garagerog started following This truck should not be used to carry a Slide In Camper., Odd sound while in 4WD and coming to a stop or turning, Fogging Headlight and and 7 others
All of the above and keyword for the OP, crow-hopping.
Gotta hand it to your buddy for the redneck fix of putting desiccant packets in the headlight housing to adsorb moisture, but it will be a short term fix, once they're saturated, he'll be back to square one, probably best to do it right the first time and seal it right.
No matter how you feel about the new technology in modern vehicles, one thing for certain is that your average shade tree mechanic or DIY guy has been engineered out of the equation. Ok from the manufacturers standpoint I suppose except from what I've seen the factory tech's training hasn't kept up with what the engineers are throwing out there when new tech goes wrong. Won't happen of course, but would be nice to see a consumer boycott until there was a factory engineer in every dealership, make them feel the pain of their design work. But what do I know, I'm just an old guy that thinks that less is more.
Only excuse for rolling coal is a farmer (who feeds us btw) pulling a 40' toolbar or a coal-fired steam locomotive on a historical or tourist run.
Take a good look at the picture of that 1/2 ton Ford xShift posted, that's why you need at least a 3/4 ton p/u to haul a slide in camper around. Or 2500, 250, HD, or SD, whatever terminology you prefer. I understand the OP's confusion, years ago, slide-in campers were just referred to as campers, TT's were just that, but since campers popularity has waned over the years (probably due to shorter beds) TT owners have copped the camper moniker.
I'd suggest you take a gander at google earth on your intended route over the Rockies, and Cascades or Sierras, whichever the case may be. You can see the elevation changes there and make a more informed decision. But wow, a used Duramax is $20K over a used gasser? And I thought the Duramax option was only about $10K more on a new truck. I guess the guys that say the Duramax's hold their value better are right. The newer diesels are not without problems of their own, so take into consideration mileage and remaining warranty. Have you tried to find a used 2500/3500 with the 6.0 gas engine,? That might be a viable option too.
I believe your emergency stop is relevant, especially if you locked up your tires to the point where you could hear tire screech or see black tire marks on the highway in your rear-view mirror. If that's the case your tires are flat-spotted, I doubt any amount of balancing will correct that and sorry to say your only option is to replace all 4 tires.
If the clutch engages and disengages properly I would surmise you're just fine. Perhaps the fingers on the new pressure plate are more heavy duty or like davester suggested over time the feel of the clutch has changed. I know my legs aren't as strong as they were 29 years ago.
Aftermarket auxiliary gas tanks used to be readily available and quite popular especially during the gas shortage years. I believe the issue with them not being available now is the complexity of the modern evaporative control mechanisms, not sure one could plumb one in even if it wasn't a MacGyver job without throwing a code.
I'm with diyer, floor jack and jackstands for me, but I run a vehicle up on blocks when possible. I do have a seldom used bottle jack, but use it for chores other than automotive. The most dangerous jack to me is the hi-lift jack, favored by the serious off road jeep enthusiasts. More years than I want to admit to, I worked for a farmer that called the hi-lift jack, a COFFIN jack, probably for good reason, maybe it went back to years of yor when they were used to lift fully loaded horse drawn wagons.
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