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Old 02-09-2014, 02:55 PM   #31
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You will find your choice allows you more remaining payload than my diesel (but at a cost of slightly less MPG).
slightly less is an understatement. The 6.0 gas is a wonderful engine. I used to have one. We have many at work. They are just very fond of gas stations.
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slightly less is an understatement. The 6.0 gas is a wonderful engine. I used to have one. We have many at work. They are just very fond of gas stations.
I need to stretch my legs every once in awhile
On a trip to K.Y. last fall my mpg was around 7.5 to 11
What are you getting with the duramax?
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:12 PM   #33
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I need to stretch my legs every once in awhile
On a trip to K.Y. last fall my mpg was around 7.5 to 11
What are you getting with the duramax?
I just picked up a new 5th wheel 2 weeks ago. Towing it home about 40 miles I got 12. Its 32ft and 11,000 lbs as it sits now. We traded a 30ft bumper pull, (about 8000lbs loaded) which I averaged about 10.5 towing it. When I still had my 6.0 gas 2500, I got 7-8 towing the same 30ft er.
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:14 PM   #34
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I need to stretch my legs every once in awhile
On a trip to K.Y. last fall my mpg was around 7.5 to 11
What are you getting with the duramax?
See - slightly. I just drove 8050 miles on our trip to San Diego and crossed the divide on the trip. Average MPG for the entire trip was 11.7 MPG. While I had legs that were in excess of 12 (and one with a tail wind of 13.5) the mountains still killed the average. Yes, KY and TN were tough, too.
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:21 PM   #35
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See - slightly. I just drove 8050 miles on our trip to San Diego and crossed the divide on the trip. Average MPG for the entire trip was 11.7 MPG. While I had legs that were in excess of 12 (and one with a tail wind of 13.5) the mountains still killed the average. Yes, KY and TN were tough, too.
going from 7.5 to 10.5 on same trailer is an increase of 40%. I wouldn't call that slightly. That's very significant.
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going from 7.5 to 10.5 on same trailer is an increase of 40%. I wouldn't call that slightly. That's very significant.
Pulling hard we did get into the 9 MPG range, but most of the trip it was about 12 to 12.5.
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I'm hoping to average 12ish, other than hilly terrain of course. Big improvement of getting 7-8 when I had less of a truck and less of a camper.
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I'm hoping to average 12ish, other than hilly terrain of course. Big improvement of getting 7-8 when I had less of a truck and less of a camper.
That should be no problem; but back to the OP's question, you will sacrifice payload due to the heavier engine.
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That should be no problem; but back to the OP's question, you will sacrifice payload due to the heavier engine.

by a difference of 123 lbs on a 1 ton Duramax vs 6.0. But the GVWR is higher on the Duramax by 600. Go figure.
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by a difference of 123 lbs on a 1 ton Duramax vs 6.0. But the GVWR is higher on the Duramax by 600. Go figure.
I seem to recall a wider margin on mine; but it has been years since I looked at it.

Where did you find the curb weights for the gasser vs Duramax?
I have been looking but can't find it.
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