Originally Posted by GreaseMonkey
Didn't think about cost comparison to a 3/4 ton. I don't think tow ratings for the half ton will change much just because of the diesel addition. Fuel mileage while towing would be better than the Hemi and the cost of the truck would obviously be less than that of the 3/4 ton Cummins. The 3.0L Diesel in a half ton would also have better mileage than the Cummins.
How do you figure?
The mileage in my 7.3 dropped to nearly 12 mpg with just one jeep behind it, and typically down to 10mpg with most loads.
My half ton 5.3 silverado's have all averaged 8-12 towing.
I don't hear about too many people who get more than 12 towing anything, gas or diesel. Most trucks with a load behind them (say towing jeeps) are usually right around that 8-12 mpg mark. Gas or Diesel.