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RE: New Tires for an F-350

I have a set of NITTO EXO Grapplers on a 3500. I have been real happy with them. I have 50K on them and while if I was going into Summer and not Winter I could get more out of them. However I am good with 50K. Great off road, a little road noise but not bad, and a good Winter tire. I have another set waiting to go on.
ksss 11/30/16 11:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need New Tires

IMO, traction and Firestone AT don't belong in the same sentence. Good tire for being a cheap tire but can't give it more credit than its due. To the op, if you got 55kmi out of any tire, I'd just suggest buying that one again. That's about 15k more than I've ever seen out of a LT tire, but I don't run em down to the cords. Once they don't have winter traction they get pulled. Then I don't have the gumption to put them back on in the spring and wring out the last of the dry hiway miles. Most any tire will last a long time if you run em bald or near bald. Ok for highway and dry weather. Or if you can't afford new tires. But if your vehicle sees 4 seasons and all roads then the tires become essentially useless after they get down to 4-8 32nds for me. My guess is the hi mile guys run em to the wear bars. Those last few 32nds wear very well and don't go away near as quick a s the first half of the tread. This is my thoughts as well. Traction will always trump tread wear for me. The Winters are too tough, and the consequences too high to run high mileage/low traction tires. That is why I will never buy a set of Michelin tires. I am just about to pull my NITTO EXO Grapplers off, getting the last miles out of them and when the real snow hits I will put the new ones on. I have just over 50K on them. Very happy, excellent traction off road and in snow, decent on ice/snow packed roads. I pull heavy and a lot so to see 50K out of this tires I thought was very good. Probably could have got to 55-60 if I was going into Summer and not Winter.
ksss 11/20/16 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor Trend names their"Truck OTY" Anti GM bias there?

The new GM HD wasn't likely ready for the article. They still have not delivered a 2017 yet that I am aware of. It will be in play for next years contest. The new FORD SD with its first serious redo since 1999, certainly qualifies and looks like a very nice pickup.
ksss 11/15/16 07:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram truck problems ?

I think it is easy to look across the fence and see greener pastures. I have had a few issues with my 06-3500 LBZ. I did have the pump rub issue taken care of before it became expensive and of course the tranny lines. My recent GM trucks have all been trouble free. 2011 6.0 2500 to 65K no service calls, my 2015 3500 6.0 to 15K no trouble and my current 2015 3500 Duramax which is at 32K has not had a service call. All of these trucks did or have routinely pulled 30K combined. I recently had a GMC 5500 which washed a cylinder at 90K and ruined the motor. Every OEM has their issues and sometimes it is hard to keep that in perspective. Now if your always in the shop than that is different, but chances are regardless of what it says on the tailgate your gonna spend some money on it, especially if your working them hard.
ksss 11/14/16 06:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 GM Duramax

I had read where GM patented the method they used to screen FOD from the active air intake. Obviously they felt that they spent enough time and money on the process to justify locking it down. Hopefully they got it right. Considering how long they have been working on this new Duramax, they better have gotten it right. Part of me would like to wait before ordering one, just a little concerned about issues with it. This is a significant redo of the motor, right now the 2015 version is pretty solid. The other part of me would like to wash the 31K miles I have on my 1 year old 2015, and get out of it before I put any more miles on it.
ksss 10/31/16 10:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: '13- 2500HD Tire Shopping

I am have been happy with my NITTO EXO Grappler. I also have a pickup with COOPER ST MAXX. I like them as well. I have a set of BFG AT KO on another. The new BFG lasts longer than then the previous version, really like this tire when they are newer on ice. May be the best AT tire I have had on ice and snow pack. I am going to buy another set of the EXO's. Just a really good balance in what it does and the price is good, especially for NITTO.
ksss 10/16/16 01:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck trade-in hustle...

Got a call from a local Chevy dealer trying to explain the value of a new truck. I told her: I already have a new truck. She says: No, it's a year old and has 33,000 miles on it. I said: Right, so you already know why I don't need a new truck. :) Anything for a sale - and I believe there are good sales folks out there, and good dealers. But that one made me laugh ... Mine is two model years old with 30K miles and I think I am trading it in for 2017 model. 910 foot/pounds sounds pretty good to me. Trade values are high, might just do it.
ksss 10/10/16 09:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax is king of the mountain again

This should be quite a show going up Ike with the Ford and GM trucks making this kind of hp/torque. I hope that GM has kept with their philosophy of out working their engine specs.
ksss 09/27/16 08:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Duramax Power Specs

The engine specs look good, still waiting to see what the tow specs are. That to me is more telling how much confidence GM has in this pickup.
ksss 09/25/16 02:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tow Vehicle Purchase

I have found that fleet sales typically knows more about trucks than the regular new vehicle salesmen. My experience as well. I have not bought a new pickup from anyone except a commercial salesman since 2001. If the dealership has someone that could be considered a sales professional, meaning he knows his vehicles it is this guy.
ksss 09/18/16 09:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Feedback on XLR and Fuzion

I have only bought Fuzion's. I really have a good dealer and I like and know the trailers. They are not perfect but I have been happy with them, unlikely I will buy anything else in the future.
ksss 09/17/16 09:34pm Toy Haulers
RE: 2017 2500HD versus 3500HD SRW

I, like most here will side towards more truck rather than less. However in this case I would atleast see what the new 2017 ratings bring. They should be posted before long. I may still suggest a 3500 but since this is a redesign who knows what the ratings for these new pickups will be.
ksss 09/12/16 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why no Duramax announcement yet

I think the tranny is still being called a 1000. I have not heard what has been done to it with the power upgrade.
ksss 09/08/16 06:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why no Duramax announcement yet

The pickup should be a runner, especially if this 900 version has the same underspec characteristics as the 765 version. I personally want to see towing specs. It better be 30K plus for a 3500 DRW. I have pulled my '15 hard and with just under 30,000 miles on it and it is not even a year old I have spent a lot of time in it. Somethings that really impress me about this pickup is that it never gets warm, no matter the pass, no matter the weight. it just pulls, my LBZ I have to watch when pulling certain passes at Max GVW. I hope the new Dmax runs as well, the 765 rated Dmax is dialed in, no doubt about that.
ksss 09/07/16 11:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why no Duramax announcement yet

The guys with fleet numbers were able to place orders mid August. Unfortunately I don't have enough pickups to qualify as a fleet customer but the numbers were leaked out and the pickup will have 900 foot pounds and I think he said 425 hp. What I really wanted to know was the tow ratings, they did not have those. The specs are supposed to be released at the Texas State Fair. I have no idea why there but that is what I know.
ksss 09/06/16 06:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Chevy 2500HD

I had a 2015 3500, CC, 6.0L, I pulled the heck out it and really liked the truck. The nonpulling mpg, I thought was reasonable about 14 maybe 15 at times. The downside as with all gas engines when you put a trailer on it, the mileage falls off a cliff. I pulled up to 31K combined, and it did it just fine, even going up and down our passes here. I could easily get south of 5 mpg but even my D/max trucks don't get a lot better pulling the same grades. I traded out of the 6.0 because another truck went down and we had to get a diesel to replace it and otherwise I would have kept it. That was my second HD GM 6.0 (had a 2012 as well). The common complaint about gas trucks is their resale, but I came out very well on both of my gas HD's on resale. I would absolutely buy another one if I needed to pull heavy on occasion.
ksss 08/27/16 01:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Almost 90 ,000 Truck sales for GM in July

GM trucks needed a good month because June was not good. The midsize trucks are slowly starting to gain more conquest sales which is important. When they first released the little pickups, it was mostly selling to GM customers that is slowly changing as the options increase and not a lot of issues with the new pickup have surfaced. What really surprises me is Nissan. It does not appear to me that the Titan is exactly flying off the shelves. Those are some pretty tragic sales numbers considering the investment they made in that new pickup.
ksss 08/06/16 07:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: truck tire choices

Michelin is the best tire but costly. Just about any tire shop would tell you that. Costco always runs that special as well as of the tire dealers. My 14 ram came with Nexon and I noticed Ford did as well but I don't like them at all. I had two of them that separates after 30k miles. Maybe they are the best tire for running down the highway. Once your off asphalt or in the Winter, they are less than ideal. Last year my tire dealer had a room full of new Michelin pickup tire take offs (perhaps still does). Most in this part of the country spend a lot of time off the highway, and the issues with Michelin pickup tires are well known. So well known many will pay more money to reshod their new pickup than to endure the OEM Michelin tires. They have a place, but they are not everyone's "best" option.
ksss 07/10/16 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 08 3500 chevy

My work truck is a 08 2500HD CC 4X4. I have 120K on it and it has yet to miss a day of work. I ordered it and have put all the miles on it. Incredibly dependable. Don't be afraid of these DPF trucks from a reliability standpoint. The mpg is not as good as other years due to the regen process but I have nothing negative to say about this truck.
ksss 06/21/16 07:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F350

7 MPG..... OUUUUCH I think that is pretty darn good considering I am moving 33K at 75mph. My RV is 13'5" high and 101" wide. http://i.imgur.com/rB3GN6jl.jpg Sorry but that's terrible.... I would pull 31K combined with my gas 2015 6.0 and got 5-6 mpg. My 15 Dmax gets in the 7-9 range depending on wind. However I don't have near the wind resistance as an RV, since this is equipment being moved.
ksss 06/19/16 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
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