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Old 03-30-2004, 02:23 PM   #15
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Check out the Qudrasteer, the single biggest advance in towing since the WD hitch! Also agree with Abe in that the 6.0 Vortec could easily handle your 30' Classic. Mine does. You will not be over the GCVWR of 1600#- not even close. I've weighed three times now. Been over a mountain pass with a steep grade and windy two lane highway to test- NO Problems. Pulled right on past the big rigs on the pass. I like the 4:10 gears- it is a highway cruiser.

And the Qudrasteer only comes with the 6.0. Worth it right there.

Everyone automatically doesn't require the biggest diesel engine available to tow as seems to always be the advice. The 6.0 is a great towing engine and will work for a GVWR 8300 trailer. MHO.
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Old 03-30-2004, 02:54 PM   #16
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Check out the Qudrasteer, the single biggest advance in towing since the WD hitch! Also agree with Abe in that the 6.0 Vortec could easily handle your 30' Classic. Mine does. You will not be over the GCVWR of 1600#- not even close. I've weighed three times now. Been over a mountain pass with a steep grade and windy two lane highway to test- NO Problems. Pulled right on past the big rigs on the pass. I like the 4:10 gears- it is a highway cruiser.

And the Qudrasteer only comes with the 6.0. Worth it right there.

Everyone automatically doesn't require the biggest diesel engine available to tow as seems to always be the advice. The 6.0 is a great towing engine and will work for a GVWR 8300 trailer. MHO.
I'd agree that everyone doesn't need the biggest diesel, but today, I found gas prices at about $2.03/gallon and found diesel at $1.69. To me that seems like almost $8 a fillup and we all know that the diesels get about 4-5 more MPG towing than the gassers. That could translate into 100 more miles per 25 gal tank. Personally I love the sound of a big block and that is what I wanted until gas started hitting $2/gallon. It's hard even with my little 350 to see 9-10 mpg towing which is very similar to the 6.0L as it's a 5.7L. There are several reasons most if not all the truckers use diesel....one of them is the economics I think. It's making me look twice at it given the bitterly cold Chicago winters we have here where it isn't too diesel friendly.
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Old 03-30-2004, 03:01 PM   #17
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Cool The 6.0 will do it

I have a friend who has towed his 34' all over the country with a 2500HD with the 6.0 and 4.10 rear end. He is quite happy with all except the gas consumption. He has averaged 12 mpg since buying the truck (all usage).

I opted for the Duramax and I couldn't be happier. I just got 15.8 mpg towing my 25 Classic to the Region 9 rally (270 miles one way). The Allison seldom shifts down and it is almost imperceptable when it does. Noise level, except under hard accelleration, is no more than a big block gas engine. The truck, like my last 2 Chevy trucks, has been totally trouble free so far.
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Old 03-30-2004, 03:13 PM   #18
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We own an 03 Duramax and Love it for towing, never a problem. I don't know were the idea of more maintenance for a diesel rig came from, but OK.
As for the power question I was just talking with a guy from Diesel Performance this morning and he said for $800 he would give me about HP and 800ftlb or torque out of my Duramax, Whoo Hoo Yah! "Turn your truck into a sports car" he said.
He also says you can dial in the power and economy you want under way.
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Old 03-30-2004, 03:15 PM   #19
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The idea of being able to control power and fuel economy sounds good to me.
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I saw that system on Trucks a few weeks ago. Banks makes it. It got great reviews, but I think the 15mpg would go down a bit when dialed to the most powerful setting....
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Old 03-30-2004, 04:01 PM   #21
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Yea, I have to agree the diesel engines now a days are very impressive. Much lower noise and pollution and the torque will wind you over any pass with ease. From strictly a towing stand point, it is the best way to go. But if the TV is also an everyday driver, I wouldn't want the diesel. It's all a trade off. I was just saying the 6.0 could easily handle the 8300# coach. It works for me.
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Old 03-30-2004, 05:55 PM   #22
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We just bought a Ford, 250, diesel and love it so far. We will pull our 25' Safari for the first time this weekend. Can't wait to try it out and I look forward to riding in style.
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I bought STP oil filters on sale for $1.98 at Auto Zone for my Duramax. Delvac 1300 is only $5.88 a gallon at Wal-Mart. $19.62 + tax for my diesel oil change.
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