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Old 10-19-2012, 10:31 PM   #11
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You cant get an 8.1 new as the big block has been discontinued. GM is pushing the diesel for towing.

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Old 10-21-2012, 02:25 AM   #12
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I have overtaken trucks on hills while pulling my trailer with our 6.0L truck. Our trailer weighs about 6500 lbs loaded. It has the 373 rear end. In my opinion it is a perfect match.

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Old 10-22-2012, 03:20 AM   #13
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With the 6.0L I average about 6.5mpg towing the 28bhs. If you will be doing alot of towing the diesel is the way to go. My truck and tt weigh out at just over 15,000lbs
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:26 PM   #14
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6500# TT? Seems like you would be fine regardless of what you picked if money is not an issue. In fact if that's what you're towing why not just go with a 1/2 Ton and save money. I'd only got with the 3/4 ton if you thought you were going to be upgrading to a bigger trailer...if that's the case I'd go with the Diesel....otherwise you are paying a really big premium for a diesel when there isnt a need. Diesels cost more to buy and maintain...diesel fuel is higher than gas but it can be justified if you are just towing. I guess it depends on how much you are towing.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:34 AM   #15
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We found an '07 classic diesel with 160k miles for $16,000, well maintained and mostly highway miles. With this truck I figure we will spend $1500 less each year on fuel and what a difference to drive, can't believe the power. Haven't bought yet but seriously considering. Only worry is high miles even though it is diesel.

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