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Old 08-10-2004, 07:21 PM   #15
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about the only thing I could add would be that, of all the trailers Airstream offers, not a single one needs the dually for towing. The 2500 is a much easier ride, and with the D/A may be the premier tow vehicle. Mileage is great, and in my configuration, (crew cab/8' bed) it rides like a dream everywhere.
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I couldn't agree with you more about the dually being "overkill" for an Airstream. I was originally thinking "5th-wheel" until the Airstream caught my eye (---got the "horse before the cart" thanks to a sweetheart deal!) I love the stability of the dually on the interstates - but I'm trying to devise a way to tame the "harshness" on secondary roads. I'm open to any suggestions short of trading the dually in.
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Old 08-10-2004, 08:33 PM   #16
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Ride Harshness

Cracker,
I made an air suspension system myself for my last truck, and it worked fabulously. I'm fortunate to have the knowledge to do so, as well as the equipment.
Now, I hope I'm not breaking rules here. Pull this up and look at it.

http://www.campingworld.com/browse/p...=SRCH&tcode=37


This is very similar to what I had done myself. It completely replaces the metal springs. It rides very well, and is expensive, but it meets your requirement of ' short of trading my truck'.
I DO NOT recommend the installation techs at Camping World, (nor do I say not to use them) as I think it's just like any other shop-it depends solely on the specific person assigned to work on your truck. He may be reliable- he may not be.
Hope this helps,
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Oh, by the way, ride harshness as well as load capabilities can be further adjusted by using different capacity air bags-made by Firestone.
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Old 08-10-2004, 09:26 PM   #17
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Word from Canadian source is a duramax / allison suburban is on the table. time line unknown. Stepping down the engine and redesigning the transmission for a smaller unit to fit the hump. Just a guy at the rally. may knows what he is talking about or not. Anyway I think I'll just hang on to my 96 5.7 a little longer.
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Old 08-11-2004, 05:16 AM   #18
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Suburban Duramax?

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Anything in the world is possible, I guess, however, since the Allison that's used in the truck is NOT made specifically for this truck, but rather is used in so many vehicles worldwide, I doubt the reality of a trans redesign. I also doubt the downsizing of the Duramax. It already will fit the vehicle, and it is now the smallest, yet powerful , reliable deisel out there. Powerstroke went smaller, and had bunches of problems BEFORE they got it right. GM has it right already- they would be better served to redesign the floor of the vehicle.
But we cannot forget, the Suburban's biggest use is to haul kids, not pulling Airstreams- even though we want to think so
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Old 08-11-2004, 07:42 AM   #19
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Well, the Tahoe and Sub are to be redesigned in 2006 or 2007. I would think that if they did it, that would be the timeframe.
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Old 08-23-2004, 09:03 PM   #20
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They are to depower the duramax so it doesn't twist the new smaller allison around the burb. Problem is the hump isn't big enough. Just rumors...
did i mention i love a good rumor....
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Old 08-23-2004, 10:31 PM   #21
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Oil Consumption

None! I had the oil changed in Milan. Michigan and have pulled the Classic 25 about 3500 miles since then at 60 to 65 mph. I checked the level today and it is still on the full mark and the oil looks just as clean as new oil.

I remember my diesel Rabbit where the oil turned black as ink in the first couple of hundred miles. Diesels have sure changed in the last 30 years.

Funny thing, the oil was a lot blacker in my 60,000 mile supercharged Buick when I checked it today. Still on the full mark, though, though just about due for a change.
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Old 08-23-2004, 10:38 PM   #22
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By the way

When I opened the hood, I was greeted by a platoon of imported fire ants. I don't know what lured them into the engine area, but something sure must have been attractive to them. I was lucky. I only had a couple of bites before I got them off of me.

I know that fire ants like outside electrical boxes on air conditioners. Something about AC current seems to lure them, maybe ozone from the contactor sparking. This is the first time I have had them in any of my vehicles, though.
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Old 08-24-2004, 06:00 AM   #23
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I moved up to the 2500 Duramax/Allison combo from a 2003 1500 gas model.

I have pulled in the N GA mountains on some steep grades, and I just love it. My other truck got me there, but it was always stepping back a gear to pull inclines. This new truck is a pleasure to pull with and to ride in.

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We own a 2003 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4X4, D/A, CC, LB with 43,000 problem- free miles. I change the oil/filter at 5000 mile intervals and have never noticed a change in dipstick level over that period. Even while towing 12,000 to 15,000 lbs. for half the truck's life, the average fuel mileage as registered by the trip computer is 16.9 mpg. I believe GM has made the perfect engine/transmission combination.
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Old 08-24-2004, 09:27 PM   #25
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We own a 2003 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4X4, D/A, CC, LB with 43,000 problem- free miles. I change the oil/filter at 5000 mile intervals and have never noticed a change in dipstick level over that period. Even while towing 12,000 to 15,000 lbs. for half the truck's life, the average fuel mileage as registered by the trip computer is 16.9 mpg. I believe GM has made the perfect engine/transmission combination.
I'd agree here. Sounds like you have an LB7 engine. Harder to change injectors, but better fuel econ. The '04s equipped with the LLY engines do seem to show far less fuel econ than you are exp.
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Really all they have to do is raise the suberban up 2 inchesoff the frame like they do for the HD trucks and it should fit.
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Old 09-16-2004, 11:05 PM   #27
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...and in a perfect world they'd do just that.....

I'm thinking that they are waiting to do that when the redesign shows up for 2006, be it a different smaller Allison trans or the same that is in the HD truckline with the correct modifications required to make that work.
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You guys are just showing off. My, wouldn't I be proud of mileage figures like that. I normally cross the scales-loaded-at 17,600 lbs- that's an Airsteam travel trailer in tow with a Goldwing motorcycle in the bed. I get 14.7 on the best day. 2001 model with 33,000 miles, 4 inch exhaust from DPS and 265 tires. I'm by no means a leadfoot. Congrats on your performance.
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