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Old 02-17-2016, 04:55 PM   #31
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Have a friend who retired from GM and he hates everything about his 2015. Kicking himself for not going back to a Duramax
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That's an incomplete grumpy statement!
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Old 02-17-2016, 07:37 PM   #33
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Even if you will be within the limits of a 2500HD 6.0, if you are going to factory order a truck, price out the exact same 3500HD SRW as a 2500HD.... Not sure if it's the same now or not, but for the '13 and '14 models the 3500HD was actually CHEAPER by a few hundred dollars!!! Reason being is some options on the 2500HD like the hitch package, and tow mirrors were standard on the 3500HD...
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I would go with a 3500HD gasser in a heartbeat, the problem is GM doesn't offer the 3500HD in a Double Cab (extended cab) with a 6 1/2ft box anymore ......, which is the only body style that will fit in my garage.

When I was considering going diesel, my plan was an F-350 Super Cab with a 6 1/2ft box (fits in garage)......., but when I decided to stay with a gasser I prefer the GM 6.0L drivetrain over the Ford 6.2L drivetrain.

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Old 02-17-2016, 08:49 PM   #34
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need-a-vacation,

I would go with a 3500HD gasser in a heartbeat, the problem is GM doesn't offer the 3500HD in a Double Cab (extended cab) with a 6 1/2ft box anymore ......, which is the only body style that will fit in my garage.

When I was considering going diesel, my plan was an F-350 Super Cab with a 6 1/2ft box (fits in garage)......., but when I decided to stay with a gasser I prefer the GM 6.0L drivetrain over the Ford 6.2L drivetrain.

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That stinks!!! Wonder why GM had that great idea??? Lol Just doesn't make sense why they would do that. Same body, frame, etc... Only difference is the rear axle (unless something has changed- 2500 vs 3500 gas motor) and spring pack.

What about this: With the money you save going with a gas motor you just add on the garage!!! Lol
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snip......Only difference is the rear axle (unless something has changed- 2500 vs 3500 gas motor) and spring pack.......snip
Can't even get the D/A in the GM 3500HD with a Double Cab & 6 1/2 ft box body style.

Ford is the only manufacture who offers an Extended Cab (their Super Cab) with a 6 1/2 ft box in their F-350 one ton (both gas & diesel).

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my brother has a 06 1500HD with the the 6.0 and it pulls his trailer fine,he also put on a tuner which helped with his mileage.His trailer weighs around 8500 i believe.Only issue he had was last summer on our way to florida the temps came up a little on engine and trans in slower traffic but cooled down once we got moving.I have a Duramax diesel and would never go back to gas again,i had a f 250 with the 5.4,it was a great motor and truck but power wise doesnt compare to the diesel. Most diesel maint can be done by yourself,they really arent that much more to maintain unless it comes to injectors,CP3 pump or turbo.A diesel doesnt have to work as hard as a gas engine so its less wear and tear on it.No matter what you get they all need major repairs over time.Id rather spend a few hundred here and there or a 1000 than buy a 60k truck again,but that's just me
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6.0 gasser

I have a 2003 1500hd with the 6.0, I believe it is the same motor and transmission that is in the 2500hd gas truck. I have added an edge programmer, cold air intake, and also installed a 4:10 full floating rear end. My FIL bought a camper to park up to his property and didn't have a way to get it up there so he asked me if I would move it for him. It was about 80 mile trip one way, the camper he bought is an older travel supreme that weights about 14K. I might have been a little over my limits of the truck, I am not sure how to gauge what I gained by changing out rear end from a 3.73 semi floating rear end to the 4:10 full floating (came out of a 2002 3500hd SRW). Anyway the truck did awesome I set the cruise at about 62 and I couldn't have been happier with how it did pulling that camper.
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My father in law has a 2011 with the 6.0 and is pulling his new 28RBDS with it. It is his work truck, so he has a high utility cap on it, mileage suffers empty because of it... and its a little worse towing. He got about 7 or 8 on our 1065 mile trip to Florida... but it towed just fine. Plenty of power for the Eastern side of our continent. We go camping in western PA and have to handle the Appalachian mountains and his truck does just fine.

His 28RBDS is only a little shorter than my (and your) 29QBS, but because of the 2nd slide probably weighs pretty close to the same weight. He tows his camper without any problems, I anticipate you won't have any issues.

Congrats on your new truck, now put some miles on your truck and camper!!!
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We have a 2007 2500 HD with 6.0 135,000 miles. Here is my assessment. For five years we had a truck camper at about 3000 lb sitting in the truck and pulled a boat 1/2 the time. We averaged 10 mpg fully loaded. The truck pulled any grade out west here like it was nothing, this is the perfect set up. Now 10 months ago we switched to a 28.5 eagle HT 9500 lb and have 8000 miles of towing experience with this set up. The truck dose great towing this 5er we now average 9 mpg at 61 mph. As for pulling up mt grades the truck dose good not great. There is a lack of speed is all It still will climb any thing I have asked of her just a little slower. Out west here in CA our average grade over the mt is 5%-7% grade @ 6,000-7,000 feet in elevation. I can climb these grades at 45-55 mph. A few weeks ago I put her to the test coming out of Death Valley. Hwy 190 west is a solid 8% grade for 12 miles climbing from just below sea level to 5,000' + Yes this is a serous grade. 5,000 in just 12 miles will test any truck!!!!! The result was she climbed it in second gear 35-40 mph @ 4000 rpm and had plenty of reserve power if need be. The down side was the tranny temp reached 210 but still had a few degrees to go. I will be adding a larger ex-trans cooler the stock one is small. So in summary the 6.0 is a fine motor and can handle most roads out west here. The only one she struggled on Hwy 190 is rare. I was looking at switching to a Duramax but we have decided to keep this truck for 1-2 more years. We will switch to diesel truck (Chevy Duramax) mainly because we will be going to a bigger Fifth wheel and would be to much for this truck, But over all I love my 6.0 gasser Silverado. I hope this real life evaluation will help.
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Congrats on your purchase. I really like the interior of the GM HD trucks!
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