put an 870 is even a 2500 which is fine for most truck mounts even with an onboard water tank which in my area is an absolute necessity, not an option. This page compares the two vans and appears to be the same payload for both 2022 and 2023. I'd rather have extra payload capacity than push it to the limits. You might regret it down the road big time. It looks like you would be pushing the limits with a 2500 even without a water tank in there to me, but I'm just taking a quick look here. https://www.gmc.com/vans/previous-year/savana/cargo
 
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Over a ton full time in a van. Yes go 3500. Lower gear range option. Added trans coolers. Also i’d probably even add a leaf to the rear packs or air bag helper to the rear suspension. Air bags are inexpensive and adjustable i liked have those. You can even out the side loads independently. So if your weight is favoring driver side with fuel tanks. You can just increase the air pressure on that one side. I had tgem on a service body truck that i had awkwardly loaded on one side. Got rid of the sway and rolling feeling in turns.
 

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I had a steamway 4100 with a 100 gallon water tank in a 2500. It handled fine but the rear suspension suffered. After 3 years the leafs were completely bent over from the abuse. Go with a 3500 or upgrade your rear springs for sure.