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Old 03-09-2011, 03:17 PM   #127
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@BillTex: Buy a SPOT. I don't think OnStar does what you think it does. I'm not being argumentative for the sake of argument, I think OnStar is a great service for what it is, but I do not believe that it has a SARSAT (PLB or EPIRB) or Globalsat (SPOT) transmitter and doesn't offer you the protection you think it does when you're out of range of Verizon coverage.

SPOT and GPS-enabled EPIRBs and PLBs aren't transceivers in the traditional sense of having 2-way communication to 1 endpoint, but they receive GPS signals and transmit distress beacon signals coded with GPS coordinates (if available) and PLBs also often transmit short-range signals to assist rescuers in pinpointing the beacon's location when they get close to the reported coordinates.

I'll stop harping on this now, but it is important to me to convey that I have looked for this information and have seen ZERO evidence that OnStar has any sort of satellite transmission capability and I don't think it provides PLB-like functionality if you press the red button where it can't get a CDMA signal.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:15 PM   #128
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OnStar By GM | OnStar Technology, Global Positioning System and GPS Maps

It looks like it needs cell service to talk to the OnStar mothership.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:52 PM   #129
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Good Morning, Bill,

Thanx for the response. We are planning to head out to Colorado with Lucy around the first week in May. After doing our TC shopping there, we plan to make a decision pretty quickly. If we end up ordering an Outfitter, it will take about six months to get it. That will allow us plenty of time to shop around and special order the Duramax. We may be able to hold off long enough to order a 2012 model. I have not yet researched the cut-off date for ordering 2011's.

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High speed idle stock on our dmax. Auto on when real cold. Auto off when any pedal pressed.

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Old 03-09-2011, 05:30 PM   #130
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The High idle Switch (UF3) is a $200 option on the WT. It well may included on the LT's and and other higher trim levels.

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On the high idle switch, would that be used when more current from the alternator is needed, warm the engine and keep the cab heater hot in extremely cold weather?
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The high idle switch on a diesel engine helps it get to proper operating temperature in cold weather.

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Old 03-09-2011, 08:00 PM   #133
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On-Star requires cellular towers to transmit help messages - only SAT interaction is SAT receivers for GPS. Not like iSpot which can talk to Sat's like Sat phone....
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We are on our 2nd Chevy duramax the first was an '03 extended and the second is an '06 4 door. The '03 got a little better gas mileage. We can get 20 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg around town and towing we get 14mpg.

We like the truck but the only problem with our truck is the transmission lines to the front radiator which has been replaced 3 times due to oil leaks. Which is a defect in their lines which I have been told this by 2 different mechanics.

And right now we have a steering knuckle knock. And agreeing on the small fuel tank. Needs to be a little bit bigger.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:52 AM   #135
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Speaking of the OEM fuel tank (36 gallon) on the 2011 Duramax, I have been exploring options. I have been looking at a replacement fuel tank from Transfer Flow Fuel Tank Systems. They offer a 56 gallon tank that can replace the OEM fuel tank in a long bed chassis. These tanks are pricey at $1000+, but could be really useful.

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Speaking of the OEM fuel tank (36 gallon) on the 2011 Duramax, I have been exploring options. I have been looking at a replacement fuel tank from Transfer Flow Fuel Tank Systems. They offer a 56 gallon tank that can replace the OEM fuel tank in a long bed chassis. These tanks are pricey at $1000+, but could be really useful.

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Brian, you will have something like 700-800 mi range with the 36 gal tank!
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Yeah - I envy your 36 gal tank myself. I start looking to fuel up when I get to about 250 miles (about 20 gallons when pulling).

BTW - are you going to miss your quadrasteer on the new rig?

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My buddy has the 50 gallon Titan in his GMC/Duramax and we went out last weekend, he was still burning $3.65 diesel, while I filled at $4.05 and top offed at $4.25 to get home. But he's empty now, so it's gonna hurt to fill it!

moose, what kind of millage are you expecting with a camper shell in the bed and towing an airstream?
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Yeah - I envy your 36 gal tank myself. I start looking to fuel up when I get to about 250 miles (about 20 gallons when pulling).

BTW - are you going to miss your quadrasteer on the new rig?

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I am going to really miss the Quadrasteer Suburbans. I am used to being able to thread a needle when backing the Airstream. A long bed truck is going to be a whole different ball game. I am going to have to relearn trailer backing.

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My buddy has the 50 gallon Titan in his GMC/Duramax and we went out last weekend, he was still burning $3.65 diesel, while I filled at $4.05 and top offed at $4.25 to get home. But he's empty now, so it's gonna hurt to fill it!

moose, what kind of millage are you expecting with a camper shell in the bed and towing an airstream?
To answer your question about expected fuel mileage, I really don't have any idea. I have never owned a diesel, so I am new at this. I would have probably stuck with gas for just towing Lucy. I will be toting about 2500# of truck camper and towing a 7400# Airstream. We have decided that we are going to need diesel is we want this rig to be able to go uphill. It will be interesting to see how this will work out fuel mileage-wise.

Maybe some with diesel experience can chime in with what they think on MPG.

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