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RE: new Escalade as TV

So, not exactly your scenario, but here is my experience. I upgraded from an 03 2500 8.1 Burb to a 2011 Yukon Denali XL. I use it to tow my 6500 pound boat. From boating forums, I know many people who sing the praises of the XL and Escalade for towing. But my experience has not been as good. To me, the towing experience is below expectations. At 65 MPH it is simply OK. Any faster than that (think about passing a slower moving vehicle on a 2-lane road), and I get quite a bit of trailer sway, and it works its way up to the Yukon. I know my problem is not my boat trailer as it towed fine with the older Burb as well as my truck in signature. I hope my problem is the P rated tires, and will likely upgrade this year. But I am not holding my breath either.
Bionic Man 02/21/17 04:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ike Gauntlet- Diesel GMC Canyon vs. Gas Chevy Colorado

Why aren't they testing the Tacoma?
Bionic Man 02/20/17 04:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F-350 DRW 0-60 testing

Impressive to me. Didn't they do a test on the 5.0 Cummins/Titan, and have it come in the 9's?
Bionic Man 02/20/17 03:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Where to do a 30# propane exchange

Around here, the local Rent-Alls sell propane and will re-certify a bottle. ACE will as well, if you find one that sells propane.
Bionic Man 02/19/17 06:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do I have enough goat?... I mean Ram......

Sounds like it should work to me. But I am sure the Weight Police will soon be here to tell you why you need a DRW for that trailer. In regards to the tires, I do think LT's would be on my upgrade list. Actually, they are on my own upgrade list as I don't like how the P tires on my Yukon XL handle with my 6500 pound boat.
Bionic Man 02/19/17 03:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is this really the only 5th wheel hitch option?

With that short of a bed, that is the hitch I would want.
Bionic Man 02/18/17 07:32pm Towing
RE: New Chevys

Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. To me, the new Ford SD and Chevy HD look an awful lot alike.
Bionic Man 02/18/17 06:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sluggish 2006 E450 6.8 10 cyl

I have found that there are two things that are often exaggerated about on these forums: Speed that someone can climb a hill. MPG they get while doing it. Take all of those claims with a grain of salt. I think your speeds sound normal. And, in reality, there are much more than two things people exaggerate about here......
Bionic Man 02/18/17 11:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Breakdown of truck sales 2016

At least you dont have to yank the cab on a Ram for major work...if needed I like being able to change my oil filter without having to remove my front right tire or the air box housing and tube. Come to think of it, changing the fuel filters is pretty easy too on the Fords and I don't have to worry about the transmission until 150K miles. Great reasons to not buy a truck! Wow with all that and great mirror i'm bout ready to jump ship! Well there's more reasons than that but I don't want to spend hours typing them out. You'd be here all day reading and then you'd spend the next few days haggling with dealers trying to trade your Ram in on a good Ford. I'd rather you drive in ignorance and not know what your missing. Between owning Fords and driving several Super Duties at work I know there's very little that current generation Ram owners are missing. And playing Russian roulette with the "delicate" CP4 HPFP is something I'll gladly miss out on! ;) You're right...its way better to play Russian roulette with your entire truck. When's the last time Ford was ordered to conduct a mass buyback? Should have been ordered a buyback with the 6.0 and 6.4 abortions of an engine. Exactly. When's the last time Ram spent over $1 billion in warranty repairs on a single engine? Face it, Ford's diesel reputation has been pretty dismal since the 6.0L. It's getting better but even the 6.7L has had some pretty serious issues for an engine that was supposedly tested and abused to the moon and back before it's release according to Ford. And the real icing on the cake is the number of CP4 failures that Ford refuses to warranty, unlike GM. Also, the massive buyback you are referring to is for the last generation Ram, not the current one. And lastly, I'm not a Ford hater. I owned 3 of them over the course of 20 years with the last one being a 6.0L. I also drive a F-150 for work every day and it's a great truck. I would buy one without hesitation if I were in the market for a 1/2 ton. So Ford's problems with previous outsourced diesel engines are fair game but not the previous generations of Ram trucks? :R Ford dumped International's engines and it's in-house 6.7 has proven to be a good engine. The CP4 is blown out of proportion here because its all you've got. I know dozens of 6.7 owners and none of us have had any issues. Every brand has its issues even your beloved Ram. There's a poster on here now claiming his Ram is a "turd". Lastly, I'm not a Ram hater since I've owned numerous but I have had issues with their quality. My father has had issues with Ram. My Uncles have had problems with Ram. It's a common theme in my family and we've all moved on. From our experience, Ford and GM make better more reliable trucks. I'm glad you like your F-150, I like mine too and its 14 years old! :B Oh I didn't know that all of the posts on Ford forums (many of them) regarding dropped valves, broken crankshafts, turbo failures, and glow plug tips breaking off into the cylinders actually weren't problems...... ;). And not to mention the jackhammering regen issue. Anyway, I'm happy to hear you're happy with your Ford and I wish you the best for many good years and miles ahead! :B I'm lost. I need the Readers Digest version. :) The Readers Digest version is welcome to the Brand Wars. In short, your house burnt down makes mine look better.
Bionic Man 02/17/17 01:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at a 2014 Ram 3500 Need Opinions

That is a fantastic deal at $12k.
Bionic Man 02/17/17 01:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at a 2014 Ram 3500 Need Opinions

Just about any truck these days should be able to go 200,000 + miles without any major mechanical failures. Personally, I wouldn't be any more worried about the "rest of the truck" than I would the drive train. That said, it would have to be at the right price. If he truly is having a fire sale, this might be a great buy. Take a look at other high mile trucks out on the market today. They are still holding their resale value.
Bionic Man 02/17/17 08:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is Ford going to be the SUV leader?

Right on par with the 6.2 in the Denali and Escalade - 420/460 (which has also proven to be historically superior in MPG). Ford's F150 has pushed the envelope for advancements in trucks. It is about time they gave some love to the full size SUV market. Competition is good.
Bionic Man 02/15/17 08:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Breakdown of truck sales 2016

Is this really going to devolve once again into a pissing match. Google FORD cracked dash and see how many images you get. Or Chevy. Or Toyota. You can find anything if you look. Time to grow up.
Bionic Man 02/15/17 11:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Titan Gas MPG

FLT test on the 5.6 gas Titan. To cut to the chase, it got 8.6 MPG. The truck had 2.9x gearing, so it seems like it would have been a bit better. For comparison, the 2017 3.5 EB got 9 MPH, and the EcoDiesel got 13 on the same loop. Video For the price you could get a nice 3500 SRW Ram/ Cummins and get better mileage and tow a lot more. Likely any of the big three diesels, in that price range would be nicely equipped. If you like the truck get it with a lower gear ratio! A comparably equipped diesel 2500 would almost certainly be $10k more. I am not the target market for this truck, but I don't buy that the problem here is pricing. The F150 that was tested was similarly priced, wasn't it?
Bionic Man 02/14/17 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
Nissan Titan Gas MPG

FLT test on the 5.6 gas Titan. To cut to the chase, it got 8.6 MPG. The truck had 2.9x gearing, so it seems like it would have been a bit better. For comparison, the 2017 3.5 EB got 9 MPH, and the EcoDiesel got 13 on the same loop. Video
Bionic Man 02/14/17 11:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Suburban as a tow vehicle

A local dealership had a 2001, 2500 Burb with the 8.1 on their lot recently. They were asking over $10,000 for it. It had something like 165,000 miles on it. It was real clean with fabric interior. Looked like a towing machine. I thought the price was too high but, it was sold in a jiffy. I sold my 2003 last June for $14,000. It had 140,000 miles, and it sold in less than two weeks. When in good shape, they are pretty desirable for someone who knows what they are looking for.
Bionic Man 02/14/17 09:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: What size truck will I need to tow a 28,000 pound trailer?

That is a BIG trailer. And you only want to spend $15k to tow it? That is going to rule out any light duty truck (and I wouldn't want to pull it with a 3500/4500 regardless of their ratings). You are squarely in MDT or HDT truck territory. And likely something with 500k + miles. I hope you find what you are looking for. I think you have some compromises in your future.
Bionic Man 02/13/17 11:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Breakdown of truck sales 2016

I have a problem with their data. The sum of Silverado's is 401,548. GM reported 574,876. So they are only accounting for 69.8 percent of the deliveries in their so called "80 percent" world. Honest question. Are the GM numbers including Canyon and Colorado? I would guess that would account for over 100,000 units. Here is the articles disclaimer. The numbers in the charts below represent various dealer sales that work with Cars.com and provide us with sales data (which covers about 75 ot 80 percent of all US dealerships) but does not include certain types of fleet purchases which are bought directly from manufacturers. As as result, the half-ton graph below represents a relatively accurate accounting of total sales (but may not exactly line up with other sources of the same data), while the remaining two charts (three-quarter-ton and one-tons) are more in line with those same 2016 results.
Bionic Man 02/13/17 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Painting my 93 Dutchmen

Wow. Lots of time and effort. Well done.
Bionic Man 02/11/17 03:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Ford Raptor vs. Chevy Silverado

Since Chevy really doesn't compete with the Raptor I wish that they had used an F150 with the standard 3.5 Ecoboost. That would be a lot more relevant to me. They ran the 2017 8 speed up against the 2016 6 speed and it got dusted. Since they are not even running an 1/8 mile the two 2017 trucks should run neck to neck if equipped with the same gears. Not a Ford guy so not sure it the Raptor has a different tune then the other f-150's The Raptor is pushing 450 HP vs the standard EB at 375. It looked like they did the same launch in that other story - power braked the 2017 and not the 2016 (actually, I thought that one was like a 2014?). They should launch them the same way - 4x4 engaged, power brake enough so that you don't lose traction, and then let er rip! I am sure the 2017 would still win, but at least that would be closer to apples - apples.
Bionic Man 02/11/17 07:41am Tow Vehicles
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