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Old 01-05-2016, 11:05 AM   #1
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I washed it yesterday, but yesterday's gone...

I got this new-to-me 2013 GMC diesel Denali.... in WHITE.

What possessed me? Well finding a used 2500 diesel in decent condition is HARD and they sell almost as soon as they are listed. If I had it to do over I'd hold out forever if necessary for a silver one, a bronze one, or that nice sort of cadet blue (gray-blue) one that doesn't look dirty the day after it's washed. I'm not sure whether black ones aren't as bad as white ones, but for those contemplating a purchase of a tow vehicle consider "dirt friendly" as a criteria. All campsites are dusty or muddy... it's the law.

Second thing of note. I used to have a Diesel Silverado 2500 with stock 18 inch wheels. The used GMC... has the 20 inch wheels. They cost more and believe it or not I can FEEL that the truck is harder to turn.

Like the truck, but I'm buying tickets for the BIG lottery today, and if I win I'll probably keep it, but I'll change back to 18' wheels AND I'll have a "man Friday" to wash the vehicle and the trailers!

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Old 01-05-2016, 11:45 AM   #2
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Congrats on the "new" truck.
And a Happy New Year also.

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Old 01-05-2016, 11:48 AM   #3
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20" wheels may look nice, but anytime you go to those super low profile tires, IMHO it's a waste of money, a lousy ride, and expensive tires. Not worth it for me. Low profile tired are a deal killer for me.


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Old 01-05-2016, 12:00 PM   #4
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...Like the truck, but I'm buying tickets for the BIG lottery today, and if I win I'll probably keep it, but I'll change back to 18' wheels AND I'll have a "man Friday" to wash the vehicle and the trailers!

Paula
If you hit the 400 Million lottery I believe you are referring to I expect you can have GMC build you a new 2500 in whatever color and whatever wheels you like!
Wishing you luck...
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:05 PM   #5
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Mine's black - looks great when washed for about half an hour! But for that half hour it sure looks nice to me with the AS in tow!

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Old 01-05-2016, 02:22 PM   #6
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You have my sympathy. After owning a white SUV for some years, I really wanted to get my hands on the person responsible for that whole "white vehicles stay cleaner for longer" myth so that I might beat the tar out of him/her.

We washed our sparkly red truck the day before we left for my hometown for the holidays because the birds in our neighborhood (and quite possibly one pterodactyl), had apparently been using the hood and windshield for target practice.

While there we got hit by one of those rare blizzards that only happens in that part of the state maybe once every four decades. I was rather astonished by how it looked after we got back home. "Dirty" doesn't begin to cover it. I'm not even sure that "absolutely, disgustingly filthy" is accurate at this point.

It's really very easy to start telling yourself (and anyone who'll listen) that if it isn't dirty, it's not a "real" truck.
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:02 PM   #7
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Paula,

You'd be right at home in Arizona. The only problem with white here is finding your vehicle in the sea of white cars and trucks in the parking lot. However, the silver Airstream makes that easier, if you are towing.

Most people here only buy one black (or dark colored) vehicle, then surrender to boring "bright white". Just grab the door handle of a black car or truck in the Arizona summer sun, or sit in one for awhile, and you'll see why...

Didn't you have a new Ford pickup? Just curious, that truck didn't work out for you?

Also, our old 1978 Chevy crewcab 454 was two-tone beige and tan. That wasn't too bad in the sun, and you could shovel dirt on it without it showing, which was a plus after Arizona haboobs.
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OK, white does not stay cleaner, but it looks cleaner longer. The best "looks clean longer color" is gold. But white on a good price diesel TV, why would you not go for it? Congratulations! Pat
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Old 01-05-2016, 04:27 PM   #9
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Basically what happened with the Ecoboost was (a) Donner Pass and (b) bought a 10 meter Avion and towed it from Ohio to Baltimore for Frank Yensan to "de-whorehousify". Definitively can now say "Scared Spitless" is both a euphemism AND an unrealistic expectation! I was impressed with Ford's built in anti-sway logic which will apply the trailer brakes all by itself if it detects too much sway on the trailer. (My built in anti-sway logic was a bit more sensitive and I drove 90% of that trip with one hand on the brake controller and the other clutching the wheel in a white knuckled grip. I'd also had a Chevy Silverado and felt it was more ergonomically fit to my body - and what the heck, I don't want to leave it all to my nephews and niece.

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I had a 2011 Denali 2500 diesel in black, awesome power, but a real pain to keep clean, enjoy your new truck!
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Congrats! You can always add nice graphics, maybe in silver to match your trailer, around the bottom of the truck to keep it from looking dirty longer.
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Old 01-06-2016, 12:03 PM   #12
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Black is worse!
Silver is the best color, especially towing an Airstream or Avion!
But you got it now!
Good luck keeping it clean...
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Old 01-06-2016, 12:58 PM   #13
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Any "sponge bath" tricks?

I've never seen a mechanical car wash that was worth the money - and I don't relish paying $60-$75 to have the thing detailed more than 3-4 times a year, but are there any tips for a quick once-over-lightly that I can do in 15 minutes without using 50 gallons of water? I've thought of using a kitty litter bucket full of plain water and a bunch of microfiber towels to swab it down then lightly dry (switching out dirty towels frequently so as not to grind in any grit).

A brand new super-duper car wash just opened on Va. Beach Blvd... offering the whole monte for half price, so I tried it. Sure enough bugs remained on the grill, the white behind the raised "DENALI" letters stayed dirty and with no mudflaps - there was leftover dirt behind the wheels. And it missed about 1/2 of the tailgate. The attendant did advise me, afterwards, that next time I should use the free bug remover that they offered in buckets with a mop - to pre-wash any particularly dirty area of the truck prior to going through the tunnel. If I gotta pre-wash I'll just go to the do it yourself sprayer wash.

Bugs bug me though... so can anyone recommend a good spray on bug remover? And tire black looks nice for about 10 minutes before centrifugal force sprays it all over the side of the truck... Any brand that stays put?

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