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Old 03-20-2017, 08:27 AM   #1
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Default Anyone pulling a bigger CC with a gas truck instead of diesel?

I just sold my Powerstroke this weekend and I'm looking for another truck. I want to stick with a used truck as I don't like having loans. I have owned 7.3 Ford diesels for the past 20 years but was thinking about going to a gas motor only because you can get a much nicer truck for the money. We have a 28WW that weighs probably around 9k lbs counting the trailer. We pull to the Keys and places like that so a few times a year we make big trips. Is there a gas motor out there that can comfortably do this? Anyone out there pulling a big boat now with a gas motor?
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:44 AM   #2
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I have a 2016 GMC 2500 HD with the 6.0L. It is a crew cab and 4x4. I own a 26'CC with twins. No gas will pull like a diesel, but, for what I need, and in your case, IMHO, I think a gas would do just fine. Yes, it is going to DRINK gas, but, will get you there and back with no worries whatsoever.
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Not sure what you budget is but I just traded in a nice 2015 2500 crew 4x4 Silverado gas truck over the weekend. let me know if you have any interest in that one and I can get you some pics and pricing over.
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I tow my Grady Sailfish. Approximately 10k loaded with gear, with my 2016 f-150 with a 5.0. You're not gonna go anywhere fast but I can cruise at 60 and cannot tell it's back there...... until I try to stop. Make sure you have a good brake setup on the trailer and you'll be good to go
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:42 AM   #5
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I have a new Owens and Sons trailer so it does have really good brakes on the trailer
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I have a new Owens and Sons trailer so it does have really good brakes on the trailer
Then I say you'd be good to go with a gasser of your choice. I watch my transmission temp, tire pressure, oil temp, etc. nothing ever goes say 10 degrees above normal, everyday temps.
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After owning a 7.3L and then going to gaser and still towing.

I hate my truck. Unless you can swing the New big gun trucks then stick with diesel. We pull a 35' café with a Suburban 2500 and to the keys at times but I can promise you it is not a joy and the drive always feels "on ice".
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I'm towing roughly 9K pounds behind a 2016 Tundra double cab 4x4 w/ 5.7 and 4.30 gears. Boat was weighed on DOT truck scales @8325 without gear or full fuel.

I'm a pretty conservative driver and usually tow @ 60mph. My regular tow to the ocean is 120 - 130 miles with gear and sometimes 3-4 guys in the truck.

I wouldn't say i can't tell it's back there - but i'm very impressed how it handles the load.

Also note - i have a very good overbuilt tandem trailer built and configured for the boat with brakes on both axles.
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In 1985 a big block gasser barely broke 200hp and diesels were under 200. We still somehow pulled our trailers and got to where we were going.
See how much money you save with your diesel when you get a $10,000 out of warranty repair bill on a diesel. I have been driving diesels for the last 20 years but because of all the BS and potential problems with the new ones I'm thinking about a F250 with gas for my next truck. I still need the weight carrying capacity but I don't put enough miles on a truck anymore to warrant a diesel.
There is absolutely nothing better for pulling heavy loads for long distances than a diesel. If that's the job you have for a truck then the choice is easy.
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I pulled a 29' CV tens of thousand of miles with w 2011 F250 crewcab, longbed that had the 6.2 liter gas engine and a 3.73 rear. The truck liked gas when towing, but it had plenty of power for the job. Boat and trailer came in at ~10,000 lbs
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See how much money you save with your diesel when you get a $10,000 out of warranty repair bill on a diesel.I have been driving diesels for the last 20 years but because of all the BS and potential problems with the new ones I'm thinking about a F250 with gas for my next truck. I still need the weight carrying capacity but I don't put enough miles on a truck anymore to warrant a diesel.
What kind of repair cost 10k for a diesel? Serious question as I have a another thread asking for comparisons between gas and diesel.
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What kind of repair cost 10k for a diesel? Serious question as I have a another thread asking for comparisons between gas and diesel.
Injectors are pretty expensive. That said, my Dad has 200k on a Ford 6.0 and he has had no issues at all. He had the EGR delete done and no repairs since.
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If you can find a truck with a 8.1L (GM) or a V-10 (Ford), you will be happy with both. I've owned both and pulled close to 10k, never had any problems with hills or power. No more diesels for me.
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I pull a 33' CC with my 6.2L F-250. Tows the load just fine. Has a little trouble passing gas stations
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In 1985 a big block gasser barely broke 200hp and diesels were under 200. We still somehow pulled our trailers and got to where we were going.
See how much money you save with your diesel when you get a $10,000 out of warranty repair bill on a diesel. I have been driving diesels for the last 20 years but because of all the BS and potential problems with the new ones I'm thinking about a F250 with gas for my next truck. I still need the weight carrying capacity but I don't put enough miles on a truck anymore to warrant a diesel.
There is absolutely nothing better for pulling heavy loads for long distances than a diesel. If that's the job you have for a truck then the choice is easy.
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We have a 28WW
tow the exact same boat with a 5.7 tundra. does just fine.
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I have a bluewater 2550 (28 loa) that tips the scales at 8800lbs full of fuel but with no ice, water or gear on board. I tow it with a 2007 tundra 5.7 4x4. She pulls it fine but drinks a lot of gas. Only thing I would do different is go with the EOH over standard surge brakes.
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What kind of repair cost 10k for a diesel? Serious question as I have a another thread asking for comparisons between gas and diesel.
Do a quick search on high pressure fuel pump failures and repair cost.
Price some of these new turbos.
Price a long block due to an injector failure that burned a hole in a piston.
Even the mighty old school Cummins, do a search on the "53" block, or killer dowel pin.
Trust me 6,8,10k$ repair bills are common these days.
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I tow a Gamefish 25 with a 2007 F-150 Supercrew with the 5.4 and 160k. It will pull it 65 no problem. Getting there is slow but I'm not in a race. Anyone concerned about fuel mileage....you have the wrong hobby. When this truck dies I'll be getting a new f150 with the 5.0.

I towed this boat with a new ecoboost f150 again it would pull it no problem. Anyone wanting to run 75+ towing a 9000# or more boat with a pick up needs to reevaluate their driving habits.

The new diesels don't intrigue me and would scare me to own outside of warranty terms. Too many issues and repair costs keep increasing.

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35' island runner behind 2011 f250 6.2 liter in NE. 12,000 wet. Tows fine.
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