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RE: 2500 HD 6.0 Gas vs a Diesel

I bought an 02 2500 HD, just to tow with. It now has 36,000 miles on it. Replaced a 1989 GMC 1 ton 454 with 180,000 miles on it. Been really happy with it. Coming up on season 5 with it. Tow all over the Pacific Northwest and have been over to Yellowstone with it. My trailer loaded is just shy of 7500lbs. At times it lives high up in the RPMS, but I am OK with that. It does have 4.10's so that helps.
ls1mike 04/04/14 12:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: For those with outdoor kitchens....

I have a 2012 Passport with the same floor plan and the small outdoor kitchen. Mine gets hot if I leave the door shut. If I am in or at the trailer I leave it open. If I go out I turn the fridge off. It stays cold for a long time.
ls1mike 03/31/14 12:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anybody towing with an older truck?

Up until about 3 years ago I towed all over with an 89 GMC SRW 1 ton. Tons of miles never let me down...I finally updated to a 2002 Chevy Silverado 3/4 ton. It now has 35,000 miles on it. Only used to tow the trailer. Much better than the old one ton, but the one ton was not to bad for what it did for me! 2002, I guess that is getting old. :)
ls1mike 03/27/14 12:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Have you ever worn out an engine?

Nope, but I have blown a couple up! Mostly Mopar 2.2 turbo stuff.
ls1mike 03/25/14 06:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's ignition recall issue explained.

Problem is no large corporation gives two craps about you after they get the check. I have always bought GM stuff because it is what I know and I am comfortable with it. Not sure why they handled this one like this. No sure way any large company handles similar instances like this. Their mentality should be "What if my mom was driving this? What we would she do?" I know my mom flips out over a burnt out light bulb.
ls1mike 03/22/14 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Shocks for 2002 GMC 2500HD Duramax 4x4 CC

I put the KYB Monomax on my 02 2500 HD. I love them. Eliminated just about all the porposing I was having.
ls1mike 03/19/14 10:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you wax your trailer?

I do! It takes awhile, but well worth it!
ls1mike 03/16/14 08:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Are gas engines ever going to catch up?

.we have a hobby that is relatively expensive no matter our choice...gas vs diesel is just part of the debate. Jeremiah No doubt. That made me laugh!! I have a 24,000 dollar trailer that I use at most 60 days a year, more if relatives come to stay and an 02 Silverado 2500 HD with 35,000 miles, paid for now, but the only reason I have it is to tow the trailer. I do not drive it unless the Trans Am and the Grand Prix are broke. Has never happened. I hate driving a truck. I am not a truck guy.
ls1mike 03/16/14 04:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are gas engines ever going to catch up?

I don't know, probably not. I know you can make a reliable turbo charged LSx that will live a long time, but you are not going to get that from the manufacturer, you have to do it on your own. Having said that. I have to ask why the concern about running a Gasser at 4000 to 5000 rpm? I have been in diesel that will run at close to their max RPM pulling some grades. They have a heavier rotating mass. Seems to me high rpm is high rpm, each engine is designed to run like that. As far at towing efficiently? Not a concern of mine. I am pumping some sort of go juice no matter what I drive. How I get 400 hp and 600 ft/lbs of torque doesn't matter to me as much as how well the thing tows and how long it will live. I have had 4 different S/C cars and 7 different turbo cars. A bunch of those were mids to early 90's Mopars. All have them have lived a long time with proper maintenance even when running lots of boost, none towing of course, but all my 3800 S/C cars are pretty efficient for size vs MPGs. The Mopar stuff? Not so much. The turbo LSx I owned did very good. I think it would have worked well in my truck. Again having said all of that. I move 7500 with 300 hp and 365 ft/lbs of torque just fine. I just have to make sure I hit the gas station every 220 to 240 miles. :) I buy what I can fix easily and what I am comfortable with.
ls1mike 03/16/14 04:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Keystone Passport 3320BH

I have a 2012 3220. We are coming up on season three of ownership. We love it. Tows very easily and fells much smaller than what it is. Scaled for 5 days of camping we were under 7500lbs loaded. The size has not been a big deal. They sell them quick. If you can get one for under 25,000 you are doing great. I paid about that for mine in 2012. I went to look at a new one at my local dealer they were sold out. Had a few small things fixed while under warranty. We had a blowout last summer, picked up a nail. Didn't feel it at all. Just heard it. Not a lot of outlets is my biggest complaint and since it is long I bought a few extra portable jacks to set up under it while at the site. Keeps it from shacking. I don't like the power cord coming out of the center of the rear, no biggie, but carry an extension. Also carry a long sewer hose and potable water hose. We love the space with 2 kids and two dogs. I use the small outdoor kitchen all the time. The door to the bathroom is nice, you don't track all the dirt through the trailer. I think it put together pretty good. No complaints on that as of yet. https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x183q90/840/img1888qs.jpg
ls1mike 03/11/14 01:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Got a new truck

Love it, that is my truck only 12 years newer. I have an 02 with 35,000 miles on it. No options, not even power door locks. Just use it to tow.
ls1mike 02/23/14 02:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need some help, melted fuel line!

I am on my fourth 3800. 1 N/A. 3 supercharged. The N/A one I put 280,000 on. the last two supercharged ones 420,000 total. Pay the 150 bucks. You will not fix it with a patch. I race the things and run in a really good 3800 club. DON'T cheap out. I have not seen one work successfully in any of the guys cars that I race with. What is cheaper 150 bucks or a new car?
ls1mike 02/21/14 08:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2006 Lincoln Town Car to replace 2003 Cadillac Seville STS

Maybe Cadillac could take some lessons from Honda?? They already have. When? :B CTS Motor Trend Car of the year. ATS Not to mention the CTS-V the XTS. The Northstar had it is problems, oil leaks and head gaskets on the early ones. You missed out on the all the updates in 2004. The last run of Northstars in the last Gen STS was very good.
ls1mike 02/21/14 04:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Very interesting exhaust manifold brackets !!

Oh and thanks for the link. I don't have the problem yet with only 34,000 miles, but worth getting a set and putting on there. Maybe it will help prevent it from happening.
ls1mike 02/16/14 09:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Very interesting exhaust manifold brackets !!

Please explain to me what you do to break exaust manifold bolts.I am 73 years old ,been messing with mechanical stuff since I was about 15 and have never had a broken manifold bolt .Please tell me what to do so maybe I can have one Pretty common to break off exhaust bolts in many applications. The LS series of motors uses a small manifold fastener and after many heat cycles will break, or break off coming out. The old BBC would do it as well. The manifold would heat up and warp. That is why some guys would cut them in spots to reduce the chance of the warping breaking bolts. It would generally happen when you went to take them off to fix a leak, which was also common because of no gasket from the factory.6.0 broken exhaust manifold bolt You are just messing with different stuff.
ls1mike 02/16/14 09:08pm Tow Vehicles

I started out in an old 88 Fleetwood Southwind Class A 24 footer. Loved it. Then had a used a 1995 Fleetwood Prowler 5th wheel. Stick and tin. Very cleaned and loved it. Now I am in what is considered to be an Entry Level Ultra Light Passport. I will take it. Nice and light and for my use, perfect. Who cares what other think. It is about getting out and enjoying it!
ls1mike 02/06/14 04:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help me indentify the trailer I just bought. Pictures

Love the blog. I recognize Fort Flaggler when I see. Clean 3rd Gen. Hard to find a nice one these days...off track a little. I have a 5.3/4L60E in the garage screaming to go into a 3rd gen. Just have not found the right one yet.
ls1mike 02/02/14 01:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help me indentify the trailer I just bought. Pictures

Pretty cool. Looks in good shape for the age. Love the kids shirt...I have the same one. :) Yes he loves Firebirds and Camaros. He has a really nice 3rd gen Camaros, T-top and 5spd manual. Sadly he can't afford insurance on two vehicles so the Camaro is in our barn and his daily driver is our old 96 Silverado Diesel pickup. He's in love with this old trailer though, he loves old things that you can work on and repair (as I do). Nice to see a 20 year old who loves 3rd gens. I have a nicely modified 2000 Trans Am WS6. I have been to Pacific Raceways with it a bunch. Both of you are close to me. I am sort of in the middle living out in Poulsbo.
ls1mike 02/02/14 09:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Help me indentify the trailer I just bought. Pictures

Pretty cool. Looks in good shape for the age. Love the kids shirt...I have the same one. :)
ls1mike 02/01/14 09:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: 6.0 GM question

I actually had to go to the chiropractor when we got home, and I've never had back trouble in my life. We got home on Sunday and I traded it for a new ram on Tuesday. That is hilarious! Trading the best riding and handling truck for the worst. You missed the rest of his post. He said his wife was on his back.:B Now that is funny. As to his post, I think ride quality is very subjective. I don't find that any trucks ride particularly rough after driving the Trans Am for a bit. :)
ls1mike 02/01/14 06:45pm Tow Vehicles
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