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Old 05-06-2011, 03:48 AM   #1
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Is the 6.0 V8 with a 2500HD Chev/GMC truck adequate to pull a 30' fifth wheel? What about a Ford V 10? I currently have an 8.1 V-8 and really want a diesel but it is too expensive.

Hope I got all this right as am writing for my hubby who knows about this stuff.

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Old 05-06-2011, 04:24 AM   #2
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Unless you are buying used you cannot get the Ford V10 anymore. If you have a 3/4 ton now with the 8.1 why would you want to go with the 6.0 v8? I use to own a Chevy 2500 with the 6.0 and although it was a great motor the 8.1 or the Ford v10 would be much better options for towing. Back to your question, yes the 6.0 Chevy would pull your 29RK just fine if that is what you are asking.
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:46 AM   #3
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I towed my 30SK with a 6.0 2001 2500HD for two years without any major issues. It slowed on mountain roads and work hard on the steeper grades but was able to tow in overdrive most of the time. I got 10-11 MPG. The new diesel tows much better and the mileage is better-12-13MPG but diesel fuel is more expensive.

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Old 05-06-2011, 12:36 PM   #4
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Bite the bullet and go for the diesel, even if it is 3 -4 years old; most will get 300k before any major overhaul. We tried to get by with a 2010 Toyota Tundra 5.8 v-8 but just was not satisifed with performance. Went with a 2008 Dodge Cummins 6.7 and love it.
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:40 PM   #5
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I have the 8.1 and have no problem pulling the fiver. I agree with with Hunter why would you want less.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:28 PM   #6
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I would of thought you would of known the Tundra is a 5.7 not 5.8. You did tow with it right. For a mile or 2 a gallon I will stick to my gasser.
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:45 AM   #7
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I drive a diesel for my daily driver. Highway mileage during the summer keeping it between 60-65mph is about 18.5. When towing at 60 on flats I will see 14mpg. With diesel costing less than gas right now I feel I'm putting money in the bank saving for when the pendulum swings the other way, along with having the assurance of not bogging down on hills.

If you plan on keeping your trunk for at least 200k miles then diesel is the way to go.

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Old 05-07-2011, 06:59 AM   #8
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In upstate NY gas is 4.19 and diesel is 4.49 a gal. I get 10 towing and 17 empty on highway at 65. I don't put 10,000 miles a year on my truck and half of that is towing. I can see diesel for you but I have bought gas from NY to fl this winter and diesel was always higher in price.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:08 PM   #9
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you are correct, 5.7 not 5.8 (typo), nothing against the Tundra; I loved the truck. But towing about 9,000# at 8 MPG on a good day (and it struggled on hills) I didn't have confidence that it would handle the Rockies without problems. Decided to go with a diesel after observing that the vast majority of tow vehicles at any given campground are 3/4 ton diesels. A few months later we upgraded to a CF335SS Cruiser (about 11k loaded) andget 12 MPG towing a heavierrig(50% better milage) and 21 solo. So for us...the diesel was the right choice and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a replacement tow vehicle.
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I have an '05 2500HD with the 6.0 motor and pull a 30CK. As much asI would like to have a diesel I cannot justify the cost for no more than I pull the trailer. We stay with a 100 miles of home on most trips and it is mostly flat ground. I have no issue's with the performance of my truck. Daily driving MPG is around 12 in town, 15 on the highway. Pulling the camper is somewhere around 8. I really don't pay alot of attention to the mileage when towing, if you want to pull a trailer your not going to get tree hugger mileage.
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