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Posted: 08/11/21 08:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It just became time for a new truck The 'o7 gave us great service for over 14 years, towing our 16k 5er and many times a 2nd trailer over 50k mi. towing. Youve seen us in the Q, in Baltimore, Brookings, San Diego, to Tampa and everywhere in between several times in the past 20 years.
Last winter or 2 ago DW says its time to upgrade. so we considered 'A ' MH s, back to TTS, new 5 ers.
5er won out, keep our Carriage, with our travel style of overnighting( which we always drycamp, boondock on public lands ) en route to longer term destination.
So we ordered mar 27/ 21 a new 2021 chevy 3500 srw L5P dsl crew cab 8' bed.w/ b& w companion hitch.
Took delivery jun 7 21. Cleaned up the 07 for private sale, sold it in 2 weeks for 1/2 of what we paid for it 14 1/2 years ago. less than $1500/ yr depreciation/yr cost of ownership.
Now the tow comparison, with our same 5er on a 1400 mi. rd. trip to Ks. last week in temps over 100 up to 106 and into 35 mph headwinds. The L5P and 10 spd tranny didnt even notice, minor gear shifts into 9or 8 on the hills in the headwinds, Tranny temp never got avove 175.
On past comparable trips the 07 struggled in those head winds and temps ran higher. fuel mileage comparable. 10 mpg + to minus. The new truck never struggled or got warm.

We do miss that faithful and dependable 07, are expecting the same depedability from the new 21 as well as it holding its value into the future.

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Posted: 08/12/21 08:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice report! And as expected. Newer diesel pickups are just phenomenal at towing.
And someone probably got a real nice LBZ!


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I have an 05 with 45K miles. I don't really need a new one but I've been bitten by the "new truck bug". I can't find what I want so I think I will have to order as well. I just need to get over the sticker shock. ENJOY your new truck!!!


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Good report! Hope you got the pre inflation pricing???


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Posted: 08/12/21 12:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good to hear. Very clear report. Enjoy!


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bob213 wrote:

I have an 05 with 45K miles. I don't really need a new one but I've been bitten by the "new truck bug". I can't find what I want so I think I will have to order as well. I just need to get over the sticker shock. ENJOY your new truck!!!


Jeez! If that happens to be a CC 4wd variety, you have a pretty valuable truck on your hands!

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Just purchased 21 GMC Denali 3500 myself. I don't currently have a big trailer to tow but wife and I both want a 5er. Coming from an 03 F-250 with the 6.0 I cant imagine the difference I'm going to see pulling my 28' Jayco I currently have. Thinking of just dragging it around the neighborhood as opposed to waiting two weeks for our next camping trip. LOL

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I made a similar jump from an 06 3500 LBZ, DRW to a 2020 L5P 3500 DRW The LBZ is regarded as one of the best versions of the Dmax. However, overall the newer truck just does everything better and easier when pulling heavy. I don't miss the 06.


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How many miles did you have on the LBZ?


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How do the bed rail heights compare? I looks like the new trucks are enough taller that it will give me a problem with my 05 trailer.


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