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Old 04-12-2015, 10:46 AM   #1
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Our New Tow Vehicle

We decided to upgrade our tow vehicle because the DW is retiring next month and we are hoping to do some extended camping trips into mountainous regions.

I've owned several reliable GM trucks over the last 3+ decades (1983 Chevy S-10, 1997 GMC 2500 SLT & 2007 GMC 1500 SLT) and decided to stick with GMC.

This is my first diesel and we're eager to see how well it tows our White Hawk. All suggestions from you long-term diesel owners are welcome.

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Old 04-12-2015, 10:51 AM   #2
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Beautiful truck. You will love the Duramax and you will love towing with a diesel.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:18 AM   #3
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Thanks, SouthCo. It appears you've been driving a GMC Duramax for several years. Our truck has 77 miles on it and it indicates that the truck got 17.1 mpg for the last 50 miles of city driving. Can I expect 16-17 mpg around town without the TT? If so, that would be great since my 2007 GMC 1500 has a lifetime average of 13.5 for city, highway & towing.

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That is a good looking truck. We have had Duramaxs since 2002, two of them now, and I think that when it all settles out you'll find that your in-town mileage will probably be in the range of 12-13 and your unloaded highway mileage will probably be between 18 and 20 depending on how hard you push it. As far as towing, we have gotten as high as 13.6 pulling our FW and boat up and back to Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Generally we come in around 12 mpg for the whole trip. I don't believe you will be disappointed in your purchase.
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:36 PM   #5
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Beautiful truck, only problem I see is that it doesn't have a blue oval on the grill.
Lol, sorry I couldn't resist. It's very nice...
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I'm not up on MPG but I know when they first started with the emissions stuff (DPF and DEF) it hurt MPG pretty good. I believe the newer ones 2014-2015 are supposed to better sorted out with regards to the emission stuff and getting better MPGs than the previous years. Keep us posted on what you get.
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Old 04-12-2015, 01:30 PM   #7
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Will do, SouthCo. And, TexasRT, I knew I would get some friendly ribbing from at least one Ford lover. I do like Ford trucks but I've always liked the looks of the GMCs better - "To each his own".

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Good looking truck. Carefull tho, grinnin while towing with that rig causes wrinkles
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B E A U T I F U L!!! What's the difference between the 2500HD and the Denali HD? ( price is prolly the main thing ).
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Thanks, Bsikes. You piqued my curiosity so I just went to GMC.com and built my exact truck and a Denali for comparison. The MSRP for the Denali was $4221 more and the only differences I could see were standard 20 inch wheels vs 18 inch and a different grill. There must be other differences but its not obvious looking at the literature & specifications.

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