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Old 09-03-2016, 12:55 AM   #1
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anyone pull columbus 295rl with a newer chevy 2500 gas

Can get good deal on 2016 chevy 2500 hd gas and getting columbus 295rl soon. anyone pull one with a new 2500hd gas? the fifth wheel rating on the truck is 13000 lbs. the 295rl will weighs 10600 I would guess about 12000 with everything camping. Will be going long distances. Dont want a diesel but should I bite the bullet. thanks so much.
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Old 09-03-2016, 01:14 AM   #2
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anyone pull columbus 295rl with a newer chevy 2500 gas

Buy a diesel and be done sorry
You will not enjoy the fuel mileage nor the constant shifting and high revving of a gasser and that weight.


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Old 09-03-2016, 01:48 AM   #3
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Can get good deal on 2016 chevy 2500 hd gas and getting columbus 295rl soon. anyone pull one with a new 2500hd gas? the fifth wheel rating on the truck is 13000 lbs. the 295rl will weighs 10600 I would guess about 12000 with everything camping. Will be going long distances. Dont want a diesel but should I bite the bullet. thanks so much.
12,000 ready to camp indicates you will be over payload considerably with a 3/4 ton truck.
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:29 AM   #4
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:08 AM   #5
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I had a 2014 2500 gasser. Beautiful truck. Handled great. I'm only pulling about 7000lbs of bumper pull, and needed to keep in in 4th at about 2800-3000 rpm on the highway in the flats. I was getting 7.5-8 mpg. Which was ok and expected. It was surprisingly quiet and towed fine like that. Mind you, that was flat land and crosswinds. Throw in hills and strong headwinds, and I didn't enjoy it as much. Lots of revving and mileage dropped further. Throw altitude in the mix and results were down from there.

I'd just bite the bullet and get a diesel from the get go for that weight/surface area. You'll save money in the long run as eventually, at that wight, you'll end up with a diesel anyway after having thrown some $$ at the gasser by way of depreciation or trade.
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Get the diesel now instead of later unless towing on flat land short distances.~~ or you will get it later.
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Old 09-03-2016, 01:17 PM   #7
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I have a 2016 Chev 2500 HD gas and pull a 31' 5er- 9122# loaded with no problems and getting 9.4 to 9.7 miles /gal. But for the kind of pin weight your looking to put on the truck- I would definitely go with the diesel -- BUT 1 Ton--- a typical Chev. 2500 Diesel has anywhere from 350 to 400 LB less payload then the gas 2500. Always check Payload Spec on driver's door !

After loading our truck for camping and hitch I only had approx 2150# left for fifth wheel- (Actual pin # 1882) at 13000 lbs you'll have a minimum of 2600 of pin weight.
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Old 09-03-2016, 05:17 PM   #8
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Step up to the diesel. I pull a 10000 lb 5er and just traveled from Oklahoma City to Virginia Beach on I 40, I 81 and I 64. I have a GMC 2500 Duramax. Even in the Tennessee Hills and Virginia hills and Appalachians, truck cruised in overdrive at 1500 RPM's and never down shifted except for some of the down sides of the hills. Love the exhaust brake. Almost never used the brake on the hills or mountain. Truck just cruised up one side and down the other side at a steady 65.
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I've had both a duramax and I currently have a 2016 3/4 ton gas GMC that I bought when we went with a motorhome last year. I still tow a 3500# enclosed trailer and I miss the diesel tremendously when towing. I know the diesel is about $9000 more, but resale is higher also, so you do get some of that back.
I would say if you are towing more than once a year, get the diesel. Just an opinion from someone that tried to save the money and probably should have gone diesel again.
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Go with Deisel we have 2015 2500 HD Danali crew cab I pull a Columbus 381 FL, I keep only a half tank and we use a second vehicle for DW and the dog and load what we can in rear of 5ver, pulls like a dream.. Oh there is a face book group for Columbus only owners lots of great info shared
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