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Old 01-20-2011, 07:42 PM   #15
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Thanks everyone. Some very good thoughts and things to consider. I like it. Still looking.
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:54 PM   #16
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Some would say that shopping is the fun part of any purchase...
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:17 PM   #17
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Agree However...

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Diesel fuel is about 30% more energy dense than gasoline, so the math usually works in favor of diesel fuel over "cheaper" gasoline.
Finding Diesel has once or twice been a bit white knuckle... NEVER again want to put 25.87 gallons of diesel into a 30 gallon tank. Fortunately the truck was brand new at the time so there wasn't a bunch of gunk in the bottom of the tank. I now carry an extra 3 gallons whenever I go out of town - and yes I dump it back in the tank at journey's end so that it doesn't go stale.

Definitely get more MPG than a comparable gasser - my neighbor has "exacle same" truck with a gas engine and I'm getting 4-5 mpg more.
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:47 PM   #18
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What is the type "jerry can" that you use for carrying your fuel?
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:51 AM   #19
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Well I did it. I have made the deal on a used GMC Yukon XL. The wife got her heated leather seats and I got a 4x4 with low miles and a tow pkg that was never been used. Paid cash, no payments. Had to take it on test run with trailer in tow. Just got back from Death Valley. The truck worked out great. Just tire issue. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...t-61624-8.html. Thank you all for your valuable input.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:42 AM   #20
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Congratulations! Great looking rig.

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Old 02-08-2011, 07:58 AM   #21
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Great looking rig - looks like you have that 'burb pretty darn loaded up...
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:50 PM   #22
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Thanks guys.
She's a beauty all right, no nicks, dings or scratches so far. It pulls nice also. Especially with new rubber.
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Try one more link on the spring bars. The extra tension may level out your Yukon front to back. I had the same vehicle and was happy with it. Comfortable ride it is. Perfect for a trailer of your size and weight.
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Congrats That's a great looking truck and Airstream.
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I forgot to mention that on my 06 Tahoe, my Bilstein load leveling rear shocks both failed. My box trailer had an 800 lb tongue weight and apparently it caused the shocks to fail. It cost me $600 to replace them as they have to come from GM. My Tahoe sat a little low like yours under the load and apparently it was too much for the load leveling device and the seals blew out on the shocks. Aside from that, I had absolutely no problems with the Tahoe mechanically while towing.
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I will be looking into a stronger air leveling system or perhaps a set of over load springs. I can also take it up 1 link on the hitch bar chains.
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My situation FWIW:

We currently own a 2001 Yukon with only 140,000 km's on it, but last year it started costing money above and beyond normal maintenance (to the tune of $3000). My experience is that here in Canada, when a vehicle reaches 10 years old it's time to trade...the winters and salt really start taking it's toll on vehicles (which BTW was the major factor in the repairs).

Anyway, we only use our truck for towing and as a backup to our daily driver so buying new really doesn't make much sense. Besides, the cost of new vehicles even with the recent discounts are too much for this old dude. So we're buying used. But I'm not happy with the prices for used cars either on dealers lots or listed in private sales. So I've hired a small local broker who's looking to import a lightly used 2010 Chevy Traverse from the USA for me.

To illustrate: A local dealer has a used 2010 Traverse on the lot with 30,000 kms and wants $30,000 for it (and no tow package). That price is typical here Ontario. My broker found a 2010 Traverse with 10,000 mi in the US with a tow package that he could get for $21,500. By the time I paid for his fees and all import duties and taxes, I would have saved almost $7000. I didn't buy that one because I didn't like the colour! But eventually I'll get what I want.
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