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Old 09-17-2008, 05:59 PM   #15
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I would like to drive one of the new Diesels and see how well it does......suppose I could rent one somewhere?
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:11 PM   #16
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I am Ford guy but Its American and you are gonna love it.

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Old 09-17-2008, 09:32 PM   #17
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Thanks all for the positive responses. I can't wait for Saturday to come so I can play with my new toy. I think I might have to get a different drop hitch as the 2500 won't sag as much as the Titan did.
This is a major departure for me as it has been quite a few years since I have had anything but Nissan product. I have never had one break and I hope the Chevy can live up to that.
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:59 PM   #18
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Congrats...!! You're going to love it. I've had mine for a year now.

Just find some two lane roads and get your break-in done prior to towing. I hear that's real important. I spent many days just driving around with XM radio on.

There's a Duramax forum on the web as well. Lots of good information out there.

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Old 09-18-2008, 04:58 AM   #19
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Ron,
Congratulations! You've purchased an awesome towing machine with a fantastic tranny for towing, especially in the hills and mountains. Study that Owner's Manual.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:56 AM   #20
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2500 changes

Having had a Peugeot diesel many years ago, I had not-so-fond memories of priming, glow plugs, noise, smell, and smoke....

So I got the 2500 gas. It does just fine for my 25'. Not quite the stable performance of a diesel though. And they are quieter now.

Looked at a diesel replacement, but the mileage-difference (I get 11 mpg, diesel gets 13), higher initial cost, and diesel fuel cost, didn't make sense
for me.

One fun thing is the 2500 came with a 2 1/2 inch hitch. There was a 2 inch
sleeve, which rattled, so I went to a larger hitch stinger, which also meant
a larger set of equalizers... Kind of a black hole. Might be overkill. But it'll never break!
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:45 AM   #21
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Picked up my new tow vehicle yesterday - it drives real nice! Here are a couple of pictures I took quickly. It is not hooked up, just parked in front of the Airstream for effect.





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Old 09-21-2008, 08:49 AM   #22
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congrats that nis very nice
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:51 AM   #23
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Good choice Ron. Just wait till you hook that puppy up and tow with it for a while. Congratulations!
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:54 AM   #24
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I forgot how to insert a larger image or how to have the tumbnails enlarge when clicking on them, but if you click on the images # by my profile you can enlarge the images from there.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:23 PM   #25
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I hope your mirrors slide out so you can see around that wide body trailer.
Some GMs do not have slide out mirrors.
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:04 PM   #26
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I hope your mirrors slide out so you can see around that wide body trailer.
Some GMs do not have slide out mirrors.
Yup, they sure do.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:21 AM   #27
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Just reporting on my first tow with the new truck. Went 600 miles round trip this past weekend combined interstate, in-town and country roads. I am a believer now. 3/4 ton and longer wheelbase makes a vast difference. The rig seems like one piece compared to towing with the 1/2 ton Titan. No longer does the trailer wallow around behind the truck. Semi's passing do not have the push/pull effect any more either.
Now on to the Allison/Duramax - WOW. Effortless. I left the transmission in drive, non tow haul mode with cruise control on during the interstate routes and let the Allison do its thing. Only once did it drop down to 5th., never laboring and never raising the transmission temperature more than a few degress while going through the Adirondacks. The old truck would be shifting like a madman on the same route. In town and on roads with varying speeds due to curves, villages and traffic lights, I used tow haul mode. The Allison would downshift when braking perfectly selecting the proper gears in unison. I could go on and on about this, but I'll stop and just say IMPRESSIVE! By the way, I averaged 14 mpg on the trip and only now have 1,100 miles, still not broken in. I am a happy camper.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:28 AM   #28
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Congrats,, Your will have to bring it out to Colorado and give it the true mountain test... Then you will really love it... I remember the first time I drove to the mountains in NY (Lived in NYC for 3 years) coming from Seattle at the time, with Mt Rainier as a background I was thinking "where are the mountains".. Rolling steep hills.... But man it's beautiful out there... Glad you love your new rig...
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