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RE: I am the truck killer!

Mkirsch Generally speaking, I have to agree with grit, the pre about 2013 4.3 was not a bad motor. Especially the vortex versions from about 94/95 on. Previous 2bbl, and TBI versions were good to about 150k Mile's. GM put a better different set of rings, pistons bearings etc in the vortex versions, 250+k Mile's was not uncommon. I've driven all 3 versions, and owned an 89 TBI, 2000 vortex in Astro vans. Was overall happy. The LS version is a beast vs previous versions. If I wanted and wanted to afford a new rig, with some pulling power, assuming mpg's, the turbo 4 cyl with the 8 spd trans 3.73 gears would be hands down better yet. Or the diesel IF you drive about 15-20k Mile's a year could make sense. The diesel is not an extreme $$ addition upgrade vs the 8 lug rigs. About $1500 vs $7-8k! At 33-35 freeway mpg empty you can pay for that extra in 3-4 yrs or less or about 70k Mile's total. Assuming you can get away with a 1500. Marty
blt2ski 05/23/22 11:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I am the truck killer!

So sorry for your troubles! I have a buddy who has a lifter fail on his 2020 Silverado. Instead of waiting for the truck to get repaired he traded it in on a new ZR2 Silverado. 200 MILES on the new truck. ~ Lifter Failure ~ On the other hand the 2.7l has proven extremely reliable and capable. I’m recommending them to anyone looking for a newer GM full size truck. They do have DOD but it’s controlled by the cam not the lifter. Seems to be a much more reliable system. Thanks Jerem Dang, I would have figured that they had that cured by now... If I trade this thing after getting it fixed, I don't want another one. How are the 4.3L V6's holding up? The one I had in 1997 was a lemon, but I can't imagine that the current ones share anything but the displacement... The current 4.3 from 2014 or so on is based on the 5.3/6.0 vs previous a 350 with 2 cylinders lopped off. Not sure if the 4.3 is still available excepting maybe WT models. Granted I've only owned mine a year, started with 93k, now almost 112k miles. Nothing but oil changes. I did put new shocks and 2" lift struts, along with a 2" lift 1500 lb add a leaf to the suspension. This has made hauling 3000 lbs in the bed way nicer. Along with the one trailer I tow with 700 lbs of HW not sag as much. It's now about the same height as grits truck is from factory. One issue with the 4.3 to think about, is the RA is the 10 bolt 8.5" vs the V8s getting the 12 bolt 9.5. both are SF versions. I did get 24-25 on freeway before lift and taller tire, now down about 3 mpg I've towed 8500 lb about on par speed wis with the BB 454s I had in the 90s, along with the vortex 350 in my 8 lug 2500. The 6 ap trans is a BIG help vs the 3 and 4 sp autos in thos rigs. Marty
blt2ski 05/21/22 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Discoverer AT3 XLT

Never heard a bad word about Cooper's. East Penn batteries sold under many names like Deka are US Made and TOP quality!!! They also supply batteries to NAPA, West Marine among other house branded batteries. They've been a bit short supplied for a year or so due to Covid restrictions at the plant in Pennsylvania. Marty
blt2ski 05/21/22 09:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Discoverer AT3 XLT

I've had my share of coopers thru the years, can't think of a better brand. My son's are running these, they like them. I'm wishing I would have got them over the GY duratrac I ended up with....I've not had any issues with them. They are a bit noisier. For general driving use, one does not need an agressive tire like the duratrac. I've heard the sailun lt tires are better than one thinks they would be. Batteries as noted, are made by 3-5 manufactures here in NA. Choose poison by where you can get warrenty easy enough etc. Marty
blt2ski 05/20/22 04:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Idle/Drive Ratio

Been looking at my GM pickup, transit I drive at work, none show both idle and drive hrs. This must be a Ram fummins option?!?!?.....ooops....errrrrr Cummins option?!?!? The trucks I've had with hr meters only list hrs combined. I've been in the 20-30 mph relm. I don't personally do a lot of interstate driving as a percentage. Marty
blt2ski 05/19/22 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

BCSnob, Not surprised rear air is available for a cargo van. But figured it was an option, vs std for all but maybe base passenger models. You are correct, the 15 passenger model vans are about the length of an ext pickup with 8' bed, or crew cab with the short 6.5' bed. The CC with super short 5.5' bed, possibly a bit shorter yet. Having been driving 22' vans for work the last 10 years, I prefer the sprinter to the transit I'm driving now. While I can turn in a smaller diam with the transit with it's 130" WB. The ride and balancing the load between the axles is much easier the the 155" WB sprinter. The turning radius is not much less, I believe the sprinters front tire turn 52-54 degrees off center vs 45-50 for the transit. Both models have stock SW and duallies for max payload. Power wise, it's hard to beat a GM with it's detuned Dmax. The 6.x L gas motor would be no slouch either. If one can get a 3.5 Ecoboost with it's 350-400 HP. That would be a good 12 passenger option, ie with out the added 4' body extension in the rear. Marty
blt2ski 05/19/22 02:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

Well, the experts have spoken. OP should be thrilled with a big ole 22' long 15 passenger van with 7' of overhang past the rear axle. Sounds like the perfect luxury hauler! The ONLY vans I know that have 7' of rear overhang, that are 22' long are made by a company named Ford! GM, Dodge, MB ALL have 15 passenger vans with a 155+- WB. Overhang is around 4-5' ie typical pickup amount. Most have front and rear AC assuming passenger models. Cargo front only. As noted, much roomier than SUVs, crew cab pickups. Today's models vs 20 yrs ago don't generally speaking have the same power as pickups. From a chassis standpoint, pretty much on par to pickups, assuming the same gvwr, axle rating etc. Marty
blt2ski 05/17/22 10:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck! Got it!

Posted pic soon after my last razzing of no pic.... Wish it were mine. I'm happy with my 14 in 15 months I've had it. Marty
blt2ski 05/17/22 11:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck! Got it!

Nice looking old burb! No pics of new one....must not have happened... Sorry, gotta be picky at 620 am left coast time! Lol Marty
blt2ski 05/17/22 07:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

A 3500 16 passenger 155" WB would be the real cats meow from a people hauler, payload option. Finding these vans will not be fun! Marty
blt2ski 05/16/22 11:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

Glad two others said a 25 series van. Another excellent option for larger families. I didn't go that way due to using truck in landscape biz, along with using the trailer as a ski hut in the winter. 4wd and chains on truck and trailer were common needs getting in and out of a parking lot. Don't quite me, I also believe Ford has an 8300 gvwr 150. Few and far between, but with an eco boost, also a good option. Marty
blt2ski 05/16/22 11:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

OP, With what you just posted, having been their, done that, get an 8 lug 2500 crew cab short box truck. You WILL have issues with payload if you out 6-8 of you in a 15 series suc/crew cab truck! If it were just you and spouse, 2-3 smaller grandkids, a 15 series "might" work. My family of 6 was 700-800 lbs wi youngest being 2 months, to as much as 1200 with 4 adult sized teens in truck. Add in 750-1000 lbs of HW. Maybe a bike or three.... A 1500 is overloaded. Marty
blt2ski 05/16/22 10:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: I am the truck killer!

As I say to peeps when they ask how my wife is doing......she's still breathing, has a heartbeat, giving husband normal wifely ration of sheet! Not knowing if problems are cardio, heart, thyroid or equal. Blown up trucks are easy to fix or replace..... No your not borrowing my truck! Marty
blt2ski 05/16/22 10:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

We just purchased our first travel trailer. We are looking at purchasing a new tow vehicle. Would like recommendations on what tow vehicle is best what to avoid. We will be towing a bunkhouse GVWR is 7,500 lbs. TIA for your recommendations. Where did you get this weight from? The dealer or a brochure? Or did you have it weighed ready for camp full of water? That might help you decide on the actual tongue weight. I'm assuming since OP quoted a gvwr of 7500 lbs, that is max wieght per manufacture specs. BUT HOW it's gvwr is figured, is another story. It might be 2 3500 lb axles, plus 500 lbs of HW. Or like my old TT, 2 3500 lb axles, but a gvwr of 6500 for some unknown reason.... It could have 2 4000 lb axles.... Too little info to give proper answers
blt2ski 05/15/22 01:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck! Got it!

No pics, didn't happen!!! :B
blt2ski 05/15/22 01:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

By the way, back in the day, my family of 6 with 4 adult sized teens, a canoe and rack on truck, generator, bikes for kids, along with a 6500-7000 lb total weight trailer, I had a SW 3500, and ran down the road with 3000-3500 lbs of wieght in the truck. A 1500 might handle 2000-2500 at best. Fare to say again, too many unknowns. SUV wise, the longer WB GM/Ford options would be my choice I'd one does not want a pickup
blt2ski 05/15/22 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

“We were thinking of a Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon or Toyota Sequoia, rather than a truck. Thoughts on that for towing? ” I owned three Tahoes…’01, ‘07 and ‘15 and liked them all but I would not tow 7500 pounds with any of them. Max maybe six thousand. Wheelbase is another issue with a Tahoe. It’s too short for stability when a truck passes. This is not a good quote to follow per say. The 01/05 rigs have 1/3 the HP of a current model, ie about 2014 and forward. Along with at least 2vfewer gears in trans mission, to upwards of 6 more if you get a 10 sp auto. Also their have been some improvents in chassis design. OP did not mention trailer length. Is said trailer 20' long? Or 30' long. A recent Tahoe will do fine with a 20' trailer, 30' as noted, the WB of the Tahoe is on the short side. BUT with a better hitch setup, it will and can be safe and sane towing. OP does not say brand of trailer. An Airstream at 7500 pulls easily vs a boxy Fleetwood with coronated aluminum siding. Latter trailer may need an addition 30-40 HP to hold 60mph due to additional wind resistance. Where is OP towing? Sea level or 10,000 ft elevation A majority of the time. At sea level my 4.3 V6 will motivate a 7500 trailer fine, generally speaking. I will slow down more on steeper grades than a V8 with more HP.... Go to 10K ft, 30% drop in HP due to elevation, the 3.5 eco boost or the small diesels in the 1500 series trucks don't start losing HP until 8-10k ft. Is OP wanting to haul a golf cart or equal load in the bed? Or haul 2-3 teenage kids/grandkids or adults along? If so, one has now overloaded a typical 1500 As Grit has non eloquently pointed out, too many unknowns at this time to say what truck is needed. Marty
blt2ski 05/15/22 12:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6 liter vortec what are you towing with it?

I wouldn’t try 12,000 pounds of trailer with my 6.2. Assuming 20-25% hw for a 5w as the OP is asking about, your measly widdle 1500, or my 1500, could not handle the potential 2400-3000 lbs of hitch wieght! Plus occupants etc. Power wise, your drivetrain will shrug off that 12000 lb trailer no problem if you keep the truck with in it's payload specs. This is per a few folks that I know pulling 10-12k boats. Granted easier to pull thana boxy RV trailer....my little V6 pulls upwards of 8500 lbs with out speed issues too! Granted my trailers aren't boxy......but wieght is not going to be the issue for OP. I realized I forgot the "non bedroom slide" part of 5W aero dynamic part of the equation for best mpg. About .5-1 mpg more than a bedroom slide, add another drop of that for an aluminum TT. Note, not talking airstream TT. Those do slightly better than the non slide 5W rigs. Titanium 5W if still made are one of the best trailers from an mpg standpoint. Again, assume similar length and wieght of trailers. Marty
blt2ski 05/05/22 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6 liter vortec what are you towing with it?

Something to think about, EVERY RV hauler thru the approx 20 yrs I've posted on here, has mentioned non slide 5w trailers with smooth fiberglassed walls get the best mpg for a given wt. Worst is a TT with corrugated aluminum siding. Best aerodynamic setup vs worst! With this said, power wise, I'd be surprised if the 6.0 could not pull a 10-12k lb trailer over most freeway, st highway type roads. As also noted, take into account HP loss for elevation. You WILL go slower at higher elevations. Chassis wise, a 3500 be it diesel or gas, assuming same payload etc, will generally speaking handle the trailer the same. Power wise, diesel will win generally speaking due to a turbo at elevations etc. Depending upon how many miles you tow at elevation, for me that is around 6000 ft or higher, will depend upon if I need to spend the PREMIUM for the diesel. For me any how, I would not spend extra on a diesel, the 6.0 with a properly speed low aerodynamic trailer will work fine in 80-90+%, of the situations I get into. Marty
blt2ski 05/05/22 02:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cummins 6.7L Gasoline Engine in a Ram?

Sounds like what International did back in the day. But opposite. Their gas V8 motors were test mukes per say for when they would then turn into diesels. The IDI 6.9/7.3 iirc was an MV404/443. The small version blew up gas cranks, but did well as a diesel. Toyota did something similar with some 4 bangers in the past too. As noted, being as some parts are a bit heavier duty, in some commercial applications, ie an MDT, generator, tractor etc, this design of a motor can make sense. It might not make sense in the light duty truck market. On the other hand, an I4 version in the class 2B/3 truck relm could work well. Marty
blt2ski 05/01/22 09:41am Tow Vehicles
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