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deltabravo

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Posted: 01/06/20 08:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I found another one in Lynnwood with about 82k miles.


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Posted: 01/06/20 10:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a 8.1 in a 2500 Burb. I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. I wasn't in love my Yukon Denali XL, but the 6.2 in that seemed more powerful towing than the 8.1.


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Bionic Man wrote:

I really don't understand what all the fuss is about.


A lot of love for the 8.1 is it was the only gasser GM offered with the Allison transmission. It's a coveted combo, just like the LBZ is the most coveted Duramax.

Sales guy that I've been dealing with for the last 10 years or so at a Chevy dealer says any LBZ they take on trade is gone within a week. He said people are on a waiting list to buy an LBZ trade-in.

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I was at an RV show some time ago looking at a very nice very large motor home. I mumbled something about gas mileage and the salesman summed it up quite nicely, he said it gets great mileage for a house...never gave towing mileage a second thought after that and, my 8.1 has 110k on the clock.


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You guys are filled with nostalgia.
The 8.1 was a great engine, so was the 7.3 PSD and the LBZ Duramax. THey were very reliable platforms.
Nevertheless I don't think they compare to the current motors in terms of performance and towing experience. It's nice to reminisce, but when it comes time to buy give me a modern engine with all the power and the multi gear trannies. OEM exhaust brakes make a difference as well.
Those old engines you guys are remembering were mere stepping stone to today's monsters. ...and just when we want to complain about all the emissions stuff remember the air is a lot cleaner and we are RV'ing well into our 80's as a result of the cleaner air and the emissions standards and equipment.
For you football fans:
John Unitas was an immortal QB for the Baltimore Colts however he didn't possess the athleticism of Lamar Jackson. (GO Ravens)
I don't want John Unitas era players to face the Titans this weekend and I don't want to tow with a 4 speed drivetrain or use a truck without an exhaust brake either!


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2007 8.1 3500 dually regular cab. Towing this snowcat it averaged just under 5 mpg. The truck, trailer and snowcat weighed right close to 27,000 lbs. The truck was retired just last year with about 85,000 miles on it.

The trucks primary purpose what towing the snowcat. At least 80% of the miles were towing the cat.

Close to 65,000 miles the Hydramatic trans failed. Should have had the Allison.

This truck is what converted me from Fords to Chevys.


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Three yeas ago I got a new snowcat and trailer and right at the end of the grooming season last year I got this 2009 F-450 6.4L diesel.

I hit a boulder that had rolled onto the road while towing the snowcat in a blizzard. That kind of ended the Chevy's life. [emoticon]

This truck averages 5 mpg towing the snowcat and climbs the mountain roads at the same seed that '07 8.1 did.

The F-450 handles the trailer better and having a limited slip rear diff it is a lot more aggressive in poor conditions that the Chevy was.


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I agree, there is more to towing than the engine. I have an LBZ 3500 DRW. Has just over 100K. Love the motor and the truck, but I will likely sell it this year and get a new 3500 HD DRW. The new trucks just handle weight better, better brakes, better exhaust brake (my LBZ is tuned for an exhaust brake but it isnt as good as the L5P brake).


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I'm content with what I have now.

I know a diesel has more power but this 6.0L does fine for me. I'm not in a race.

No new truck in the future. I tend to squeeze every mile out of my vehicles I can before I retire them.

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specta wrote:

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I'm content with what I have now.

I know a diesel has more power but this 6.0L does fine for me. I'm not in a race.

No new truck in the future. I tend to squeeze every mile out of my vehicles I can before I retire them.


You have more problems than power, as your camper weighs probably close to twice what your truck is rated to carry.

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twodownzero wrote:



You have more problems than power, as your camper weighs probably close to twice what your truck is rated to carry.


Like I was told one time in another forum, "Sorry but you don't know what you're talking about".

Power isn't a problem and neither is the weight.

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