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Old 09-03-2016, 05:33 PM   #1
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Upgraded my tow vehicle

Wife and I have been looking at upgrading our TT.
However the F150 I had was rated to 7700 Lbs and I placed a limit of not more than 6500 actual. It was really limiting our selection.

Today we traded our 2013 F150 5.0 ltr 4x4 for a 2014 C2500 4x4 with 6.0 ltr gas.

My tow vehicle sits in the driveway most of the time. I have had diesels in the past and have never felt the added cost to operate was offset by the increased towing performance. For this reason we went gas.

The Chevy has about a 12.5K trailer towing limit and what we are looking at are all aboout 9.5K in the way of trailers. TV has factory brake options and camera. The receiver hitch is a 2.5 with a bushing.

Anyway we will see how this works out for us.
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Looks like that will be a great tow vehicle for you. Always good to have a healthy safety, braking & power margin. Happy Camping!!

p.s. And welcome from northern Arizona!
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Old 09-03-2016, 08:09 PM   #3
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I pulled about 8k pounds out west with a fully-loaded truck in 100* temps with my 6.0L and had ZERO issues. Aside from the lousy fuel mileage, it's an amazing truck.
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Yeah, the fuel mileage will be something to give me a pause. I try to think of it in terms like "Cents per Mile". Right now 87 Octane is 1.69, the cheapest diesel is 2.02. This is about a 20% difference in cost.
If this beast gets 14 mpg a diesel would have to get 18 to break even on fuel costs.

I owned a 3/4 diesel and oil changes and fuel filter costs were considerably greater than a large gasser.

Head to head the power is not a comparison at all, my old diesel would pull like a freight train. Growing up all the farm trucks we hauled with were powered by 454's, 460's and 440's. They all got the job done, the most critical part of the equation being the person behind the wheel.
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If pulling a load is not important, then by all means stick with a gas motor,,,,
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If pulling a load is not important, then by all means stick with a gas motor
As the long-time owner of a 6.0 gas 2500, I can agree 100% with that statement! My 2500 does not like our new TT, even though by the numbers it's more than capable of towing it.
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As the long-time owner of a 6.0 gas 2500, I can agree 100% with that statement! My 2500 does not like our new TT, even though by the numbers it's more than capable of towing it.
Sorry for late update. The Chevy they sold us was not rated as they said it was. We took it back and they voided the contract.

Went with a 2016 F250 with 4x4, CrewCab and 6.7 oil burner.
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I dumped the 1/2 ton recently too, but I went way overboard, Ram 3500 Cummins Dually. But now I don't have to worry about trailer upgrades! For now I am pulling my little 7500 GVW travel trailer and have a golf cart in the truck bed. But, I am pretty sure that a 5th wheel toy hauler will be in the cards at some point. I have actually really enjoyed driving the new truck, once I got used to the big hips it really has been a pleasure to drive daily. And towing my current setup is just simply relaxing, outside forces no longer affect me!
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