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RE: Oil changes with synthetic

Amsoil had documented hundreds of thousands of miles logged on semis running their oil, changing nothing but the filters. Everyone can argue about how long oil should be changed, but without using real data from a lab, and not just algorithms, personal preference and superstition your just guessing. If you have the oil lab checked, you can know for sure.
ksss 03/22/22 03:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Oil changes with synthetic

There are some engines I wouldn't wait two years on, but the 6.0 is not one of them. Being synthetic, I would go two years, and have the oil tested at the end of the 2 year period then you would know for sure. I think you would be more than fine after the two year period. I use Blackstone lab as well.
ksss 03/16/22 05:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F350 LT275/70r18 tires

Not that most people likely care, but for me the 70 series look better/carry more, and when off road the taller side wall gives more bounce on rough roads and puts the rims further from the mud or rocks. I ran those 65's for a short period to try them and traded them back for the 70's. If your never off asphalt, it likely would not be worth a couple hundred pounds more capacity.
ksss 03/15/22 11:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I saw a Tesla semi tractor on a lowboy being pulled on the Interstate west of Billings yesterday. It was pulled by a Freightliner that said Tesla on the side of it. Thought it was interesting.
ksss 03/13/22 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: DEF when towing

I would agree that the '20 uses more DEF than the older trucks use. Same L5P engine, but they clearly dialed up the DEF.
ksss 03/07/22 08:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: DEF when towing

I agree that the effort it took to put in the system that they did, they could have given it a full gauge. Does that require "some work arounds" well maybe. I am not sure if the issue is not a full gauge or the algorithym not being correct regardless of whether you can see the amount that it indicates. I too have seen the issues you mention about the rate of burn not being consistent. I just periodically top it off. I guess that is my work around. I have other equipment that burns DEF so I just empty my partial containers in my pickups and I always have it with me. So for me it is just a habit I have developed. Periodically topping it at every other fill up would probably be similar. DEF itself is also ridiculous, but they don't run without it so...
ksss 03/06/22 01:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cooper AT3 XLT

The Toyo AT3 tread design is much better than the AT2 for about everything, they certainly grip better and move more water and slush out than the 2's did. However they would likely be a little louder due to the more open tread design. I don't have an issue with it, I would say I don't notice any real road noise at all and I have them on a DRW, but such things are subjective. My only question is how long they will last, as I stated, so far mine are doing fine. A buddy of mine has them on a Ram 3500 SRW and they were wore out way before the mileage wear out warranty and got another set at a reduced price. We will see how this newest set does. I would put a shout out on the Falcon Wildpeaks as well. Really good tire.
ksss 03/06/22 11:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: DEF when towing

The '20 and newer Duramax trucks have a complete gauge. I have an '18 that does the 30% notification. I am not sure why they didn't put a full gauge in the older trucks, but it really isn't the deal people make it out to be. When it kicks off at 30% you still have plenty of time to get DEF, even when pulling heavy. I don't get excited about the DEF in my '20 until it gets below half anyway so it really doesn't change anything for me.
ksss 03/05/22 09:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cooper AT3 XLT

The TOYO AT3 is a lot better tire than the AT2 in my opinion. Excellent on ice and decent in deeper snow. I have about 20K on a 3500 DRW. They seem to be wearing OK so far, even with spending most of its time loaded down.
ksss 03/05/22 10:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires---Ouch

I really liked the BFG KO AT's down to about the 50% wear out point. They are in my view one of the best AT tires on ice in that first 50%. Probably do to all the sipes and cuts they just do a great job planting the pickup on snow packed/icy roads. My issue was how fast they would wear out. Every year (for 9 years) I would replace two of the tires due to wear, right before Winter. It seems like towing really wore them down fast. Not great cutting fresh snow, even when new, but decent enough.
ksss 02/27/22 06:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires---Ouch

Just do like I did and get free tires. Had 36,000 miles on my 2018 RAM 2500 and about 4,000 tread left. Just bought a 2021 RAM 3500. Tires are like new (5700 miles). :) There is a reason many (including me) pull the OEM tire off as soon as you get it. They are typically garbage if you do anything off the highway. Even the All Terrain tires typically suck. I have in the past had the new pickup dropped off at the tire shop before I even took possession of it. The only pickup I did not do that with was a 2018 ZR2. Those GY's were good to go from the start. If you need or want to save money on tires, then take offs work. Personally, I will save money somewhere else.
ksss 02/26/22 06:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Fire Ford SD 6.7

I would be happy for the total as well. Hopefully your insurance treats you well. First offer: $28600 That is a 2012 F350 6.7 4WD longbed with a Leer topper. About 170K on iy What trim level is it?
ksss 02/19/22 06:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Fire Ford SD 6.7

I would be happy for the total as well. Hopefully your insurance treats you well. I doubt the insurance company cares what the dealer would have sold it for. Insurance will appraise it and that will be that. You will likely have to negotiate to get a fair number. Hopefully it will be enough to roll into something comparable.
ksss 02/19/22 03:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires---Ouch

There are new trucks still being bought. I would contact tire dealers in your area and ask to be called if someone trades in their take offs. Locally the tire shop I use, had so many takeoffs they wouldn't take my take offs as trade. That fluctuates but if you want to save money on tires that's the way to do it. Certainly not as easy as buying new off the shelf, but you can save a $100 a tire.
ksss 02/17/22 12:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires---Ouch

If your not particular about what tire your running, the take offs are by far the best deal. I went through Simple Tire and found for 265/70/18 which I assume close to your size, the Nitto G2 was 240 a tire, Toyo AT3 was 270 and Falcon Wildcat AT was 275. I found that I can buy these tires locally, installed at these prices, your mileage may vary. I have run or am running all of these. I think the Falcon is the better all around tire. The G2 for us lasted a long time, if Winters were not so brutal here, it could have went longer even.
ksss 02/17/22 12:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.0 Duramax concerns ?

My buddy has one and loves it. He claims 30mpg solo and 20 towing a 27 foot TT. The thing is super quiet. If I remember correctly the thing puts out more power than the first V8 Duramax. The only thing I don't like about it is the price. The LB7 was like 325 hp and 520 torque, but still it specs pretty well. The price I think is cheaper than I thought it would be for the motor. When rumors of this motor were coming out, I really expected it to a 5K upgrade to buy in. Initially it was like to 2K above the 5.3 and then they reduced the price recently again. I have to believe that they are likely subsidizing this motor or pricing very close to cost in hopes of selling a lot of them to make it pay. I think GM and Ford, unlike Nissan when they released their diesel 1500 for a short time, found the sweet spot in power/capacity and economy. You need enough power to do half-ton type things, but you have to get high mpg to make it all worth it. I think both did a great job in doing that.
ksss 02/15/22 11:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian Electric Truck takes on the Ike Gauntlet

The Volt was a loser as far as profit, but I know several people that own them, one guy I know has two in his family. They do like them.
ksss 02/08/22 07:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It's past time

I really hope they seriously consider a separate place for EV. Even a conversation about just that topic ends up derailed.
ksss 02/08/22 10:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: It's past time

Hey Marty I think it's time to give the electric vehicles a sticky at the top much like the Gas vs diesel sticky. Or maybe their own electric vehicle page. That way they can have their own forum to talk about all things electric like cars, trucks, blenders or whatever. In fact, it's past time. Great suggestion, I was thinking one of would have been created by now.
ksss 02/07/22 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.0 Duramax concerns ?

I know a couple of guys that have them. The only issue I have heard is they think that it uses more DEF than they would have thought they would. Everyone loves the nontowing MPG though.
ksss 02/06/22 12:44pm Tow Vehicles
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