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Old 04-05-2016, 05:37 PM   #11
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Also consider that your 05 runs in the range of 285HP and 335lb-ft torque...

Compared to the newer GM 5.3L V8...355HP and 383lb-ft of torque...

So even just upgrading to a newer 1/2 ton would help. A 3/4 ton plus would be bonus...just my penny...
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:41 PM   #12
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Towing 12k to 13k up a 6% grade with my Cummings is like its towing on flat ground. No increase in temps or downshifting. No lose of speed either. Best TV I ever had .
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:54 PM   #13
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That Cummings sounds as strong as the Ecoboost!
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:01 PM   #14
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I've often wondered why I waited so long to buy the diesel that I have now. My trailer's not as heavy as yours and I'll never go back to towing with a gas engine. Inclines where I used to struggle with the truck in 3rd and revved up to 4400 rpm don't even rate a downshift. The diesel grunts a little louder and pulls up the hill. On the other side going down I hear the exhaust brake working and I'm still sitting at 65 mph, not heating and wearing the brakes on the truck or trailer. There are too many good things about the diesel towing experience to ignore... and I very seldom experience any diesel smell, certainly not while towing.
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Towing 12k to 13k up a 6% grade with my Cummings is like its towing on flat ground. No increase in temps or downshifting. No lose of speed either. Best TV I ever had .
I am tempted to call BS on you Big Red. I have a Cummins pulling a 8K TT and mine sure downshifts going through the Rockies. Also the trans and engine temps do increase although not to a degree to concern me. I guess it could be the 6 speed auto.

Is it like towing on flat ground? No way!

But I will agree with you on this.... It's the best TV I ever had.

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That Cummings sounds as strong as the Ecoboost!
Wanna back 'em up and hook 'em together? Just kidding... I'm really not 19 anymore... The EB is a great towing platform... My only problem with it was that at the time what I bought was not much more money.
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:11 PM   #17
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DIESEL, DIESEL, DIESEL.need I say more. You will love it, I promise.
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:21 PM   #18
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2015 Fordlong bed srw 400+hp, 88+torque I smile all the way up hills. With def no diesel smell, plus you can carry a conversation in the cab.
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If you aren't among the --you need a 3/4 or 1 ton truck for a Scamp, and want to stick with a nice comfortable truck to drive when NOT towing, I have the truck for you.
The Ram half ton with HEMI, 392 geared rear end, along with 4 corner factory air suspension with automatic leveling is the truck for you!
My Laramie equipped as described above, tows our 33' wildcat MAXX (7,500 lbs empty) out to Seattle and back to Iowa at least once a year (some years twice). It maintains the MPH within 5 mph on the 6% grades, does not heat up and stays at the speed I dictate going down the "other side". Mileage is not great. in the area of 7-10 mph when towing. Of course, it's much better when not towing and gets around 17-19 mpg.
We couldn't be more pleased with our Laramie when towing and appreciate the size and convenience of the half ton pickup during the 90% of the time we're not towing.
We use the Blue Ox Sway Pro WDH and travel about 60-62 mph and are very secure and comfortable with this setup!
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Wanna back 'em up and hook 'em together? Just kidding... I'm really not 19 anymore... The EB is a great towing platform... My only problem with it was that at the time what I bought was not much more money.
I'm just having fun with the Diesel or nothing crowd. No seriousness at all.

But seriously...the OP can have a very well matched truck for his trailer with several gas options in a half ton.
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