Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-01-2011, 06:30 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 2
I need opinions on a truck!

I have only been addicted to camping for 2 years now, but have been bitten by the bug bad. Last year we upgraded from a 19 footer to a 27 foot TT, this year's upgrade looks to be a truck. My current TV is a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 5.9L, I know it is not the best option for my 27 ft Puma. I have found a deal on a 2005 Chevy 3500 6.6 liter Duramax 4x4. I have talked my buddy who owns the car lot into letting me take it off his hands for 10 grand under Kelly Bluebook. My issue is the vehicle has 142,000 miles, is that too many miles? Or is that low miles for a Diesel? I look forward to hearing your advice......and my second addiction is now this site.
__________________

__________________
corydongreg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2011, 06:53 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: newburgh n.y.
Posts: 45
Always remember that the truck has 142,000 miles. That includes the suspension, transmission, steering, and brake system. now think about it!!
__________________

__________________
370xl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2011, 07:39 AM   #3
Head Rambler
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Southwest Alabama
Posts: 4,322
142k is nothing to a diesel. Those trucks are designed from the ground up to rack up lots of miles. It's not uncommon to see those vehicles with 500,000 miles on them.
__________________
Salem 29RKSS Pushing a GMC Sierra 2500HD!
Gotta go campin!
Bama Rambler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2011, 09:16 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
BigDTx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 771
If it has been maintained properly it will last many more years. just do your homework first, be sure it will work for you.
__________________
BigDTx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2011, 09:49 AM   #5
(Kim)
 
Labzy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Windsor, Ontario
Posts: 595
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bama Rambler View Post
142k is nothing to a diesel. Those trucks are designed from the ground up to rack up lots of miles. It's not uncommon to see those vehicles with 500,000 miles on them.
Agree!!!
__________________
2010 Dodge Ram 1500
2012 Rockwood 2306
Kim
DH (Alan), DD (Madison) and Zoey the lab,
Labzy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2011, 11:42 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
prof_fate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Beaver, PA
Posts: 911
I just bought an 01 expedition to tow with and it has 231k on it. One owner and all the receipts since he bought it including even the window sticker.

Am I concerned? On 2 accounts - engines lose power as they wear but more on the fact the trans is original - it is gonna fail I'm sure -but I"m prepared for it.

If you are getting your truck for $10k under book you can afford to have it checked over and brought up to snuff.
__________________
Chris, Wills (16) Evie (13) & Toby our collie (6)
2011 Grey Wolf 28BH
2013 Chevy K1500 Crew w/ Reese StraitLine Dual Cam

Nights camped 2011: 11 2012: 18 2013: 12 2014: 12 2015: 13 2016: 56 2017: 8+
prof_fate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2011, 02:17 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 39
welcome to the forum. have it checked out by a mechanic and see if you can get a chevy dealer to give you a service record
__________________
campfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2011, 02:36 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
photog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 150
I wouln't worry about the miles on it, not much for a diesel BUT I would get a service record on it from a Chevy dealer and have it checked out by a competend diesel mechanic. Just my 2 cents (CDN)
__________________
Heinrich and Elly
2010 Prime Time Tracer 205M
2010 Dodge Dakota Crewcab 4.7 l

photog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2011, 09:24 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
kz08h5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Carmel, Indiana
Posts: 308
If the truck has been maintained properly 142,000 miles would not be a problem. If properly maintained it should go well beyond 300,000 miles before needing a rebuild. If the engine was properly maintained then the rest of the truck will mostly likely be maintained. You can get a good idea just by looking at seats, pedals, general underbody cleanliness, etc. They generally steam clean the engine compartment so they look good but they never get the underneath side of the accessories, give the bottom of the alternator a swipe with your hand. Also, if it is a 4WD, check the oil level of the transfer case. GM transfer cases have an issue where an internal part can rub a hole in the case on the top side and not show any signs of leaking.

If you are getting this truck for $10,000 under KBB then you can also afford to overlook a few things on the body or chassis, but not with the engine.
__________________
kz08h5

2008 Chevy Silverado 2500 Duramax Crewcab
Jeep Commander - sold
Flagstaff V-Lite WRB26
kz08h5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 02:37 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1
Thumbs up Chevy Duramax

Probably, the best combination ..Motor -transmission-axle...you can have..in 2005
Duramax-Allison and 3.73 axle ratio..good millage per gallon plenty of torque, smooth riding truck..
Mine is a 2005 , 1 ton dually ,crew cab,and he carry my Winter creek 11.5 RS with ease...
Bring the truck at a GM center, have a scan ..you will be amaze to see how a computer can talk...you will have the history in a moment...
__________________

__________________
cgcpe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:41 AM.