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RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

If I wanted a mid-size, that is what I would buy. But I would get the Eco Diesel.
Bionic Man 08/23/19 01:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Seeking Advice from Mercedes ML350 drivers

No specific knowledge on the vehicle in question but I would encourage you to investigate if weight distribution is even allowed on that suv. Many manufacturers recommended against it. And as suggested, I think you are getting weight distribution confused with anti sway. The feature you are referring to on the Benz has to do with limiting trailer sway.
Bionic Man 08/22/19 06:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: NEW TRUCK!!!

Ummmm. Must be like buying a fancy luxury car; Mercedes, BMW. I won't ask you personally and don't want to know, but I'm wondering how many young folks buy and finance these things for a hundred years.I have not had a car payment in decades. That will remain so going forward. As for the youngsters.... Starting out they likely need to have car payments. Hopefully many will get off the payment train ASAP. I just bought an Expedition. Ford Credit finance choices were 0% for 5 years or 1.8% for 6. At those interest rates it would be silly to use your own money. Congrats on the new ride. I hope it treats you well.Financing is never free. It is rolled into the price when it is offered. If you look hard enough, you can buy it for less if you forgo the "free" financing Just one of the many games the car biz plays. I gave up less than $2000 in rebates for taking the financing. You’re right, it isn’t free. Still makes more sense to do that and use my money in other ways than take the rebate. The point is, no one way is right for buying a vehicle all the time.
Bionic Man 08/22/19 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Downgrading" trucks

If your primary motivation is a financial one, it’s unlikely that selling your paid for truck and buying something new is the right decision. You already took the largest part of depreciation and the CTD will likely hold its value better than a 1500. If you want to have a new truck, or a smaller truck, or a truck that is more comfortable to drive than your current truck, go for that 1500.
Bionic Man 08/22/19 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: NEW TRUCK!!!

Ummmm. Must be like buying a fancy luxury car; Mercedes, BMW. I won't ask you personally and don't want to know, but I'm wondering how many young folks buy and finance these things for a hundred years.I have not had a car payment in decades. That will remain so going forward. As for the youngsters.... Starting out they likely need to have car payments. Hopefully many will get off the payment train ASAP. I just bought an Expedition. Ford Credit finance choices were 0% for 5 years or 1.8% for 6. At those interest rates it would be silly to use your own money. Congrats on the new ride. I hope it treats you well.
Bionic Man 08/22/19 01:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

From my side its reviews from owners that are towing at altitude and poor gear spacing. Possibly your 4.10 is the solution. Google ike gauntlet and the ram 6.4l vs the ancient 6.0 Chevy. It did poorly. I always get a kick out of the amount of reviews that say to buy or not buy something based on how it performed in the “Ike Gauntlet “. Because really who cares how it does there? That is a pass very few people on this forum ever drive. And even if you do, it’s a 10 minute segment in your journey. As long as the vehicle gets up the pass, who cares how fast it makes it? I pull over that section maybe a dozen times per year, and as long as the vehicle can make it over the hill, it doesn’t matter to me if it does it in 8 minutes or 18. It is insignificant in the whole journey, and especially true for 99% of the population who will never drive it.
Bionic Man 08/21/19 01:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Size of Garage door

My door is 14’ high x 20’ wide and it works fine. It has been several years since I built but Wayne Dalton made my door and opener. I believe it is commercial because of the size.
Bionic Man 08/19/19 03:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hope you travel alone?!!!!

Vast majority of half ton truck buyers have no interest in ever towing anything. The loaded trucks are the replacement for sedans these days, and it will still do more than those.
Bionic Man 08/16/19 10:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is the hierarchy of Gulfstreams?

So, not a motorhome, but my 5er is a 2002 Gulfstream Sea Hawk. Shortly after they changed the Sea Hawk name to Prairie Schooner and then to Yellowstone (I believe). Anyway, the Sea Hawk/Schooner was top of their line at the time. Regardless of how it was back then, you are now looking at a 15 year old coach. It is much more important how the previous owner(s) took care of it than where it fell in a hierarchy when it was built. And for the record, we are very happy with our units build quality.
Bionic Man 08/13/19 07:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel fuel stop on I25 between Cheyenne Wy. Casper Wy.

The northern end to Wheatland has a good truck stop just off the interstate. There is a truck stop in Glendo, but fuel is more expensive. Options in Douglas as well. Personally I’d just stop in Cheyenne. Exit 7 (I think that is the number) has a Flying J, Loves and one other option n
Bionic Man 08/12/19 08:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: 5,000 mile F150 Ecoboost 10speed pulling 8,000 review

Glad things are working well for you. Do you think the Ford anti-sway system would be adequate with a standard hitch in place of the Hensley? They are not the only manufacturer using that type of system, I would think there is something to it.
Bionic Man 08/11/19 10:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: dog food for old dog

I have BSL 2 lab work training and experience (testing human blood and serum samples). When your job entails developing new tests for biomarkers in human blood and serum samples you learn about pathogens and minimizing exposure risks. You can read about the 4 bsl levels here https://consteril.com/biosafety-levels-difference/ PhD in chemistry 25 years work experience as a research scientist at a biotech firm that develops, manufactures, and sells 100s of diagnostic tests used by pharmaceutical companies in drug development and research foundations for investigating human diseases. Enough expertise for you? Somebody's underwear is a little too tight! Actually I would say his responses have been very well thought out. He obviously has the knowledge to defend his position and may be the most educated poster on this topic. There is lots of unwarranted push back on a raw diet. Good to see someone so educated share his thoughts.
Bionic Man 08/07/19 07:54pm RV Pet Stop
RE: GM Yukon XL Denali Transmission Temps

And for the group, yes it appears GM 1/2 ton trans run hot. By design. Mine and others like it. 2016-2017 models, min 190 when it’s cold out. 200 or close when hot out. Seems like it has a 190deg thermostat in it, it’s they consistent. If I owned the truck I’d make it run cooler as well. It’s not just GM trucks. I’ve been watching the Fords on test drives or rentals as well. 200*-220* is normal.
Bionic Man 08/07/19 03:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Yukon XL Denali Transmission Temps

Check the coolant level (when cool of course), your engine temp should not behave that way unless something else is going on.. IIRC, you have a 6.2l with plenty of power. Are the fans working ok (I don't recall if you have dual electric fans or a large fan driven by belt). Perhaps water pump needs replacement or fan belt? I’ll check coolant when we get home. Fans sound to be working fine and there are no fluid leaks. Honestly, if there is a problem, it is likely to be someone else’s.
Bionic Man 08/07/19 03:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Yukon XL Denali Transmission Temps

Well, today was the day (yesterday now). Loaded everything up to use the Yukon to tow the LSV to Powell. Three people and four dogs, and all our gear for 5 days at the lake. Didn’t have much room in the Yukon, put a lot of stuff in the boat. Temp was low 90’s when i left home. Temps i have seen before. Got on the highway and noticed the engine temperature was running a bit high right out of the gate. Took the first hill by Red Rocks, and it went way high. Couple miles up, and it got bad enough that I shut off the air conditioning. Engine cooled down a little. Inside temp warmed up a bunch. Slowed down to about 30 MPH. Turned the air back on, and the engine temp went way up way fast. Before I knew it, there was a message on the dash warning about the temp and that the air was shut off. On the plus side, the transmission temp never got about 200* Not a good way to start a 450 mile trip. So we turned around and headed home. Quickly emptied out that Yukon. I hooked the boat up to my truck, my wife took a dog and my nephew in the Jeep, and we left again. Set us back by about two hours. But we got here. When I had the auxiliary transmission cooler installed, I worried if the added size right in front of my radiator would create another problem. Well, it looks like I have my answer. I’m tired of chasing problems with the Yukon. When I get home I will step up my search for a replacement.
Bionic Man 08/07/19 03:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Ford Expedition Max

Have you driven one and compared it to your Yukon XL? From my signature, you can see I have the latest Suburban. Previously we had a 2012 Yukon XL and my impression is the interior is far better, but some of the fit and finish lacks what goes into a BMW. We never had a problem with squeak or rattles in the Yukon XL and it had over 125k miles when we replaced it with the Suburban. I have driven several Expeditions as rentals with work. My impression is that the Expedition has very sensitive steering and it felt like I was constantly correcting the steering. This got very fatiguing on a 2000 mile road trip. At the end of that trip I couldn’t wait to turn that one in. The last one I rented was a 2019 Max in January of this year. Still has the same steering feeling to me. Honestly, I was underwhelmed with the Ecoboost in it. I guess I was expecting more apparent superiority over my 5.3L. I have also driven F150’s with the Ecoboost that performed better in my opinion. I don’t know how the ride that I experience would do towing. Coworkers who have also driven the Expedition have said the same thing. I've driven the Ex three times. Once as a rental for a couple days, and then test drives of two different vehicles. While the Ex is a much more "truck like" driving experience than the GM versions, I did not notice what you mention on the steering. I'll try to pay attention to that the next time I test drive. I will agree with you on the engine power - the first test drive I did was underwhelming. Not that it was weak, but it wasn't nearly as strong as I expected. Seat of the pants, it really doesn't feel any stronger (maybe not as strong?) as my current 6.2. And I don't like the lack of exhaust note. But I have read enough reviews to know that it will perform well. If I go with an Ex, it will largely be a decision based upon price/value. And the main reason I am not looking closer at the GMs, at least right now, is the fact that in order to get the 6.2, they make you get a top of the line vehicle, which moves new vehicles into a price range I am not interested in entering. Not sure why they do that, but it may cost them a sale here as I am not interested in a 5.3. We leave on a long weekend at the lake tomorrow. When I come back, I'll put the current Yukon up for sale. Once it sells, I will get serious about the search. Might look at some 17 or 18 model Denali's. They will be better equipped, but at a price point similar, or maybe even higher, than a new Excursion, that is a trade off I am not sure I am willing to make.
Bionic Man 08/06/19 10:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Ford Expedition Max

My daughther's family has a 2012 Expedition El (that is what the Max was called back them). 5.4L and 5 speed. New ones have the 3.5L EcoBoost an 10 speed. Bth have been in the F150 for several years and are proven. The trailer weight is under the limit. As long as you don't overload the cargo in the car, you will be good. The price of the new ones goes up FAST when you add the fancy options. Most of the trips with this as a tow vehicle are very lightly loaded. Only me and two dogs. Maybe a cooler. Everything else goes in the truck/RV. I can't imagine over loading with the current boat. As far as the price going up with options, that is my struggle right now. I am used to ordering the top trim levels. The high rebates are only good for the XLT. Not that the XLT is a bad trim, but it doesn't compare to a Denali/Long Horn/Platinum. I looked at one Ex today with the 202B package (leather, upgraded head unit), adaptive cruise and lane assist, along with the HD tow package. They are asking $49k after all the rebates. Going up one trim level gets you to the $65k range, which is much more than I want to spend. Just not sure I will be happy with the XLT......
Bionic Man 08/05/19 10:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Ford Expedition Max

Your wife (assume she drags the boat) will love the Ecoboost when she tows. Other than that, I almost got one when I got ride of my F250 but opted for a GMC Canyon because I was afraid to ditch the truck bed. I loved how the Expedition drove and am leaning on trying to push my wife into one when we get rid of the AWD Sienna we have. Thanks for the feedback. That’s what I would have thought too (wife pulling boat). But she would rather pull the RV with the truck. One of our complaints with the Yukon has always been stability while towing. I’m hoping the Ex addresses that.
Bionic Man 08/05/19 08:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Car and Driver octane test

Ford tuned the Ecoboost to 87 for its advertised power levels, and gives you the option to run 91/93 if you want the added performance. That is something I did not know. Thanks for taking the time to put together a thoughtful response. If I end up pulling the trigger on the Expedition I am considering, I will likely continue to run premium just as I have in the Denali.
Bionic Man 08/05/19 03:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Where's the 2020 Ram HD?

Honestly wind resistance does matter as my rig is 101" wide and 13' 5" tall. But weight is a biggie as the grade increases. For sure they both limiting factors. What I'm getting at tho, I've towed an 8,000 pound open trailer with a tractor on it and towed easier than a 6,000 travel trailer. Too many of these tests, they just put weight on an open trailer and there much less wind resistance than a fifth wheel or travel trailer. At lower speeds of course weight is more of a factor. But at 60, wind resistance seems to be the bigger factor. Agree 100%. I tow the "Ike" several times per year. My 2012 CTD will not maintain the speed limit towing my 12,000 pound 5er. Actually I end up around 40 MPH at the top. Buddy with a 13 Powerstroke pulling a very similar trailer is the same way.
Bionic Man 08/05/19 02:37pm Tow Vehicles
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