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RE: Hearing rumors GM and Navistar teaming up ?

My understanding is that the cab overs will be Isuzu, not the conventional trucks.
ksss 08/01/15 09:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Baby Duramax (Canyon/Colorado)

I don't really get GM's restrictions on the diesel. Why restrict it to crew only why not offer it in all available configurations? The wife and I checked out a midi GMC the other day. It was nice, we didn't drive it but I would like to see a Denali version as an option. I don't know if they have plans for that or not but I would like to see it. If they can hit 37 mpg on the highway, they will sell. With reasonable towing numbers and that kind of mileage that will move some pickups. I saw the projected sales numbers somewhere and I thought they were way conservative. It was somewhere around 10% take rate on the little Duramax if I remember correctly.
ksss 08/01/15 09:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hearing rumors GM and Navistar teaming up ?

I am pretty sure that when I bought the 2005 5500 (new) that it was detuned to the same spec as the LB7. It was 10 years ago now but I am pretty sure that was the case.
ksss 07/26/15 10:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hearing rumors GM and Navistar teaming up ?

I don't see GM entering the 650/750 market. The GM trucks of this class had different engine options and the 6.6 was not one of them. I think what will be interesting is seeing what engine powers Navistar's version of the same truck, will they just adopt the GM engine or will they continue to build their own. The IH version of the 6.4 suffers from the Ford 6.4 reputation, even though historically speaking Navistar's versions of their engines always seemed to run better than the Ford version. I looked over Navistar's class 3 trucks at CONEXPO in Vegas, last year. As rugged as I think they are, there is zero chance I would ever buy a 6.4 motor. I doubt I am alone in that sentiment. I think it will be interesting to see what happens. I was talking to my Chevy commercial salesman and he says that the 45-5500 trucks will be GM pickup based like Ram and Ford. No mention of Navistar.
ksss 07/25/15 03:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hearing rumors GM and Navistar teaming up ?

The 6.6 is certainly capable of medium duty. They used them in their medium duty trucks from 03 to 08,and I own a 5500 4x4 CC and pull the to max gvw everyday. The new medium duty trucks will have the newer Duramax in them when they release in 2017, not sure what power rating they will have. Likely derated from the 3500 I would say the engines will be Navistar or Isuzu, which they stated they will be having some Isuzu rebranded trucks To use them as MDT's the 6.6 was putting out 300hp and 500lbs ft of torque, in the TopKick , a lot less than the 3/4 ton specification What GM is looking for is a F650/F750 competitor, Isuzu with it's Light Trucks to us but (you call them Medium,) will cater for the straight delivery function. Navistar can provide those sort of Trucks, just like it did with Ford. The 300 hp and 550 foot pounds was identical to the LB7 Duramax spec offered in 3/4 and 1 ton pickups. You are right however that they are detuned for medium duty, which is common due to the duty cycle of the heavier truck. Mine is an LLY with the 300/550 spec (which is lower than an LLY pickup of the same vintage. However it runs 5:19 gear ratio, pulls whatever you want. The engines and drivetrains of the Navistar truck will be GM.
ksss 07/24/15 04:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hearing rumors GM and Navistar teaming up ?

The 6.6 is certainly capable of medium duty. They used them in their medium duty trucks from 03 to 08,and I own a 5500 4x4 CC and pull the to max gvw everyday. The new medium duty trucks will have the newer Duramax in them when they release in 2017, not sure what power rating they will have. Likely derated from the 3500
ksss 07/24/15 03:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: HD truck sales numbers (2500/3500)

GM needs to release their 45-5500 pickups. I am told they will release when the updated Duramax comes on line in 2017. While GM is increasing their marketshare in the HD market, they need the heavier trucks to anchor their HD lineup. While they don't need the more powerful Duramax to handle the Ford or Ram on the street (we will see if that continues with the 900 ft Ram), they need it to win the war on the advertising front.
ksss 07/23/15 03:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: HD truck aftermarket shock options?

I put 9000s on my GMC 3500. I like them.
ksss 07/22/15 07:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Fuzion 325

I currently have a 342 Fuzion and a 322 before that. I have a great dealer and don't see me buying anything other than a Fuzion.
ksss 07/19/15 11:14am Toy Haulers
RE: Ford Offering F-150 Incentives

I think Ford is indeed finding the pricing ceiling on their new F150. It is easy to blame frame shortages for slower sales but I think it is more to do with costs. GM saw the same thing when they released their new half ton. Prices were raised and sales were slower, now that they are selling well, with some money on the hood. What I find really interesting is the new GM large SUVs. They initially sold very well, until everyone that was willing to pay 70k or more had one, now the sales have fallen sharply. The prices are getting really stupid. That indeed may make the case for the midsize pickups, if you don't need the entire capacity of a 1500 series you can save some money with a midsize (although it is not a great deal of money saved, but 5K or so is still 5K).
ksss 07/18/15 03:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air bags needed for GMC 3500?

There is a third option of 11500. I just went to the website and built one. It offers three options 10, 10800 and 11500 for SRW. When I built the one I bought there was only two, that was last November.
ksss 07/18/15 03:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air bags needed for GMC 3500?

There are two options with the 3500 (assuming SRW)a 10K and 10,8K. If you have the 10K you could likely add the additional leafs on the helpers (I believe) for the additional capacity. This would give you actually increased capacity without the airbags. I have the 10800 option on mine, I am not sure how much weight I am putting on the gooseneck trailer hitch, but I am running at just a couple hundred pounds under 30K combined. I get some compression but nothing to be concerned about. Handles the weight very well.
ksss 07/18/15 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton pickup + 6000 lb TT on 5000 mi western trip

The wind will be your most constant factor. ND, WY and MT get real breezy. Your mileage will suffer the most if your traveling west through those States . I would make sure you have a quality equalizer hitch.
ksss 07/17/15 01:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton pickup + 6000 lb TT on 5000 mi western trip

I think you mean MT, not MO. You should be fine if you have the right expectations. With a naturally aspirated engine you'll lose some power at elevation, so be prepared for that going up some of the higher mountian passses. As far as going down hills you just need to be sure to shift down into lower gears and lay off the brakes as much as you can. I would assume the 5.0 would give you at least decent engine braking. The real key on going down passes is not overheating your brakes so they don't work when you need them, and keep your speeds reasonable. Also since you'll be right next door, you ought to work Idaho in. The Sawtooths by Stanley are more impressive than the Tetons, and they're not that far out of the way. Cut over to Idaho Falls and take 20 over to 75, then take 75 up through Sun Valley and over Galena into the Stanley Basin and over to 93 near Challis, and then head north up to Missoula. I didn't look at your itenerary so I don't know how far out of the way that is, but Central Idaho has some gorgeous country to explore. Agreed. My only suggestion is to go around Galena and go through Arco, Mackey and Challis to get to the Sawtooths. Galena is a big hill.
ksss 07/17/15 01:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New TV

I am real happy with my 2015 3500. They are great trucks.
ksss 07/13/15 05:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's Campaign Against Aluminum

What I can say after 22 years of owning an excavation company which as a part of that involves running and owning class 8 trucks, that aluminum frames don't hold up. You cant hardly give them away, except for scrape. That is a fact.
ksss 07/10/15 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's Campaign Against Aluminum

I still wonder how aluminum will hold up. Corrosion, accidents etc. If I recall several years ago another industry went aluminum. Wiring in mobile homes. Lots of mobile homes burned down until they got it right. Aluminum won't rust but have you ever seen aluminum skirting on mobile homes in the AZ desert? It just disappears where it comes close to certain soils. Deteriates faster than rusted steel. Like to see the chassis in 5 years. Take a look at some of the first horse trails built with aluminum. Falling apart. A PU gets used off road where these harsh dirts etc. get up underneath. Not like a Corvet driving down highways. Maybe that is GMs plan. Wait and see. I only buy Fords but I'll wait and watch.if you are waiting to see how they hold up just look at the older class 8 road tractors. When I was in trucking in the 70's and 80's all of our trucks had aluminum cabs and some frames. Never saw one to this day just fall a part or deteriorate like steel and they see more salt and abuse than our little trucks will ever see. Cracked frames was a common problem with aluminum frames in over the road trucks. Aluminum has a place but it is not in frames, at least not on vehicles that work for a living. So all those aluminum trailers we see are just one good bump away from breaking in half? http://www.fontainetrailer.com/revolution_aluminum_flatbed_trailer.html I am saying that the tractors had issues with cracked frames. There is a lot of difference between trailers and tractors.
ksss 07/09/15 10:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's Campaign Against Aluminum

You may want to catch up on current events. Market share is increasing and they are currently putting the wood to Ford in sales. Um,I do. Read the automotive news in the Detroit Free Press online, probably as good a source of industry news as any. Ford running three shifts at their F-150 plants to meet consumer demand doesn't sound like teetering on the edge of financial ruin to me......... And, end of the day no fanboy here, just glad to see an American automotive manufacturer doing well, don't care whose name is on the hood. Um, I did not say they were on the brink of financial ruin. However GM's PU marketshare is increasing and they are currently selling more pickups than FORD. That's what I am saying.
ksss 07/09/15 04:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's Campaign Against Aluminum

I still wonder how aluminum will hold up. Corrosion, accidents etc. If I recall several years ago another industry went aluminum. Wiring in mobile homes. Lots of mobile homes burned down until they got it right. Aluminum won't rust but have you ever seen aluminum skirting on mobile homes in the AZ desert? It just disappears where it comes close to certain soils. Deteriates faster than rusted steel. Like to see the chassis in 5 years. Take a look at some of the first horse trails built with aluminum. Falling apart. A PU gets used off road where these harsh dirts etc. get up underneath. Not like a Corvet driving down highways. Maybe that is GMs plan. Wait and see. I only buy Fords but I'll wait and watch.if you are waiting to see how they hold up just look at the older class 8 road tractors. When I was in trucking in the 70's and 80's all of our trucks had aluminum cabs and some frames. Never saw one to this day just fall a part or deteriorate like steel and they see more salt and abuse than our little trucks will ever see. Cracked frames was a common problem with aluminum frames in over the road trucks. Aluminum has a place but it is not in frames, at least not on vehicles that work for a living.
ksss 07/09/15 04:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's Campaign Against Aluminum

I drove a number of aluminum body fire apparatus. Emergency One of Ocala, Florida introduced them to the market in the mid 1970's. In the beginning, I recall issues with paint adhesion to the body panels, corrosion issues with fasteners where the body panels attached to the steel truck chassis, and cracking of the hose body section of the truck. Over time all have must have been addressed since E1 is still in business and sells a lot of fire apparatus. My former department has been purchasing them for over 30 years now and they hold up well. Think GM is just trying to stop the bleeding in their half ton market share since all the auto media I read says Ford can't build F-150's fast enough to meet demand............. You may want to catch up on current events. Market share is increasing and they are currently putting the wood to Ford in sales.
ksss 07/08/15 06:22pm Tow Vehicles
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