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Posted: 01/08/18 09:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you can afford it, you will enjoy the Duramax. The 6.0L will pull it just fine at higher engine speeds and using more fuel.


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Posted: 01/08/18 11:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I figure to chime in, long time owner of GM 6.0 engines. I like both engines, always have, always will. The Duramax of course being a turbo charged engine will produce much more power at an expense. The gas engine will pull the same load that you have cheaper to own overall, but slower in the hills at a higher rpm. Diesel verse gas is always an argument about what's cheaper to own. For me, gas has been cheaper all the way. I use calculations and can tell u that between the new diesel trucks and gas jobs, the gas jobs are cheaper to own. Now I'm sure some will dispute this but this is my experience only. My 6.0 pulls my 10k just fine, do I like to have more power at times in the steep grades, Sure who wouldn't. My truck does very well, just wind the rpm up some and it goes... so really it's all up to what you want as a consumer, simple as that. Either will work, just comes down to overall expense. The debate on cost will always go on, but some fleets are changing back to gas due to expensive issues when diesels break or emissions equipment failures. I like diesels, always have and will, the older pre emission trucks were awesome. Newer ones got me staying away for now. It's your wallet, I would see what fits the budget and go from there. I hope this helps just lending you my experience and yes I have pulled with both engines.


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Low trim level trucks are cheaper to own than high trim level trucks, but nobody seems to bat an eye at the guy who opts for more luxury features. But for some reason there seems to be a need to justify a diesel.

Bottom line is both would pull that camper, but the diesel will do it better. Cost is higher up front and maintenance is going to be a bit higher with the diesel, but you will save some on fuel and will have a more valuable truck when you are ready to trade or sell it. Financially both are expensive and poor investments. Buy the one you like better and move on down the road.


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George3037 wrote:

I have a 30' TT. loaded weight is just under 10K. My TV is a 2016 2500HD 4x4 CC standard bed 6.0L, 6 spd. auto with 4.10 gears and tows it fine. If I were a full timer and traveled a lot I'd have bought the Duramax for better mileage. But for the half dozen times a year I tow the TT plus I use the truck as a daily driver I couldn't justify the added cost of the diesel package.
The 6.0 likes to eat, I get between 8-9MPG towing and 14MPG empty with a good tail wind. A previous TV was a 2006 2500HD with Dmax / allison and got 19-20 MPG empty and 14 towing a 7500# trailer. Sorry I sold that one. I don't think the new Dmaxes get that MPG. For a TT I like the standard 6'6 bed if I had a FW I'd go with 8'.


I have the same truck and the same experience with it. I pull a 10K gvwr trailer with mine and yes, I know its back there but I have never run out of gas pedal going up hill. The diesel will have more power but it also is more up front cost and maintenance costs too. My buddy has a Ram diesel and he pulls his 32ft. and 8k+ rig easily with it. He loves his.

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IdaD wrote:

Low trim level trucks are cheaper to own than high trim level trucks, but nobody seems to bat an eye at the guy who opts for more luxury features. But for some reason there seems to be a need to justify a diesel.

They had 1500's on the lot for what we gave for our 2018 3500DRW diesel.


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George3037 wrote:

I have a 30' TT. loaded weight is just under 10K. My TV is a 2016 2500HD 4x4 CC standard bed 6.0L, 6 spd. auto with 4.10 gears and tows it fine. If I were a full timer and traveled a lot I'd have bought the Duramax for better mileage. But for the half dozen times a year I tow the TT plus I use the truck as a daily driver I couldn't justify the added cost of the diesel package.
The 6.0 likes to eat, I get between 8-9MPG towing and 14MPG empty with a good tail wind. A previous TV was a 2006 2500HD with Dmax / allison and got 19-20 MPG empty and 14 towing a 7500# trailer. Sorry I sold that one. I don't think the new Dmaxes get that MPG. For a TT I like the standard 6'6 bed if I had a FW I'd go with 8'.

I am a diesel guy all the way. The only advantage the gasser has over the diesel is initial price. All other factors/parameters favor the diesel.
I tow regularly and prefer to do so without fear/concern of the destination. I want to be confident my truck is up to the challenge regardless of terrain,wind or other variables.
I also want a relaxing experience. I don't want to work the truck or myself in order to make it. I prefer a diesel for the towing performance.
However if you only tow a few times a year, relatively short distances. The gasser maybe the way to go.
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The only option on the 2015 and newer 6.0 HD's is with 4:10's.

I have owned both 2015 6.0 and Duramax and pulled 30K plus combined with both. I never seem to get the diesel mpg advantage others get. Pulling that weight at 5-8K feet. I would get about 5-6 mpg. I get 8-9 with an '18 Dmax and about the same with my '15 duramax.

Obviously the Dmax pulls better with much less effort. However, I didnt mind the 6.0. I put my foot in it and let it whine. That really is an incredible motor. The biggest surprise is when I traded out of it. I got great resale out of it. It cost me .18 cents a mile to own it.

I think for such a light load either would work. If you were pulling more weight it would be clear but at 10K you have more of an option. If you have the money to put into it, I would get the diesel. Standard or long box. I get the long box but I have to work out of them. The longer wheel base can help with stability, but at this light weight I dont think it matters.


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I pull with my 6.0 w/8 foot bed just fine. Very reliable engine. During our yearly haul from KY to FL I average 7.5 mpg hauling the TT with a golf cart in the bed. You may get better mpg with a diesel, but as far as dependability goes, you can't go wrong with either.


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I've had the 6.0 and now have the Duramax. No question DURAMAX.
Good luck.

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I've got a 6.0, but it is a 2002 with the 4spd tranny, so I'm down a couple of gears, and a little HP from the new ones. It has been a very good engine, and still runs great at 213k miles.

I will say pulling my 8k lb TT that I've been down to 30mph in 1st gear in the mountains on 3 different roads. It got up the hill, but we got passed by a dumptruck [emoticon].

At 10k, I think a lot would depend on the area you tow in. We have some short steep hills in north GA, NC, and TN. If you are in flatter areas, the 6.0 will be fine. I think at your weight, you are at right at the point where you start to get into diesel territory.

Have you considered the RAM, or Ford gassers? They both have just a little more power than the 6.0, and might be worth a look.


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