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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
RE: How's that 6.6 gas working for you?

I thought I had heard that they were going to the 10 speed in 2023? Maybe I was just WANTING to hear that.
ksss 02/05/22 02:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How's that 6.6 gas working for you?

My brother just got his '22 GMC 3500 Denali with the 6.6 gas last week. It was ordered in July. Personally, I would have waited for the 10 speed and the new interior, but sometimes things don't work out like you would like sometimes. I am anxious to hear what he thinks of it. He is the only person I know that has one.
ksss 02/05/22 11:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian Electric Truck takes on the Ike Gauntlet

And how much in road taxes are the people who drive electric cars paying?? Why am I paving the way for them?https://www.myev.com/research/interesting-finds/states-that-charge-extra-fees-to-own-an-electric-vehicle Using WA as an example since I know the gas tax. The EV fee = approx 300 gal worth of gas tax collected. If I assume EV ers were already driving a 30mpg car, that is the equivalent of an average of 9000 miles per year. Just a 5 day a week reasonable commute here = approx 15,000 mi per year plus other non commuting miles. WA is still giving EV owners a big break on gas tax overall I’d say. In WA state - House Bill 2026 will be introduced this year to discuss how to initiate a road usage charge. This is a pay by mile tax that is expected to start in 2024-25. I was part of a 1 year study where I installed a GPS tracker in my car. They could show me how many miles I drove in each state I visited. Since I drive to OR and ID often, this made sense to me and I wanted the study to see that not everyone commutes to and from the same place. The state of OR has a bid out this week that includes implementing a road usage charge as well as tolling and some other new things. This RUC is not just for EV's but all vehicles that don't pay there share of gas tax. I assume in the future we could add this to bike and whomever else is not paying there fair share of taxes. By the way, this also shows who is overpaying - like a large truck that only gets 10 mpg while towing... The study looked at how many miles you drove and made some assumptions about how much gas you use. But my vehicle gets about 19-20 mpg and the study always had me with a small credit. It also showed my out of state miles and how that would apply. I bring this up because this is happening all over the country not just the NW. Lawmakers recognize that these new vehicles don't fit the gas tax model and they need their revenue to keep the infrastructure up to date. So, dig deeper into your pocket books... Just to make another off topic point - the same thing happened when everyone wanted their house to be more efficient. People started installing insulation, energy efficient windows, etc. They utilities started losing money, so they raised the rates. All those companies that showed a home owner how they could pay back their upgrades by saving on energy bills, out the window because the rates went up and washed out all the savings... ....and above are several MORE reasons to avoid Or. and Wa.
ksss 02/04/22 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian Electric Truck takes on the Ike Gauntlet

All I’m suggesting is there are ICE tow vehicles being used around the country now that would also fail that test and yet no one is suggesting we should give up on all ICE tow vehicles or not even try to improve their capabilities. Btw how did the f150 ecoboost do with this test? What would the range be for 3.5mpg with a 26gal tank? The difference is when you get to the top with the F150 you fill up and 10 min later you move on with your life.
ksss 02/01/22 08:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian Electric Truck takes on the Ike Gauntlet

Technology is going to need keep improving dramatically to make a pickup that tows a practical purchase. Power certainly isn't issue, but batteries and charging certainly is an issue and will continue to be one for some time. Likely most here can remember when computers became a practical home purchase, you could buy the great computer at Best Buy and it was obsolete before you made it home. I suspect this will be the situation here as well. Unless you dont pull anything to speak of, buying one of these initial release EV pickups will very quickly be obsolete as the tech gets better and better. This pull demonstrates the limitations pretty clearly. You would need to top off the charge on your truck off before you started up the hill, then recharge once you got to the top, assuming that capability exists. When you put all of that together, it could take you half a day to get to the top of hill and able to continue on your drive. That is not practical. While this is a steep climb, there are many climbs in the USA that would also create a similar issue. Plenty of work to do here.
ksss 01/30/22 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

How about a C-15/C-16 tucked under the hood of a F350..... Deboss Garage is putting a 3126 under the hood of an F350. Not quite a C15 but still a Cat... Look under #FTreeKitty. He must be doing it just to see the yellow paint under the hood of the Ford. Nothing really to be gained with that motor, any of the big 3's stock diesels have way more power and torque than a Cat 3126. That motor is pretty comparable size and power wise with my old 7.3 Powerstroke. AGREED. If I was going to the trouble of putting a Cat into a pickup, I wouldn't waste my time with that motor.
ksss 01/18/22 09:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

In mkirsh's and others example re 25 vs SW35 series. Reality is the 25 need to be lightened up literally gvwr wise! Make it a true beefed up 6 or 8 lug 15 series. Back to more online with the first one I bought in 81, most recent 2000, 6000-6800 grawr, front 4000-5000. The ability to get the smaller motors like the eco boost, smaller diesels that GM and Dodge have. Make it so the 25 does not compete per say with a SW35. For me and my use, not towing much over 10-12k lbs, 3000-4000 lbs of payload. A truck in this axle wieght class will do that fine. I don't need or want the heavier frame etc that the current 25/35 series trucks wieght in at. I ran into a person at a fuel station. His crew cab short back d/a wieghed a 1000 lbs MORE than my 05 DW crew cab did! Don't get me wrong, I've always felt the DW 35's were under speed when I was first buying trucks in the 80's .nothing between a 10k gvw and a 20k. Now there is basically nothing between a 7500 and 11000 gvw truck. Maybe that truck is useless. But I'd bet there are lots of us in or have been in contraction, towing per DOT rules etc, that a beefed up version with the smaller motors better mpg empty etc would be better than the 15's we're driving. Grit and a few others probably fit this truck size as I do. Marty You're describing the Titan XD. It sold like a turd in a candy shop. I think the reality is the mpg ends not being that much or in the Nissan case no better than the HD diesels. The costs to build don't reflect a huge savings to the customer on the lighter versions. GM has tried the "heavy half ton" concept numerous times and they eventually end up dropping it every time. At the end of the day, I think most would end up buying an HD truck verse a near HD truck. When all the numbers are close, most would pick a more capable truck. Nissan really laid a turd on their project. Change up somethings, like drop the Cummins, fix the looks and maybe they could have made a better run on that concept. As it was, it was an embarrassing failure for Nissan and Cummins.
ksss 01/14/22 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

Reference the Chevy Avalanche: They were made from 01-2013 and they sold 650K of them. Certainly not bad run. Minus the cladding issue of the early years, I thought they looked good.
ksss 01/08/22 12:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

I had read several reports; someone started a thread about it in this forum awhile back. Here is a report from TFL: ClickThat is pretty sketchy as a source.IMO More like a high schooler starting a rumor on purpose. I wouldn't be surprised if GM pulls this off. They finally decided to compete again in the diesel market and the Duramax 5LP probably has more untapped potential, but they better not loose fuel economy while doing it. Banks has done a lot of work with the L5P working in coordination with GM. There is a lot more that can be pulled out of the engine. I agree they cant lose any MPG doing it.
ksss 12/29/21 08:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

That run up the Ike was impressive. The most decisive "win" I can recall of any OEM. The Duramax will see the power improvements, it just wont be in '23, which is unfortunate. Personally, I have no complaints over the current Dmax, but when it comes to power, more is usually better.
ksss 12/29/21 02:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is all DEF the same?

I buy it in bulk from the CASEIH dealer. 60 gallons per trip, they come to my shop and fill it, I have a 100 gal DEF tank that I store it in with an electric pump. I keep it in the shop where it stays cool and out of the sun. I think the last time I filled it, it was just over a buck a gallon. I have no idea what brand it is but it works.
ksss 12/23/21 03:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

I had a '15 3500 with a 6.0 and 4:10's while I had a '15 3500 Duramax at the same time. The 6.0 was never set up to pull the TH, but it did haul equipment as did the Duramax. Loads were pretty heavy (last scaled weight I remember with the 6.0 was 31K combined). The 6.0 would get 5-6 mpg. The Duramax would get around 9 pulling the same loads. The diesel clearly pulled much better, but I never saw anywhere near the separation some claim between the two. Your numbers show a 50% increase in fuel economy between the 6.0 and the Duramax. And there really is no comparison in the way the two tow. What are you referring to when you say "I never saw anywhere near the separation some claim between the two"? I am referring to the large separation of mpg between the two. Someone stated 6 mpg with gas and 12 mpg with Diesel. I just don't see that in my world. It seems 3-4 mpg loaded or unloaded is all the difference I have seen between a 6.0 and 6.6 Dmax. No comparison on the experience itself. The diesel clearly wins in nearly all situations.
ksss 12/23/21 02:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

I had a '15 3500 with a 6.0 and 4:10's while I had a '15 3500 Duramax at the same time. The 6.0 was never set up to pull the TH, but it did haul equipment as did the Duramax. Loads were pretty heavy (last scaled weight I remember with the 6.0 was 31K combined). The 6.0 would get 5-6 mpg. The Duramax would get around 9 pulling the same loads. The diesel clearly pulled much better, but I never saw anywhere near the separation some claim between the two.
ksss 12/23/21 08:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Antifreeze in transmission 2010 Duramax??

I have the '20 10 speed DRW and an '18 SRW, both are the same spec L5P. The comparisons are pretty interesting. I was good with what the '18 does pulling prior to owning the '20. The '20 is noticeable better. It simply feels like it has more power. The "dead pedal" is gone which great, but I feel the 10 speed makes better use of the power available.
ksss 12/16/21 08:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Antifreeze in transmission 2010 Duramax??

Opps the interweb strikes again. 12V98 saying you don't need more gears is based on your subjective opinion, but you don't have anything to compare your 6 speed against. You might just find that the pickup runs better with it (I don't know if you would admit that, but it just might). I would at least give yourself some room to acknowledge that the 9 speed, if that is what comes, might be of benefit. What if it made a good pickup, even better? You don't know, what you don't know.
ksss 12/16/21 05:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Antifreeze in transmission 2010 Duramax??

So far that 10 speed works amazing. I pull 30-35K up and down passes and it is scary how good it is at knowing what gear to be in. Regardless, of who builds it, it works awesome. We will see how it lasts.
ksss 12/15/21 09:19pm Tow Vehicles
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