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RE: 2019 Silverado Diesel

Should be interesting with the F150 diesel coming out as well. If Ram can get their 1500 Ecodiesel sorted out it will make for some good "discussion" on here after the 3-way Ike shootout! And they do not have camo. Unless you look at the tailpipe they are hiding in plain sight.
mich800 06/25/17 09:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cash rebates taxed?

So he is stating if you take a check for the rebates it is taxable but not if you apply it to the price of the truck. If that is what you are talking about you can be assured he is wrong. Because the only difference between the two transactions is where you spent the money.
mich800 06/25/17 05:11am General RVing Issues
RE: How much water is in your fuel?

Why are these no-cap systems considered to be a good idea ? What is the benefit ? Is it simply that you can just shove the nozzle in without unscrewing a cap ? I lived in snow country for many years and ir sure seems like snow, ice, SALT, slush, would end up packed and froze up in there. And then what happens when you need to fillup in below freezing weather and all that gunk is sitting there ? I think it is to take operator error out of the emission equation. No loose gas caps.
mich800 06/19/17 05:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tip: "Tractor" fuel = RV diesel

Sure? Tractor fuel is for the drive unit of an eighteen wheeler. Tractor fuel incudes commercial road taxes. Refer fuel does not have the taxes. However I believe both are the same blend of diesel minus the dye. As a noncommercial, can we use refer fuel? No, reefer fuel is just dyed off-road diesel. Because it is used for the refrigeration unit it is not subject to road taxes.
mich800 06/14/17 05:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: F150 3.15 axle 10 speed equals 3.55 axle 6 speed

So you expect to be able to use all of your gears in any situation when towing? I am not sure what your towing experience is and I am not trying to insult, but most vehicles are not able to use all of their transmission gears in every situation when towing heavy (or even moderate loads for some) regardless if the have a 5, 6, 8, or 10 speed transmission. Most current 6 speeds have two overdrives which are 5th and 6th gears. With my 2014 Cummins, my 6th is utilized as my overdrive when unloaded and towing light loads for better fuel economy. I lock out 6th and use 5th as my overdrive when towing moderate to heavy loads on the highway. Again, for better fuel economy and to keep the EGT's in check. Just because you have all those gears, doesn't mean you have to use them in every situation. They are there to keep the engine in its power band and have enough torque multiplication to keep the vehicle moving forward. Heck, even tractor/trailers with 13 or 18 speeds are not able to use all gears in every situation when towing.The top gears for fuel economy are not a big concern to me. But to lose 4 of your gears all at the top seems poorly balanced. I would rather be in the middle 6 ratios for normal conditions. For economy I would have 2 more at the top, and for an unexpected steep condition have two more at the bottom. A lower 4.10/4.56 would present this flexibility. I would worry more about getting started on a 15+ percent incline more than a bit of economy. I understand those tractor/trailers don't always use the lowest gear to get moving. Or do they? 4.1/4.56 does not gain flexibility. It eliminates it. Now you have a vehicle set up for one purpose. At that point purchase the big truck and be done with it.
mich800 06/14/17 03:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do Not Disturb While Driving mobile feature coming

Do we honestly think that someone that is so undisciplined would rely on this function to prevent them from using their phone. Or would they just occasionally turn it off or defeat it just to take a "quick" peek at what they have been missing.
mich800 06/07/17 12:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Bison electric truck

Even Musk can't make it work Maybe he should concentrate on not losing money on every car he sells before they branch out to other vehicle types.
mich800 06/02/17 07:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 radiators

Just looked at the radiator. About an inch thick. Looks like a single core. My truck was originally a rental, so it doesn't have any towing options on it. There isn't much room between the fans and the front of the engine, so I'd have to replace the fan assembly as well, I'd guess. Looks like loads of fun! I may put it off until fall. The heat has hit here. It is only a problem when towing up long steep hills. I can slow it down a bit and it's no longer a problem. Rental truck? which means towing is limited to 5,000 lbs. if in fact it doesn't have any towing options. You might want to consider adding all the towing options. 535 towing package included: -7 wire towing harness -Hitch receiver -auxiliary auto transmission oil cooler -radiator upgrade -electronic trailer sway control The 60P max tow included the above, plus: -upgraded rear bumper -trailer brake controller Honestly, without the factory towing package, I'm not surprised it warmed up pulling heavy on a grade. Finally, I think everyone missed the fact this truck does not have the tow package.
mich800 06/01/17 06:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer comes unhitched, kills 1.

Sheriff Curt Folger says a truck hauling a camper was driving eastbound on U.S. 150 when the camper came loose and went into the westbound lanes, hitting an SUV head-on. I don't understand how a camper came out of the bed of the truck and went into oncoming traffic. My point is, why does every RV have to be called a camper? This is my pet peeve. Because it is like Kleenex or a Xerox copy. It has taken on the general meaning for that type of product. When I hear or read camper I envision any type of towable.
mich800 05/31/17 03:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer comes unhitched, kills 1.

I'd like to know more. Were there safety chains on the trailer? My boat trailer had hydraulic brakes and there was a small safety cable that applied the brakes if the trailer came loose. On my TT I had electric brakes. If the trailer came loose, no brakes would be applied. Looks like there could be some kind of system that applied the brakes if the trailer came loose. Trains apply the brakes by default. The air holds the brakes "open". If an air line blows, the brakes are applied. Trailers are the other way around. Might be something to learn from trains. Still wouldn't prevent all deaths but seems reasonable to investigate. I always wonder why there's not trailer & hitch inspections required but here in Tennessee there's not even vehicle inspections. If it runs, you can drive it. Yearly vehicle inspections should be mandatory everywhere. There's people diving cars with bad tires, no brakes and ball joints ready to break. The only thing protecting you from them is a yellow line. There were many safety features that failed or neglected to get to this result.
mich800 05/30/17 03:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2016 F450

the way things are going in Ma I wont be sureprised when they require people to have their RV's inspected along with the truck. Once they start doing that do you think it is so far away that they start weighing them? I almost got failed this year because my truck didn't have wheel chocks. Part of your inspection is having wheel chocks for passenger vehicles/pickups? Those are some strict requirements. We don't have inspections in Michigan.
mich800 05/30/17 02:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best place to buy Honda 2000 Companion?

Wise Sales used to be a popular place people got Hondas online. But from what I read, Wise lost their deal with Honda because they were selling them too low: below Hondas MAP pricing. Most places sell them all about the same. If you find one of those "$50 off" coupons at Northern Tool or something like that, it would help. But since pricing is so similar anywhere on Hondas, I bought mine local in the unlikely event one of them needed service work. You can sell below MAP. Just not advertise that price in print or on the internet. One way some online retailers get around that is to have the disclaimer add product to cart to view our price or something similar.
mich800 05/30/17 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Exploding Grill

If you heard a boom that loud, something on that grill would have been blown off, or even yet, the charcoal would have blown everywhere too. Are you sure the boom was from the grill, and not a back-fire from an automobile, or an early 4th of July Cherry Bomb? That is what is so weird about it. Regular Webber charcoal grill and the lid was open. My neighbor was cutting the grass on the other side of the road. It is a possibility that the mower backfired but it sounded like it was right next to my ear. Worst part, no alcohol involved. At least that would explain some of it.
mich800 05/29/17 05:49pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Exploding Grill

So the shrooms survived. I had thought maybe they were what exploded. Food did not move. Only think I can think of some salt got into a puddle of olive oil between some grates and got super heated. I have seen youtube videos of molten salt exploding in water.
mich800 05/29/17 04:30pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Exploding Grill

GOOOOOD SHROOOOMS They were good. Sure didn't affect the flavor. And the burgers were even better.
mich800 05/29/17 04:11pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Exploding Grill

Here is a new one for me and I have been unsuccessful finding out if this has happened to anyone else. I was grilling vegetables on my charcoal grill in a pan and some mushrooms on the grates (just drizzled some olive oil on everything). I hit everything with my kosher salt shaker and turned around to put the tongs on the table. All the sudden a loud boom, sounded like a shotgun went off. My ears are still ringing. All I can think of is the excess salt on the grates or going down to the hot coals exploded. Has anyone ever heard of this happening? This wasn't just some small pop but very loud.
mich800 05/29/17 03:49pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Best place to buy Honda 2000 Companion?

I think internet searching and making some phone calls will find you the best price. Or do you want someone else to do that for you? So how do you deal with MAP restrictions in your searches? Just google the product and make 1,000 calls. Or come on a forum where hundreds have made the same purchase and narrow down your search. Last time I checked 100% of the questions on this forum could be answered by an internet search or phone call.
mich800 05/29/17 09:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Justice Dept. sues FCA

Sooooo....back to the original topic. Does this mean FCA cannot sell the current vehicles? Haven't seen any TV commercials recently. The ecodiesel has not been certified and cannot be sold yet. So unless you have one from before the EPA issue they are not available new.
mich800 05/24/17 03:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: buyer beware

I've been an Amazon Prime member for quite some time .... and lately it seems like more and more of their items are not offered under "Amazon Prime" free shipping. I wonder if "Amazon Prime" isn't gradually becoming merely a marketing common-on trick (Amazon Prime movies notwithstanding) and actually applying to less and less of the products that show up on their website. I'm really not interested in whether "Amazon" or a "3rd party through Amazon" is selling an item that shows up on Amazon's website. The logistics and internal operating arrangements as to how Amazon gets any particular product to show up on their website is their problem - and not mine to be concerned with. When I signed up for Amazon Prime my intent and assumption was to get free shipping all the time on every item. If Amazon has to gradually increase their Amazon Prime annual membership fee in order to offer it this way ... then so-be-it ... but don't mislead us non-fine-print-reading customers into thinking "Amazon Prime" means free shipping. (Rant over - that's what happens when I type before drinking my first cup of coffee!) The issue is the sellers that are merchant fulfilling on Amazon. I.E. the product is not shipped from an Amazon warehouse so they have no way of controlling that and up to the individual seller. But as a consumer that signs up for the premium service Amazon offers I completely understand the issue of not getting that benefit for 100% of items purchased on their website.
mich800 05/24/17 11:17am General RVing Issues
RE: 2016 F450

One thing I can add. I was in the car business for several years. There were several instances of cars being "driven like you stole them" Try to find out a little more about the employee who was driving the truck. He could have taken care of it, or put about 10 years worth of wear and tear in less than a year. And when you were in the business if a potential buyer asked you if the employees were driving the *&^^# out of the vehicle you would answer yes? I agree the price is high. But one or several employees driving the vehicle is no different than an off lease vehicle where the previous owner had no incentive to maintain it while it was under warranty. That particular question never came up. :) I was just being facetious. We all know the correct answer would have been it was only used to take the elderly to church on Sunday's. :B
mich800 05/24/17 10:08am Tow Vehicles
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