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Old 10-12-2004, 10:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1993 Chevy K3500 DRW Tow rig ???

I am looking at possibly buying a 1993 Chevy K3500 DRW with the 454 as a tow rig. The truck has roughly 110k miles on it. Is there anything in particular I should be concerned with these specific trucks? Has anyone had good/bad experiences with these trucks? Observed gas mileage? Engine/trans reliability? 454 vs. 6.5 turbo diesel?

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Lifted? Tire size? Gear Ratio?
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Old 10-13-2004, 12:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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all i can think of is how empty your wallet will be with having a 454 and the gas prices right now.. good luck!
diesel is not much better right now, i just put $35 bucks in the K5 at $2.17 a gallon for diesel.. it sucks, only 15 gallons
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Stock tire size, not lifted, 2wd and I am not sure what gear ratio the truck has in it at this point.
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I knew a person with a rig just like that, only a crew cab. He pulled a 6 place enclosed(canvas top) snowmobile trailer to wyoming and back with it, getting a staggering 6mpg the whole way.. empty I think it would get around 10.
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yeah the gas prices in CA are steep right now. The station near my house is $2.46 for 87. 6mpg towing would ass bang my wallet prison-style. Anyone else have any input on these trucks? Did the 3500 only come with the 454?

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Old 10-14-2004, 07:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My girlfirends daily driver is a 3/4 SUrburban with a 454/Vortec 7.3. We get 13.5 on the interstate at 75 mph'ish and about 10 in town. I have not used it for towing much, but it does a good job with what I have towed. I have a car hauler/ramp truck with a Cadillac 472 for the majority of my hauling duties. Let's just say that does not get 13.5 mpg and leave it at that But both the Burb and the hauler are paid for. I can buy a lot of gas for the 400-600 a month a new truck payment would be..
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Old 10-16-2004, 10:20 AM   #8 (permalink)
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car hauler

Madmarx - what is the make/model of that car hauler? I have looked at those too. Did you have to get a commercial license to drive it? I would actually prefer to have a car hauler/ramp truck than the chevy, but I am a bit intimidated by the lack of knowledge I have of car hauler/ramp trucks. is there a website that has info/car haulers for sale?
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Old 10-16-2004, 07:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Here are some pics and a quick rundown on my hauler. No commercial license. It is just a 1 ton chevy flatbed according to the insurance company and the state...

My ramp truck in the show us your tow rig thread
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i think diesel always makes a nicer tow rig. they like to rev low, so you don't have to keep your foot to the floor...better mileage

you guys think 6mpg is bad, our '77 chevy topkick(junk) with a 427 at work gets 6mpg unloaded, 3mpg with the trailer loaded down
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go dodge!! I know of alot of people having great luck with the cummins, 22+ mpg unloaded, and maybe 18-19 loaded, pulling a big ass 5th wheel camper, his is a 1 ton, extended cab long bed dualley. his is a 24v motor, with a 5sp, tops out about 75-80 ish, but gets there ina hell of a hurry. So if its in the budget, go for a cummins.
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