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RE: 6.4 Dodge???

I towed 30K combined with my 2015 6.0 3500 at 8K feet routinely. Effortless, certainly not, but it would grab the appropriate gear and sing its tune at about 4K rpm and it just pulled. I never tried that weight going over Teton Pass but it would do it with the smaller passes without pause.
ksss 06/19/17 08:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Front Shocks for 07 3500 GMC DRW DIESEL

I have the adjustable Rancho 9000 on my 06. I like them, I have had them on for four years now.
ksss 06/18/17 04:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 6.4 Ike Gauntlet

There is a lot more than just engine specs that dictate the fastest time up the hill. Power never hurts of course of which the Ram has plenty of, but due to gearing, perhaps more parasitic loss, shift points and so on the Ram does not get up the hill very fast. The Duramax was much the same, lagged behind the other two on the spec sheet (prior to 17) but more than held its own under actual towing conditions. If Ram would "let the horses run" it would dominate the other two, but clearly they are not making all that power available to use. The only place it succeeds in beating the other two gas trucks is in the advertising arena with a powerful spec sheet. It makes no sense, but clearly they have a reason for keeping the power inaccessible.
ksss 06/18/17 04:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 6.4 Ike Gauntlet

I think they do it right. Put it in gear and drive it up the hill and let the pickup manage itself. The more input from the driver the less meaning the test has. It becomes too subjective at that point. I agree manually shifting yields better performance, I notice that my tranny temps are much lower when I control the shift points. I had a 2015 3500 6.0 and it pulled some crazy heavy loads up some serious grades. I knew it was a strong motor but until I owned one, I never knew what they could actually do. No different than the gas engines from others I am sure. They are very capable engines often overshadowed by the diesels, but still very capable.
ksss 06/14/17 09:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3500 single axle or 2500? Any difference?

I bought an early 2015 3500HD SRW 6.0 that I had built for me. It had an option for different GVW's. It maxed at 10,500 if I recall which was what I ordered. Maybe the axles are different depending on how it is speced. I never cared to investigate it at the time.
ksss 06/10/17 04:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Filling DEF tank GMC

While DEF is DEF. It is important that it is fresh. Heat can make it go bad, improper storage in general can make it go bad. I prefer to use truck stops since they go through a lot DEF. I don't have issue with the fill location. I would prefer the tank didn't extend so far, but I have not had issue with it and I bounce around on jobsites every day.
ksss 06/03/17 09:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck Search

Unless Chevy has changed recently, its website tells you where your model or a close copy is located. Can't believe Ford doesn't do that too. You can put in the zip code and it will search the area. I would just put in the zips to the areas I was willing to drive to. Bought two pickups and my ZL1 using that search feature.
ksss 05/04/17 11:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: PUTC 3/4-Ton Premium Truck for 2017 Challenge

Any of the big three would be a solid choice for a truck. The Nissan would be a good choice for someone wanting to start an artificial reef. OK, that is pretty funny!
ksss 05/01/17 11:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuzion 369 with 2015 Chevy 2500HD Duramax

Those trailers are really nice, but pulling that with a 2500HD would not be a good combo. The 2017 GM trucks have a cool hood scoop and a bunch more power find 3500 drw and get the trailer.
ksss 05/01/17 09:00am Toy Haulers
RE: Newer Chevy 2500HD rear diff ratios and engine differences?

I have had a 2011 6.0 2500 with 3.73 and a 2015 6.0 3500 with 4.10's. The 3.73 was fine but the 4.10 does match up with the motor very well. I pulled 30K (combined) plus with both trucks and was always impressed with the power of that gas motor. I agree if you can get into the 2015 I would do it, the interiors are much nicer.
ksss 04/08/17 12:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyo AT2 or Terra Grappler G2 or Cooper AT3 or ???

I have the G2 on my wife's 1500. They were really good through the Winter, seem to be wearing well so far although still early to say for certain. The reviews I saw on the tire were very good in the wear department. I have a set of NITTO EXO Grapplers and I really like that tire, more aggressive than the ones you have listed. The Nitto's are good tires.
ksss 03/15/17 04:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Survey - who has had a citation for RV overweight?

As I understand the weight laws, one can not be jailed per say for being overweight. Marty That is potentially not true. When you are overweight by a small portion (cant remember the amount) it is an infraction-a fine. However if you are over the infraction amount, it becomes a misdemeanor which can absolutely get you booked into jail and in the process handcuffed. Officer discretion and department policy would likely have much to do with whether or not that actually occurred.
ksss 02/26/17 05:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

I currently am running Cooper SST Maxx on a 3500 DRW. Have not had them on long enough to have an opinion on wear, but they have proven good in deep snow and icy roads and extremely good in mud. Very impressed with the off road capability of the tires. I have a set of NITTO EXO Grapplers on the 3500 that I drive everyday. Second set I have put on. A really good all around tire, traction is very good, they wear very well, very tough tire. NITTO is made by TOYO. Michelins do wear well for most guys, unfortunately they suck off road and in the Winter. Probably the least popular OEM tire in this area for that reason.
ksss 02/22/17 11:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for a boondocking rig

The Desert Fox trailers do hold up very well. They are popular in Idaho for that reason. Like you, many boondock and the goat trails leading back to everyone's favorite spots are never smooth. Also because they are built close, the freight is less for dealers, so that can save you some money if you buy new. As far as the pickup goes, I am a "more is better kind of guy" like many are here. I only own 3500 series trucks (in fairness that is partially driven by business needs, but I doubt it would change my buying habits). However your situation is a bit different. The needs and specification you have laid out will keep you in a smaller trailer. A well speced half ton will pull the size trailer your interested in. If you go HD, in your situation I would buy whatever you happened to get the best deal on (2500 Vs 3500). Both are more truck than you need, but overkill is just about right.
ksss 02/22/17 11:46pm Toy Haulers
RE: Brush Guard Advice Wanted...(Pics are a bonus!)

I have had numerous RH Legend style bumpers. I have yet to have a deer hit, surprising, but I have been hit and run with no damage to me except for paint transfer.
ksss 02/19/17 04:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: DRW in snow, off road, etc.

I have both 3500 DRW and SRW. I live in Idaho about 90 miles from Yellowstone to give you a geographical context to my experience. I have traveled many miles in the snow with DRW including working on the top of the Big Sky ski resort during the Winter. I would have to chain up to get heavy equipment to the top of the hill. I chained the back outside tires and fronts. I have always run an aggressive tire on the these trucks (Cooper SST, Kelly TSR and Kelly MSR). If you chain up they are not bad pushing deep snow but not as good as SRW. When the DRW really sucks is when the roads are rutted and iced over, they throw you around as the duals try to find a home in the ruts. The SRW 3500s clearly are superior in the Winter but DRW is workable just not as pleasant. Loaded they are better in the Winter than when they are unloaded. During the Summer off road with a DRW my issue is the fenders suffer from brush scrapes that SRW are not exposed to. The other issue is the DRW beds are made of composite plastic that when cold are brittle. They shatter when hit. I prefer the SRW for most everything. The DRW's are great for going down the road at max GVW and outside of that I don't find them that agreeable. If you "need" the weight carrying capacity, than go DRW. If you are considering going to DRW for added capacity but it is really not necessary I would go SRW. The new trucks are rock solid in SRW. The tires are better, the suspensions are better than they were 10 years ago.
ksss 01/31/17 08:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Crummy fuel economy

YEP...... Jamestown ND to Dickinson ND roughly 200 miles. Towing 5th wheel and was sweating whether or not would make it to Dickinson. 6 mpg or less...could see fuel gauge changing. 36 gal fuel tank Course I was bucking a 35+ mph headwind I can see 6 pulling some mountain passes. Wind resistance is a big deal. I pulled my 26' enclosed car trailer which is tall to Salt Lake with a car in it with no serious wind and got 9 mpg. The trailer and car weigh about 8k together. I get 9 mpg pulling my Fuzion TH that weighs 15K. Takes fuel to pull big air catching objects down the road, this has a much bigger effect than does the actual weight of what your pulling in my experience. Jamestown, ND heading West is always bad. Just like Columbus, MT to Bozeman is bad maybe even worse for fighting wind.
ksss 01/29/17 03:16pm Tow Vehicles
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
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