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  1. SOLD For sale: 2017 2500 20” Denali wheels and Goodyear Wrangler Tires, Load Index 121 with <3000 miles. These wheels are in excellent condition, looking for local pickup in the Denver/Colorado Springs, Colorado area. Price is 1100.00 Private message me for information. If this ad is up, they are still for sale. The only reason I’m selling is the wheel and tire package is not rated for my 3500 and tire shops won’t even rotate or balance them if on the truck.
  2. Toyota’s are pretty decent vehicles. They are lacking tech big time, and a Huffy bicycle has more tech in a lot of cases. I currently have a 4th gen Tacoma and a Lexus IS350. Great vehicles. I will definitely buy another Lexus. My Tundra was pretty decent, but they have flaws like any other vehicle. - AIP failures. This can cost thousands to repair. - Camshaft Tower leaks, again, thousands to repair. - steering rack issues on lifted trucks, certain years, mostly 2nd gen trucks. - Front rotors overheating on Tundras up to 12’. The backing plate upgrade was in late 12’. - Front differential needle bearing issues. I had this issue with my Tundra (and Tacoma, 4runners). If it wasn’t under warranty, I would have had to do an aftermarket upgrade myself for 200.00 and 5 hours of my time or just replace the front diff. I had Toyota replace the front diff for 2500.00 their cost. This was ~65K miles. At 80k miles my cam tower seals started leaking. I was done. I needed a more heavy duty truck again and stop beating the living shit out of a 1/2 ton truck. When Toyota starts manufacturing 900K+ Trucks per year (which is no small feat), then we can start talking. As of now, they have 100k units going out per year and do a good job of that. As of right meow, the Tundra is pretty much unchanged for 12 years now. Now for the GM, Ford, Ram trucks. I had two Rams, and that was enough for two lifetimes. Until that C comes out from under the hood, I wouldn’t consider another one. Fords, all my Jeeping friends have F series heavy duty trucks. Only one has had a major issue and it was due to daily driving a diesel truck in regen all the time. GM’s, what can I say that we all don’t already know? I wanted a low maintenance, reliable truck that has awesome grade braking. I skipped on the 17 LP5 since it’s the first year of a major motor upgrade. These trucks are like riding in Cadillac’s.
  3. I'm not riding you on this thread, so please don't take it like that. This is a damn shame that people are not informed a little better about tow ratings, tongue weights, Gross Vehicle Weight ratings...etc from the vehicle dealership to the RV dealership. I would like to say these dealers know how much these weigh, but then again most likely not. I know the vehicle owners manual is pretty good about explaining this and can be researched online very easily, but other than some YouTube videos, how is a person to know? Your Cuz is overweight, period. I was really pushing the limits on my Tundra with a 28' Keystone. The killer was when towing my Jeep. 9K behind a 1/2 ton gasser just killed it. Now I only tow in the mountains for the most part (why would I go camp or Jeep on the open plains right?) Now that I am back in a diesel and a 1 ton, I just can't ever see myself going back. I have been on both sides of the fence, and it is greener in this case, in every way. Since you full time RV, you're probably not moving around a whole lot. You should be ok.
  4. Long as you're happy with it, all that matters. You must not be in the mountains.
  5. Well it doesn't sound like it does: Quote BlackhawkZ71: Got a new 2018 travel trailer 32, dry weight was around 7k Had a weight distribution hitch installed at the rv dealership. Truck had no sag on the rear for 700hitch probably more since the bottles were full.. She did good until i hit some hills. Running 55mph hit a hill and drop to 50mph on cruise ( I figured it would drop some gears but it dropped one and went up.) my instant mpg was 8.8mpg. got on the throttle hard (pulling out on to the highway) she moved pretty decent. Overall not bad for a 5.3 thats where i doubted my chevy. I am glad i am not pulling it full time just to my spot and parked it until I decide to move. May invest in a programmer to help with pulling that thing around if i have to. Still may do it anyway:) but not in the cards just yet. I was just wondering since in this thread it pulls great, and another one you doubt it. I like to ask what someone is comparing a tow rig to. I compare mine to my buddies Ram 3500 and F-350s. So far, I haven't been disappointed with my decision one bit, and I tow a smaller TT than you. That is a lot of trailer for any half ton. The weight isn't the issue with me, more so the length.
  6. When you say "the chevy in my sig did the job amazing", what are you comparing your truck to? A Chevy with the 6.0? A Toyota Tacoma? Dodge 1500 Hemi?
  7. Go figure. What an ****. Hope a detail shop can take care of you for cheap.
  8. Those single axle trailers really put the tongue weight up there don't they?
  9. http://www.keystonerv.com/previous-years?brand=Outback&year=2013
  10. I don't know about the world and diesel. When I was in Europe in 13', seemed it was frowned upon. Here is a recent article on what is going on. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/business/energy-environment/germany-diesel-car-emissions.html I'm not a TT fan either. This is my last one. I had to go with this since it was pulled by a 1/2 ton, and not that well either. 5ver for the win.
  11. I would go 2500 6.0L if your stuck on DD your truck, diesel if you buy a DD vehicle. I'll explain why: 1) Daily Driving. I still can't understand why I personally DD trucks for years. What a waste of my money....and on a diesel it is just even more mind baffling. Wearing out a $xxxxxx truck on daily driving, tires, maintenance, warranty (or buying an extended warranty because of how quickly mileage goes up). We have all seen the guy with the new sports car, driving it in the snow because he just couldn't afford anything else. I think this comes into play here. Do some research on diesel trucks that actually only work. Not a lot of issues. Do the same research on DD diesel trucks. Personally, I leaned my lesson after the last 5 trucks (guess I'm a slow learner) and now have a daily driver again. The first go around with a daily driver was a shitbox, and over time I just didn't drive it anymore. Waste of money and high repair bills on my DD HD trucks. This go around I decided the bank would not be broken, but a nice, used car of my choice would be purchased. I purchased a well maintained 07 Lexus IS350 that is a blast to drive, park, and pretty much can handle anything I do on a daily basis, and get 5-10 mpg better doing it. 2) I tow a lot for recreation purposes only, in the Rocky Mountains mainly. Diesel in the state of Colorado is cheaper than 87 octane (which is mid grade here), the fuel economy is 3 mpg across the board better. I just rolled over 13k miles yesterday and my truck turnes 1 year old in Novermber. My DD car has 15000 miles on it in 14 months. So if I wouldn't have had a DD car, I would be pushing 30k miles in the first year of ownership. That means tires would be close to needing replaced, my second fuel filter, going on my 6th oil change, and might as well start thinking about spinning off the Allison filter and installing a new one, along with a drain and fill. At this rate, in 5 years I will have used my truck ~75-85000 miles instead of 150000+ miles. Probably go another 5 years without a lot of issues. Hey.....saved myself another whole truck purchase. $60000.00 buys a lot of whatever else (but by the time I need another truck, most likely will need $100k). 3) Take the added power and efficiency of a diesel motor, let's look at some other factors: -Controlled braking you get when the Allison 1000 is installed. This transmission is the bomb. I've towed with all the big 3, and this is where it is at. Combine this with an exhaust brake option...perfection. 4) 6.0L Gas has its benefits as well. This motor is rock strong. If you want a good tow rig, higher payload, no hastle, way cheaper overall, find gas anywhere (diesel....sometimes not so much), go this route. A man has to afford his toys, and a wise man once told men ever to finance them. The diesel 10000.00 resale value (lol, love when people say that, makes me laugh for a while) is a lot of money. DD one will cost you dearly. Trust me. My wife had to put a repair bill limit of 4500.00 per year. After that, the fun stopped. Then again, they were Dodges with the craptastic cummins motor. Either way, stepping up from a 1/2 ton is a smart move, and a safer one.
  12. I agree, you are asking to much of your current truck. Since you were raised in CO/UT area, knowing what mountain passes can do to a tow rig is a good thing. I have friends that laugh I went 1 ton, and I just smile when I get there driving the speed limit, relaxed, usually hours ahead of them (added fuel stops, not even towing close to speed limit, worn out on arrival). Maybe it is time to put up the idea of a golf cart until you get a more suitable truck for the job. I would recommend a TT like mine with a toy hauler option in the front, but that isn't going to help you out in the payload department. I couldn't imagine towing 7500 lbs with a 5.3L, especially where I live.
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