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#31 Vic Harder

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 03:48 AM

No tricycle motor "expansion" plans, or past that?

 

A friend who bought a SuperCab PSD when they first came out is now experiencing growing pains. As-in the kids are growing and it's a pain stuffing them in the back seat. They used to fit fine. I told him not enough saltpeter in their diet. For some odd reason their mom didn't laugh at that.  :)

none of those kind of expansion plans... my kids may have other plans, but they have their own vehicles!  Good question though!


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#32 Davehwa

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Posted 29 April 2021 - 07:29 PM

Good luck,Vic, given the cost of trucks these days it makes sense to really think it through.

Our well-kitted Hawk worked fine on our ‘00 F-150 7700 Extended cab short box, till I totaled it in a snowstorm. That’ll teach me. Luckily the camper received no damage. But the truck had 285,000 hard miles on it and I was dreading when the old 4R100 was gonna poop out.

I decided to go bigger for the next truck and was lucky enough to get into a low-mileage no-rust ‘01 F-250, crew cab, short box, 6-spd manual, manual 4x4, 7.3l diesel. It’s a dream over the road, and yeah, it’s a bit of a beast, but I’m really happy with it. It’s more comfortable inside for my wife, and she puts up with the noise and the smell. I’m really glad I was able to get into this truck.

Haven’t done any off-roading with it yet, but I think it’ll do fine. We’re getting ready to go on a 24-day trip tomorrow, our longest yet. We’ll do some dirt road camping in the desert, but I never intended this thing to be a crawler.

Glad I read this post, the 7.3 is really heavy and sand is something to think about for sure. The flip side is the completely solid feel the truck had on the highway, which is where it spends the majority of the time. Very easy to put the miles in.
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#33 Vic Harder

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Posted 07 July 2021 - 05:48 PM

So I am looking at a 2015 Chev 3500HD.  A few of the RPO codes have me wondering:

 

 

C7V GVW RATING(21,000 LBS)
8X2 COMPONENT RR LH NON-COMPUTER SEL SUSP
9X2 COMPONENT RR RH NON-COMPUTER SEL SUSP
 
Obviously it has a heavy payload package of some kind.  I am surprised that it is is double the normal GVW of 9900 or so.  I can't find mention of this online.  Can anyone shed some light?

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#34 Vic Harder

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Posted 07 July 2021 - 06:58 PM

hmmm... very confusing info on line... some folks say this is the normal 1 ton RPO code.  


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