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Old 02-20-2018, 10:25 PM   #1
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In November I traded my 2013 Ford F150 with a 5.0 V8 and 66,000 miles for a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with a 5.0L gas engine with only 17,000 miles. I was very happy but hadn't towed with it until this past weekend. Happy to say that the first trip was great and the truck exceeded my expectations. There were times I forgot the trailer was even back there which never happened with my 1/2 ton. Stability, braking and gas mileage all improved with my new 3/4 ton truck. Was very nervous up to this point since it was the first tow but now I can't wait for all the trips we have planned for 2018. One of the better decisions I've made and best part is the DW agreed and that's all that matters at the end of the day.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:29 PM   #2
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Nice looking truck! Curious what the difference in gas milage is?
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:34 PM   #3
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Nice looking truck! Curious what the difference in gas milage is?
Best I could get with my Ford was 9 mpg and this past weekend I got 10 going to the campground and 12 coming home. Set the cruise at 65 which I use to do with the old truck. I'll take the extra 3 when I can get it
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Old 02-21-2018, 09:27 AM   #4
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Didn't know Chevy made a 5.0 and put it in the 2500, I think you meant 6.0!
It's a good Motor and a good truck, glad it works out for you. I Went from a 1/2 ton Ecoboost f 150 to a 2500 6.4 Ram and the difference between towing was night and day, much more relaxed. I knew I was going to be upgrading in the future to a larger RV and just did, I'm glad I have the larger truck!
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Old 02-21-2018, 01:20 PM   #5
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I had a 2001 GMC 2500HD with the 6.0 engine, towing our 30ft. Holiday Rambler I could get 11 mpg. at 60 mph. all in flat country of Louisiana and Texas. Purchase a new 2015 Chevrolet 2500HD with the 6.6 Duramax diesel, towing our new 32 ft. Crusader Lite, I get 14.3 mpg at 65 mph in mountains and flat country. Best thing about the diesel is when it hits those steep mountain grades the engine rpm does not go crazy when the transmission is searching for the lower gears.
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When I had a 2015 2500 6.0L, I think the best I got was 8. Most of the time it was 7.5.
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Old 02-21-2018, 01:33 PM   #7
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So took about 3 posts for folks to come in and rain on the guys happy day. Not quite a record, but close.
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In November I traded my 2013 Ford F150 with a 5.0 V8 and 66,000 miles for a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with a 5.0L gas engine with only 17,000 miles. I was very happy but hadn't towed with it until this past weekend. Happy to say that the first trip was great and the truck exceeded my expectations. There were times I forgot the trailer was even back there which never happened with my 1/2 ton. Stability, braking and gas mileage all improved with my new 3/4 ton truck. Was very nervous up to this point since it was the first tow but now I can't wait for all the trips we have planned for 2018. One of the better decisions I've made and best part is the DW agreed and that's all that matters at the end of the day.
As noted above, your 2500 HD gasser is a 6.0L, not 5.0L.
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Best I could get with my Ford was 9 mpg and this past weekend I got 10 going to the campground and 12 coming home. Set the cruise at 65 which I use to do with the old truck. I'll take the extra 3 when I can get it
I know this sounds a bit crazy but I used to tow at 65 because of the limitations on the ST tires. I found that if I dropped my speed to just 62, my mileage increased 10%.

In other words, a 5% decrease in speed equaled a 10% increase in fuel economy. Im in! The difference in my arrival time is measured in mere minutes
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I know this sounds a bit crazy but I used to tow at 65 because of the limitations on the ST tires. I found that if I dropped my speed to just 62, my mileage increased 10%.

In other words, a 5% decrease in speed equaled a 10% increase in fuel economy. Im in! The difference in my arrival time is measured in mere minutes
Now That is some good info there.
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