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RE: F150 Ecoboost vs F250 Diesel mileage

I own both engines, Ecoboost in a 2018 Expedition and a 2015 F350 PSD/SRW. I use the truck to haul a 3000lb truck camper, no towing. I get about 10-12 mpg. But of course diesel is more expensive than 87 octane. Not everywhere... I get B20 diesel for $2.89 but 87 is usually around 3.29 in Oregon right now.
bartlettj 05/15/19 05:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with Lowered Truck

As long as you don't lower it by removing spring leaves or softer coil springs it should be fine. If you can get drop spindles for the front then you can preserve the suspension geometry.
bartlettj 05/15/19 05:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing with a esclade

I know it is not exactly the same, but I tow a 7000 pound boat with a 2011 Yukon Denali XL. Some of the issues I have (like trailer sway) shouldn't effect you. It has OK pulling power, but don't expect it to stay in 6th gear. Mine is in 5th most of the time, and will drop lower when it hits a hill. Going through he mountains of Colorado, I see both engines and transmission temps approaching 250*. Two GM dealers and an independent transmission shop all told me that is par for the course towing heavier through the hills. When we replace our Yukon in the next couple of years it will likely be with a new style Navigator or Expedition. I believe they have higher towing capacity. I had the same heat experience with my Tahoe. Now I tow with a Duramax/Allison and the temperature never really moves.
bartlettj 04/22/19 03:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: starting to look at trucks

I think 8k pounds for a F150 is a bit heavy as you are going to be light on truck payload if you plan to take passengers in the cab. There's not much of a price premium on used 3/4 ton trucks unless you go diesel.
bartlettj 04/21/19 04:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions for RV panel install, long run

I recently upgraded the service to my garage. For the price of 100 feet of #6 copper you can run 400 feet of 2-2-2-2 MHF aluminum direct bury and make it a 90A service if you want to. Aluminum is a far better choice for subpanel wiring as long as you follow best practices on anti-ox and lug torque.
bartlettj 04/20/19 03:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Broke wires to WIF sensor on GMC LBZ. Leave as is?

The WIF sensor won't throw a code if disconnected, but it won't work either. You could be in for an expensive hpfp repair if you do get wet fuel.
bartlettj 04/16/19 10:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck trailering packages

I love my diesel too. Even if you don't go diesel, having an integrated brake controller, transmission cooler, proper hitch, LT tires, and strong shocks makes a 3/4 ton likely more cost effective to purchase if you are going to modify a 1/2 with all that stuff anyway.
bartlettj 04/10/19 06:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need advice on reducing trailer bounce!

Based on your other thread, get it as close to level as possible, make sure your truck tires are aired up to the proper pressure for the weight that are on them, then look at replacement shocks for the truck.
bartlettj 04/10/19 06:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can’t decide which vehicle would be best for my situation

I was in a very similar situation to you a year ago, and I replaced my Tahoe with a lightly used GMC 2500HD diesel crew cab. I couldn't be happier... I'm getting better fuel economy on my commute and towing with the diesel, it's nicer to drive, and with 2 kids and 2 dogs having all the space in the bed is great. Plus, I can now fly up mountains without sounding like a rod is going to come through the hood, and there's nothing like having an integral brake controller and an exhaust brake to make stopping smooth and controlled.
bartlettj 03/27/19 08:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would you get it fixed?

Most of the time the DEF gauges aren't very linear. In 10k miles of driving this year I went through 3 2.5 gallon boxes of DEF with my Duramax (starting full). I notice that I burn more on shorter trips or when towing.
bartlettj 03/20/19 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy has more cargo volume! I'm sold!

The GM commercials are always taking jabs at Ford, why not promote your product and it’s capabilities instead? Just comes off as desperate and lack of confidence in its own brand, you don’t see Ram, Nissan or Toyota trying to do that. The GMC tailgate commercial is pretty confident.
bartlettj 03/03/19 08:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nearly new GMC p/up

It's pretty hard to find a good used HD truck here on the west coast that hasn't either been beat up or modified, so people price accordingly. I paid $39k for a pristine '12 a year ago but it was diesel. It's been a great truck, I have no regrets.
bartlettj 03/03/19 08:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bio-diesel / Is it a good or bad thing for the engine ?

The reason some modern diesel manufacturers recommend against biodiesel is due to the dpf Regen cycle. Before GM added the 9th injector on the LML and newer engines (2011+), the Regen cycle worked by blasting diesel into the cylinders with the exhaust valves open, which leads to oil dilution. Biodiesel tends to creep past the rings more and was over diluting the oil on the early dpf Duramax. I run B20 in my 2012 GMC, it runs well on it. I don't notice any difference in fuel economy between B20 and B5. Plus, B20 is cheaper.
bartlettj 03/03/19 08:32pm Tow Vehicles
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