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RE: Hyundi Santa Cruz

If you buy the one with the 5000lb tow package, I don't see why not. You may not like it but it will get you safely from point A to point B. Then again you may be the type that will drive 100 miles on 3 flat tires and claim they didn't notice the difference in driving characteristics of the vehicle. I should expound on that to say, and wouldn't care that you had to keep the pedal mashed to the floor just to do 55.
mkirsch 05/20/22 12:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

Besides , I thought the collective majority here was beyond that and firmly onto how perfect a 1 ton passenger van is for the application. Well, they do have a point. There really isn't anything else that will allow him to bring along his gaggle of grandkids and pull that big bunkhouse travel trailer. We all know how willing RVers are to compromise, as in they are not. The compromise here would be to transport the kids in a people hauler and then he could haul the camper with one of the higher-rated 1/2 ton offerings, but not when you are bringing along 6-10 grandkids.
mkirsch 05/19/22 06:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: I am the truck killer!

So sorry for your troubles! I have a buddy who has a lifter fail on his 2020 Silverado. Instead of waiting for the truck to get repaired he traded it in on a new ZR2 Silverado. 200 MILES on the new truck. ~ Lifter Failure ~ On the other hand the 2.7l has proven extremely reliable and capable. I’m recommending them to anyone looking for a newer GM full size truck. They do have DOD but it’s controlled by the cam not the lifter. Seems to be a much more reliable system. Thanks Jerem Dang, I would have figured that they had that cured by now... If I trade this thing after getting it fixed, I don't want another one. How are the 4.3L V6's holding up? The one I had in 1997 was a lemon, but I can't imagine that the current ones share anything but the displacement...
mkirsch 05/19/22 06:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: I am the truck killer!

ZR2 conjures up images of 20 year old S10 blazers! Gonna make you feel old. Try 30 years. The ZR2 was 1994-1996 according to Wikipedia.
mkirsch 05/19/22 06:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: I am the truck killer!

What is causing these failures? I thought that was a Hemi thing? GM mechanic told me they "swell" in the bore because they're hollow hydraulic roller lifters. If they were solid roller lifters, no problem. If they were straight hydraulic lifters, no problem. The combination of the two is what's the issue.
mkirsch 05/19/22 06:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

You called? It's fun to see the "you can't haul 4 fat people without exceeding the payload" comments which are (and I use this word cautiously) NEVER backed up by actual reasons why it's a bad idea. Just general supposition. Just "because that's what the sticker says". Do you ever wonder how the rest of the world survives every day doing work with their half ton trucks? Or is your view so myopic that you literally have trouble even seeing your rear view mirrors? Yep, the salesman telling you that you can pull what he's trying to sell, surely knows better than the engineer setting the ratings. :S Fact is most pickups never do any heavy hauling or towing...the proverbial grocery getter. That's how they survive. If you are over by 100lbs, will the axle instantly snap in half...probably not but it's not a good situation. Also, WORK is different than towing a camper. You don't put 3000lbs in the back of a 1/2 ton truck and set out on a 500 mile trip. You drive across town. You don't hitch up to a flatbed trailer loaded with a mini excavator that weighs 12,000lbs and set out on a 500 mile trip. You drive across town. Half ton trucks will do a LOT of WORK when you don't need to go faster than 35MPH. You'll be smashing your head into the steering wheel after about 2 hours trying to go on a camping trip of any distance limited to 35MPH.
mkirsch 05/18/22 09:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: I am the truck killer!

Hate to be the bearer of bad news on your ol' 2002, but if you haven't replaced the brake lines or fuel lines that will be next... If he waited 20 years to replace plugs and wires, maybe the OP just isn't that much into truck maintenance --- just sayin' I haven't owned it 20 years. Actually I'm not sure if it's 10 or 12. Bought it with 38,000 miles on it. It's only got 51,000 miles on it now and has never been run in the salt. Those plugs and wires should have been good for another 49,000! Oh and the brake lines went 8 years ago. Fuel lines are MINT.
mkirsch 05/17/22 09:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tailgate for a truck camper

Yeah, I knew what you meant, but I don't buy the not able to haul weight thing. Although, I believe you qualified it as not "rated" to carry weight, which may be technically correct. The tailgate itself can be built like a brick house, but it's still held up by two spindly cables, the subject of a pretty well known GM recall at one time. Funny it does not appear that GM or anyone else learned their lessons, because they still use spindly little cables to hold up the tailgate.
mkirsch 05/17/22 08:59am Truck Campers
RE: I am the truck killer!

Note to self, If asked, DO NOT lend truck to mkirsch ! ! ! ! Not this year, that's for sure.
mkirsch 05/16/22 07:10am Tow Vehicles
I am the truck killer!

My "kill count" is up to three. First my trusty 2002 Chevy 3500 8.1L started missing and was undriveable. The mechanic changed the 20 year old plugs and wires so maybe that's fixed, but that truck is not here. Plus, 8.8MPG with $4.69 gas... Second my Dad's 2015 (thread below) electrical system. So I can't drive that. Yesterday I was headed to pick up a chicken BBQ dinner from a local church, and a lifter seized in my 2015 Silverado 1500, presumably bending a pushrod. Second time it happened. Last time it's happening to me. Worst time ever to need a new truck. I'm reduced to driving mom's Chevy Trax, which currently is not licensed or insured and has a dead battery.
mkirsch 05/16/22 06:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Just give me the bad news.

Just to clarify, all of the warning lights are off? Nope, all the warning lights are still on, none of the gauges work, the radio/display only partially works, and the climate control thinks its Canadian. It just literally starts, runs, and drives. You turn the key, it goes r-r-r-vroom! You pull the gearshift (counting clicks because the gear display does not work) and it goes in the direction you put it in. Cheeses me off because I watch these videos of folks literally pressure washing out the interiors of vehicles with ZERO problems.
mkirsch 05/12/22 07:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Just give me the bad news.

Meaning the issues have gone away, or just that it runs fine like you originally said? With respect to insurance, presuming you’ve inherited the truck and it’s now in your name, if you don’t want or can’t deal with the issues yourself, then go put full coverage on it. And then turn it in to insurance in a couple months. Good news that no rodent damage, but are you sure? It would not be in the cab likely. Newer vehicles are pretty well sealed up. No, just that it runs and drives fine. The instrument panel is still not working, and the center console still thinks its Canadian. I have not inherited the truck. When Dad died, everything that was jointly owned went to Mom with no paperwork. The only thing that was in his name was his truck. Before we could get it transferred, she got sick and died too.
mkirsch 05/11/22 07:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: To slide or not to slide. That is the question.

No, seriously, the OP's question isn't answered. This is just the typical myopic one-sided "old phart" rantings. "My way is the only way and everything else is stupid and should be outlawed."
mkirsch 05/11/22 07:05am Truck Campers
RE: Gas fridge on the move?

For the ones that turn it off out of fear of explosion, this isn't a Michael Bay movie. Propane does not behave like you see on TV. The conditions required for any sort of propane explosion are so specific that it is for all intents and purposes impossible to achieve in a camper fridge compartment.
mkirsch 05/11/22 07:02am Truck Campers
RE: Just give me the bad news.

It runs perfectly now. There is no evidence of rodent activity, just mold and moisture in the cab. When I went to move it water trickled out from under the dashboard on to the floor mats. There is no insurance on the truck. The policy expired and I could neither renew nor cancel it. Only basic liability coverage on the property too. Insurance rates were bankrupting my folks, and they had everything pared down to the bare minimum and still paying $2000 a year on the property.
mkirsch 05/10/22 06:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: To slide or not to slide. That is the question.

So pretty much we've heard from folks who are either dead-set against slides and would never own one, or are dead-set against non-slide campers and would never own one. How about someone who is a little more impartial, someone who started out with a non-slide camper and went to a slide and either had a nightmare experience or had their eyes opened to a whole new world of wonderment? Or someone who went the other way, had a slide, had problems, went back to a conventional camper and wouldn't wish a slide on their worst enemy? Then there are the "but sometimes..." arguments. I mean if you're holding it so long that you're going to explode in 50 seconds on a regular basis, you really should reevaluate your travel habits, and maybe see a doctor.
mkirsch 05/10/22 06:30am Truck Campers
RE: To slide or not to slide. That is the question.

It's all fun and games until at some point, sooner or later, you get done doing your business, hit the button to retract the slide(s), and hear "CLICK-CLICK-CLICK-CLICK!" or something equally soul-crushing.
mkirsch 05/09/22 07:41am Truck Campers
RE: Cummins 6.7L Gasoline Engine in a Ram?

As for "My trailer is too heavy for gas" back in the early '70s I would haul a load every day where my GCVW was about 55 tons. They also moved a space shuttle with a Toyota Tundra. Doesn't mean you'd want to head off on a cross-country trip with it. I'm guessing your 55 ton loads were relatively local, and if you hit 35MPH top speed you were really rolling. Seriously though what were you driving? I am fascinated by the last of the big gasoline-powered haulers from the late 60's early 70's. Any GMC Twin-Sixes?
mkirsch 05/09/22 07:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Just give me the bad news.

Thanks. I tried disconnecting the battery for well over an hour, and it didn't help. The mold was mostly on the steering wheel and door. Headliner and seats are okay. It's going to be sunny and warm for the next several days so I plan on leaving it out with the windows open during the day to air out. Problem is I don't know anyone who can fix it.
mkirsch 05/09/22 07:18am Tow Vehicles
Just give me the bad news.

My Dad passed away in February 2021. Before we could get his affairs in order Mom got sick and that took priority until she passed last September. Dad's truck, a 2015 Silverado 2500HD with just shy of 47K on the clock, must have developed a water leak in the cab. I tried to dry it out as best I could last fall and parked it inside a dry pole barn with the rest of the farm equipment. Checked on it a few times over the winter, and it seemed okay. Well I went to get it out today and found green mold growing in the cab. Turned the key and the truck started right up and sounds fine, but it throws a whole bunch of codes about the traction control, trailer brake, TPMS, and other systems. The trip odometers are blank. None of the gauges work. I'm afraid the truck is junk. Water got in under the dash and I'm sure nothing short of a complete new wiring harness and who knows what else is going to fix it. There was no insurance on the truck, not that it would have made any difference. This I'm sure would be considered "flood damage" and since flooding is not a common thing around here it wouldn't have been covered for that. This really sucks because it was a nice low-mileage truck. I was considering buying it for myself. I really thought I had it dried out last fall and was doing a good thing by keeping it inside out of the weather.
mkirsch 05/08/22 04:53pm Tow Vehicles
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