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Old 06-16-2016, 10:24 PM   #1
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Question for People that tow with a 6.0 GM truck

My in-laws F-250 is wore out and they are looking for another truck to pull their 5th wheel.
They have been looking at older or really high mileage diesels since they are more in their budget, but can't afford the extra expenses that can easily come with older high mileage diesels.
I've been finding them lots of newer 6.0 Gm trucks with lower miles. All of them are the 2011 or 2012 ones with the 6 speed tranny and long beds. My only experience is with an Escalade with the H.O. 6.0
Their main concern is towing their 8,000-9,000 lb 5er around Oklahoma, Texas and the Ozarks.
Soooo.....what are you towing and what has your experience been with your 6.0 GM?

Ps. Im not interested in any other makes, models of trucks gas or diesel. I've had duamaxes and a powerstroke, but they are not in the budget for what i would consider a reliable vehicle.
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Old 06-16-2016, 10:44 PM   #2
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The best option is an 2011 or newer as they have the stronger frame, better suspension and larger brakes. The 2500HD gasser would handle their fiver fine. May not break any records going up steep mountains but the motors are strong and the trannys are beefy. I'd go for the newest they can afford. Adding a tuner like an Edge can always free up a few BHP/TQ and give them the gauges they need for watching the important stuff as well.
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Old 06-17-2016, 05:48 AM   #3
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You would be surprised what the 6.0 can do in the hills and mountains. It's a very good engine and there are a multitude of reasons that GM still considers it ther heavy duty gas engine as opposed to the 6.2 Ecotec.
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:23 AM   #4
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They should be Happy with a 2500 HD/6.0/373 Gear/TV in the years stated! Youroo!!
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I agree! I'm just wanting more GM 6.0 users input and experiences so i can ease their mind about a 6.0 being a capable choice for their situation and needs.
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:29 AM   #6
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I'm on my 3rd one.......2007 new body, 2013 Chevy, 2015 GMC.

GTO is right, a big difference from 2010 to 2011.

I don't travel light (Canoe/kayak/gear/full water/ lots of firewood etc) and mostly on and over the ridges here in western/central PA. Nothing is flat. I love these trucks. With the 6Kish GVW hybrids we have/had I don't hardly ever use my WDH anymore.

My last was 3:73, this 2015 is 4:10 and now thats all they put in the gassers. The 4:10 is much better.
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My wife has a 2010 the most we have towed with it was 7k but it was all in the mountains. It definitely isn't going to win any races uphill but it will get you to the top. Going down hill I am amazed how the grade shifting works. The power train itself is very reliable. Get use to pulling into gas stations though because it is a thirsty engine.
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It definitely isn't going to win any races uphill but it will get you to the top.

What I have found is a lot of people are scared to put their foot in it, let it downshift, and rev it up into 5K territory. There is a reason the tach stops at 6K and has no red lines. You can wind one of these up all day long into 5K+ territory and you won't hurt a thing. Its built for it.

Our 2015 with the 4:10 is much better going up than the 3:73 we had was which is understandable. No noticable mileage difference. Not towing we get around 14.5. Towing and loaded 9 to 10 highway, a little less on 2 lanes in mountains.
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Awesome........................Ohio? You wont see that here in this neck of the woods.

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