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Old 07-21-2015, 07:38 PM   #29
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2015 GMC Sierra / 2015 27' FB Serenity. Max tow package. Just returned from a 2500 mile trip. Averaged 13.5 mpg and the truck only has 8000 miles on it. I really feel that GM Finally got it right this year. Just a wonderful tow experience!


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Old 07-21-2015, 08:51 PM   #30
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Is it a safe to purchase a mid 2000 era Duramax if it has 100-135k miles? Seems like the samples around me 5 years old or more the mileage is over 100k. These are dealer sales.

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I bought a used 2004.5. It had 137,000 miles. So far the only thing I've had to do is retrofit the air cleaner. There was a service letter for that year. I'm installing a Banks cold air injection system this weekend. A simple bolt on swap out. From what I've read this should cure the overheating problem I have on very hot (100 degree +) days pulling steep grades.
Theses trucks have all parts available and that's low miles for a diesel. The interior is holding up well.
There were valve train issues earlier that year. Doing it over. I might have looked at a post 2007 truck. The air injection systems were sorted out by then. I get about 16 mpg all around except when it's very hot out. Then it's more like 13.

It's a great truck. I'm not looking for anything new.


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Old 07-21-2015, 10:50 PM   #31
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I don't know where you are getting your information on problems with the 6.7, but it just ain't so. The 6.7 Ford diesel, especially since 2012, has been spot-on and has blown the doors off both Dodge and Chevy in sales and performance. The Ford TorqueShift tranny is way better than the Allison and the Dodge tranny doesn't come close. If you want a real truck, go look at a Ford 6.7 and see the difference....and there really is a lot better truck in the Ford stable.

It's EVERYWHERE!! I wasn't seeking it out.

Heck, I still want one. Can't help it.

But trigger shy due to what I've read.


Google any of the following.... (And put a pot of coffee on)

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Ford 6.7 hpfp failure

Ford 6.7 warrany denied


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Old 07-21-2015, 10:52 PM   #32
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I'm with the crowd with few complaints. 06 Duramax 2500 HD
06 23 Safari

For the record a '06 Cayenne too. Attachment 243581


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Old 07-22-2015, 06:53 PM   #33
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Have 91000 miles on my 6.7 dodge with 6 speed auto by dodge , no problems, used only for towing the 31 as or car trailer, I would buy another one.....
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:31 PM   #34
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I love full-size General Motors vehicles (trucks and SUVs). And for me the Chevy and GM products are virtually the same (save for a few differences at the very high end).

No doubt, a new truck from Ford, Dodge, Chevy, or GMC is a very good product and any of them will get the job done well. But I just happen to prefer the way General Motors does things.

After considering a number of options, we gleefully settled on a 2015 GMC Sierra Denali HD, which is a 3/4 ton with Duramax diesel and Allison transmission. This is our every day vehicle and will tow our (just arrived) 2016 30' Serenity. Being a Denali, the truck is something like having a Cadillac in terms of creature comforts and features. We LOVE it!

GM is using the Denali trucks shown pulling Airstreams in some of their promotional material.





And this is our new truck, shown parked in our front courtyard:


I would recommend that anyone considering buying a truck have a look at and drive a Denali pickup... they're fantastic vehicles!
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:01 AM   #35
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Love IT !!!

I have the same truck you were eyeing up. 2013 Silverado 2500HD CC Duramax with all the bells and whistles. 22,000 miles and I wouldn't trade it except for a newer model in a different color that I might like better.
Trouble free, rides great, 22.5 MPG on the highway not pulling, 13.5 MPG pulling 10,000# Airstream Classic. 65MPH over mountains and most of the time doesn't even downshift 1 gear! A phenomenal truck! Only complaint is the turn radius, it SUCKS, but that goes with the territory of a big truck. 18" wheels ride a lot better than 20" because of the larger sidewall profile tires. My wife also loves this truck. DO IT! You'll be happy you did! Ours had a sticker of $64,000 and we were out the door with all taxes (Illinois!) at $60,000. 0% financing, $1,000/ month for 5 years! Happiest payment I ever made!
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:35 AM   #36
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By request from the moderator (?), here's a photo of our '15 Sierra 1500 SLT with our Airstream FC27 hooked up nice and level with a ProPride hitch. Location is the Peaks of Otter campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. We are very pleased with the 6.2 liter engine and 8-speed tranny with the max trailer tow package. 1960 lbs. payload per the door sticker, as shown.Click image for larger version

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Old 07-23-2015, 10:20 AM   #37
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What does the payload sticker show for a late model 2500HD Duramax, crew cab, 4x4, LT or LTX options?

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Old 07-23-2015, 12:57 PM   #38
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With my luck lately, likely 765 lbs. Will need to start checking more door stickers after seeing Tundra payload disparity. F-350 srw is arounf 4,000 lb payload in print. Will check it in person as well. Fudging and misleading seems to be the norm.



DC Bruce, that's a sweet setup man!! Just what we want.

Thanks flyerboy.

Congrats DHart. That's beautiful.


What's the deal with 8 speed? On phone, sales rep told me Chevy 2500 HD Z71 with Duramax was 6 speed. Keep hearing about chevy and gmc 8 speeds.


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Old 07-23-2015, 01:13 PM   #39
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DC Bruce has the rare 6.2L gas V8. They come with an 8 speed.

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Our 2002 2500 HD Silverado. 104K miles. We tow our 21' Sovereign with ease and we are on the other end of the state from you in the mountains. Ours is the 6.0 Litre Vortex.
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Old 07-23-2015, 11:46 PM   #41
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What does the payload sticker show for a late model 2500HD Duramax, crew cab, 4x4, LT or LTX options?

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On our Sierra Denali HD (3/4 ton) Duramax, crew cab, 4x4, 6 1/2' bed, with 36 gal. gas tank, the cargo capacity is 2294#. The Denali is quite feature-laden, which reduces payload capacity vs. a less-heavily-optioned trim level. And this version having the 36-gal. fuel tank probably eats into cargo capacity as well. I'm thinking the LT or LTX would probably have more payload than 2294#.



After adding all of our cargo needs, which include a 90 lb. aluminum Retrax tonneau cover, Honda i2000 generator, fuel for generator, myself and my wife, our 100# Golden Lab, 2 camp chairs, 2 camp recliners, 1 small camp table, some tools, and AS tongue weight of about 1000 lbs., we're at about 2100 lbs., with almost 200 lbs. available to spare - for perhaps an extra person and/or some more camp gear/stuff. (We plan to add an inflatable kayak as well.)

Cargo capacity can be gobbled up surprisingly quickly when pulling one of the larger size Airstreams and when you add up all the stuff you might want to go in/on the truck bed. And don't forget to add in the weight of the camper shell or tonneau cover, if you want to use one of them. THIS is the reason we went with the 3/4 ton diesel vs. the 1/2 ton gasser.

Nothing wrong with the 1/2 ton gassers (we LOVED the Sierra Denali 1/2 ton) but with the 30' Airstream, we passed the cargo capacity limit on that truck easily.

If we planned to pull nothing larger/heavier than, say, a 25' Airstream, then we would possibly have been well taken care of with a 1/2 ton.

We also appreciate many other features that were part of the 3/4 ton Denali HD, including the awesome lighted towing mirrors (with back up "docking" lights built into the mirrors), exhaust braking, plenty of extra pulling power for mountains, and the 36 gal. fuel tank!
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:28 AM   #42
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We test drove a Silverado 2500 Duramax LT crew cab. If memory serves, the cargo sticker was over 2500 lbs. I don't know about the fuel tank size.
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