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RE: New (to us) 2500 Suburban

Dad, I'd take a bet that this is a sorta kinda nothing new contract. A number of three letter federal groups but specialized custom rigs from manufactures. How many bullet proof vehicles, usually secrete service to protect the POTUS do we have? Burbs have been most prevalent for many years. That alone should help keep a factory up and running. Reality for the 2500 demise, as noted by grit iirc. Others in past too. The 8600&9900 gvwr anything but a van truck is gone. Stuck with a rig up to 7500 factory gvw, or 11-13k gvwr now a days. I for one would be glad to get the equal chassis if the 1500HD, an 8400 gvwr pickup. Prefer and ext cab vs crew cab only option. Out the LD motors in them, but chassis, typical 8 lug running gear of the older 8600 2500. Great truck, decent mpg, power to pull a 10K trailer, payload for a family of 4-6 +fido, upwards of 1000-1200 lbs of payload for said 10K trailer. This truck is missing in today's line up. Be it a burb, pickup etc. Marty
blt2ski 02/02/23 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel to Gas Power Observation

You all can take this to the stuck deezals vs gazer thread! But what suits you best, not what someone says you should buy.... Marty
blt2ski 02/01/23 06:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

Looks like a loaded Denali DRW 2 wheel drive tops out over $100k. I can officially claim "old guy" status...we paid less than that for our first house. 2000sft ranch on 1.5 acres about 15 miles from a midsize city in the midwest. Everything in good condition (aka: not a fixer upper). Next truck will probably be one of those horrible 6 speed trucks when the current 5 speed gives out but hopefully that's another 4-5yrs. Ave home price locally is literally x10 of truck price. Drove by a 12 plat home project, sign said from mid $1M range. Marty
blt2ski 01/25/23 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

I see no plan or intent to replace gas engines with EVs. Okay maybe in California. EVs are a tool in the tool box. They seem best suited for commuter vehicles in urban environments. Now there are conversion kits to power classic cars and sports cars with electric motors. EVs may just be a stepping stone to hydrogen powered cars or the next tech after that. Diesel engines deserve some special mention, but don't seem to get much appreciation in the US by law makers. In Europe over half the cars run on diesel. All of the trucks. There are diesel lawn mowers and outboard motors most places outside the US. Diesel can be converted to hydrogen. They can run on peanut oil, waste cooking oil, fuel from algae and fuel from wood. Diesel tech will be around for a long time. We are likely to have a mix of power sources for transportation for the next 20 years or so until one stands out and gets promoted by the government. Boats are coming out with DC power in them too. I have seen multitudes of diesel lawnmowers etc in the 40 years in that industry. Like a lot of things, is there an ROI on extra cost. Heavier motor, so wider tires are needed to bridge loads across soft surfaces....issues that vehicle owners have to deal with. I personally don't see the issue of having more than one power option for what we use. If it makes cents to use electric, use it, diesel or gas makes cents, use it. I would prefer the government(s) to not push a given fuel use for vehicles. Only to push best for your needs to be as clean from an environmental standpoint for how you drive etc. My 02 Marty
blt2ski 01/24/23 11:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: DISCUSSION: 8 ft + crew cab vs. SUV

Get a GM 4500 or a Ford F450, both have a tighter turning radius that the 3/4 or 1 ton trucks. This is true. My Navistar with a 188" wb out turned my 88 GM ext cab with a 155" WB, won't disCUSS the 170" crew cabs. They have a 54* front wheel cut vs 45-50* for the 35 series rigs. Marty
blt2ski 01/24/23 09:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

Yes Fish, he had a trans on the floor. Worked fine!. But had an oil leak in gasket. Took in to fix before warranty went out. Mechanically, worked fine. Both of you are stretching the truth some. IMHO, both of you are also false in comment. Get over it. Marty
blt2ski 01/24/23 06:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: DISCUSSION: 8 ft + crew cab vs. SUV

20 yrs driving an 8' bed crew cab, another 8-9 with an ext 8' bed. Two SW 3500, one DW 3500. All GM. I have four kids. Put 20-30k Mike's per year on them, using them in landscape construction biz, plus personal use. As noted vs a van the we had, less room in crew cab. The International Travel-all parents had growing up, no more room than a crew cab. That rig had no back seat. Manual steering, three in the tree, 120hp 220 I6!. Vehicles have come a long way! In many ways, not so much in others. I'll take a pickup over a van or SUV for multiple reasons. BUT, I do see and appreciate SUVs and Vans. At the end of the day, back then, the CC 3500 was best option, both personal and biz wise. I could depreciate it! I drive a 1500 dual cab, 6.5' box today. Kids have spouses, one grandkid, not doing the landscape work, pulling 10k ball/pintle mount trailers. Never had a gooseneck/5w. Would have to take off lumber, ladder, pipe rack.....I also hauled a canoe, bikes, generator, 2 Alaska malamutes in crates, firewood etc in the bed while towing TT..... I'm enjoying driving a smaller rig at this time in my life Choose your poison. No right or wrong per say. It had better work for you, or it will cost you $$$$$. If you have a BIG family as I have, 1209-1300 lbs of people, a 20k 5w, you may need a 45/55 series rig vs a 35 for the payload alone. I could only pull a 7-10k ball mount, I was at gvw for the DW and SW rigs. All of mine were 4wd, as we used TT as a ski hit, most weekends from first of December, to late March early April. 4wd, licking rear, room for chains is a must for my use Marty
blt2ski 01/23/23 08:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

LOL,thanks but I can't afford to live in the PNW! Interesting and sad that you think you are able guess my politics by my posts about climate change. Maybe ask yourself why one of our political parties became anti-science.:h Perhaps because science is so institutionalized that it has become $cience and some people recognize that. Imagine a scientist having a differing opinion about something without consequences. Also, “science” has been completely wrong plenty of times. I can remember back in the 70's being told we need to get ready for the next "ice age" :R I prefer to look at science as an ever evolving changing learning experience. When I was in college early 80's, there was only a plant and animal kingdom. Went to my youngest daughters science teacher student eval around 2005. Daughter mentioned 5 kingdoms....I did a double take. She mentioned the new three. Realized the three new ones, my teacher had mentioned splitting these groups out as more was known about them. Same thing happened 5-8 years later, she was literally taking the same Art color class, same college, different teacher. Their is now 99 shades of gray between black and white. Only 9 when I took the class. Reality with computers, I'm sure there are more shades of gray. Things change as we learn about things. It will depend upon many things as to how long it will take to make things work. Hydrogen pipes as noted is one item that needs fixing before using this fuel becomes a reality. How long will this take. US being a supplier of lithium for batteries. YES largest mine in worl "will be" in Nevada. No permits have been give out yet! As many have also noted, they have learned some things via this post. Let's continue to do so. Marty
blt2ski 01/20/23 12:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Huntingdog, Even HERE in the cloudy rainy Seattle area. The few I know that have roof top solar, figure they've paid for the system in savings 3-5 yrs down the road. Use less of the power grid power. Maybe saving a salmon or two or three. Probably not...... The question I would have for your neighbors, is what % savings are they seeing? Yrs before an ROI hits pocket book? No one that I know with a roof top solar expects a full "I'm off the grid" from solar. On some days in summer, they do produce more than the use. I'm having personally a hard time seeing the bad part of residential solar. It will help. Solve the WHOLE problem being discussed? NO! Every bit helps Marty
blt2ski 01/17/23 04:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian R1S

Sitting next to an SUV with that model designation. Nice looking rig, appears to be in the same chassis as pickup. No plates out. Marty Et tu, Mar-tay? This forum should be retitled "Rag on EVs." Oh for the days of a good old fashioned gas vs. diesel, or you-need-a-dually-for-that thread. I'd even settle for an oil argument or a tire discussion. Maybe I should start a tire thread because they tires on my late Dad's truck are worthless off pavement. ROTFLMAO ?????? I have to admit, lately the flaming part has subsided on all these topics when they pop up. A lot easier for my brain electron to deal with the issues. With all that said, I can see and appreciate the comments given. BUT if towing ability is like the pickup, that's that's 10-15k lbs iirc. No slouch power wise. Looks good. Issue which hopefully will improve is a bigger tank per say, and better quicker and more fueling abilities. Tes I'm using ICE terms per say. As finally being said in another thread, folks are seeing the places these will work, vs not! No different than comparing my current 1500 gas ext cab to my older crew cabs, dump flatbeds, or S10 rig. Their tools! Marty
blt2ski 01/12/23 07:06am Tow Vehicles
Rivian R1S

Sitting next to an SUV with that model designation. Nice looking rig, appears to be in the same chassis as pickup. No plates out. Marty
blt2ski 01/11/23 10:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Armada to Pull 33' Lightweight TT

A 31'-33' TT on a mid size suv with P tires may not make for a fun towing experience. Thats a long tall wall for side winds and passing semis to push on. Now if the suv was on a '08 3/4 ton chassis 6.x engine and 3.73-4.10 gears with LT E tires with 5xxx fawr and 6xxx rawr then it would be a great handling combo in the wind on on the interstate around semi trucks. AKA as a rare 2500 Chevy Suburban! One has to go back to 2001-2006 models however to get the 8.1L with Allison transmission, with is a towing beast and likes gas. Burbs DID NOT get the Allison behind the 8.1, they got a 4L85E 4sp auto. With this in mind ..... Having 4 kids myself. Back in 92 when I bought a TT, we six weighed about 750-800 lbs. Once I had 4 adult sized teenagers, we were closer to 1200 to a bit over that! How much payload does your Armada have? Realistically you will want something with 2500-3500 lbs. Which is going to put you into a 25-35 series 8lug van, crew cab pickups. I would not pull my old 25' 7000 lb total with my teenage kids, with my current GM 1500. The chassis itself is fine with a couple, 700 lbs of hitch weight, I'm at it's 2000 lb payload limit. Get a bigger tow rig! Then look at one of those trailers! Marty
blt2ski 01/09/23 09:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: In bed fuel transfer tank question

A lot of new construction boats are using poly or built in FRP fuel, water and black/gray tanks. If you can get a correctly designed poly, it would be on lighter side like aluminum. The newest designs do expand in hot weather, contract in cooler weather. Some older designs will expand, not contract back. Look up portable marine tanks to farther understand issues I'm talking about. Attwood has good info on their website. Where I work, we have portable transfer tanks to 50 gals for marine use. They have wheels, hose, nozzle, and need a foot pump, or small 12v battery, like a U1 size, to operate. I've been using poly portable1-5 gal tanks for 30 years with no issues. I have no use in the past, or current future use. I would consider a poly before a steel. No aluminum tanks to my knowledge. Marty
blt2ski 01/07/23 03:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

So you actually believe when enough EVs replace ICE vehicles for it to show up on the revenue balance sheets in brackets, they're not going to be sticking their hands in the EV owners pockets to make it back up? Come on man. Where are they going to get those funds? One reason given for fuel tax revenues not keeping up with road building/maintenance is better MPG means more miles driven per dollar of tax collected. 1 fair and easy way to fix this problem would beo zero out the per gallon tax, replace with per mile tax. I believe a few states already have a tax/fee of $100-200 a year on license fees for DC rigs to make up for lost revenue due to no tax per gallon of fuel. Some have already started the $ per mile(s) driven per year tax due to hybrids etc too. This tax may also get put on an ICE, instead of the tax per gallon. Not too mention OTR rigs are having to give states miles driven, where they don't want to fill up in a VERY high fuel tax state like where I am, Washington state. Reality, it's already happening in many jurisdictions! I see it as more of a "WHEN" it will happen to you, not an "IF" it will happen. Scooby makes up a good point too! My current pickup gets double the mileage of previous one. On par with the two deezals before. I'm burning gaz, not diesel. I will admit, nice having other power options than gas or diesel, LP didn't get too far for different and sundry reasons. Even at that, it is a good medium to power rigs, just as DC is for those where it makes sense. Many including the very pro DC fans admit, it's not for everyone! Marty
blt2ski 01/07/23 03:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Does the i3 have an equal to a motorcycle engine in it! Might be what older sister has. She claims 75'ish miles with that motor until out of fuel. 175-200 on battery power. I'm positive BIL can figure out the electrical change out part.... Marty It has a 660cc BMW engine used in mopeds all over the world. The engine is bulletproof. She gets only 75 because she did not enable the whole tanks and the on demand on/off. And they drive like a BMW. They are fast of the line and they do 100mph if you push them. Reprograming them is relatively easy, you can live by just changing basic options with a OBDII plug and a phone. Not sure if they have figured this out yet, as they got it 4-6 months ago. 'll have to see if they've looked into it. I do know for her driving style, its a fun car for her! Marty
blt2ski 01/06/23 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Does the i3 have an equal to a motorcycle engine in it! Might be what older sister has. She claims 75'ish miles with that motor until out of fuel. 175-200 on battery power. I'm positive BIL can figure out the electrical change out part.... Marty
blt2ski 01/06/23 06:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

The similar thread in "General" has really jumped the tracks!:S I don't look at the other sub forums much, had to go find the "other" thread. Yeah, on can say it's jumped the tracks per say, Even this one is close. BUT...... Both threads frankly, have some thoughtfully posts, no flaming, no antagonizing other people trying to cause an argument per say. ALL involved realizing that positives and negatives exist on the EV subject. One can say the same for "gas vs diesel" in the past when I first joined here 20 yrs ago, " manual vs automatic transmissions". I'm sure we can go on about other subjects too. At the end of the day, MOST if not ALL of us need and want to learn about a given subject(s). We want honest truths both good and bad about the subject. Then the ability to decide what positives fit my needs vs yours. I have no problem admitting, current for my use, an EV is out the door. For my wife's driving, an older sister who has an EV, they work well. But until that article mentioning the slave issue, which has been mentioned really needs to get brought up both as a negative, yet from a how can the rest of us try to reduce this that negative part of the equation. So with this said, keep you posted non flamatory, thoughtful, this and other threads will carry on. Marty
blt2ski 01/04/23 10:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Filtering Our Diesel Storage Tanks For on Road Use

Ron, View from top of Baker is pretty amazing too. Come to think of it, Adams, Rainer, Olympus, Prussik Peak, and many others have good views too! Lots of reasons to be in this part of the world. Marty
blt2ski 01/03/23 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

One thing I've noticed. It takes many versions, ea getting things better to realize true progress. Saw a comparison to Wright brothers plane, to walking in the moon. Took 66 years. We have a few more years/decades for EV or hydrogen power to be truly usable etc like ICE rigs. I'm positive things will get there. When, not if. Marty
blt2ski 01/02/23 08:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Filtering Our Diesel Storage Tanks For on Road Use

Grit, My point above. There will always be something we don't like, or dislike about things, take the good with hopefully less or fewer bad things, call it a day If the bad is worst, then move, divorce spouse, or ... Marty
blt2ski 01/02/23 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
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