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Old 03-03-2016, 04:13 PM   #1
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Contemplating New Tug

Have a JayFllight 22FB, weighing around 5500# loaded.

Just completed a 6200 mile, 10 week trip through the South (FL, LA, MS, etc).

My current TV is a 2001 Silverado with the 4.8L and the 3.42 rear end. Have the Equalizer 4pt hitch. 135,000 miles. We had zero problems, but I sense we are a bit underpowered in winds and grades. Mileage in tow mode averaged 8.7 MPG.

Plan on doing this southward trip for years ahead and not terribly afraid of keeping the current TV for a couple years. But, seriously contemplating purchasing a used TV with a bit more power, better towing rear end, etc.

I cannot afford new (just bought a new daily driver SUV). TV is rarely driven unless towing or hauling something.

Also, not sure I can justify the premium for a diesel unit. Not too likely we will move to a bigger TT, but would like additional tow capacity than I currently have (6400#) just in case we move up.

So, thoughts on good used TV pickups, years and models to avoid, etc. I am terribly confused with the plethora of options out there. Need help narrowing down to two or three good possible vehicles.

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Old 03-03-2016, 04:31 PM   #2
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find a Chevy 2500 with the 8,1 and the Allison tranny...01-02' MY's...IF you can find one in good condition..MPG isn't very good, but it won't be your daily driver and you DEFINITELY won't feel under powered by a long shot, and the bonus is you get the Allison tranny..It put the 6.0 in that time frame to shame....Just a suggestion.
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Old 03-03-2016, 05:01 PM   #3
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find a Chevy 2500 with the 8,1 and the Allison tranny...01-02' MY's...IF you can find one in good condition..MPG isn't very good, but it won't be your daily driver and you DEFINITELY won't feel under powered by a long shot, and the bonus is you get the Allison tranny..It put the 6.0 in that time frame to shame....Just a suggestion.

What is meant by the 8,1 in your helpful post?
Model years 01-02?

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Old 03-03-2016, 05:07 PM   #4
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What is meant by the 8,1 in your helpful post?
Model years 01-02?

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Its the big block 8.1l (454 cubic inch?) V8 engine. But they are hard to find as mentioned as only a relatively small number were produced.. When I was searching for a used 2500 in 2012 I only saw a couple of them listed online out of the hundreds of other 2500`s available which have the 6.0l or Duramax engines.
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I looked in to the Chevy 8.1 gas engine also. I have a buddy with one. He loves it and said it is a gas hog but the only gasser comparable to a diesel. He said they quit making them in 2006 or 07. He swears if his ever blows he will buy a new engine. I think he is close to 225,000 miles on it.
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The 8.1 is 502 cubic inch 7.4 is 454 both good engines but thirsty.
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Old 03-04-2016, 08:17 AM   #7
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The big truck guys will hate me saying this, but you don't need a 2500 for that trailer, especially if you are using the PU as a daily driver. As gas goes back up a 1500 is cheaper to drive. Look for a 2007-2013 1500 with 5.3 and 3.73 gears. I get 17 in the city and 21 on the hwy at 60 mph.

Mine has a 7500# towing capacity and a 1600# payload. My trailer is just under 5000# and it tows like a dream. I feel it could easily pull 6000# without struggling. We took it to TN last summer and had no trouble with the hills.
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Are you die hard set on square fender wells? If not, the F-150 equipped with the EcoBoost engine or the 5.0L would pull that trailer very nicely, with the EcoBoost giving you diesel-like performance with lots of low end torque. I would highly suggest 3.73 gears and the Max Tow package if you can find it as this will up your payload and give you better cooling, etc.

I would suggest 2013 and up if going the EcoBoost route, as the '11 and '12 years had the odd bug to sort out like most new concepts freshly released. Mine has been flawless, for what it's worth.

Most of the newer half tons (last 3 years or so) have much higher capabilities than their predecessors, so with that trailer you should be able to find a good match pretty easily in any brand. A big help is the number of gears the transmission has - most have 6 or more these days and that makes a huge difference in towing performance.

As always with any half ton, WATCH YOUR PAYLOAD! That little yellow sticker on the inside of the driver's door has caused a lot of grief for uninformed truck owners that learn about it too late!
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Since you don't plan to go to a bigger camper, get a newer GMC/Chevy 1500 with the 5.3 and 6 speed trans. Might even consider a 2500 with the 6.0 gasser motor. Not saying that you need that but the prices are going to be close. You said this wont be your daily driver so the little you'll loose in MPGs with the 2500 6.0 gasser wont matter so much and it would be a better tow rig if you ever did decide to go bigger.
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Are you die hard set on square fender wells? If not, the F-150 equipped with the EcoBoost engine or the 5.0L would pull that trailer very nicely, with the EcoBoost giving you diesel-like performance with lots of low end torque. I would highly suggest 3.73 gears and the Max Tow package if you can find it as this will up your payload and give you better cooling, etc.

I would suggest 2013 and up if going the EcoBoost route, as the '11 and '12 years had the odd bug to sort out like most new concepts freshly released. Mine has been flawless, for what it's worth.

Most of the newer half tons (last 3 years or so) have much higher capabilities than their predecessors, so with that trailer you should be able to find a good match pretty easily in any brand. A big help is the number of gears the transmission has - most have 6 or more these days and that makes a huge difference in towing performance.

As always with any half ton, WATCH YOUR PAYLOAD! That little yellow sticker on the inside of the driver's door has caused a lot of grief for uninformed truck owners that learn about it too late!
+1 This is what I was going to recommend as well. Ecoboost that is. I had the 5.0 in our old half ton and it did respectably as well pulling 7000lbs.

Get a half ton with as high a payload as you can find and you will be set. 1600+ lbs payload would give you good headroom with that trailer.
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