Back from the dark side... again.
I have gone back and forth gas to diesel a few times now and am back to gas. I started with a 1999 454 Suburban 2500, then went to a 2004 GMC 2500 Duramax then to a 2008 Hemi Aspen then a 2004 Ram Cummins 6 speed, and I just traded the Ram in on a 2001 Yukon XL 2500 with the 6.0. I thought about getting an 8.1 but for the price, $3900, I figured the 6.0 was worth a go.
I keep getting tempted away with the glory of a diesel but when your budget is $15000 tops for your tow rig everything is a compromise. I also decided just like when I sold the Duramax, it and the Cummins make terrible day to day, short distance, city commuters. I'm tired of paying insurance and fees on 2 different vehicles, one to drive to work, and then a very expensive (imo) diesel that just sits for sometimes months on end waiting to work.
So far this Yukon 2500 seems pretty nice in town, but even if I park using it only for towing and 4x4 adventures, it's a $4000 yard art -vs- the $15000 diesel ones.
Now I actually have a 2800 pound payload which ironically is 1000 pounds more than the Cummins, and a 10,300 pound tow rating which is plenty for the 7000 pound max camper. We can also comfortably seat 6 adults and bring 2 dogs in the XL.
It doesn't feel anywhere near as powerful as the Cummins and I probably wont even tow again until spring at this point so who knows... we will give it at least a year's chance, I gave the Ram 2 years. Maybe the ecodiesels will finally hit that $15000 point by then, that is what I think would serve my needs the best but I'm not paying the minimum $20,000 but more often $30+k prices I see on them