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Old 01-12-2019, 08:06 PM   #1
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How many tow with a gas truck?

I am thinking about a new truck before I retire. I am leaning towards a gas powered 1 ton sb.
We will not be full time but are thinking we would like to do a few trips a year.
I know a diesel is better for towing but when we are not traveling the truck will be my daily driver. Thinking about maintenance cost of the diesel, more oil, fuel filter, DEF, and I know todayís diesels have been holding up good but omg if something does go wrong with the engine.
I would like to hear from those who are towing with gas trucks and what your experience has been
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:08 PM   #2
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I am thinking about a new truck before I retire. I am leaning towards a gas powered 1 ton sb.
We will not be full time but are thinking we would like to do a few trips a year.
I know a diesel is better for towing but when we are not traveling the truck will be my daily driver. Thinking about maintenance cost of the diesel, more oil, fuel filter, DEF, and I know todayís diesels have been holding up good but omg if something does go wrong with the engine.
I would like to hear from those who are towing with gas trucks and what your experience has been


I forgot to mention we would probably be towing around 27í trailer/ 5th wheel toy hauler
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:47 PM   #3
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We had a 32ft Cougar we pulled with a gas Chevy 2500HD CC. Went with a gasser because it was DH's daily driver. It was a perfectly matched set. Towed it in the Applalachian mountains with no trouble.

I miss that truck. It had a Banks exhaust for that throaty growl & oversize tires. I think I liked driving it more than DH did.

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I towed with a diesel truck and it was so powerful it made towing easy. I had the diesel truck 6.5 years trouble free. I bought it new.

I traded it in on a new gas truck. Maybe just me, but it is a relief not worrying about the diesel engine. I went from a diesel dually towing a 37' 5th wheel to a SRW 3/4 ton truck. I have not towed anything with it yet but as a vehicle it drives really nice.

Now, if you can wait 6 - 9 months the redesigned F-250/350 as well as a redesigned Ram and Chevy 2500/3500. Typically a redesign does mean a slightly better and more refined truck.

There are rumors that all trucks will have bigger gasoline engines. Chevy is more than a rumor. Their 2020 Chevy 2500/3500 will have a new 6.6 gasoline engine. It will have approx. 10% more power.

Ford is rumored to be working on a 7.x litre engine, same for Ram.

The North American Car Show is in a few days. Either the rumors will be confirmed or proven bogus.
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8.1L gas engine in my Topkick. 3rd gas truck. probably always stay gas.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:30 PM   #7
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We tow with a gmc sierra 1500 gasser. Capacity with my setup and package is 9600 but i dont feel it really has the power I would like but it handles like a dream and will pull if I keep my foot buried. Other than that the fuel milage would be way better all around with a diesel.
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My 2014 6.4 Hemi moves my 11,000# 5th wheel around just fine. Sure, a diesel would be faster but it's not as though I'm holding up traffic. As others have stated, it's only going to get better with the next generation of gas engines.
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I towed an older 33 foot trailer for over 85k miles with an F350 and a 460 engine. Never had any issues or lack of power.
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Our first truck was a Ford gasser that we towed our pop up with. We have owned two Ford F250. Never a problem towing our 8,ooo lb Classsic HiLo. Love the four door cab and 4x4. It does gulp gas where some sip gas. Love our gas hog.
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2018 HDDP w/ 3.5 ecoboost. It is Mary's daily driver and also pulls our 20' Toy Hauler effortlessly.

I've had two pre-def 3/4 ton diesels, and I prefer this truck.

My business partner has a def 3/4 ton diesel. I prefer the gasser we have now over it.

The diesel will get a bit better mpg towing, but not nearly as good when not towing. A bit over half the miles put on the truck are Not towing, so that combined with the higher cost per mile in fuel, def and extra maintenance costs, outweigh any better resale value the diesel may have down the road.
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I had a 2001 Dodge Dually with the V10 gas engine when we were pulling a Sunline trailer that weighed around 8K and it had plenty of power. As long as you keep your trailer weight within the capacity of the truck (I prefer to keep it at 80% or so), a gas truck is perfectly capable of doing the job. It may be a little slower in the mountains, but so what! One negative, depending on the size of the gas tank, is having less traveling range before needing to fill up. When we had a 2007 Tundra to pull our Winnebago Minnie, it was a great truck but the small gas tank was a PITA in terms of having to stop more often for gas. When shopping for a 1 ton truck, I would definitely be looking at the gas tank capacity or replacing the OEM tank with a larger aftermarket tank. I considered doing that with the Tundra but just didn't want to spend the $$.
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2018 HDDP w/ 3.5 ecoboost. It is Mary's daily driver and also pulls our 20' Toy Hauler effortlessly.

I've had two pre-def 3/4 ton diesels, and I prefer this truck.

My business partner has a def 3/4 ton diesel. I prefer the gasser we have now over it.

The diesel will get a bit better mpg towing, but not nearly as good when not towing. A bit over half the miles put on the truck are Not towing, so that combined with the higher cost per mile in fuel, def and extra maintenance costs, outweigh any better resale value the diesel may have down the road.


This is how Iím feeling. We might do 2 or3 trips a year. Iím not sure itís worth the extra $9000 for the diesel plus maintenance cost.
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This is how Iím feeling. We might do 2 or3 trips a year. Iím not sure itís worth the extra $9000 for the diesel plus maintenance cost.
Well, sounds like you have come to the gasser conclusion. Now to match up your rig with the TV so you will have peace of mind in towing.
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