Yeah I know....can't have too much truck, but....
This will also double as my daily driver with a 7 mile one-way trip from home to the office, so it will be driven very little during the week with zero highway miles. We have many moons before we can even dream of retiring, that will be 3-4 vehicles down the road.....
Our TT completely loaded weighs 3,700 lbs. (GVWR is 3,750 lbs.) and the tongue weight is right at 500 lbs. (on a separate note, the TW seems high and I was surprised when I weighed it with my Sherline LM 1000 scale, but the only underbelly storage is up front so that probably explains the higher TW of 13.5%).
I've owned a 2006 F-350 SRW (6.0L
) and really enjoyed driving it and didn't really mind the extra maintenance cost. But I did mind the 6.0L fuel pump failure at 3,500 miles and the EGR failure at 4,000 miles, the turbo failure at 6,000 miles, and.....yeah.
I've been hearing a few horror stories from an owner of two 2500HD's w/ Duramax engines, his 2014 allegedly had a fuel pump failure that transferred metal throughout the fuel system, resulting in a $11k repair bill? Not sure if this is a common failure, but if I spend $45k on a used Duramax and it suffers that kind of failure I'd be kicking myself. Others I've talked to swear by them, so there's always isolated incidents I know.
No plans on upgrading to a larger TT anytime in the near or distant future.
As of now we are pulling the Hummingbird with a 2012 FJ Cruiser that is close to its limit on both payload and tongue weight, so we will need a little more TV once the weather warms up and we want to haul the kayaks and mtn. bikes along with us. Granted, the FJ actually has more than ample power to pull in (keeping it out of OD) and with the Andersen No-Sway WD hitch it handles excellent at 65 MPH both on hills and while being passed by semis. Saw fuel mileages of 12-14 mpg on flat, 16-18 down hill and 8-10 uphill on our last trip. It also stops really good.
I'm pretty set on a GMC this time around, have owned F-150's, Tundra's, F-350 so I figure I'd give GM a try.
I've been looking at used '16 GMC Sierra 1500's w/ 5.3L and I'm sure it would pull our little TT fine, but wondering if it would be enough if we decided to take an extended trip and travel out West at some point. Also looking at the standard 1500 with the factory brake controller, doubt I'll have any luck finding a used truck with the Max Trailering Package around here.
I realize this has been asked about 1,001 times on here, but I've done a lot of searching around and still can't fully talk myself out of a Duramax
Appreciate any opinions or insight - thanks.