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Old 07-11-2019, 02:46 PM   #1
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Thoughts on high mileage 2500 style tow rigs

What are everyones thoughts on high mileage 2500 style tow rigs?

Worth it, or not worth the potential problems?
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:59 PM   #2
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It's a point of preference. I think most of us that own older high mileage vehicles generally do all of our own maintenance. Personally we have a 2006 TV that has 230,000 on it. No plans of getting rid of it any time soon.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:57 PM   #3
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I have 140,000 miles on my 2009 K-2500 Duramax. And while I debate getting a new one occasionally, this one is giving me few real reasons to do so.


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Old 07-11-2019, 04:20 PM   #4
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I looking at 1 of each brand, the dodge has the fewest miles, but I like the Silverado better. It's almost 100 grand more miles than the dodge. The Sierra is my favorite right now.
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I guess some high mileage tow rigs resulted from business use. Could some of them be retired Goshen and Elkhart transporters?
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:26 PM   #6
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"High mileage" is relative, without actual numbers who knows...
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:34 PM   #7
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If it's high mileage from you, and you know the history, I'd say it's a non-issue.

If purchasing used, I'd check it out very well, and if you're not mechanically inclined, or want another opinion, take her to a reputable shop for a look see.

I never hesitated pulling my 30' pontoon around the midwest with my old Silverado, which had almost 250k miles on it. It had the 5.3L gas engine. I know the pontoon isn't a camper, but it pulls hard when going 70mph like my current camper does.
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:40 PM   #8
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I know I will get flack, but if it's a high mileage diesel, sure. Gas engine, not so much.
My 2007 Duramax has 160k and I plan to keep it until 250k to 300k range. Then I figure I might be ready for a newer one.
But I am the original owner. It's a gamble to buy one you don't know the history of. My son bought an 08 Duramax with 120k on it. After we put in about $2500 extra, it has become a very reliable truck (fuel tank problems, lift pump, tuning, tires). It now has 170k on it.
Personally I wouldn't keep a gas engine over 150k, but perhaps my thinking is old fashioned
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If it's high mileage from you, and you know the history, I'd say it's a non-issue.

If purchasing used, I'd check it out very well, and if you're not mechanically inclined, or want another opinion, take her to a reputable shop for a look see.

I never hesitated pulling my 30' pontoon around the midwest with my old Silverado, which had almost 250k miles on it. It had the 5.3L gas engine. I know the pontoon isn't a camper, but it pulls hard when going 70mph like my current camper does.
Until very recently I towed my 32' Rockwood with an 03 Silverada 1500 with 230,000 miles on it, has a bad oil leak, but still running strong
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I sold my 2003 2500HD 8.1L when it had 117,000 miles on it. I was the original owner and did all the maintenance. I would have been comfortable taking it to 200,000 miles. It was starting to rust but the drive train was solid.

My wife insisted we get a new Duramax truck. It was a no brainer to to avoid that argument.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:17 PM   #11
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As mentioned, it makes a big difference if you're talking gas or diesel. And, if it's diesel, just know that most 3/4 ton diesels are payload limited.

And, "high" is relative.

So, nobody quite knows what you're talking about or how to answer your question. Details.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:46 PM   #12
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It really comes down to three things:

1. What size trailer will you be towing?
2. How far will you be towing it?
3. No matter what fuel its powered by, how well has the maintenance been done on the new, older tow vehicle?

Answering questions 1 & 2 can help direct you on which fuel to pick.

#3 will guide you on if the truck is right for you.

If towing a smaller trailer, do consider gas fueled trucks. Forum members (me included) get blasted for advocating for gas trucks towing less than 10k pound trailers all the time on this forum. The reality is, some of the good gassers will last well over 200k without issue and keep going strong.
Ford's 6.2 V8, 6.8 V10 and GM's 6.0 all come to mind.

Here's an example of a hotshot driver that finally had to replace his 6.2 Ford Engine at 418k miles. His truck was constantly under load and lasted just as long as most diesel owners expect their engines to go.
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2. As far as I can. Short trips for now, longer trips in the works.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:44 PM   #14
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Not sure the issue with a "high mileage" pickup especially if it's just for towing the camper a few weekends a year.

Diesel for towing every day, like hotshot. Gas is fine for the weekends.

Just watched a Youtube video of a hotshot truck driver with 500,000 (five zeros) on his Ram 3500. Yeah, he maintained it. But at 500K it's done. He's just leased a new 2019 Ram 3500. I believe he has to turn the lease in at 60K so he'll be getting another new truck later this year. Commercial least at 22Ę/mile and 5000 mile minimum per month -- not a RV towing truck lease. But with only 60K and a year old they're worth looking at.

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Old 07-11-2019, 07:55 PM   #15
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Whatever I end up with will also be my daily driver.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:59 PM   #16
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It matters how it was taken care of. It matters if it is a diesel. I would not buy a high mileage truck that someone used to haul big 5th wheels with like a cross country transporter. .
High mileage is a relative term. For diesels in good shape, 150-200 k miles would probably be okay.
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:36 AM   #17
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I can offer you the same advice I gave my brother. ( I will avoid vehicle specifics. Itís what I told my much younger brother going from a newer vehicle with warranty that met his needs. To decade old truck that fit his desire but not practical for his needs for the near same monthly payment living paycheck to paycheck). He didnít take my advice and it may not help you.
1) does it have maintenance records. Does it looked maintained
2) Do a google search on the truck model for known problems and ask if it has been addressed.
3) Do you have funds and knowledge to make repairs and still make monthly bills.
4) are there any immediate expenses that need addressed ( new tires, alignment, brakes ect
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:39 AM   #18
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Hi,


I have 140,000 miles on my 2009 K-2500 Duramax. And while I debate getting a new one occasionally, this one is giving me few real reasons to do so.


FWIW.


Rich Phillips


Same here, however mines an 08 with 204,000
Hasnít given me a reason to retire her.
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:19 AM   #19
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Like everyone is saying, "high mileage" is a relative term. To me high mileage is 150k miles for gassers and 250k miles for diesel. For some it's less than that, but it's what ever you consider it.

My diesel is what I consider high mileage (265k miles) and I have no fear driving or towing with it at any distance. However, I know my trucks history, I know how reliable it is, I am familiar with it's normal noises and operation, I would not feel as comfortable hopping in a "new to me" high mileage diesel and drive it very far. I would NOT buy a high mileage diesel (just my opinon), because in Texas you are rolling the dice on what that diesel truck was used for, for example: pipeliners let their truck run all day, young kids hot rod them, hot shots, the guy who thought his truck could pull like a peterbuilt, ranchers who haul 30k lbs of hay, et.. et.. et... I would just be worried that the truck wont have much life in it depending on who had it before me. However, a well taken care of diesel can last well into the 300k range and even hit 400k.


I typically buy my diesel trucks with around 120k miles on them and run them until they are a ticking time bomb (300K + miles) and then unload them.


OP, you have not said what mileage you are looking at yet.
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I'll relate our experience, it may be similar to yours. After being out of camping for several years, we decided to get back in. With the ridiculous price of pickup trucks today, we were looking for a used truck. We found a 1500HD with 168k miles on it. It had been well maintained. We spent some money getting it "tow" ready and used it for a couple of years. Excellent vehicle and totally worth everything we did with it and to it. I did all the wrenching myself. It was actually very therapeutic. I had no experience prior to this. Since it was "high miles", we eventually replaced brake lines, fuel lines, fuel pump, knock sensors, intake gasket, plugs, wires.... you get the idea. Was it worth it? Absolutely! That truck took us all over, reliably and comfortably, towing a 7500lb 30ft travel trailer. That being said, when we decided to start taking longer vacations, we sold the truck for more than we had in it and bought one with 100,000 fewer miles. Gas trucks rev going up big hills pulling loads and 200,000 miles on a gasser screaming up a mountain was more than I was comfortable with. Just our experience. As they say, your's may vary.
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