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Old 02-24-2015, 11:20 AM   #31
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Nope! Nobody listens to the common man anymore, it's all about the dollar. My last truck I handwrote 4 pages of comments attached to my survey I returned in the mail. GM actually called me to review some points.

Some things I remember;

- Get away from the CAD stations and hit the clay studio, realize there isn't but so many ways to design a truck. It is a working man's tool.
- Make stake pocket holes large enough for 2x4's again
- Bring back Wing Vents & Floor vents. No need for A/C most the time with those.
- Bring back the under-the-dash A/C (Freezer). Self contained modular unit that can be benched for repairs vice ripping out entire dash to replace a 10 cent part.
- Put back the flat bumper one can use as anvil or surface to hammer against not plastic.
- bring back the metal straps tailgate rests vice thin braided cable.

Couldn't explain to them a Truck is a working man's tool, not a preppy-mobile or redneck junk wagon. It helped the Blacksmith shoe horses with it's features designed in the body, It helped the rancher/farmer string up barbed wire fences using a 2x4 to hold the wire rolls and tension the wire. The carpenter had a portable workbench with the tailgate till it got to frail and weak.

Nope, the auto industry lost sight of what we need long ago
Cant believe your not driving a 68' Dodge Power Wagon plus why did you purchase a 2015 truck that has everything you hate about "today's" trucks?
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Old 02-24-2015, 11:37 AM   #32
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Cant believe your not driving a 68' Dodge Power Wagon plus why did you purchase a 2015 truck that has everything you hate about "today's" trucks?
First off - I don't hate everything, just the price.

Second - I hate that the "Stylists" have ultimate authority on something that's utilitarian NOT a status symbol which is what they have made it into which forces prices up.

Third - Why remove core or basic functions of purpose, functions that led to the creation of the truck and it's design over the years?

Finally - What other choice does anyone have today? LOL
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Old 02-24-2015, 01:47 PM   #33
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awt."Finally - What other choice does anyone have today?" You didn't have to buy that beauty queen. There are a lot of older trucks out there with the features you like. For a mere pittance of what you paid you could have done a complete rebuild and had all your vents/freezer bullet proof tailgate et al.
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Old 03-05-2015, 11:32 AM   #34
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I did a mileage test on my DMax the other day when I picked up our new trailer. While the trailer is only 21' and weighs 4600 lbs (as is), I got 16-18mpg at 70mph, and while not towing the Dmax is a consistent 22-24 mpg at 70 mph. And it is correct, that there is no more maintenance on the diesel than the gasser, but its proper maintenance on the diesel that will give it the longevity and reliability that diesel's are known for..Sherm
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Old 03-05-2015, 12:09 PM   #35
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Cant believe your not driving a 68' Dodge Power Wagon plus why did you purchase a 2015 truck that has everything you hate about "today's" trucks?
68 Power Wagon! Now THAT was a beast of a truck!!!

Of course I wouldn't want to drive it daily or a long distance!
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Old 03-05-2015, 12:52 PM   #36
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This Unit? Working Mans Truck! Youroo!! These had (Chains) for tailgate!
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Old 03-05-2015, 01:06 PM   #37
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This Unit? Working Mans Truck! Youroo!! These had (Chains) for tailgate!
Isn't this the truck from Deliverance
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Isn't this the truck from Deliverance
Might be but it was parked in front of a $$ Supper Club in (Boulder Junction,Wi)! Youroo!!
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Old 03-13-2015, 06:57 PM   #39
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I have been a GM truck guy since the last Ford in 1992. Bought a LaCrosse 329BHT and it totally overloaded my 14 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 so I went truck shopping for the second time in a year. As much as I liked the 14' 1500 I didn't like the 2500 gasser or diesel. The 6.0 felt slow and really had to rev to get anything moving and downshifted at the drop of a hat. The Durmax was a lot stronger but the truck had a lot of vibration and I hated how the DEF tank was mounted under the truck almost behind the right front tire waiting for road debris to knock it off. A buddy of mine talked me into looking at the Rams and I ended up buying one. Very nice interior, the controls are well laid out, and the Cummins is a towing beast but still easy to live with on a daily basis. Towing at 65 to 70 it gets 12 hand calculated, empty on the highway over 20, and about 16 around town. Besides maintenance being a little higher than the gasser, the only real drawback is you have to shut it down to order food at a drive through otherwise there is no telling what you are going to get in your order. The Cummins sounds like a real truck.
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Question Mickey. What do you use for a tow hitch. I got a Pro Series WD. It has the shank rated for 1500 or 1000 tongue weight with the WD. Do you use sway control? or what type of hitch do you use?
Mileage is great for a 1 ton. Gasser I would never look back glad I went to diesel 8 years ago and a happy dodge diesel owner.
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I have a Silverado 2500 HD Crewcab with Duramax/Allison and I will never go back to gas. I have several friends with Duramax/Allison and not one of them has had any problems with the motor or tranny, only water in the fuel filter cause by condensation in his transfer tank, but no mechanical problems,
Mileage is also much better than the gassers. I get 18-20 mpg highway and 12-13 towing a 9,000 lb unit. 3500 would be overkill for me as the 2500 hauls many thousands of lbs more than I will ever have. If I remember correctly, I have a GAVW of 10,000 lbs and my dry weight is 7,200 lbs. That give me 2,800 lbs of load capacity. 24,000 lbs of total weight for TV and camper.
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