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Old 09-28-2016, 12:24 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by mwilder View Post
I need some serious advice and thought this community would be able to offer some.

Before I purchase a new GMC Sierra 2500HD with the 6.0L gas engine and 4.10 axel, please give your qualified experienced advice. Should I get the DuraMax diesel for about $8,000 more? Will a 2500HD gasser be adequate?

I'm towing a Jayco Whitehawk 24 MBH. Dry weight is 5600lbs. Overall capacity is 6800 lbs. Traveling mainly with two people and gear. Most driving will be around midwest, but some trips to Rockies and Smokies, etc.

Thanks much,

Your diesel will be worth a whole lot more than the gas when you go to sell.I have a 2006 Ram 3500 4:11 rear end, it allows me to tow in over drive. But I lose about 2 miles per gallon not towing and driving around town. And I would for sure by a two wheel drive instead of 4.

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Old 09-28-2016, 12:31 PM   #22
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Not only are you going to pay a lot more for a diesel, your oil challenges etc. Will cost more.

Also diesel fuel is MORE expensive.........than gas.

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Old 09-28-2016, 01:57 PM   #23
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Not only are you going to pay a lot more for a diesel, your oil challenges etc. Will cost more.

Also diesel fuel is MORE expensive.........than gas.
And because their are fewer diesel pumps as well, it can (will) make fueling up more challenging at some point. I'm still considering diesel for my next TV, but I keep reminding myself why I sold my last one.
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:49 PM   #24
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For such a small and light trailer, you are probably fine with a gas half ton. If you like to haul a lot of stuff, or if you tow often then I would recommend the 3/4 ton. All the parts of the 3/4 ton are stronger and designed to work all the time. Extensive towing on a half ton will cause greater wear, while the 3/4 ton is designed to constantly tow.

Diesel vs gas is quite often a personal decision. Based upon your trailer, there is zero NEED for a diesel. It will take a long time to realize a cost savings from increased towing mileage. The 6.0 gas engine makes plenty of power, my FIL tows a 9000 lbs trailer with his without a hiccup, but the fuel mileage is 7 or 8. I tow a similar trailer, slightly heavier with my Cummins and get 11-12.

If money is no concern, a diesel 3/4 ton would be great... but it sure isn't neccessary.
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:56 PM   #25
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It seems the dreaded and sometimes heated gas vs diesel discussion is remaining civil. Bravo.

Buy diesel if

You really really really need it and/or,
You really really really want it.

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Old 09-28-2016, 03:18 PM   #26
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My oil changes cost more, but not twice as much, and I do them half as often. I found a deal on fuel filters, and it costs about $50- every 15K miles to change them both. I do it all myself, and it's not hard... none of it. I don't spend more maintaining my CTD than my F-150, and feel a lot safer, and better towing. As an added advantage, I get 13 mpg towing with the diesel as opposed to 8.5 to 10 with the gas 5.0. But the real reason I went to a bigger truck was safety. I went diesel because of the towing power, but you have to decide if it's worth $7K more to you. If you don't upgrade to a larger trailer, a 1/2-ton gasser will do OK. If you tow a lot, a 3/4 diesel or even a 1-ton would be better... in my opinion. Safe travels...
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Old 09-28-2016, 03:45 PM   #27
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It will do the job for this trailer. I would buy a truck for the next trailer you will have.
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Old 09-28-2016, 04:49 PM   #28
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If it fits your budget, buy a diesel. If not, the gasser will do the job. A diesel just does everything better when it comes to pulling almost any size camper. And, as diesel owners know, it does not cost much more to maintain a diesel than it does a gas powered truck. Common urban myth.... Definitely don't go smaller than a 3/4 ton. Have fun shopping.

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Old 09-28-2016, 06:47 PM   #29
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OP, So what's the verdict, now that you have the pro's and con's?
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:19 PM   #30
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The Key statement here is How Long Will You Keep The Trailer! Do you think that in the next 5 years you will want to go much bigger? Here is my story!
I have a 2007 GMC 2500 hd with trailer tow package, sierra crew cab SWD with the 6.0 gas, we only use the truck for towing the TT, or our horse trailer with the occasional trips to town to pick things up, right now, we only have about 10,000 miles on it. When we bought our TT, Jayco Jayflight 26RKS (6500lbs, 8500 max) I started to think that I needed a Diesel so, I went out and looked at new trucks, wow have prices gone up, I stated to look at other expenses and it started to really add up, including our insurance, service costs and added diesel costs (including DEF if we went new). I was at the Jayco dealer the next week and talked to one of the techs, he looked at our truck and said, hook up the truck, turn on tow haul mode and leave it there until you unhook... and he was right... the truck pulls the TT like it isn't even there but yes, on hills the RPMS really crank up, but I watch the temps and the needle doesn't even move. As for Gas Mileage. Overall I get 10.4 mpg no matter what I do, I don't worry about the millage when we tow, I just figure it's getting worse... but really, how much more is another 2 or 3mpg, Not really much when you get right down to it. We have been paying under $2.00 a gallon for gas, I'd bet diesel is 30% more which negates the extra MPG for me. Only thing I wish I had purchased a 4wd when we bought the truck but the Ltd slip seems to work ok and the payload is a little higher than the 4wd.

So, if your not looking at really increasing the TT any time soon to a much larger one I guess I'd just say I am really happy with our gasser. Hope this helps.

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