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Old 07-26-2014, 08:02 PM   #71
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Well if that takes too long, why not import such a truck from Europe? They are plentyfull available overhere, since it would be an export truck you don't need to worry about taxes etc. Best country to buy such a truck new would be Germany though.

Easy...
Unfortunately my pockets are not that deep to do a conversion
:{ nor even consider importing one from Germany. Speaking of conversion how goes the changes to your Escape ??

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Old 07-26-2014, 08:12 PM   #72
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Right, Carl, Ross. Me too-- 3.42 rear end, towing capacity 9600 pounds. Never worry about towing capacity again. What I like almost as much as the air conditioner (98° here today) and the ride, is the dashboard graphics exclaiming so far my best avg mpg was 30.5. (Pass the salt.)
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What do you do, drive down hill all of the time? I've got the GMC with the 3.73 rear end and don't come close to that. But I haven't had it on the open road much and its first road trip to Chilliwack is in 4 weeks so we'll see. New A.R.E. tonneau cover going on Wednesday. The J2807 tow rating is at 10800 pounds. Loren
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What do you do, drive down hill all of the time? I've got the GMC with the 3.73 rear end and don't come close to that. But I haven't had it on the open road much and its first road trip to Chilliwack is in 4 weeks so we'll see. New A.R.E. tonneau cover going on Wednesday. The J2807 tow rating is at 10800 pounds. Loren
My 2014 silverado will do 22+ mpg at 55-60 mph. Did 24+ with a pine tree in the back at 45-50 mph ( trying not to blow the branches off coming back from home improvement store.) Maybe 30 with a tail wind, the right temp, and little help from a downhill? I do have fold-a-cover on the back.
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Yeah, the new Silverado makes an outstanding tow vehicle.
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Yeah, the new Silverado makes an outstanding tow vehicle.
Yeah, but the last I checked, it was still being made by GM.
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Yeah, but the last I checked, it was still being made by GM.
Yeah, unfortunate that.
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I kid of course, it is only circumstantial that the last GM product I owned was 40 years ago.

edit: I lied. I bought the kids a Chevy Cavalier for their use about 8 years ago. That car lasted great, especially given the cheap price I bought it for. My favourite GM vehicle was a 1964 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass.
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Best country to buy such a truck new would be Germany though.
Although the importation scheme is more trouble than it's worth for almost everyone I'm still curious: why would Germany be the best European source for a new truck?
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Although the importation scheme is more trouble than it's worth for almost everyone I'm still curious: why would Germany be the best European source for a new truck?
In my experience the cars in Germany are the cheapist to buy. Allthough we have one Europe, that doesn't mean all the taxes and base prices for everything is the same.

The baseprice for a vehicle (without taxes etc.) is lower in Germany than it is in the Netherlands.
After that taxes enter the playing field and you start to understand/learn there is no such thing as one Europe.

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Speaking of conversion how goes the changes to your Escape ??

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The Escape is in the waiting room at the coach builder. It is vacation time overhere and modification to the axle and kingpin are planned to start in week 33 and should be finished in week 35. Hopefully it will have a certification pass in that same week. After that it takes 5 days to get the license plates.

So after that we hopefully leave for the maidenvoyage.

W'll keep you posted on any progress..

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