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Old 04-17-2016, 08:06 AM   #141
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Wow, guess I'll have to fill the tank before driving any of the longer climbs on our summer trip!
And be prepared for a slow climb
Yeah you're definitely not going to set any land speed records. I even had to slow down all the way to 25 because of traffic at the bottom of a hill before ascending another. Lost all momentum. That was a bit unnerving at first but the truck dropped into 2nd and the 6.2 actually gained speed going up. Was damn near 6000 rpms hauling up that one! I learned real quick to never pass up gas in the mountains, even if you're at a half tank. ;-)
I cant wait to see how our rigs do at the elevations we're both going to hit hauling Ikes Gauntlet. We may be pushing 5500-6000 rpms the whole time going up.

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Old 04-17-2016, 08:19 AM   #142
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Yep. My little 6cyl gasser is towing 7500lbs and holds the speed limit on extended 6% grades while not going over 2500rpm.
Yeah, same here. Pulling right around 7,500 lbs and rarely goes over 2,500 rpm, 3,000 on the taller climbs in the Rockies. I guess those little turbos make a difference.
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:37 AM   #143
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Yeah, same here. Pulling right around 7,500 lbs and rarely goes over 2,500 rpm, 3,000 on the taller climbs in the Rockies. I guess those little turbos make a difference.
Turbos make a massive difference in the high altitudes.
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:44 AM   #144
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Just drove two 6% grades with about 7,000 pounds behind me. 3,800-4,000 RPM gave steady 55-60 mph in fifth (of eight) gear.

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Old 04-17-2016, 10:03 AM   #145
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In the 70s & '80s I pulled a 6500# TT with a Plymouth Fury. 360 cu in and a 3 speed 727 trans. It did a better job than some SUVs and trucks today.
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:30 AM   #146
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I looked at one the other day. Sticker was almost $60K.....

I just got my new 16 GMC 3500 Denali fir $58,5K. WAY more truck.
Im sure your Denali is a nice truck but it cant be 22K nicer than my 2015 RAM. IMHO
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:40 AM   #147
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Im sure your Denali is a nice truck but it cant be 22K nicer than my 2015 RAM. IMHO
You can compare the top of the GMC with the bottom of line stripped RAM. When I was looking for my F350 at 61,000 MSRP I also looked at a couple of top of the line RAMs at 79,000 MSRP and I couldn't justify the over price RAM.
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Old 04-17-2016, 11:18 AM   #148
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Yeah you're definitely not going to set any land speed records. I even had to slow down all the way to 25 because of traffic at the bottom of a hill before ascending another. Lost all momentum. That was a bit unnerving at first but the truck dropped into 2nd and the 6.2 actually gained speed going up. Was damn near 6000 rpms hauling up that one! I learned real quick to never pass up gas in the mountains, even if you're at a half tank. ;-)
I cant wait to see how our rigs do at the elevations we're both going to hit hauling Ikes Gauntlet. We may be pushing 5500-6000 rpms the whole time going up.

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pushing 5500 to 6000 rpms in your ford 6.2 crazy . my nice little 2003 chevy 6.0 4 speed pulls me up ike/johnson at 45 mph at 4300rpm thats from sliverthorn headed east much easier going west bound longer grade but not as steep . but i only haul my 9000lbs 29xlr
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Im sure your Denali is a nice truck but it cant be 22K nicer than my 2015 RAM. IMHO
So you got a 2015 dodge ram 3500 drw crewcab 4wd diesel for $36,500?
Was it wrecked or have a blown engine or tranny or high miles?
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Old 04-17-2016, 11:29 AM   #150
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My 01 2500hd silverado 6.0 low geared slows up hills. It weights 5600, trailer 6000.
My 14 grand cherokee srt 6.4 doesnt slow and will accelerate hard up hill at any speed.
The jeep weights 5150 and considerably less distance from hitch to rear axle on the jeep.
We tow with the 2500 and just go slow. The truck can hold the hills with rpm but I am not high reving(rpms) the truck as it won't last like that.
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