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How would one of these trucks work for pulling a trailer? It is a 2001 C6500 with the 8.1 liter with an Allison auto in it and it runs on propane. It was an ice cream truck and the cooler was took off of it. Any word on how the engines stand up using all propane?
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Default Re: Propane Chevrolet C6500

I'm bettin' it's an old Schwan's truck, ain't it?
I think you'll use a bit more fuel on propane, other that that, you should have no problems.
Your oil should stay cleaner longer because of the propane. You'll have to make sure you have gasoline in the fuel system when shutting down in cooler weather and start on gas, then switch to propane when the engine's warmed up.
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Default Re: Propane Chevrolet C6500

I had a 1984 Ford pickup with a 351 c.i. At 8500 km I switched it over to straight propane with a 80 gal tank in the back and put on 328,000 km with no problems. In 12 years it only failed to start once at -40. The oil stayed cleaner. Plugs lasted longer.
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Default Re: Propane Chevrolet C6500

How heavy of a trailer? The 6500 series is pretty stout compared to your average 3500 dually. Most likely it has a pretty low rear gear and will get single digit fuel mileage (5-8 mpg) driving empty.
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Yes it is a Schwans truck. I would be pulling a 25' triple axle gooseneck . We heard that if they were to be pulled really heavy the burn holes in the pistons.Most of the time we would haul 2 tractors on it, Weight total between 8000# and 12000#
The guy that has it says he drove it back from Florida and got about 8-10 MPG. He had another one piggybacked on it. Pulling a trailer he says about 7-8 MPG .We looked at it like if you can contract the fuel in the summer months you would save money at that rate over a gas or diesel pickup. It would pretty much only get used in the summer.
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I run one its a 1994 with a 366 engine..10 foot dump body pulls 9 ton lowboy OK....no powerhouse but gets it done
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few other points....has to be plugged in below 32f
I get 5.6 mpg empty & lightly loaded...load it to the limit and it goes to 3
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