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Old 09-29-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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Decision Time: Derimax or stay with 1/2 Ton

Moved up to a White Hawk 30dsre this spring that will use up all of our 08 Silverado Crew Cab's tow/weight capacities. It has done great on our first 2 tows so I'm not concerned but looking more long term planned on looking for a 2500 a couple years down the road. Bingo, local dealer has a shiny 2010 Derimax w/ low mileage sitting on the front of the lot. The 1500 has been dealer maintained [same dealer] and is in extra clean condition with average mileage. The 2500 looks to be the clean as well. Dealer asking top Kelly price but with a similar trade value on the 08 I think the swap would cost me about $20-22k.

Good deal or wait?
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:45 AM   #2
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We got our first Duramax in 2007, changing from a 1500HD 6.0, we loved it and were very happy with the change.
Now we are on our 2nd Duramax and still loving it, no worries about going to the mountain's or anywhere we want to go.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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Since you are planning to continue camping, and maybe moving up in the future, it would be hard to pass up a deal like you describe. I did the same when I came upon the 2500 I have now, although it's a gas engine. Keeping my eye open for a duramax if the right one comes along. Better that way then frantically searching when the need is more desperate.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:01 PM   #4
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We went from an f150 to a ram 3500 with a cummins. I would say just do it, the difference will be night and day. When towing you will not regret it for a second.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:38 PM   #5
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I also went from a 1500 to a diesel, but F350 and have not looked back. The available power and safety from pulling with heavier truck has been worth the change even thought the 1500 was "within maufacture towing specs."
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:02 AM   #6
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I have a separate thread on going from an Ecoboost F150 to our new 3500HD Silverado with the Duramax. I took it for a tow last weekend over to Eastern Washington with our 28DSBH, and I have to say that I absolutely love towing with it. Much less sway and the power & exhaust braking will make you smile every time you go up or down a hill.

If you pulled the trigger for the Duramax I don't think you'll be disappointed. However it may accelerate your purchase of the next camper
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:52 AM   #7
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I looked at a 2014 Duramax over the weekend - 75K for an LTZ....yikes!!
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I love my diesel (F-250 PowerStroke) and towing with it has been great. The torque curve is amazing for towing; after all it's what diesels are made to do. Your maintenance costs will be higher - Figure around $100 for an oil change because diesels use around 15 quarts - but the longevity you can get out of a diesel makes it worth it to me in the long run. Duramax engines are very stout and Allison Transmissions are well built also. I traded in a 1988 F-250 with the 460ci gas engine for my diesel. Would I do it again? You betcha.

Biggest problem with a diesel? It won't be long before you start hearing about things like Banks, MBRP, Bully Dog . . . .ZOOM!
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:16 PM   #9
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Done deal. Got the trade I ask for for the 08 1500. Think the fact that it had been dealer maintained by the same dealer helped convince them to come up from their initial offer. All in all I walked out with the 2010 HD Duramax at or slightly less than my target cost. The truck new stickered at $49+ same as 2 new ones sitting there on the lot. Drove it home and spent an hour reading the manual. This is my first experience with a diesel so have a lot to learn.

Wife hated to give up her Red truck but after driving the new one home, was all good with the deal. Now need to go tow something.
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Congratulations! My word of advise for a new diesel owner - make sure you give those glow plugs time to warm things up when the temps start dropping. Be sure to post some pictures, we all love new truck eye-candy!
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