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RE: Duramax Power Reduction

A buddy had that happen while we were pulling car trailers from Crows Landing to Idaho coming up that big hill on the way to Reno from the Valley. We replaced his fuel filter and it was fine.
ksss 06/18/18 03:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019's

I have towed heavy with a 2015 3500 6.0 and with 2015 D/A and 2018 D/A. Towing about 30-31K combined up 6-7' mnt passes and living at 4700' elevation the 6.0 got 5-6 mpg towing that heavy. The Duramax trucks both older or newer are about 8-9 mpg. Obviously the Duramax is better towing experience, both up and down the hills (which you don't have). The mileage difference is not that great in my experience. Factor additional cost for Dmax and price increase for diesel over gas (at least here) it becomes a tougher decision. If you are pulling heavy a lot then the Dmax advantage really shows. If your pulling around 10K on flat ground, you have to knock down a lot of miles to get your money out of the Dmax.
ksss 06/08/18 12:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Chevy 2500 HD gas

Yeah if the rebate requires you to go through GMAC it is best to let that go. You can do better on the rate about anywhere. If you plan on keeping it to term you can save the rebate in the interest rate difference.
ksss 06/08/18 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Cummins, Fleetgaurd Air Filter any good?

I use Fleetguard for all my heavy equipment. Have for years. Quality stuff.
ksss 06/08/18 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: To delete or not to delete ?

Deleting the exhaust system on the fire truck...... huh.... ok so let me just add to what the shop is doing wrong... first the only trucks exempt from emissions are the military. I can tell you from fact that our fire service can't delete and emissions unless we get the good old gov to let it happen. Despite all of the ongoing regen issues we can't still have any... repeat any of our fire service trucks deleted... EPA would have a field day. Military can however since those trucks are used throughout the world. As far as the 6.7 having any need for a delete, I don't see the reason. They seem better now then other models in the past. If u do delete keep all your parts cause u will need to put them back on prior selling the truck. And of course the shop wants you to delete it. Not only because they make money on parts and installing but they sell your deleted system on the other market and make money there.....that my experience and my opinion only. I know that in Florida, you can't trade in a truck with a deleted system. The dealer can't resell unless they put the system back in... of course they take full advantage of a deleted truck and charge u the bill or severely drop ur trade in value to reinstall the system. They do it because they don't want a diesel regen on a fire scene. FD have done it here as well.
ksss 06/01/18 02:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Grrrr!! What are the big three trying to do????

As the OP could I please ask someone with a 2017/2018 Ford Superduty F350 4x4 DRW please tell me how high the bed rail is at the tailgate with 3200lbs sitting directly over the rear axle? I keep reading and hear about of this suspension squat underload due to progressive rate springs installed in this trucks to soften the unloaded ride. My beds rails sit at 55 inches off the ground loaded or unload thanks to my air bags and my 5ver overhang is about 61 inches off the ground with the trailer level. And no it's not 15 year old. I can't imagine the new truck squatting 5 inches under a load of 3200 lb's but anything's possible I guess. I just know that I'm not raising a perfectly towing trailer to fit a truck designed for off road busk escursion's. Speaking of that who in their right mind takes a dually offroad onto bush trail's. Dually are made for hauling heavy loads not trail driving As I posted earlier, I have the exact same trailer as you and a 2017 F-350 dually. I have around 8" clearance, camper runs level when hooked up and my rig is stock. Unless you changed from factory height when you did the IS, yours should run the same as mine. http://i68.tinypic.com/mkahqw.jpg I have 8-9" with my Chevy 2018 3500 after some adjustment. It is just slight nose high. 6" of clearance might be enough if you never get off asphalt. I found out first hand it is not adequate on a toyhauler that leaves pavement for forest service roads.
ksss 05/30/18 03:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Kids are making buying a used diesel truck a chore..

I know EXACTLY what the op is saying. It took me two years to find a laramie or longhorn 3500 dually 4x4 aisin, 4:10s, auto level , fifth wheel prep.. reno, nope, carson city, nope Towbin dodge las vegas?, nope, Mcpeek, anaheim, sacramento, nope nope nope!. Every darn truck was a short bed. Lots jacked up 20 feet in the air!. Went to DAVE SMITH Kellogg Idaho.. every dually was slt or tradesman!.Dave Smith has 400 trucks and not one darn thing im looking for. They did have two laramies, one aisin. No auto level or tow prep. He did have 5 KIDS trucks. Jacked up, big honking horny lookng rims and tires. Why does Ram make a truck capable of towing 30,000 lbs and NOT ONE DEALER CARRIES IT.. Finally found one with 1200 miles.. Sticker was 77400, bought for 61000!.. so it all worked out. Just took along time... According to GM, the market for that kind of capacity is small (there excuse anyway). Since Ram makes you pay for that capacity with certain options, at the end of the day probably not many willing to opt for that kind of capacity if they have to pay more for it.
ksss 05/29/18 07:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.0l 301,112 miles

You do hear stories like this of 6.0's putting on a lot of miles with relatively few problems. I don't know if there is any rhyme or reason to it. Some run and many don't.
ksss 05/27/18 05:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Who said it doesn’t pay to drive a 1/2 ton diesel Ford.

I had a 6.2 in an 84 4X4 3500 SRW. I put 225K on it when I sold it. one injector pump and about 10 starters was the extent of my issues mechanically. Yes it was gutless but put in context of the time, so was everything else during those years. I am not saying it was a great motor, just my experience was mostly positive. What makes things different now is the cost of the diesel option in a half ton, the mpg return and towing capacity. Ram seems to have found a sweet spot, good mpg and middle of the road towing, Nissan missed it on about every account in my view, we will see how Ford and GM do. I don't think these trucks are going to fly off the shelf unless they can kill it in the mpg dept. With fuel rising, that might sell more of these pickups. I don't think that the points that resonate with the 3/4-1 ton crowd is going to be the same that motivates the 1/2 ton diesel buyer.
ksss 05/23/18 02:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Who actually enjoys towing?

Towing in Idaho is enjoyable. I pulled my ZL1 down to California (Fontana and Crows Landing)in a 28' race trailer this Spring. That was not so fun once you hit Cali. I am not sure who's idea it is to restrict vehicles pulling trailers to 55 mph, but they should be beat. Cali sucks but other than that, just another day in the office.
ksss 05/22/18 06:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone Excited about the 3.0 Duramax?

I think it is fine line to walk. Give the engine too much power and you what Nissan came to town with. Good power, but requires 3/4 running gear which creates more weight, and reduces capacity and gives poor mpg. They have to be priced right of course. MPG I think is a major buying point in this segment. So it has to be able to pull what other half tons can pull, but put too much power into it and that is not good either. It is an interesting dance.
ksss 05/16/18 07:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: What's your thoughts on the Duramax?

I find it hard to believe that I've got the one piece of junk that GM built. Looks like just you and the guy in the thread that spray painted his pickup. Do you play the Lotto?
ksss 05/12/18 11:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Diesel Ike Gauntlet

It's a F-150 grocery getter with a diesel. If you expect it to pull and handle like a 1 ton, better think again. I find those 'tests' border on comical. Curious what makes it comical? That the truck laid down? Somehow it is not a fair test? They drove the pickup up and down the hill like they have been doing with different trucks for years. Judging by the amount of discussion that is generated, the number of views, I think you would be in the minority with that opinion. Especially in this case, where a new product failed, good information for buyers and for Ford. Somewhere there is an engineer with his forehead buried in his hands.
ksss 05/11/18 05:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What's your thoughts on the Duramax?

I have had or still have an 01 3500, 03 2500, 05 5500, 06 3500, 08 2500, 15 3500 and currently an 18 3500. The 5500 being the only Dmax that was not to the standard I would say of the others. Pretty outstanding motor in their own right. I don't buy anything else, my biggest decision is Chevy or GMC.
ksss 05/11/18 11:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Tire Recommendation; Disappointed in Firestone H/T

Don't bother with KO2. First half of the tread is really good. Unfortunately that doesn't last long. I have said many times, but when new, I am not sure there is a better tire on ice. Love them for that, but in deep snow they suck, mud they suck and they wear far to fast. Once more than half gone, they are not as impressive on ice. They look good, but that is about it after 50%.
ksss 05/03/18 07:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 28,500 lbs Ford vs Ram 1 ton DRW

"The real reason you don't see Duramax competing in the max tow rating race like Ford and Ram is that almost no one tows that heavy! " NO WAY that is true. I tow 23-25K combined with my 15 RAM and it handles it all within the SAE ratings. If GM could get SAE to rate them at 30K towing they sure the HE!! would. There are plenty of people out there that tow heavy that are and are not RVers. Plain and simple the Allison is at the end of it's power limits. I agree with transamz9, I am sure I can out pull you on any grade you choose at any weight you choose. ONE major reasons I have 6 gears and you have 4 with a horrible 3-4 shift. I pull over 30K combined with a Duramax. No issues to date. Pulls great.
ksss 04/29/18 03:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Tire Recommendation; Disappointed in Firestone H/T

I like the Nitto's as well. I have a pickup with the EXO Grapplers and my wife has the G2 on her half ton. Both are really good depending on what you expect out of the tires How have the EXO's worn in your dmax? Have you had them on snow/ice? This is my third set, pulling heavy the majority of the time and I get about 55K out of them. I sipe them when they are worn down 50 percent, just because. I am happy with the grip on ice, very good in snow. Here in East Idaho that is a large part of our driving. There is some road noise but it is not bad in my opinion. It is a HD tire.
ksss 04/27/18 04:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Tire Recommendation; Disappointed in Firestone H/T

I like the Nitto's as well. I have a pickup with the EXO Grapplers and my wife has the G2 on her half ton. Both are really good depending on what you expect out of the tires
ksss 04/27/18 11:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: 28,500 lbs Ford vs Ram 1 ton DRW

If Ford advertised 385 hp there wouldn't be anything to discuss. The Cummins advertises 385 peak Hp and 930 ft lbs of torque. Based on what Cummins claims you'd expect it to average around 340 hp at the range of rpm it ran on a test like this. In order to accomplish the work it did, in the time measured, it had to put 274 hp to the pavement. That is 81% of 340. Ford advertises 450 hp and 935 lb ft. You'd expect it to average about 420 HP over the rpm range It would use on a pull like this. If it put 80% of 420 hp to the pavement it would have reached the top of the hill in 10 minutes....It should have beat the Ram by a minute 40 seconds. So something doesn't add up. Now you are seeing why I think the truck is probably being defueled/detuned on the fly to stay within safe temps and emissions. If your right and you very well maybe, what good is that much power if you cant access it. The 2017 GM trucks don't tow up that hill substantially faster then the less powerful 2015 truck. Certainly not as dominating as the spec sheet says it should be over the previous Duramax. They may be specing these trucks with impressive rating in order to put "Class Leading" in their advertising, but the trucks cant use it without tearing itself up. This is evident when they are run up the hill, and you find out the "Emperor has no clothes". Whatever the reason, Ford has never been as dominate going up that hill as the other two, even though it has through the years had a more impressive spec sheet. Attribute that to what you want to, but its reality.
ksss 04/26/18 01:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Engines to avoid on F-250?

Find a low mileage 6.0 diesel, do the EGR delete and drive on. Towing 12K at 214K and still running strong. https://i.imgur.com/ca2HclHl.jpg Wow! There is some advice to flush. When two companies spend hundreds of millions to point fingers on who is responsible for the creation of likely the worst diesel engine to roll out of Detroit since the GM 5.7 diesel and when companies exist for the sole purpose of trying to "bullet proof" said diesel. That is called a clue. If you bought a new early 6.0 (and we did on the farm, after the very good 6.9 and 7.3 engines) shame on Ford. You buy one now, shame on you.
ksss 04/18/18 09:38am Tow Vehicles
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