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Old 09-13-2015, 08:13 PM   #1
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6.0 Conversion Van vs. Jayco 32BHDS Trailer?

I have always wanted a conversion van. My uncle had one that we would go to the lake with and camp out with his super awesome jet boat. Anyway, I have been thinking about getting one for a long time. I was limited to 4x4 because I had my boat, but recently sold it so 4x4 is not required anymore. I have a 2005 Chevy 2500HD diesel Duramax now. I can't afford a diesel conversion van, they are way out of my price range. I can however sell my truck, put some money down, and afford a 2015 Chevy 2500 conversion van with a 6.0 like this one -
Used 2015 GMC 9 Passenger Conversion Van for Sale in Phoenix AZ 85009 HighTopConversionVans.net
I think you see what my question is now. I have a 2014 Jay Flight 32BHDS that I have weighed loaded (without the tanks full as I usually don't go far with anything in them) and the result was 9200#. The van has a towing capacity of 10500# according to the dealer.

So, I know the numbers work, but I am afraid of it being a gutless wonder when towing my trailer. My truck can tow it up some steep mountains, but I am not so sure about the van. I know there are people on here with Chevy 2500's with the 6.0 pulling the 26BHS trailers, but I wonder if anyone has any real world experience with towing a 32BHDS.

I looked up a similar van and found the specs to be the following -
Weight: 8600# after conversion
Cargo capacity: 3262# regular wheelbase and 3053# extended wheelbase
HP: 323
Torque: 373

My truck has the following:
Weight: 8000# loaded for camping with shell, passengers and full fuel
HP: 310
Torque: 520 (the big difference)
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:29 AM   #2
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That van will probably pull fine on flat ground but not in the mountains. It certainly will not pull like your Diesel does. You should look for a used Diesel van.
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Old 09-14-2015, 04:04 PM   #3
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I have a dually with the 6.0 and pull a trailer of similar weight to your jayflight. I also carry a 1k lb golf cart in the bed of my truck. So the truck weighs about 8,000 before hooking up to the trailer.
If I was pulling in the mountains I would be looking for a different truck. BUT we only travel up and down the coast of MD, VA, SC, FL. Basically I95, 301 which are all basically flat with some rolling hills here and there. The truck does awesome in this type of situation. I would not be afraid to pull 12k lbs doing what we do with it.

The 6.0 van you are looking at has a bit more horsepower and torque than my truck and it has the 6speed trans which is supposed to make a huge difference. Some people don't like it because it does a lot of shifting but that's what it's supposed to do behind a low horsepower low torque motor.

Bottom line is the van will pull it and then some depending on where you go frequently. The 6.0 is like a 'poor mans motor'. I will not rule one out in my next truck. It's probably perfect with a 6speed.

Does Ford make a van with there 6.2? if so that would be the ticket they have about 100 more ft lbs of torque than a chevy 6.0 and I have heard they pull a moderate load almost as good as a diesel.
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I would guess that conversion van is very short on payload capacity and probably does not have E-load rated tires. I would suspect those wheels as a weak point, too.

That said, your trailer probably has close to 1,000lbs of actual hitch weight (or more). How much capacity if left to put people and stuff in the van?

And is it a conversion van or a passenger van?

Figure out these numbers and it may be the limiting factor.
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6.0 Conversion Van vs. Jayco 32BHDS Trailer?

I'm a landscaper I cut a campground in Narragansett ri I see a lot of trucks with 6.0s pulling big fifth wheels down there I also have a 05 2500hd 6.0 my TT is 30ft weighs about 8800 loaded I mostly stay local it floats down the cape 75 80 no problem still with some throttle behind it.last year we went to lake george with my parents my father has same truck but extended cab and a similar weight TT they pulled ok In the mountains but hi rpm and a lot of fuel I think Ull be fine especially with a 6speed trans but it's no diesel. I hear good things about the 6.0 with the 6 speed. I also see alot of people hauling some big trailers with half ton fords and Chevys but nothing beats a 3/4 ton with that kind of length and weight good luck


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I'm a landscaper I cut a campground in Narragansett ri I see a lot of trucks with 6.0s pulling big fifth wheels down there I also have a 05 2500hd 6.0 my TT is 30ft weighs about 8800 loaded I mostly stay local it floats down the cape 75 80 no problem still with some throttle behind it.last year we went to lake george with my parents my father has same truck but extended cab and a similar weight TT they pulled ok In the mountains but hi rpm and a lot of fuel I think Ull be fine especially with a 6speed trans but it's no diesel. I hear good things about the 6.0 with the 6 speed. I also see alot of people hauling some big trailers with half ton fords and Chevys but nothing beats a 3/4 ton with that kind of length and weight good luck


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I think we are going to see a lot more guys pulling big trailers with gas trucks as horsepower increases along with the 6speed tranny. I will most likely continue to be one of them. The newer trucks are a far cry from the days of a 350 or 454 with a TH400.
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I think we are going to see a lot more guys pulling big trailers with gas trucks as horsepower increases along with the 6speed tranny. I will most likely continue to be one of them. The newer trucks are a far cry from the days of a 350 or 454 with a TH400.

Exactly and a lot of people are staying away from the new diesels because of the emissions I towed a 8k bobcat with a buddy's new Ford F-250 6.2 gas I'm not a ford guy one bit but that motor is beast my 6.0 with the same weight wouldn't touch it


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Exactly and a lot of people are staying away from the new diesels because of the emissions I towed a 8k bobcat with a buddy's new Ford F-250 6.2 gas I'm not a ford guy one bit but that motor is beast my 6.0 with the same weight wouldn't touch it


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You are right, The Ford 6.2 is an awesome engine. I have one in my Raptor and it is a beast.
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