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Old 05-08-2015, 08:52 PM   #1
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on a new 2015 2500HD 6.0 (gas) chevy. first post for a newbie here. bought a used 2015 Forrest River Shasta Oasis 28ft w/2 sldes (at least 7000lbs loaded) and went on a first time trip to reelfoot lake w/my 2004 1500 5.3 and just wasn't happy with the way it pulled. any input on this truck would be appreciated. haven't signed papers yet.
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My neighbor has your truck with about the same weight. Your truck will pull it, but, if you are going out often I would look at a diesel.
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:08 PM   #4
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on a new 2015 2500HD 6.0 (gas) chevy. first post for a newbie here. bought a used 2015 Forrest River Shasta Oasis 28ft w/2 sldes (at least 7000lbs loaded) and went on a first time trip to reelfoot lake w/my 2004 1500 5.3 and just wasn't happy with the way it pulled. any input on this truck would be appreciated. haven't signed papers yet.
You should have no problems with the truck. At this weight level you don't need a diesel.
I assume you axle ratio is close to 3.73 for good towing results.
A new Ford F-150 Ecoboost would yank that trailer around and you wouldn't know it was back there.
Personally I like your decision to go with the 2500 it gives you more capacity in the future.
We don't all need a diesel so we can go up the occasional hill that will cause the gasser to struggle more. For the number of times this happens you won't miss the diesel. With the increased cost, less reliability and much more expensive maintenance go gas and don't look back.
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Thanks for the comments. Not saying I won't go diesel at a later time but I am not at all familiar with that type of motor and doubt I'll be putting that many miles at this point. My new truck is a crew cab, long bed for hauling generator, fire wood and other equipment that I don't want to load in the camper. Not all that fond of the crowds in the RV parks. I'm keeping both trucks so the wife can follow pulling my boat. Which brings me to another question about hooking a boat to a TT. Guess that'll be another thread tough. Lot of good info on this site. Thanks to all of you seasoned/experienced campers.
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Old 05-10-2015, 10:36 PM   #6
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do you have DW bars?
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DW? I'm a newbie to all this and acronym challenged. LOL
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DW? I'm a newbie to all this and acronym challenged. LOL
I believe he meant WD (weight distribution)...

Not DW (Dear Wife)...

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DW? I'm a newbie to all this and acronym challenged. LOL

Would have been WD = Weight distribution Bar... Sorry.
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Yes, I do have a WD and a DW. Thanks.
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WD , more dependable than, DW, but would not be without either !!!
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At this weight level you do not NEED a diesel but I would consider one. There is no comparison between the diesel and gas. For one thing you get an Allison 6 speed trans. I will never buy another gas pickup after having this duramax. If you ever upgrade your camper you will have plenty of truck.
That being said, can you be more specific on what you mean by you are not happy with how it pulled. Did you run out of power?
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Yes, as I stated earlier, this was my first trip with the camper besides towing it home. When I first hooked up to go camping I couldn't get the WD to level the truck or camper. I thought it was just because of the extra weight from loading it down w/supplies. It was a windy day and the swaying was very bad and white knuckle driving to say the least. Well, once I got to the camp ground I noticed the sink drain wasn't draining water and after much looking around I found that one of my gray tanks was totally full which, of course, added much weight. On the way home it was much better but I still just wanted a bigger truck (don't we all) so I can load more firewood, generator, fuel and anything else I can get in the long bed, crew cab truck. Maybe even my motorcycle or two. I'll probably eventually trade up for a duramax but wanted to try this first. Maintaining a diesel just seems like a lot of work to me. Afraid I'll forget to do something that was suppose to be done.
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You should have no problems with the truck. At this weight level you don't need a diesel.

I assume you axle ratio is close to 3.73 for good towing results.

A new Ford F-150 Ecoboost would yank that trailer around and you wouldn't know it was back there.

Personally I like your decision to go with the 2500 it gives you more capacity in the future.

We don't all need a diesel so we can go up the occasional hill that will cause the gasser to struggle more. For the number of times this happens you won't miss the diesel. With the increased cost, less reliability and much more expensive maintenance go gas and don't look back.

I can guarantee you the F150 "would know it's back there", this just isn't true. I pulled a large enclosed trailer, still less than 7000 pounds, with my F250 and I knew it was back there, especially stopping.

How's is the diesel less reliable and much more expensive to maintain? My 2011 F250 4x4 also got better gas mileage than my father in laws F150 2WD Eco Boost. Yes, the diesel cost more but there's no comparison between a diesel and a gas powered truck. Also, no comparison on resale value and longevity. I am currently on my second diesel truck and just don't get the "hard to maintain" part. You put diesel in it, change the oil, change the fuel filters occasionally and same with the DEF, which can be bought almost anywhere now. I don't think I'll ever own another gas truck.
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