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Old 12-14-2019, 08:26 AM   #1
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2020 Chevy 6.6l gas

Looking to purchase one. Anyone towing a 38 foot fifth wheel with one. Or any size 5th wheel can't seem to find any reviews. Any input would be appreciated
All I can find is the IKE gauntlet review but that's a bit extreme.
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Old 12-14-2019, 08:35 AM   #2
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Kind of early for user reviews? Search Google for tech reviews.
https://www.google.com/search?client...6.6+gas+towing
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Old 12-14-2019, 08:41 AM   #3
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Ya just checking would rather get real world you can read all the numbers ya want. We'll see if anyone chimes in
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Old 12-14-2019, 09:16 AM   #4
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Just saying a 38' fifth wheel doesn't really provide any information. My 38' fifth wheel weighs in at around 13,000 loaded for the road and pulls fine behind my 6.0 3/4 ton but many of that same size weight in at 16,000 plus. I wouldn't even attempt to hitch up one of those.
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Old 12-14-2019, 09:50 AM   #5
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I test drove a 2020 Chevy 2500HD Custom trim level truck a few weeks ago. I have a very good driving 2017 F-250 6.2 gas truck. My truck drives nice and smooth and I liked it until I test drove the 2020 Chevy 2500HD. Now I want the Chevy.

You can see towing reviews on YouTube with the 6.6 gasser. 'JB Reviews' is a good one. Then there are towing reviews when GM introduced the trucks to the media. Also 'TFL Trucks' on YouTube did a review I think. A good video to watch is 'NCS Photography' towing in the Rocky Mountains.

The payload is impressive on the 6.6 gas trucks and the strengthened frame makes the truck drive rock solid. It drives better that either the Ford or the Ram.

The diesel engine rules so when most of the reviewers towed with the gas truck they basically said it does not tow like the diesel...duh.
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TFLT pulled a 16k lbs. gooseneck trailer up Ike with one. The video review can be found at TFLT website.
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Old 12-14-2019, 03:02 PM   #7
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A 38’ Carbon TH isn’t going to be light!
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I heard from a source (true or not) that the 2020 GM 2500/3500 truck frames are wax coated and not e-coated. If this is true it will knock them down a peg in my opinion. The wax coating, imho is inferior to the e-coating.

I also agree that a 38' 5th wheel is a lot to tow with any gasoline engine and is a perfect example where a diesel engine would work better.
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A 38’ Carbon TH isn’t going to be light!

Well the lightest Carbon TH has a GVWR of about 14,000#
Dry 9,730#
CCC 3,270#
Pin Dry 1,595


From there they go to about 16,000# GVWR, and 12,000# dry, and a 3,000# pin.
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I heard from a source (true or not) that the 2020 GM 2500/3500 truck frames are wax coated and not e-coated. If this is true it will knock them down a peg in my opinion. The wax coating, imho is inferior to the e-coating.

GM has been doing that wax coating for almost a decade now. It's really messy when you are working under the vehicle and bump/rub against the frame with your clothes.
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GM has been doing that wax coating for almost a decade now. It's really messy when you are working under the vehicle and bump/rub against the frame with your clothes.
That doesn’t sound appealing.

What is “e coat”?
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I know GM has used a wax coating for years on the frame but was hoping in the 2020 model year with a redesigned truck they would change to e-coating.

My understanding of e-coating vs wax coating.

Wax coating can be scraped off really easy leaving bare metal for rust to start.

E-Coating is used by Ram and Ford and is an electrified adhesion method used to have paint stick better to metal. It is a superior method to fight rust.

This conversation pertains the the truck frame only. This means when I hear a GM truck frame rusting through I know why.
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I know GM has used a wax coating for years on the frame but was hoping in the 2020 model year with a redesigned truck they would change to e-coating.

My understanding of e-coating vs wax coating.

Wax coating can be scraped off really easy leaving bare metal for rust to start.

E-Coating is used by Ram and Ford and is an electrified adhesion method used to have paint stick better to metal. It is a superior method to fight rust.

This conversation pertains the the truck frame only. This means when I hear a GM truck frame rusting through I know why.
I don't know where you got your info. GM frames have some sort of paint or powder coating, just like most of the others. If anyone wants them rust free the only way to preserve them in the rust belt is some sort of oil based rustproofing like I do on my vehicles. Somehow my 1994 Suburban is still holding together but yes, it can get messy.

There's no way anything will stay rust free without it, I don't care if it's chromed, powder coated,zinc plated or stainless steel, they will all rust up here. Some rust faster than others.
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I know for sure GM trucks only wax coat the frame. I get my information scanning and watching video on sites that show a fingernail scrapping the wax off a GM frame. Also a post on this thread also agrees with me.
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