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RE: Confirmed 2021 RAM Cummins no CP4.2

A buddy of mine who works for drilling company that works through out the West has had a huge amount of problems with their Ram diesels. His '20 with 30K miles lost the injection pump, he was stranded in BFE Nevada. Took weeks to get the truck fixed. The dealer was a big help and he got a loaner pickup days into it to get going again. He is a Ram guy himself and owns one, but is personally done with them. Company cant get anything else except Rams right now, so they continue to buy them. With this change, that should make things right again for them.
ksss 12/23/20 09:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3 vs GM 6.6 fuel economy TFL video

Have to disagree, looks good to me. Thats why i bought it. They looked the same for so many years. Actually first time i got the chevy instead of the gmc. Just take the "best looking trucks" out of your signature. Lol. I like the looks of '20 HD. I get far more compliments in that than I do in '18 which is a good looking truck as well. I agree it is a bit of a love it or hate it look. But they are selling everyone they make, so they cant be too bad. I would agree that the GMC does look better, but I am good with the Chevy version.
ksss 12/22/20 08:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How will my new F350 behave in cold temps?

I found it is worth throwing some Power Service Red bottle in the pickups during the Winter. Stations are pretty good about Winter blending, but not all stations are the same and sometimes mistakes are made. The red bottle can save you from getting stranded if you catch it soon enough.
ksss 12/20/20 02:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.6 Chevy gas engine

my 2020 came with 275/65-20R Goodyears. Just switched over to snow tires for the winter-- 275/70-18R The speedo is now off by 2-3 mph. at 60MPH displayed, I'm actually doing 57-58. One of the reported reasons for staying with the 6 speed was it's proven, whereas the 6.6 gasser was a brand new engine. Didnt want to press their luck with two major drivetrain components. also why put all the goodies in the first year? you need to make gradual improvements to stimulate sales. I am completely happy with the six speed. Would a ten speed be better? Maybe. Maybe more complexity than is needed too. We have come a long way with Transmissions. My first car was a chevy 2 speed powerglide. Three speeds came next. Four speeds were state of the art. 6-8-10 speeds, at what point does it stop? I test drove a Ford F250 7.3 10 speed, on two occasions. Nice truck but thought the trans was huntinng and bouncing around alot. Okay I was unloaded but still. I guess it comes down to whatever makes you happy. Probably going to be at least 2022 or longer before GM comes out with their 10 speed in the gasser... if at all. If you find more speeds are that important buy a ford or the 8 speed 6.4 gasser from Ram. It's your money buy what makes you happy. What is great for me may not be great for you. I am a GM truck buyer and I would not likely buy anything else, but I expect GM to put the best product forward that they can. I just don't think that happened with the 6.6 gas. I get the constant improvement mentality, but the 6.6 gas isn't so powerful that it can over come the other two HD trucks with more gears, especially with only 3.73's. It would be different if they didn't have a better tranny to pick from, but they do. I think the ten speed is a substantially better transmission. My 20 pulls better than my 18 does, noticeably better and the only difference is the transmission. If the difference is that noticeable with a diesel, I can only imagine how much better the gas engine would be. The ten speed doesn't hunt with the diesel, it is actually amazing how seamless it is. I am not sure if that would be the same with the gas, but I think that ten speed is very dialed in. I am glad your happy with your 6.6 gas and for you that's all that matters.
ksss 12/12/20 10:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.6 Chevy gas engine

First question to 6.6 gas owners, do the 2020 gas HD's run 265 or 275 70/18's as OEM? Are you guys running OEM stock tire sizes? My 18 Duramax LB CC SRW 3500 gets 17-18 up to 70 mph. Over 80 it drops to about 15/16, running 275's now on that truck. I just pulled off the 285's which was an expensive test. Horrible mpg, lack of power, looked good, but not worth the offset in performance. My 20 DRW gets the same mileage as my SRW. I am running 245's instead of the OEM 235's on that DRW. I think this can be attributed to the 10 speed, the 20 is much heavier with a steel flatbed, 100 gallon offroad fuel tank and a steel storage box over the fuel tank and of course running an extra set of tires. Yet the MPG is nearly identical. I think if they would just drop the 10 speed in the 6.6 gas you would see at least 1-2 mpg gain empty and probably even better performance towing. I don't know what they are waiting for, using up 6 speeds sitting in a warehouse somewhere?
ksss 12/12/20 05:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: E rated tire with max psi of 65?

I have never run those Grapplers (have run EXO and G2), but you see a lot of them around. That is one wide tire. Drop a size or two and you will probably save a couple MPG.
ksss 12/01/20 06:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: First Winter drive on TOYO AT3's

Nothing other than the steel flatbed.
ksss 12/01/20 01:07pm Tow Vehicles
First Winter drive on TOYO AT3's

Took my '20 Chevy 3500 DRW to North Dakota for Thanksgiving. Left Idaho snow falling, when I got to Island Park the snow was about 3-4" on the road before the plow hit it, parts were plowed and ice covered. It was slippery, I pulled another pickup out of the ditch east of West Yellowstone. I was totally impressed with how these tires handled the snow and the icy snow packed road. The tires cleaned themselves out in the loose snow. The roads were much the same past Big Sky, until I hit Belgrade. Then I got east of Bismarck, the roads were ice covered until I was about 20 miles out of Jamestown (about 70 miles). They apparently had freezing rain before I hit that part of the drive. Again, truck never lost traction on on glare ice. The tires are pretty new on the market and new to me, so we will see how long they last. However they definitely stick well when they are new. Pretty pleased with them since this is typical driving conditions for at least 6 months of the year here. Pleased with the pickup, it was a 2K mile round trip. MPG wasn't great, averaged 15 MPG according to the DIC. I had a 30 mpg headwind on the way back until I hit Miles City, that didn't help. Hopefully that improves some after its broke in. It was comfortable, seats felt good even after 13 hours.
ksss 11/30/20 09:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: DEF Math

They have it at Costco? Thanks for the heads up on that! Lantley how do you know if you're out of DEF without a gauge? You guess! Actually there is an idiot light that comes on and says" Low on DEF 100 miles to go until forced limp mode" Except the mileage given is not accurate. It may come on 2 minutes later and say 50 miles to limp mode. I learned to carry a box of DEF in the RV because I never know when I may run out! I had to get off 95 in the very congested Fredricksville, VA area once to chase down a jug of DEF for fear I would go into limp mode. I'm still pissed about it. A 2019 with no gauge is ridiculous. For that matter any year with no DEF gauge is a crime! There is a DEF gauge on your 19 if you are not aware. It is on your DIC, just scroll through and check it and it will show up. It is like a RV gauge in the sense that it shows percentages below 30%. The 20's have a legit gauge that reads like a fuel gauge, much better than previous for sure.
ksss 11/25/20 04:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Replacing 1972 16.5 Inch Rims Advice

The 235/85/16 is a pretty common tire, even today. I ran on numerous similar pickups. I have also run 255/85/16's.
ksss 11/23/20 05:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Auxiliary tank - full or empty?

Thanks all. I made the 7:00 AM empty station run to Costco this morning and filled the auxiliary tank. 12 cents more per gallon than when I filled two weeks ago. We were $2.25 at the beginning of Nov. and are currently $2.65 and it hasn't stopped climbing yet. I imagine we will see $4-$5 diesel by Spring. I expected that to some degree, perhaps not this fast.
ksss 11/21/20 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ? GM 3.0 diesel

There are some here. My buddy bought a GMC version last month. So far he is happy. They are upping the tow rating on them which needed to be done.
ksss 11/18/20 08:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No 3/4 ton trucks.

I remember the kick back in '88 when they moved away from the square body. No internet then, but man there were some upset GM people. Life goes on.
ksss 11/17/20 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: No 3/4 ton trucks.

GM's HD marketshare has increased since 2020. You might not like the looks of them, but they are selling regardless.
ksss 11/16/20 09:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No 3/4 ton trucks.

Daughter bought a car from a large Chevy dealer last month, they told her that every truck that gets delivered to them is essentially already sold. Same way here. They have had guys waiting as the trucks get unloaded for those trucks that have not been ordered for a buyer. I would guess once the year end business purchases have been make that resolve itself somewhat.
ksss 11/11/20 11:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: No 3/4 ton trucks.

The GMC dealer here has no HD's, Chevy dealer has a couple commercial HD's and a couple HD's. Very few compared to normal. Between the strike and Covid, they have never had any inventory all year. The '20 3500 DRW I got was only because it was ordered but took to long get in and the guy bought a Ford.
ksss 11/08/20 10:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: I take back all the good stuff I've said about Les Schwabs!

That must be a Discount issue, ours is the same. Never get in there with a trailer.
ksss 11/07/20 09:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: everyday truck ideas needed

Hi, soon my Prius will go to our son.... That is one way to make sure he doesn't have premarital sex.
ksss 10/31/20 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need some advice, gearing/fuel mileage.

Well, let's start with Ohio's 55mph towing speed limit......That alone will improve your mileage by 15% or more. And increase your road rage factor by 150%. Pulling a trailer in Cali is extremely frustrating.
ksss 10/28/20 07:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's Max Trailering Package

Just because it is zero degrees outside and I don't feel like freezing yet, I built a 2020 half ton Trail Boss crew cab with 6.5 box LT with a 6.2L. The tow capacity says up to 13,400 and a bed capacity of 2,250. I am sure this is with an double cab version not a crew cab, but it wouldnt be too far off. The build price was 53K comfortably loaded with tow package and all the tow cameras available. I don't think you need a 2500 HD to pull 8K unless you want to and you clearly don't. The 6.2 is a heck of motor and with that 10 speed it makes it that much better.
ksss 10/26/20 09:21am Tow Vehicles
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