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Rickk88

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Greetings. I'm considering purchasing a new Trail Boss but I'm unsure about the engine displacement. I'll be commuting 60 miles round trip, all highway. I've read mixed reviews about the 2.7 engine. What are your thoughts? My budget is around 58-60k, so I'm deciding between the Duramax Custom Trail Boss and the LT Trail Boss 2.7. What are your thoughts ?
Won’t be towing anything.
 
I suggest a 3.0 Duramax. I have one in my Yukon and love it. I wish it was available in my 21 TB but it wasn’t until 22.
My Yukon SUV avgs 25mpg and gets 30mpg on road trips steady 65mph.
My daughter’s 4cyl Toyota SUV gets about 22mpg so 25-30 in a 6000lb SUV is damn impressive in my opinion.
 
Wow. Those are great numbers! Is there a such thing as a headlight mod for the Custom TB ? The halogen headlights look a bit dated
 
I have a 22 TB with the 2.7 Turbo HO. The best mpg I've gotten after 60K miles was 24-mpg unloaded and rolling downhill.

My average mpg including mostly highway, then city, then trails ranges from 17-22 mpg. Stock.

EDIT *** After another 2" lift, 35s (which are actually 34s), and a bed rack with a tent, I'm closer to 15-18 mpg on average.

I also only run premium fuel

It's not the most fuel-efficient engine option but it's bulletproof.

When towing a trailer up to 8000lbs or hitting the max towing limit, going up and down grades that are up to 7%, the 2.7 handles it fine - it doesn't whine out at redline unless you floor it and try to overtake someone going up the grade. MPG here is absolutely hilarious and not worth mentioning. The only thing that does make me nervous is having such a light truck compared to the added weight of a 5.3, 6.2, or 3.0.

I don't tow often, maybe 4 times a year (usually a family camper 7600lbs or horse trailer which is about 5800 lbs).

If I could go back and get the same low interest rate that I have now on the 2.7, I would've paid more for the 3.0.
 
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Wow. Those are great numbers! Is there a such thing as a headlight mod for the Custom TB ? The halogen headlights look a bit dated
I had a '21 Custom, I put Lasfit LEDs in it.
 
so I'm deciding between the Duramax Custom Trail Boss and the LT Trail Boss 2.7. What are your thoughts ?
Unless there is something specific you want option wise in the LT trim, or you can’t find a custom trim with the options you want, my vote is the Babymax 3.0. Everyone I’ve known personally as well as what seems like the majority of 3.0 owners on here seem to love it.
 
Duramax since your focus is mpg. The 2.7 Turbo is comparable to the 5.3 V8 on mpg. The diesel engine is better in this regard. The diesel output is also close to horsepower to the 2.7 Turbo, but produces more torque than the 6.2 V8. The only downside is diesel costs as much as premium fuel. The cost benefit between the 2.7 Turbo and 3.0 Diesel is almost a wash.
 
If the MPG differential between the 2.7 Turbo and Duramax is around 5 MPG, then you'll get around 110 more miles per tank with the Duramax. If the cost differential between diesel and regular unleaded is around $0.90 (as it currently is) then fuel costs will be lower for the Duramax once you factor how many miles you can drive.
 
I’m new to the forum.. but found this on YouTube few weeks ago I guy made a comparison on the 1500 with the 3 motored offered. I think the diesel sells it self from this.
 

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