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Old 12-26-2015, 10:58 AM   #15
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Oh goody, another diesel vs. gas thread!
Really. To spice things up I will complicate it: I prefer supercharged gasoline motors over both. (Now the turbocharger fans can enter the discussion, too!)
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Old 12-26-2015, 11:10 AM   #16
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My 08 1/2 ton 5.3 L gas tows my trailer very, very, well.

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Old 12-26-2015, 11:21 AM   #17
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We have mountains in Montana, we like the diesel power ,at low rpm's ...
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Old 12-26-2015, 11:28 AM   #18
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Everyone loves to tow with their 3/4 ton diesel, but not everyone loves to drive it when not towing. The structure of the Airstream may suffer. And the price and maintenance can strain some wallets.

We use an inexpensive, short wheelbase 1/2 ton truck hooked to our Airstream with a sway elimination hitch. Works very well. You have a truck-based SUV, get a high-quality hitch and you may like it.
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Old 12-26-2015, 11:58 AM   #19
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The structure of the Airstream may suffer.

I hear this repeated a lot. It's just not my experience. If it's happening to others, I'd like to hear their stories directly (you may have swapped from a Diesel 3/4 ton - I don't recall).

3 seasons under our belts with Chevy 2500 HD Diesel towing a 27FB Flying Cloud. Nothing destroyed, no popping rivets, no open drawers or cabinets...just reporting our experience.
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I hear this repeated a lot. It's just not my experience. If it's happening to others, I'd like to hear their stories directly (you may have swapped from a Diesel 3/4 ton - I don't recall).

3 seasons under our belts with Chevy 2500 HD Diesel towing a 27FB Flying Cloud. Nothing destroyed, no popping rivets, no open drawers or cabinets...just reporting our experience.
I would say three seasons of towing isn't enough to reveal the effects of towing with such a stiff suspensioned vehicle.
I wonder what the 50s and 60s trailers would be like today if they had been towed with such heavy duty vehicles. Probably far more worn out structurally.
But then again, structural wear from towing probably wont be the killer of the new Airstreams. That dreaded white powder will.
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The white powder is cosmetic, I believe.
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The white powder is cosmetic, I believe.

Just as the rusty fenders and rocker panels on 10 year old cars in the snow states is cosmetic?
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We went with a 15 Silverado diesel. Our previous TV was an 05 gasser. The diesel pulls our A/S effortlessly and the exhaust brake is outstanding on downhill grades. We like the mileage, the ride, the comfort, and stability. My wife likes the feel of the truck when driving. It is quiet inside and out. We have towed 32 of the 35,000 miles on the truck. Ours is not 4WD since we don't need that option.
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I paid just a touch over 20K new for my basic 4WD 08 Silverado....

Some people will spend more than that in a given year to keep their diesel running....

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First: I do not own a diesel.

Seems to me that much of the bashing 3/4 ton trucks and diesels take on the Forum (primarily from fans of small motor 1/2 ton gassers) is based on earlier generation trucks. Last year I had a loaner 1/2 ton gasser from the Chevy dealer, and this year they loaned me a new-generation 3/4 ton diesel. The new generation 3/4 ton truck had a better ride (even with the Z71 package) than last year's 1/2 ton. It was quiet, and did not smell bad. Of course, the power difference (i.e. torque) between the two was huge.
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Just as the rusty fenders and rocker panels on 10 year old cars in the snow states is cosmetic?
I'm open to proof that the white powder corrosion is more than cosmetic.
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First: I do not own a diesel.

Seems to me that much of the bashing 3/4 ton trucks and diesels take on the Forum (primarily from fans of small motor 1/2 ton gassers) is based on earlier generation trucks. Last year I had a loaner 1/2 ton gasser from the Chevy dealer, and this year they loaned me a new-generation 3/4 ton diesel. The new generation 3/4 ton truck had a better ride (even with the Z71 package) than last year's 1/2 ton. It was quiet, and did not smell bad. Of course, the power difference (i.e. torque) between the two was huge.

I'm a Ram diesel owner for years. I towed my new 30 FC home with a 2014 2500 with the new coil rear suspension and a Blue Ox hitch - not a pillow was out of place, nothing moved during the trip. In comparison my old 2005 3500 dualie was a far rougher ride. Anything loose was on the floor.

I understand the air ride Rams are even better.

New trucks are far quieter than the older ones as well - both inside and out.


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Gas vs diesel? Anyone tow with a Gmc 2500 gas or diesel and how do you like it?
I tow with a 2015 GMC Denali HD (2500) Duramax/Allison combo and love it. I've had it for a year and put over 13,000 miles on it so far...about 3/4 of that towing. It is about as quiet as a gasser and even though I also have a BMW and a Jeep, I find myself using it as a daily driver since it's so nice.

It is harder to park though, so I find myself parking further out in parking lots, but hey, I can always use the exercise and walk a little further. I live out in the country and I also use for other things like material hauling.
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