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mgreene

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Posted: 07/05/20 03:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yea, I thought good gas mileage was a thing of the past when I purchased our first travel trailer some years ago! Now going to something that’s 2000lbs more,,,, I know better than to expect miracles!!

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Good truck, too expensive for what it is.


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One ton diesel. Simple.

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You must have been misled about diesel upkeep; it really isn't much more than gas trucks. You're thinking of getting a gas truck with 90,000 miles; that would be barely broken in for a diesel. I'm getting 21mpg highway (not towing) with my 16' 3500 and between 10 and 12 mpg towing a heavy 5th wheel. I also use my truck as a daily driver. Its a personal choice but your reasons against diesel aren't legit. If you really want a good towing truck then you might want to rethink diesel options.

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From what I have been able to find, a comparable diesel rig would be close to 10k more. Not that I’m completely against buying a 20 year old truck, I just want as new as I can afford that will do the job needed. Most I’ve found in this price range have 200k plus and although I realize that’s not wore out for a Diesel engine, the rest of the truck has 200k miles. Looking at transmission, wheel bearings, rear end, etc. I know some people are die hard diesel and spending a few thousand for injectors and such may not be much of an issue. I’m just trying to find what’s best in the long run for our little family!

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Posted: 07/05/20 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the trailer GVWR? What is the truck tow rating and payload capacity?


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The trailer is about 7500lbs. From what I’ve found online, the 2500 I’m looking at is rated to pull somewhere between 9800-10200. I think I saw payload capacity on 1 site around 4500lbs

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mgreene wrote:

Sorry for the confusion guys. The one I’m looking at is a 2500 truck. Asking around 24k with about 90k miles on it. It will not be a daily driver. Currently we only used our old camper a few times a year but are hoping to get a little more use with the new one. Just wanted to make sure this was enough truck. The 7500 is dry weight. Actually I think it was 7250lbs. Was hoping to stay around or below 25k with the truck purchase. Not set on Chevy/ GMC either. May consider a Ford if I found the right rig! Thanks for the help!


Many on these forums don't know that a 2013 6.0 gas GM, would have to be in a HD truck, so yes, a little confusing for some. Years ago they did put that engine in a fake 1500, that was really a 3/4 ton truck. The 6.0 GM is a great engine, the 6-speed will help make up for the 3.73 gears. The Ford SuperDuty with 6.2 6-speed came out in 2011, and is also a great engine. If treated right 90K miles on either of these engines is of no concern, either easily capable of 200K. The Ford 6-speed tranny is near bullet proof also.

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mgreene wrote:

From what I have been able to find, a comparable diesel rig would be close to 10k more. Not that I’m completely against buying a 20 year old truck, I just want as new as I can afford that will do the job needed. Most I’ve found in this price range have 200k plus and although I realize that’s not wore out for a Diesel engine, the rest of the truck has 200k miles. Looking at transmission, wheel bearings, rear end, etc. I know some people are die hard diesel and spending a few thousand for injectors and such may not be much of an issue. I’m just trying to find what’s best in the long run for our little family!


You’re correct. And the truck you’re asking about will do a fine job.

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Posted: 07/06/20 05:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At 7250 dry, you'll likely scale at around 8500 packed and ready to camp. The 4500 payload figure you saw is for a reg cab long box 2WD, etc. Average cargo capacity on these trucks in crew cab 4WD form is usually about 3000 lbs.

That said, you should have no issues with this truck. The 6.0L is a proven durable engine and should be good for 200K and the 6L80E trans mission is also pretty sturdy. Pull a Carfax if you can and see if there is a service history.

Any 2500 truch should do a good job pulling the new TT, now just in terms of power but handling and stopping as well.


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