I'm looking into buying a new 2500 4x4 pickup with either the 6000 or
8100 gas engines. I'll use it to pull my 26' trailer from time to time
but mostly it'll be for transportation up to the mountains and so on.
Any opinion about these engines is welcome. Also, any potential
problems with either engine I'd like to hear about as well.
I tow my 26' travel trailer that weighs about 6500 lbs fully loaded with a
"01 Chev with the 5.3. I get 20mpg empty on the hwy and 12.5mpg pulling the
The 6.0 will pull it with no problem...I wouldn't go the 8.1 route unless I
had a big 5th wheel....big meaning over 30'.
If mountains are in the plan get the 8.1. Although they are rated
similarly in HP, the towing difference between them is night and day.
The 8.1 will tow better at 5000 feet than the 6.0 will at sealevel. I
drove one last month with a 4.10, a 8.1 and the new 6sp ally and it was
awesome with GREAT power and with new double OD tranny it was turning
about 2100 RPM at 70 MPH in 6th and showing a bit over 15MPG on display.
Also for what it is worth, you can special order a 6.0 with a ally if
you want for 06.
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