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RE: New to RV/towing. Whats my best option for a towing setup?

Vehicles designed to tow, I personally dont get that excited about going over a bit on specs. However that isn't one of those types of vehicles. You might want to run the Nissan and RV over a set of scales, fully loaded ready to camp and see what your true weight is.
ksss 09/16/20 05:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5.3 vs 6.2

The money spent on the 6.2 upgrade will about pay for itself at trade in time if that matters.
ksss 09/15/20 08:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6.6 gas

I would love to know what GM was thinking by not using the 10 speed in the 6.6 gas HD. Maybe supply issues? Whatever the reason it is costing them sales. The 6 may be ok, but the 10 speed would be better. The 10 speed provides 4 more opportunities for the truck to run in its power band, it would likely make the 6.6 feel more powerful. I would like to test drive one myself just to see what its about.
ksss 09/10/20 09:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RPMs dropping uphill, Ford f-450

Medium duty trucks typically make less hp and torque than a 350/3500 and thats a lot to pull up a grade. The truck is capable of a much stiffer duty cycle of hard work, but to make that possible the power is detuned. If you didn't throw a code, I would guess the truck is running correctly. If it went into limp mode it would throw a code.
ksss 09/09/20 07:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3 v8

I have no hate for Ford or their 7.3 gas engine, Nearly every in depth article compares how the 7.3 as a very close copy of the LS. The LS has been out for many years I doubt there are many patients that are still active. The LS works and I dont blame them for building their version of it. The point I was making is that it wasnt a technological marvel in creating it. I think I have been pretty consistent, other than the 6.0 Diesel discussions, I really keep to myself on these types of discussions.
ksss 09/03/20 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3 v8

Ford spent a lot of money designing and developing the new 7.3 to replace the reliable V-10. I am not sure copying the GM LS engine is really "designing and developing" but I am sure they spent a lot of money in printer ink handing out copies of the LS engine design to their engineers.
ksss 09/02/20 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 3500

I've been wanting a 2020 3500 crew cab & chassis since last year. They weren't making them until this spring and then they quite due to Covid. The dealer ordered the truck for his stock back in March but it's never shown up yet. At this point I'd pass anyway and just order a 2021. Let us know how the truck does after you put a few thousand miles on it. This was convenient. If I would have ordered it, since its a work truck I wouldn't have got an LTZ. I keep thinking that GM is going to up the power significant on the L5P soon. The new interiors in the HD's will be there in '23. But this is powerful enough, and certainly nice enough, so I bought it.
ksss 08/30/20 10:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 3500

Congratulations on the new truck. Is it for work or play? What kind of deck will you be putting on it? Great question! I got a bid from Highway products on a customized flatbed in Al. The price about put me into shock. We are discussing the details of it now with them, and hopefully get it down a bit. We are currently over 20K. They are like 8 weeks out regardless. I am planning on putting a CM SK model for now. Hard decision. Steel takes a beating quick out here, maybe I will coat it in bedliner if I dont go aluminum.
ksss 08/30/20 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 3500

If some is looking for a low mileage (108K) LBZ I know of one. Location? What color is it? What trim level? Its in Idaho Falls. It is the blue/grey color. I cant remember its exact name. SLT. Loaded with everything available at the time except rear DVD and no sunroof. I bought the truck new in 06.
ksss 08/30/20 08:24pm Tow Vehicles
2020 Chevy 3500

Bought a 2020 Chevy 3500 CC, LTZ, DRW with bed delete today. Someone ordered it sometime ago, it finally came in. The guy that ordered it couldnt wait for it to get in and bought a Ford in the mean time. Traded in my 06 GMC CC SLT DRW. If some is looking for a low mileage (108K) LBZ I know of one.
ksss 08/28/20 09:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Not mine but you may be interested

I am curious which Cat engine it has in it. Probably a 3116 of which I would pass. It says it has an eight cylinder engine, but I doubt that is true.
ksss 08/17/20 09:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hellcat Powered 2021 Ram 1500 TRX debut

That is a pretty cool pickup. I don't think I have ever said that in terms of any Dodge/Ram, but it fits here for me. Looks good, takes balls to put a SC in a 4X4 pickup, and see who wants one. I commend them for that.
ksss 08/17/20 09:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric vehicle mandate in California

A. It's California, what do you expect? B. It will probably change 15 times before 2045 C. Considering the timetable, current residents will have plenty of time to relocate to 49 other states that don't insist on bullying quite as much. And if they would quite moving to Idaho that would be great.
ksss 08/16/20 09:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck for New Empty Nesters

The Nissan would be a great deal up front, wont be such a great deal if you wanted to get rid of it. Any of them would pull the trailer you have easily. My personal choice would really come down to the Chevy 3.0 and the Ford. The mileage guys are getting out of the 3.0 from the ones I have spoken with is pretty impressive (up to low 30's empty). The Ecoboost would likely be more fun to drive.
ksss 08/16/20 09:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax tuner

There are guys here that I know that are running the Banks Derringer controller on their L5P. Everyone that I have talked to is pretty impressed with it. It apparently removes the dead pedal along with the power bump. That along would be worth the price. I cant stand hitting the throttle and waiting for it to take off. Banks appears to be spending a great deal of time with the L5P (in part due to their military contract I suspect). I wouldn't be surprised if Banks and GM are not working together behind the scenes, if that is true, I would imagine that the L5P will get a power bump soon and likely follow the work that Banks has done to substantially increase the power of the L5P that they are documenting on You Tube. Like mentioned, Banks spends a lot of time to get their product right.
ksss 08/09/20 08:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: She still has it!

Nice post. It's good to hear from the satisfied 6.0 drivers instead of always hearing negative stories or bad tales from a "friend" someone knows. You guys are also right about the shear number of 6.0s on the road doing work with no issues. X2 - I think many/most folks on here forget about simple statistics and human nature. You are about 100X more likely to read about a problem on an internet forum than something good. After reading this post and remembering all the problems I think it may be more like 1000X more likely to hear about a problem. This also goes hand in hand with the folks that have one bad experience with a brand and rule them out forever. Talk about an incorrect conclusion.... yikes. I've seen this over and over again. If you happen to be the poor guy at the wrong end of the bell curve you should probably hop right back on the same brand. The chances of it happening again are super rare. Anyhow, I'll get off my soap box and stop thinking about statistics classes from college. OP, I'm glad your truck is working out well.... happy camping! I agree with your post generally about internet issues on vehicles, but the 6.0/6.4 isn't a fable made up on the computer. I am sure FORD and IH would not have sued each other into oblivion over the motor if it was some kind of rare fluke. There are some that ran and still do, many that didn't and never could. Good for you and anyone that got a "good" one. If anyone is bored sometime, it is interesting reading the actual verbage on the lawsuit. Pretty damning. The Ram issues and GM issues on some of their trucks were never to the scale that Ford had with the 6.0. It was unfortunate, and costly for everyone involved. It took building their own motor to right that ship.
ksss 07/20/20 10:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

Dealers around here are not having much luck dealer trading. There are precious few GM HDs to be had and those that have them are not trading. Hopefully its different where your at. The local dealers have not had a new HD to sell for a month. The ones preordered to customers preCovid are the only ones arriving and those are painfully slow.
ksss 07/12/20 09:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery replacements in 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel

You will never get batteries as good as the factory batteries. They always last a long time. Just my experience. But it takes a lot to jump start a desiel with two batteries. Especially hard to start in the middle of Winter when it is below zero.
ksss 07/05/20 08:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery replacements in 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel

One thing I would suggest is disconnect both batteries before starting the project. I pulled a battery out of my 08 to replace a light bulb. The other side was still hot, I must have touch the connection during removal of the battery and took out the ECM. Costly mistake on my part. It is not worth $55.00. It takes about 20 min tops to RR both batteries. Just watch the connections as you do it.
ksss 06/29/20 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hemi Camshaft Failure Mystery Explained

It appears idling is what accelerates the failure. If so police applications must be experiencing high failure rates. That is true, incredible failure rates here locally. The 2011-2014 seem to be the worst. The local pd has auctioned off the majority of Chargers. The City mechanics are continually pulling these apart, repairing them only to have to do it again. Really something not right with this engine. We do work for a couple of towns around us. It’s not idling. It’s the geometry of the cam and lifters in relation to the pushrod/rocket arm. Also the poor quality roller bearings in the lifter. With the amount of Hemis on the road the failure rate is very minimal. What the reason is for the failure, I am not sure maybe idling or poor components, but to say it is minimal simply is not true. Well we are a larger dealer in a big suburb. If anyone would see them fail at an alarming rate it would be us. Like I said we only see a handful a year. I had a second today and I swung by the City shop (reference this thread) as I know some of the mechanics. In the bay was a 2014 Hemi police car with 60K on it. Valve train out. I asked the mechanic for his take on these. He leads me over and starts pulling cam shafts and lifters off the shelf. Points out the flattened out lobes and the lifters smashed down on themselves. Pretty clear the lifter locked up and took out the cam shaft. I took pics but this website is a PINTA for posting pics. Each mechanic has their camshafts from the repairs they have done. There are others that were done by the dealer. They tried aftermarket lifters and the life was even shorter. According to the dealer the mechanic said that there are 18K lifters on backorder. Many cars are dead lined and auctioned off, way short of the anticipated life span. I mentioned this thread, the mechanic had a lot to say about these engines and would gladly share what they have experienced. These are all LE cars, and are subject to prolonged idle time. The oil is changed at 5K, maybe as some have said is part of the issue, certainly poor engineering is as well. The pd has deadlined 13 of the 33 Chargers that they still have. If the dealer is telling the truth about the out of stock lifters, certainly this isnt isolated to what we see in our area.
ksss 06/23/20 07:42pm Tow Vehicles
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