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Old 09-16-2015, 11:28 PM   #85
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GMC 2500 Duramax Diesel has got me drooling... I might go for it since Toyota will never get the diesel Tundra
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:02 AM   #86
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I liked the grill on my 2012 GMC 2500HD Denali Duramax way better, but went with the 2015 Chevy Silverado LTZ 2500HD Duramax saving a few thousand with virtually the same configuration. I love it!!
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:21 AM   #87
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GMC 2500 Duramax Diesel has got me drooling... I might go for it since Toyota will never get the diesel Tundra
Go for it! They are fabulous. But do some serious time test driving all the heavy hitters and I think you'll likely choose the Silverado LTZ or Sierra SLT or Denali HD 2500 Duramax.
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:13 AM   #88
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:05 AM   #89
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I love our 15 Silverado Duramax 2500. My wife loves to drive it as well and we've put 30,000 miles on it rather quickly. We chose 2wd since in the preceding 30 years we never needed 4WD.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:19 AM   #90
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When I purchased my 2015 Ram 2500 4x4 no nerf bars. Talk about a climb and drop. I quickly purchased a set of Westin bars and installed them myself. Still a hefty climb up/down. Not sure why there has to be so much vendor clearance on these trucks.

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Old 09-17-2015, 09:35 AM   #91
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When I purchased my 2015 Ram 2500 4x4 no nerf bars. Talk about a climb and drop. I quickly purchased a set of Westin bars and installed them myself. Still a hefty climb up/down. Not sure why there has to be so much vendor clearance on these trucks.

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I agree with you about the height of these trucks. I truly believe the big 3 could sell a lot more trucks if they designed the suspension to be the same height as a 2wd truck. It should be called "RV option" package whereas those folks towing trailers wouldn't have to compensate for the high hitch height. It would also help out those towing 5th wheels and goose neck trailers too!
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:57 AM   #92
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I liked the grill on my 2012 GMC 2500HD Denali Duramax way better, but went with the 2015 Chevy Silverado LTZ 2500HD Duramax saving a few thousand with virtually the same configuration. I love it!!
I agree... the Denalis look great and we love ours. But like you, we would be about as happy with the Chevy LTZ Duramax/Allison, as well... either way, they are awesome trucks with a well-proven, time-tested, solid engine.
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:19 PM   #93
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When I installed the level ride Kelderman airbag system on our 2012 Dodge 2500HD diesel, the rear end of the truck dropped about three inches so the truck sits level at all times. I added a air dump switch for the rear air bags that lowers the tailgate over 4" so as a short person I can put stuff on the tailgate when loading.

This system is also available for the other ĺ ton brands as well.
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:29 PM   #94
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Now wouldn't that be a disaster waiting to happen?
On an even less serious note, perhaps high heels are actually functional.

Oh, dear, I LOVE my bed slide. I'm sitting in the parking lot reloading /// most of my stuff (threw out a few things here and there) and a man parked a few spots down from me came over and drooled on it. Had never seen one before and wants to get one installed NOW! I told him who moved mine for me and what it cost originally. I think he mighta burned rubber on his way there.

Seriously. Im OTD (older than dirt) and it's not going to get better, but a bed slide is definitely a big help to me right now, and will become more so as time's ravages take their toll. And, think about generator security. Bolt the sucka to the floor of the slide. Handy for boondocking and tailgating - quick to store and hide. A lot harder to steal than one set on the ground.

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Old 09-17-2015, 01:03 PM   #95
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I finally had to replace my 1999 GMC last Feb, bought a new 2014 GMC Sierra 2 wheel drive its the same truck but its 6 inches higher than my 99 ,I think they do this to appease the young guys who buy them! I'm lucky that I'm tall but still had to get steps put on so my short people could get in lol.
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Oh, dear, I LOVE my bed slide. I'm sitting in the parking lot reloading /// most of my stuff (threw out a few things here and there) and a man parked a few spots down from me came over and drooled on it. Had never seen one before and wants to get one installed NOW! I told him who moved mine for me and what it cost originally. I think he mighta burned rubber on his way there.

Seriously. Im OTD (older than dirt) and it's not going to get better, but a bed slide is definitely a big help to me right now, and will become more so as time's ravages take their toll. And, think about generator security. Bolt the sucka to the floor of the slide. Handy for boondocking and tailgating - quick to store and hide. A lot harder to steal than one set on the ground.

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Congratulations on the new (to you) truck. Sounds like a beauty!

I know what you mean about the Bedslide. We installed one in our 2005 Suburban and have a similar product, Extendobed, in our 1996 Suburban. Couldn't live without them at this point.

Found both on Craigslist and eBay respectively at dramatically reduced prices.

Great improvements for hauling and accessing "stuff."
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Old 09-24-2015, 01:25 PM   #97
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Filled the tank with diesel - and manually checked my mileage against the computer's. We agree, I'm getting 17.3 MPG mostly around town with a big diesel engine. WHOO-HOO.

Of course I am comparing that to my old 2003 Suburban 2500 gasser at 12.8 mpg without towing and about 10 when towing. Even my 2008 Silverado 2500 diesel didn't do that well when I first got it, but as it got broken in it went up a bit.

Darned thing needs to be washed though - it's white AND the dealer put tire dressing on it, which has come off in pale greasy spots along the sides. I knew this was gonna happen. Sigh.

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Old 09-24-2015, 01:57 PM   #98
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Paula,
I am getting the same MPG's with my new-to-me Duramax.
Now that I have had a chance to put a few miles on her both towing & non, I am
ticked that I didn't buy one sooner. I love my diesel. Best thing about it is when you hit the throttle going uphill. There is NO hesitation in it's ability to pull that load you have behind you, right on up there. The torque of that baby is awesome.
No more LOUD grind of a gas engine revving up over 4000 rpm's to get the job done. One smooooooth purr under the hood! Whoohoooooo!!
Hope you are doing well, my dear. All the best to you.
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