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RE: Uber expensive pickups...how much of a trend ?

According to my commercial salesman, largely the only people that walk in and buy a 70K plus diesel pickup are farmers (on the good years) and contractors. The average person making an average wage with average credit are buying used. There is no question that the prices have over shot the rise in wages.
ksss 10/12/17 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: another tire thread....opinions?

When the KO's are new their performance is excellent on icy, snow packed roads. As the tire wears that becomes considerably less impressive. The KO's I have are on a truck that typically gets new KO's every year, so it works. I have the EXO Grappler on another truck and have bought these tires twice now. A really good aggressive AT tire. I have been getting around 50K out of them, which I am totally good with. I am tempted to try Nitto's new Ridge Grappler, looks like a good tread design. The Cooper SST's have been wearing well, especially for as aggressive as they are. They are worthy of consideration. Me personally and those in this area, have zero use for Michelin. The tire shop I use, has a huge pile of new take off Michelins. They simply suck in the Winter and off road. All depends on where your at, probably work fine in other climates and if you stay on pavement. My wife has a set of the Nitto G2 on here 1500 and they are wearing very well, with really good Winter driving traction, the tread design is real blocky and so it bites on ice very well. Tires on my pickups is one of those areas that I have no issue spending the money it takes to get what performs. Unless taken to the extreme, I will accept less over all mileage if the tire performance is worth the reduced overall mileage.
ksss 10/07/17 01:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Finding the truck, where to search?

"Buy once, cry once". If you want a Ford get the 6.7, if you want to cry get the Ford 6.4. Otherwise look at GM and RAM. Your trying to buy a tow rig based off price, which I get, but the reason that the 6.0-6.4 powered Ford trucks are affordable is because their reputation for being a problem is well known and established. The Ram and GM trucks bring more money for a reason. It will likely cost less to buy the more expensive truck upfront than to buy the cheaper 6.4 in the long run. Remember when the day comes that you want out of the 6.4 it will be worth less and harder to get rid of. Their reputation is not going to improve. It is a known problem and will always be so.
ksss 10/04/17 11:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado 4500/5500 coming next year.

I keep waiting for GM to release a new hd gas motor. Maybe it will come when they release these new med. duty trucks, but if they are they are keeping it pretty quiet.
ksss 10/04/17 05:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado 4500/5500 coming next year.

I am ready for these to get out. I had a 5500 4X4 Crew Cab for 10 years. I have been skating by with a 3500. I was told they were coming out in '18 not '19. I am hoping it is worth the wait.
ksss 10/02/17 10:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 F-150 3.0L Diesel GCWR

When you talk about the increase in resale value for diesels it is more fair to look at it from a percent of purchase price perspective. By factoring it that way it accounts for the higher up front costs of the diesel. I have had a couple gas HD GM trucks (an '11-and '15) and came out very well on trade in. I was worried I was going to get killed when I traded them in but considering what they cost, I was happy. Both cost around .18 cents a mile to own.
ksss 09/19/17 07:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.0 Chev to 6.4 ram

The extra hp and torque does not seem to make the Ram any faster going up Ike according to the videos. I think performance wise they are about even, it would likely come down to which pickup you like best.
ksss 09/17/17 03:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How much can this truck REALLY tow?

An applicable saying is. A lot can always do a little, but a little can never do a lot. That said, there are always limits. If the Colorado fits your life better than a full size, and it will tow your trailer perhaps not the first to the top of the hill but it will pull it. I would buy the Colorado. They are well built, I have yet to speak to anyone that owns one that is not happy with it. Your weights will be close, but doable it appears. I would get the long box version if it will fit in your garage. It would give you just a bit more wheelbase and make towing that much better.
ksss 09/11/17 09:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2003 duramax vs 2015 dmax

The newer 2015 HD's are great towing trucks. I had an 03 and loved it as well, got the best mileage of any of my Duramax trucks. However the heavier you tow the more you can appreciate what these new trucks are capable of. The much better brakes, exhaust brake, better suspension and more comfortable interior all make for a much better towing experience. DEF is really a nonissue. I am upgrading my '15 and ordering an '18 this week, should be here the end of November.
ksss 09/09/17 04:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2003 duramax vs 2015 dmax

Duramax overheats are usually a dirty cooling stack. Crud builds up between rads and intercooler. Have to be separated and washed clean. Trans overheat is likely due to over filled. New trucks are better of course. Spot on, had it happen numerous times over the years.
ksss 09/09/17 04:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 Ram Trucks - Harvest Edition

Great, I'm still trying to figure out the differrence between Laramie and Big Horn. Where does this fit in? Had to laugh at "Farmers want connectability and Apple car play". Yeah, as a farmer that would be tops on my list. Actually farm equipment has become state of the art. We have several tractors that can drive themselves via GPS tracks. This makes the rows perfectly straight.Not quite. The farmer that does my ground was cutting beans one years with his John Deere in auto steer and it was crockeder than a dogs hind leg. Several hundred $$ later it run straight. Those darn electrons had gotten lose. The Red ones drive straight.
ksss 09/01/17 04:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is it just me, or is something wrong with my truck?

I had a 2011 3500 6.0 with 3.73. Routinely pulled 30K combined up the passes in my area (although not Teton pass), there is nothing wrong with the 6.0 put your foot in it and it makes power.
ksss 08/29/17 10:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone notice.........

GM is planning on staying with a steel bed but use Al. for the exterior panels.
ksss 08/21/17 12:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best type/brand/size tire on your tow vehicle??

I will say this for the G2. My wife reports to me every time her pickup slips, she keeps it in the auto trac function during the Winter, but we had a hellva Winter last year and twice she said she broke loose. The block design of the tread I think provides numerous biting edges that grip in icy conditions. It does really well in the Winter, never had it off-road, but I doubt it would clean real well but a good all around do many things well type tire.
ksss 08/07/17 09:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Firestone Transforce GT tires

Yep you are the only one I have seen that has had any issues with the Transforce tires. Wish they had can stock on my truck. As for the Coopers had a set of them for one month and had Discount remove them. Zero wet traction at all! Don Folks happy with Transforce HT or AT tires are awfully few and far between in my neck of the woods. You can get them as takeoffs for next to nothing on Craigslist. Junk. I buy them as trailer tires for a 24K gooseneck trailer, they work fine for that. I would never put them on the pickup.
ksss 08/06/17 07:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone running BFG All Terrain KO2's on their truck?

I have been running these tires on one pickup for 10 years now. Never noticed excessive noise, excessive wear yes, but not noise. I would look at it like this, while I think they are a really good tire when they are new, they wear wear fast. You likely wont need to put up with it very long. The other option is as long as they have decent tread left, they have value to someone used. You could at least get half way to a new set of something else if you sold them or traded them into the tire store.
ksss 08/06/17 07:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Good Deal or Walk? 2007 GMC 3500 dually

I know GM trucks have great resale value but that price in ridiculous. 07 Duramax LBZ was the last year prior to all the emissions being added, so its a sought after engine. Obviously, all vehicles condition is relative to previous maintenance, so get them checked out by someone you trust. What is your budget? You should be able to find a truck with 150k ish in the lower 20's. It depends, if it is an 07 Classic it is an LBZ, if not it would be an LMM (new body style GMT900). I have an 06 LBZ and an 08 LMM and both are very solid. The LMM has yet to miss a day of work with a 130K on it for any reason. The LMM is a little harder on fuel, the DPF in the truck to this point anyway has been a nonissue however and it spends a lot of time driving in town.
ksss 08/06/17 07:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best type/brand/size tire on your tow vehicle??

It's complicated. My next tires will be: "All Terrain". IOW something between Highway and Mud tires. Had Michelin LTX MS2s on my last truck and they were a great highway tire, long lasting and good mileage, but as soon as I got off the pavement they sucked. And Mud tires, although cool looking, are noisy, not as long lasting and with poorer mileage. "All Weather". We travel to Florida in November and return in late March and on several occasions have run into snow and ice in the Appalachians. An "All Weather" tire is not a dedicated winter tire but does have Triple Peak Mountain and Snowflake. This means special rubber compounds and sipes which usually means increased treadwear (and reduced mileage). But lately Nokian, Cooper and Yokohama have come out with AT tires with that symbol AND with decent tread wear warranties. Think it was Nokian that introduced the "All Weather" term , and they are very popular around here in S. Ontario as you don't have to swap tires every spring and fall. Not as good as dedicated winter tires, but good enough for many around here. The AT tires with the winter symbol AND a treadwear warranty that I've found so far are : Yokohama Geolander A/T GO15, 80K kms treadwear waranty for LT Nokian Rotiva AT Plus, 65K kms for LT Cooper Discoverer A/TW, 80K kms for LT My favourite so far is the Yokohama based on looks, availability and local price. There are a lot of other AT tires with the winter symbol but no tread wear warranty: BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Toyo OpenCountry C/T Nitto EXO Grappler AWT Nitto HD Grappler Kumho Road Venture AT51 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac But I suspect they will not last as long as those with the warranty. I can speak to a couple of tires on your list. The BFG AT/KO2 is probably the best tire I have run on icy roads. When they are new, they simply cannot be beat. I have been running BFG AT and then the AT/KO2 since those came out on an 08 Chevy 2500 D/A. My biggest issue with these tires is The first 50% of the tire is really good except in deep snow or mud. After the first 50% the tire is essentially a good looking highway tire. I would replace these after 24K miles on them, which is about every 18 months. I have been running my second set of the Nitto EXO Grappler on a 2015 3500. Loaded heavy the majority of the time. Really good off road, Winter driving is good, as it is good on ice and in deep snow, not as good a new BFG AT but I will take the trade off, especially last Winter. After these tires get down to 50% I have been sipping them for improved Winter ice traction. I really like this tire. I got 50K out of my first set, and could have gotten more except I was going into Winter had I been going into Spring or Summer I could have pulled another 10K out of them. My Wife has a set of Nitto G2 on her 2016 GMC 1500. Really a good all around tire, close in Winter traction to the BFG AT. Seem to be wearing well so far at 20K. I have a set of Cooper SST's on a 2006 GMC 3500 DRW. Really good traction, and they are wearing very well for an aggressive tire. This tire is probably the most common AT tire I see in Eastern Idaho, seems they are every where.
ksss 08/06/17 07:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F250 Fails at Ike Gauntlet

Must be the season for such things. Had my fan separate from the fan clutch on a 3.9T Cummins in my Case CX 160 Excavator. $3000 in damage to radiator and assorted components, to say nothing of the repair time cost. Sucks.
ksss 08/06/17 04:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4 Dodge???

I towed 30K combined with my 2015 6.0 3500 at 8K feet routinely. Effortless, certainly not, but it would grab the appropriate gear and sing its tune at about 4K rpm and it just pulled. I never tried that weight going over Teton Pass but it would do it with the smaller passes without pause.
ksss 06/19/17 08:50pm Tow Vehicles
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