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Old 03-09-2015, 09:47 PM   #31
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We have a 2011 Silverado Duramax and more importantly Allison transmission. A lot of talk on how fast you will kill the gas engine, but what about transmission? There are some incidental added costs for running diesel, in the short term, but long term, the diesel has staying power. They are not really even broke in until it hits 100,000 miles. With what you are towing, you donít need the 3500 dully; a 2500 is all you need. I am pulling a fiver that is 15,000 dry, with pin weight of 2,700 lbsÖwhich is right at its capacityÖsame engine and transmission as the 3500, less expensive and much easier to park.
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:19 PM   #32
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We have had 3 TT's and the new 5th wheel. I have had 3 Chevy 3500's with 454 engines that will pull anything you want. All were great trucks and pulled anything I put behind them. I also own a 2500HD with 6.0 that is a excellent truck. The only problem I had pulling with the 2500HD is hills. If you plan to travel a lot I would suggest the Duramax with Allison transmission. I never thought I would like the diesel, but I can also say I will never own a gas motor again. That's just my personal opinion. But when I am pulling hills the diesel will pull with no problems and no strain. I have since sold the 2500HD and bought 3500HD with Duramax to pull the new fifth wheel. The 2500HD will pull it but you will know it's back there. Me personally I like having a lot more truck than what I am pulling. We always had trailers loaded down to the max.
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:56 AM   #33
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This has become more about gas vs diesel than would you want a 6.0L to tow 14k plus. Lets think about this another way. The colorado is rated to tow 7k but would anyone buy that for towing a 6k plus TT. I would bet not. Like I said I own a GMC 6.0l but I would not use it for towing 14k plus. If you were going with a lighter trailer I would say yes as the 6.0 power train is good and reliable. Unfortunately when getting trailers that heavy you are pretty much forced into the diesel option.
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:18 AM   #34
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I pulled 14k with my 6.0 gasser chevy for one year and that's all it took for me to buy a duramax.
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Old 05-01-2015, 03:19 PM   #35
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Hi Chevy owners, is anyone using the 2015 Chevy 2500HD D. Cab, 6.0 gas w/4:10 axle for towing their 14000lb +- when loaded 5th wheel. Factory claims is 14800lbs for 5th wheel towing. I want real world experiences including hill climbing w/rv attached that will help me make a decision before ordering. Also looking @ new F250 w/6.2 w/4.3 axle, but don't like front end styling. Any comments about your experiences will be helpful, Good & Bad. I'm tired of higher maintenance cost and consistent higher fuel prices for my diesel and tow rating have increased a lot on these trucks since my diesel purchase.

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I have the chevy gas 2500 hd. It will go up a hill, but will run upwards to 4500 rpm to maintain 60 mph. And a lot of down shifting in the mountains. i did just about as good with my gas F150, and at better mileage. i am pulling a windjammer 2715.
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Old 05-01-2015, 03:23 PM   #36
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I have the chevy gas 2500 hd. It will go up a hill, but will run upwards to 4500 rpm to maintain 60 mph. And a lot of down shifting in the mountains. i did just about as good with my gas F150, and at better mileage. i am pulling a windjammer 2715.
Who says you have to run 60 mph up hills? I limit my 5.3 to 3500-3600 rpm and to H with anyone behind me, it's their problem, not mine. Tractor trailers don't run 60 up hills either.
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I've said this on other threads. ANYTHING over the gvwr and you are Illegal. Get in a serious accident and Lawyers will rip you to pieces and your insurance company will walk away from you. Any 3/4 ton will pull most trailers. But you will be surprised at how little it can pull legally. Probably no more than a 9k unit.
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I've said this on other threads. ANYTHING over the gvwr and you are Illegal. Get in a serious accident and Lawyers will rip you to pieces and your insurance company will walk away from you. Any 3/4 ton will pull most trailers. But you will be surprised at how little it can pull legally. Probably no more than a 9k unit.
And where is this written that it is "illegal"? Can you post the legal document stating this?
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OldCoot. I did not post this to ruffle feathers. Why do you think manufacturers put the gvwr on the door? You could do a Google search but yes, if you tell me what state you are in I can get the information for you.
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OldCoot. I did not post this to ruffle feathers. Why do you think manufacturers put the gvwr on the door? You could do a Google search but yes, if you tell me what state you are in I can get the information for you.
North Carolina. The reason the sticker is on the door is to protect the mfg and it is not a legal document, it is a warning, like the warning tags on mattresses, sleeping pills, etc.
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