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RE: 3.5 eco boost w/ 10 speed

05 suburban 5.3, 11 Silverado 4.8 V8, with 4 spd OD's. never liked how the tow haul works. truck not lugging, normal shift points working fine, transmission not constantly hunting for the right gear I use OD. Load heavy enough to notice performance I will keep transmission in 3rd (drive) to prevent lugging the engine and the transmission from hunting (constantly shifting) for the right gear which over heats the transmission. will downshift going down on a grade if needed. knock wood 181,000 miles and 198,000 miles. only replaced 1 ignition coil and 1 water pump.
32vld 10/12/20 06:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

So in your analogy, all those people who paid the extra upfront cost and extra money on fuel (since premium fuel is needed) on a 6.2L just to tow 10k are wasting their money? Or, if a half ton owner only tows 5k (like most people outside the RV world)? They are wasting their money getting the 5.3L like a vast majority of GM half ton truck owners do? What about the diesel in the GM half ton which is only a $1k upgrade in the 1500, not a $10k. And it also gets about 6 mpg better than the 5.3L according to Fuelly and will pay for itself in less than 40k miles at current prices. It is only rated to tow 9k, so going by what you stated above, anyone who is not towing over 9k is wasting their money getting the 5.3L over the 3.0L diesel. do not need a 6.2 GM states the 5.3 will tow 9,000 - 11,000 lb. To buy a Silverado with the 3.0 diesel is not necessarily just a $1,000 upgrade because you have to buy at least a LT model. You can buy 5.3 model Silverado for up to $7,510 less than one with a 3.0 diesel. Trucks cost a lot of money so you should buy what makes you happy. To make a blanket statement that a diesel is always the better purchase is to make false assumptions. Gas and diesel have their pros and cons. The math based on the individual use will determine the best purchase.
32vld 10/11/20 03:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

What i dislike is that you cannot get a certain option without getting 5 to 10 useless options as part of an option group/package or you have to go up another trim level. this makes it impossible to keep the price reasonable.
32vld 10/11/20 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

the topic is not leather seats are better than cloth or cloth seats are better than vinyl. that rugs or rubber floor mats are better. that manual AC is better than automatic climate control. that multi speaker radio system with CD and blue tooth is better than plain AM FM radio. 2.7 turbo to a 4.3 $385 more to a 5.3 another $1,790 more towing capacity: 2.7 - 6,800 4.3 - 7,700 5.3 - 9,800 - 11,500 Why spend $10,000 on a diesel to tow 10,000 lbs when a 5.3 for $2,175 will tow 10,000 lbs YOU KEEP IGNORING THE FACT that most people only drive 500 to 1,000 miles a year camping. That the better diesel mpg will never be driven drive enough miles to recoup that extra $10,000 dollars spent to have a diesel engine. Too many people confuse a Want for a Need.
32vld 10/11/20 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

So everyone who spends more money on higher trim options, 4wd, or premium engine options gets no value out of it and it is just bad financial planning? Huh. My company has over 500 trucks in our fleet across 120+ dealerships nationwide. We analyze the cost of every vehicle for future buying decisions and budgeting. The total cost of ownership difference between gas and diesel trucks is generally less than $2000 even those is states with high diesel prices such as our California. In locations where the price difference between gas and diesel fuel is lower such as our Texas locations, diesel trucks actually ends up being the cheaper option. Hence the reason I have said multiple times in the past for people to do the numbers for themselves because the fuel costs, taxes, resale values, and so on will not be the same. People often ignore a lot of things like the factor that even though the oil/fuel filter change on my Cummins cost $150 and the oil change for a 6.4L gas engine like my truck is $80, they ignore the fact that the 6.4L requires the oil changed at 8k instead of the 15k on my truck. They also ignore the fact that by the time most expensive items like turbos and injectors need to be replaced on my Cummins at 350k, the 6.4L engine will be long past its life. So lets put your argument to a gas half ton engine upgrade like going from a base 3.3L to a 5.0L which costs $1,995 up front. The 5.0L gets about 2-3 mpg worse fuel economy than the 3.3L and it has a higher maintainenance cost so that the cost of ownership keeps increasing the longer you own it. The same holds true for almost every gas engine option upgrade in half tons yet I never hear any of the half ton guys talk about talk about a payback or break even point like the 3/4 and 1 ton gasser guys do when trying to justify their purchase. comparing apples to oranges when you mention trim levels. talking in circles. you cite numbers that apply to trucks that are driven 100,000 miles a year. so these diesel engine trucks will reach the break even point in 1 year and in the next 2 years of operation will save them money. yet you ignore that most campers will drive 200 to 1,000 miles a year camping. which does not even provide the opportunity to reach the break even point after 20 years of driving. todays gasoline engines go 300,000 miles. Chances are after 10 - 20 years most times it does not pay to rebuild the engine because overall condition of deterioration of the pickup/suburban to time and normal wear and tear the truck one would be better to buy a new and better pickup that will have more power, mpg, payload, towing, braking, handling, ride. MPG is not the only factor in buying a truck. 30 mpg car or 5 mpg school bus, which is better. bus holds 60 kids drive a 5 mile route, 5 mpg/60 students delivered. bus used 5 gallons 30 mph the driving time is 6 minutes car with driver can fit 3 students car has to drive that loop 20 times, car drives 100 miles, used 3.33 gallons car has to drive that 6 minute loop 20 times
32vld 10/10/20 03:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

Spending $5,000 more plus the added interest on the higher overall price for a diesel to sell a vehicle for $5,000 more minus the added interest leaves one with getting less than $5,000 back at resale. spending more so sell for more 10 years later, incurring higher interest charges is not smart financial planning. I said more than $5,000 because you generally receive roughly 60-80% of what you paid for an upgrade back in resale. This goes for any option like the $10-11k high trim options, $3k on a 4wd option, $2.5k crew cab option, or even $2.5k going from the base gas engine to a premium gas engine. However, you never fully recoup that money spent on these options at resale and in some cases ,like 4wd and premium gas engine options, you end up spending more over the life of the vehicle due to lower fuel mileage and higher maintenance costs. With diesels, you not only recoup 60-80% of the upfront costs like all the other options, but you also recoup it in fuel mileage as well. So unlike those premium gas engine options that cost $3-4k over the base engines and even more in the long run, with a diesel you get more power and most if not all of the up front cost will be paid back through fuel mileage if you keep it long enough or through fuel mileage and resale if you don't. Spending more money so you can resell used for more money is bad financial planning. Years ago I was on a landscape forum where people pulled trailers all the time. Many were pro diesel. They could not see past that diesels had more torque. They ignored that diesels cost more to repair and do maintenance. They ignored that that the weight of their trailer, 48", 36", and 21" mowers, a back back blower, line trimer, stick edger, gas cans weighed 2,000 lbs They ignored that many of them of drove 5,000 miles a year to do their route. They ignored that 90% of the driving was local low speed roads, not high speed highways. They ignored doing the math. They just recited diesels got better MPG. Just taking the difference between the high purchase price for a diesel, diesel fuel costs more than gas, combine these with driving 10,000 miles a year it would take the diesel with better MPG to reach the break even point 10 years for the diesel to paid back that higher purchase price. How many people drive towing a camper, carrying a truck camper 10,000 miles a year? I bet most people RV on the 500 - 1,000 miles a year. A 100 year payback to reach the break even point is not worth it. To me a 10 year payback/break even point is not worth it.
32vld 10/10/20 12:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

Comparing apples to oranges. Numbers for an example: Base model pickup $25,000 gas, $35,000 diesel option Mid model pickup $35,000 gas, $45,000 diesel option Top model pickup $45,000 gas, $55,000 diesel option The base model truck is not a better truck with a diesel then the mid model truck because it still has less features. Three identical mid model pickup trucks, one has a 4.8 V6, another a 5.3 V8, one with a 6.0 V8. None of them is the best. Depending what someone values/needs such as purchase price, fuel economy, power, is what makes that truck perfect for them. I did the math many years ago when a diesel option would cost $5,000. If you drive a diesel pickup 100,000 miles a year in one year it would pay back that $5,000 higher purchase price based on better mpg even with higher fuel costs If you drove that same truck 10,000 miles a year it would take 10 years to pay back that $5,000 higher purchase price based on better mpg even with higher fuel costs. Though those numbers did not include higher diesel maintenance and repair costs. Then there is the high wear and tear from high mileage and the high wear and tear from age. You bought the diesel, used it 10,000 miles a year. It's now 10 years old with 100,000 miles. The AC stopped working, the power seats are broken, interior worn, seat fabric has some splits, tears, power door locks some times work, LF power window won't go down. Fender has a ding, Got some rust starting. Truck developed rattles (must be a Ford) creaks ad clunks (must be a Dodge) Now what would be better to keep that 10 year old truck because it as just past the break even point for buying a diesel. Or to of not spent that $10,000 on the diesel option back then but use that $10,000 now as a down payment on a brand new pickup (Chevrolet)? And when you traded that truck in, you would get over $5,000 more for it than you would the gas option. Just like the Lariat/Laramie trim has a higher resale value than an XL/Tradesman option and you get most of that money spent up front back. Would the Lariat/Laramie trim save you money in fuel along with the a higher resale like a diesel would? Spending $5,000 more plus the added interest on the higher overall price for a diesel to sell a vehicle for $5,000 more minus the added interest leaves one with getting less than $5,000 back at resale. spending more so sell for more 10 years later, incurring higher interest charges is not smart financial planning.
32vld 10/05/20 06:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

Yes, of course, the people that do this every day for a living for 15 years aren't the experts; the RV.Net guys are the experts. My Bad. This from the guy that says the insurance for a diesel is "under $5" more. (maybe he meant per day?). And some day let's talk about the lost oppurtunity cost on the $10.000.00 up front cost of the diesel. Oh, never mind, once again I forgot I was questioning the experts. No, they aren't experts. They are good with numbers and analyzing existing numbers, but they are poor at where they are getting their numbers. And yes, the difference is only $5. In fact, my BMW car and wife's Infiniti SUV costs more per month than my Ram 2500, and the BMW is the same year model while my wife's Infiniti is two years older than my truck. The "lost opportunity? of the $10k upfront cost is only valid if you paid cash which would be a dumb idea to do in the first place if you can get a lower interest rate than what you would make on that money in investments over the term. Most people finance it so they don't have that $10 to begin with. So would the $10k spent going from the base trim to a Lariat trim(it is over 11k in the Ram) be a "lost opportunity"? What if one decided that he would rather spend that $10k on a diesel option rather than the higher trim level option? Would that still be a "lost opportunity"? Why is it only a "lost opportunity" when discussing diesels, but not gas engine upgrades, trim level upgrades, 4wd upgrades and so on? Why is the diesel the only one that has to have a "pay back" to justify it yet turning around and spending $10-11k on a Lariat/Laramie trim needs not justification? Or upgrading to a higher power gas engine option and 4wd (even though it uses more fuel and cost more money in the long run) needs no justification of a pay back to be worth it, yet getting a diesel engine option upgrade needs justification even though it is the only one out of all of the truck options that has some form of payback through fuel and resale? I don't understand the thinking around that. Comparing apples to oranges. Numbers for an example: Base model pickup $25,000 gas, $35,000 diesel option Mid model pickup $35,000 gas, $45,000 diesel option Top model pickup $45,000 gas, $55,000 diesel option The base model truck is not a better truck with a diesel then the mid model truck because it still has less features. Three identical mid model pickup trucks, one has a 4.8 V6, another a 5.3 V8, one with a 6.0 V8. None of them is the best. Depending what someone values/needs such as purchase price, fuel economy, power, is what makes that truck perfect for them. I did the math many years ago when a diesel option would cost $5,000. If you drive a diesel pickup 100,000 miles a year in one year it would pay back that $5,000 higher purchase price based on better mpg even with higher fuel costs If you drove that same truck 10,000 miles a year it would take 10 years to pay back that $5,000 higher purchase price based on better mpg even with higher fuel costs. Though those numbers did not include higher diesel maintenance and repair costs. Then there is the high wear and tear from high mileage and the high wear and tear from age. You bought the diesel, used it 10,000 miles a year. It's now 10 years old with 100,000 miles. The AC stopped working, the power seats are broken, interior worn, seat fabric has some splits, tears, power door locks some times work, LF power window won't go down. Fender has a ding, Got some rust starting. Truck developed rattles (must be a Ford) creaks ad clunks (must be a Dodge) Now what would be better to keep that 10 year old truck because it as just past the break even point for buying a diesel. Or to of not spent that $10,000 on the diesel option back then but use that $10,000 now as a down payment on a brand new pickup (Chevrolet)?
32vld 10/04/20 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New and confused

all wheel drive is not good as 4WD.
32vld 10/03/20 12:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

A Fiat by any other name is still a Fiat. I had a 2005 Fiat TJ Unlimited.
32vld 10/03/20 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: FORD F-150 AXLE RATIO CHOICE

truck manufacturers have abandoned higher ratio rears such as 4.11 to 3.73. 2020 Silverado's use a 3.42 or a 3.23 because the new 8 speed 10 speed transmissions have lower 1st, 2nd, and maybe 3rd gears than the old 4 speed transmissions and at least 1st gear lower than the 1st gear in the 6 speed transmissions. when the 6 speed transmissions came out 1st gear was lower than the 1st gear in the 4 speed auto, and the 6th speed that was a second higher overdrive then found in the 4 speed. 4spd ------------------1----2----3----4/OD--------------------------------known 6spd-------------1----2----3----4----5/OD----6/OD----------------------known 10spd 1----2----3----4----5----6----7----------8/OD--9/OD--10/OD--guesstimate towing ability used to be mostly based on engine and rear ratio. those trucks that had the 4 speed manual where 1st gear was an extra low gear that would help get a heavy load moving. todays trucks with 8 to 10 speed transmissions has shifted a good sized portion of the ability to tow away from the rear ends.
32vld 10/01/20 06:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

NY state as long as the pickup weighs 6,000 lb or less it can have passenger plates and be used on state parkways.
32vld 09/27/20 05:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Scenic View

small windows are a deal breaker whether TT, TC, 5thW, RV. also not enough windows.
32vld 09/07/20 06:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Truck Camper For Chevy Silverado 1500

Have you considered a travel trailer? i have thought about a trailer. have not ruled one out. though as stated in an earlier post there are 5 places where i can camp on the beach or next to the ocean. 4 of them only allow truck campers.
32vld 08/26/20 04:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper For Chevy Silverado 1500

I am thinking about building my own out of wood. i have the tools.
32vld 08/26/20 06:10am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper For Chevy Silverado 1500

Space kap diablo $8999 and no windows.
32vld 08/26/20 06:03am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper For Chevy Silverado 1500

the 2021 silverado 1500 has 2180 lb payload. northstar (thanks for the tip) makes an 8' floor that weighs 2,000 - 2100 lb range. however my research showed that new truck canpers cost more than i can afford. i also cannot afford a new truck to go from a 1550 payload to a 2180 payload. we had a pop up years ago. when i hit my 40's, my hands could not take the cold. columbus day weekend we were camping at hither hills, montauk ny. time to pack up a 30 mph wind, rain, boy did my hands hurt. that planted the thought that some day i should get a travel trailer or a truck camper. i am 66 now, kids gone the wife and i want to camp - travel again. there are 4 places near montauk were you can camp if you have an over night fishing permit, 4wd beach permit, and 4wd pickup with a truck camper, there is a 5th place that will allow trailers on the beach but not tents. So you see why i want a truck camper. plus with a truck camper one can tow a boat, a trailer, etc. i have seen camper caps but you cannot stand up, cannot hold much, small windows that will make them feel like a sweat box.
32vld 08/25/20 06:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper For Chevy Silverado 1500

payload 1,550 problem is if i wanted to put a lance 650 on the truck it would be to short to fill the bed length wise. i know that 1,550 lb pl limits me weight wise, but it appears all campers are made for 5.5' or 6.5' beds, unless you have a 1 ton truck. i also do not want a pop up truck camper.
32vld 08/25/20 02:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper For Chevy Silverado 1500

All I am finding are truck campers for 5.5' and 6.5' pickup beds.
32vld 08/24/20 07:57pm Truck Campers
Truck Camper For Chevy Silverado 1500

I have a 1500 Chevy reg cab 8' bed 4wd pickup. Does any company make a truck camper for this type of truck?
32vld 08/24/20 07:37pm Truck Campers
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