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Old 10-19-2020, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any insight on these trucks? I am looking to go from a diesel to a gas truck. I am wondering what are the pro and cons to these trucks? I am also looking at a 2500 6.0 L. Which would you recommend and why.

I am using it as a run around truck. I pull a 21 ft boat a 3-4 times a month. I also pull a 26 ft camp trailer 2-3 times a year.

I love the diesel and the power. I am just not a diesel guy. Too heavy for the mountains, been stuck a few times in it. It's also long bed, doesn't turn very well.
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Old 10-19-2020, 02:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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6.2 in a 1/2 ton is the aluminum block motor, same one as used in the Escalades. The "work truck" 2500 versions are cast iron and easily go 250k miles. Aluminum ones wont have that kind of longevity.

Whats going to matter more for towing is the rear end gearing. You do alot of steep canyon climbs? Or is it more flat land?

I'm in the opposite boat, I have a 1500 with the 5.3 but with the tow package (and lower gears)... its ok, but slow on steep grades (stuck to first gear, @5000rpm... as fast as that will go). I was looking at stepping up to a 2500 with either the 6.2 or Duramax, but trucks are a sellers market right now, few available and they want a fortune for them. I should have bought back in July.

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I have seen a lot of truck owners that have diesels and then go back to gas and wish that then never did. Specifically if you tow a lot and want or need the power to get up hills with a load. For a gas truck you are going to need lower gears like Dallan said which means going a lot slower, and lower fuel mileage both loaded and unloaded.

I have a 24 year old diesel truck and while I think about a new one or even a slightly used one I look at the prices and come home and give my old truck another coat of wax. This coming February it is going to head down to Arizona again loaded up with a couple 4 wheelers and gear for a week long hunting trip. It'll get 16mpg down and back while doing the speed limit on the roads.

And it is a long bed truck with 4:10 in the rear, and I have never gotten it stuck and I have taken it into a lot of places that I should of never been. When the going gets to messy I just throw the chain on all 4's and make like a tank in low gear.
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Just after I posted the above post I headed over to MSN and saw this article


https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/auto...XBX?li=BBnb7Kz
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I sold my Ford F 250 in July, for $4ooo less than I paid for it 15 years ago. My intentions were to buy a newer Chevy with the 5.3. I had no idea prices would be 10k-15k higher than they were in June. I am waiting this one out before I pull the trigger on a truck.

I see quite a few Chevy's with the 6.0 that have a lot of miles on them. They must be a solid engine.
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I sold my Ford F 250 in July, for $4ooo less than I paid for it 15 years ago. My intentions were to buy a newer Chevy with the 5.3. I had no idea prices would be 10k-15k higher than they were in June. I am waiting this one out before I pull the trigger on a truck.
Yea, prices blew up in a matter of a couple weeks. I was looking at a 2018 Sierra 2500 with 30k miles, Duramax... clean nice truck. I'm really regretting not pulling the trigger on it.

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Yep... the iron block ones in the 2500s run forever. Its the aluminum block ones that dont last as long, but they are kindof hotrodded for more HP for the escalades.

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I went from Diesel to Gas four years ago. I'm now back into a Cummins. Worst thing I ever did thinking a gasser would be ok.


I drove OTR for years and never saw a diesel on the side of the road. Saw plenty of Gassers. To each their own and what they want I say.
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I have a 2012 2500HD with the 6.0L gasser in it and love it. My trailer is about 10,000 lbs and it pulls it as good as one could ever expect. I personally will never buy a diesel. A diesel just doesn't fit my needs. But, if you are pulling heavier loads more often, then a diesel might be a better option. When I look to upgrade, I'll probably end up with the new Chevy 6.6L gasser or Ford 7.3L gasser.
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I drove OTR for years and never saw a diesel on the side of the road. Saw plenty of Gassers. To each their own and what they want I say.
You should of been with me a few years ago coming home from the Utah elk hunt.

Just outside of Loa my fuel heater shorted out and blew the fuse on my F250, quick fix. I just unplugged the heater and popped in a new fuse. Then when I hit I-70 in the middle of nowhere I had a belt tensioner throw the belt and lost all of its bearings. I put the belt back on and started the engine up, it ran OK but it wasn't right. I figured that I could make it to Green River 70 miles away. Well, Green River came and it was still going so I figured that I would try for Fruita, Colorado another 90 miles. I had to stop in Fruita for fuel so I popped the hood, it looked alright so I headed east on I-70 thinking of who I was going to call if it finally failed completely. Town after town went by and finally I pulled into my driveway 120 miles later. It had held together for over 280 miles.

The next day when I pulled it apart there wasn't a bearing left in it but it got me home.
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The next day when I pulled it apart there wasn't a bearing left in it but it got me home.

LOL.



Did something similar with my boat and wheel bearings... lost BOTH the inner and outer. The hub had sawn itself halfway through the axle. I could smell something was wrong when I got out of the truck. Looked at the axle and it took a minute to realize the hub castle nut was offset from the hub / wheel by quite a bit. I'll bet it would have been quite the spark light show if it had been at night



Pretty crazy how some stuff keeps working.


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