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Old 03-10-2015, 01:20 PM   #15
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Yea, my trailer is 5800 lbs, I'm guessing it's around 7k when loaded up. I know the toyota is at the top of its' range and since that is my wife's car and we need it to last, that's why I'm buying the truck.

Also, after towing with the toyota, I'm not even considering a 1/2 ton, i'm definatly going 3/4, I was just wonding if goign down the highway or up a hill if I was going to notice a big difference in the 6.0 vs the v10
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Where are you located? A buddy of mine owns a used car dealer in MN. Scroll down his Facebook page to see a very nice Chev. 8.1/Allison p/u: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Avenu...99446823414655
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I'm in WV, MN may be a bit to far to travel
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Old 03-20-2015, 12:41 AM   #18
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I tow my TT with an 05 Chevy 2500HD crew cab 6.0 with 4:11s it tows good as my camper weighs about 8200 loaded but like you said u can never have enough motor. An 8.1 will tow like a dream there just hard to find never mind a clean used truck that's not beat up. Good luck


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Old 03-23-2015, 04:43 PM   #19
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I went from a 2000 Chevy 7.4 (454) to the 2005 Chevy 8.1 (496 cu) with the 5 speed Allison tranny. Night and day!!!! I would go with an 8.1 if you can find one, or the the Ford 6.8 V10. U-Haul used the 8.1 in the biggest trucks. The 8.1 is still being built, but it is used for marine purposes mostly.
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I'll add my 0.02... Ive been towing with a 2001 GMC 3500 DRW extended cab with the 6.0l for the last couple years. Loved the truck, was towing my jeep or 29ft travel trailer. So same weight range your looking at. The biggest thing with a 6.0l is to not be afraid to let it sing!! It makes peak torque at 4000rpm. Pulling steep hills in 2nd gear at 4k with the TC locked up is the norm but they love it. Also if you do buy a 6.0l go straight to nelson performance and order a tuned PCM. i had the 89 octane tune in mine with all the torque managment deleted...Holy crap what a difference it makes for those engines. At the time I bought that truck I looked at a few fords with the 6.8l, both engines will do what your asking of it with the same mileage but for me it came down to maintenance. I was an auto mechanic for 10 years and do all my own service work. This may not be an issue for you but the 6.0l is so simple to work on, parts are cheap, and as long as you keep good oil in them they run forever. The earlier V10's liked to spit spark plugs out and quarters are a little more cramped in the engine bay. Now ive sinced moved up to a crew cab chevy with my expanding family and went with the 8.1l. As others have stated they do in fact tow amazing but Im still very...VERY fond of my old truck with the tuned 6.0l. In fact part of the deal with my buddy who bought it is that if he ever wants to sell it he must let me buy it back. As for fuel mileage my 6.0l empty with mixed driving was around 10 and between 6.5-8.5 towing (remeber though i had a DRW) My SRW 8.1l does the same mileage towing but 11.5-12 empty with mixed driving. Hope this helps
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