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RE: Turning your truck like a skid steer

How long before someone trys that with a trailer hitched up?
ksss 01/22/20 06:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: just saw my 1st 2020 F-350's

Trans fluid life is directly related to fluid temps. I would like to hear the driving type at that temp. Does transmission oil last longer at 160F than at 192? Amsoil used to have graph that showed tranny fluid life at different temps. I don't know that is that drastic going from 160 to 192 but I think the moral of the story is the hotter the fluid the less longer it lasts.
ksss 01/17/20 06:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Summer fuel at minus 42

I have jelled at minus 40. It sucks and depending on where your at when it happens it can be life threatening. There are towns here this week that are completely cut off with roads closed for the second day. When bad things happen, sometimes, there is no help. Usually when they gel the filters wax up and you have to replace them. When getting fuel in bulk like that, the most common way here is to order an appropriate amount of Number 1 diesel. If your getting 1000 gallons, order 300 gallons of number 1. Most fuel wholesalers can give you the formula to get to the temp you want to be covered to. Some guys will treat to minus 20 so it will pump and then treat with Power Service by the tank when it is colder than that. This prevents having to burn high treat fuel in warmer weather which gives less power and number 1 is more expensive, at least here.
ksss 01/14/20 01:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM to introduce electric Hummer

I think EV tow vehicles and commuter vehicles are much different in application and needs. I have a friend who has a long drive and has 2 Volts in the family. He very much likes them. We will see where it all goes, much depends on how fast technology advances. The Hummer brand will be interesting to watch. GM is certainly throwing money at it, of course that doesn't mean they will have something to really show for that, but the effort is there to make it work. I am not sure I get the window thing. I have been driving for a long time and I have not had anyone throw a bowling ball or a brick at my window. Maybe its just all my clean living paying off...
ksss 01/13/20 07:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: "Death Wobble"

I had DW on my Chevy 84 K-30 SRW 4X4. Hit a bump at 45 mph and it would shake violently. Cant remember either what I did to fix it, dual front stablizers was a part of it I remember that, but it was brutal.
ksss 01/13/20 07:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Falken Wildpeak AT3W

The General looks like a good tire as well, very similar to the BFG KO in tread design. I am getting my EXO Grapplers siped this week, as they are about 50-70 percent worn and Winter looks to be legit this year here. My next set will be the Wild Peak. I really like the Exo's, but at $600 more per set than the Falcons, makes it tough not to explore other options.
ksss 01/13/20 07:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Duallies in Tennessee

WOW almost 10% sales tax! That would leave a mark.
ksss 01/12/20 09:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 8.1 truck with low miles?

I agree, there is more to towing than the engine. I have an LBZ 3500 DRW. Has just over 100K. Love the motor and the truck, but I will likely sell it this year and get a new 3500 HD DRW. The new trucks just handle weight better, better brakes, better exhaust brake (my LBZ is tuned for an exhaust brake but it isnt as good as the L5P brake).
ksss 01/09/20 07:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight of truck and trailer

More importantly, what kind of car is in the car hauler? I am stealing the "I caught a fish was fun"
ksss 01/09/20 07:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford is interested in 4 wheel steering

I am sure that Ford could come to market with this without patent issues. Quadsteer was designed in the late 90's early 2Ks and went to market in the mid 2Ks. I am sure they have come up with a way to do it now that doesn't step on any patient by Delphi. I think there is a time limit on it anyway. It could be a benefit, if like frequently mentioned, it can be done at a reasonable price, and is robust it would likely sell. I will say putting in a SD tells me that Ford feels pretty comfortable in its durability.
ksss 01/06/20 06:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck warranty

Yes that is what it sounds like, they didnt do their part to uphold a quality business relationship and are not worthy or your business. Typically I sit down with my salesman and we go through all the vehicles on the computer in the area that meet my wants, and we progressivly go futher out until we find what I want, or dont. You should never have to do that yourself unless you want to. The salesperson is obviously very important. I have always had the best experience with commercial salesmen. The good ones have almost no turn over at a dealership. Its a good position to hold, repeat, well healed customers, but of course they can be demanding. The commercial salesmen know the value of a quality customer relationship. They are by far the most knowledgeable about the product line. When submitting Gov/municipal bids, make a mistake and it can be hugely costly to the dealership. If they dont know the product, they dont stay in that position. The most clued in salesperson in the dealership, is typically the commercial/Gov. salesman for that reason. Perhaps than can help next time.
ksss 01/05/20 02:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck warranty

The dealer making the warranty repair is subject to audit on his warranty repairs and can be charged back for his submission. If the manufacturer calls for the replaced part and determines in their opinion it is not warranty, the dealer will eat the part and the labor. This is a true statement. GM audited a couple local dealers I heard recently and it got expensive for them, due to work that was warrantied that should not have been. As to being properly treated at a dealership, this works for me, I try to buy from the same two dealers (one GMC and one Chevy). If I find a vehicle or a deal somewhere else, I dealer trade through my preferred dealer. I work with the same salesman (commercial guys at both stores) I drop off some business trinkets (knives, hats and so forth) on occasion. I don't buy that many vehicles (I don't have a fleet business account) but one every couple years. When I test drive I put the gas back in the vehicle when I bring it back. I do the same with loaners when I am having work done. Its noticed and appreciated, I know cause they have said so. The purpose of the story is that if you can establish a relationship with the dealership (OEM doesn't matter) treat them like you would a business partner (because whether your in business or not it is much the same), my experience is that it is returned. They are not going to warranty something for me that isn't legit, but I get in and out fast, I have yet in 20 years had to fight for fair treatment on warranty work or any work. I get reduced rates at times and have had them even pickup an oil change here and there. This strategy may not be practical for everyone, but something to consider. People are willing to do more for people they know (and like) than those they don't. I know in a perfect world, every customer should be treated the same, but that really isn't reality.
ksss 01/05/20 11:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck warranty

It's been my experience with many heavy equipment and vehicle manufacturers that warranty coverage is excellent but if a failure happens a day after the warranty expires it might be a little different story. I get that but the truck had the issue the day after it rolled off the lot, I didn't even mention that I had five trips into the dealer. The first four I was told there was someone that had to take pictures of it first and they were out and to come back later. The last trip the service guy came out and took a look, and said no picture was necessary. Two of my vehicles were bought in the US and I imported them into Canada. One of those was a GM the other a Ford and I couldn't have been more impressed with the service and warranty I got. The Ford had a slight ticking as though the Watergate was chattering which showed up driving home from Texas. It turned out the turbo was replaced in Canada without any question. Years ago I had a chevy 6.5 turbo diesel that developed an oil leak at just under 100,000 miles and 2 weeks before the warranty expired. When they removed the heads to fix the leak they found 6 pistons melted and both heads were cracked. I told the mechanic that while pulling a trailer up a hill the hot engine light came on. I let him know I had a winter front installed which likely contributed. The service guys said it should have been able to take that and installed a new engine. I cant think of a time that I've been denied warranty. I have had pretty good warranty service up to this point as well on my last two trucks, 2009, 2013. Did you buy all three trucks at the same dealer?
ksss 01/04/20 09:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

I cant speak to the 6.4 and I dont know if the valve train is the same as in the 5.7. However the 5.7 is a mess. The City here has numerous 5.7 Chargers that have been junked due to valve train failure. It is no secret. I also suspect the oil is the issue, but the police dept here has been told not to let the idle for extended periods of time due to the belief that it aggravates the problem. They have a very hard time getting parts and the costs easily outpace the value of the vehicle.
ksss 01/03/20 06:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GAS 6.6 GM

You may be right. I guess my issue would be with the fact that the Duragas with the 6 speed and 3:73's is retarding what should have been a very positive rollout of a long awaited replacement powerplant for the 6.0. At least with Ram, their diesel is powerful enough to still be competetive with fewer grears. Gas engines have a harder time solving drivetrain shortcomings through pure power. Much like the Ram 6.4 and it its tranny gearing issues. Sure in a couple years they can put a 10 in the Duragas and create more excitement, but I think they overly crippled this new truck by not reaching far enough.
ksss 01/02/20 06:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GAS 6.6 GM

I have to believe that the 10 speed will soon find its way behind the 6.6 gas motor. It seems to baffle the entire automotive industry as to why they didnt release it with the 10 to begin with. At least with Ram, I dont think they yet have a 10 speed. GM has them sitting on the shelf and yet they continue with the 6 speed.
ksss 01/01/20 11:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Just for you Gritdog 30 mph backwards

Looks like where I grew up in North Dakota, home of the saying "you can watch your dog run away for two weeks". Nice backing.
ksss 01/01/20 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Upgrading Brakes Question

I put EBC rotors (same ones Cummins did) and used Hawk SD pads on my 06 3500. It was an upgrade over the OEM set up in this case.
ksss 12/22/19 09:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 towing...

Once you get the "toy" in the trailer, and depending on how the trailer is laid out with the location and amount of fresh water and so forth it, the hitch weight may be reduced somewhat depending also on how heavy the toy is. With a WDH, I dont see it being overly painful. Probably the biggest issue is you relating to how your previous trucks pulled compared to the 1500. My guess is you will, without even realizing it start pursing lots for a bigger truck. Had this been your first encounter with a TV, you wouldnt know what you were missing.
ksss 12/18/19 07:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: New suburban and tahoe reveal! Duramax 3.0 is in!!

Duramax in a Tahoe and Suburban. High end soccer moms and farmer's wives are rejoicing. A Tahoe that gets plus 30 mpg, never thought I would see it.
ksss 12/11/19 08:36am Tow Vehicles
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