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RE: In the market for a new truck

Just keep in mind the gauntlet is a pretty useless indicator. Rarely do sane people run full throttle over mountains. And that is no indicator or overall towing ability. The 6.4 has tons of torque available during normal use and will out perform smaller engines regardless of idiotic stunts. It's this abundance of torque that makes towing enjoyable. Just because you don't like the results, does not make it useless. I think it is certainly an indicator of towing ability. They towed 12.5K up a big hill at high elevation. I would say that the results of this hill run is certainly an indicator of what someone could expect as far as performance for from both pickups. You can argue that the time difference between 1st and 2nd doesn't matter to you, but it certainly provides some idea how a truck can be expected to perform. I am not sure what makes this hill run an idiotic stunt? It showed in this example (certainly not in all conditions perhaps) that the smaller motor out performed a larger one. They put it in gear and hit the accelerator and let the pickup do the rest (for better or for worse). I don't see an issue with that.
ksss 10/26/14 09:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Warranty Claim Denied

$3000 for 2 mirrors!!!!!!!!!!!!! :E :E DANG, that's wacked!!! Sorry, can't help you with your problem. Yea what he said. Makes me feel better about my manual folding mirrors.
ksss 10/25/14 03:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: one year with a 40' fifth wheel and dually

I get 8.5 to 9 pulling my 38' Fuzion with my 06 LBZ. Your mileage is probably in line considering how big it is.
ksss 10/16/14 07:37am Toy Haulers
RE: Ram 2500 6.4L 12.5K Ike Gauntlet

I think the Ram rep would have been better off not responding. If they designed that truck to pull that way, I would demand my money back if I was an owner. Pretty weak when you come to market with your truck listed at 410 hp and it gets owned towing 12K up a hill by a 15 year old motor with 380 hp. It is interesting, there is a lot more to consider than just the specs on these new pickups.
ksss 10/13/14 08:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody consider a semi for a tow vehicle?

I don't think that duty cycle has as much to do with it as you would like to believe. Just because the big truck is not working hard does not mean that you are going to see a decline in costs that is equal to its light duty cycle. It would be nice but its not directly proportional. Comparing the 6.0 to the capability of current diesel pickups is not what I had in mind. Shall we say 2011 and newer 3500-5500 (350-550) are substantial more capable than previous pickup trucks both in power and towing capability. These trucks last and run like they do because they typically run at constant rpm for hours at a time. Putting a class 8 on an RV will be much like using a 5500 as a passenger car. Your used 8 may like that or it may not, much depending on how much emission equipment it has. I just don't think that buyers of these trucks should be lead to believe that you put an 8 on your RV and it magically moves your RV with no issues. Especially since these will all be used trucks, there will be costs and they can be crazy expensive depending on your luck and your driving ability.
ksss 10/12/14 04:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody consider a semi for a tow vehicle?

These are Class 8 trucks with a GVWR of 33,000 lbs. or more. I can no more see using one of these to tow a 13,000 lb. 5th wheel travel trailer load than using a 1-ton DRW truck to tow a 300 lb. kayak trailer. More than 80% of the people I see pulling 5th-wheel trailers are doing so with a SRW truck. A 3/4 ton pickup is all that is needed even for the 13,500 lb. gross vehicle weight trailer, and very few 5th wheel travel trailers exceed even 11,000 lb.s gross vehicle weight. My 2500HD pickup ton truck is rated for towing a 5th wheel trailer load of up to 17,300 lbs., so why would I go buy a Freightliner M2? I don't know about what you can get for $10,000 but a used M2 106 in good condition sells for a great deal more. Current ones listed on www.truckpaper.com are priced at $80K for a 2007. Every aspect of operating and maintaining the truck is going to be three times as expensive as a pickup and forget about parking it anywhere except on the street (where laws allow). I could not see one of these trucks pulling a 5th wheel getting into 99% of the state and national campgrounds. OK is you like to stay at highway rest areas and at truck stops. You should ask yourself if these trucks are such a good solution why is that nobody is using them for this purpose? Look again when you see one of these trucks towing a 5th wheel and you will notice that it is pulling a large horse trailer or commercial trailer or multi vehicle trailer and not a travel trailer. This my thought as well. I own and run class 8's. I personally would not put an 8 on an RV but to each his own. The biggest issue for a person with an average bank account is simply the costs involved. It is all good until you have to have them worked on (before anyone buys one they really need to investigate engine, tranny rebuilds), while I totally get they are made to run, they do break down. Buy a newer one and you get to deal with DPF issues, no small issue with someone who pulls an RV where the engine is barely able to stay warm pulling such a light load. Tires are expensive and there are a lot of them. When your making money with them, the costs of running them is simply a part of business (but it still hurts when you have major component failure), running one simply for recreation would be unacceptable to me. Lastly it is not necessary, with the capability of these new pickup based tow rigs, but if you want to play "big rig trucker" on the weekends these can fill that need. You just need to make sure you have a "big rig checking account" when the truck goes to the shop.
ksss 10/12/14 11:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: ATTENTION ALL DURAMAX OWNERS

OTOH I think that item could float around on the bottom of the pan forever without harm. Now you will have a reassembled lower engine that IMO is more prone to leak. Hand me a new dipstick and I would be on my way. As would I, I would not let them pull the engine to retrieve that. I certainly would never pay myself to have it done.
ksss 10/07/14 05:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for better rotors

You CAN install better brake components. Here is one company that makes very good parts: EBC brakes I used the EBC rotors and SD Hawk pads on my 3500. Great combo.
ksss 10/04/14 10:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GMs new 6.2 di seems to get great mpg

It almost seems to me the new 6.2 gets near the mileage of the 4.3 6cyl. I would love to have a high country with one!! And the 6.2 will be an add at trade in time instead of a deduct like the V-6
ksss 09/29/14 07:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford PS 2015

You can go online and read complaints about Cummins, Duramax and PowerStroke... It doesn't matter which you get if you try to play the numbers, you may end up with one trouble-free or you may end up with a lemon. The achilles heel for all of them is very simple... DPF/SCR/EGR. Personally, I chose the 6.4L over the 6.7L and it was a great choice for me. Stock for stock, the playing field is pretty level. I don't think I have ever seen anyone prefer the 6.4 over the 6.7
ksss 09/28/14 10:10pm Toy Haulers
RE: Enclave for daily driver

I never see a lambda as a fleet police vehicle. The new ford explorers are used and will be my selection as the next kid transport wagon for the thackers. The Explorers or Expoloders as nicknamed have by far the highest costs per mile than any other police duty vehicle, even higher than a Charger if you can believe that. It fills a need however that no other OEM bothers to try and fill. The Tahoes are much more durable and have great resale at the end of their service life, they cost more on the front side, more thirsty than an Explorer (but about the same as a V8 Charger) and they struggle with a perception problem (they look extravagant) but they are by far the best investment in a police vehicle.
ksss 09/28/14 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford PS 2015

2015 marks the first round of improvements made to the 6.7 since inception. They made some significant improvements. If you have the money to get a 2015 than it really should be a nonissue. Your spending big money get the latest and greatest that Ford can give you. Why spend your money on what is essentially a 2011 truck (technologically speaking).
ksss 09/24/14 06:15pm Toy Haulers
RE: honest advice on a truck for towing 10000lbs

I don't think your going to see 10 mpg pulling 10K. I was pulling 8k with little wind resistance doing 75 on the Interstate yesterday and I got 9 with my GM 6.0 with 3.73s. If you are dead set on getting 10 mpg you will likely need to go diesel.
ksss 09/23/14 07:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tow Vehicle

Dennis Dillon GMC in Boise Idaho beat my Texas dealers "supplier invoice" price minus all available rebates on a 2015 2500 diesel. They Texas price was $7000 below MSRP on a brand new 2015 with 30 miles on the odometer. Dillon beat that by another $5000. Couldnt get a dealer in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana or Arkansas to even agree to do a match plus $1000. The deal was legitimate and I went from Dallas to Boise to buy the truck. Check it out for yourself. How did you happen to price a dealer in Boise?
ksss 09/21/14 01:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to upgrade brakes on 2000 Chevy K3500 DRW.

I have put EBC Sport Rotors on my 06 DRW with Hawk SD pads, I also had the brake fluid flushed. It makes a big difference.
ksss 09/14/14 09:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Floor plans for two people

In regards to them being "designed for 6-8 people".... the bed/sleeping areas for anything beyond two people is things such as convertible dinetter area, bunk overt he garage (which could double as a storage loft) or sofas/drop down beds in the garage. The sleeping arrangements foer person number 1 and 2 is going to be the bed up front. All the other beds aren's beds until you turn them down and make them in to a bed.... Hence, they may sleep more than 2 people, but all the extra beds are priamrly beds. So, they are designed for 2 people, and more can sleep in them if you choose to use the bonus sleeping areas. I agree with this. I really like the Fuzion 342 floor plan, and it is just two of us. Should additional people come along we have the bunk beds in the back which come down. If we need more room than that it gets to be a bit of pain (except for whomever wants the loft). I hate having to convert the living room to sleeping space.
ksss 09/14/14 09:46am Toy Haulers
RE: Best receiver hitch ?

I have the Curt, I really like it. Well built
ksss 09/08/14 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: company web sites

The GM site does the same thing to me as well. You get to the engine choice, click on duramax plus package and you can go no further, it has been that way for weeks.
ksss 09/07/14 07:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 40ft toy hauler

I am 38+ with my TH and we seldom camp in formal camp sites. We don't have issues with getting in where we want to be. I think you will find that if you are good with your access with your 35' I don't think you will find 40' to be much different. I have 9" of play between my bedrails and camper, and you have to be careful on the dips so that you don't drag the back of trailer. Usually with triple axles though they bridge better than a long tandem.
ksss 09/06/14 09:15am Toy Haulers
RE: Ram 3500 DRW 6.4L Hemi "Game Changer"

I am not sure that "game changer" technology for HD gas engines even exists. There is only so much energy in a gallon of gas. You can use exotic transmissions, cylinder deactivation, direct injection, turbo chargers to maximize (or save) that energy, but when you need to make power, you will burn through gas to get it. Before "game changer" engines can exist, "game changer" technology has to exist. I think proof of this is how the old GM 6.0 did compared to the much newer gas engines from Ford and Ram in the gas engine test. The newer engines in my view, while outpaced the 6.0, it was not as much as one would think considering the age of the 6.0. Compare that to a a diesel test between a 15 yoa diesel engine verse the latest crop of diesel engines.
ksss 08/31/14 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
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