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Had a concrete sub that owned 4. One of them had 225k and ran strong. The other three had reocurring injector issues, head gasket issues and cost him a lot more over their life than he likely would have spent on a gasser.
I drive a 6.0 2500 GM. Those motors are notorious guzzlers. I avg 12 unloaded and 9 when towing. You can go to most truck forums and find the guys that make nutty claims about fantastic mileage, either thru a certain brand, a tune or chip, etc. The laws of physics are true in all 50 states. Pulling a trailer creates the same drag behind any truck you pick. I don't have any bias, I just prefer inexpensive breakdowns, and for the most part, my gas trucks have been cheaper to maintain over the long haul, including the cost for fuel.
I avoid using my truck for everyday run arounds when possible, because my philosophy is that the gas mileage doesn't really matter to me if I'm making money when I use it.
I pull 12k plus on a fairly regular basis; skid steers, vehicles, backhoes, campers and 5th wheels. No problems. I know quite a few diesel guys pulling 5th wheel campers and equipment trailers who honestly get around 12 mpg loaded. I don't buy new either, but if I were looking at diesels and the cost for one, even used, I would have to wonder why the seller was unloading it.