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Old 08-20-2016, 10:02 PM   #11
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I am a diesel fan. I almost forget that my trailer is back there. I drive all freeway miles to work without rush hour about 20mile 1way commute
Last time into work according to the dic it said i avg 24mpg!. However if I add a hardware store stop with a couple other stops I avg about 18mpgs in summer and 17mpg in winter.

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Old 08-27-2016, 01:01 PM   #12
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In my semi professional opinion, if you want a 5er, you want a 1 ton.
Dual rear wheel buys you on average an extra 2000lb payload (pin weight) and a touch more stability in crosswinds, but if the pin weighs less than 2,000lb, you really dont need to be buying an extra pair of tires.

As for the gas / diesel debate, i'm both feet solidly in the diesel camp. I love the torque, and how effortless it yanks 14,000lb.
Now for reality.
If you're staying semi local (less than 1000mi), or towing less than 6 times a year, go with gas.
It will burn more fuel, but the repairs and maintenance are significantly less (for example, my 6.4 diesel takes 14L of synthetic oil, at $160 a pail), and thats not considering the additional purchase price, warming it up and cooling down the turbos.

If you plan on doing mountains, or towing more than 6 times a year, the added expense and cost of repair is more than offset by the ease and confidence the added power gives you.

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Old 08-27-2016, 08:43 PM   #13
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Lots of great experience and advice here! To add my opinion, we pull a 5er at 12700# and 3000# on the pin.
We pull with a 350 6.7 diesel, short bed 2WD and a B&W Companion hitch. To do over I'd get a slider, making a full-lock u-turn cost me a rear window. I use high caution when making tight turns now.
If you plan to pull lots of miles/years in hills/mountains then a diesel is in order. If you make shorter trips on the flat then a gasser will probably serve.
The 350 is my first pickup and first diesel. I love it!!!
As said earlier, the diesel is more $$$.
Truck X with a gasser will probably have a bit more payload vs a diesel ( diesel = heavy).


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