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Old 07-07-2015, 02:47 PM   #15
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A 3/4 ton is more than enough truck for what you are pulling and a 3/4 will ride much better. Don't know what your budget is or brand preference so can't advise. You're going to keep a diesel a long time so get what you want.
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Old 07-08-2015, 12:19 AM   #16
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A 3/4 ton is more than enough truck for what you are pulling and a 3/4 will ride much better. Don't know what your budget is or brand preference so can't advise. You're going to keep a diesel a long time so get what you want.
No brand preference. I did some shopping today and realized a new truck is way out of my price range. Im not brand specific. Looking for under $30k and under 125k miles. Seems like 6.0 fits the bill. Yes, ive heard all the horror stories. The diesel shop near me said to bring it buy before buying and they will do a thorough inspection on it free of charge. Then let me know the cost for bulletproofing.
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Old 07-08-2015, 04:03 AM   #17
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Why not a pre-emissions common rail cummins or a 05 - early 07 duramax? Both of those fit in your price range and are light years more reliable motors. Honestly you couldn't give me a 6.0. I have seen too many people go broke trying to keep "bulletproofed" trucks running. Bulletproofing will cost u another 5k pretty quick if memory serves me.
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:58 AM   #18
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Why not a pre-emissions common rail cummins or a 05 - early 07 duramax? Both of those fit in your price range and are light years more reliable motors. Honestly you couldn't give me a 6.0. I have seen too many people go broke trying to keep "bulletproofed" trucks running. Bulletproofing will cost u another 5k pretty quick if memory serves me.
I uderstand. I drove this setup in the pic from Tampa,FL to Denver,CO last month. The truck was bulletproofed and had plenty of power through the rockies.


Im going to go ck out a 06 Dmax with 85k for $28k this afternoon.
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Old 07-08-2015, 10:04 AM   #19
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An 06 duramax would be an awesome truck... I know prices are sky rocketing on these but 28k still seems high
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The 6.0 Ford is a great engine once you fix the horrible EGR system. I love mine and it's been trouble free but I did fix the known issues before I had any problems. The problems are easy to fix and if you do the work yourself only cost about $750.
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Your trailer is 250/2500 or 3500/350 range. My TT is 6500# dry but quickly weighs in at 9,400# (certified scales) fully loaded, but has a GVWR of 11,800# (it is a toy hauler), so I have room to carry more if I wanted. I too had a "paid for" truck when I got my trailer. My 1500 GMC extended cab Z71 had the tow package with extra trans cooler but wasn't enough for me to want to leave Florida. 7 mpg towing with the 5.3 v8 wasn't fun either. I had to upgrade to a diesel 2500 Dodge SLT I found for a deal in July of '13. I found it with 73,000 miles, clean, and well maintained for about $25k. I hated the interstate highway as trucks and autos traveling faster created sway on my 27' trailer. Now with the 2500, I have taken it to the mountains of N Ga. and had no problem maintaining 65 mph on US 441 there. I get 10 mpg at 65 mph and better going slower with the diesel. Not much for sway anymore as the truck controls the trailer better than the lighter 1/2 ton did. I get 14 mpg when not towing around town (higher now without high top topper removed) and 18 - 19 mpg on the highway not towing. Much better than the GMC ever managed to get.

Deals on older, low mileage, well maintained diesels are out there but are getting rarer. I love my '06 Dodge quad cab 4x4 and how it tows my 27' Toy hauler TT (bumper pull not 5th wheel).
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Why not a pre-emissions common rail cummins or a 05 - early 07 duramax? Both of those fit in your price range and are light years more reliable motors. Honestly you couldn't give me a 6.0. I have seen too many people go broke trying to keep "bulletproofed" trucks running. Bulletproofing will cost u another 5k pretty quick if memory serves me.
Yes yes yes and NO DEF. My early 07 3/4 Chevy Duramax has been wonderful. Powerful, quiet AND comfortable. The 1 tons are great but they are to long and to harsh riding. I like a short bed (6 1/2ft) extended cab which actually fits in a parking spot. The 1 ton long bed crew cabs are to frickin long to use for anything but towing. The 1 ton standard cab is nice but no passengers.
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I hear you garbonz... my 3/4 ton is a quad cab with an 8 foot bed. It does take a little more care where I park (but I always park way out back anyways). Most drive thru ' s I can make but indeed not all. You certainly have to be more aware.
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It seems like anything under $30K is going like hotcakes around here. I drove an 04 Cummins yesterday. Blowby test was good but it had tranny problem. Cruising at 65mph on the highway I gassed it to about 3/4 throttle to feel the wrath, but it just revved itself out. The tranny dropped gears, RPM rose but no power to the wheels. Like a torque converter was slipping. Funny thing is, she just got it back from a tranny rebuild at AMCO.

So here's where I'm at. Im supposed to go look at these tomorrow in order. I need to "sh1t or get off the pot" because these things will sell quick.

1) 2005 GMC 2500 HD SLT w/ 119K miles. Only thing aftermarket is a dash programmer. He said he bought the programmer for tow mode but never towed once he bought it. 1 owner older gentlement says he towed a small fifth wheel twice. Always dealership maintained and replaced injector harness and two injectors. Pics look good as there is only 1 small "grocery cart" dent and no accidents.

2) 2006 Chevy not sure if 2500 or 3500. 97K. Ad is attached. 1 owner and LBZ. I don't like the lift. It seems that removing it should not be problem if I can find someone to do a swap. Also, not really digging the long bed. I like to park my vehicles in the garage. A long bed makes my workshop/man cave area smaller.

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I feel your pain Zac... I search / researched for 6 years before finally was graced with the right truck and timing. I missed many trucks.. Drove lots of miles to find out the truck just sold prior to my arrival. These trucks are in massive demand right now!

I don't claim to be a Duramax expert but I think you would be in good shape with either one.. The LBZ (06 thru early 07) is the most highly sought of the pre-emission duramax engines... Has the fewest issue and has a stronger block, heads, pistons than previous generations.

From my understanding the 05's (LLY) is a good motor and has most of the bugs worked out... I have heard a few rumors about overheating when towing heavy, but the few guys I know with 05 LLy's have never had an issue with them.

I don't think you can go wrong with either truck provided they are well maintained.
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If you decide on Ram look for a 2013+. They went to DEF like GM and Ford. Beefed up the frame on the 2013 3500 and in 2014 did the same for the 2500.
2012 was the first year you could get the HO 6.7 Cummins with 800ftlbs. and the last year it was easy to get rid of all the emissions nonsense because you can easily unbolt the DPF and EGR, unlike the DEF which you are stuck with and continue to pay for.

I know that is a different discussion, but it's the specific reason I did not get a '13 or newer, so just sharing the info incase anyone was wondering.
These engines are so clean and efficient, unless you over fuel with larger injectors, you will never see any smoke.

On the half ton issue, just look under your halfton's rear bumper and compare your axle to any 3/4 or 1 ton. That should tell you all you need to know.
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Thanks for all the great input folks. Im off on a two hour road trip to look at a 2005 GMC CC SB 4x4 SLT w 119k miles. Wish me luck.
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Well, here she is. 2005 LLY 4x4 GMC SLT. IMMACULATE condition. Blowby ck was good and zero leaks. Owner took incredible care of it and has all reciepts from day one. We are very excited to tow the trailer. Special thanks to chertz for taking the time to educate me.
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