BeauDog Posted March 18, 2022 Share Posted March 18, 2022 I have hesitated to ask this question and beat the tow vehicle dead horse yet again, but I really could use some advise from those of you with towing experience. I have very limited towing experience. I have never owned a diesel truck. I have only owned a half ton truck - never a 3/4 or one ton. Our 2022 Elite II delivery will be the end of October of this year. Our 1998 Dodge half ton gas truck is too old and too tired for the job of towing the Oliver. We are retired and we plan on spending several months a year traveling with the Oliver and exploring. We intend to primarily boondock, mostly in the mountainous west of the U.S, explore Canada a bit, and hopefully a trip or two to Alaska. I have located a 2021 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 4x4, with a 6.6L V8 Gas engine. It has a 6-speed automatic transmission. 401HP, 464 torque, 3.73 rear axle ratio. It has the max trailoring package and is rated at 14,500 lbs towing capacity and 3,760 lbs payload. The truck has very low miles and the asking price seems pretty reasonable in this crazy market. The Carfax history looks good and I found no recalls. According to Fuelly.com, real world users of similar GMC 3/4 ton gas trucks get an average of 11.6 mpg. It doesn't specify whether that is towing or not towing, so I am guessing it is a blended average of both, with the majority of the data coming while not towing. This is a big, gas-gusseling rig. I am debating whether to buy this rig, or be patient and wait for something like a Ford F150 3.5L EcoBoost 4x4 SuperCrew to come along. If I'm going to own a gasser, I certainly like the idea of driving a 1/2 ton around while not towing, provided it has adequate payload capacity. Or, if I am going to own a 3/4 ton rig, would I be wise to wait for a good diesel to come along for the benefits it would provide, including better demand on resale? As I stated above, I have never owned a diesel so I only know what I read and hear. I don't know what I don't know, and in the realm of towing that is plenty. I would appreciate the thoughts of the experienced people on this forum regarding the pros and cons of using the GMC 2500 6.6L gasser as a tow vehicle for our Elite II. Thank you - I appreciate all thoughts, comments, and opinions from this group. Marv 2021 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD 4X4 with Tow Package, 6.6L gas, 6-speed Auto trans. 2022 Legacy Elite II, twin bed, solar & lithium package, Expected Delivery August 22, 2022. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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