Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-27-2015, 02:59 PM   #31
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 91
I went from a gmc 8.1 gas to a chevy 6.6 diesel. Over twice the mileage pulling 12K. I'll never look back.

Rick_Geneseo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2015, 03:06 PM   #32
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Warsaw,NC
Posts: 2,492
I think that most people that pull campers pull with a diesel, I have a Silverado 12 3500 dmax . I change the oil and filter myself, I use synthetic oil, buy it at Walmart. If thinking used, something 06 or before will not have all the stuff on engine

Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums

2015 Cedar Creek 32RL
2012 Silverado 3500HD SRW
spock123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2015, 03:15 PM   #33
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Owosso, MI
Posts: 27
Switched to a diesel when I got my 5er. Found a used 2007 Classic 2500 WT for $18k with 118,000 miles on it. Put on a Bullydog tuner (just wanted good mileage, not all the crazy power some people want). Maintenance isn't bad if you do your own...not hard on the truck. (10 quarts of Rotella for $35 and a filter for $7...I've actually gone back to changing my own oil because the charge so much and it's a cinch to do) So far very easy and low maintenance costs.

I love the combo...get about 20 mpg on a straight truck highway run, 17 mpg average overall...and 10-12 with the 5er depending on the terrain. Without a trailer attached, you'd think you were driving some type of sports car with all the power it has rather than a 7,000 lb truck!!

I've been told by those who are more knowledgeable than myself that the 2006-2007.5 Classic was one of the best Duramaxes Chevy made.


* 2007 Chevy 2500 HD, 6.6 Duramax Diesel, Allison Transmission, Roadmaster Active Suspension on the rear and Bullydog Tuner
* Sabre 32 RCTS 5th Wheel
* Trailer Saver BD3 hitch
Mikehend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2015, 03:25 PM   #34
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 12
Originally Posted by usvipaul View Post
I thinking of upgrading my truck. I currently have a 2012 Tundra 4.6l DC 4x4 and pull a 2011 Rockwood 2604. The truck pulls fine here on the east coast, but I'm retiring next year and DW and I want to travel west and I know this truck won't do mountains well. I'm looking at some used Silverado/Sierra 2500hd trucks. My dilemma is do I go with a 2006-2009 Duramax LBZ/LMM in the $30-$35000 range (low miles) or something like a newer 2011 6.0l gas engine? I know the diesel will do it fine, but I worry about a used diesel and maintenance/repairs. If anyone out there has any experience towing with a gas 6.0 2500hd pulling a 6000lb trailer (5800 empty) in the mountains I sure would like to hear from you. Thanks for a great forum. Can't go a day without checking in here!
Thanks. Paul
Do the diesel...gas cannot even come close to the power and you get better mileage too
contractor Rob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2015, 03:26 PM   #35
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: N Chili, NY
Posts: 483
We pulled our 829fkss flagstaff TT through the Canadian Maritime provinces with no problem at all. That was with our 2008 F150, 5.4L and tow package. Our 2011 5.0L F150 did better than the 5.4L. We now have a 2014 F150 with the 3.5 ecoboost and that does a better job than both V-8's. As long as the Chevy is set up right, I don't think there will be a problem. Any 6.0L owners out there???
rlocicero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2015, 03:34 PM   #36
Georgia Frog Rally 2017
aceinspp's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: GA
Posts: 7,308
Originally Posted by Papa Rich View Post
Last year I pulled a 20 V nose enclosed trailer from St Louis to just north of Las Vegas with a 99 Chevy with a 6.0. Trailer loaded was at about 6000 lbs. Truck didn't do bad but most of the time I didn't run cruise just because of the hard down shifts on any hill that amounted to anything. I averaged about 9mpg running 65mph.

Early this year we decided to get a toy hauler and ended up with a 02 2500HD with an 8.1 to pull it. Our hauler loaded runs about 12k. Yes the gas truck pulled it but again on our trip to just north of Knoxville TN I couldn't run cruise for the same reason I didn't on the 6.0. I got a chance to buy an 08 Dodge with a 6.7 and a manual transmission. We just got back from Flagstaff AZ. Much better, set the cruise and just let it roll. Scaled just at 18K and averaged 10.9 the whole trip and pulled like a dream. I will never go back to gas for pulling. Just my .02$ on this subject.
Bought a new 01 Chevy 1 ton dully with the 8.1 Allison tranny and 4.10 gears and the truck pulled like a champ 70 mph never knew the trailer was there. Hills never bothered it. Trailer was a 24 ft enclose car hauler with car and full 20 ft display with turn table about 9000#. Chevy got rid of these eng to push for the higher dollar diesel. To bad. Later RJD
2015 35 FT V-Lite 30WRLIKS Diamond Package
2015 Chevy 2500 6.0 4:10 gearing.
Days camped in 2015--46
Days booked for 2016--60
Days camped in 2016 so far 51
aceinspp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2015, 03:44 PM   #37
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 12
I have a mega cab 3500 Ram short box and tow a 14000.0 pound 330 sandpiper, when fully loaded. I'm always traveling in the mountains and I've had to go up some pretty steep hills. This truck does not slow down !! In fact I'm passing shitty Kia cars & fords like no tomorrow. Never going back to the gas side !!
contractor Rob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2015, 03:56 PM   #38
Senior Member
Cypressloser's Avatar
Join Date: May 2014
Location: SE Alberta
Posts: 476
With the diesel I'm legally able to carry a fuel tank in the truck bed with an extra 80 gal. of fuel (the auxiliary tank is plumbed straight into the truck's fuel system) and I don't have to be constantly on the lookout for a gas station where my truck and trailer fit in without unhooking. I can choose where to fuel up and in my particular situation that's a saving of $100 (0.25 cts. per liter) each and every time. My range is better than 800 mls between fillups when towing the 5th wheel and about 1500 when not.
Piece of mind - priceless
2013 RAM 3500 Dually Longhorn
2014 Trilogy 3650RL, W/D, Onan 5500, 8000# Axles, IS, 960 Watt Solar, 6x6 Volt Battery Bank, Freedom SW 3012 Inv/Charger
Cypressloser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2015, 04:06 PM   #39
Senior Member
Crusadernoob's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 366

I've been told by those who are more knowledgeable than myself that the 2006-2007.5 Classic was one of the best Duramaxes Chevy made.

2006 2500HD Duramax CCSB 2WD
2014 Crusader 285RET
Nights camped in 2013 - not enough!
Nights camped in 2014 37

Nights camped in 2015 40
Nights camped in 2016 35
Crusadernoob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2015, 04:19 PM   #40
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Cape Breton
Posts: 263
Originally Posted by aceinspp View Post
Like to know why it cost 320 for oil change in gas engine. What ya using liquid gold. I travel 10,000 miles a year and change oil twice cost around $80 even if ya did 20,000 still be $160.

I'll take a gas any day over diesel. Diesel cost ya 7200 over standard truck and the smell when you get it on ya is bad also. You need to base how much driving you are doing and can you justify the diesel and make up the cost difference. I don't drive enough to justify one as it is just that a tow vehicle and I have other vehicles to drive when not camping. Later RJD
Mopar peace of mind service $89.99 plus tax every 5000kms per my 2006, 2010' 2011 and 2012 powered hemi's. $199.99 plus tax every 10000kms for my 2014 6.7 cummins.

Comment justify the price, the 2012 5.7 2500 has 280000kms on it, for the most part it is worn out. Will get about $6000 for it at auction. 2012 diesel, 300000kms on it, still good to go. Right now I spent 430000 on the gas truck buying it, get 6k back when I sell, cost to own 37k. Buy another at 45k or so and will bet when the next has hits 300k, it is done and the 600k on the cummins is still going. Oh how I wonder how will I get my money back...LOL

2015 Sandpiper 30IOK
2014 Ram 6.7 CC DRW
2006 Charger RT
X96mnn is offline   Reply With Quote

diesel, gas, towing

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

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:49 AM.