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RE: Fuel Ecomony - Towing

A long time friend once said "People that get concerned about "fuel economy" with towing, or upgrading to a different vehicle probably can't afford to RV in the first place." Concerns with range are a lot different than concerns with cost of fuel. A more efficient vehicle and/or one with a larger tank can make a big difference in how and the ease in your travel. And are you trying to imply that folks upgrading to a different vehicle are trying to save money? Yes, but you can rest assured that the lion's share of fuel economy questions are stemming from the "How much is it going to cost me to run this thing?" that's going through the back of your mind when considering upgrading trucks, or buying a truck in the first place. Gas stations are all over the place, and most vehicles are equipped so you can comfortably drive 400+ miles on a tank of fuel, and tow 200+ miles. Unless you're out on the high desert just passing the sign that says "Next fuel 121 miles" range isn't anywhere near the top of your list.
mkirsch 05/09/23 10:18am Towing
RE: Airxcel Skymaxx 97000

I would be much more inclined to never do business with "Tom's Camperland" than to never install another "Airmax product." "Tom's Camperland" owes you a complete hatch, if that is the only way the hatch manufacturer works, period.
mkirsch 05/09/23 09:31am Truck Campers
RE: How 4-season are 4 seasons Lances?

You can only expect so much out of the couple of inches of insulation that they can stuff into the walls. For sure the heater is going to be running a LOT in a typical Upstate New York winter, if not constantly.
mkirsch 05/03/23 09:09am Truck Campers
RE: Fender Flares

No no no. You can't ask about fender flares here! Lol, why? Did the geezernet trolls destroy your thread? (I recall you asking about some not so long ago) You were leading the charge, LOL. No hard feelings. I knew it was a little out of left field for this forum, but the GM forums I've tried are way worse. They pounced on me and said it was my fault because I wasn't pulling the tail lights out and pressure washing up inside the fenders once a month. Like I have nothing better to do than pull my truck apart and "maintain" to that extent. My next one is going to be a RAM. At least I can expect it to be rusty in 5 years, LOL.
mkirsch 05/02/23 06:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fender Flares

No no no. You can't ask about fender flares here!
mkirsch 05/01/23 08:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Valve stem extenders for inner wheels (DRW)

Longer valve stems only help if you only put them on the inner dual AND if you never rotate tires. If you put longer valve stems on the outers, all that will do is extend them further inward, making them more difficult to reach. I have two different types of dually air chucks, though, and NEITHER are the right angle to get on my factory valve stems on the stock steel wheels of my 2002 Chevy 3500 DRW. I have the angled one, and the straight-on one with the angle. Can't get straight on any of the stems.
mkirsch 04/28/23 12:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 Duramax Dyno

More power,towing and better economy do not go together. Sure it does. Gale Banks and all those other tuner makers did it all the time. Turn the knob one way for more power and towing. Turn the knob the other way for better economy. The truck's computer is sensing load and control input. It should be able to "turn the knob" automatically in this day and age.
mkirsch 04/25/23 01:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Goodbye CH751 key!

Heck the lock cylinders turn in the doors. I managed to get the CH751 key in the lock backwards, it slipped right in, and turned the lock, it only turned a little bit harder than normal, only to find that I had rotated the entire assembly in the door 90 degrees to unlock the door. So you could have any of my hatch doors open with a flat bladed screwdriver and a minimum of effort. I guess if they want my blocking, grill utensils, two putty knives, and the drill adapter for my jacks, they can have them. Watching lock picking lawyer on youtube, there is no such thing as a secure lock that a picker with a few seconds and half a clue can't open.
mkirsch 04/25/23 01:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Twisted Receiver Square

Look for a non problematic gas engine Where would you find one of them, at least in a GM product? My understanding is they STILL haven't fixed the seizing lifter problem on the variable-displacement 5.3's.
mkirsch 04/24/23 08:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet 6.6 burning oil

I agree. They have a threshold for oil usage. Below that, nothing wrong. Above that, they'll do something about it. Unfortunately you're in that space where the consumption is irritating but not bad enough that they will admit to a problem. Judging by the lack of response here, either there aren't a lot of members that will admit to owning 6.6's or nobody else has this problem. I'd say check on one of the GM forums but in my expeience, all they want to do on those sites is blame everything on you and some obscure made-up maintenance task that you failed to perform. They (the GM forums) will probably tell you that you didn't break in the engine properly.
mkirsch 04/24/23 08:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 Chevy HD ZR2

They don't salt the roads in Texas. Here in the rust belt it don't much matter what you put on the frames they're showing surface rust in 2 years and the coating is gone in 5. BTW I see these new Chevys are coming with 2" lift kits from the factory.
mkirsch 04/19/23 06:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hot water problem

Not terribly relevant to the discussion, just demonstrating one of my odd proclivities here, but I set my water heater on the lowest setting, and never turn on the cold tap in the shower. Makes for a perfect hot shower. Hi, That sounds useful. What is required to make this adjustment? Turning the knob on the thermostat on the water heater. With a cold tank of water, you turn it up just enough for the burner to kick on.
mkirsch 04/19/23 06:22am Truck Campers
RE: Hot water problem

Not terribly relevant to the discussion, just demonstrating one of my odd proclivities here, but I set my water heater on the lowest setting, and never turn on the cold tap in the shower. Makes for a perfect hot shower.
mkirsch 04/18/23 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: time for a diesel?

Its been a few years, but our old truck, 3/4 ton GM with the 8.1 and Alison. Traded that in 2015 for a Chev Duramax. My first Diesel. I won't go back to gas. So much nicer when towing. Actually, nicer all the time. No issues with maintenance. Haven't had anything maintenance wise that would be different between a Diesel and Gas. The dealer I bought it from does free oil changes for life, so no cost there. I have to buy DEF, but that's pennies, maybe 5 gallons per 5K miles. I thought the 8.1 was great, until I got a Diesel. I really appreciate the power, torque, and gas mileage. This was purchased as a daily driver for my wife and she loves driving it. There must be a huge difference in the Duramax from 2004 to 2015. When I bought my 2002 8.1L, I drove a low-mileage 2004 Duramax the night before. I was not impressed. I mashed that pedal all the way to the floor and ho-hum. That 8.1L put your butt back in the seat, and still does all these years later. It even outperforms Dad's 2015 2500HD 6.0L. On paper it should be able to run with the 8.1L, but it just doesn't have it.
mkirsch 04/17/23 02:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: time for a diesel?

Well, I've been looking at those 7.3's. Holy ****! They are some nice looking trucks tho. I wonder if it would be possible to put that engine in my truck. My Pop put a 327 into his 1955 Willys Wagon but I do not remember what transmission he had. You'd have an easier time putting the 7.3 into that '55 Willys than you would into your current truck. To make the engine run you're going to need whatever computer they've got in Cleetus McFarland's "McFlurry" Fox body Mustang drag car. It sure as heck ain't gonna be able to talk to your truck's current computer. Your truck's computer is going to say "no bueno" if it can't communicate with the engine.
mkirsch 04/17/23 02:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: time for a diesel?

Well, I'm not a biologist but I am a woman and I know that for sure after birthing 3 kids. I don't care if people pass me, I prefer that! It's those one lane roads and the 6.2 screaming that get to me. I don't like hearing an engine work like that and it gives me visions of something shooting through the hood. There is absolutely nothing wrong with an engine exceeding 2000RPM, yet so many people have this hang-up!
mkirsch 04/17/23 01:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires

Don't get too hung up on "aggressive." Aggressive is good. The designs these days are not loud on pavement, but hook and pull when you need them to.
mkirsch 04/12/23 11:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Just curious

If y'all have been drinking RV water for so long, that might explain a few things... Mine has a slight "musty old camper" smell and flavor to it, and early in the season it still has a tinge of RV antifreeze to it. Doesn't matter how many times I flush or sanitize or bleach the tank. I drink bottled water, but I also don't go away for weeks at a time, and where I go usually serves bottled water as a beverage choice, and it's a fundraiser so I don't mind spending a few extra dollars on bottled water or I'm working at the event and drink for free.
mkirsch 04/12/23 11:49am Truck Campers
RE: Tree Pruning

There are a lot of warning signs embedded in this question. Maybe due to how vague it is, or maybe the nature of the question not lending confidence in abilities to handle a powersaw. Maybe also due to the fact that they're asking a gardening question in a truck camper forum? Smells like a t to the r to the o-double-l to me. That said, my answer to the OP's question is Husqvarna if you're a Stihl fan, and Stihl if you are a Husqvarna fan. Either way, we will be having a fist fight to determine the superior saw brand.
mkirsch 04/12/23 11:38am Truck Campers
RE: New truck. How long of a trailer can I tow?

Air bags and you are good to go....... salesman told me! 40 footer for sure ^^ And with wheelie bars, split rear brakes, and a good 454, the world would be your oyster! That there things got wunna dem Cummings dee-sul en-jins in it.
mkirsch 04/06/23 07:50am Tow Vehicles
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