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Old 04-20-2016, 11:14 AM   #1
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I Love My Diesel

Finally put my Duramax to work pulling back the new toy hauler over the weekend. With the additional 8,700 lbs and big box behind it, the truck cruised along beautifully. Turned on the tow\haul, exhaust brake and set the cruise at 67, she purred along at 1600 RPMs. Definitely sucks a lot more fuel than the 19 MPG I got on the way to get the trailer, but was in the 11 MPG range.

But more impressive to me than the towing power, is the stopping power of the exhaust brake. There were a couple tight ramps and places where we had to slow down quickly, and with barely having to use the truck and trailer brakes, the exhaust brake brought everything to a quick stop. I had no idea how great the exhaust brake would really work until I had that kind of weight behind me.

The non eventful ride home, no sway, no white knuckle moments, no feeling like I couldn't stop really made me appreciate the research I did and settling on the diesel and Equalizer hitch set up.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:48 PM   #2
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I bought my first Diesel in February. Had it a week and I left on a 2800 mile trek with the W&P. Made me wonder why I waited so long to buy one!

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Old 04-20-2016, 04:51 PM   #3
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I like mine as well , but can be a pain when they decide not to run right. Had a duramax last year on vacation,. Acted like it would starve for fuel. Would run for awhile then go to reduce power mode. Have to stop , shut off , wait 5 min then go again . 9 hour trip took 15 wondering all the way if it would make it. Got us home . Changed 4 fuel filters on that trip. Never did find out what the problem was. Traded it . Makes me gun shy what the new one will do this year .
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Yep, I'm in the "I don't know why I waited so long" club, too...
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I am now on my second I had a 6.4 Powerstroke for 6 years and now have a 6.7 Powerstroke. The 6.7 tows my 14K fifth wheel even better than my 6.4 which was incredible.
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:37 PM   #6
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Yep, I'm in the "I don't know why I waited so long" club, too...
Ditto. Granted I bought it 3 years ago but still!
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:57 PM   #7
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I like mine as well , but can be a pain when they decide not to run right. Had a duramax last year on vacation,. Acted like it would starve for fuel. Would run for awhile then go to reduce power mode. Have to stop , shut off , wait 5 min then go again . 9 hour trip took 15 wondering all the way if it would make it. Got us home . Changed 4 fuel filters on that trip. Never did find out what the problem was. Traded it . Makes me gun shy what the new one will do this year .
That's what the diesel mechanic is for. I've had 2 Duramax and about to get my third and never had an issue. Sorry to hear about yours.

I've used diesels for years and will not tow with anything else.
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Yeah... 8700 lbs is a cake walk for modern diesels. My 14k 5er barely makes my cummins work on flat ground... looking forward to playing with it in the mountains with the exhaust brake!
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Add me to the "why did I wait so long list as well..."
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My 2001 F250 7.3 did a great job for 12 years including the first trip of this year. Found a deal on an F350 6.7 and moved up I hope to a newer (2015) crew cab. Hoping our first trip with the new truck will be in the next week or so.
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