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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
RE: New Duramax Power Specs

The engine specs look good, still waiting to see what the tow specs are. That to me is more telling how much confidence GM has in this pickup.
ksss 09/25/16 02:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tow Vehicle Purchase

I have found that fleet sales typically knows more about trucks than the regular new vehicle salesmen. My experience as well. I have not bought a new pickup from anyone except a commercial salesman since 2001. If the dealership has someone that could be considered a sales professional, meaning he knows his vehicles it is this guy.
ksss 09/18/16 09:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Feedback on XLR and Fuzion

I have only bought Fuzion's. I really have a good dealer and I like and know the trailers. They are not perfect but I have been happy with them, unlikely I will buy anything else in the future.
ksss 09/17/16 09:34pm Toy Haulers
RE: 2017 2500HD versus 3500HD SRW

I, like most here will side towards more truck rather than less. However in this case I would atleast see what the new 2017 ratings bring. They should be posted before long. I may still suggest a 3500 but since this is a redesign who knows what the ratings for these new pickups will be.
ksss 09/12/16 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why no Duramax announcement yet

I think the tranny is still being called a 1000. I have not heard what has been done to it with the power upgrade.
ksss 09/08/16 06:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why no Duramax announcement yet

The pickup should be a runner, especially if this 900 version has the same underspec characteristics as the 765 version. I personally want to see towing specs. It better be 30K plus for a 3500 DRW. I have pulled my '15 hard and with just under 30,000 miles on it and it is not even a year old I have spent a lot of time in it. Somethings that really impress me about this pickup is that it never gets warm, no matter the pass, no matter the weight. it just pulls, my LBZ I have to watch when pulling certain passes at Max GVW. I hope the new Dmax runs as well, the 765 rated Dmax is dialed in, no doubt about that.
ksss 09/07/16 11:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why no Duramax announcement yet

The guys with fleet numbers were able to place orders mid August. Unfortunately I don't have enough pickups to qualify as a fleet customer but the numbers were leaked out and the pickup will have 900 foot pounds and I think he said 425 hp. What I really wanted to know was the tow ratings, they did not have those. The specs are supposed to be released at the Texas State Fair. I have no idea why there but that is what I know.
ksss 09/06/16 06:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Chevy 2500HD

I had a 2015 3500, CC, 6.0L, I pulled the heck out it and really liked the truck. The nonpulling mpg, I thought was reasonable about 14 maybe 15 at times. The downside as with all gas engines when you put a trailer on it, the mileage falls off a cliff. I pulled up to 31K combined, and it did it just fine, even going up and down our passes here. I could easily get south of 5 mpg but even my D/max trucks don't get a lot better pulling the same grades. I traded out of the 6.0 because another truck went down and we had to get a diesel to replace it and otherwise I would have kept it. That was my second HD GM 6.0 (had a 2012 as well). The common complaint about gas trucks is their resale, but I came out very well on both of my gas HD's on resale. I would absolutely buy another one if I needed to pull heavy on occasion.
ksss 08/27/16 01:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Almost 90 ,000 Truck sales for GM in July

GM trucks needed a good month because June was not good. The midsize trucks are slowly starting to gain more conquest sales which is important. When they first released the little pickups, it was mostly selling to GM customers that is slowly changing as the options increase and not a lot of issues with the new pickup have surfaced. What really surprises me is Nissan. It does not appear to me that the Titan is exactly flying off the shelves. Those are some pretty tragic sales numbers considering the investment they made in that new pickup.
ksss 08/06/16 07:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: truck tire choices

Michelin is the best tire but costly. Just about any tire shop would tell you that. Costco always runs that special as well as of the tire dealers. My 14 ram came with Nexon and I noticed Ford did as well but I don't like them at all. I had two of them that separates after 30k miles. Maybe they are the best tire for running down the highway. Once your off asphalt or in the Winter, they are less than ideal. Last year my tire dealer had a room full of new Michelin pickup tire take offs (perhaps still does). Most in this part of the country spend a lot of time off the highway, and the issues with Michelin pickup tires are well known. So well known many will pay more money to reshod their new pickup than to endure the OEM Michelin tires. They have a place, but they are not everyone's "best" option.
ksss 07/10/16 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 08 3500 chevy

My work truck is a 08 2500HD CC 4X4. I have 120K on it and it has yet to miss a day of work. I ordered it and have put all the miles on it. Incredibly dependable. Don't be afraid of these DPF trucks from a reliability standpoint. The mpg is not as good as other years due to the regen process but I have nothing negative to say about this truck.
ksss 06/21/16 07:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F350

7 MPG..... OUUUUCH I think that is pretty darn good considering I am moving 33K at 75mph. My RV is 13'5" high and 101" wide. http://i.imgur.com/rB3GN6jl.jpg Sorry but that's terrible.... I would pull 31K combined with my gas 2015 6.0 and got 5-6 mpg. My 15 Dmax gets in the 7-9 range depending on wind. However I don't have near the wind resistance as an RV, since this is equipment being moved.
ksss 06/19/16 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Grill Guard

I put Ranch Hand grill guards on every pickup I buy. I also put their Hauler headache racks on them as well. The finish will last about 5 years here and then I have to have them coated in Rino lining or the equivalent.
ksss 06/08/16 08:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 35,000 lb +, GVW for pick ups

I have a Class A CDL and must comply with the DOT rules and regs and it sucks, not doubt. I am not a more gov. kind of guy, that I can assure you, but this issue needs to be addressed. With the continued increased capacity of these new HD pickups and the continued increase in the sizes of RVs, you are putting people with zero experience in trailering, in control of a vehicle way beyond their capability. Personally I think at a certain weight or length or combo of both, it should require an additional endorsement, like a motorcycle license requires. I don't worry about the bleed over from commercial to private. They will not require RVs to comply with commercial driving restrictions, Ports of entry could not handle that kind of volume in 100 years nor to they want to. However, drivers should have at least a minimal amount of formal training before hooking up to 43' toyhauler. A day in the class room and a day or two practicing maneuvering a trailer is not a bad thing. Living close to Yellowstone, I see some crazy RV wrecks. Having the ability to buy a huge trailer or RV does not automatically assume that you can actually drive it safely.
ksss 06/05/16 02:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Chevy/GMC 2500 Diesel or Gas?

I have owned both a 2015 gas 3500 and currently own a 2015 3500 D/A. I towed up to 30K combined (or just over that) with the gas truck. I pulled that gas truck hard and up some of the passes here and it pulled well. It is not fast but it is steady. I traded back the gas simply because I had a 5500 that went down and forced the towing weight even higher so I got the new D/A and it is certainly a better towing experience. The D/A gets 3-4 mpg better across the board. I don't subscribe to the thought that the 6.0 cant tow above 10K. I have far exceeded that at high elevation and the truck will absolutely pull. It will scream doing it like all gas engines do, but who cares. The 6.0 is probably one of the best HD gas engines ever built. If you want a gas and don't want to pay the diesel premium, nothing wrong with a HD gas truck. The D/A is better in nearly every way ( except in complexity and cost to work on) but there is a price tag with the greater ease of towing.
ksss 06/05/16 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pros/Cons Chevy vs. Ford 1 Ton Diesel 4x4

I am off road often in my 2015 3500 D/A it is part of life as an excavation contractor in rural Idaho. I run logging roads and rough job sites and have yet to have an issue. I have never heard personally of anyone breaking a DEF tank since they started doing this in 2011. I will say that it looks like a problem, even though the reality is it likely is not. I hoping for the new 2017 HD that they move it. I know that the fill will be in the gas tank like the Canyon and Ford and Ram. I think honestly they are both good pickups (although I will always by the GM pickup). You see a lot of both out here. Either way I would wait until the new versions release this year or wait until they have a fire sale on the 2016 later this year or early 2017. The 16's will be hard to move once the upgrades from both Ford and GM are out. They both will offer a substantially updated truck.
ksss 06/05/16 02:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GMC/Chevy Baby diesel, What can you tow with it?

I agree that offering the diesel engine in a more lightly equipped versions would certainly result in more sales. I think having a manual as an option would help as well. There have been ZR2 versions seen running around in Camo, I think you will see them release this off road version next. Eventually when they have sucked the big money out of those interested in a mid-size pickup they will offer the Little D-Max in more lightly equipped pickups. It might take a while since they are still one of the best selling pickups on the market, but as they cool off, I think they will become a better value.
ksss 05/30/16 07:14pm Tow Vehicles
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