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Old 10-07-2015, 05:08 PM   #11
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Back in 1988 I had a new F150 XLT Lariat "Heavy Half" with a 5.0L towing a 1988 Jayco Jay Series 2850 that weighed probably 7000 lbs loaded. That poor truck hit 35mph head/side winds in Iowa and would barely to go 45mph up the hills. That was towing struggling. No fun.

Have not used an underpowered vehicle since. Better too much than too little.

Hope your new diesel serves you well. It will have plenty of power.
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Old 10-07-2015, 05:11 PM   #12
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My F-150 struggled with my Surveyor and fuel economy was awful in hills and headwind. I bought my diesel Ram because I'm going to upgrade to a larger TT soon. As others have said, the difference is night and day... both in power and mileage.
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Old 10-07-2015, 05:14 PM   #13
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Ok what is your definition of your TV struggling ? My 2006 Chevy 2500HD gasser with the 6.0 and 4 speed automatic transmission before it was stolen in August I thought was a competent TV until I encountered some steeper terrain in the Western USA during a trip in 2014 I was towing a 6000lb loaded TT and in some areas I had my foot to the floor and was going maybe 40MPH with the engine screaming at 4000 RPMS to pull some hills. So is that struggling ? or just enjoy the journey itís not a race and something most campers just deal with and are ok with ?

In June of this year I bought a new 2016 Rockwood 2703 about 1500lbs heavier loaded then my previous TT . So when my TV stolen in August and not recovered I needed to replace it granted my TV was going on 10 years old and Iím sure the gas engines of today are more powerful and the transmissions are more advanced so I thought maybe I wouldnít have these what I call towing struggles if I went the ĺ ton gasser route again. Well I didnít give the gasser a chance this time and I hope I made the right choice.

To make a long story short my wife and I decided on 2015 Dodge 2500 diesel I havenít towed with it yet since it only has 160 miles on it so far some Iím looking forward to trying this combo out in the hills and report back how it does.
if you had those issues with a 6000lbtt You had other main issue with your TV . i have a 03 2500 hd with 6.0 and tow my xlr 29hsf at 9000 lbs with out issue all over the west . i can pull vail pass east bound and the tunnel at 45 at 4000 rpm since the engine red lines at 6 and max torque is created at 4200 rpm the engine is not straining but just running the way gas engines run .

no it's not a diesel but for a gasser it does more then fine and 9mph to boot
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Old 10-07-2015, 05:31 PM   #14
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Try hauling a 28ft Cherokee 5er from Indiana to Montana with a 1986 GMC with a 6.2l diesel!!!! Now that's struggling. Passed by a backhoe on a windy day...
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Old 10-07-2015, 05:36 PM   #15
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if you had those issues with a 6000lbtt You had other main issue with your TV . i have a 03 2500 hd with 6.0 and tow my xlr 29hsf at 9000 lbs with out issue all over the west . i can pull vail pass east bound and the tunnel at 45 at 4000 rpm since the engine red lines at 6 and max torque is created at 4200 rpm the engine is not straining but just running the way gas engines run .

no it's not a diesel but for a gasser it does more then fine and 9mph to boot
Bold for effect.

My father went from a 98 Ram V10 to a 98 5.9 24V expecting a huge gain. He has always felt since then that the V10 actually pulled better until he tuned and put 4" exhaust on. It would drop gears and just flat PULL hills.
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Old 10-07-2015, 08:55 PM   #16
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:03 PM   #17
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I woudnt think your 05 with a 6.0 wound have any problem pulling hills
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Old 10-08-2015, 08:20 AM   #18
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X2 on daylight between gasser and diesel! Love mine, love passing 18 wheelers on left going up hills in east TN and NC. The other option I love that saves brakes and AIDS in downhill control is the exhaust brake love it. Bottom line go up and down hills at 67 mph with just curse control. Will not go back to gas!
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Old 10-08-2015, 08:40 AM   #19
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Had an '06 2500 6.0L with 4:10 gearing and while it was a stump puller, I hated towing with it on the highway. The truck lasted 6 months after I bought the 7k TT, before I couldn't take it any longer and traded it in on diesel. I live in OH, so I didn't pull in the mountains, but rather long rolling hills. The engine ran at 3500+ rpms the entire 3hr trip to southern OH. Absolutely drove me crazy. Maybe I'm a little more critical, because I've had diesels in the past, but with the 14k trailer I have now, I can run all day at 1700rpms and it's quiet as a mouse. With the 6.0 (4spd auto) I was a nervous wreck after 3hrs in OH and wouldn't even consider going any further.
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Old 10-08-2015, 11:20 AM   #20
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Northstar1960....Sounds like your 6.0 had more zip then mine in the hills mine had a 4.10 rear but I was running larger tires 35's with a lift kit so I'm sure that didn't help. Honestly if the truck didn't get stolen I would be driving it today it's just that the opportunity with the settlement from the insurance company gave me a chance to step up to getting a diesel.
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