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Old 04-04-2016, 07:57 AM   #15
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Thanks so much for all the input! I now have a few more issues to ponder, but as with Joe, there is always the dollar issue too. Fortunately in a large city like Houston there are a lot of options - just have to find the one that works best for me. Several comments have made me think I need to consider Ford again, but the Chevy still has my eye.

I have heard several people mention issues with transmissions, and I had one go out in my Buick while on vacation in California with only 90,000 miles on it - shortly after the extended warranty expired. Of course Chevy offers a longer warranty now but who wants to hassle with something like that on vacation; especially with a trailer!

I admit a full size truck that is as economical as a compact truck really makes it almost a no-brainer.

This forum is great, thanks again for your collective wisdom and knowledge.

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Old 04-04-2016, 09:13 AM   #16
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At my age a vehicle's gas mileage takes a back seat to many other
considerations . Being retired and not having to commute to work every day gives me a broader range of vehicle choices . I empathize with those who are forced to have only vehicle which has to serve as the family car and a tow vehicle . When I priced midsize trucks versus full size trucks , there was not enough price nor mileage difference to make a midsize truck a viable option. I think Ford , Chevy , GMC and Ram all make nice trucks which make excellent tow vehicles and offer reasonable gas mileage when towing.
Many of today's V8 engines have better fuel economy than the V6 engines of a few yeas back .

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Old 04-04-2016, 10:00 AM   #17
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As a follow up to previous comments, I believe that of GM's offerings, the 6.2L with 8 speed transmission gets the best mileage towing, of the gas engines.
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Old 04-04-2016, 04:08 PM   #18
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And, the Silverado 2WD comfort is absolute outstanding.
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Old 04-13-2016, 12:24 PM   #19
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I pull our Casita with a 2003 Chevy 2500HD 6.0 Vortec 4x4 crew cab with a 4.10 rear end. I also use this truck with a car trailer at times. It is a great tow vehicle. Gas mileage when not towing.....13 to 15mpg. Gas mileage when towing.....11.5 to 14mpg. I wish mileage was a bit better but the power is nice when needed. The truck doesn't know a trailer is back there. Our truck has 125,000 has gone down some roads it probably shouldn't have. Very dependable.

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