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RE: Captains chairs

I know people do things every day that aren’t supposed to be done with their vehicles (get more than groceries with a Suburban with a 3.08 axle, put 265 or even 285 tires on wheels designed for a max of 245, etc). However, I would think about all of the safety features your vehicle has and think for just a moment if you want to add these aftermarket items. With all of the airbags (your vehicle may not have them, but some do have them between the front seats) occupant sensors, intrusion sensors, etc) adding something like this could affect the performance of your safety features or event prevent them from doing the proper job. I only bring this up because I still too often see people riding with their feet up on the passenger side of the instrument panel. They are either oblivious to what a deploying airbag will do to their feet/legs or they don’t mind taking that risk if they were to be in an accident. And yes, I remember the day when there was an armrest on each side of the seat. Then on some vehicles they went to only on one side and have now gotten rid of both sides. Cost was probably the main driving factor, but I am sure the addition of airbags integrated into the seats drove the removal as you can’t have an armrest moving because of the deploying airbag.
ktosv 01/07/21 02:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Hummer updates on prices, availability, etc.

I don’t know. I would give odds to both Rivian and Tesla having half tons in production in the next year. I am with you...in fact I am willing to bet that Rivian has two vehicles on the road in a year as long as they can avoid any delays due to Covid driven issues.
ktosv 12/23/20 02:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery problem

A few months ago my wife left an interior light on which drained the battery enough so the car didn't start. We charged it by hooking up our solar panel to recharge it. My 2012 Yukon XL and 2017 Suburban both had/have battery rundown protection. If anything like a map light gets left on (like one of the kids leaving a light on on Saturday) after about 10 mins the truck shuts off what ever is on. Either your rundown protection isn’t working or you seem to have some other parasitic loss (as mentioned). I am sort of thinking if the battery was drained for some reason and it was never properly fully charged after, the battery may be shot at this point. Your battery is also almost three years old at this point. They don’t make batteries like they used to, might just be time for a new one.
ktosv 11/03/20 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air Bag Problem

If the truck is sagging the shocks aren’t the root cause of the issue. Bent/damaged /fatigued springs would explain a sagging issue. If the truck goes down the road and continually bounces/oscillates up and down that is a shock issue.
ktosv 10/28/20 08:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

I have often thought the OEM’s should offer a version of their vehicles that don’t contain all of the advancements and safety features of the last 40 years. They probably could sell them at a much reduced price for those that don’t like car prices of today. Of course the consumer would need to sign a waiver stating they won’t sue when they are injured or more likely killed when in an accident. If you park a 35-40 year vehicle next to a new vehicle the differences are astounding.
ktosv 10/11/20 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Spendy used tow vehicle

$35k for a 20 year old Michigan vehicle for sale in North Carolina? It better show that it was owned by a snowbird and didn’t spend any time in Michigan from Nov through the end of March!! The dealer has it advertised as a one owner, but the car fax shows two owners and two accidents.
ktosv 10/06/20 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tail light wiring for towing

When you say wired for towing, from the factory or you took it somewhere?
ktosv 10/03/20 02:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New and confused

Probably the new Ford Transit. When it was designed to replace the Econoline series the emphasis was shifted to interior comfort, convenience, fuel economy and weight carrying at the expense of the bulky and heavy frame needed for trailer pulling. For 2020 the passenger version of the van carried a maximum tow rating of 4,500lbs where the old E350 was rated for 9,900lbs. It actually appears that the Transit is only offered in RWD (and new for the 2020MY) and AWD. I didn’t take any more time to check but it would be interesting if you can get the advertised 7500# towing and AWD. If so, sounds like that could be a contender for the OP. Maybe the 3/4 ton vans are the Transit Connect, the City Express and similar vans that have 1500# (3/4 ton) of payload?
ktosv 10/03/20 11:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: New and confused

With all of the naysayers on the Suburban, you probably should pass any 3/4 ton or 1 ton gas pickup unless it’s the latest model year with the Ford 7.3 or GM 6.6. Best to go straight to a diesel. With the Suburban at 350+ HP and 380+ #-ft of torque an HD pickup isn’t going to buy you anything to be safe “towing up the mountains of AZ” as you have stated. Will an HD truck handle the weight better, sure, but with a family of five and a 7500# GVWR there is t any reason why a properly equipped Suburban (3.42 axle) and proper weight distribution can’t tow that trailer. If you are looking for room for your kids seriously look at a 3/4 ton or 1 ton full size van. My choice would be an Express/Savana as it should tow that trailer with relative ease and they return good fuel economy when not towing (for what they are!). We used to tow a nearly 33’ camper with seven of us in an Express and it was a great combination.
ktosv 10/01/20 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Chevy as tow vehicle

We had over 120k miles on our 2012 Yukon XL when we replaced it two years ago with the 2017 Suburban. No mechanical issues with the Yukon XL when we replaced it. The Suburban now has over 70k miles on it and again no mechanical issues. When the AFM first came out there might have been some issues, but if you stay up on the maintenance there shouldn’t be any problems today. Other than a slightly different exhaust note the change from 8 to 4 cylinder and back is nearly unnoticeable in our Suburban. I am not towing a large travel trailer but I would take my 3.08 equipped grocery getter over the towing 3.42’s any day unless I was going to be towing at the limits. On a recent non towing trip on two lane roads at 60mph I was pushing 29mpg. Memorial Day weekend with eight of us and a roof top carrier I was getting over 22mpg on the highway. I never saw those numbers with my 3.42 equipped Yukon XL. The Suburban also gets 2mpg better towing than the Yukon XL did.
ktosv 08/05/20 06:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Chevy 1500 WT opinions?

That engine and the six speed is as good as a Gen 3 5.3L with the four speed and possibly as good as the Gen 4 5.3L with the four speed.
ktosv 08/01/20 09:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck to be produced in Austin Texas.

“We are told that the decision for the site is not set in stone since Tesla was apparently given a few options in the greater Austin area, but Musk is said to want to start construction extremely soon and aims to have Model Y vehicles coming out of the plant by the end of the year.“ Seven months to build a plant and get it up and running? That seems very aggressive. I have seen manufacturing facilities moved to another building and set up and running in a month. In those cases you are talking about existing infrastructure and capital. Maybe Elon has an assembly line sitting in a warehouse somewhere?!
ktosv 05/16/20 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Tahoe

Would the coil spring suspension on the Tahoe possibly make it handle worse than the leaf springs on the 1/2 ton pickup? I do notice our Yukon is a bit "squishy" at times because of the soft suspension designed for the good ride. Ours has the Autoride as well which likely doesn't help much lol. Not aware that Tahoes have coil springs. Thought they had leaf springs. I have yet to see a Tahoe with coils on rear. The GM full size SUV's have been running coil springs on the rear since the 2000MY. blofgren, hard to answer your question. How was the spring designed? A big huge thick wire that makes one coil to carry half of the rated axle rating? One big thick leaf with super stiff material? Or was it multiple leafs with a less stiff material? In my opinion, the GM SUV's will handle the weight they are rated for. Ride quality will start to degrade considerably the more you exceed those weights.
ktosv 04/29/20 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Tahoe

All other things being equal, due to the ratio of the rear overhang to wheelbase being exactly the same for the two, they will handle the same. What year is your Suburban? From my own personal experience, I would see if you can find an equally as nice 2015 or newer. My 2017 Suburan with the 5.3/6A/3.08 axle tows every bit as good or better than my 2012 Yukon XL 5.3/6A/3.42. Yeah, most of the time with the 3.08 I drop it to 4th and let it run. It does less shifting than the 3.42 did running in 5th and gets better gas mileage doing it. It also get more consistent and better gas mileage not towing. As a side note, the 2015 and newer truck have about 70 more HP and 52 more #-ft of torque than a 2003 and older truck.
ktosv 04/25/20 08:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy express Towing U-haul flatbed w/ 4650LB trailblazer

A one way car rental might be arguably cheaper than all of the scenarios discussed and probably less stressful too not having to tow on the return trip.
ktosv 02/26/20 01:01pm Tow Vehicles
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