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Old 11-07-2015, 03:33 PM   #15
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I tow my 31' with a 2014 GMC Sierra v8 gas total weight of tv and AS just over 11000 lb this includes stuff needed otr . Weighed on CAT scale, get average 15.5 mpg. I'm happy with the way it handles when set on cruise it pulls most hills at highway speed, leaving for Louisiana end of Dec will have a better idea then.
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Old 11-07-2015, 10:07 PM   #16
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You're correct about my flying to Denver to get this truck. That said, just as I was about to get this truck, a local GMC dealer got two of them in stock. Ultimately, the Denver truck came in a few thousand lower and it had a few more options and it wasn't puke green or haze gray. 😊 One thing for sure, the big trailer tow mirrors are a must-have. I was amazed to see a number of 2500s on lots in my area without them. On 2014+ GM trucks, you cannot simply change out the smaller mirror and replace it with the big one. The small mirror uses 3 bolts; the big one 4. I thought the 26 gallon fuel tank would be a problem, but it really hasn't been so far. I usually fill after using about 21 gallons.
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Old 11-07-2015, 10:54 PM   #17
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Tow mirrors were a high priority on my check list when researching a new tow vehicle. With an 8 1/2' Airstream behind me I find the lower wide angle mirrors a necessity to insure my trailer's tires miss obstacles as I make tighter turns while towing or backing into a spot while the upper larger mirrors provide good rear visibility around the trailer.

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Old 11-08-2015, 07:43 AM   #18
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we Just completed a 5,000 mile pull of our 30 Classic from Ottawa to Virginis , to Myrtle Beach and then on to Florida. Our 2015 6.2 Max Tow was awsome as I have reported in past posts. I set the cruse at 60 MPH and I get 11.4 MPG all day long. The hills of Penn and Va. were effortless. Very little excessive downshifting on grade, you just feel the engine coming into its power band. Yes I burn Premium gas but with the ever changing cost of gas relative to diesel, does it really matter! Over the life of the truck does is it a major cost?
Some items I really love are the following
Brake assist on the down grade. Fancy Gap hill all the way down at 60, never touched the brakes at all. Awsome system.
Wide mirrors are great but they also have high intensity lights built into them, along with the box rails, that light up your entire site at night and make back in set up a breeze.
In the final analysis, i pull a great trailer, use a great hitch system and an 100% satisfied with this truck. GM have a winner with the 6.2 max tow. You have to be 'happy' with your set up as well, whatever you end up with. So be "happy"
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Old 11-08-2015, 08:16 AM   #19
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The problem is finding one of these trucks. Typically, if a dealer gets one it is ordered blinged out and they won't budge on the price which approaches diesel prices. If I remember correctly, you had to travel to Denver to purchase it preowned. The other issue I have with it is the 26g tank.

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There a couple companies out there that sell DOT approved aftermarket larger capacity replacement tanks. I went from a 26 gal to 45 gal on 2006 Chevy Silverado diesel. Purchased mine from Transfer-Flow in Chico CA. Now I have options of when to stop on a vacation, instead of having to plan my trip based upon the location of the next fuel station that sell diesel.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:11 AM   #20
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My issue is your payload of 1960 lbs. My '14 27FB Classic has an actual tongue weight of around 1,000 lbs. At 6.3 lbs per gallon, your full 26 gallon tank adds 164 lbs. My fat butt adds over 300 lbs and my wife...let's just say less than half that. That leaves you with 350# capacity for everything else you want to bring, minus the wight of any bed cover or tool boxes. I made the quantum leap to a 3500 SRW Ram Cummins Crew Cab 4x4, which gave me a payload of 4,460 and a GVW of 12,300. I thought this was more capacity than I would ever need. Last month I took a round trip from Mississippi to Vermont, and according to the CAT scales I had a combined GVW of 17,000 lbs - 5,000 on front axle (rated for 6k), 5,500 on rear (rated for 7.5k) and 6,500 on trailer axles. And that was not a full "cross-country" load, as I didn't bring generators or some other long-term tools and equipment. Plus, I am one of these nervous Nellies that never wants to be at the upper end of my vehicles capabilities. BTW, the 6.7L Cummins with the 6 spd manual cruises at 62mph at around 1600 rpm - the whole length of the Appalachians, averaging 14.6 mpg for the trip. My Ram is a 2015, so it has the DEF instead of the all of the pollution crap on the engine, which I believe helps. If your rig suits your needs - enjoy every minute and mile, I'm not trying to convert you. But, since our ultimate goal is to be on the road for months at a time as soon as I retire, I decided to go "heavy" (and fancy!) Lovin' it so far!

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Old 11-12-2015, 12:59 AM   #21
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Diesels are not green.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/ar...usands-us.html

Better to stick with environmentally sound gasoline!




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Old 11-13-2015, 08:04 AM   #22
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Diesels are not green.

Diesel is killing thousands say experts, after bullying us into buying the 'green' fuel cars | Daily Mail Online

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The best part of this article was the advertising on the right hand column, I will keep driving my diesel outfits....
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:12 AM   #23
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I thought that was a great place to insert a bit of satire that was meant to seriously tug at the heartstrings of those who take seriously anything said by "experts".






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I thought that was a great place to insert a bit of satire that was meant to seriously tug at the heartstrings of those who take seriously anything said by "experts".






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I was more interested in the models.....
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I have pulled my 1969 International Overlander AS through the nice switchbacks along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and Silverthorne, CO. with my 2007 GMC Yukon XL no problems. It has the 5.3 L Flex-fuel `and a 3.4 RE. no load leveler required. No fancy stuff on her just standard equipment, no leather etc. We have 154,000 miles on her. One heat sensor replaced in transmission, and one rear sensor replaced in light and a tire sensor all this year. Looking to replace her next year with new Yukon XL.
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I was more interested in the models.....

Well, you know that the ads are custom tailored to the viewer depending on collected browsing habits right?


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I have pulled my 1969 International Overlander AS through the nice switchbacks along Hwy 9 between Fairplay and Silverthorne, CO. with my 2007 GMC Yukon XL no problems. It has the 5.3 L Flex-fuel `and a 3.4 RE. no load leveler required. No fancy stuff on her just standard equipment, no leather etc. We have 154,000 miles on her. One heat sensor replaced in transmission, and one rear sensor replaced in light and a tire sensor all this year. Looking to replace her next year with new Yukon XL.

I have almost the same tow vehicle, all I have replaced on it is brake pads, tires, and a battery. I have about 120K on it.

It has been very reliable and it pulls well. I think both of our 5.3s are rated at 315 HP, which is more than any 454 made after 1977.


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Old 11-13-2015, 02:28 PM   #28
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That 6.2L is no joke. I used to own one of the LS3's which is just slightly different than the one they shoved in the truck. When we first were shopping for a truck, it was #1 on my list. But every used truck I came across had the 5.3L.

That being said, I was always glad someone at GM felt it appropriate to shove the 6.2L in a 4 door sedan. Actually, this below is the only *regret* I have about full timing. I miss my babies. :'(
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