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RE: The Unicorn has almost landed!!

Congrats! You are lucky as Ford just announced a two week shutdown and reduced over time for the F150 plant(s).
ktosv 03/31/21 04:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering 2012-2015 Suburban, have a few questions

One of these days, Imma slow down to a snails pace and see if the mpg claims, like mid 20s mpg in a V8 Chevy Sub is a reality or pride of ownership claim. Remember, your mama said, most men lie about 3 things. The size of the fish they caught. Gas mileage of their truck. And the size of their weiner! When I have time and I am not working, I will post the picture of the DIC showing my pride of ownership. Not all destinations can be achieved by driving 75mph + on a freeway. Some are actually done on roads with a speed limit of 55mph, therefore obtaining excellent fuel economy at 60mph isn’t so far fetched.
ktosv 03/23/21 01:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering 2012-2015 Suburban, have a few questions

What are you looking to tow? How many people are in your family? The 2008-2013/14 2500 Suburban/Yukon XL with the 6.0/3.73 with the 6 speed might get you 17mpg not towing on the highway. My Express with the 3.42 would get 18mpg all day long on the highway and over 20mpg at 60 mph. I budget for 20mpg with the Suburban in my signature for highway driving. At 60mph I will easily get mid 20’s with our truck. If you are looking at the 1500, I would highly recommend getting a 2015 or newer. My 2017 Suburban with the 3.08 tows as good or better than my 2012 Yukon XL with the 3.42. The bump in HP and Torque between 2014 and 2015 makes a difference. My 2012 also was not as consistent with fuel mileage and I would say it averaged 17mpg at best on the highway.
ktosv 03/22/21 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Takata airbag recall

Almost all of the deaths, if not all came from Hondas, specifically the Accord and Civic. I highly doubt that GM used the same exact inflator as Honda did. Maybe the same technology and design, but based on the larger airbag it was definitely a different inflator. I have heard that GM has data for over 60,000 deployments without a single issue. I would assume you are safe to drive your truck until replacement are available. And why only the right hand side? Due to volume GM may have actually sourced more than one supplier. Due to part traceability of safety critical items like this, they know what your truck has in it and if anyone sneezed on it prior to installation.
ktosv 03/13/21 12:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Grand Wagoneer

Front end resembles a BMW X5/6/7 and the rear roof line resembles a Rivian R1S. For the price, I honestly would take a Rivian R1S.
ktosv 03/12/21 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

Three years ago we pulled a 5x8 enclosed trailer with our 9 passenger 2012 GMC Savana explorer van, 3 adults and 4 kids and cargo trailer usually at about 3k lbs. We had brake rotors replaced every 3 trips or so, whenever the braking vibration would get unbearable. The 6.0 motor was good enough for this but would not be enough for a TT in tow, and I could not imagine what the wind blowing it around would feel like as that was pretty unbearable at times as well.. When the A/C in the van started blowing warm was the final straw and we will never go back to a motor crammed into a compartment again (that includes bus/Class A). Be smart and buy a tow vehicle with a real hood and built stout enough for pulling AND braking. The '05 Excursion is the last real option for passenger hauling +trailer, if you can get over the late 90's interior and features for what people selling them wish they were worth. Maybe, thanks to coronavirus and the resurrection of road travel mixed with the collapse of the cruise industry, we may finally see the return of the true HD diesel powered 3/4t and 1ton SUV, not the thing Nissan has right now that is a towing joke. I imagine if Ford (for example) makes a long wheel base 2022 Excursion-Max with 7.4L gas, they wouldn't be able to build them fast enough for all of the RV's out there being piddled along with terrible tow vehicles. Did you buy your van used? How many miles were on it when you had all of these issues? It appears it was a conversion van, which could have added a ton of weight if it was a high top. Are you sure you had the 6.0L and not the 4.8L? At 70k miles I still had the factory pads and rotors on our Express. It hauled my family of 7 and two dogs perfectly fine while towing a 33’ 7200# GVWR trailer. I CAT scaled it once and I was over15k pounds, but under the 16k GCWR. When traveling with our dogs and we would make a stop somewhere, we would leave it idling with the AC on for them, sometimes for over an hour if not two. It would be a meat locker when we came back to the van. I If you think the 2005 Excursion was the last vehicle made for towing and hauling, you must not be aware that GM made the 3/4 ton Suburban through the 2013 MY and we all know the Suburbans actually had a higher payload than an Excursion, thus actually making it the better tow vehicle.
ktosv 03/03/21 10:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch Upgrade - Should I?

Why not just use the hitch you have? It will probably do just fine. More than likely if the hitch can’t handle what you’re pulling you’re going to want a heavier truck anyway. Instead of wasting money on a hitch save it to go towards a new truck. 4x4ord, Go back and read the previous posts. The OP has a GMT800 based vehicle which there was documented hitch failures when these trucks were new. His truck is now 15 years old and they are taking about towing 8000#. Why tempt fate? I looked at a 1500HD last summer that I wouldn’t have even trusted the hitch to tow my enclosed trailer with. $250 for a new hitch is cheap insurance.
ktosv 02/11/21 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch Upgrade - Should I?

What are you towing that weighs 8000# but only has a tongue weight of 900#? If you are going to replace the hitch (and you should if you are towing heavy like that and your particular truck is 15 years old), why not just jump to a Class V for the extra $50 and never have to worry about your weights? If you are towing an 8000# travel trailer, you will run out of tongue weight capacity on the Class IV. If your truck has always been a southern truck, maybe your current hitch isn’t rusted much. If you are towing those weights with a weight distribution hitch you do want to replace the OEM hitch.
ktosv 02/04/21 10:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Captains chairs

I know people do things every day that aren’t supposed to be done with their vehicles (get more than groceries with a Suburban with a 3.08 axle, put 265 or even 285 tires on wheels designed for a max of 245, etc). However, I would think about all of the safety features your vehicle has and think for just a moment if you want to add these aftermarket items. With all of the airbags (your vehicle may not have them, but some do have them between the front seats) occupant sensors, intrusion sensors, etc) adding something like this could affect the performance of your safety features or event prevent them from doing the proper job. I only bring this up because I still too often see people riding with their feet up on the passenger side of the instrument panel. They are either oblivious to what a deploying airbag will do to their feet/legs or they don’t mind taking that risk if they were to be in an accident. And yes, I remember the day when there was an armrest on each side of the seat. Then on some vehicles they went to only on one side and have now gotten rid of both sides. Cost was probably the main driving factor, but I am sure the addition of airbags integrated into the seats drove the removal as you can’t have an armrest moving because of the deploying airbag.
ktosv 01/07/21 02:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Hummer updates on prices, availability, etc.

I don’t know. I would give odds to both Rivian and Tesla having half tons in production in the next year. I am with you...in fact I am willing to bet that Rivian has two vehicles on the road in a year as long as they can avoid any delays due to Covid driven issues.
ktosv 12/23/20 02:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery problem

A few months ago my wife left an interior light on which drained the battery enough so the car didn't start. We charged it by hooking up our solar panel to recharge it. My 2012 Yukon XL and 2017 Suburban both had/have battery rundown protection. If anything like a map light gets left on (like one of the kids leaving a light on on Saturday) after about 10 mins the truck shuts off what ever is on. Either your rundown protection isn’t working or you seem to have some other parasitic loss (as mentioned). I am sort of thinking if the battery was drained for some reason and it was never properly fully charged after, the battery may be shot at this point. Your battery is also almost three years old at this point. They don’t make batteries like they used to, might just be time for a new one.
ktosv 11/03/20 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air Bag Problem

If the truck is sagging the shocks aren’t the root cause of the issue. Bent/damaged /fatigued springs would explain a sagging issue. If the truck goes down the road and continually bounces/oscillates up and down that is a shock issue.
ktosv 10/28/20 08:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

I have often thought the OEM’s should offer a version of their vehicles that don’t contain all of the advancements and safety features of the last 40 years. They probably could sell them at a much reduced price for those that don’t like car prices of today. Of course the consumer would need to sign a waiver stating they won’t sue when they are injured or more likely killed when in an accident. If you park a 35-40 year vehicle next to a new vehicle the differences are astounding.
ktosv 10/11/20 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Spendy used tow vehicle

$35k for a 20 year old Michigan vehicle for sale in North Carolina? It better show that it was owned by a snowbird and didn’t spend any time in Michigan from Nov through the end of March!! The dealer has it advertised as a one owner, but the car fax shows two owners and two accidents.
ktosv 10/06/20 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tail light wiring for towing

When you say wired for towing, from the factory or you took it somewhere?
ktosv 10/03/20 02:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New and confused

Probably the new Ford Transit. When it was designed to replace the Econoline series the emphasis was shifted to interior comfort, convenience, fuel economy and weight carrying at the expense of the bulky and heavy frame needed for trailer pulling. For 2020 the passenger version of the van carried a maximum tow rating of 4,500lbs where the old E350 was rated for 9,900lbs. It actually appears that the Transit is only offered in RWD (and new for the 2020MY) and AWD. I didn’t take any more time to check but it would be interesting if you can get the advertised 7500# towing and AWD. If so, sounds like that could be a contender for the OP. Maybe the 3/4 ton vans are the Transit Connect, the City Express and similar vans that have 1500# (3/4 ton) of payload?
ktosv 10/03/20 11:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: New and confused

With all of the naysayers on the Suburban, you probably should pass any 3/4 ton or 1 ton gas pickup unless it’s the latest model year with the Ford 7.3 or GM 6.6. Best to go straight to a diesel. With the Suburban at 350+ HP and 380+ #-ft of torque an HD pickup isn’t going to buy you anything to be safe “towing up the mountains of AZ” as you have stated. Will an HD truck handle the weight better, sure, but with a family of five and a 7500# GVWR there is t any reason why a properly equipped Suburban (3.42 axle) and proper weight distribution can’t tow that trailer. If you are looking for room for your kids seriously look at a 3/4 ton or 1 ton full size van. My choice would be an Express/Savana as it should tow that trailer with relative ease and they return good fuel economy when not towing (for what they are!). We used to tow a nearly 33’ camper with seven of us in an Express and it was a great combination.
ktosv 10/01/20 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Chevy as tow vehicle

We had over 120k miles on our 2012 Yukon XL when we replaced it two years ago with the 2017 Suburban. No mechanical issues with the Yukon XL when we replaced it. The Suburban now has over 70k miles on it and again no mechanical issues. When the AFM first came out there might have been some issues, but if you stay up on the maintenance there shouldn’t be any problems today. Other than a slightly different exhaust note the change from 8 to 4 cylinder and back is nearly unnoticeable in our Suburban. I am not towing a large travel trailer but I would take my 3.08 equipped grocery getter over the towing 3.42’s any day unless I was going to be towing at the limits. On a recent non towing trip on two lane roads at 60mph I was pushing 29mpg. Memorial Day weekend with eight of us and a roof top carrier I was getting over 22mpg on the highway. I never saw those numbers with my 3.42 equipped Yukon XL. The Suburban also gets 2mpg better towing than the Yukon XL did.
ktosv 08/05/20 06:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Chevy 1500 WT opinions?

That engine and the six speed is as good as a Gen 3 5.3L with the four speed and possibly as good as the Gen 4 5.3L with the four speed.
ktosv 08/01/20 09:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck to be produced in Austin Texas.

“We are told that the decision for the site is not set in stone since Tesla was apparently given a few options in the greater Austin area, but Musk is said to want to start construction extremely soon and aims to have Model Y vehicles coming out of the plant by the end of the year.“ Seven months to build a plant and get it up and running? That seems very aggressive. I have seen manufacturing facilities moved to another building and set up and running in a month. In those cases you are talking about existing infrastructure and capital. Maybe Elon has an assembly line sitting in a warehouse somewhere?!
ktosv 05/16/20 06:59am Tow Vehicles
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