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LeeDowney

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  1. Final got a better price from my dealer. Instead of buying the roof lights and wiring harness from the dealer, I bought them through GM Direct. This saved me $140. My dealership got back with me today and has agreed to install these lights for $200. I feel that is reasonable. I'm having these installed next week.
  2. I called and ordered mine yesterday. I have the crew cab 2500 and all the numbers match up except for the wiring harness. They gave me part #23303314. Is that incorrect?
  3. Bought this baby last Monday. I've already put 600 miles on her. Love it! I also bought the Gator retractable tonneau cover for it. Best bed cover I've ever owned. Highly recommend.
  4. Hey guys. I bought my new 2500HD Sierra last week and I really like the look and function of the cab roof lights. I would like to go with the factory oem style lights. I asked my dealer about the lights this week and installing them for me. I do a lot of projects myself but drilling in the roof of my truck is no something I'm very confident with. The price the dealership gave me for the factory GM roof lights with wiring harness was around $250. Then they priced the install at $400 bringing the grand total to $650. That seems very high to me. I would think this would be a 2-3 hr job for someone that has experience. I have searched and found a few older posts on forums where the guys were saying they paid around $250 for dealers to install these lights in the past. Is my dealer trying to screw me? What is a fair price to pay or has anyone had this job done at their dealership lately that can comment? Thanks.
  5. Yeah, my initial post I said the tractor and bush hog weighs right at 7k but on the trailer, it's a touch over 10k. I was concerned with towing 10k when my truck was rated for 9,100.
  6. See my post from earlier today. My dealer took 15% off my new 2500HD Monday of this week. That saved me $10,000. They were authorized by GMC this week to select certain vehicles and take 15% the price. Good luck. I do think even bigger discounts may be seen as they roll out the new 2017 2500HD with the redisigned hood and new Duramax engine. More HP and more torque. My Post http://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/189119-traded-my-1500-in-monday-for-the-2500hd-duramax-wow/ 2017 2500HD http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2016/06/01/2017-gmc-sierra-denali-2500hd-has-hole-in-hood-secrets-yet-to-be-revealed/
  7. Well, as the thread title states, I traded trucks Monday. Went from the GMC 1500 Z71 to the GMC 2500HD Denali. I got a call from my dealership. They were authorized to knock 15% off certain vehicles on their lot. They knew I had been looking for 2 months at the 2500HD but wasn't satisfied with only a $4-$6k discount. Gave me a call and knocked $10k off the truck I wanted. Picked her up Monday. They gave me $44k for my 2016 1500 Z71 I had put 9k miles on. I felt good with that since I only paid $47k for it. Took a loss but man was it worth it. I've been struggling with the towing issue since I upgraded tractors a few months back. The 10k load was just so difficult for my 1500 to handle. Especially hitting a hill. I just felt I was aging my 1500 a lot faster than it should be. I towed my tractor yesterday for the first time. Weight, just over 10k with trailer. Holy cow boys, I honestly couldn't even tell I was pulling anything. I had a buddy tell me that a few weeks ago and I thought to myself....that's BS. How can you not feel 10K behind you. Well, I know what he was talking about now. That 6.6 Duramax engine is a freaking beast. Not towing, I'm averaging 19.8 MPH. Towing 10k yesterday, I averaged 11.6 MPG. Not bad at all. Very happy with those numbers. I'm very happy with my new truck. Kept the same color as you can see from the pic below. I now look forward to towing instead of dreading it.
  8. Update- Well, my towing issues were resolved this past Monday. That's when my local dealership called me and told me GMC authorized them to make certain vehicles 15% off. They knew I was thinking about upgrading to a bigger truck so they marked a 2016 2500HD Denali 15% off, which saved me $10k. They offered me $44k for my current truck I bought back in February. I towed my tractor yesterday for the first time. Weight, just over 10k with trailer. Holy cow boys, I honestly couldn't even tell I was pulling anything. I had a buddy tell me that a few weeks ago and I thought to myself....that's BS. How can you not feel 10K behind you. Well, I know what he was talking about now. That 6.6 Duramax engine is a freaking beast. Not towing, I'm averaging 19.8 MPH. Towing 10k yesterday, I averaged 11.6 MPG. Not bad at all. Very happy with those numbers. Thanks again for the advice. I just never felt truly comfortable towing 10k with a 1500. I definitely knew it was behind me in that truck. I'm very happy with my new truck. Kept the same color.
  9. To answer your question, I previously owned the Kubota L3200. Which with bucket and bush hog, only weights about 5k. After buying the new truck, they had a hell of a cash deal on new Kubota cab tractors. I just couldn't pass up. I knew I would be at my limits in towing but went ahead and pulled the trigger.
  10. Honestly, this is the type of reply I had hope to see. Truthfully, the truck tows the tractor great. I feel safe in towing. I think the type of trailer I bought for the tractor has a lot to do with that. As you can see from the photos, the axles are in the middle of the trailer supporting most of the weight. If I owned a typical trailer with the axles towards the rear, I agree with others, I would have a tongue weight issue. The brakes on the trailer work great. They do an excellent job at stopping the trailer. My only issue and the reason for this post is the concern I am aging my truck faster than if I were towing 5k. Thanks again for your reply. I am leaning toward just keeping my truck. I really love it. There are several things that it has that the 2500 doesn't.
  11. Thanks guys for the input. As for the tongue weight, honestly, the way my tilt trailer is built, the majority of the tractor weight is on the trailer axles. I actually have to pull the tractor that far forward to put a little tongue weight on the truck so the rear end of the trailers doesn't sway. This trailer tows great. As for trailer sway, my 2016 Sierra has a built in trailer sway control with it's towing package. Trust me, it works very well. The first time I loaded my tractor, I didn't put hardly any tongue weight on it at all. When I reach 55 mph, the trailer started to sway. I felt the sway controller kick in which stopped the swaying. I pulled over and moved the tractor forward about 2 feet. No more swaying. Checked with my local dealership yesterday. I guess I'll be keeping this 1500 for at least a little while. The current offers on the 2500 are nearly nothing and what they offered me for my 2 month old current truck was almost insulting. I don't understand why the local Ford dealerships knock $10-$12k off their 2500 diesel trucks before you step on the lot while the GMC/Chevy guys act like your stealing from their grandmothers if they knock more than $3k off a $68,000 truck. Freaking nuts. Thanks again for the advice.
  12. That's what I was afraid of. Yes, the trailer I bought is rated for that much weight even though my truck is not. It has electric brakes on both axels.
  13. Hey guys. Well, long story short, I moved from the 2014 Sierra Denali to the 2016 Sierra SLT Z71 with towing package truck this past February mostly because my towing needs changed. That helped with my towing weight but I'm beginning to think I didn't step up enough. I believe my 5.3 SLT can tow 9,100 lbs. I have a 20,000 lb receiver with a 12,500 lb ball. When I tow my boat, which weighs about 6,500 loaded, the truck seems to do well. When I tow my Kubota tractor, not so much. My equipment trailer alone weighs 2,700 lbs. My tractor with the front end loader and bush hog weighs in right at 7,000 lbs. That's a hair shy of 10,000 lbs and slightly over my max 9,100 lbs. What worries me is I'm putting too much strain on my truck. I only tow my boat maybe twice a month during summer months, 70 miles round trip. I tow my tractor sometimes once or twice a week doing odd jobs locally. Maybe 100-150 miles per month with the tractor. Should I just bite the bullet and move up to the Sierra 2500 with diesel engine? That would give me a towing capacity of 17,500 for tow trailer. Even more if I went to a goose neck which I don't plan to. Thoughts?
  14. Yes. That was the first mod I did on my 2013 Sierra. Using a diode to jump #10 to #22. Come on Mod Guys. How do we keep our fog lights on with using Intellibeam?
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