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Suprmn last won the day on September 17 2020

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  1. I am about 20 miles north of Salt Lake in Layton in case something gives way as your making your way out of town.
  2. Hmm, I thought it had p-pumped that truck. Bummer, I have been thinking about another 2nd gen.
  3. Had the dealer do both of mine last wednesday. Based off of the mess they were cleaning off their floor when they were done, better their garage than mine. Truck still smells like raw diesel.
  4. I lived in an RV for 5 years. I was in a park that was about half "full timers". It was a good life and I enjoyed it. As far as coming back to PNW. Things seem to be constantly getting worse as far as sanity and safety. Truth be told, I would keep your phoenix house and do the RV thing up north.
  5. Those are solid setups. I would buy that combo without hesitation. Volvo parts are expensive. No way around that. Considerably more expensive than mercruiser. Thats the only down side I can think of.
  6. I have been running across posts talking about the electronic throttle being part of the torque management system and that there are products that get around that system and wake up the truck considerably. Does anyone know anything about that? I would agree, some tuning might be in the works for me as well. I like my truck, but honestly, my 2003 felt quicker than my 2020. The post on the trans tuning has my full attention. I tried to make heads or tails of CTT's website but I couldn't figure it out so I will give them a call.
  7. Just a while ass guess, but I would look at all of the ground points. Kinda sounds like high resistance burning things out.
  8. Holy Crap!! Really? Thats a lot of damage for spinning off a belt or two. Would have never guessed.
  9. So, to continue the story and some interesting observations. My cargo trailer is literally a brick. I am aware of wind resistance but I had never had pure proof of how it plays out. With both trucks, tow at 60mph and mileage wasnt too bad. A little over 11mpg out of the hemi and a solid 14 out of the cummins. Increase to 65 mpg, and the hemi dropped into the low 10's, the cummins went down to 12.9. Hit a windstorm and try to keep anything 60 plus, the hemi went to 7.8. I was coming back from Utah with the cummins when this last storm hit. I tried to run at about 61mph but I was battling major winds for 800 miles. The cummins mileage dropped to 9.7mpg at its worst which was from La Grande, OR up to the WA/OR border. By the time I got to the turn off to 82 towards Richland, there were periods of near zero visibility and then they closed 82 because of the fire. I headed towards Portland and stopped in some little town to fuel up. There was more than a 1/4 inch of dust caked on the diesel nozzle that I had to clean up just to get fuel. Between the dust and the smoke is was very hard to breath. At any rate, it sure was nice to be running the HD truck in that. While it was busy due to the intensity of the storm, things were always easy to handle so it continued to make me appreciate the new truck so much.
  10. Funny thing is that I had my eye on an orange 2018 2500 cummins at a dealers lot. When I was coming back and decided that I was doing some sort of truck upgrade I had intended on getting that one, but it had sold. Good thing really because I got my 2020 for $3K more than they wanted for the 2018.
  11. Thats awesome. Once the mayhem dies down a bit we should meet up.
  12. I moved to Layton, Utah. Between Salt Lake and Ogden.
  13. So, suffice it to say, I am happy with the purchase. Its going to take a bit to get into a routine with DEF, etc. but I am really enjoying this truck.
  14. I decided that new it would be. Price was still a limiting factor, but I found that some dealers were getting creative with the Tradesman trucks and putting some options on them. Ends up that Enumclaw CDJ must have been looking in my head, because they had exactly what I was after. So, one of my big concerns was break in. I was leaving the next weekend with my next load to Utah and didnt have much time. So, I figured it would be days working, nights rounding Portland until I got enough miles to start towing. But....... Low and behold, the truck that had all I wanted..... Had 788 miles on it when I started it up. I couldnt believe it. It had been used by a manager. It solved my problem nicely as far as break in and also came in handy for a pretty good price discount. I had resigned myself that as much as I didnt want to get rid of the orange hemi, two trucks was too much. The Enumclaw dealership also got real on the trade in value as well. And they sold my orange truck in less than a week. So, I ended up with a 2020 Tradesman Cummins 4x4 crew with some extra goodies. Trip #4 to Utah grossed out at 19,150 pounds and it was two finger driving the entire way.
  15. So, on the return of trip 3, I hit a wind storm coming back. The cargo trailer empty is just a big sail and it was having its way with the truck. Mileage coming back through Yakima and to Ellensburg dropped to 7.8 with the intense winds and I coasted into Ellensburg on fumes. So, when I got back to WA I started the truck search again. My Dad was going to sell me his 3500 12V, but then the trans went out. I started looking at used trucks again and just couldnt handle the insane prices that these things were being listed at. The prices were so high, it pushed me back to the new lots. So, I had a rager of a debate going on in my head. Gas or Diesel. I was fond of my hemi's, and starting in 2019 you could get the 8 speed behind the 6.4. Sounded near perfect. But, once again, the price. I didnt want to get rid of my orange 1500. I was really attached. And the trade in offers were laughable. And I was still struggling. I really wanted to go Diesel again. I wanted the grunt of the diesel and frankly, the exhaust brake ended up being the deciding factor. As I continued to struggle with the search, I found a 2018 Cummins which was exactly what I wanted. And it was from a private party with a really good price. I tore out the door. The price ended up reflecting a few "oops" moments the guy had which produced some dents on the truck, but not bad. Plus, the price was right enough I could keep my orange truck as well. So I made the guy an offer..... I was ready to buy on the spot. Instead of doing a counter offer, the guy says he wants to sleep on it. I found this to be a little odd, and I figured he just wanted to try for a better offer, so I left. He said, "call me tomorrow". The next day I called in the early afternoon. He starts hehawing around and says, well, I will sell to the highest offer. After some really weird conversation I asked, hey, if I just pay your price would we have a deal.... He starts hehawing again so I just hung up. Ends up he called me the next day trying to get serious but I had already made up my mind.
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