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Old 03-06-2019, 10:49 AM
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Default What to look out for? 10-15 yr old gas 6.0L Dually

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I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to 6.0L 4x4 dual rear wheel trucks, and am asking if there is anything I should be looking out for when shopping around or test driving? Thinking more from a mechanical perspective as the trucks I've been looking at have over 100K miles.

I only drive maybe 2000 miles a year. I work from the house, have another car to use if needed for commuting, no HOA here... thinking why the heck not just get one and have enough truck for whatever boat I have. Since I don't really drive that many miles, I haven't been looking at diesels, mostly 6.0 gassers and a couple 8.1 have popped up. On the 8.1's, mileage has been over 200K so I didn't look into them further. Thanks in advance!

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The fact that it's a 6.0 Powerstroke is one thing to look out for

Edit- didn't read your post all the way through.. lol. 6.0 GM is a fantastic motor, as well as the 8.1. The 8.1 also has the Allison transmission which is really cool. Those 8.1 trucks are hard to find, so if you find one I'd jump on it.

At the same time though, buying a DRW truck with a gas motor is like buying a big ass Contender and saying **** the motors, whip out the oars.

If you have a boat big enough to NEED a DRW, I don't understand why not get a diesel. If not, I'd say a 3/4 ton gas would do you fine.
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That was the other thing I'm wondering... a 5 speed manual 6.0L gasser with 4.10s in a 3500... is it screwed at max load or will it eat a 10k load up.

edit I added gas to the title. Thank you!
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
That was the other thing I'm wondering... a 5 speed manual 6.0L gasser with 4.10s in a 3500... is it screwed at max load or will it eat a 10k load up.

edit I added gas to the title. Thank you!
Never driven one with that big of a load on it honestly. But it's very simple, watch some videos on youtube of these guys pulling grades loaded down with the 6.0, then watch them with the diesel. Big difference.

What kind of boat do you have/plan on getting? Are you talking about latching on it and hauling it long distance, or just a short trip to the ramp and back?
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I'll check those videos out. Current boat is a Boston Whaler. 170 Montauk. I tow it with a fwd suv pulling hybrid commuter duty. Ramp is close. Current setup does great. However, I often want to pull the boat to the keys or to the west coast of Florida and find myself hesitating. Now with 2 kids, more offshore fishing in mind... looking at boats between 26' and 31'.
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What to look for in a gas dually? A hole in the gas tank?
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
I'll check those videos out. Current boat is a Boston Whaler. 170 Montauk. I tow it with a fwd suv pulling hybrid commuter duty. Ramp is close. Current setup does great. However, I often want to pull the boat to the keys or to the west coast of Florida and find myself hesitating. Now with 2 kids, more offshore fishing in mind... looking at boats between 26' and 31'.
Well.. For your current boat, you could probably buy a Toyota Camry and pull it.

For this future boat you speak of, you'll definitely want at least a 3/4 ton. The gas vs diesel is all up to you.. If you want great power and better MPG, find a diesel. If just want something to get by with and be dropping 3 gears to climb a small bridge, get the gas. All up to you. Me personally, I won't ever own another gas truck. Once you pull with a diesel, you won't go back.
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I don't think your needs warrant a DRW, and i'm not sure if they ever put a 6.0 in a dually either. Half the people on here would tow a 30' boat with a golf cart.

As far as 6.0 goes, only thing to watch out for is the next gas station. other than that probably one of the most reliable, hardest working engines ever put between the frame rails of a truck
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I think a dually is overkill for towing a few times per year, they are a pain to park if nothing else. A good gas 3/4 ton crew cab, Ford or Chevy would be plenty to tow what you are thinking of buying. I think you'd be better off with a 3/4 ton diesel than a gas dually.
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IMHO you will be very happy with an older Chevy Dually. The 8.1 gas is a beast and will haul to 20,000 lbs with no problem. My son has the 6.0 in a 2500 SRW 4x4 and we use it occasionally to haul our 20,000 lb boat, but only short hauls like 5 miles each way. It does OK but I would not want to go much further. If u get the 6.0 you don't get the Allison transmission, so beware of that. Ask if the brake lines have been replaced. That is a down side of those trucks (we have replaced both trucks with SS brake lines)

Dont be scared off by the claims that the MPG is horrible on the gas trucks. We have hauled our boat to FLA (1100 miles) many times with the 8.1 gas and get 7.0 MPG. The last few years I have hired it our to commercial towing services, and followed them down in my dually. One hauler got 8.5 MPG with a Dodge Cummins, another got 8.1 with a Ford Powerstroke. But they paid about 20% more for fuel, so the net cost about the same.

In 18 years of owning the 8.1, We may have spent maybe $2,000 on engine repairs, and never a single repair over $600 and that was for a manifold stud broke off in the head. not really an engine failure. Heck, I still have the original exhaust and live 3 miles from the ocean.


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Manybe it's my lack of knowledge in the area but from what I've read, I don't see the advantage of a dually in pulling a boat. Many say they can have less traction on a ramp although I don't understand that. I think the dually advantage is payload but that's not usually the issue with a boat. Am i wrong?
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Originally Posted by VTXrider View Post
Manybe it's my lack of knowledge in the area but from what I've read, I don't see the advantage of a dually in pulling a boat. Many say they can have less traction on a ramp although I don't understand that. I think the dually advantage is payload but that's not usually the issue with a boat. Am i wrong?
A dually is usually a more stable platform for pulling a large trailer, boat, camper, tractor etc. But, for most boats a single wheel truck is fine.
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I just switched from a 2004 2500hd 2wd diesel to a 2014 2500hd 6.0 gas 4wd and am not regretting it thus far, I pulled our 15k pound excavator today with ease and my boat yesterday 20 miles to the shop. I have bought and sold lots of 6.0 liter trucks. They are thirtsty but the added maintance on an older diesel gets expensive. I wouldn’t hestitate to buy a older lower mileage 6.0 gas 4wd truck.
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Appreciate the real world feedback. Thanks for tip on the brake lines! To those who have owned one of these trucks or a dual rear wheel, anything in particular mechanical or otherwise you would look out for or take a close look at?
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
Appreciate the real world feedback. Thanks for tip on the brake lines! To those who have owned one of these trucks or a dual rear wheel, anything in particular mechanical or otherwise you would look out for or take a close look at?
​​​​​​6.0 is solid. Theres a reason you always hear hot rodders doing "LS swaps." 6.0 is THE LS motor. Even the 4L80 trans behind it is solid. I consider the 4L80 the Allison for gas trucks. Just use common sense.. check oil, look for leaks, make sure trans shifts smooths, etc.. One problem you very well may run into looking at the 2007-older GM trucks is the notorious "steering clunk." It's not a problem so to speak, it's just a design flaw. I've already "fixed" mine but it came back. I just live with it
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You also might consider a 90's 1 ton Chevy with the 6.5 diesel....

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I had an 2005 6.0 gas 4x4 2500 with around 225,000 miles. It was TIRED. Everything worked fine, including cold AC, however, when I would hit the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, FL, it would really struggle and slow down to around 15mph. It burned no oil, no smoke, but struggled. Sold it for around $4500 and went diesel (again).
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I just bought a 2019 F350 DRW with a 6.2 gas motor. The first two tanks, I got 13 mpg empty. I opted for the 4.30 gears and have not had any problems pulling 10k, which is the most I plan on pulling. I had the 6.7 diesel before and while it had more power, the fuel milage is not that far off and I'm very happy with the gas motor.
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