Yes, exactly, that's the data I've been working off. I will need some loading in the TV as well, and prefer to not go past 70-80% of max rating. I was thinking I just can't go with Suburban, but they're so much cheaper than the alternatives. So my question still stands.
Different engine, gearbox, suspensions. . . SAE J2807 standard came in between, so measured differently. I would see what insurance has to say, 5th wheel can easy make a 3000# difference. Of course all assume no other cargo load **at all**.
The key metrics are total cost per mile and total cost per year, including amortizing the purchase price, insurance / registration, taxes, fuel maintenance, repairs everything. The first few years' depreciation on a new one will be **lots** higher than any repair costs. And after 150K, those Duramax maintenance and rebuild costs will be much higher than a Vortec. I bet $1 a mile would be a pretty close balpark for a gasser, start with a few grand in an account, add $1 per mile as you drive, or say $400 a month minimum when she sits, you'll probably see it grow fast enough to keep up, and even save for a rebuild, or its replacement.
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