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Old 02-17-2017, 02:16 PM   #1
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Default Looking at different tow vehicle.

It's a 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Duramax 6.6 l. With an Allison 6 speed transmission. diesel work truck. It's really clean, one owner, starts right up and sounds good, no smoke.
There is no visible rust on it. The interior is clean with good leather seats.
It has about 185,000 miles on it. It is a 2 wheel drive with towing hook ups on it and a simple cap. Clean Carfax.
We have looked around and it seems to be a fair price here in Michigan.

What is your feeling about this truck? We are taking it to our mechanic on Monday to have it checked out.

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How does it ride on the Highway? Give it a good test drive before you purchase it. You must be planning on buying a much bigger trailer since this is a 2500 diesel. What are you thinking about getting?
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How does it ride on the Highway? Give it a good test drive before you purchase it. You must be planning on buying a much bigger trailer since this is a 2500 diesel. What are you thinking about getting?
It rode great, but Monday we will be driving it about 50 miles from Cadillac to Manistee for the inspection and back to Cadillac. So that will be a good road test.
They are even buying the gas for us to do that even though we told them we would buy it.
We are planning for the future. We intend to sell the house, motorcycles, snowmobile and boat and most of our household items and become full time RVers. We are checking out different brands of trailers and will stay at 30' or under so we can camp more places. I like the Grand Design Imagines and the Winnebago Minnie Plus layouts and interiors. May consider a bunk model since we have three dogs and two cats. Last time we were full timers we had a washer dryer. I liked that.
I think someone here has s 2500.
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About 11 years old and no rust in Michigan? Wow, must have been stored inside every winter for all the salt they dump on the roads. LOL That is alot of miles but if well cared for, many seem to rack up alot of them.

I have a Ram 2500 w the big 410 HP hemi and it does a grand job pulling my 30' XT 276.....like it's not even back there.

Hope it all checks out good with your mechanic.
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About 11 years old and no rust in Michigan? Wow, must have been stored inside every winter for all the salt they dump on the roads. LOL That is alot of miles but if well cared for, many seem to rack up alot of them.

I have a Ram 2500 w the big 410 HP hemi and it does a grand job pulling my 30' XT 276.....like it's not even back there.

Hope it all checks out good with your mechanic.
There is a video showing the truck in my original post.

I know your truck has a different engine but what kind of mileage do you get pulling your trailer?
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That truck does look to be in fine condition. Is there a service record for it?

Sadly, we didn't do much camping last summer due to wife's health issues. An early run to Pipestone MN and a run to the Black Hills of SD. IIRC the pickup got around 11 - 12 MPG but the pulling power was awesome and very noticeable improvement in stability over the previous Ram 1500 w/5.7 Hemi. With the 1500 you knew you were pulling but with the 2500, like nothing behind you.

PS: They use salt here now like they did in Mich. when there in the mid 80's
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That truck does look to be in fine condition. Is there a service record for it?

Sadly, we didn't do much camping last summer due to wife's health issues. An early run to Pipestone MN and a run to the Black Hills of SD. IIRC the pickup got around 11 - 12 MPG but the pulling power was awesome and very noticeable improvement in stability over the previous Ram 1500 w/5.7 Hemi. With the 1500 you knew you were pulling but with the 2500, like nothing behind you.

PS: They use salt here now like they did in Mich. when there in the mid 80's
Sorry to hear about your wife's illness Eagle. We had planned a 10 day UP trip last Fall too but a couple of days before my husband had a problem with his hernia incision and we cancelled 5 campground reservations. It was good though because I got shingles a few days before the trip would have ended!! It was bad. Lasted 9 weeks! Fine now though.
Re: mileage. We will expect the usual 10-11 and hope for better. The diesel is well broke in lol!! The problem will be that when we camp we do tend to use the tow vehicle for exploring. The Chevy will be 2/3 worse for that at least. We get 17-19 with the Jeep.
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It seems age and health issues go hand in hand. Oooohh, shingles my dad had those once and not nice. I got the shingles shot at the VA in hopes I never get them as they are horrible!
Glad you healed and your hubby too. Wife had ruptured disc, 2nd time, finally had surgery again, neurosurgeon installed a cage separating 2 discs, screwed into place. He can eat top quality steaks for years now. ;-I

I know little about oil burners (diesel pickups) and got my 2500 from dealer Pennsylvania as all used 3/4 tons around here are oil burners with more miles than i was comfortable with for the $$. A newer, low mileage, used gas 3/4 ton is hard to find. Since the pickup would be my daily driver, mostly around town, didn't want an oil burner. The wife drives our Jeep Trail Hawk to work.

Best with the results of the inspection on the pickup.
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Thanks Eagle. I was surprised at how quiet this truck is compared to the '89 Ford 350 diesel we had before. That Ford was really loud!
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Of note: My kid had a 2010 ? Ford oil burner and got rid of it because of the 'clean burn' system that uses DEF fluid. A light would come on saying to run it on the highway to clean out the exhaust system and he would have to run about 30 miles on the highway to do the clean out. That would even happen the day after returning from a 500 mile road trip. I don't know of Chevy has the same system.
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