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Old 02-15-2016, 02:24 PM   #11
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MPG: it does seem from what the Ram 6.4 owners are reporting that the 6.0 is lacking there.

But power wise, I guess I don't see it IF it's a truck newer than '08(I think is when the 6spd trans came out???)... Maybe if you are towing heavy a lot in the mountains, but your truck is rated for.... 13,XXXlbs. I think you will be surprised how well it does towing ~8500lbs as long as you let the motor breath (rev) when needed!!!
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Old 02-15-2016, 02:42 PM   #12
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I think you'll be fine if you dont mind to see the tach around 4 grand at times.

Last week we got 2 new leftover 2015 3500 drw with utility box beds and the 6.0 vortec....at a very good price(main reason for getting them). I pulled 2 different loads with them thursday and friday. One was about 9k trailer and mini excavator other was about 11k vacuum excavator with 500 gallons of mud onboard. Pulled both fine, but could tell a difference with the extra 2000lb vacuum.

First impressions, they aren't a diesel and wont ever tow with one.
They pull fine if you dont mind reving the engine about 4k on hills.
Tow haul works awesome and the up and down shifts are near perfect RPM. A+ on the transmission tune Chevy!
Dont get in a hurry to take off from a dead stop loaded.
They do like gas when you get them loaded.

The 6.0 vortec is the oldest most proven engine of the other 2 HD gassers. Its also the most simplest imo.

Im very happy with the 2 we got. They will only tow that load 2-3 times a month. The rest of the time they are just used to haul a work crew and tools around. If we were towing 10k+ on a regular basis, we woulda got diesels again.
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Old 02-15-2016, 03:08 PM   #13
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need-a-vacation makes a good point about the 6-spd transmissions; they do make a difference. So if the older trucks are still pulling strong with a 4-spd, the 6-spd can only make things even better. Right? Proven motor, proven drive-train, all good things IMO.

Yeah, it's thirsty. My Ram 6.4 is thirsty too. Mine might do a little better unloaded, but loaded, they're probably about the same. The Ram has a slight advantage in that the power peaks at a lower RPM, but the numbers (HP & Torque) are actually pretty close IIRC. As far as lacking power, I haven't heard many first hand complaints about the 6.0 Vortec from people towing within capacity. The only complaint I have heard was from my neighbor towing his 5er in the mountains. He didn't like it revving (common for a gas motor) and said it felt a little anemic on the severe inclines. But again, it was an old truck with a lot of hard miles, and he was trying to keep up with a Cummins powered Dodge at the time.

No, I think at the weights you're talking about, it's a fine truck. I've always been fond of GM trucks, and would've bought one if the deal had worked out. I also use my truck a lot unloaded, so the MDS in my Ram helps eek out a little more fuel economy.
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Old 02-15-2016, 03:21 PM   #14
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For sure they are not speed or power demons, but they will do the job. And as for longevity, take heart. I know several commercial fisherman that have over 300K miles on their older 6.0`s and still going strong. My mileage towing averages around 9. Not towing around 13 in mixed driving. That`s with the old 300hp and 4 spd tranny. As mentioned now its 360 hp and a 6 spd.
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Old 02-15-2016, 05:50 PM   #15
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Thanks again everyone! It's always nice to hear from people who have been there done that! I appreciate the info.
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Old 02-15-2016, 07:28 PM   #16
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So I bought a new TV. A 2015 Sierra 2500 6.0L. I can't wait to give it a workout but I have to wait till May here before it warms up enough to go camping. Ever since I bought the truck I can't stop reading reviews about what people think about the 6L tow experience. It's driving me crazy. I got a great deal (as good as it gets buying new) on the truck but reading so many negative things makes me wonder if I made the wrong choice. Any input by someone who has towed with these guys would be great. Thanks
We towed our 24FBS out to South Dakota last summer. It was awesome. Maybe a little overkill for our trailer but I got it for possible future TT upgrade. Don't pay too much attention to the reviews. Just get some towing experience with the 6L and develop your own opinion. I think you'll be happy.

Now.....Let me prepare you for the gas mileage while towing. Best gas mileage we got the entire trip out and back was 8.2MPG. Thankfully gas prices weren't over $3.00/gal.

Congrats on the new truck!!
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Thanks couple! I'm not to worried about what the gas mileage does cause I was pulling it with my 5.3L last year and I don't think it'll be much worse. At least I won't have the worry I did, staring at my transmission temp for the entire ride stressing about every degree it rose. Having to pick and choose what to bring, knowing that every additional item is more weight I'm over!
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Thanks couple! I'm not to worried about what the gas mileage does cause I was pulling it with my 5.3L last year and I don't think it'll be much worse. At least I won't have the worry I did, staring at my transmission temp for the entire ride stressing about every degree it rose. Having to pick and choose what to bring, knowing that every additional item is more weight I'm over!
BTDT. You'll definitely like not having to worry so much about your truck. I know the feeling of watching that trans temp tick up too. My Ram trans temp has never been over 175, and that was actually high. Usually it hovers right around 168-170 no matter what I'm doing.
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Interesting thread.....I am a proud but not so lately happy owner of a Duramax 2500. I can say that Duramax will pull anything and at 140K, still has the power it had when new. Trouble is, its starting to nickel and dime (actually a lot more than nickels and dimes) me to death. $1900.00 for a new computer, $350.00 for a injector harness, and it is in the shop today awaiting a $1000.00 water pump. 400 for the pump itself and 600 labor to get to the thing. The engine is no problem at all, just the components. I am now looking at a 6.0 since my RV'ing is mostly weekends and within 120 miles of home base. If the DW would ever agree and we could take cross country trips, etc. I would be in the market for a 2016 Duramax, but feel the 6.0 is the smart choice for my current situation. My 5er is 8000 lbs.
Still letting the Chevy dealer work on it, which is likely a reason the repairs are so high, but they do them right.
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My '02' 2500HD 6.0L gasser has been a great TV thus far, but it's time for an upgrade.

Been leaning toward a new one-ton diesel for the last couple of years......., but decided recently to order a new Silverado 2500HD 6.0L gasser this spring, basically a new-updated version of what I have now.

Don't have any plans of getting into the 5th wheel market, but maybe a "little" bigger TT in the future and that will be well within the capability of the new 6.0L gasser.

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