Bing! The fight is immediately called a DRAW to get the ref out of spitting gange. Crowd decends into a melee that the 'crips' and 'bloods' got beaten out of - they are all hospitallized in several Downtown traumacenters in seperate single rooms. Crips on 8, bloods on 9 - if you wanted to visit. Hours are 9 - 6 M-S, Sun 1-5.
On....to the news of the day.
I bought my'01 2500HD 'Burb on the same day as a friend bought his '01 2500HD. Same assembly shift even! He has the 8.1 / 4.10 and all else is essentially the same. I have the 6L/ 3.73 and all else is essentially the same.
We bought have about 55K on the clocks. He tows a very light trailer about 8 times a month for a day. I pull a 14'er dual axle enclosed Utility trailer about once a month.
He gets 7 3/4 MPG driving around like a Type A - to/from work, business meetings, etc. When he is relaxing and taking it easy he gets 9.9 MPG (NOT 10, which is pissing him off no end). The trailer is negligible when he hauls it.
When I drive around town and all the other 'too numerous to mention' things in my life I get 13.8 MPG. I have gotten 14.9MPG in a tank of gas that consisted of a lot of flat territory and nearly NO mountains driving. And I do live in Mountains with elevations that cover 2ooo feet in one mile and 12% grades are the norm to get to our houses.
When the Airstream gets on the tail of "Kelly" for a romp out into nature. I experience about 11.2 MPG - I averaged that out over a 2 week trip to the Black Hills coming from Iowa and heading thru Denver and over Raton pass to get to Albuquerque.
Now conserning the 4.10 vs 3.73 gears debate. The mileage does suffer when you are hauling, and even when you are NOT hauling. That is not to say that a lower gear can't be a huge help. So can the 4.10.
I have been VERY happy with the 6L and 3.73 choice (Ha!!! They had it on the lot!) and it has serviced us will without so much as even a hichup. Love that truck!!!!
Go out and buy the truck you always wanted!!!!!!!!! Just be sure it can pull your rig! or else that was just a fantasy that is going to cost you dearly at trade-in time. Had a friend that got stunk to the tune of 10K on a trade/ and buy deal. Yikes......
Don't know that I moved any process forward, but hey, I wasn't really trying either.