Off Topic- Gas vs Diesel Truck

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  1. Kaleb

    Kaleb Active Member

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    Illegal is what I’m getting at. Your plates don’t allow you to haul that weight


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  3. Bowtech84

    Bowtech84 Well-Known Member

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    I own a 3.5 eco boost and it pulls our 5500# camper with ease. I rarely go over an hour away but I would have no concerns going further.

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  4. crietveld

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    I would look at the F250 with a 6.2 gas. My wife tows a 3 horse slant gooseneck, she traded from an 01 with 7.3 to an 2011 with the 6.2 last year. It gets comparable mileage and tows better than the old diesel did. She hauled 3 horses to Georgia and back last spring and said it did great through the mountains.
     
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  5. Copenhagen Tob

    Copenhagen Tob PMA Member

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    Diesels are nice , but a lot of cost associated with them , as already mentioned filters , fuel additive, oil changes way more than a gasser ,plugging in when bone cold. The other problem with em is all the emissions stuff that decreases mpg but will also be another expense as truck gets older , One has to determine how long you plan to keep it as warranty is great but it costs, bottom line your either making payments or have repair bills, I have 3 F550 power strokes, which are necessary for what I pull I need the torque and need that chassis to be legal, I ran a 1 ton dually as a personal truck another power stroke, but really a pain when it's cold like leaving at airport for a few days one year hunting out of town i was hesitant to shut off at night - 15 I didn't want to un gel a truck instead of deer hunting. Just bought the wife a new f250 I went gas 6.2 l she pulls a 30 ft gooseneck horse trailer and has no problems gets about 12 mpg . She's made 3 trips to Texas with it and loves it, One thing to consider is with a 3/4 ton is it won't ever ride as good as a half ton, however you have a lot better brakes, stronger tranny, rear end , driveshaft etc. If you're planning on pulling a lot go diesel 3/4 ton or bigger if you're spending most your time driving empty just rolling smoke IMO the juice is not worth the squeeze
     
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  6. Oct-Lull

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    I would go diesel hands down pulling a camper that heavy more than to the local campground. I would go airbags and an engine break is amazing. I prefer my pre def 07 Classic LBZ personally and it has the same hp as a new vortec 6.0 but twice the torque. I get 15mpg on avg. My dad has a 6.7 Cummins that's awesome as well with airbags and an engine break. I have airbags which is huge but no engine break. He gets 18mpg +. Remember a diesel with def is not designed for short trips on a regular basis. Takes some hwy time to regen on a regular basis although it sounds like that may not be an issue.

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  7. Kaleb

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    Engine brake hauling 5k?? lol serious ?

    Do you mean exhaust break? Engine brake is way overkill


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    Yes I am serious. My camper is just over 6000# and in traffic it saves a ton on brakes and shifting. I wouldn't pull that much weight far or often with a half ton truck. That is not what it's made for.

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    I've owned multiple 1/2 and 3/4 ton trucks over the years and just bought my first Diesel pickup a year ago - a 2108 Chevy Duramax.
    Average mileage over the life of the truck with my 6.0L 3/4 ton gas was about 12.5 - peak mileage was about 18
    Average mileage so far on my Diesel is closer to 18 - peak mileage has been over 28 with lots of trips averaging in the 22-24 range.
    I have not chipped or altered it in any way from factory - it just does really well on fuel on longer trips - more like 14-16 on short trips to the grocery store or treestand.
    Pulling power is far better with the diesel, the gas 6.0 would pull our 32' camper just fine but it shifted a lot and the motor ran in lower gears a lot.
    Seems like the diesel rarely down-shifts - it just does it without complaint and fuel mileage doesnt drop nearly as bad with a trailer hooked on as it did with gas.
    I think I am hooked - pretty much guarantee my next pickup will be another diesel
     
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    Copenhagen Tob PMA Member

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    Well what did you decide Flugge
     
  11. deep woods goat hunter

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    Ill make a vote for a 3.5L eco boost
    The darn things ride like a Caddy and mine pulls my tractor and 16’ trailer well.


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    I have a 3.5 eco, 3;73 rear end, max tow and 6.5 box so i have 12" more wheel base then standard. I don't think there's a more capable stock half ton out there on paper or in the real world. I also have a very good WD hitch and anti sway set up and I am anal that everything is right. That being said if I was going to pull all over the states there's no way I would NOT have a 3/4 and if I was going to do it on a regular basis I would also have a 5th wheel. Our trailer 5500# dry. It will also be for sale this soon.;)

    Here are the results of the biggest trip I've pulled on. Mostly Interstate up to ND over into Montana then down to devils tower over to black hills and home. Truck did great, mileage sucked. Lucky there was no high cross wind on moving days. I drove like an a$$ and had a great time. I have had some white knuckle drives on more crowded interstates.

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  13. flugge

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    I havent really came up with a decision yet to be honest, I currently have a 3.5 Ecoboost, but not with the max tow. Dealers push me towards a max tow 150, but I am thinking a 250 diesel (although more expensive in all aspects).. Talks of trips all the way to Utah make me want a bigger, more capable truck. However, the wife has spent the last month in and out of the ER, and finally getting answers, so the truck has been put on the backburner until we are 100% we know we got her fixed up. At 27 years old, seeing a spine surgeon isnt a really warm and fuzzy feeling. As soon as I really get decided, I will keep everyone updated. I greatly appreciate everyones input, just helps me know some real world situations compared to a dealer telling me what he just simply wants me to hear.
     
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    I’ve got a classic 2007 duramax diesel.
    Installed a tuner to increase MPG.
    Bought the truck new extended cab 8’ bed fully loaded. 40k with tax. Great deal compared to the price today.
    I pull a 27’ fifth wheel a few times a year. My longest trip with the camper was from NY to AZ fully loaded truck and camper was 21k lbs.
    I haul in stock mode. Lots of power.
    Going up the MTN in flagstaff was brutal high EGT’s even crawling.

    Overall great truck lots of power.
    Doesn’t like 90 plus degrees when hauling up grades. EGT really climb. Largest repairs radiator and water pump at 200,000 miles.

    I’d buy a dirsel hands down.
    MPG much higher then gas when hauling.
     
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    Thinking back on this..... I’m about at my wits end on dealing with all the emissions garbage. I’ve have trucks and tractors in for expensive or warranty stuff way way too much this summer!!!! Fixing & solving all these issues with new emissions garbage.
    I’m gonna change my tune here.... if u MUST pull all the time... get diesel & DELETE IT!!!! If u are not aggressively pulling- go with gas. Save urself all the headaches!!!!
     

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