Roy, i did not, but i knew roughly what i wanted for the last couple of year (e.g. jay flight bunk house and weight wasn't a concern for me with my TV). The only thing i didn't know was that they had added this new 32TSBH floorplan. Which for us (having 5 kids) removed the last major compromise in terms of the number of bunks. The wife took one look and said she wanted it. good luck in your search.
What is the payload of your chevy from the door sticker? That seems like a heavy TW to carry along with a family of 7.
oldest is eleven and she's skinny (and i'm skipping meals / drinking slimfast shakes)...
payload is 2527, gross combined is 17K (as configured, but i'm prepared to have duraburb drop a duramax in it depending on my experience driving it back which would take combined to 19000).
Save the $$ on the Duraburb (although it'd be SWEET) and re-gear the beast to 4.10 diff's - will get you the same 19K GCWR. Probably a $2K job.
I had an '01 8.1 4.10 with 265 tires (giving roughly a 3.92 ratio) and caught a d-max cruising up a long pass climb @ 3200RPM.....he was NOT impressed, which was evident when the big puff of smoke came out of his pipe as he stomped on it when I was within a couple hundred yards and my kids chanting "Pass him! Pass him!"
I didn't pass him as we were approaching the crest and I knew he'd just fly past me on the flats like he had done a few miles before the start of the pass.....but, I could have
Anyway, enjoy the new trailer - looks awesome!!
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Mike, thanks! Indeed i have always kept the gear swap in mind. You think 2K would get both front and rear done since it's a 4x4? That was one of my pauses.
The other was mileage. I do not have a lead fit, but i generally was getting 8-10MPG in lower/flatter elevations just towing the old units (~5500 loaded). Looking at ~10000 mile trips out west and everywhere else, etc. Non towing i probably average 11, but get a bit more highway. That's a bunch of gas. Enough to offset the cost of the diesel swap with the 4.11s? debatable, but i have almost 100K on her now. The diesel would last a lot longer. With rumors that Ford planning to drop the E-series in 2014 (and unknown if they'll reintroduce a deisel in 2013 or not), capable tow vehicles that actually fit my family are rapidly becoming extinct...
well, i got two calls from the local guy last night. Not sure if they didn't realize i was truly ready to purchase or what, but when i let him know i had ordered out off state, they offered to beat that price, etc (noting on the second callback that they had forgotten/not known about a current "rebate" goning on through January). Not sure about that, but at least my "how in the world could you let me walk rather than make something?" has sort of been answered - albeit two weeks too late.
A shame, because i truly would have given the local guy my business (even for a little more $) had they gotten in gear a little earlier.