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RE: Super Duty #1 stolen truck

I put a Ravelco antitheft system in my ZL1 Camaro. According to the company they have never been defeated. Pretty simple and they work on most any vehicle. I have never put anything like it in my pickups, but I take the Camaro into California sometimes and that is dangerous territory for a ZL1.
ksss 01/18/17 08:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Should 2 Wheel Drive Low Range be a option??

I remember years ago that was an option. I had an 84 3500 SRW with a 6.2L in it. There were times when I needed the lower gear ration, not necessarily 4 X4 low. I could just not lock in the front hubs and have access to the lower gear ratio without being in 4X4. However now days with all the power these newer pickups have I don't think it is necessary.
ksss 01/08/17 09:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All GM trucks combined sell more than Ford.

You can sell as much junk as you want, in the end all that's left is a bunch of junk on the road! Or............................ You can buy a Ford! Were your kids playing on the computer or is this nonsense really you?
ksss 01/08/17 01:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All GM trucks combined sell more than Ford.

Calling a Colorado a truck is like calling health care affordable. Ha! Well it has larger payload capacity than a lot of half tons and it has a real frame. The Ranger, I have read will likely be a Unibody. Now that is not a truck, but yet it will be marketed as one.
ksss 01/07/17 12:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 GMC/Chevy DEF tank!

Just yesterday I was sitting at a light in my Prius work truck WHen did a Prius truck become available? When my bride told me I was spending $7-800 a month in gas for the F250 using it for work. I joked with her that I was going to buy a Prius and she could drive the F250 for her short commute. She found one she liked, a charcoal 2013 Prius Xsp. She's been driving the F250 for over two years and I loaded all my parts and tools from the F250 into the Prius and went from 11-14mpg to 53~mpg on my 100~mile a day route. Other than the jokes and stigma, it's not a bad car to drive. But do you find it difficult to drive with a bag over head? If you turn your head real fast, do you lose your eye holes? Sorry......couldn't help myself. Your a better man than me, I couldn't do it.
ksss 01/07/17 11:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 GMC/Chevy DEF tank!

Haven't had an issue with my 2012 or the 2016 with the def tank location- I agree it's not the most aesthetically pleasing but the AMP steps and the aftermarket guard I have completely hide it. I have 34k miles on my 10 month old 2016 and am getting at least 5k miles between def fill ups- which is what I got with the 2012. Most of those miles are towing. (I grabbed 10,000 #'s of steel pipe for the ranch this morning which was a 600 mile round trip...) I agree it could be done better but it certainly won't hold me back from buying another GM truck... If it's a deal breaker for someone then they likely didn't want a GM truck to begin with... I agree. I have 34K on my 2015 3500HD. I am off road a lot. Being an excavation contractor in Idaho, necessitates being off road. I have had no issues in this pickup or any GM pickup that I have had with smashing that location. I agree it could happen. I also wish that they would come up with something else, but like mentioned, it wont stop from buying another. I pretty happy with these pickups.
ksss 01/06/17 06:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Who says that we need cheap pickups?

I like them highly loaded as well. Yes the buy in is higher. However the resale is higher so you get the cool options and you get at least half your upfit costs back when you trade in. One of the greatest features on the not necessary but **** nice to have is the heated steering wheel. When it is subzero outside that heated steering wheel is sooo nice.
ksss 12/24/16 11:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric refrigerator in toy hauler...Dry camping experience

Initially a lot of the Fuzions were coming with the residential fridge, looks like they are now going the other way or at least offering the propane/electric as well. A residential fridge and a tow hauler would seem to be at opposite ends of the plausibility spectrum. As far as batteries, I think the two six volt batteries in series is the least you want to go. Out here, my dealer doesn't sell them any other way. I bought a Fuzion from Holmans in 2010 that had a single 12V. After one camping trip, I was in buying two sixes. The nights are cold here even in the Summer, heater runs all night long.
ksss 12/18/16 02:54pm Toy Haulers
RE: LT265 vs LT275

I have 2012 3500 SRW and run the original 265 70 R18 most of the year. But I also have 275 70 R18 winter tires. My 275's rub the plastic wheel well behind the front tires if I turn sharply. My winter tires are studded Coopers. Hope this helps. Bummer....I have the same truck only a 2500. I was planning on switching to the 275 size because of the greater selection of available tires. Is yours a 4wheel drive? Hard to understand how a increase of only a 1/4" radius - 1/2" in diameter would rub. Anyone else having clearance issues on the 275 size on the GMs? I put a Cognito Leveling kit on my 2012 2500HD and I never rubbed with 275 Nitto EXO Grapplers. I don't rub with the same leveling kit on 2015 3500 gas or Deisel.
ksss 12/17/16 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: LT265 vs LT275

I myself doubt you'll see any changes at all. Especially with the Dmax. He won't notice any difference. I replaced the junk OEM 265/70/18 Goodyears on my 2500HD with 275/70/18s shortly after I bought it. At the time, there were exactly two different tires in the OEM 265 size to choose from. I went 275s to open up the tire choices. I did the same thing for the same reasons. The 275's look better on the pickup than do the 265s, but the increase in tire options is the best reason to do the deal. I just put on a new set of Nitto EXO Grapplers. Really like that tire, especially in tough driving conditions. I was able to get 55k out of my last set and if it was going into Summer instead of Winter I could have pulled more mileage out of them. Pretty good for a tire that aggressive.
ksss 12/17/16 02:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GMC vs Nissan diesel

I think Nissan honestly should have picked a different motor. The specs they have necessitate serious running gear. The Cummins has very close to the same spec as an LB7 Duramax. All the HD running gear adds weight and the powerful engine reduces mpg, and yet the 1500 specs payload doesn't allow for a payback. So there you are, a pretty narrow band of buyers. Basically anyone that wants a diesel half ton, that has torque and hp specs like an older 3/4 but only half ton tow specs, you have your pickup. They could put a full floating axle under it, call it 2500, turn the motor up a bit and enter the HD market. That might result in more sales.
ksss 12/17/16 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GMC vs Nissan diesel

I find it to be kind of interesting that people on this forum have been saying for years things like "My 2003 Cummins has all sorts of power." or "who needs a truck that can pull 30,000 lbs". Now that a manufacturer is targeting the small RV market with a smaller truck none of us have any interest in it. Well... that's not the argument that I was making. The OP was comparing a true 3/4 ton truck to a half ton truck with meager payload. That is why I made the comment about 2 cars that are so different. But to speak on your comment, many people (myself included) have advocated for a tweener vehicle. I want a vehicle that was in between a half ton and 3/4 ton for payload. The Nissan has LESS payload than a half ton... not interested. I want a vehicle that was between a half and 3/4 ton in price. The Nissan costs MORE than my Ram... not interested. I want a vehicle with BETTER fuel mileage than a 3/4 ton truck. The Nissan doesn't appear to have that either... not interested. Just because someone makes a vehicle doesn't mean that it meets the needs for which we have advocated. Every reason for which I would want a vehicle like this, this Nissan fails to provide. These were all the points that were brought up after the Nissan/Cummins hit the market. I looked at an XD for my wife this Fall. They slashed the heck out of the pricing. They are all still there at the dealership and that was months ago. They just really are not selling very well, at least out here. Fully loaded, they are pretty well appointed. I liked the interior, exterior is homely to me. I might have bought one because it is such a good deal, but after researching the MPG on the little Cummins which is poor, and the wife was not that enthusiastic about the idea. We decided not to but I would not have been against the idea of buying one. It would have simply been for transportation, I doubt it would pull anything. I think their market for this truck is just too small, it really does nothing very well, cant compete with the big three in power or economy. Pricing after seeing the rebates may help that comparison but MSRP to MSRP they are not that far away, to close to justify the reduction in capacity. If that little Cummins could reliably hit mid 20's in mpg like the Ecodiesel it would be a different story. However I am seeing mid teens for MPG, which is what I get with Dmax trucks with 3 times the capacity.
ksss 12/11/16 02:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires for an F-350

I have a set of NITTO EXO Grapplers on a 3500. I have been real happy with them. I have 50K on them and while if I was going into Summer and not Winter I could get more out of them. However I am good with 50K. Great off road, a little road noise but not bad, and a good Winter tire. I have another set waiting to go on.
ksss 11/30/16 11:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need New Tires

IMO, traction and Firestone AT don't belong in the same sentence. Good tire for being a cheap tire but can't give it more credit than its due. To the op, if you got 55kmi out of any tire, I'd just suggest buying that one again. That's about 15k more than I've ever seen out of a LT tire, but I don't run em down to the cords. Once they don't have winter traction they get pulled. Then I don't have the gumption to put them back on in the spring and wring out the last of the dry hiway miles. Most any tire will last a long time if you run em bald or near bald. Ok for highway and dry weather. Or if you can't afford new tires. But if your vehicle sees 4 seasons and all roads then the tires become essentially useless after they get down to 4-8 32nds for me. My guess is the hi mile guys run em to the wear bars. Those last few 32nds wear very well and don't go away near as quick a s the first half of the tread. This is my thoughts as well. Traction will always trump tread wear for me. The Winters are too tough, and the consequences too high to run high mileage/low traction tires. That is why I will never buy a set of Michelin tires. I am just about to pull my NITTO EXO Grapplers off, getting the last miles out of them and when the real snow hits I will put the new ones on. I have just over 50K on them. Very happy, excellent traction off road and in snow, decent on ice/snow packed roads. I pull heavy and a lot so to see 50K out of this tires I thought was very good. Probably could have got to 55-60 if I was going into Summer and not Winter.
ksss 11/20/16 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor Trend names their"Truck OTY" Anti GM bias there?

The new GM HD wasn't likely ready for the article. They still have not delivered a 2017 yet that I am aware of. It will be in play for next years contest. The new FORD SD with its first serious redo since 1999, certainly qualifies and looks like a very nice pickup.
ksss 11/15/16 07:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram truck problems ?

I think it is easy to look across the fence and see greener pastures. I have had a few issues with my 06-3500 LBZ. I did have the pump rub issue taken care of before it became expensive and of course the tranny lines. My recent GM trucks have all been trouble free. 2011 6.0 2500 to 65K no service calls, my 2015 3500 6.0 to 15K no trouble and my current 2015 3500 Duramax which is at 32K has not had a service call. All of these trucks did or have routinely pulled 30K combined. I recently had a GMC 5500 which washed a cylinder at 90K and ruined the motor. Every OEM has their issues and sometimes it is hard to keep that in perspective. Now if your always in the shop than that is different, but chances are regardless of what it says on the tailgate your gonna spend some money on it, especially if your working them hard.
ksss 11/14/16 06:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 GM Duramax

I had read where GM patented the method they used to screen FOD from the active air intake. Obviously they felt that they spent enough time and money on the process to justify locking it down. Hopefully they got it right. Considering how long they have been working on this new Duramax, they better have gotten it right. Part of me would like to wait before ordering one, just a little concerned about issues with it. This is a significant redo of the motor, right now the 2015 version is pretty solid. The other part of me would like to wash the 31K miles I have on my 1 year old 2015, and get out of it before I put any more miles on it.
ksss 10/31/16 10:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: '13- 2500HD Tire Shopping

I am have been happy with my NITTO EXO Grappler. I also have a pickup with COOPER ST MAXX. I like them as well. I have a set of BFG AT KO on another. The new BFG lasts longer than then the previous version, really like this tire when they are newer on ice. May be the best AT tire I have had on ice and snow pack. I am going to buy another set of the EXO's. Just a really good balance in what it does and the price is good, especially for NITTO.
ksss 10/16/16 01:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck trade-in hustle...

Got a call from a local Chevy dealer trying to explain the value of a new truck. I told her: I already have a new truck. She says: No, it's a year old and has 33,000 miles on it. I said: Right, so you already know why I don't need a new truck. :) Anything for a sale - and I believe there are good sales folks out there, and good dealers. But that one made me laugh ... Mine is two model years old with 30K miles and I think I am trading it in for 2017 model. 910 foot/pounds sounds pretty good to me. Trade values are high, might just do it.
ksss 10/10/16 09:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax is king of the mountain again

This should be quite a show going up Ike with the Ford and GM trucks making this kind of hp/torque. I hope that GM has kept with their philosophy of out working their engine specs.
ksss 09/27/16 08:23pm Tow Vehicles
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