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RE: Colorado Truck of the Year again!!

I have no issue with the way they select the pickups from which compete for TOTY. You cant test every truck available in the market every year, do you want to read about the Nissan Titan this year that was the same one you read about the last ten years, that was a POS at intro and still is, it finally just now is being put to death? It is not practical and no one cares. You have to draw the line somewhere and I think this is a good place to draw it. Lastly it is their award so they make the rules, pretty simple. I don't agree with their criteria most years, their emphasis puts working trucks at a disadvantage most of the time, but again it is their circus. Consumers pay attention to it, like it or not it is the biggest award in the business. It certainly is more hype than substance but the award sells vehicles, always has. Those of you who are not happy with the C&C winning two years in a row, deal with it. Now you know how I felt when Ram recently won two years in a row, those were dark times no doubt. Watch.....the new Dmax will take it for 2017.
ksss 11/26/15 11:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand design Customer service?? LOOK AT THIS

The content of these trailers changes constantly for many reasons. HOWEVER, the salesman and RV dealership should be aware of current changes to content. A simple call to the regional rep could have saved this from happening. I am guessing that the salesman would have told him anything to close the sale. The dealership should make it right. Stating that the stereo is garbage anyway and that it should be replaced is silly. This is about keeping your word. IF the dealer said it has Bluetooth and it doesn't and that is obviously a main feature the customer wants, guess what, it leaves the yard with a Bluetooth stereo, simple as that.
ksss 11/26/15 11:26am Toy Haulers
RE: 2007 Ford f350? Known issues?

By that year they worked most of the kinks out. Check degas bottle make sure coolant isn't low or rusty. Not too much scale in it an most importantly there is no oil or fuel in it and if any has exited from the cap. Insist on driving from cold as a cold truck can run completely different and show problems that may be coming soon. I would also shy away from a 6.0l that has had a programmer in it. Ask to see service records. Take a peek under the truck for oil leaks. Everyone says that the later years of the 6.0 were the better engines. If you read the lawsuit, you learn that while there some small improvements made, the main issues with the engine were never addressed by the IH or FORD throughout the life of the engine. The plan was to make bandaid repairs to limp the engine out of its warranty period. The aftermarket seems to have some success fixing the issues. However with much better options available from GM and RAM why bother. The cost you spend making a 6.0 run could be used to pay the price difference you will pay for a GM or RAM. Money much better spent, you will get it back when you trade or sell the Duramax or Cummins down the road.
ksss 11/23/15 11:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Colorado Truck of the Year again!!

I agree the Motor Trend idea of a truck and those who frequent a tow forum are not going to match up very well. I think the Colorado is really well done, and for a lot of buyers it will do them better than a full size. It is not often that a full size HD pickup wins. I think 2011 was the most recent I can remember when the GM trucks were redone under the old skin of the GMT900.
ksss 11/20/15 08:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Canyon Diesel MPG - 22 city 31 hwy 25 combined

I have had two Gas HD pickups in the last couple years a 2012 2500 CC with a 6.0 and a 2015 3500 CC with the 6.0. As far as resale, I came out great on the 12 and good on the 15. I sub .18 cents a mile on the 12 and .22 on the 15. I traded out of the 15 way early due to business requirements changing but I don't regret the gas purchases. The 2015 Duramax seems to get 3-4 mpg better doing the same work as the 6.0 3500. As my luck would have it, gas was more expensive than diesel here when I had the gas trucks. I buy another new diesel and it flip flops again. The new Duramax can really tow, no doubt about that.
ksss 11/11/15 08:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire Recommendation

I have put a lot of miles on the Hankook ATM towing. They wear really well. I went from the Hankook to the Nitto EXO grappler because I wanted better traction off road. I got it. The EXO is a really good tire and seems to wear well. I have 40K on mine and they are half gone. I will buy them again. I have a set of Kelly TSR on my dually. Great off road traction but they have not lasted as long as would like. The pickup runs at or over max GVW everywhere it goes, and I will be lucky to see 40K out of them. If the Hankook ATM is aggressive enough for you, I would go that route.
ksss 11/08/15 10:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Long bed avaiability ?

It is that time of the year as well. The closeout 2015 trucks are getting down to the bottom, especially at the rate the OEM's a selling trucks right now. I had a hard time finding a Chevy LB 3500 in Idaho in Sept. that was loaded up like I wanted (had to drive 8 hours). I could only imagine that right now it will be nearly impossible if your somewhat particular in what you want. Most businesses are making end of year purchases and pickups are common, easy to reduce tax obligation purchases, especially the HD pickups with the higher GVW.
ksss 11/08/15 10:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: October 2015 and year sales numbers

I am really pleased with both my F350s. I have no vested interest in any of the big three automakers. Therefore, I couldn't care less about those numbers. I'm with you - I find automotive brand loyalty baffling. No one brand is ever going to have the best model on the market in a particular class on an ongoing basis. Depending on model cycles brands are going to pull ahead and fall behind as advancements are made. Why anybody would buy one brand for loyalty reasons and snub a better vehicle is beyond me. The term "better vehicle" is subjective, especially with the current pickup offerings. I run GM trucks, always have. My business identity is a part of that along with the type of heavy equipment I tend to buy. I don't bounce around from OEM to OEM. I establish a relationship with the dealer or dealers and stay there unless I have a compelling reason to change (poor performance or service from the OEM or dealer). I appreciate loyalty from my customers and I return the favor when I am in the customer role.
ksss 11/08/15 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: October 2015 and year sales numbers

I do like the front end change on the 2016 Silverado !! I think that will help them sell even more. I agree, I like the GMC better tho. The wife and I drove a '16 Silverado 1500 CC LTZ yesterday. I generally liked the new look, it is different. I like the 8 speed tranny with the 5.3. We ran about 10 miles down a flat section of 65 mph highway and it bounced between 21-23 mpg with 3.42's . I have not seen a '16 GMC yet, look forward to it.
ksss 11/08/15 09:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Boise, Idaho

Idaho in general is just a great State if you enjoy the outdoors. Best thing about Boise in my opinion is the weather which is very mild. The people and traffic are the downsides. Spend a couple days on the Net and depending on what your priorities are you could find a place here that matches what your looking for.
ksss 11/05/15 07:00pm Toy Haulers
RE: Michelen LTX A/T2 VS Transforce AT

I have this story regarding the AT2's. When I bought a new 3500 in Feb I made a deal with the local Tire Factory store to trade my take off AT2's for Nitto Exo Grapplers. I made the deal in December prior to my truck hitting the ground. When I brought the pickup in and reminded him about our deal he shows me the stacks of AT2's he has since take in as take offs. He honored my deal but currently will only give a $100 a tire for the AT2's. They are extremely unpopular tires in this part of the country. Winter traction is very bad, don't hold up to gravel seemed to be the first comments mentioned. Perhaps in their element they are fine, but I would avoid them. I think there are much better tires for the money.
ksss 10/31/15 11:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Car and drivers Colorado vs 2016 tacoma !

I think there is a lot they can do yet to expand the appeal of this line of pickups. Making the Dmax available across the entire line, adding a manual, adding a regular cab to the mix, make an SUV off that platform, bring back the ZR2, add some higher end content such as sunroof. Bringing in the Denali version hopefully will provide the higher end content. I wish they could check all these boxes at once, but I get it I guess. Right now they are selling like hot cakes, perhaps once supply and demand get in line they can work on expanding it. I think the entire midsize pickup concept has great promise as long as they don't drive it into the ditch. Seeing this head to head comparo holds great hope. I was really waiting to see how the Twins would do when Toyota released the new Taco. Regardless of who you think won, I think it is safe to say that GM is very competitive.
ksss 10/31/15 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tundra HD

I think the fact the engine was in house was a big part of it, but I think the real issue was the mpg. I don't see the 5.0L getting near the mpg as the EcoDiesel. The power of the 5.0L puts it closer to the big Cummins than would likely be ideal for Ram I think. The 5.0L works well when it is the only diesel option like Nissan or Toyota.
ksss 10/29/15 03:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buy a 2016 or 2017 Duramax??

If the towing capacity increases accordingly then the added power can be used. If it does not, then I agree, the added power may not be a benefit depending on your application. I doubt I will ever own a toyhauler greater than 15K and in my case the current pickups really just play with that kind of weight. The business side of the equation can always make use of more power and capacity. 1000 foot pounds is really an incredible milestone to hit with an off the shelf pickup.
ksss 10/25/15 09:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Slow turning over 6.5 GM Diesel

The starters were notorious on these trucks. I am not sure why they stuck you with new glow plugs, if it cranks hard and doesn't start, ok check the plugs, but not if the cranking power is low, that obviously is not a glow plug issue. I would pull the starter and have it rebuilt if you can handle it down for a couple days. As mentioned don't go cheap, or you will become very good at pulling it out.
ksss 10/25/15 03:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buy a 2016 or 2017 Duramax??

I am not offended, I am not proud of it, like I said I never really imagined I was that heavy. The truck pulls it fine, stops better than the 5500 did with that same weight. We are making some internal changes so that we can keep it closer to 30K than 40K. I really need to get another medium duty truck. Probably why the 05 5500 went out when it did. The capability of these newer trucks is dam impressive. Pull that kind of weight and while it works the truck for sure, it feels solid in control. I pull the same load with my 06 3500 DRW and it feels heavy in that truck, not so in the '15 even with the SRW.
ksss 10/24/15 04:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buy a 2016 or 2017 Duramax??

That said, I am pulling 35-40K combined with the 2015 and it pulls very well. Could you explain that? Your sig says SRW? Chris Dang, 35K-40K combined with a 3500 SRW truck? :E GCWR on mine is only 37,500#..and its a dually...I'm impressed. I didn't realize it was that much to be honest. We were working at fertilizer plant and they had a scale on site. I decided for kicks I would run the pickup with a Walton gooseneck 35' 24K trailer loaded with an excavator minus some equipment that I usually have on the trailer over it and it was 35K. I go through DOT roadside inspections frequently and never had an issue but I had not run this combination over a scale for an exact weight. Fully loaded it would push 40K, I had to up the registration. I used to pull this daily with a 5500 but I lost the injectors and the engine. I traded it on this 2015-3500.
ksss 10/24/15 11:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buy a 2016 or 2017 Duramax??

Well I went through the same dilemma. I had no choice but to pull the trigger on a 2015 but all things being equal I would have preferred waiting. That said, I am pulling 35-40K combined with the 2015 and it pulls very well. The other thing is, at least here, a lot of guys are trading year to year for only a couple K. The resale on Duramax trucks is really strong. So if you decide you want the 2017, I don't think it is quite as expensive to upgrade as you might think. As to potential first year issues, I bought an 01 GMC 3500 D/A. I had to replace the computer in 100K. I bought the extended warranty with it because it was first year powertrain. The extended warranty paid for the computer and it was dollar for dollar the same as I paid for the extended warranty. There certainly could be some issues with the new powertrain, but I personally would be willing to risk the $65K on the fact that there wont be much to be concerned about. There is the extended warranty you can buy if you want the extra insurance. I will be looking at purchasing a 5500 in 2017 if I like what IH and GM put together. If I don't like the medium duty trucks, I will pick up another 3500 that hopefully will have the tow ratings that Ram and Ford have.
ksss 10/20/15 08:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Colorado diesel report.

This is an issue I have as well, why are they not allowing the Dmax in the lower trims. I would suspect that there are a lot of commercial customers that would check the Diesel option if it could be had in lower trim levels.
ksss 10/11/15 03:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 silverado/sierra duramax next Gen ??

I think when GM went to that larger fuel tank, Titan fuel tanks cried a river.
ksss 10/06/15 09:45pm Tow Vehicles
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