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Old 10-03-2016, 03:10 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by schrederman View Post
My oil changes cost more, but not twice as much, and I do them half as often. I found a deal on fuel filters, and it costs about $50- every 15K miles to change them both. I do it all myself, and it's not hard... none of it. I don't spend more maintaining my CTD than my F-150, and feel a lot safer, and better towing. As an added advantage, I get 13 mpg towing with the diesel as opposed to 8.5 to 10 with the gas 5.0. But the real reason I went to a bigger truck was safety. I went diesel because of the towing power, but you have to decide if it's worth $7K more to you. If you don't upgrade to a larger trailer, a 1/2-ton gasser will do OK. If you tow a lot, a 3/4 diesel or even a 1-ton would be better... in my opinion. Safe travels...
Agree with all of the above! But would love to know where you found a deal like that on those fuel filters!


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Old 10-03-2016, 03:24 PM   #52
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Had a dodge 2500 hemi... got 10-12 mpg... bought dodge 3500 diesel... 22mpg and toes like there is nothing behind me... I'm all over the diesel will never go back to gas!

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Old 10-03-2016, 03:59 PM   #53
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I drive a Chevy 2500HD with a 28BHBE. We race MX, so when we head to the races , we a have a#220 and all the gear. Camper is loaded(dry camping at tracks) 70 gallons of water. That puts us around 8000#+ -
Live in CT, we race all of New England, New York and as far south as North Carolina. 8.5-9 MPG average on all trips. North Carolina area where it's a little flatter, 10+. Without the camper, averaging about 14.5-15MPG.
There is an article(ton of them actually) about gas vs diesel. Basically if you buy brand new, you'll have to drive about 150,000 miles to make up the price difference
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:23 PM   #54
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Originally Posted by mwilder View Post
I need some serious advice and thought this community would be able to offer some.

Before I purchase a new GMC Sierra 2500HD with the 6.0L gas engine and 4.10 axel, please give your qualified experienced advice. Should I get the DuraMax diesel for about $8,000 more? Will a 2500HD gasser be adequate?

I'm towing a Jayco Whitehawk 24 MBH. Dry weight is 5600lbs. Overall capacity is 6800 lbs. Traveling mainly with two people and gear. Most driving will be around midwest, but some trips to Rockies and Smokies, etc.

Thanks much,

I was faced with this same decision 5 years ago. Had a 3/4 Suburban 8.1 gas engine that was struggling with pulling our 28' Jayco Jayflite. The best answer for us was an F250 Ford 6.7 SuperDuty diesel. It is 400HP, 800 ft. torque. after a year, we decided to purchase a 40' Jayco Pinnacle 5th wheel and the Ford pulls it with ease and gets 11-12MPG doing it. 87K miles later, the for is doing a great job and will for many more years to come!
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:25 AM   #55
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What ever you buy make sure it has the towing package mainly for the transmission oil cooling package. GMC/Chevy with an Allison Transmission is an absolute work of art, but it needs its juice to be in a good operating range temperature wise.
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:52 AM   #56
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Our 2007 GMC 2500HD CC 6.0L pulls our Jayflight 26RKS with no problem at all.. One suggestion is that once you put that Trailer on and turn on the Key to start the engine the next move is Push The Tow Haul button it will make for a great day driving down the highway... I was only using it when I started out until someone told me leave it engaged as long as the trailer is hooked up .. and I have to tell you it made one heck of a difference on how we pulled our trailer..... Good luck, by the way, what is the tow capacity of the 2016 gasser?
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:10 AM   #57
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I tow my White Hawk with a 2016 F-150 V8 5.0 with a 3.55 rear end with no problem. I still get 14 mpg with it and it has the capacity for 9,000 lbs.
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:53 AM   #58
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I agree. I have a white hawk 27rlds and 2011 gmc 1500. We are well within the 9500lb tow ingredients max and it has no problems in the eastern mountain ranges. If we upgrade to a larger than or 5th I would be asking the same question. For now my truck does the job and still has good fuel economy and resale value
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:59 AM   #59
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Originally Posted by JetTech View Post
Agree with all of the above! But would love to know where you found a deal like that on those fuel filters!
They get shipped to me free... We're Amazon Prime members. This set is $49.95.

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Old 10-04-2016, 02:20 PM   #60
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I haven't read the entire thread so I apologize if this has been suggested already, but the new Titan XD seems to be a nice fit between a 1500 and 2500.

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