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bartlettj

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Posted: 07/15/19 07:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you do go with diesel, get one new enough to have a factory exhaust brake. That's my favorite feature of mine in the hills.

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Posted: 07/16/19 12:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So I had a 2009 GMC 2500 HD 6.0L gas. Traveling from Wichita, S to Holbrook, AZ the tranny downshifted every 10 miles, literally. And I could never use the cruise control, I had to lock the tranny in 5th gear. A year later I traded the truck for a 2013 GMC 2500 6.6l diesel. Making the exact same trip the diesel downshifted once the entire trip and I used the cruise control the entire way.

While I have an RV of any size to tow I'll always have a diesel.


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You’ve laid out two requirements: nationwide cruiser and homestead worker. The best engine for one may not be for the other.

That said, the 385hp 6.2 is plenty for the job of tower, if you go by Ford tow ratings (22k GCVWR with the 4.30, I think 19k with the prevalent 3.73). Ford indicates reducing that by 2% per 1k feet, so you need to calculate a little margin if you want the best performance.

Don’t be thrown by the comparison responses on here from those that have had earlier generation or smaller gas engines in the 300hp-range. Some users on this forum, like ib516, have switched from diesel to gas and towed in the Rockies to good effect. I have pulled my 12k horse trailer around the mountain west with my gasser Ford and have no complaints on performance; see my post history for more. I don't tow much, do a lot of short trips and chores on my land, so the gasser is right for me. I have 34K miles on my 2005.

See also: YouTube TFLtruck Ike Gauntlet towing tests for high altitude high grade; they’ve tested several 6.2s up that 7 mile run to good results.

No question the 6.7 is faster and better performing at altitude, but the 6.2 can get it done for the weights its rated. For range, the longbed has a 38G tank (50G in the new 2017+).


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ordually wrote:

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No question the 6.7 is faster and better performing at altitude, but the 6.2 can get it done for the weights its rated. For range, the longbed has a 38G tank (50G in the new 2017+).


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I guess the question becomes do you want to go a year with an engine that "Can get it done"
or do you want an engine that "Gets it done".


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Lantley summed it up in one succinct statement. End of discussion.

I can take a new 6.0, 4.10 Chevy and it’ll sht all over itself pulling an 8-10k flatbed trailer between here and Spokane. Truck will get 7mpg, shift 1,234 times and have to stop in Moses lake for gas.
I can take my old Dodge 5.9, same size fuel tank. 4500lb 12’x8’ billboard in the bed (camper) and a 6500lb boat behind it. I will downshift it exactly once for necessity to 5th gear coming out of Vantage. Truck will pull 6th but egts get too high. And have enough fuel to get into Montana a little ways.
You decide which you prefer.


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