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Old 09-18-2006, 03:03 PM   #29
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I was at NAPA yesterday when a guy comes in. He wanted an oil filter for his DuraMax. It was $45.
You must be refering to the FUEL filter. They are overpriced. I have a Caterpillar aux. filter on mine, and it only costs $10.
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You may be right on that. I bet it was a fuel filter, actually. Now that I think about it, it had a hole in the bottom. Must have been. My friend is the manager of the store and he used to own a Cummins and was ribbing the guy that the equivalent filter for it was like $12 also. My mistake...I have paid about $12 for my oil filters though.

This fuel filter for the Dura Max was a monster of a thing. Probably 10" deep and 5" in diameter easily. The guy said the one for his Peterbilt cost like $10 and he couldn't understand why this one for the "little" Chevy was so high.

This is my first diesel, but so far, I've been exremely pleased with it. the worst thing is having to wear a "grime mitt" every time I fill it up. If I don't, my hands stink for a day afterward
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Old 09-18-2006, 07:47 PM   #31
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I just bought a little 6 cylinder straight shift to pull my 34'

Dodge Cummins 6 speed 4x4. Wish I had done it before the trip to international
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Old 09-18-2006, 08:18 PM   #32
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Ok I am really beginning to start my search seriously now. I test drove the 2500 with the Cumins Diesel and loved it. Now how about 2500 vs 3500? 2006 vs 2007? any other helpful advice? Thanks the information provided so far has been excellent...
We have a 2005 34 w/SO, which definitely has a heavier tongue weight than our 1999 34 - no slide out (I don't care what the spec sheets say). As a result, I found that our Excursion (like a 250) sagged in the rear end. I added rear suspension "air bags" that beefs up the suspension when towing (just add air), essentially giving it a more "350" feel.

When we tow, I add air to the air bags (to about 25 lbs), and the Excursion rides level - tows like a champ. When we get back home, I let the air out to about 10 lbs, and then the Excursion has a much softer and nicer ride.

Just a thought as you determine 2500/3500. If Dodge is like Ford, the only difference will be an additional spring in the rear end. If the 3500 rides to your satisfaction when not towing, I would probably steer you in that direction.
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Old 09-18-2006, 08:25 PM   #33
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I might add that our Excursion has a 45 gallon tank and we can go 500+ miles on a tank - towing. Finding diesel is easy, and refueling diesel at truck stops is FAR easier than trying to pull a 34 into a regular gas station to fill up gas. Another reason to consider diesel.
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Old 09-19-2006, 01:36 PM   #34
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Finding diesel is easy, and refueling diesel at truck stops is FAR easier than trying to pull a 34 into a regular gas station to fill up gas. Another reason to consider diesel.
I've had very little trouble finding diesel when traveling. I am actually surprised how many Pilot/Flying J's/etc. there are along the interstates. I also am surprised how many stations have diesel.

I have fueled at truck stops, gas stations, and "travel centers" and haven't had too much trouble at gas stations. Of course truck stops and travel centers are easier to manuver a combined length of 50' around and up to the pumps, but I usually have been able to get to the diesel pumps (usually on the outside of the islands anyway) without blocking everybody's access to the rest of the pumps.
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:44 AM   #35
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Almost there

Looks like I may have found the truck I am going to buy. Going to test drive it today if all goes well....

Looks like a 2007 Sierra 2500hd with the diesel engine and the SLT package...

Just a few more questions.
Spray in bedliner vs drop in ?

If a spray in bedliner then which manufacturer?
Reflex vs. Line-X vs. Rhino

Caps .. Leer vs A.R.E brand... Does anyone have any experience with A.R.E. ? I have a Leer now and have had some problems with it.
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Spray in bedliner vs drop in ?
not a big fan of either. i use a heavy duty rubber bed mat. found at our local farm and fleet store. about 50 bucks.

easily removed for cleaning, non skid, and heavy enough it will not lift or blow out when traveling.

i looked into spray in liners and just could not bring myself to letting some guy take a grinder to the bed of my new truck!

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I am really unfamiliar with the spray on bed liners. They just don't appeal to me. The ones that I have seen are rough and would scratch anything painted that you haul. On the other hand, the big draw is that things don't slide around, but inevidably, some things will and they will get scratched if they do.

There are pros and cons to both.

The positive for drop ins for me is that they flex and absorb the shock of something banging into them so they give some protection against dents if your load rolls around, such as a riding mower or like my tiller did. I don't know if the impact was transferred to the bed wall behind, but I don't see dents after carrying these items and they rolled around. The big draw back is that things slide around unless you take a lot of effort to secure them with tie-downs in all directions.

I have had a Dura-liner in my previous truck and a Ford branded liner in my current truck. I am satified with both.
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Go spray-in

I have used spray-in liners in my last 4 trucks and I would have nothing else. I have experienced no problems with anything getting scratched by the liners; in fact, in the one truck that was sprayed before I purchased, the liner was too slippery and things moved around. I have a local installer who does a great job of preparation and put on an even coating in the other 3 trucks.

Spray-in liners also tend to quiet the truck.

I tote a lot of building material, stone, and things like riding mowers and I have never had any problem with dents in the bed.

In the truck I had years ago with a drop-in liner, the bed really rusted badly because of grit getting under the liner.
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Spray in

I have had better than excellant service with a spray in liner. I have not had the issue with scratching that another poster had.

Remember, the liner color will fade as its exposed to sunlight over time.
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Remember, the liner color will fade as its exposed to sunlight over time.
I presume you mean spray on liner because my F-150 is 11 years old and has the Duraliner from new and it hasn't faded at all. My F-250 is one year old and hasn't shown any sign of fading either.
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I presume you mean spray on liner because my F-150 is 11 years old and has the Duraliner from new and it hasn't faded at all. My F-250 is one year old and hasn't shown any sign of fading either.
You presume correctly.

For the uses I put my truck through the fading is a small price to pay for the durability and cargo benefits. When I peeked under my Duroliner I found rust. Can't have that. I also noticed my Duroliner had cracked. If unlike me you don't use your truck for rough hauling and other tasks the Duroliner may the the right product.
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Well, the only thing I haul on a regular basis is my a$$!

Seriously, I don't haul much in my trucks: bails of pine straw being the most regular load and that's only twice a year. But the majority of the work trucks I see in my area have drop-in liners.

Now I will give you that there are abrasions from the drop-ins that will result in wearing away of the microscopic layer of paint they seem to put on trucks these days and I'm sure there is probably rust under the liner in my 1995, but I don't think it has come near to rusting through yet. My 1995 has an over-the-rail type (I don't recommend this type) and the paint has worn away under the liner on top of the rails, but the primer hasn't worn through any place there, yet.
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