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Old 09-30-2003, 06:27 AM   #29
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Silverback,

GM has a camping mirror option. I belive from the website it was a $55 upgrade from the standard power mirrors. What they do is extend out at a touch of a button and retract the same way.

And for my chip in the big game:

The Duramax/Allision combo is by far the favorite among most folks. The Dodge is a wonderful engine too, but it's loud as heck and does not have the far superior Allision trans.

Ford, well, sorry, it's Ford, what can I say?

You made the right choice, but I would look into those mirrors.

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Old 09-30-2003, 07:13 AM   #30
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Silverback, check outThe Diesel Place Website gobs of Duramax information. Everyone is recommending an additional fuel filter, because they all feel the small Racor unit is insufficient. I am going with a pre-OEM Caterpiller myself.
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Old 09-30-2003, 08:52 AM   #31
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The Sierra was the classiest (but felt pooped compared to the Silverado?).
I am curious to understand what you meant by this??
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Old 09-30-2003, 07:59 PM   #32
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Red face Let me explain....

Jerry, The Sierra just didn't feel like it had the power the Silverado had. Very strange. I could light the Silverado's tires up and get it going sideways (not a selling point for some...). The Sierra would not do that. Maybe becasue it was a heavier, long bed crew cab? Also the GMC dealer was more interested in selling Caddy Escalades for $72K. The pickups were 2nd class citizens.

Eric, I ordered the extending tow mirrors with the Silverado. Just not sure I'm wild about the accordion looking boot.

Greg, I like the numbers Banks publishes for the Monster 4" on the Duramax also.

Pick, The Deisel Place is great site. Thanks.

Anybody looking for a good deal on an 03 Tundra?
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Smile ~160 miles on our new Silverado 2500 HD

Just an FYI for this thread. After research and test driving all contenders we had Chevy build us a Silverado with the Duramax/Allison combination. Now we're getting it set up for towing. Pretty much like Mr. Pahaska's only with 4WD (I have some questions for him in the D/A thread). That's all folks.
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Old 11-23-2003, 05:27 PM   #34
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I have seen the light

I'll never tow a sizeable trailer again without a diesel. It is night and day better than gas. Except for accelerating from a stop, the tach just sat at about 2000 RPM up hill and down. Hills that would have had me at 4000 RPM pulling the 22' were climbed easily at 2000 RPM with the 25'.

Gas mileage hovers around 15 towing and 20 around town. I took a short freeway trip solo to Camping World; haven't filled up yet, but judging from the fuel gage, I must be getting close to 25 at 70 on the freeway.
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Old 11-23-2003, 06:39 PM   #35
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I average 15 mpg consistently towing my 77 31' Excella 500. I have a short box and only 26 gallon tank capacity. The long boxes comes with a 34 gallon tank. I wish I had the extra 8 gallons. Also, the idiot light in my truck comes on when i have about 4 gallons left or about 60 miles. Never run a diesel out of fuel. It is very hard on the engine to get it cranked again I have been told.

The positive thing about the truck is that you can go longer in between oil changes. I go about 7,500 miles. The "STEALER" charges about $55 for an oil change. The fuel is typically cheaper to burn and you will get better mileage. Also, in the end, your resale should be higher with the diesel and allison. The allison is fantastic and works like a charm. You made the right choice.
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The long boxes comes with a 34 gallon tank. I wish I had the extra 8 gallons. Also, the idiot light in my truck comes on when I have about 4 gallons left or about 60 miles.
Amen on the gas tank capacity; the 26 gallons is the only big thing I would change about the truck. A 34 gallon tank would be terrific.
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I just did my first oil change on my Dmax at 2600 miles. I went with Mobil Delvac 1300, and a Baldwin filter. You can get Delvac, Chevron Delo 400, or Pennzoil Long Life Diesel at Wally World for under $6 a gallon. All are great diesel oils. I may switch to Amsoil 15W40 Synthetic Blend after break in. I added a Fumoto oil drain valve to make oil changes easier, and to keep oil from dripping on the skid plate and going all over the place.

I also installed a Caterpillar fuel filter pre OEM, between the tank on OEM for extra insurance.

I have only towed my Airstream once and got 12.8 mpg, but the truck had 600 miles on it when I did the tow. A trip last week to New York, netted me 19.8 mpg, 80% freeway.
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Ford, well, sorry, it's Ford, what can I say?

You can start with "I should have bought one."

Seriously, test drive them all ... see what you like .. test drive them again ... and do your research. They are all good products.

My F-350 is on a train in New Mexico .. headed my way. I almost didn't order one ... the first year ... 2003 ... had more than its fair share of problems.

But I watched and waited .... sure enough, Ford made more than 30 changes to the PSD beginning with 2004 models manufactured after 9/29/03. Initial reports have been very good.

On balance, I know folks with NO problems with their 2003 Fords. I also know people that have had headaches with their Duramaxes and Dodges.

Oh ... and let me add ... Ford does NOT own Cummins. That is a myth that still lives ... and I don't know why.
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I don't know what your book and dealer says about oil changes on the chevy. Both my book and the dealer say to change it at 3k. Go to the dealer and have it changed for $65 or do it yourself for about 1/2 that.

Have to admit it "I love my ford"
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i think changing the oil every 3,000 miles is a waste. Most over the road tractors change their oil about every 250 hours or 10,000 miles. My book says to change the oil about every 7,500 miles. I guess one could have an analysis done on the oil to see how it is holding up at 7,500 miles. Maybe I will do that next time.

I think one could run even longer on synthetic, but the filter would need to be changed earlier than the oil itself.
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When I have run synthetic in my cars I change the filter at 3-4 K and top it off. When it is time for the third filter I change them both.

The oil is normally 1/2 as dark as dino oil at 5K (my normal interval). I am a beliver in Full Synthetics. The blends offer little improvement in my opinion and if you are looking for the synthetic benifits I feel you need to go 100%.
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i think changing the oil every 3,000 miles is a waste.
It depends upon what type of driving you have been doing.

For "normal" driving ... most manufacturers recommend 7,500 miles.

But if you have been towing ... most will consider that "severe duty" ... check your manual .... you might find a recommendation of 3,000 miles.
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