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Old 02-23-2009, 10:14 AM
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Diesel or Gas for utility truck with a little towing

I've had both types of trucks. Though the diesel was a 1990 Ford 350 dually. Very NICE truck, but overkill for towing a 6k boat. But what if I buy a bigger boat in a few years. It would be nice to have a truck that could tow up to 10k just in case.

I'm more used to gas, and hate the thought of having to worry about a diesel starting when it gets really cold outside. And this truck would sit outside, I don't have a garage for it.
I'm only putting 5k a year on my truck, so it's not heavily used.

I saw an AWD GMC Sierra Denali and really like it. 6.0L LS V8. But these are in the price of what I could get a diesel for. So, should I consider a diesel instead of another gasser? The Denali had sold by the time I called on it.

I'm shopping the nearly new market rather than brand new.

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Old 02-23-2009, 12:09 PM
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Re: Diesel or Gas for utility truck with a little towing

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Buy one of each. I'll keep the other garaged for you and drive it now and then to keep things fresh.

Considering all the "what ifs" in your scenario, I'd probably go with the gasser. As I recall, the diesel engine is a $7000 option. Considering your infrequent towing requirements (like mine), I think I'd rather pocket the money or like you said, get a more upgraded truck.

If/when you get a bigger boat, I'd reevaluate then.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:12 PM
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Re: Diesel or Gas for utility truck with a little towing

Yep, you nailed it Brian. A gasser would be fine for me. Even a plain ole 350 engine on a 1500 (1/2 ton) would do the job. But, if I run into a deal on a bigger boat and I didn't already have the tow vehicle to handle it, then I would probably pass on the boat.
Thus my dilemma ...I'm trying to cover all bases with limited cash. Funny, but isn't that usually the dilemma in life?
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Re: Diesel or Gas for utility truck with a little towing

Out of curiosity, how often and how far do you really expect to be towing your (new) boat? Is it worth spending another $10K on a "just in case" scenario? I've towed some loads that were probably beyond the "sticker" capabilities of both the truck as well as the trailer. All was well until I went down a big hill on a rural road. I had the trailer and truck brakes smoking...
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You belong to a club with docks.........How much actual towing will you be doing? You don't tow the Baja every time you use it do you?
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Re: Diesel or Gas for utility truck with a little towing

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Out of curiosity, how often and how far do you really expect to be towing your (new) boat? Is it worth spending another $10K on a "just in case" scenario? I've towed some loads that were probably beyond the "sticker" capabilities of both the truck as well as the trailer. All was well until I went down a big hill on a rural road. I had the trailer and truck brakes smoking...
No, it's not. But I might find a truck in the same price range that will be more expensive to operate but tow 10k if needed. I think I'm overdoing it a bit or overthinking it might be a better way to put it. ;pat:

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You belong to a club with docks.........How much actual towing will you be doing? You don't tow the Baja every time you use it do you?
The boat club has cut down on some of the distance towing. I tow the baja from a shed to the ramp most of the time, and from the ramp to the shed when the weekend is over. And to and from home once a year at least ..and up the road to get her winterized, and if she needs any work at the shop I'll tow her there. All this is less than 200 miles of towing a year for sure, but when you need to tow, you need to tow. Ya know.
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Re: Diesel or Gas for utility truck with a little towing

Check my reply at FF for my Brothers lot in Fla. Nice 2006 F250 Diesel.
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Re: Diesel or Gas for utility truck with a little towing

I saw that Jerry, and replied over there. I"m not a fan of Ford's 6.0 diesel. Fraid of it. Thanks for thinking of me though.
I'm be more apt to consider a Dogde Cummins over a ford.
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