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    Cliff
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    2006 Cadillac CTS, 2015 2500HD, 2017 Equinox.

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  1. Don't ya just love how folks build things! Sarcasm intended. You could get a roof vent cover that would allow the vent to stay open and safe from damage while driving down the road. Will keep rain out while moving also. https://www.etrailer.com/s.aspx?qry=Roof+Vent+Cover&furl=-pg-Enclosed_Trailer_Parts
  2. How any WDH should be set up is adjusted to where the back end still has just a slight rake in the back end, about 1 inch higher than front. Keeping it at the cat in heat stock height in the back is not a proper setup. On something you are doing, a WDH is a good thing to have. Something like the Blue Ox is also an anti-sway hitch. In some serious cross winds or a lot of semi truck traffic going by you, it can make a big difference in handling. The 2500 really doesn't need it, in and of itself, but that doesn't negate the other beneficial aspects of a WDH. Hook up the trailer without the bars set and see where things ride as if you didn't have the WDH on. Then adjust as needed. If there is no real need to distribute weight off the back of the truck, then put just enough tension in the bars to help with lateral control.
  3. Yeah, not having to bend over or risk smacking your skull on a cross members is nice. This one I got is 6' inside. Not the best for some, but works for a 5' 8" guy like me. I might have opted for a taller interior but it is a balance.... more height may be nicer but also is more susceptible to cross wind and drag. I might install a latch on the side door in the future. Right now it is just a bar lever door mechanism. Sealed it up tight with me inside and I did a meticulous check for any light that would evidence some area where water might get in. It was tight as a drum. Undercoated throughout.
  4. Have been in the market for a small enclosed cargo trailer. Mostly for hauling my bike, but also for generic light hauling around. Was looking on my local dealer's website and found a neat little 6x12 single axle Doolittle Bullitt trailer with rear ramp and side door. Listed for about $3500. I went over and took a look at it today. It actually had some minor hail damage that couldn't be noticed except up close, and only cosmetic, on the left side of the trailer. I checked out the exterior and especially the roof and all was good. Got them to put in dual E tracks at 2 ft and 4 ft heights on each wall of the inside. Put in six recessed floor tie downs. Wall mount for spare tire and a spare included. Got $1000 off the trailer for the hail damage and $460 for all the add ons. Total out the door for $2960. Was worth the time to take a look.
  5. 6.6 gas

    I have never found an application in a gasser pickup truck that the 4.10 ratio would not be the ideal choice. 1/2 ton on up. Heck, even on the rural roads in my area I use manual mode and rarely let my 2500 go into top gear unless I am running 65 or more. Saves all the constant shifting on the rolling hills and that saves as much or more fuel and wear on the transmission than letting the pickup lug around in top gear and shifting every time it hits a ridge in the road. So I wouldn't want 3.73 even with the 6.6. I liked 4.10 with my previous 2500 454 and I like it with my 6.0L gasser. Even the new 6.6 wouldn't change that perception. I have liked the 4.10 ratio since the 1960's in several different vehicles. The driver has more effect, negatively or positively, on fuel economy than the difference between 4.10 and 3.73. I rather the onus for better fuel economy be on me than being nannied by a bunch of dweebs in cubicles at GM on what they think I need out here in the real world. To do enough of that already.
  6. Will definitely call for catch can setup. GDI engine are terrible for intake valve deposits from PCV contaminates entering the intake manifold. At least with Port injection, there was some fuel dosing over the intake valves to keep this to a minimum. I would have thought, especially with a engine designed for the HD market, that they would have used a GDI and PI combination as does some of the foreign makes in some engines. But with GDI alone, it is going to be a test of reliability.
  7. Ford might be roomier and have better bells and whistles in the HD line than GM, but out in farm country where people do tend to use pickup trucks more for what they were intended as opposed to just cars on steroids, GM rules the roost. GM outsells Ford all the time in Iowa for instance. So that should be somewhat of in indicator regarding how individuals who actually need pickup trucks to get stuff done feel about Ford vs GM. The 6.6 is not a stroked 6.2 L86. The 6.2 is an all aluminum engine. The 6.6 is an iron block. They may share some characteristics and even some parts, but they are not the same motor that has just been stroked. And indeed, the 6.6 should be faster than the 6.0. But the real test will be its reliability. And the 6.0 set a pretty high hurdle for that. That is why I will keep my 6.0 2500 for quite a while and see what happens with the new motor(s) before I consider switching. The 6.6 L8T looks like a winner, but looks can be deceiving. I am just cautiously optimistic.
  8. 20% decline in MPG

    Could be, but doubtful on the ethanol. More likely the gasoline since it has varnishes and other stuff in it. My 2500 runs on E85 fuel exclusively and has for 2 years. Same for our Equinox. The 2500 will typically sit for weeks in my garage when we don't need it. And it has never had an ethanol related fuel problem. But a fuel system cleaner could be a good thing. With low use on the vehicle and depending on several other factors, the injectors could be not atomizing fuel properly if spray pattern is diminished.
  9. Strongest Brush Guard

    AliArc is one good option. Dakota Hills Bumpers has some great front end protection. Herd makes probably the best front end protection bumpers in N. America. Dakota Hills also carries Herd bumpers. Herd is the preferred choice brand of front end protection by many commercial users. Pretty much a safe bet you could slam a whitetail with a Herd bumper on the front and never incur any damage to pickup or bumper. Ali Arc is probably next in line for best protection. Both Herd and Ali Arc are Canadian made. Those guys take front end protection seriously in the Northland. Both of these bumpers are aluminum and in the 125 lb range, so they are nothing to stick on a 2500HD. Herd.... https://herd.com/bumpers/pickups/ and here is a Herd bumper on a 2500HD.. Here is an Ali Arc on a 2500HD and includes the optional lower rake. Just scoop a deer up and throw it off to the side! I have a similar Ali Arc on my semi truck and I have slammed a couple of deer with it at highway speeds and nary a scratch on the bumper. Will send Bambi off into the next county.
  10. Good God, how far back in the past do you think 1970 is? We are not talking about a Model T. My folks bought a average 1968 Chevy Impala and it had AC. My 1972 Chevy Nova I bought in 1973 had AC. And that Nova was not some stacked SS model with all the bells and whistles. it just had a nice little 307 V8. And many of us actually knew how to drive and a back up camera wasn't a major deal. It still isn't for me even though my 2015 2500 has one and my 2017 Equinox has one. The 2006 Cadillac we have doesn't have a backup camera. I hardly use it in the vehicles that have it and don't miss it in the one that doesn't. Just because the OEM's throw stuff on vehicles that jacks up the price does not mean that it really is necessary. I can put a 70 foot semi truck into some pretty tight spots without running into anything. No backup camera. I think I can back a little 2500 pickup truck safely without it also. I only seem to use the camera when hooking up a trailer, otherwise I generally ignore it. It is nice, but I could easily live without it. And what you mentioned for goodies, even bought separately after market would not add up to the cost that GM wants for a base Camaro. Fact is, cost of production parts are cheaper on volume than buying them individually on the market. so all the goodies really don't add much to the cost. Even the MyLink 4G systems in modern GM vehicles is not very expensive. Not exactly cutting edge technology. Quite true only AM radio, but then, FM hadn't taken off as a major market force yet. And putting a AM/FM/ XM radio in a car nowadays is pretty cheap. When you compare todays pricing for one compared to the price for just an AM radio back then, today's full featured radios are cheaper on an inflation adjusted basis. Yet, the OEM wants to up the cost twice over what the inflation adjusted price should be. If an OEM really wanted to do it right, they would put AM/FM/XM/ NOAA weather bands. I have that in my semi truck and a replacement radio like that is only $150, and it includes iPhone connectivity. Again, the OEM's have jacked up prices far beyond what is realistic.
  11. Except the price I stated for the 1970 Camaro was not the base model straight six. It was the optional upgraded model. The price for the new Camaro of this thread is for the base, bare bones model with no options. So the comparison is indeed more than fair.
  12. Not impressed. A V8 Camaro in 1970 cost about $2850. In today's prices that would be $18,770. Yet GM wants almost twice that amount. And the 1970 Camaro was more reliable. No sale.
  13. GM doesn't need to clean off the road salt on a pickup before they ship it out primarily because it doesn't get all the road salt and junk on it going from the Assembly line to the staging area where it gets hauled from. That road salt got on there when it was transported from the factory to the dealer. And even then, it could have sit for a while at different staging locations along the way and could have been hauled on several different trailers. Even with a fall build date, it could have gotten hauled thru a snow storm or two making its way from the midwest to the west coast. The transport companies are not under the direct control of GM. They are contracted. It is not GM's responsibility to make good on what was delivered and put in poor condition by the carrier or the dealer. That is why GM is not taking responsibility for it. It really wasn't their fault. So before jumping in GM's case, you might want to yell at the transport company that hauled it and the dealer for not thoroughly cleaning it properly to include the underside. Those two entities are the target for any course of action.
  14. Is it “sick dog look” to be level with about 2300 lbs in the box?
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