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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
RE: Ford 6.7L Powerstroke V8 Diesel

The "death wobble" has been around a long time. I had it in a 1984 K-30 SRW 4X4 Chevy. The Dodge pickups in the late 90's became famous for it, but it is not exclusively a Dodge problem. 600K is impressive I don't care what brand it is. Well done. These newer pickups seem to be more fragile, a perception brought on by social media I suppose. However when you put as much "stuff" on a pickup as they do now days, 600K is certainly a commendable milestone.
ksss 05/29/16 12:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: truck tire choices

I have the SST's on the front of my DRW 3500 and EXO Grapplers on my SRW 3500. I have only had the SST's on since December and after I burn the existing tires off I will get the back shod. Wearing well so far, always towing. The EXO Grapplers are a really good tire in my opinion. I will buy them again for that truck.
ksss 05/26/16 10:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ridgelines leaving the factory

I read a press release that stated that all male buyers of the Ridgeline will receive a year supply of Androgel. I guess after that it is on you. I swear I read it somewhere.
ksss 05/19/16 04:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: *UPDATE*Calling Duramax owners 1st trip with camper bad fuel mileage

I have an 06 LBZ 3500 DRW. It is lightly tuned, and pulling my Fuzion fiver I get 9.5 to 10.5 at about 70 mph. I have not weighed this trailer, but my last Fuzion combined was around 25K same tow vehicle. It could be poor fuel quality. I would think if you had a major malfunction it would throw a code. That seems though that is really poor mileage for that type of load. I would have it looked at by the dealer to see if something comes up. It is a good motor, likely one of the best put in a pickup.
ksss 05/08/16 05:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Time for a new Truck

Powerstroke/TorqueShift both medium duty and comes in all Super Duty configurations.... I have 91k miles on my 6.7 and not a single issue to date. Also I plan to keep my truck for the long haul and I have no concerns as well. I agree with testing all brands and when looking at the window sticker look hard at what country that truck was assembled at. You might be surprised. Good luck... When did the rating go to medium duty? They didn't used to be MD. They offer the 6.7 up to the Ford 750, so that would certainly qualify as medium duty.
ksss 04/27/16 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Some Ford 6.0 Stories True

You guys dont drive them enough. I put 100k on a 07 6.0 in a year and a half and only had a sensor go bad. Sitting around isnt good for the 6.0 Cant afford to drive them and cant afford to park them. Get kicked in the trunk when you try to sell or trade them. Hard to find a sweet spot with the 6.0
ksss 04/18/16 10:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire type advice

I have been running the Nitto EXO Grapplers for the last 30K on a 3500. I like really like them. Great off road, seem to wear well.
ksss 04/11/16 12:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Concern with my 6.4 Ford diesel.

Blown head gasket is my first guess. Yea that is what I say as well.
ksss 04/06/16 06:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2005 6.6 duramax check engine

OnStar will tell you what your code is as well if you have it. You want to make sure you check it soon as it will cycle out of the computer and it will be lost.
ksss 04/03/16 02:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM,FORD,GMC CHEVY

I have been buying exclusively GM pickups all my life. I simply haven't been disappointed enough to go somewhere else. I like the comfort of my 15 3500 LBZ, I love the way it handles a load at or above GCVW. The exhaust brake is excellent. I buy them because I need to move a heavy load in order to make a living and the GM trucks since the Duramax have always delivered. Unless GM gives me a reason to shop around, my biggest issues in buying a new pickup are whether it is GMC or Chevy.
ksss 03/29/16 06:04pm Tow Vehicles
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