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RE: Tesla pick up in 4th quarter 2019

Elon Musk says a lot of things. Except he delivers. I remember a story about a friend where he borrowed $50,000 to meet his payroll. The friend is skeptical he can do it and had written the money off. Guess, what, he got the first Tesla delivered to his house (which by now must be collectible). He delivers what? He cant produce what he has already promised, certainly not in the manner in which it was promised. Tesla will never be a mainstream producer of anything automotive. They will be lucky to keep limping along as they are for much longer. The best they can hope for is to generate enough technology that they can lock down to be more attractive for a buy out. This clown show will come to end, and unfortunate owners of a Tesla product will be going to the Smithsonian to get parts.
ksss 06/14/19 12:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Spend 400 bucks for dual alternators on new Ram build?

I have ordered pickups with two alt. this last one I did not. I think it would help if you were doing a lot of winch work, or some other big draw application. Snow plow prep packages tend to spec a larger alt, but not the two alt option that I have seen. I would get the larger single alt and call it a day.
ksss 06/13/19 08:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ram 1500 3.0L ECO DIESEL upgrades

Am I the only one not ignoring the current eco diesel issues? And I’m not talking about the recall! Too many problems that make them unreliable! No problems with mine. The biggest issue with all diesels are they are being killed by carbon build up from the egr system. Ford is going to have the same issues with their 3.0 V6 also. Just wait and see. The people that use the Ecodiesel to tow and are not afraid to get into the throttle are not having issues. The ones running the stock tune and running it in the city all the time are having the issues. This new gen 3.0 seems to be addressing the egr system and is a totally new engine. Looks like 2021 I might be ordering a new truck. Don Offroad heavy equipment sees the same thing. When SCR machines are run hard, very few issues. However when run at idle, especially in the Winter then the problems surface. I run my SCR machines at or near capacity and I have yet to have any issues. I did the same with the Tier 4 Interim machines and had zero problems with filter plugging.
ksss 06/13/19 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ram 1500 3.0L ECO DIESEL upgrades

Power ratings in this segment are much different than in the HD segment. Adding more power to the half tons generally means a reduction in MPG. There is no ceiling in the HD's for power. MPG doesn't mean as much in that HD market, but it is a big consideration in the half ton market. An example is the Nissan/Cummins diesel, their half ton makes great power, identical to the GM HD's of the early to mid 2000's. One of the biggest complaints of the Nissan half ton is MPG and payload. The more power you add, the heavier the running gear and more fuel you burn. A half ton diesel that comes too close to an HD in power and too close in MPG ratings will not be successful. There is no advantage except ride quality in buying a half ton diesel at that point. There is a balance to be struck in the half ton diesel market. Ram I think hit it spot on with their first Ecodiesel, with decent tow numbers and very good MPG.
ksss 06/12/19 07:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Shock brand choice

I have had the Rancho 9K's on my DRW. I have had them for quite a while now, very good shocks.
ksss 06/11/19 08:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ecodiesel specs

It also can makes a difference in the available gear splits up to 8-9 wherever it tops out at towing. The more gears allows the engine to find an optimum rpm, especially important on a lower powered engine while towing.
ksss 06/11/19 08:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Engine torque

You really cant over work the 6.0 within reason. I have pulled combined 30K up the passes around me and while the mpg sucked, the 6.0 just got it done. Really a good motor. At the weights your pulling, wearing out a 6.0 would not even be a thought.
ksss 06/07/19 02:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will 17" tires be adequate??

I doubt you will have issues, especially at that weight. Check to be sure of course but I would not worry if you had 16". It is easy to find take off 18" rims and tires as many ditch OEM for aftermarket if you wanted to upgrade later.
ksss 06/06/19 12:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 GMC Sierra Denali-catastrophic fuel pump failure

I had a GMC 05-5500 CC 4X4 that lost a head gasket. Out of warranty (warranty on the medium duties was only 2 years on that model, not sure if that has changed) by a long shot and GM kicked in 4K on a 7K repair. I was happy with that. Other than that I have not had any issue not covered. I would hope GM will do the right thing, as stated they have a history of standing behind the warranty and then some. I see no reason why they wouldn't as it is clearly a warrantied component. No water, no aftermarket components to muddy the situation. I tend to buy from the same Chevy and GMC dealers. Like I have said before, relationships matter. While loyalty doesn't always save the day, it sure helps. When I was trying to get GM to cover the head gasket on the 5500, they wanted a list of all the GM vehicles I have had. It was a long list, and while I can only speculate as to the impact of that list, it no doubt played a part.
ksss 06/05/19 07:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram tire size

My experience is on a '18 Duramax 3500 and I run that size tire in a NITTO EXO Grappler. My MPG took a good hit when I went to that size. They look awesome and they are excellent offroad and in snow, but it is no free ride. I know the truck is different, but you may see some of the same drawbacks. If your running 4:10's that would certainly help, but if your running a taller gear set, it will become more so with the 285's. I think I will mount up the 275's next time and see how they look and decide, it would not break my hear to go back to the 275's. I paid 1300 for the Nitto's in 285.
ksss 06/04/19 11:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying a leftover 2019 Chevy or GMC 3500

Agreed the new GMC looks really good. There is a lot tech in the new 2020 HD's. The fact that there are no nannies restricting power in the lower gears would make it worth the price of admission right there. I hate the lag (dead pedal). Perhaps the best solution would to plan for a end of year 2019, and if not get the latest edition. I doubt there will be 20% off an HD. Especially at year end. Every farmer and contractor in America who has some extra cash buys pickups then. If you do see one you like, send the money and lock it down.
ksss 06/03/19 11:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 GMC Sierra Denali-catastrophic fuel pump failure

Well know issue, so is the plastic cooling fan grenading and taking out 3 wiring harnesses and coolant lines. Also will severely damage your hood at the same time. Well known issue, fan grenading? First time I have heard of that. Good thing your in a 92 Dodge, they never break. Crazy things happen, no matter what emblem is on the hood. There are motors that are notoriously bad, 6.5 not too good, IH 6.0 and 6.4 really bad. The Duramax is a proven engine. As is the Ford 6.7 and the 5.9/6.7 Cummins. Things happen and the odds are against it being catastrophic, even with the CP4 (like around 2% as I last read), but when it happens to you, the odds don't mean much. I don't know if it relates but I use GM fuel filters and I let the dealer change it. I learned on an LLY 5500 that I was using NAPA fuel filters on. Lost an injector, and washed a cylinder. Related? I don't know but I have heard from engine builders when I was looking to rebuild it, that it is best to stay with the GM fuel filters. I think having documented fuel filter changes with OEM filters matters on issues like this. Just a suggestion regardless if its a GM CP4 or another OEM. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/archive/index.php/t-253772.html https://www.duramaxforum.com/forum/06-07-lbz-lly-duramax-powertrain/131377-2006-c5500-jayco-seneca-mh-fan-explodes-taking-out-radiator.html Sorry, that doesn't rise to the level of a widespread issue. Not even close.
ksss 06/02/19 11:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 GMC Sierra Denali-catastrophic fuel pump failure

Well know issue, so is the plastic cooling fan grenading and taking out 3 wiring harnesses and coolant lines. Also will severely damage your hood at the same time. Well known issue, fan grenading? First time I have heard of that. Good thing your in a 92 Dodge, they never break. Crazy things happen, no matter what emblem is on the hood. There are motors that are notoriously bad, 6.5 not too good, IH 6.0 and 6.4 really bad. The Duramax is a proven engine. As is the Ford 6.7 and the 5.9/6.7 Cummins. Things happen and the odds are against it being catastrophic, even with the CP4 (like around 2% as I last read), but when it happens to you, the odds don't mean much. I don't know if it relates but I use GM fuel filters and I let the dealer change it. I learned on an LLY 5500 that I was using NAPA fuel filters on. Lost an injector, and washed a cylinder. Related? I don't know but I have heard from engine builders when I was looking to rebuild it, that it is best to stay with the GM fuel filters. I think having documented fuel filter changes with OEM filters matters on issues like this. Just a suggestion regardless if its a GM CP4 or another OEM.
ksss 06/01/19 01:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Recommended Truck Modifications/Addons

I haven't heard anyone mention a preluber in a long time. I wouldn't add anything to the mechanics of the truck unless you found out you needed it first. Chances are if you buy enough truck it wont be necessary.
ksss 05/27/19 10:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Powerstroke upgrades

Those are very impressive specs. Historically speaking, Ford has always put out big numbers but those numbers haven't translated into dominating on the road. Maybe that will change with 2020. There is no excuse to not embarrass Ram and GM.
ksss 05/25/19 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: single or dually

Maybe one day they will put Super Singles on pickup trucks and do away with the DRW as we know it.
ksss 05/25/19 08:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: single or dually

What are your reasons for figuring a SW is better in every way? Maneuverability, parking, off-road performance, driving on snow and ice in the winter, replacing 4 vs 6 tires at a time and looks (subjective but my opinion). DRW carries a heavy load better which is great if you need that, but if you don’t a SRW is a better choice. To which I add, prying rocks from between the DRW with fenders. A difficult job. This only applies if you leave the pavement. And there is that. Not to mention when the rock comes out without you knowing it was there, and becomes a missile launching up through the fender. I just got mine fixed this Winter.
ksss 05/23/19 07:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Class Leading Tow Rating

The fact that the towing number is captured in a double cab 4x4 is what impresses me. Fords rating is only 200 pounds behind but in a 4X2. That is a significant amount given that information. I would like to tow 13K with one and see what it feels like. It appears to me that the guy or gal that was in charge of regulating tow rating at GM either got fired or died, because the tow ratings on the upcoming HD are class leading. The tow ratings on the 1500 at least for now are class leading. Seems to be a pretty significant turnaround for GM which up until recently didn't seem to give 2 sh!ts about tow ratings.
ksss 05/22/19 09:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 2.7 turbo 1500 truck.

The Lacrosse AWD is really a great car for northern climates. Great on ice, decent mileage with the 6 cylinder. A lot of comfort for the money and in almost 100K it had very few issues and nothing of substance. I cant even recall one at the moment.
ksss 05/15/19 11:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Titan XD 5.0L Cummins?

I would jump on a Titan Forum and see what you can find. They are not very popular here. Shortly after they came out, there was a laundry list of issues. However to be fair, I don't know what has been addressed and is no longer an issue. The mpg is no better than a fullsize HD, payload is small, and will be hard to sell when you get tired of it. I would suggest looking for an HD if you want get into this market again.
ksss 05/13/19 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
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