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RE: just saw my 1st 2020 F-350's

SO.... It happened. and it's my wife's fault :B I knew it! Where are the pics? :B
blofgren 01/19/20 09:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck batteries

I changed mine last year and put the Kirkland ones in from Costco. I've found them to be good quality, good price, and it's pretty tough to beat a 100 month warranty.... How did you get Kirkland? My Costco only carries 36 month Interstate. My last Kirkland had the 100 month and did well I'm in Canada and we can still get them here; hopefully the fact that they are apparently not available in the US anymore isn't an indication of things to come. The last Kirkland in my wife's Acura MDX went completely dead at about 5 years of age when the alternator went out. About 6 months later I noticed the car turning over slowly when starting; I bought a new Kirkland battery and took the old one in to get my core charge and was told at the counter that I still had warranty on it. It was a very nice surprise when I received almost 50% back of what the new battery cost me! :B
blofgren 01/19/20 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck batteries

I changed mine last year and put the Kirkland ones in from Costco. I've found them to be good quality, good price, and it's pretty tough to beat a 100 month warranty....
blofgren 01/15/20 08:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 8.1 truck with low miles?

Not apples to apples There is a current reason why there are no tiny displacement ICE'S forced fed big block volumes of air in higher class trucks It is not just HP for TV'S...especially towing heavy. There is a thing called duty cycle... If you want the 8.1 to be a heavy duty cycle regular hauler it can be but in 2020 there are a lot of better options than a 8.1 if you are towing heavy everyday. If you are an occasional user and don't tow heavy regularly than the Ecoboost models do come into play. The 8.1 was a niche vehicle in its heyday that eventually got squeezed out by diesel power and gas prices. While the 8.1 is still a beast of a motor, 15 years later these vehicles lack the payload and common features of modern vehicles to be a serious contender for most. Yes there are a few seldom heavy tow'ers that can use a bargain priced 8.1. For most the 8.1 is no longer a serious contender, it has simply aged out. Many have fond memories of the 8.1 that reflect what a great motor it was once upon a time. However that time has passed. This thread points out that finding a cherry 8.1 simply does not generate the excitement it once did. Once you drop the fond memories the 8.1 just doesn't stand up to other options. Yes it may be the best bargain option, but when buying a truck for towing heavy there are lots of criteria to consider. Bargain price is not at the top of the list. Furthermore it is a bargain for a one else wants it I don't disagree what you're saying, but that said, the 2000-2007 GM trucks are pretty darn venerable, no matter what engine including the trusty old 8.1L. I was quite surprised when I went shopping last year for a boat puller and saw many of these models of trucks with really high miles that still run really good. It definitely helped make my mind up when I bought my 2001 Yukon from the original owner. Don't get me wrong, I love my 2013 Ram 3500, but when the trusty 2001 Yukon with 10x the mileage on it gets to all of the same destinations pulling our boat, it really makes me think about things, especially considering I paid a small fraction for the Yukon compared to the Ram......:h
blofgren 01/12/20 07:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Death Wobble"

So what brand has the most Death Wobble? chevman You're safe, Chevman; it's definitely not GM! ;)
blofgren 01/12/20 07:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Death Wobble"

Hate getting the dw on a grocery cart! I tried explaining to the head cart guy (you know, the one pushing the stack of carts back into the store) that he really needs to look at the caster and the ball joints and what kinda rubber is on those front wheels, because death wobble is a serious thing. Stopped me dead in my tracks once in the store in a very awkward spot, right by the feminine products......coulda been bad if I didn't get that cart back under control! :B
blofgren 01/12/20 07:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Camper damage due to being serviced at that dealer

I think one of your biggest concerns right now should be to ensure that the damaged portions of your unit are protected from water intrusion until the repairs can be made. Having the unit inside or at least under cover will prevent bigger issues down the road. JMHO.
blofgren 01/11/20 11:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Chevy 8.1 truck with low miles?

Plus consider the options in the 15-20 year old HD gas pickup offerings. The 8.1/Alli combo was the Best combo out there for power and transmission offering. Can read the thread going on about the 4L80 to see why that one ain't the best. The V10 ford was/is still a good option, but low on power compared to the 8.1 until 2005 and I think it was still saddled with the 4r100 trans in that era. Rams options weren't preferreable either. A few 5.9/NV4500s which I'd take over any of the auto trans options or the maligned V10. That leaves the 8.1/Alli truck as the clear top dog for that era. Worth it for the Allison alone, even if it didn't also have the most power. Pretty good summary here! And there’s no doubt that new pickups outperform these older ones but there’s also a BIG difference in cost. Our 2001 GMC Yukon that we bought last year to pull our boat that does the job just fine has really opened up our eyes to this.
blofgren 01/11/20 10:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: just saw my 1st 2020 F-350's

As much as I like my Chevy I'd probably have to get a new F-250 7.3L in a regular cab 4X4. I'll never own a Ram and Ford's 7.3L with their 10-speed trans is the King of Gas. Max payload - 7850 lbs Max GVW - 14,000 lbs I once said I'd never own a Ram too; bought the truck in my sig 6 years ago and am a very happy camper. That said, we love our 2001 GMC Yukon too! :B
blofgren 01/11/20 01:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: just saw my 1st 2020 F-350's

Sounds impressive; when do you pick her up? :B
blofgren 01/09/20 08:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 8.1 truck with low miles?

I didn't see that one but I saw an 06 8.1L with a 6 speed manual; wouldn't mind taking that one for a spin! :B I'm still drooling over the 2002 F350 CC DRW 4x4 7.3L Lariat LE with 4,600 miles (yes not a typo) on Ebay the other day.....:(
blofgren 01/06/20 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Discount on fuel if paying with cash??

Savin Nickels by spendin Dollars. Gotta love it. Park at the pump. Walk into the store and wait in line while Bubba buys his lottery tickets. Hand the cashier some cash to get the pump turned on. Go back out and pump the fuel. Go back in and wait for Larry to pay for his hotdogs. Get your change. Might I suggest leave the rig sit there at the pump and order 6 hot dogs prepared 3 different ways? But I saved $2.50! Thanks for the chuckle! :B
blofgren 01/06/20 06:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Larger 5th wheels in/on state and federal parks

There are a lot of good comments in this thread regarding the length so I don't have anything to add there. One thing to be aware of is that the larger fivers tend to be very tall which is also something to be very aware of. We have run into a few situations where trees have not been trimmed high enough both on park roads and in sites which can cause a lot of damage if attention is not paid to this.
blofgren 01/05/20 10:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2020 Powerstroke stock dyno numbers

Agreed that the diesel did well on the dyno but the 7.3L numbers are a bit disappointing.....:(
blofgren 01/05/20 10:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Racking up the miles.

The GM LS engines are about as bulletproof as they come. I have a 2001 Yukon with the 5.3L engine with 267k kms or just over 160k miles and it runs like new too. :C I think the new 6.6L engine will be pretty bulletproof too.
blofgren 01/05/20 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Off again off again, jiggedy jig...

Have a great safe trip, and try to think of us poor working folk while you're away.....:B
blofgren 01/03/20 07:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: New 2020 Ford engines for Super Duty (gas or diesel) who has one, or towed with one?

I’m really liking these new ‘20 Super Duty’s and yes I’m also hearing the 6.7 PSD feels really strong but I haven’t heard anything on the 7.3 yet Who would have thought you would really like the new Fords?? ;) We are expecting a 7.3L F350 to be delivered to my work any day now; I'll try to get it out for a spin and report back. :C
blofgren 01/02/20 07:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Yellow window frame on door. Ugly. What to do?

I painted the white frames on our last TT with Krylon Fusion. The results were beyond what I could have hoped for. Not only did they look like new, they also stayed that way for 5+ years until I traded it in. There were some small cracks in them that the Fusion filled as well. Scott This is exactly what I did and it worked fantastic.
blofgren 01/01/20 01:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: F450 vs F350 SRW payload

Well, if it means anything, the overall lifetime average mpg on my 2016 is 10.6. The TC is on the truck about 98% of the time. Sometimes it’s higher when the truck isn’t working hard, sometimes it’s lower when it’s in regen and/or working hard. Best and worst mpg numbers are interesting to observe, but overall average mpg is what I keep track of. I also keep track of the miles between regens. On the interstate we’re usually doing 65-70 mph (~2500 rpm). It can do that all day, and the ride is great, the cab is quiet, and the engine never sounds like it’s wound too high. :):) Interesting info, thanks. That's not bad for carrying such a large camper.
blofgren 01/01/20 10:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: F450 vs F350 SRW payload

SCREW the 14k, the 450 will handle and carry more weight than the 350 plain and simple! x2.
blofgren 01/01/20 10:19am Tow Vehicles
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