2500HD 6.0L 5Spd ?'s

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by zabmasonry, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. zabmasonry

    zabmasonry LawnSite Senior Member
    from C. VT
    Messages: 316

    Looking at a 04 GMC 2500 HD 4x4 with 115k on it. 6.0L with a 5pd and 4.11 gears. couple of ?'s

    I'll be towing a 12,000# Dump trailer with it, is it going to be up to snuff to want to do it every day?

    What should I expect for mileage out of it?

    aprox oil change interval and cost?

    issues to look out for?

    general thoughts?


  2. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    I have a 1500HD that has the 6.0 in it also with a 4L80-E trans.

    My truck has 210k miles on it but I have towed at the max both my truck and trailer at 13k pounds. I'd say you are probably going to be pushing it if the trailer alone is 13k #'s. If it was me, I would be looking for a diesel. Even pulling my 7x16 enclosed, my truck pulls it very nicely but I would still rather have a diesel. If I were pulling that much weight on a regular basis I wouldn't be happy with it. Just my .02 though.

    As far as costs and such, the mileage sucks on them also. I average on the highway doing 65-70 with no load right around 13. With my trailer I get about 8-9mpg.
  3. dieselss

    dieselss LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,042

    If its a legit 12000 trail. You need a bigger tk we tow our 10500 skid with a 3500 dually with a 6.0 and its a dog. Try that with a few other 6.0s we got and same thing...better get out a push at times
    Oil changes. 6qts and a filter,,,price is all in what oil u get
    I would look into something else. Just my .02
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  4. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    sounds like you guys need diesel trucks lol....I tow a skid steer a few times a week, a mini x a few times per week, my buddy's 7x14' 14k dump trailer loaded about 1ft-2ft over the sides with oak, and my 96 f350 diesel does it pretty well stock. so at time's i'm towing closer to 15,000lbs fuel economy is garbage but i really don't care about that, its factored into my jobs. but i would go turbo diesel. You need the torque!!!!

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