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Old November 6th, 2007, 10:48 PM   #1
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I'm considering a 99 6.5 diesle w/ 135,000 miles, and using it to pull a 9,000 lb camper. How is it for dependability and for towing this weight. I had a friend who towed our 13,000 lb sailboat w/ a suburban 1500, so it would stand to reason that I should be able to tow a 9,000 camper.

Any advice before I spend the money. It's mint and they're only asking $4g's.
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Old November 6th, 2007, 11:28 PM   #2
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A 6.5L in a 99 is a rare. It should tow just fine....rear springs will sag pretty bad, and the tranny will be worked hard.

Funny thing is the 1500 w/6.5L TD is rated to tow less than a 1500 w/5.7L vortec.

$4 for that is a good deal...I've seen people as 10K for '99s with a 5.7L
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Maybe I'd be better off w/ a Ford F250 diesel for $5,500 - same mileage??
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I'm considering a 99 6.5 diesle w/ 135,000 miles, and using it to pull a 9,000 lb camper. How is it for dependability and for towing this weight. I had a friend who towed our 13,000 lb sailboat w/ a suburban 1500, so it would stand to reason that I should be able to tow a 9,000 camper.

Any advice before I spend the money. It's mint and they're only asking $4g's.
It depends on the details, if itís a 2500 sub with 4.10 gears you might be ok, if itís a 1500 with 3.42 gears no fín way. This link has the tow ratings for the 6.5ís http://www.dieselplace.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=180449.
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a Ford 7.3L powerstroke will always be more reliable, pull more, and get better mileage than a 6.5L
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find yourself something with a cumins and pull anything and everything but I'm biased and tow around 18,000 lbs with my Ram 3500
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a Ford 7.3L powerstroke will always be more reliable, pull more, and get better mileage than a 6.5L
6.5TD can get some good mileage...better in a truck than a Sub....but yes the Powerstroke is a far better motor.
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I have a 95 3/4 ton 4x4 burb with a warmed over 6.5. It tows fine for me, and with 3.73 gears I can get a little over 20 mpg on the highway.
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