Installed new tow mirrors so my OEM DL8 mirrors are for sale. Siren Red Tintcoat/Crimson Red (paint code G1E). Caps can be repainted to desired color. These are power adjust, heated, manual fold. No turn signals. They have some dings consistent with 20,000 miles but otherwise good condition. Price: $175 shipped from Gulf Breeze, FL.
I bought a new 30 foot travel trailer last weekend and this weekend installed an Equal-I-zer weight distributing hitch. Drove it home last weekend without WDH because the dealer didn't sell the Equal-I-zer but that's another story. After install, I took it for a test drive and had a light go red at just the wrong time. Hit the brakes and the whole rig stopped beautifully as if it were a single unit. I know that's how it's supposed to work but I've only experienced after-market controllers before and they never worked as well as this. With the trailer brake on the DIC, you can see it is truly proportional to the pressure applied to the brake and not to the 'deceleration' of the vehicle. I understand why people want to add the factory controller over an after-market unit.
I just ordered these. More expensive than the clip-ons but I figure I can sell the OEMs for at least the same price. I've used clip-ons in the past when they were the only option and never really liked them. I'm hoping the indicators work without modification.
In a post from Monday, someone was quoted $9100 for a new motor in a 2009 so $4500 sounds like a bargain. If it's a reman, they normally come with 3 years/100k warranty. If the difference between a 'may fix' and new engine is around $2000, I'd go with the new motor.
It's not as sad as a pickup getting 5-6mpg towing a trailer. My point was going from a 15,000 GVW to 42,000 GVW brick-on-wheels ONLY cost 1.5mpg. It seems the heavier you go, the more energy-efficient you get. Think freight train.
When I last had a travel trailer, I towed with a 2003 Expedition with the Triton 5.4 motor. Rated towing capacity was 9400 lbs. Trailer was about 32ft overall and weighed in around 7500lbs ready to camp. I had an Equal-I-zer WDH and electric brakes. It towed just fine and returned around 10mpg. I would usually keep it in the 60-65mph band on the highway. I upgraded to a Class A motorhome with a Cummins 8.3 diesel, flat towing our Equinox. That combination would return around 8.5mpg.
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