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RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

Devo, if you think the grass is any greener, jump the fence and give it a taste. You may not have had many new vehicles as a basis of comparison for issues and dealer warranty service, and I’ve only personally owned 2 vehicles in my entire life with a warranty, but have had 25 or so new company trucks and the experience of seeing or being responsible for 100s of them. It’s not Ram, not Ford, not GM. They all have issues or they don’t and the dealers services are all bad, or they’re not. Brand new Chevy truck last week. Love it! But all the speakers have randomly quit working twice now. Last truck, 2016 model Chevy, had a trans problem under warranty, 9 weeks and 3 attempts later, got the truck back. But got a loaner the whole time. Our Charger, warranty radiator replacement. Nice service. Gave the wife a loaner car, bad mechanics. Came back a half gallon low on coolant, air cleaner clamps loose and one hose clamp half installed. Different dealer took our 2016 Ram in for tsb and recalls because it had never been to the dealer in 3 years w previous owner. ALL issues fixed promptly and correctly and no hassle about my request to NOT weld the drag link. Fords? Have had a pile of them. All company owned work trucks. Most of them good to great. 1 pseudo lemon, 1 lemon, good and bad dealer competence. 2015 F250 had an electrical issue that 2 different dealers couldn’t fix. I didn’t pursue it further because I turned the truck in for a new one and it was someone else’s problem then. Just be careful what you wish for.
Grit dog 03/01/21 10:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian Electric half ton winter testing. Interesting read.

Winter testing should include a constant salt bath like the roads on New England. That salt brine will creep into most anything and must be considered especially with the high operating and charging voltages. Right? “Did my car die because it was too cold for the batteries or does the battery bank look like a science experiment with crystals?”
Grit dog 03/01/21 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Off Roading with the 2021 Bronco

https://i.imgur.com/MMsZeggl.jpg Got to tear up the trails around Boulder NV with this thing over Xmas. Buddy down there is big into buggies and rails. 3 words.... O M G 200+ hp (it's not stock, he said 230hp I believe, but I don't remember, felt like 400...lol) Absolutely ridiculous power and handling and suspension. Aside from it's a toy and not a real street vehicle like a jeep, the jeep is like a 1997 Polaris Ranger and this is like a 2020 Ford Raptor!
Grit dog 03/01/21 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Off Roading with the 2021 Bronco

and Jeep to be a bit more humble with their prices. https://i.postimg.cc/V6GFZ0MP/canam.jpg 2021 Can-Am MAVERICK X3 MAX X RS TURBO RR $30,399.00 https://i.postimg.cc/JhK3tHpH/jeep2.jpg 2021 Jeep Wrangler from $28,475 The Can Am is the top of the line and the Jeep is the bottom, but I think its the OHVs that are ridiculously priced and not soo much Jeeps. The SxS argument is a bit worn out. Expensive? Yup, very expensive. Compared to 2 new top of the line snowmachines or 2 new top of the line quads, it's in line with the market and the 4 seaters can haul your whole family. If you want to go poking along a trail, doing some off roading, a Jeep is a better value. But if you want essentially the best combination of Baja 1000/King of Hammers and peel your face off power, you have to pay for it. I don't have the time or place for one a hot rod SxS yet, but it's on the short list of fun toys to buy when the time comes. They are ridiculously fun and capable. And the suspensions alone are worth the price of admission. You couldn't build one for the same price, likely.
Grit dog 03/01/21 10:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Off Roading with the 2021 Bronco

I don't expect a full re-birth of the market, as demand is too low. But any challenge would drive Toyota to some innovation, and Jeep to be a bit more humble with their prices. Alot of truth to that statement. 4 door Wranglers (with the pathetic, oil leaking representation of an engine in the 3.6 V6) command almost as much money as full size SUV like a Tahoe. With good off road capability in case the owner curb checks a wheel in the Starbucks drive thru. And the 4 Runner, which apparently has no price ceiling due to the iconic name and reputation the old ones earned. (Still a VERY nice vehicle, but c'mon, $50k + price tag on some of them for a mid size suv without anything exotic like a diesel, a V8 or a turbo?) Ford saw a market opportunity and will likely do well at it.
Grit dog 03/01/21 10:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

Because it would be addressing a much smaller crowd as trailers don't consume as much payload compared to 5th wheels....tounge weight vs pin weight. Full size pickup trucks have almost the same interior space as bigger SUVs but can be had with much more capability. Having the need for a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup truck trumps not having the need for a bed. If you prefer large SUVs, simply stay within it's capabilities. Because it would be addressing a much smaller crowd? Because we're only talking RVers here and because now big TTs are somehow light? I better never catch you doing the "you need a 3/4 ton instead of that Ford Expedition" shuffle in a What can I tow thread....lol. Are they for everyone? Nope. Neither is a Pruis or a Duramax dually or a new Corvette. But despite that, those seem to be very popular vehicles. Are they in demand? Idk, go try to buy a 3/4 ton Burb or Expedition that is in good condition and not alot of miles. Seems like they are to me, when a 10-20+ year old suv, even with a gas engine, commands the same price or more as a comparable era diesel truck. If I had half a brain, I would have bought every low mile GMT 400 and GMT 800 3/4 ton suburban I could get my hands on back in the late 2000s when the value was tanked. They're worth double or triple now. I'm not saying they'll take over the automobile market. They are a high priced luxury or work vehicle that there IS a demand for due to their features and ability. Although, you could be right. Thanks to the recent state of political affairs in the good ole US of A, and 50% jump in oil prices in the least few months, now might not be a good time to fire up the ole Duraburb plant or roll out a new Frod Excursion with a Godzilla motor!
Grit dog 03/01/21 09:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

A GM 1-ton van as well as the Nissan N3500 have plenty of rows of seats and can handle up to around 7500 pound dry TT. Ahhh, the old "vans were the original suv" argument...classic. A half ton suv can handle a "7500lb dry" TT as well. Whatever that means (I know, it's code for the towing capacity isn't that good, but it would ruin your argument for vans...lol). I'll take the crowd of vehicles owned by the parents of my 2 kids sports team members. So average cross section of middle/upper middle class folks that are active (kids playing soccer and hockey). Bout 40 families. Number of large SUVs (half tons of course) owned, about a half dozen. Number of 1/2 ton trucks, another 10 or so. Number of HD trucks, around a half dozen. Bear in mind folks have more than one family vehicle. But over half the families have a full size suv or truck. Number of vans? ONE. And those folks just finally stopped having kids after #8 or 9. Up until last year they were like a puppy mill, spitting out a kid every year or 2 since before we knew them and even had one 2for1 special! Oh, and that family has a mini Cooper and a pickup truck as well. Only has a van because, well, it's not as obtrusive as a bus!
Grit dog 03/01/21 09:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

GM has been making 1 ton Suburbans for several years. However, the tow rating was 4k, but there was over 4k in payload. The are sold fleet, and what was hauling all those key individuals in DC in January. And how many of those suburbans can you go buy today at the chevy dealer? I'm pretty sure the OP's post/query wasn't about something that is unobtanium, just for the sake of someone saying, "told you so."
Grit dog 03/01/21 09:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wonder if truck makers will start making 10001 # 1/2 tons.

EV’s are changing so fast right now. I very much doubt there will be a market for gasser cars or light duty trucks in 2035. Who’s going to want to buy a clunky, gutless, noisy, stinky, high maintenance, inconvenient, expensive to fuel gasser that you have to fuel at a gas station. Not everybody has the same driving needs, but we are pretty average and for our needs there isn’t anything a gasser can do that our EV can’t do better. What’s it going to be like after 15 more years of development. I’m sure there will still be a market for some applications of gas and diesel vehicles, but it’s going to be a different landscape. Any kid growing up in an EV household will never, not ever choose a gasser over electric. There would have to be a ton of improvements in gas vehicles before somebody went backwards, and I don’t see companies like ford or GM throwing lots of money at it when the writing is on the wall. All JMHO. Ahhh, such bold statements, and such conviction. EV nut swingers are no different than the BLM rioters. Gotta have a cause, just for the sake of having a cause. And as most of these threads go, I'll qualify that I'm not anti EV. I'm all about whatever is most economical and convenient for ME. If that's a 2 ton high powered mobility scooter that can do 120mph down the freeway and it's overall cost is less than firing up the ole dinosaur burner, I'm down. Totally. Although I'll still dust off and fire up the ole Hemi regularly, because, well, not everyone like s the same thing... Just hasn't happened yet.
Grit dog 03/01/21 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: DOT Endurance Test for ST Tires NOT same for LT Tires

what I can say is I've put almost 100K miles on two trailers, my neighbor has put close to 300K miles on two trailers he has for going to races etc. SIL folks have put 50K + miles on trailers. All with ST tires. Total number of tire blowouts or catastrophic failures zip, nada, zero. Between the 3 of us we have caught two nail punctures with our TPMS that likely avoided a blowout. All three of us have run Maxxis and now goodyear endurance tires. You, I and many others, I'm sure. Aside from a rash of Goodyear Marathin scalpings in the early-mid 2000s, my experience is the same.
Grit dog 03/01/21 09:13am Towing
RE: Jump box for dual battery 7.3 diesel

For using my trailer batteries it would be with jump cables not a battery swap. Try that out. If you have dead truck batteries, it is doubtful a set of jumper cables from a single deep cycle battery would light it off. And that's IF the truck happens to go dead within reach of the camper battery or you can bring the battery to the truck. Maaaybe, both deep cycles and 2 jumper cables. But again, it's a last ditch effort, IMO and not a universal solution. I mean, batteries don't usually die in the most opportune setting. But, with a few options for different situations on board, you could reasonably cover most all scenarios. With RV batteries being one less certain possibility depending on the situation. Of course jump packs aren't a 100% certainty either. It's situational. Best defense is a good offense and eliminate as many potential reasons that you'd have dead batteries in the fist place.
Grit dog 03/01/21 08:57am Truck Campers
RE: questions about summer heat southeast tx & full timing

Tough call. RV's just aren't insulated like framed homes. Presuming "tied into a home" means you're parked at someone's residence to reduce costs (site rental). So up and moving on that basis alone is not maybe a reality. Shade and insulation are the 2 biggest keys to reducing energy consumption for cooling. Insulation, you can't do much more than you have, reasonably. Shade, cost of that depends totally on your ability, location of RV, what you can do at that residence, but nothing is free. Any sort of all weather "shade", either stick built or pre-fab rv cover/lean to will cost $1000s or maybe only a couple thousand and a bunch of work. Would take years to break even I'd think. Bottom line, a "travel trailer" wasn't ever meant to be even close to the most efficient setup for energy consumption. I'd question the cost of a new travel trailer vs the cost of renting a small apartment. Although now you are invested in the RV.
Grit dog 03/01/21 08:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Rivian Electric half ton winter testing. Interesting read.

Interesting, yes. Lack of specifics on how much power is consumed keeping the batteries up is,well, not very forthcoming. Or it’s early enough in the testing phases and the results weren’t good enough to be published?
Grit dog 02/28/21 11:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

nhshep, I agree with you. I don’t understand why there are no HD suvs produced anymore. Maybe 10-15 years ago when they were going extinct, the oil prices, mfg costs, economy, demand for HD suvs with the popularity and availability of crew cab trucks....may have not been worth it. But now, with the supply of used HD suvs being very scarce and nowhere near the luxury capability and power levels of new trucks, I believe if just one of the big 3 put out a 8 lug SUV with gas and diesel options, they would absolutely clean house for a while. Sales would be through the roof for a while, at least until the market was saturated with them or another recession. Personally, I’d choose a crew cab truck over a suv 11 out of 10 times, but after owning my first suv in 25+ years (if a rusted out 1980 Blazer plow rig counts), last year, I totally see the preference and utility of them.
Grit dog 02/28/21 10:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Some Towing Math and Questions

Rear suspension is soft and not ideal for heavy towing. Rest of the truck will tug 4-5tons ok. But need to shore up rear suspension. How “nice” it tows is subjective. Didn’t read the whole thread, but it’s not unreasonable to expect a 6000lb truck can pull a 9000lb trailer confidently and safely, just as it’s not unrealistic to think an 8000lb truck can pull a 16000lb trailer safely. Half of what you’re up against here is your opinion and the opinion of a select group of folks here who, more so than the general trailer towing population, tend to preach “more is better” with the tone of “more is necessary and you’re a menace to motorists if you don’t have twice the truck you need.” Of course a nice 1 ton diesel would pull and handle your new trailer like nothing at all. But depends whether you have the want, need or budget for the “ultimate” hauler or if “good enough” is good enough. Cheers
Grit dog 02/28/21 08:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: DOT Endurance Test for ST Tires NOT same for LT Tires

I only wish there were a selection of LRD or LRE LT tires in 15" to choose from. AFAIK there is only 1 I am aware of, a 15" for sprinter vans. LRC not an issue in 15"LT, but LRD or E another story. Now if you already have 16" rims, much easier task. This was Timmos argument to begin with. He’s stuck on LT tires for smaller trailers 14-15” rims that LT tires are unavailable or all but unavailable. And of the very limited choices, they are rated much lower weight than comparable ST tires. So bottom line, doesn’t matter what the test methods are, if you can’t buy the tire you want.
Grit dog 02/28/21 07:44pm Towing
RE: New post on bike carriers

If you use it on your RV, be sure it is RV rated. And more often than not with carriers you get what you pay for. Best off not to chince on these. MHO Roflmao What exactly makes a bike rack RV rated?
Grit dog 02/28/21 07:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

I haven’t owned mine very long but I’m definitely going to recommend ear plugs. I went on a 4.5 hour trip two days in a row to buy a TC. For about two days afterwards, I could still hear turbochargers ringing in my head. I don’t know if that’s due to aftermarket modifications but seriously, ear plugs are a necessity for my 7.3. For reference, mine is 2000 super duty with banks chip, banks waste gate, 4”exhaust and air raid air filter box housing K&N air filter. Vehicle has 190,600 miles so far no fuel in coolant doesn’t burn oil. I’ve only put about 1000 miles on this recently acquired vehicle. Pretty much any mod to intake/exhaust or turbo will make it louder. Just for giggles, try stuffing a piece of foam over the top of the filter inside the AFE box. And if your truck is straight piped, the most economical bang for the buck to quiet it down is a 30” auger type resonator. Like a FTE or similar.
Grit dog 02/28/21 06:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Trimming down tie downs to fit

So, same thread but the threaded end is too long? Yup chop ‘em. Just leave enough length on the threaded part. I’ve never been able to cut the same piece longer the second time! Haha
Grit dog 02/28/21 06:38pm Truck Campers
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

Here is the problem with a short bed, SRW, raised truck hauling an excessive large truck camper. Real Life situation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7Y4ZjO8Lyw&feature=emb_logo Also- I measured the height of bed of the stock 3/4 ton GMC pickup that carried the camper that I bought without the camper inside the bed. It was 3inches shorter than my bed, but the GMC had rails for a fifth wheel hitch so it sat on 1” plywood. So this camper sits 2” s higher on after market stiffer 3600# springs, airbags AND it’s in a ONE ton truck with E rated tires versus a stock suspension 3/4 ton truck. Which vehicle do you think could corner more safely, mine or the stock setup of the former owner ? Nice looking setup! And in regards to the above post, welcome to rvnet! The land of grumpy ole men who would probably find something to complain about while receiving a briefcase full of $100 bills while getting a __ from a supermodel! Will be so nice to climb into your “home” after work. Looks like you found a great truck AND camper!
Grit dog 02/28/21 06:35pm Truck Campers
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