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Old September 24th, 2012, 03:08 AM   #1
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Looking at a 2004 Chevy 2500HD 2wd crewcab truck to buy to haul a 32' trvel trailer. The truck is a auto with the 6.0L gas engine. Just wondering if the 6.0 is enough motor for a crew cab with 6 people ,pulling a loaded 32' tavel trailer? Probably travel mostly in Michigan but will make a few trips to some moutain states.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 04:57 AM   #2
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You will be working it in the hills but it will get it done. Just take your time and maybe gear the truck. How ever you will be burning alot of fuel in it while doing it.
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What Boggin said. My brothers 6.0 gets 14mpg highway empty.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 05:46 AM   #4
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I had the same truck in the 4wd version w/ 4.10 gears. Hauling my enclosed trailer / jeep was about 8mpg. Daily driving was about 13mpg. I have no idea if a 2wd will get better mileage or what your gear is. It will tow the trailer no problem.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 06:02 AM   #5
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I had the same truck but it was the 4x4 with 4.10s. I would hull double jeep on a 26' deckover trailer and get about 5-7 mpg. It pulled fine.
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I had a 99 6.0 4x4 with 3.73 gears. I towed a 32ft 5th wheel that was in the 9k range. It worked its ass off climbing the hills but pulled it OK. I would never take that rig setup into any real mountains. Maybe w/ 4.10 it would have been better. Outside that, it plowed snow awesome and was a great truck. Took it to Montana for a hunt and drove it straight home, 26 hours and never shut it off. Truck ran like new.

I moved to a diesel and cannot believe the difference. Mileage is a little better but the power is way better. I dont ask if it will tow it, I just hook up and go.
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I will have to check on what gear the guy has in it now. I am just looking/needing a crew cab truck that will haul a 32' trailer under $15,000 or close to that. this truck is in excellant cond with 98k miles asking $13,000 but have not started to negotiate until i am sure I want it.
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I have a 01 2500 4x4 non HD. I pull a 24' camper through the mountains all the time. I have a custom tuned ecu, a k&n cold air intake and I can tell the difference. I know a Guy who pulls a 32' fifth wheel with a 93 GMC 2500 with a 5sp and a 350 SBC.
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I will have to check on what gear the guy has in it now. I am just looking/needing a crew cab truck that will haul a 32' trailer under $15,000 or close to that. this truck is in excellant cond with 98k miles asking $13,000 but have not started to negotiate until i am sure I want it.
Sounds like a good deal to me.
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I have a 01 2500 4x4 non HD. I pull a 24' camper through the mountains all the time. I have a custom tuned ecu, a k&n cold air intake and I can tell the difference. I know a Guy who pulls a 32' fifth wheel with a 93 GMC 2500 with a 5sp and a 350 SBC.
I will add to what steveo says here. I did have a cat back and CAI on mine and added a custom tune just prior to selling the truck and it made a noticeable difference.

As for the 32 ft 5th wheel and a 350, to each his own. It may tow it, but how well is up to the person doing the towing. And the wight of the trailer is way more the issue than the length. My previous 27' 5th wheel weighed under 5k.
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I will have to check on what gear the guy has in it now. I am just looking/needing a crew cab truck that will haul a 32' trailer under $15,000 or close to that. this truck is in excellant cond with 98k miles asking $13,000 but have not started to negotiate until i am sure I want it.
There is a nice crew cab power stroke for sale in he for sale area here. I think he is under $10K right now.
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There is a nice crew cab power stroke for sale in he for sale area here. I think he is under $10K right now.
Lol. The words nice and powerstroke don't go together.
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Lol. The words nice and powerstroke don't go together.
But fatass and steveo do!
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But fatass and steveo do!
Almost as often as your mom and penis do!!
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Almost as often as your mom and penis do!!
Always with the mom references....now back on topic.
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Always with the mom references....now back on topic.
They are almost as funny as the fat jokes. The powerjoke might pull a little better but the Chevrolet is the better vehicle.
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They are almost as funny as the fat jokes. The powerjoke might pull a little better but the Chevrolet is the better vehicle.
I liked my GMC and do miss it at times. But I would not go back to it given the choice between the 6.0 GM and my 6.0 Power"joke". I could pull the GM truck and the trailer behind mine and still have room for your ass!

I do, however, like the newer GM trucks with the Dmax, drove an 11 with about 16-18k load yesterday and it pulled like a team of mules.

Either way you should be fine, but if you are pulling a heavy load on a real regular basis, I would take the 200k Powerstroke for under 10k before I bought the 6.0 GM gasser.
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Enjoy it when your heads fly off. Like bones said, the 6.0l diesel's are great after you sink 5g and a lot of work into them. I like to be able to depend on my engine and the 6.0l gas is very reliable.
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Enjoy it when your heads fly off. Like bones said, the 6.0l diesel's are great after you sink 5g and a lot of work into them. I like to be able to depend on my engine and the 6.0l gas is very reliable.
As much as it pains me to type this. I agree with you!
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As much as it pains me to type this. I agree with you!
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I am a chevy guy surronded by ford freinds and nieghbors.I also maintain a fleet of fords for a living.It amazes me how many parts fords require to keep them going safely down the road everyday.
The 7.3 was a good motor,stuck in a pos truck.The 6.0 power joke is a junk motor stuck in a pos truck.

I love fords,they give me plenty of job security.

The 6.0 chev is a hell of a good motor.They seem to rattle alot,like pistons rocking or a bad wrist pin,but they dont blow up.
The fuel economy sucks,but they pull great.If I wasnt pulling a trailer often, I would stick with a chevy 5.3 for the better fuel economy.
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