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RE: US DOT Numbers

What a coincidence, I can see BF Idaho from here.
ksss 08/26/14 07:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: US DOT Numbers

I still think regardless of the ladder rack they have to prove it's commercial or perhaps the OP has to prove he is not. It will be interesting to see how this all comes out.
ksss 08/24/14 10:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: US DOT Numbers

When you go to court, you will need to make the case your vehicle is not used in commercial operations. Show that the ladder rake is for your personal use and is not used to further some business interest. Make that case effectively and you will be mostly out of the woods. I am not sure if this is a fine or misdemeanor. If it is a misdemeanor you will have the option of a court hearing or an actual jury. I would pick the court, simply because it is much easier for a judge to understand the particulars of the law than it would be to educate a jury. I would spend some time on the probable cause for the stop. Having out of state plates with a ladder rack sounds pretty weak as basis for the stop. Commercial cops have a lot of latitude, but if you don't have signage on your pickup, I don't understand his leap to judging you as a commercial business operating in his State. If you work for someone else as a contractor in your home State which is why you have the ladder rack, I would bring pay stubs showing your employment for the contractor, along with perhaps the contractors corporate structure that shows you are not an owner, just an employee who was on your personal time in Iowa.
ksss 08/24/14 05:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New F350, Dually, Black and Gold stolen last night !

The crooks obviously did not see who won the shootout.
ksss 08/24/14 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2500 HD gasser

How do you average 7.1 mpg and never have pulled anything? I can only average that kind of mpg when towing heavy. Must have had a lot of idle time, which would also be on the dic if it has not been reset. Most of his driving was on the Tri-state Tollway (I-294) where traffic moves at 70 MPH. I get 13-14 at 70 mph. I cant get that bad of mileage without pulling the heck out it.
ksss 08/23/14 10:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2500 HD gasser

I have a Titan tank in a my work 08 2500 CCSB. It has worked great for the past 100K. The only downside is the bracket that holds the tank in extends below the frame rails. I have ripped it off and had to hillbilly the tank to stay in the truck until I could put a better fix on it. However it gave me a about 50 gallons of drive time. I had about 225 pulling range with the 28' TH we use for work prior to that.
ksss 08/23/14 10:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2500 HD gasser

The original owner of the truck in my sig line never reset the trip odometer so the fuel economy info on the display was the average of what he got. He never towed a trailer and averaged 7.1 MPG for 38,000 Miles. When towing my trailer, I get 10.5 to 12.2 MPG. Without the trailer, I average 14.5 MPG. How do you average 7.1 mpg and never have pulled anything? I can only average that kind of mpg when towing heavy. Must have had a lot of idle time, which would also be on the dic if it has not been reset.
ksss 08/22/14 10:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What would it take......

New 3500/350 DRW will do just fine. I agree. The latest generation of 1 tons can handle this weight very well. I would cap my TV at a 5500/550 for this trailer. I run class 8 trucks in my business and while they certainly would not break a sweat pulling this kind of weight, they do breakdown, and when they do it gets expensive, sometimes really expensive, I cant see wagering that kind of money on a vehicle that doesn't make me a dime. Lastly, we take our TH in areas that are not friendly to low slung TVs like these trucks tend to be, and you have to give up 4X4, which may not be a good option either. If your well heeled and you stay on asphalt MDT/HDT's can be good options, they just don't seem to fit well with the TH crowd and the areas that these trailers tend to go. Your mileage may differ.
ksss 08/22/14 10:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Too much tail for the dog?

I believe that mini ex to be a PC45. If so it is about 9K.
ksss 08/22/14 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2500 HD gasser

My 2012 6.0 gets 7-9 towing depending on how heavy I am pulling. My LBZ pulling my Fuzion gets about 9. Considering the typically lower cost of gas verse diesel it is about a wash. The diesel would pull the load easier than the gas, but I doubt you would see a considerable mileage difference. The newer diesels may do better but I doubt by much. It hurts no matter if your putting diesel or gas in the tank.
ksss 08/22/14 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Ultimate 1 Ton Challenge results

I think these tests have real value when they simply set up a series of events and test each truck and rate them based on stop watch or fuel mileage or whatever the criteria is. As soon as subjective thoughts are put into the calculations the value quickly becomes watered down. I don't know if GM still would have won or not without the subjective numbers added in. However when your test driving tow rigs, its not very often you can actually tow with them before you buy, so in my view these test provide an insight that you cant recreate before you buy. However the comfort of the cab materials and the composition of the leather. I don't want to hear about it, I can decide what value that has on my own.
ksss 08/20/14 06:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: So confused with tow capacities

I will share a saying that would seem to be applicable here. "A lot can always do a little, but a little can never do a lot".
ksss 08/18/14 08:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Ultimate 1 Ton Challenge results

I test drove a 2015 3500 Chevy CC/LB,SRW this weekend. Nice truck and I will likely order one in Oct for a December delivery. Reading this makes me feel good about the choice in trucks, but I would order one anyway even if it was third place. I am surprised at how well these GM trucks do in these tests, and I don't understand why, considering the statistical difference in power, they should not do as well as they do. Ford and Ram better bring their A game when GM ups the output of the Duramax. Considering the whooping the Dmax puts on them now, it could get down right ugly when the stat sheets are more equitable.
ksss 08/18/14 08:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Predictions for the one ton diesel HD shootout

The Allison in my 5500 is a 1000 series same as in the pickups. The only difference that I am aware of is a deeper pan for more fluid. After 10 years of hard pulling, the only issue has been a new flex plate last year. After all the years that Duramax has been teamed with an Allison, you hear of very few issues with the de-neutered Allison. When you do, it is most always due to a "chipped" Duramax.
ksss 08/17/14 01:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Predictions for the one ton diesel HD shootout

It doesn't matter to me. I will take ram over RM (recall motors) or CMADD (can't make a decent diesel any day. These tests mean nothing to me. Cummins is the only medium duty diesel in the group. Everything else is light duty. Cummins is built for pulling and that is all that matters to me. You are correct! Don't forget the Aisin trans is a true medium duty and not de-neutered like the Allison in the GM's. Actually he is not correct. GM used the 6.6 in medium duty trucks. I have one in my 5500. Allison is de-neutered? Interesting.
ksss 08/17/14 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: First camp in fuzion 342 questions

My understanding was that the antenna stays like it is. You don't raise or lower it.
ksss 08/16/14 05:00pm Toy Haulers
RE: 2014 Ram 3500 without Aisin Tranny

It's absurd to think you need a dually to tow a 16k trailer. Would there be benefits to a dually- sure. But there are benefits to a srw as well. The sky is not gonna fall if you buy a srw truck to haul a 16k trailer... I am going 3500 SRW next time.
ksss 08/15/14 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: First camp in fuzion 342 questions

I think the frozen bottle idea is good, but certainly would be easer to do with the double sized fridge. On longer stays we don't have the luxury of taking up that much space for the frozen bottles.
ksss 08/13/14 10:18am Toy Haulers
RE: 6.0/3.73/6speed in mountains pulling 8000 lbs

I would also check your coolers, I was having problems with my LBZ cooling and finally the dealer pulled the the radiator out along with the intercooler and tranny cooler. I had a ton of debris caught between the stacks. Took it out last weekend pulling hard over some good sized passes and it ran just as it should. Totally fixed the problem. When your towing up grades like that don't draft big rigs as someone suggested. It cut cuts your airflow to your radiator and will cause you to run hotter than you need to. It saves having to cut the wind yourself but you need the airflow over the radiator and tranny cooler. I personally have never seen tranny temps that high and I pull almost twice as much weight over 7500 foot passes regularly. 210 is the highest I can recall seeing. I would consider switching to Amsoil tranny fluid (or some other high quality synthetic) or make sure you service your tranny under the sever service recommendations.
ksss 08/10/14 11:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: First camp in fuzion 342 questions

Our 342 fridge works fine, although the setting are set higher than they were on our previous Fuzion 322. I will say that the original fridge blew the tanks within the first couple ours of operation when we first got the unit. It was fixed under warranty, but it blew that yellow powder stuff everywhere. I do wish that the 343 came with the large double door fridge.
ksss 08/10/14 11:33am Toy Haulers
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