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Old 02-15-2016, 12:55 PM   #1
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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
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:13 PM   #2
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I can't speak for myself, but my father-in-law has towed his 30' fifth for eight years, with his 2007 GMC 3/4 ton extended cab, 8' box 2WD without any problems. He's been all over, and towed to Florida many times for the winter. I guess it depends on how large and heavy a unit you want to tow. I wouldn't expect any concerns with it, as long as you stay within (not at or above) it's limits. Happy travels!
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:27 PM   #3
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I have been towing our 28BHBE with a Silverado 3500HD XC SRW LB 6.0L for the last 2 years. It tows great, no lack of power on hills at all in the mountains here in BC. It also hauls our camper with no issues. with the camper we do run a little over GVW, but I added Supersprings to take care of the rear squat with the camper. Have had the truck since April of "08. (its an "07 model). it hauls or tows only. it is not a daily driver. We average 9MPG towing the TT (8800lbs loaded) and 13MPG hauling the camper. (scaled at approx 11000lbs) No issues at all. As you can see from sig we have an Andersen hitch and have never had a sway issue either. Hope this helps... Happy Camping
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:29 PM   #4
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My dad owns an older one (2002?) And absolutely adores it. He tried to convince me to get one when I was in the market, but it didn't work out. I went to the "dark" side and got a Ram.

My neighbor towed his 5er with one for years and never had a complaint. He eventually moved up to an older Dodge diesel recently. IIRC, he had well over 100K on the clock when he sold it.

Just curious; what kinds of complaints are you seeing? That truck combo has been around for a LONG time, LOTS of happy customers out on the roads I would think.
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It all depends on what your towing.

I had a 2004 2500HD w/ 6.0 and pulled an Octane T26Y Toyhauler. Loaded I suppose I was around 9K lbs. It pulled fine to 60 MPH anything over and any kind of incline it had some trouble maintaining speed. MPG towing this load averaged about 5.
I upgraded to a 2015 2500HD Duramax. I'll never go back to a gasser but then again my service costs are going to be more.
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:51 PM   #6
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Congrats on the new truck!!!

I also am wondering what the negatives are you have read. My only complaint with our '13, which has the same exact running gear as your new truck, is fuel mileage could be a little better unloaded. But it is a beast! Tows our ~9200lb 32 BHDS without any issues here in Mi. And that does include going up north where we do have hills! Lol

I know some have complained about being slow off the line (including unloaded), but that is more of an electronically controlled nanny computer issue than the actual motor not having any guts..... In another thread I posted that by my seat of the pants feel, it is faster off the line by "rolling" on the throttle than just putting the pedal to the floor.
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Congrats on the new truck!!!
Thanks! I love the truck and hope it serves me well!
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The thing about comparing an older version of the 6.0 with a 4spd trans (even the older 1500 5.3/ 4spd) to the newer trucks with the 6spd trans is a night and day difference.

Yes, the motor still needs to rev some depending on the towed weight and the hill, but with ~9200lbs in tow going to Northern Mi we have had no trouble maintaining speed. Let the trans drop a couple gears and the motor rev and away we go!!!
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Thanks! I love the truck and hope it serves me well!
YW!!! GM did a great job imo on the interior of the new trucks!!!
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I guess I should have added more info to my original post. I tow a 29qbs, approx 7800lbs loaded. Might be more this year cause I'll be less worried about weight. Towed with a 1500 last year and tried hard not to over load it!

Most of the complaints I read where about it being underpowered and terrible on fuel. I knew the fuel would be bad but sure hoped it would pull strong! Would have loved to get a diesel but couldn't justify the extra$$ for the amount I tow. Thanks for all the replies. I love hearing real life experiences rather then some troll being negative in a random thread.
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