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RE: 2014 Sales totals

It is not personal. I did mean for it to come across like it was.
ksss 02/01/15 09:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Sales totals

Why would you not? It is the same pickup with different skin. They are built by the same company, the money from each sale ends up in the same cash register. yea, the government one. :) The Government pockets the cash from GM sales? I wasn't aware of that. This Government over-reach is getting carried away.:R
ksss 01/31/15 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Sales totals

I don't disagree that the best selling truck may not be the best truck. I personally don't care. I will buy what I buy. As to one BRAND out selling another, that is BS. The inference is which OEM sells the most. Sometimes that goes FORD's way and other times it goes to GM. Since the GMC and Chevy trucks are mechanically the same product with only cosmetic differences separating the two it is disingenuous to separate them. If that is what you need to do in order to help your marketing department then so be it, but certainly we are smarter than that here. At least I think so.
ksss 01/31/15 04:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Sales totals

So you have to combine GMC and Chevrolet to say GM outsold Ford. Why would you not? It is the same pickup with different skin. They are built by the same company, the money from each sale ends up in the same cash register.Then why label them as different trucks? Why sell them at different dealerships? There are likely a number of different reasons why GM choses to offer the same pickup under two different name plates. The biggest reason I think it makes sense is that it offers them the opportunity to tweak the look and tailor the pickup to different buyers. However regardless of why they chose to do that, the point is the both pickups are GM and when you count the number of pickups sold per OEM, you combine the GMC and Chevy numbers.
ksss 01/31/15 10:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Sales totals

So you have to combine GMC and Chevrolet to say GM outsold Ford. Why would you not? It is the same pickup with different skin. They are built by the same company, the money from each sale ends up in the same cash register.
ksss 01/30/15 10:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Sales totals

When I bought my truck, I had quite a long list of objectives, all broken down to must haves and various degrees of my own particular wants, but monthly or yearly numbers sold were just not included. Two manufacturers, of which both were looked at and driven, appear to have sold more, but just didn't make my own final choice. I, like most BMW motorcycle riders, believe that should someone suggest their brand is better because it sells more, probably are not capable of providing a convincing argument. Nicely said.
ksss 01/30/15 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: new to TH's and looking for advice on SxS

I would stay with a well established brand. Resist the temptation to save money and buy a Chinese knock off (or whatever they are). The fact that you will be running around Alaska would put quality over price, for me anyways.
ksss 01/29/15 03:15pm Toy Haulers
RE: What make of tow vehicle to purchase

I don't own a diesel yet, and was very close to buying a Ram/ Cummings but I just can't bring myself to buy a truck built in Mexico. I personally like the ergonomics of the GM trucks. I drive Fords at my parttime job and just can't get really comfortable in the Ford. I don't care where my vehicle is made as long as the quality is there. S That's my take as well.
ksss 01/17/15 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended warranty or not.

I have a 2011 and it has never been worked on and it has 60K on it. I also run an 08 2500 D/A with 101K and it has never missed a day of work due to a repair. Have yet to put anything into besides maintenance. I would keep your money. These GMT900's have been around awhile, I think they are pretty well tightened up. The only issue you hear much about is DEF issues on the 11's.
ksss 01/17/15 07:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Shorter toy haulers

I don't think your giving a DRW it's due. The two extra tires are not for nothing, it equates to stability, that's why they sell them and why guys that have big trailers use them. I pull a 38' Fuzion with a DRW and never has it felt unstable or pushed around due to wind and Idaho is every bit as windy as North Dakota (I used to live near Jamestown). If you don't want a dually and would prefer to downsize, I get that. However a DRW will change your towing experience 180 degrees with your existing trailer.
ksss 01/15/15 10:02pm Toy Haulers
RE: Diesel Titan Info

Anybody know if these will be included in Nissan's CAFE calculations? Are they over the GVWR (8500# is it??) limit? I had read in an another forum that was quoting someone at Nissan saying that some configurations will over the weight required to post mpg. All that power takes a significant powertrain to handle it. The interior I think looks pretty good. The exterior leaves something to talk about, pretty homely in my opinion. The performance will be there, powertrain looks to be quality. I think the question becomes what kind of MPG will it get and what will it cost. The later probably being the most important. If they get crazy on pricing this thing, I think the Nissan dealers will have new lot art to look at (along side the existing Titan).
ksss 01/13/15 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Titan Info

There is no way Nissan or Toyota will be able to offer 500 plus foot pounds, and a payload capacity of 2k or higher and call it a .5 ton. Its not going to happen . . . Why not? Why can't they call it a 1/2 ton? It's just a marketing facade. The DOT may classify/regulate trucks based on GVWR, but they don't regulate how a manufacturer markets their trucks. How much torque is necessary to classify (or market) a truck as a "3/4 ton" truck? Is it 400? 450? 500? As for payload, some F150's with the Heavy Duty Payload package have a payload rating approaching 3000 lbs. Ford still calls them F150's, a "1/2 ton" truck. Nissan and Toyota have a lot to lose if they market their Nissan or Toyota Cummins V8 as a "3/4 ton". Why? Because from a marketing perspective they'd be eaten alive by the Big 3. It would be called the wimpiest "3/4 ton" ever. However, if Nissan & Toyota market their Cummins V8 trucks as "1/2 tons" or "Heavy-Duty 1/2 tons", they can more than likely brag about class-leading torque, massive payload, and class-leading tow capacity. Is all this fair? Truthful? Maybe yes, maybe no. Like it or not, it's what marketing is all about.I am familiar with how marketing works. While I credit you with "outside of the box" thinking. I don't see it going to go down the you lay it out. If everyone followed your logic we would see one pickup a 350-3500 rebadged as a heavy half. The hp/torque rating on the Cummins wouldn't give the Nissan marketing bragging rights in the HD market, however low to mid 20's mpg and 10-15K price tag under the big three combined with respectable towing capacity would. The running gear to support the Cummins is going to take away from payload. Spring it too stiff and you lose the half ton ride. I don't see them coming anywhere close to 2K payload, maybe I will be wrong, looking forward to seeing the specs. Toyota offered the Tundra as heavy half, bigger brakes, big engine, poor mileage, cool commercials showing how powerful they are and look how many of those they sell and Nissan doesn't have the brand loyalty that Toyota enjoys.ksss, if this link bears any truth, it looks like it did happen. They did exactly what many of us have been saying had to happen for the last year or so--12,000 lbs. of towing and 2,000 lbs. of payload. They didn't call it a 3/4 ton for obvious reasons, but did call it an "XD", which is obviously Nissan's version of a heavy duty 1/2 ton. For all those on the fence about diesel vs. gas, or 1/2 vs. 3/4 ton, we truck consumers finally get something that may make the choice a bit easier. For those into raw economy, you've got the Ecodiesel. For those into brute towing/payload, you've got the Big 3 3/4 and 1 tons. For those that prefer a balanced combination of fuel economy AND towing/payload capability, we now have the Nissan Titan XD Cummins V8 diesel. Really? The GM half ton will pull 12K. Lets see if that 2K payload will be in a pickup that anyone will buy, I am doubtful. Also lets see what the real EPA economy numbers are before we brag about them.
ksss 01/12/15 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Questions on towing with a lifted truck

You might try just a leveling kit. It gives the look of a mild lift without the headaches. The vast majority seem to be going that route. I have done that with my 2500HD and will with my 3500HD. They are tall now to the point that getting anything out of the back is already a pain. I cant imagine working out of a pickup that was any taller. Camping requires constant trips to the back of the pickup with a pull behind. http://norcaltruck.com/index.php/component/com_ixxocart/Itemid,591/id,751/p,product/parent,15/
ksss 01/11/15 12:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Titan Info

I think the greatest success for Nissan and Toyota would be in a midpowered 2500-3500 pickup. Offer it for 45-50K nicely loaded and they would sell. Now the mpg, capacity and money make sense together. A mid powered unit as you describe would probably tow my fiver ok. But I think your suggested price is too high. My new 3500 D/A, nicely loaded was just $41k, so I wouldn't pay 45-50k$ for a less capable 3500 unless it got 2X better TOWING mpgs. Which would be 22 mpgs towing, not going to happen. People are hoping for a 'silver bullet' tow vehicle and there won't be one. You got an outstanding deal. I have a gas 3500 coming, its a totally loaded LT and it is more than 41K.
ksss 01/10/15 06:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Titan Info

There is no way Nissan or Toyota will be able to offer 500 plus foot pounds, and a payload capacity of 2k or higher and call it a .5 ton. Its not going to happen . . . Why not? Why can't they call it a 1/2 ton? It's just a marketing facade. The DOT may classify/regulate trucks based on GVWR, but they don't regulate how a manufacturer markets their trucks. How much torque is necessary to classify (or market) a truck as a "3/4 ton" truck? Is it 400? 450? 500? As for payload, some F150's with the Heavy Duty Payload package have a payload rating approaching 3000 lbs. Ford still calls them F150's, a "1/2 ton" truck. Nissan and Toyota have a lot to lose if they market their Nissan or Toyota Cummins V8 as a "3/4 ton". Why? Because from a marketing perspective they'd be eaten alive by the Big 3. It would be called the wimpiest "3/4 ton" ever. However, if Nissan & Toyota market their Cummins V8 trucks as "1/2 tons" or "Heavy-Duty 1/2 tons", they can more than likely brag about class-leading torque, massive payload, and class-leading tow capacity. Is all this fair? Truthful? Maybe yes, maybe no. Like it or not, it's what marketing is all about. I am familiar with how marketing works. While I credit you with "outside of the box" thinking. I don't see it going to go down the you lay it out. If everyone followed your logic we would see one pickup a 350-3500 rebadged as a heavy half. The hp/torque rating on the Cummins wouldn't give the Nissan marketing bragging rights in the HD market, however low to mid 20's mpg and 10-15K price tag under the big three combined with respectable towing capacity would. The running gear to support the Cummins is going to take away from payload. Spring it too stiff and you lose the half ton ride. I don't see them coming anywhere close to 2K payload, maybe I will be wrong, looking forward to seeing the specs. Toyota offered the Tundra as heavy half, bigger brakes, big engine, poor mileage, cool commercials showing how powerful they are and look how many of those they sell and Nissan doesn't have the brand loyalty that Toyota enjoys.
ksss 01/10/15 01:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Titan Info

Well I sure as he!! would hope a 5.0 V8 diesel would "smoke" a 3.0 V6 diesel :R As for Ford it should "smoke" the 2.7 EB and as you stated run with or outrun the 3.5 EB. Not sure why people can't or won't understand, the Ecodiesel was not intended for towing a heavy RV. It was meant for fuel economy and towing a small RV or a boat. Nothing more, there are a few guys over at the Ecodiesel site that say they are pulling 32' RV's in the 9,000# range that is about 1800# over it's rating. I sure as heck would not do it, weight should not be an issue but 32' of RV is to much for any standard half ton truck or any sUV IMO. I can tell you first hand my Ram Ecodiesel is no slug off the line like a few members would like people to believe. For the first four gears it out ran a F-150 EB but then he walked by right by me after that LOL. Don There is no way Nissan or Toyota will be able to offer 500 plus foot pounds, and a payload capacity of 2k or higher and call it a .5 ton. Its not going to happen. The specs of the Cummins are very close to the specs of the LB7 Duramax. That power was wrapped in a HD pickup. I don't see how they can now harness that kind of power in a half ton pickup and expect it to hold up, unless they have electronically restrained it to the point light duty running gear can hold it. Then your paying for power you cant even use. I suspect the payload of these Cummins half tons will be around 1100 pounds. It will be hard to justify low twenties mpg, true half ton capacity, and pay the upcosts for the diesel. The Ecodiesel is about 6 miles per gallon short of being where a half ton needs to be to make the dollars work. I think the greatest success for Nissan and Toyota would be in a midpowered 2500-3500 pickup. Offer it for 45-50K nicely loaded and they would sell. Now the mpg, capacity and money make sense together.
ksss 01/10/15 09:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Titan Info

Another question I have is projected mpg in the low 20's going to be enough incentive to pass over 250/2500 class from the big three? I don't think it will be with anyone that is good at math. The Ram diesel wont pencil out for most people at 28 mpg. Personally I think these .5 ton pickups need to be mid 30 mpg to make sense to the checkbook. However we all know that truck purchases are also based on want and emotion. People will buy them if that's what they really want. The good news is the Cummins name will sell some Nissans, just like it did for Dodge for years. Bad news is I don't think it will see widespread appeal in a half ton. If they were to offer a 2500 and 3500 with more payload capacity at this power level, that might find a niche that would be successful if the trucks are considerably cheaper than the big three. Like mentioned, there are many people that don't need 850 foot pounds, or a $65K price tag. However 550 foot/pounds in .5 ton, with low twenties mpg, limited payload, just does not sound like a winning combo to me.
ksss 01/09/15 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hard time buying

Yes comparing SRW trucks only difference is the extra leaf spring on the 3500 This was changed in 2011 model year. 3500 trucks now have a top overload springs. Best place I found stocked with GM diesels is North Dakota. The surrounding states as well. Billings has a bunch on the ground, Idaho does to. Although I have not seen it first hand but Wyoming likely does as well. There are a lot of companies in surrounding states working in North Dakota. They are buying up a lot of vehicles.
ksss 01/08/15 06:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chev Duramax vs VW SUV

And there is the pull off,where a Duramax out pulls a Class 8.
ksss 01/06/15 06:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Light Duty Challenge on Pickuptrucks.com

The 6.2 really makes the 5.3 seem irrevelent. The mpg is similar and yet the 6.2L is just an incredibly strong preforming engine. However GM really limits the configuration that you can get that combo in. I am not sure why that is but they have no problem selling vehicles with that engine. My neighbor has 300k on one of his older 6.2L 1500s. He bought one of the first 2014's available with that motor. If your in the market for a 1500, I am not sure why you would opt for anything other than that engine. This reminds me of the 4.8 verse the 5.3 from years ago. I really wished that the 6.2L was available in the HD's. If you saw how the blocks were designed and built you would understand why they are not a HD engine. Great race engine! HD truck engine......aaaaaaaaa not so much. Perhaps what I should say is that I would like to have a gas engine in the HD's that performs like the 6.2L. I have been happy with what I see out of the 6.0, but you read and talk to guys with the 6.2 and you cant help but to want to graze on what certainly looks like a greener pasture.
ksss 01/05/15 02:14pm Tow Vehicles
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