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Old 09-26-2006, 02:00 AM   #43
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Well we purchased the Sierra noted before. Thank you for the info on the bed liners. Has anyone had any experience with and A. R. E. cap? I will be making this decision relatively soon.
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Old 09-26-2006, 06:00 AM   #44
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Some of the A.R.E caps have a rebate that runs out 9-30. A dealer told me as long as the order is placed by then, you get the rebate. The LS II was $795 locally, including the $100 rebate. They are custom painted to match your truck using your VIN.

I don't have one of these but am considering getting one. This brand is popular in our area.
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Congradulations on your new truck. You will really like it for many years to come. You will be glad you have that diesel engine with a large and heavy trailer like the 34 footer. While I prefer the Fords, the Chevy is certainly every bit as good a truck as the Ford, IMHO. Anyway, you will be pleased with your decision and glad you went diesel.
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:23 AM   #46
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Well we purchased the Sierra noted before. Thank you for the info on the bed liners. Has anyone had any experience with and A. R. E. cap? I will be making this decision relatively soon.
hi deo

i have the a.r.e. z series on the long bed superduty.

mine is lined, has the clothes hanger, front opening window.
had the side windows tinted to nearly 100% so they are very dark and it is harder to see the cargo inside....which was the goal...
still easy to see 'out' however...

looks good on the ford....folks think it is a custom long excursion..

i've had it 18 month.
paint was thin in a few spots and started peeling near some edges....so it was sent back to the factory for a full respray...
new paint is much much better....all covered under warranty. took 3 weeks turn around time....

overall i don't think there is much difference between this one and the top line from other makers...

but for the entry level model and mid model there are differences in windows, rear door, latches and so on....that is why i opted for the z series...better hardware imo.

lots of views on bedliners...
yes the drop in will wear on the paint and metal...with a full cap this is less of an issue related to rust.
a plus for the rhino/lineX is that they come in colors....a white or gray liner would make seeing the gear easier vs black...

i would by a.r.e. again....

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Old 09-26-2006, 10:49 AM   #47
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Well we purchased the Sierra noted before. Thank you for the info on the bed liners. Has anyone had any experience with and A. R. E. cap? I will be making this decision relatively soon.
Congratulations on your new GMC diesel pickup!
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Old 09-26-2006, 08:49 PM   #48
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You will love your new diesel truck. The following URL is a link to a thread on spray on liners: http://www.dieselplace.com/forum/sho...ighlight=linex
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Old 09-29-2006, 09:45 AM   #49
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Going to look at the A.R.E. caps today...I will be sure to report back my observations... Sounds like Line-x is the way to go on the spray in liner. .. Drove the new truck home yesterday and I can't wait to get things hooked up and do a trip with the trailer... But must get some of these details completed first...
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Congratulations on the new Sierra! I bought an '06 last summer and am very pleased. Didn't go for the diesel, but so far am happy with the 6.0L/4.10. Went to Medicine Bow WY last week(I-80 from eastern Nebraska) for the Antelope Rally and was pleased with the towing ('05 31' Classic). Next one will be a diesel.

For bedliners, if it isn't too late - also look at the "BedRug". Figure on camping with the truck on a few rare occasions in the backcountry, and the padded surface is sure friendly to the knees. I've hauled concrete rubble with it too. About the same cost as spray-on.

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Going to look at the A.R.E. caps today...I will be sure to report back my observations... Sounds like Line-x is the way to go on the spray in liner. .. Drove the new truck home yesterday and I can't wait to get things hooked up and do a trip with the trailer... But must get some of these details completed first...
remember! break the differential in right, no towing for 500 miles then change the fluid!

consult your manual.

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Old 09-30-2006, 07:41 PM   #52
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Agreed on the break-in period. There are lots of things to do before the first trip with the trailer. We decided on the A.R.E. cap they looked like they were made better and had some nice features such as a fold down front window so you can wash the rear window of the truck. Also decided on the reflex spray in bedliner (have not done that yet but will when the cap comes in). The truck drives incredibly smooth with the Allison transmission... it is very impressive. I hope my experience here helps others in selection. Now off to getting the hitch height correct and attaching the break controller.... Looks like my October vacation is moving to November...
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Old 11-20-2006, 11:41 AM   #53
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Trip Report - First trip with the new TV

Well we finally took our first trip with the new GMC Sierra 2500.. Thank you all for your help it was very useful. We drove from Boston to Virginia to Charleston SC to Hilton Head with a side trip to Savannah and a stay in Fredricksburg Va on the way home.. A total of appx 2200 miles... The truck was unbelievable... what an improvement ! There was absolutely no sway not even a budge when the big rigs went by me on the highway... The "tow haul mode" of the truck was fantastic ! As I reached each exit and came off the highway it was like the transmission was doing all the thinking for me.. just amazing ! I'm glad I purchased it before the new ones that require ultra low diesel came out... I didn't see too many pumps offering it.. I must say this has been a great experience.... I agree with all above that I love the new truck.. thanks for the good advice!! OK so now to begin the hunt on a 34' classic....
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Here's my 2 cents worth - hope it helps some: first you made a great decision on the GM 2500.
I've been towing a TT for 11 years. My trailer weight has consistently been in the 5500 - 6000 Lbs range ( dry weight ) with 26-27 foot trailer. My current TV is a 2wd 2500HD Chevy ext cab pickup with 8.1 L engine and Allison transmission. I Love the Allision transmission in this truck. My next truck will definately have the Allision. There are times, on a flat highway with a tailwind, that I have actually looked back just to make sure the trailer is still attached...of course it it...but it's that sensation that I'm not towing anything that causes me to look. Yes, the gas milage could be better with a diesel, but I don't tow the TT every day, nor do I use the truck for daily commutes so I don't mind paying the extra gas $$ for a truck that gets down to business when it comes time to tow. I put a flat lid on the back of the 2500 to help with air drag and provide better cartage/storage area for those additional things like lawn chairs, turf grass for the "front yard", etc. ANd it has 1 ton suspension, which helps with the heavier tongue weights. PS: My wife says our 2500 HD drives like a nice car, it's very comfy, well insulated, and has all the gadgets that one would want in a long distance vehicle. I'm very satisfied with this set up and would only change it if I were going to be getting a new truck, at which time I'll probably go with a duramax diesel just to improve the gas mileage. Happy Trails!
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