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RE: 2020 chevy trail boss

2007 with 4l80 transmission If it’s an ‘07 with the 4L80E that means it’s a 2500 or 3500 with the 6.0L. Arguably a bullet proof engine, but the gearing in the 4L60E and newer 6/8/10 speed trannys are way more favorable (at least comparing first gear, which is critical for towing or getting rolling).
ktosv 10/26/21 09:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck - family of 5 and 65lb dog

What are the ages of your kids? What kind of trips are you talking, 1-2 hour max or cross country? As great as my kids are, being able to put space between them proves invaluable at times…like when doing 3000 mile winter/spring break trips. I now only have two that can’t keep their hands to themselves, but I have four that now fight for leg room.
ktosv 06/28/21 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Unicorn has almost landed!!

Congrats! You are lucky as Ford just announced a two week shutdown and reduced over time for the F150 plant(s).
ktosv 03/31/21 04:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering 2012-2015 Suburban, have a few questions

One of these days, Imma slow down to a snails pace and see if the mpg claims, like mid 20s mpg in a V8 Chevy Sub is a reality or pride of ownership claim. Remember, your mama said, most men lie about 3 things. The size of the fish they caught. Gas mileage of their truck. And the size of their weiner! When I have time and I am not working, I will post the picture of the DIC showing my pride of ownership. Not all destinations can be achieved by driving 75mph + on a freeway. Some are actually done on roads with a speed limit of 55mph, therefore obtaining excellent fuel economy at 60mph isn’t so far fetched.
ktosv 03/23/21 01:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering 2012-2015 Suburban, have a few questions

What are you looking to tow? How many people are in your family? The 2008-2013/14 2500 Suburban/Yukon XL with the 6.0/3.73 with the 6 speed might get you 17mpg not towing on the highway. My Express with the 3.42 would get 18mpg all day long on the highway and over 20mpg at 60 mph. I budget for 20mpg with the Suburban in my signature for highway driving. At 60mph I will easily get mid 20’s with our truck. If you are looking at the 1500, I would highly recommend getting a 2015 or newer. My 2017 Suburban with the 3.08 tows as good or better than my 2012 Yukon XL with the 3.42. The bump in HP and Torque between 2014 and 2015 makes a difference. My 2012 also was not as consistent with fuel mileage and I would say it averaged 17mpg at best on the highway.
ktosv 03/22/21 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Takata airbag recall

Almost all of the deaths, if not all came from Hondas, specifically the Accord and Civic. I highly doubt that GM used the same exact inflator as Honda did. Maybe the same technology and design, but based on the larger airbag it was definitely a different inflator. I have heard that GM has data for over 60,000 deployments without a single issue. I would assume you are safe to drive your truck until replacement are available. And why only the right hand side? Due to volume GM may have actually sourced more than one supplier. Due to part traceability of safety critical items like this, they know what your truck has in it and if anyone sneezed on it prior to installation.
ktosv 03/13/21 12:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Grand Wagoneer

Front end resembles a BMW X5/6/7 and the rear roof line resembles a Rivian R1S. For the price, I honestly would take a Rivian R1S.
ktosv 03/12/21 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

Three years ago we pulled a 5x8 enclosed trailer with our 9 passenger 2012 GMC Savana explorer van, 3 adults and 4 kids and cargo trailer usually at about 3k lbs. We had brake rotors replaced every 3 trips or so, whenever the braking vibration would get unbearable. The 6.0 motor was good enough for this but would not be enough for a TT in tow, and I could not imagine what the wind blowing it around would feel like as that was pretty unbearable at times as well.. When the A/C in the van started blowing warm was the final straw and we will never go back to a motor crammed into a compartment again (that includes bus/Class A). Be smart and buy a tow vehicle with a real hood and built stout enough for pulling AND braking. The '05 Excursion is the last real option for passenger hauling +trailer, if you can get over the late 90's interior and features for what people selling them wish they were worth. Maybe, thanks to coronavirus and the resurrection of road travel mixed with the collapse of the cruise industry, we may finally see the return of the true HD diesel powered 3/4t and 1ton SUV, not the thing Nissan has right now that is a towing joke. I imagine if Ford (for example) makes a long wheel base 2022 Excursion-Max with 7.4L gas, they wouldn't be able to build them fast enough for all of the RV's out there being piddled along with terrible tow vehicles. Did you buy your van used? How many miles were on it when you had all of these issues? It appears it was a conversion van, which could have added a ton of weight if it was a high top. Are you sure you had the 6.0L and not the 4.8L? At 70k miles I still had the factory pads and rotors on our Express. It hauled my family of 7 and two dogs perfectly fine while towing a 33’ 7200# GVWR trailer. I CAT scaled it once and I was over15k pounds, but under the 16k GCWR. When traveling with our dogs and we would make a stop somewhere, we would leave it idling with the AC on for them, sometimes for over an hour if not two. It would be a meat locker when we came back to the van. I If you think the 2005 Excursion was the last vehicle made for towing and hauling, you must not be aware that GM made the 3/4 ton Suburban through the 2013 MY and we all know the Suburbans actually had a higher payload than an Excursion, thus actually making it the better tow vehicle.
ktosv 03/03/21 10:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch Upgrade - Should I?

Why not just use the hitch you have? It will probably do just fine. More than likely if the hitch can’t handle what you’re pulling you’re going to want a heavier truck anyway. Instead of wasting money on a hitch save it to go towards a new truck. 4x4ord, Go back and read the previous posts. The OP has a GMT800 based vehicle which there was documented hitch failures when these trucks were new. His truck is now 15 years old and they are taking about towing 8000#. Why tempt fate? I looked at a 1500HD last summer that I wouldn’t have even trusted the hitch to tow my enclosed trailer with. $250 for a new hitch is cheap insurance.
ktosv 02/11/21 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch Upgrade - Should I?

What are you towing that weighs 8000# but only has a tongue weight of 900#? If you are going to replace the hitch (and you should if you are towing heavy like that and your particular truck is 15 years old), why not just jump to a Class V for the extra $50 and never have to worry about your weights? If you are towing an 8000# travel trailer, you will run out of tongue weight capacity on the Class IV. If your truck has always been a southern truck, maybe your current hitch isn’t rusted much. If you are towing those weights with a weight distribution hitch you do want to replace the OEM hitch.
ktosv 02/04/21 10:39am Tow Vehicles
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