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RE: Battery replacements in 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel

I got my last set of truck batteries from Batteries Plus Bulbs because it was the only place open I could find that had them in stock at the time, and I was actually pretty happy with them. They swapped the batteries for me for free. I think the batteries may have been about $175 each plus tax. Les Schwab would install for free too but I would bet their prices are higher, albeit probably less than the dealer with the service fee. Honestly I think a dealership service department is generally only good for warranty work. One area where the diesel trucks are unavoidably more expensive than their gas counterparts are battery replacements, and unfortunately I tend to only get about 4 years out of my batteries before I start having trouble.
IdaD 07/01/20 03:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford F150 Revealed

I Now there need to work on putting max tow and max payload on the same truck so that you handle the tongue weight of the trailer. They did, it is called a F250/F350! The bad thing about that are the gas engine options if you only need to use the max payload or tow rating just a few times a year. It would suck to have to go from 17-18 mpg combined in a 3.5L Ecoboost to 12-14 mpg combined in a 7.3L all year round just to tow 10-11k a few times a year. If someone towed/hauled that amount of weight several times a year then I can see the need for a F250/350, but not for once or twice a year like many of the guys at my summer RV park do. Per Fuelly a 2019 3.5EB F150 averages 15.32 mpg, while a 2019 6.2 F250 averages 11.37. If you drive 12,000 miles a year with gas at $2.50/gal, that's a difference of $680/yr or $56/mo. If that's a deal breaker pulling a camper around may not be a very wise hobby from a financial standpoint.
IdaD 06/26/20 04:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is camping Fun Anymore

A nice state park is about as commercial and dense as we like to get unless we're doing a non-camping vacation but just using the camper as our hotel. Forest Service campgrounds are usually pretty spread out especially the more remote ones, and the remote ones tend to be pretty empty too. Primitive in a nice area is generally our favorite. Your only neighbors are the ones you bring with you, no worries about the kids being too loud or doing a little target shooting or whatever, collecting firewood in large volumes is usually easier, etc.
IdaD 06/26/20 04:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: What's with Ford and TFL?

Will this mean a 30% reduction in videos of fat guys towing up a grade? I am okay with that.
IdaD 06/17/20 07:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Should we buy a Ford 5th Wheel Hitch?

The real lesson here is not to specify too much detail on the truck or the actual question will get ignored as the weight police take over the thread.
IdaD 06/01/20 09:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: F-250 Needs New Shoes

Check out Falken's Wildpeak AT3W. I put a set on my Ram last fall and so far they're the best tire I've ever run. They fall somewhere on the aggressive AT end of the spectrum with great snow and offroad performance, but they seem to be wearing well and have really nice road manners too. I think I paid around $1000 installed or maybe just a bit more.
IdaD 05/27/20 04:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Owning a Cummins Diesel?

My 2015 has been mostly great. I say mostly for two reasons. One, the water pump failed on me while towing the camper home from a vacation and left us stranded a few days. The replacement was also a bad unit, and it took several months before the dealership was able to replace it with a good version under the recall. Two, it's just had too many recalls. All minor stuff but a half dozen or so recalls is excessive. Those caveats aside, I love the truck. It's fun to drive, tows like a boss, is reasonably efficient and it just does whatever I ask without complaint. I've got about 65k miles on it so far. The water pump on a Cummins is an easy replacement, even if it was a warranty issue I would have asked for a NAPA or Gates pump to get back on the road. The pump is a little harder to get to on the 2016, but changed the one in our 2001 Ram CTD in a parking lot in about 20 minutes and at least half the time was getting the belt back on. We broke down in nowhere, Oregon. It was late Saturday before we got everything towed into town and no auto parts store nor the dealership had a pump in stock. It was a multiple day ordeal over something as silly as a water pump. I've got a Gates pump and spare serpentine belt under my back seat should something similar ever occur again. Ram reimbursed me for what I paid the local mechanic for parts and labor, but it took them few weeks.
IdaD 05/14/20 01:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Owning a Cummins Diesel?

My 2015 has been mostly great. I say mostly for two reasons. One, the water pump failed on me while towing the camper home from a vacation and left us stranded a few days. The replacement was also a bad unit, and it took several months before the dealership was able to replace it with a good version under the recall. Two, it's just had too many recalls. All minor stuff but a half dozen or so recalls is excessive. Those caveats aside, I love the truck. It's fun to drive, tows like a boss, is reasonably efficient and it just does whatever I ask without complaint. I've got about 65k miles on it so far.
IdaD 05/14/20 09:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Used diesel, anyway to tell if it's been chipped?

Watch out for a punisher sticker.
IdaD 05/11/20 08:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Advice For Newbie

Lots of awesome replies. Thanks all! So I've been looking around for f250's. I'm not sure I;; be able to stretch my budget up that far. In my area it's looking like the used ones fall in 37k range. I was already stretching a bit to spend 30k. I'll keep looking around to see what I can find. That's high if you're looking at gas powered trucks with the mileage you put in your original post. Try looking for a little lower trim levels. I would think you'd get a good deal right now but then again some industries are booming right now despite all of what's happening, maybe including used trucks. I haven't been following it so I don't know. I do think you're very wise to look for an HD model over a half ton for your stated uses. I daily drive my diesel truck and it's perfectly comfortable and I prefer the way it drives compared to a half ton.
IdaD 05/08/20 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: TIres, looking for long wearing, all weather load range E

Falken Wildpeak AT3W. Just check them out, I know they're a lesser known brand but I'm super impressed with the set I put on my Ram last fall.
IdaD 05/08/20 06:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wanting to upgrade truck tires. Need advice.

Delete, double post.
IdaD 04/22/20 01:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wanting to upgrade truck tires. Need advice.

Check out the Falken Wildpeak AT3W. I put a set on my Ram last fall and they're the best tire I've ever owned so far. I say so far because the treadwear hasn't been proven yet, but they are wearing very little and supposedly last a lot of miles. We'll see. They're quiet on the highway and have performed really well offroad and in snow/ice. They have the mountain snowflake rating which is nice for winter travel. They're also a good value.
IdaD 04/22/20 01:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle for 10k bumper pull

Any newer 2500 or 3500 truck, gas or diesel, would do nicely. Price new trucks too. I suspect the incentives may get real appealing pretty soon and new may compare favorably to lightly used.
IdaD 04/20/20 03:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2500 HD or 3500 HD?

You really should be looking at NEW also. New has longer warranty and YOU know how it was treated. Most likely not a lot of difference in price. I looked at a new Denali 2005HD Duramax yesterday and it had a sticker of nearly $79k!! In this environment you should get that truck around 63K. It varies by region but in my neck of the woods the GM dealers don't discount nearly as much as Ford or Ram. Consequently there are significantly more HD Fords and Rams running around here. I would agree that this is a pretty strong buyers market, though. Provided said buyer isn't unemployed and broke, anyway.
IdaD 04/19/20 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lifted truck

GM trucks seem to be a little lower than Rams and Fords. I doubt an inch and a half lift on the rear axle would make much of a difference in terms of the mesh between the truck and fifth wheel. I do think if you're dead level now hooked up you'll likely be a bit nose high loaded if you lift it twice as much in the front. If it's an issue you can reduce rear sag with bags. Whether this is all worth it is up to you.
IdaD 04/17/20 01:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 PSD owner compares it to his 2019 PSD towing 18K

Certainly a nice truck, but none of those "big" hills he was climbing looked all that big to me. There are several mountain passes here in BC that would have that truck working much harder! :B You can't tell the magnitude of a hill from a video. A Texan wouldn't be my first choice for an opinion on the topic.
IdaD 04/08/20 01:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F350 7.3 Gas Pulling 15k

It appears to be the top dog right now of the gas trucks. I'll stick with my oil burner, though.
IdaD 04/06/20 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Another Reason To Not Have Airbags

I've been really happy with the Timbrens on my truck. No messing with them and they give me a nice stable ride when loaded up with the fifth wheel and etc.
IdaD 04/05/20 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Federal Fuel Economy Standard (SAFE)

A lot of the purpose of it is throwing additional costs onto the legacy fuel to help drive us toward renewables. Looking at it like spending X to achieve Y is largely missing the point. I think it's fair for reasonable people to have differing opinions on whether that's a good idea or not. Right now most of us probably don't care much one way or the other given the economic situation we're watching develop.
IdaD 04/03/20 02:23pm Around the Campfire
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