You can probably buy an '01 Chevy/GMC Duramax Diesel dually for that kind of
money. I had an '01 Chevy 3500 Crew Cab Longbed Duramax with the Allison
transmission and pulled a 35' 5th wheel with it. I doubt you would hardly
know a two horse trailer was back there. You will get better mileage with
the diesel than you will with a gasoline engine. I drove my '01 59,000+
miles solo averaging 17.58 miles per gallon and 36,500+ miles towing
averaging 9.65 miles per gallon. My 5th wheel weighed about 14,000 pounds
and your two horse trailer will weight much less so your towing mileage
would be much higher.
I was wondering with a diesel freak would weigh in. Do not forget to
tell her that diesels are not for every one, can stink at times, be a
pain in the arse in really cold weather and cost a fortune to fix out
of warranty. Least not forget the low sulpher fuels effect on fuel
susytem because of reduced lubrication properties of fuel. (GM is
really tight lipped on this) Also except for last few weeks, gas has
been 50 cents to as much as a buck cheaper a gallon than diesel. I
have a freind that bought a new 05 Dmax and it was his first and
after the honey moon was over and he did the numbers and fuel costs
soared and gotten a few tanks or bad diesel with water in it (from
searching for cheapest fuel) and it finaily sunk it that he should
have bought the cheaper gas one instead and he would have been money
and debit ahead of the game today. He wants to get rid of it but he
still owes more that he can get for it. She would be FAR safer and
get more value fore her money with a used gas truck than a used 2001
Dmax. BTW, my 89 4x4 burb averages a over 17 MPG trips using A/C and
it is 18 years old now with 180K miles and it has NEVER left me
stranded or failed to start even at more than 40 below. I remeber a
trip I took in 90's across the dakotas in the dead of winter with 3
young children. It started out at 15 below and it was 30 below 400
miles later after crossing states in near blizzard conditons with
gusts over 50 MPH at times. It never missed a beat and never stopped
for fuel either durring that 400 mile (darn good thing because it was
darn cold) and its dual heaters kept us warm too. Same truck still
runs today and it can sit for weeks at a time in zero degree weather
and start on demand.(try that with a 18 year old diesel) BTW, I have
seen around 18 on long trips and it has a 40 gallon tank so when I
fill up after 600 miles it is a real good indicator of MPG. Burb is
stock with stock sized 50 PSI "C" range tires with street tread and
feed by 93 octane in summer and 89 in winter. MPG on it was 14 at best
in summer with 87 and it was a slug on it too when new. Higher octane
fuel really woke it up.
On May 16, 5:01 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
As you are going to be pulling a large trailer with a lot of weight, I
would recommend, just as Ron Racer did that you look into a diesel
vice the gas engine. Most that do not just flat out hate diesels
(Like Snojob does) woud agree that this would be a much better
choise. If you really look into what most use for the purpose you
mention, not too many use a gasser anymore.
Yes a diesel can my a little louder, but that is mostly outside. Yes,
they can "stink" a little but again, outside. You didn't plan on
running along side it did you? :)
FYI please heed the words Snojob spews with great caution as he is
famous for giving information to unknowing persons as yourself that is
dangerous and in some cases deadly.
As to your tires, being from Buffalo myself, get something that would
provide a good lug pattern, self cleaning abilities and is M&S (mud
snow) rated. Sorry I can not recommend a specific brand as it has
been many years since I have looked into dually tires. Bridgestone/
Firestone makes some and I would at least recommend their line.
a well taken care of 350 can easily go 190,000 miles and often more.
You wrote on Wed, 16 May 2007 08:01:03 -0400:
With best regards, email@example.com. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have never and will never dispute that fact. Hell my 5.3l has 200k
on it and running strong. All I was say is that for the purposes she
plans on using the truck for, a diesel is a much better choise of
First... We have 3 350 trucks we are using right now. One has over 250,000
and still runs great only thing ever done to it was valve seals at about
200,000 miles and one has 279,000 and had an intake gasket replaced, other
only has 100,000 or so. 350's are a proven engine.
As far as pulling we have a diesel for that. The Duramax is an unbelievable
engine, I would definitely go that way. They are not the scary "thing" that
Sno-Man makes them out to be. As far as resale value they hold better than
gas engines. The Duramax is much quieter than the older 6.2's and 6.5's and
pull many times better. Only thing now is to use an additive in the fuel
with the low sulfur fuel to keep pumps and injectors lubed.
If you want to stay away from the diesel the 454 would be better for the
heavy pulling than the 350, but you can get away with the 350...
Good Luck Katie
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