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RE: 1/2 ton versus 3/4 ton pickup

Get a one ton, the real decision would be DRW or SRW. Those slide in campers are top heavy, given the wind in Idaho, I would absolutely get as much truck as you can.
ksss 11/21/14 04:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is ram 3500 SRW 6.4 hemi enough?

Look closely at fuel mileage as the Hemi will likely get a lucky no wind or hills 15-16 empty; Simply not true. I have taken several trips with mine, non-towing and regularly get 18-19 mpg. All the trips included interstate, city, and mountain passes, with usually about 1000 lbs of payload. Although the last one I was carrying 2000 lbs of pellets plus the family and other misc. items. For a large gas engine, it does reasonably well. Regularly getting 18-19 with 1000 pounds of payload in mixed driving? I think you might be bad at math, and this is only "reasonably well"? Wow.
ksss 11/21/14 10:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax Issue

There is actually a GMC dealer in Idaho Falls that could also have looked at your truck. I am surprised that you did not know that since they are right next to each other. You can throw a rock from one to the other. There is another Chevy dealer 15 miles north of Idaho Falls in Rigby. I have bought several pickups from the Chevy dealer in Idaho Falls. I have had decent experiences with them but I cant say that they not capable of making a mistake. I agree that $7k sounds too high. I certainly would have gotten another opinion. There are GM dealers all over this valley. I am trying to make sense of your trip so I have a couple questions. You stopped in Missoula to get it checked out, than it needed to be reset 8 times from Boise to Arco (which is Idaho not Montana) but how did you get to Boise in the first place? That's a good haul, its 5 plus hours from Idaho Falls to Missoula going over the pass near Salmon and even longer going down I-15. It is another 4 hours from Idaho Falls to Boise. You may have saved some miles if you went through Challis from Missoula to get to Boise. How did the truck run from Missoula to Boise and what route did you take to get there? It is 260 miles or so from Boise to Idaho Falls via the desert route you took. Not sure how you logged that many miles with 7 bad injectors. The entire story is hard for me to wrap my head around.
ksss 11/18/14 11:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: open vs limited slip diferentials.

We spend most of our time camping in the mountains as well. I have the G-80 rear end in my 3500, that combined with aggressive tires has kept me out of trouble. You may also consider a winch for the truck as well, it is again one of those seldom needed items, but when you do they are priceless.
ksss 11/16/14 11:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Chevy 3500HD 6.0 ordered today.

According to my commercial salesman (one of the top 5 in the nation so it says on his fancy jacket), that the 6.0 will not be replaced for at least the next 3 years. So I decided to buy now and perhaps trade it back when a new motor is released. The '12 was my first 6.0 and while prior to ownership I never thought much about the motor, it certainly pulls hard and never missed a beat. The cheap oil changes is also an added bonus. I really like driving the 6.2 GM trucks, it is like driving an 8K pound sports car. The 6.0 is certainly not as responsive or as powerful but it gets it done, and the current $3.00 gas certainly makes it easier to like the 6.0.
ksss 11/16/14 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Chevy 3500HD 6.0 ordered today.

Thanks, it is SRW.
ksss 11/15/14 06:40pm Tow Vehicles
2015 Chevy 3500HD 6.0 ordered today.

I placed an order today for a Chevy 3500HD, 4X4 CC, 6.5' with the 6.0 today. I am trading in the 2012 2500 6.0 on the new one. I had considered buying a new Duramax but decided to keep my LBZ. It will be an LT with heated cloth bucket seats. This one will have 4.10's as opposed to the 3.73's I have now. My 12 has 53K on it, I am getting 27K on trade. This was my first HD gas truck, I really liked it. They pull intermediate weight just fine and are pretty cheap to own. I really like the new HD's so it is time to buy one.
ksss 11/15/14 05:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bombed for towing or lightly bombed?

I had the computer remapped for a 60 hp bump in my LBZ. It is about perfect. The difference I noticed was the throttle response is much better. I can still keep it cool, very happy with it. I have had set like this for the last 50K and no issues.
ksss 11/12/14 04:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: For you who don't like the GM truck's IFS system

Bored in Michigan already are we? The only real issue with GM trucks is that the 4WD sits at the same height as a 2WD! Maybe OK for the old people, but not good for those of us that use a 4WD as it was intended! Give me a break! Pull away from the computer when your hitting your pipe.
ksss 11/12/14 04:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dually Mods

I have an 06 3500. I made the following updates. I changed out the rotors and pads to EBC rotors and Hawk SD pads. I had the computer remapped to give me 60 hp increase and I had the VVT activated to act as an engine brake like on the newer trucks. I have added Rancho 9000s, and Mishimoto thermostats. I have Amsoil in the diffs, transfer case and tranny. This Winter I am going to add a new Intercooler either Banks or Mishimoto have not decided which yet.
ksss 11/02/14 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
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

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
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