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RE: Towing in the real world. gas or diesel

I pulled a combined weight of just over 30K with my 3500 6.0 and it would scream (just check the spec sheet and see where on the RPM gauge these gas motors make their power). I was pulling equipment and not an RV so not near the wind resistance. It used fuel of course. I live at 5K feet and would climb to just over 8k in my area. The power ratings being what they are, all of the gas HD trucks are pretty close in performance based on what you see on the Ike pull offs. The diesel trucks make pulling a lot more pleasant, they don't work as hard, get better mileage (for me it is about 3-4 mpg depending on how hard you worked it). What I really appreciate about the diesel aside from the power, is coming down off the passes. The exhaust brake is the sweetest thing since sliced bread. The gas truck would spin hard in grade braking and I would have to be more careful not to over rev. Like someone said you could not have had a worse motor to experience a diesel in. All three are much improved, with Ford being the most improved considering where they were and personally I don't think you can go wrong no matter which direction you went if you chose to go diesel. As for gas motors if you didn't like the high revving nature of the 6.0 your not going to like any of them since that is where they all make their power. Get over that and a properly speced gas truck can pull 12K. It will be slower, use more fuel, but in most cases the gas is cheaper so there is that, and you will need to be more careful going down hill since you wont have an exhaust brake.
ksss 02/21/18 10:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F 350 tires

I have set of Cooper SST Pro's on a 3500 DRW. Pretty aggressive tire, but it is lasting surprisingly well. Great off road traction as you would expect with that type of tread. I have had good luck with Hankook ATM long lasting middle of the road all terrain type tire. I am also happy with Nitto G2 and EXO Grappler. The G2 really good traction on wet and icy roads, but it is a quiet tire and is also holding up very well. The EXO is more like the Cooper, more noisy but much more aggressive. I am on my third set of EXO's on a SRW 3500.
ksss 02/20/18 12:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Went to the car show...Ram Power wagon

Man that thing is almost 9000 lbs... There's the OP's answer concerning where the payload went. They used it up with bling. Load carrying capacity and off road articulation don't belong together. So why put it in a 3/4 ton chassis then? You cant tow with it like a regular 3/4 ton, you cant carry anything in it like a regular 3/4 ton and even with a front sway bar disconnect, a 3/4 is not going to articulate very well anyway (assuming a stiffer chassis). So it isn't as hard core as the Raptor, yet its compromised for use as a typical 3/4 ton pickup. At the end you have a 3/4 ton with half ton specs, marginally improved off road capability with a big motor, 4:10 rears and poor mpg. What are the compromises buying you? Where are the upsides? It attempts to be a Jack of all Trades and really succeeds none of them. Maybe they should have put the package in a one ton so they could have netted a HD pickup with true 3/4 specs. At least then you could do something with it.
ksss 02/18/18 05:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Went to the car show...Ram Power wagon

The Power Wagon package gives you Bilstein gas shocks, 12K winch, electronically deactivated front stablizer and off road tires standard. That is the extent of your Power Wagon package, at least what is on the website. The half ton based Raptor which is much more optimized for off road has the same or more payload. The midsize ZR2 advertises 1100 pounds of capacity. No one finds this worth a discussion? Certainly this forum has discussed much more lame topics. Rather than do that however, it is easier to kick the OP in the junk. I was referring the ZR2 as a smaller/ lighter more trail manageable package for off roading. Remember the ford and chevy are 1/2 ton more or less. The Ram is supposed to be a 3/4 ton. Tow ratings are a mute point.. I would consider a dodge if I can get the common transmission failures out of my mind as well as the rusting issues on 4 year old trucks.. Maybe they fixed the issues but it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth dont it? https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/cimg/www.dodgeforum.com/750x422_85/815/JPEG-2-Wheel-Well-Rust-76815.jpg height=450 width=450 It certainly would. I bring up the ZR2 only to compare that a midsize truck has about the same payload capacity as 3/4 ton pickup. I personally did not know that the Power Wagon has such a low payload capacity. I found it interesting, and certainly worth a discussion. I was put off by the response that the OP was given for bringing it to light.
ksss 02/18/18 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Went to the car show...Ram Power wagon

The Power Wagon package gives you Bilstein gas shocks, 12K winch, electronically deactivated front stablizer and off road tires standard. That is the extent of your Power Wagon package, at least what is on the website. The half ton based Raptor which is much more optimized for off road has the same or more payload. The midsize ZR2 advertises 1100 pounds of capacity. No one finds this worth a discussion? Certainly this forum has discussed much more lame topics. Rather than do that however, it is easier to kick the OP in the junk.
ksss 02/18/18 12:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Went to the car show...Ram Power wagon

Please show me the door sticker of a this properly equipped Raptor F150 with the 3000 lbs payload? Ford website. 1200 pounds
ksss 02/17/18 06:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Went to the car show...Ram Power wagon

It is a 3/4 truck, that while it is tweaked for off road performance, is not nearly as purpose driven as the 1/2 ton Raptor with about the same payload capacity (acutally the Raptor appears to have more capacity). Bringing up this point does not make him troll, just because someone doesn't like what is said. Assuming the number is true, it can be debated about how important the payload rating is, but jumping on the guy is BS. Are you really that insecure?
ksss 02/17/18 04:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy S10 and Ultra Lite Trailers.

I have an 03 S-10 ZR2 with the 4.3 and a 5 speed manual. Good little motor and pretty powerful for what it is. All that said, I think that would be all it would want and maybe more. Merging with traffic will be a challenge, and hills will be slow but of course that can be managed.
ksss 02/13/18 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire Aspect Ratio Question

I am running Nitto EXO Grapplers in 285-70-18 if your open to something else. Not a lot of tires in that size, but this my third set of these Nitto's and I really like them. It is my first in this size, the others were 275's. Guess I should have waited to the end of the thread to rely, I see you ordered the GY's.
ksss 02/13/18 06:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bilstein Shocks?

I just bought a set of Blisteins for a 2003 ZR2 this Fall. They were the 4600's. I got them from Shockwarehouse.com
ksss 02/11/18 07:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sierra 3500 Duramax towing

I used my business choice money to put the GM (Curt) gooseneck ball in the bed. I use a Curt adaptor that goes down the hole where the ball goes and gives you RV rails to use your fifth wheel hitch in my case Curt Q20 hitch. If you don't need a gooseneck hitch maybe this isn't attractive, but what is nice about it is I don't have bed rails in the bed. When I am not pulling anything I can turn the ball over and it is flush with the bottom of the bed. As to the 2018 Dmax and pulling. Pulls like a freight train, I have been running at or above max GVW and it pulls and stops very well. I am very pleased with it. It is much improved over the 2015 I traded in.
ksss 02/08/18 09:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Starting the new truck hunt

Pickup errant soccer balls? You must not be familiar with what Park Rangers or BLM Rangers out West do. Believe it or not there is still a segment of the pickup market that actually works out of a pickup. We will know soon enough whether the Al. beds hold up to hard work.
ksss 02/05/18 10:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Chevy/GMC Advice

The suspension and brake upgrades made in 2011 are responsible for a much improved towing experience over the older trucks. The upgrade is absolutely noticeable and in my view worth the upgrade. The 6.0 while not specing as well is still competitive with the other two going up the hill. The 6.0 with the 6 speed is a nice combo. I have had two of them and pulled the heck out of them. They are rock solid. The 2020 HD trucks may provide something better of course but the current 6.0 doesn't give up enough to either of the other two to matter from a performance stand point.
ksss 02/03/18 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Spotted Testing in Snow

Camo level: Expert
ksss 02/02/18 03:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2012 Silverado 2500 CC Std Bed Duramax 4WD

I have storage in both doors (crew cab), its an LT trim.
ksss 02/01/18 01:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2012 Silverado 2500 CC Std Bed Duramax 4WD

What I have come to appreciate in the GMT900's is the interior. Not that it is all that nice, but what it misses in bling, it makes up for in durability. At 140K I have had to replace one vent actuator. My 800's while more comfortable and prettier, were not as durable. I like that it ages almost without signs of wear. Only the black wearing off the fan speed button, and a shiny steering wheel is there any indication that it has that many miles. The seats are just as supportive and intact as the day it was delivered. Mechanically this 08 has never missed a day of work. Just a solid rig.
ksss 02/01/18 10:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Well, today it happened!! ~Updated~

Nissan's looking better all the time. Never hardly here of problems with them. I guess both the owners never post here. :) Check out the sales totals, and you will see why there is not a lot complaints on them, there is not many being sold. I have a guy at work that has one. He likes it for what it is, he did not want to spend all the money on an HD/SD. He took advantage of steep end of year Nissan discounts so there was a greater spread between the full power diesels and the Nissan.
ksss 01/23/18 09:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Well, today it happened!! ~Updated~

"Saturday he lost the pump, three injectors and three pistons." On a 2000??? NEVER heard of such a thing. Newer truck maybe but a 2000 just from running straight ULSD I am in serious doubt. Don't be, The older truck were not set up to run on ULSD and require an additive to keep them alive. I took my truck in when the ULSD came out because I noticed a marked increase in the engine. I was told by the Cummins shop right next door to a large Ram dealer. They adjusted the valve lash and told me if I wanted the truck to last to start using a lubricant in the truck. The gentleman that worked on my truck told me to buy the cheapest trans fluid I could find and a a quart to every tank of fuel. I went with a after market lube instead. I will tell you that if I didn't add it to the fuel with in 1/4 of a tank I could hear the difference in how the truck sounded. Don It aint gonna happen! Sure the pump may wear faster but that would not cause three injectors of that era to take out 3 pistons. BIGGEST thing a person can do is have a GOOD lift pump to keep the VP44 alive. NEVER Heard of one taking out injectors. If you really want to "lube" a pre 07.5 truck's injection system add a quart of 2 cycle oil to each tank. It's designed to lubricate and burn. Well I lost 7 injectors in a Duramax which in turn caused me to wash one of those cylinders and lose compression. Perhpas not the same as above, but if your injector suffers a catastrophic failure it could happen.
ksss 01/22/18 10:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying new truck but what truck is the better deal?

I assume these are 6.0 liter trucks. I don't think that motor really cares about the miles, but the price on the '15 should be in the lower 30's in my view for an SLE with those miles. All things being equal, I think the interior of the '15 and the exterior handle on the excab would make that truck more desirable. However the price is too high in my view for that trim level with those miles.
ksss 01/22/18 10:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering a flatbed

I have run several different brands and had one custom made for my GMC 5500. I would go aluminum if it fits your budget and the things you haul wont jack it up. I really used mine hard and if you do as well pay attention to the thickness of the deck material and the spacing of the crossmemebers, obviously thicker and closer together makes a much stronger but heavier bed. If you go steel I would consider spending the money and getting it sprayed with the bedlineer of your choice before you mount it.
ksss 01/21/18 02:56pm Tow Vehicles
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