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?Ford F250 – The Competitive Vehicle of Innovation, Style and Comfort

The F series is the series of Ford’s full size pickup trucks from the most respected and original Ford Motor Company. They have served America for the last 50 years and every time they bring a change to their models there is something to look out for. The Ford F250 is thus a model of F series pickups which is estimated to make a mark because of its features, power, designs and other specs. The F250 falls under the Super Duty pickups of Ford which also include F350 and F450.

The Quite Different Beast:

This full sized truck is a mixture of style, comfort and innovative ergonomics. The mixture of such qualities thus makes impressive torque capacities, towing rating and payloads. This is a vehicle with more kick and muscle power than Ford F150 which is also a good pickup from ford. But the engine and performance level of F250 is much higher than F150. Pickup truck drivers need boost for payloads and the Super Duty with its incredible engine power can give that boost.

There are indeed various reasons for which the Ford F250 has become so popular off late – the mind boggling variety of body styles like extended cab, crew cab and regular cab, power train options, engine varieties and trims to choose from. This variety of options enables every user to find a Heavy Duty hauler from oneself. There are altogether four trim levels- base XL, midlevel XLT, off-road oriented 4WD and Plush Lariat.

Engine Developments:

While other pickups from various brands heavily improving their power and performance, the F250 is eminently capable of doing the daunting task with various engine levels. The recent development of the truck had been the stronger turbo diesel V8 engine which gives better ride and handling. There are three different models of Ford F250 Super Duty engines- they are as follows:

a) The standard version of F250 has a 5.4 liter V8 engine of 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque.b) The Optional version of F250 has a 6.8 Liter V10 engine with 362 horsepower and 457 lb-ft.c) The all new 6.4 liter V8 turbo diesel with 350 horsepower and 650 lb-ft.

The transmission choices of the Super Duty vehicle are – six speed manual transmission and five-speed automatic transmission. Besides that you have the choice of two wheel drive and four wheel drives for sheer power. And for those eco friendly lovers who are thinking for a concept car the Ford F250 brings you the amazing Super Chief which pays tribute to bold optimism character of Americans. This hydrogen run V10 engine provides 12 percent of fuel economy and nearly 500 miles per fill.

?Auto Transporting and Other Ways Drivers Can Go Green

As each morning’s news reveals more about how the BP oil spill continues to devastate the Gulf of Mexico, it gets harder and harder to get into my car to drive to work. I’m a part of the problem, we all are. 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from cars and SUVs.

Stopping at the gas station feels terrible. Yes, this particular spill is BP’s fault, but boycotting BP and putting money in another Big Oil-stained pocket just makes me feel stupid and helpless, like a pawn in a game I don’t want to play.

I’m an American living in the suburbs. My lifestyle is dependent on being able to drive. I’m not a city planner or a politician, and unless a multitude of factors change, I’m probably not going to give up my job and go homestead off the grid.

But I’m ready to do something, and I know I’m not the only one feeling like this. There are things we can do now, even if we’re not quite ready to convert to bio-diesel or buy a new hybrid car.

Let’s do this, team.

1. Auto transporting. In my frustration with car culture, I thought those giants you see hauling cars on the road must be the worst culprits, but it’s the other way around. If you are moving across the country, let your car carpool. The Department of Energy website did this math:

One gallon of gasoline produces 19.564 lbs of carbon dioxide. Average mpg for a car or SUV is 19 mpg.One gallon of diesel produces 22.384 pounds of carbon dioxide. Average mpg for an auto transport truck is 4.7.

Just one auto transporting company shipping over 90,000 vehicles within a 12-month period of time saves 2,926,000 gallons of fuel, which means a 38,216,000-pound reduction of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.

2. Carpool. Because most days, we’re not moving across the country, we’re just going to work. We know about this one, we’ve got the HOV lanes. So what’s stopping us from carpooling? Shyness? Laziness? It’s high time to get over these things and make ride sharing networks happen. Call a meeting at the watercooler, send a group email to your coworkers, slip fliers in your neighbors’ mailboxes. Put a picture of those poor gulf pelicans on the flier. It’s not shameless, it’s real.

3. Consolidate your own trips just by planning ahead a little. Keep grocery lists on the fridge and add to them daily. Be strategic and just a little less frivolous.

4. Drive slower. I know it’s not sexy, but it saves gas.

5. Clean out your trunk. The lighter the car, the less gas it uses. (So maybe go on a diet, too?)

6. Don’t wash your car. Washing your car uses tons of water, energy and electricity. Be dirtier.

7. Put some air in those tires. But do it when you’re already at the gas station, don’t make an extra trip! Under-inflated tires use more gas. When you’re ready for new tires, look for a model with low rolling resistance.

And don’t forget, if you ever do abandon the suburbs for a farmstead or a city where everyone walks, don’t drive there. Let your car hitch a ride with an auto transporting company, and take the train.

?Ford Announces New 2011 F-Series Super Duty

Ford has announced its plans for a new version of the F-Series Super Duty for the year 2011. The Ford F-Series line has been one of the top selling lines in the United States for a number of years, especially the F-150. The Super Duty is one of the largest and most powerful trucks made by the Ford Motor Company. One of the biggest visual differences between the Super Duty and the standard F-150 pickup is the presence of an enormous front end which is plastered with chrome. The large Ford emblem in front is over one foot long by itself. I fell like the Super Duty is best described as a small mobile home rather than a large truck.

The care will be available with most of the normal luxuries that are available in the standard truck models. Ford also claims that there redesigned console will have the largest capacity in its class. The wheel for this massive truck range from 17-inches to 20-inches, all depending on the trim you get it in of course. Ford hasn’t released any data on the new horsepower but they will come with either a new 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 or a new 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel, both engines should put out enough power to satisfy the neediest customer. It is reported that there will also be an EcoBoost engine available as well.

There is no doubt that the new Super Duty will be a hard sell after recent spikes in gas prices and increasing demand for fuel efficient cars. But the Super Duty will rely on sales to businesses for a great deal of their sales, they will of course have no choice in the matter and demand these type of vehicles. If Ford can also make these cars more fuel efficient in the near future than that will really help them increase their market share for large trucks.

?Ten Things You Don’t Know About Hybrids

Three years ago, I knew nothing about hybrid vehicles. Then in 2004, when gas prices went over $2 a gallon for the first time ever, I started hearing about the Toyota Prius (the same year it won several “”Car of the Year”” awards), the Honda Civic Hybrid, and the Honda Insight. Since my interest had always been with suv’s, it wasn’t until I laid eyes on the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid that hybrids really got my attention. That was in late 2004.

Fast-forward three years and I’m now devoting several hours a week to learning all about hybrid suv’s. This is a very exciting time for anyone interested in owning a hybrid, as we’ve rapidly moved from only a few hybrid options to a future where we’ll likely have more than 100 hybrids to choose from. Several auto manufacturers have recently announced that they soon will offer hybrid versions of most or all their new models, including Toyota, GM, Volkswagen, and Chrysler.

While hybrid cars, trucks, and SUV’s are currently all the rage, most people still don’t know much about hybrids. In an effort to dispel some of the common myths and to shed some light on these “”green machines””, we’ve created a list of the 10 things you may not know about hybrids.

1. Hybrid vehicles are powered by a gas engine, in combination with an electric motor – not simply one or the other. For a great demonstration of how these systems work together, see this article on HowStuffWorks.com.

2. Hybrids don’t need to be plugged in. So called “”plug-in”” vehicles are coming, but current hybrids recharge their batteries while they are slowing down and during braking.

3. Hybrids don’t skimp on power. The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV and it’s non-hybrid counterpart both sport a 270 hp engine. (Need more power? The Lexus LS 600h packs 438 hp, and goes from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds.)

4. Hybrids aren’t overly expensive. There are several makes and models of hybrid cars and suv’s priced between $20,000 – $25,000, including the Prius, Civic, Escape, Altima, Vue, and Aura. Many of these vehicles also come with federal and state tax credits. Factor in fuel economy, resale values, and lower maintenance costs – and hybrids are quite affordable.

5. Hybrid batteries last for many years. In fact, most manufacturers warranty their hybrid vehicle’s batteries for 80,000 to 100,000 miles. (Under California regulations, battery warranty extends to 10 years or 150,000 miles.)

6. Not all hybrids are created equal. While the hybrid Prius gets around 50 mpg, the Saturn Vue Green Line averages about 30 mpg. The soon to be released hybrid versions of the 2008 Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon are expected to come in at 23 mpg (albeit 25% better than gas versions of these full-sized suv’s, which just might save their future).

7. Hybrid vehicles are reliable. Because hybrids are relatively new and often misunderstood, many people assume they are untested and unreliable. In fact, the hybrid Honda Civic was recently ranked most reliable by Consumer Reports. See Soultek.com). In addition, the Highlander hybrid, Accord Hybrid, and Prius ranked at or near the top in their respective categories for reliability. In fact, Toyota’s Prius hybrid was the most satisfying vehicle for the third year, with 92 percent of owners saying they would buy or lease one again. In last years survey, 95 percent of owners said they would buy or lease a Prius again. Read more here.

8. Hybrids are not going away any time soon. In 2005, over 200,000 hybrids were sold. Last year that number was closer to 250,000. While there are currently only 13 hybrid cars, trucks and suvs on the market…most experts agree that there will be closer to 50 available by 2010.

9. Hybrids are environmentally friendly vehicles. Sounds like a no-brainer, but lots of people believe it’s a myth that hybrids are better for the environment, and some even argue that they are worse than gas or diesel powered vehicles. Fact is, many hybrids on the road today are capable of producing 50%-90% fewer harmful emissions than non-hybrids.

10. Hybrids can be luxurious. The first hybrid I saw on a dealer lot was the Honda Insight. While futuristic, it was anything but luxurious. That was only a few years ago. I recently researched the new 2008 Lexus RX 400h SUV and in my opinion, it is the epitome of a luxury hybrid, a luxury suv, and a luxury vehicle.

10.5. The idea for his article came from a story I ran across on Esquire.com yesterday. Connie Britton’s “”Ten Things You Don’t Know About Women”” included the fact that women think hybrid cars are sexy (followed by a note that walking six blocks to avoid paying a valet is not sexy). So…get a hybrid and pay the valet, gentlemen.

?Flatbed Trucks and Business Use – An Exceptional Alliance!

If you are looking for used flatbed trucks, you have undoubtedly discovered the unique qualities of this commercial vehicle as they are specifically designed for hauling. As the name implies, their primary feature is that they are equipped with a completely flat, level bed body without sides or roof. It is designed that way in order to hold various objects of any size or shape on its horizontal bed. Because of the attributes of a flatbed body, many businesses can find great uses for this vehicle in their day-to-day operation.

Following is a list of some of the most common uses for flatbed trucks to help you determine if investing in one can help your business.

Landscaping Business- Landscaping businesses have demanding requirements for their trucks. Their job often involves hauling large objects that can be physically challenging. These oversized items range from various landscaping tools and materials including large trees to landscaping timbers of various sizes. There is no better vehicle to haul these materials than a flatbed truck.

The length of the bed can range between 12 to 20 feet and, because the bed has no roof, any object can sit perfectly well on the open, horizontal bed. Even full-grown trees can be safely transported from point A to point B as long as the size of the bed can accommodate the entire length of the tree. The flatbed truck is also perfect for transporting yard trimmings and other waste materials on site to a local recycle facility.

Construction Companies – Construction companies are one of the businesses that rely mainly on the services of flatbed trucks. In most construction companies, this vehicle is the preferred means of transporting large heavy construction equipments and tools, as well as various materials such as cement, wood, steel frames, etc. To improve the safety and increase the hauling capacity of these trucks, some of them are equipped with side rails.

Courier Service – The courier service has some of the most demanding hauling jobs imaginable on the planet which often require a flatbed truck to get the job done. This type of vehicle is often the primary equipment of courier services for hauling heavy industrial equipment and huge machinery parts to their respective destination.

Towing Services- Towing services require a heavy-duty vehicle that is capable of pulling or towing smaller vehicles, usually cars. A flatbed truck is the most preferred choice to do the job because its huge diesel engine is powerful enough to provide the necessary torque capable of towing smaller cars. The flatbed can also provide the necessary space for loading disabled vehicles.

Farms – Flatbed trucks are popular vehicles for farm and ranch use. They are the only thing powerful enough to run even on dirt or mud. The double tire configuration can provide traction even on muddy surfaces. The flatbed also provides the necessary space for transporting grains, feeds, and other important farm commodity.

What your business requirements involve, used flatbed trucks can fill that need very well. Look at the uses of this commercial vehicle and see if can be the solution for which you are searching!

?Attention Truckers – Using Diesel Fuel Economy For Increased Profits

If you are an owner operator with just one truck or if you own a company with one to a thousand trucks, you are out there on the road every day trying to make money. What I am about to show you is that if you are running a Kenworth W900L, a Peterbilt 379-127, an International 9900, a Western Star 4964EX, a Freightliner Classic or any other brand truck with a hood, you are leaving money out on the road rather than in your pocket. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am here to tell you that with the rising cost of fuel and the rising cost of maintaining a truck you must get creative with what you drive. In today’s truck market, you can invest in a more aerodynamic truck like a Kenworth T2000, Kenworth T600, Peterbilt 387, Freightliner Century, Freightliner Columbia or any other aerodynamic truck and you can get all of the interior features and sleeper configurations that you can get in a truck with a hood. What you get by switching to a more aerodynamic truck is INCREASED fuel mileage. Take a look at these conservative calculations.

Single Truck Owner Operator – Poor Fuel Mileage

o Run one truck that averages 5.0 miles per gallon 100,000 miles per year at $2.50 per gallon.

-20,000 gallons of fuel purchased

-20,000 gallons x $2.50 per gallon = $50,000 yearly fuel cost

Single Truck Owner Operator – Improved Fuel Mileage

o Increase your fuel mileage to 6.0 Miles per gallon, running 100,000 miles per year at $2.50 per gallon.

-100,000 miles/6.0 Mpg = 16,667 gallons of fuel purchased

-16,667 gallons x $2.50 per gallon = $41,667 yearly fuel cost.

Single Truck Running Team – Poor Fuel Mileage

o Running one truck as a team and average 150,000 miles per year, average 5 miles per gallon at $2.50 per gallon

-30,000 gallons of fuel purchased

-30,000 gallons x $2.50 per gallon = $75,000 yearly fuel cost

Single Truck Running Team – Improved Fuel Mileage

o If you increase your fuel mileage by 1 to 6.0 miles per gallon and you run 150,000 miles per year at $2.50 per gallon

-150,000 miles/6.0 Mpg = 25,000 gallons of fuel purchased.

-25,000 gallons x $2.50 per gallon = $62,500 yearly fuel cost.

Total Savings

o 100,000 miles per year

-5.0 Miles per gallon = $50,000

-6.0 Miles per Gallon = $41,667

-$50,000-$41,667 = $8,333 SAVINGS

o 150,000 miles per year

-5.0 Miles per gallon = $75,000

-6.0 miles per gallon = $62,500

-$75,000 – $62,500 = $12,500 SAVINGS

Added Benefits

o By having increase fuel mileage that means you can go farther on a fuel load, which allows you to go farther for cheaper fuel. What happens if you purchase fuel for $2.48 per gallon or just.02 per gallon under the average.

o 100,000 miles per year = $41,333 per year for a savings of $8,667 an extra $300 in your pocket.

o 150,000 miles per year = $62,000 per year for a savings of $13,000, an extra $500 in your pocket.

By increasing your miles per gallon with the purchase of a more aerodynamic truck you can expect to increase your profit margin by $8500 to $15,000 per truck depending on how many miles you run per year. Please note that my example only increase your fuel mileage by 1 miles per gallon. Do the math and you will see that while your competitors are out there running trucks with a hood, you can run a more aerodynamic truck and put more money in your pocket. With the fuel savings alone, you can almost make your truck payment for the year, now wouldn’t that be nice.

?Finding Used Trucks on the Web Isn’t Something You Should Rush Into – Take Time to Find a Bargain

There are many people all over the world that need to use trucks for something. If you’re looking for used trucks for sale then it’s a good idea to make sure that you cover all your bases. If you want to find a good deal then it’s worth considering all your options. For example, have you considered using the web to find the used trucks for sale that are suitable for your needs and budget?

Finding what you want on the web can sometimes be a bit tricky. However, if you learn to use the web to your advantage, you can usually find exactly what you want for a fraction of the cost of buying it elsewhere. However, there are several things that you’ll need to keep in mind.

Obviously, buying on the web has it’s risks and for those of you who aren’t willing to take that risk, there are other options. You can always use the web for your research rather than for actually purchasing what you need. This is true no matter what you are looking for online – not just used trucks.

Used trucks come in all shapes and sizes so firstly, you’ll need to work out what you need by having a look at what’s available on today’s market. Consider all your options such as engine size, vehicle size and of course, you will need to think about what sort of things you’ll be carrying inside the truck itself.

Take your time to work out your priorities and consider what it is that you really need. When you know all these things, it’ll make it much easier for you to find what you want. When it comes to getting a good deal, it’s all about knowing the market and being aware of what’s available so don’t rush into anything.

Taking your time to find used trucks for sale on the web isn’t a bad idea. It really will ensure that you don’t miss out on anything and that you end up with a deal that’s worth gold in the end. Think about things carefully and never buy or pay for anything until you’re completely sure it’s what you want.

?Skyrocketing Fuel Prices Makes Car Shipping Even More Economical

Rising fuel prices have affected consumers in almost every market. Not only do you pay more to fill up at the pump, but prices on retail goods have increased in response to higher shipping costs.

Auto transport firms are one of the hardest hit industries as spiking fuel prices force them to raise their rates. Although this move has scared off some customers, higher gasoline prices make car shipping a more economical choice than driving yourself.

The Economics of Auto Transport

Gas costs for car shipping is lower because of the economy of scale. Consider that if you drive a car that gets 25 mpg to a destination 1000 miles away, you will use 40 gallons of gas.

Compare that to an average car carrier. Even an inefficient carrier gets at least 5 mpg – many get much higher mileages. If that truck carries a moderate load of six cars over a thousand miles it will use up 200 gallons of fuel. Those cars individually would use 240 gallons total so shipping saves 40 gallons. If it carries a dozen cars then it saves a whopping 280 gallons, more than half the fuel that would have been burned by self-driving.

Combining loads means that fuel surcharges can be spread among more customers. While the consumer might pay more for shipping than would have been the case two years ago, it’s still cheaper than driving.

Cars incur expenses other than gasoline. Car shipping means that there are no expenses for oil, tire wear, or other maintenance so savings are even greater.

If you are a typical family with two or more vehicles, then auto transport becomes a real savings. Even if you decide you want to pile the family into one car and take the drive, it is simple common sense to ship the other car rather than trying to caravan and wasting even more fuel.

Car Shipping Means Lower Emissions

Less fuel burned means less pollution and less impact on climate change as well as a host of other health risks. Not only that, but diesel emits less carbon dioxide than gasoline so this means less of a carbon footprint even if the same amount of fuel is burned.

However to give a complete picture, it is fair to note that diesel has historically been a dirtier fuel than gasoline. The two main culprits have been soot and sulfur compounds. Emissions standards that have been implemented recently as well as new rules that will come into effect in the next few years will deal with these problems, making diesel a cleaner fuel than it ever has been.

The analysis is complex but it appears that gallon for gallon, gasoline and diesel have about the same negative effects. Thus whichever method uses less fuel is the more environmentally friendly.

?Finding Calm

I bought a statue of Buddha in Tijuana before heading to the east coast from San Diego. With all my luggage in the trunk of my Honda, the only place I had to put him was in the passenger’s seat. So I strapped him in and off we went. Being a gypsy at heart, I had driven across country at least ten times prior to this trip, but never had a jaunt gone quite like this one.

Externally, everything looked much the same. Lonely, endless highways through the desert; steep, hairpin curves through the Rockies; quaking in the wake of massive diesel trucks; days after day of barrenness through Texas; lightning storms through the Midwest, endless construction through Pennsylvania, and dozens of pit stops along the way for food and coffee that never managed to flow through the body with any regularity.

After awhile, you know what to expect. The usual discomfort of sitting so long and eating wrong; the anger at some of those burly, bossy truckers; the long stretches with nothing on the radio but right wing religion; the borderline panic attacks when there’s no sign of life in the desert, or too much of it in the cities. Then of course, the fear of tornadoes in Kansas, of heights in Colorado, of snakes in Texas, and armadillos in Louisiana. And you’re always on edge wondering if someone is going to try something smart when you’re squished in the back seat, trying to get some sleep at a noisy truck stop. These are the common perils of the cross country trek.

But with Buddha at my side, everything changed. I don’t know if it was me or Buddha, but for the first time, not a thing came up that caused me grief. No fear through the desert, in the mountains. No hassle from any trucker or roadside rowdy. No indigestion, no panic, no problems. And every minute behind the wheel, I was calm and collected in the presence of that little guy next to me. Jungian analyst Marion Woodman teaches that the images on which we feed govern our lives. What images we expose ourselves to, in our real lives and in our imagination, have a powerful impact on how we feel. Having that statue of Buddha beside me altered my experience on that road trip. It calmed me down. It changed my way of feeling and thinking. It kept me mindful of his words, “”We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.”” I could not, in the presence of this master of mindfulness, absent-mindedly drift into negative thinking. My thoughts stayed positive. My trip was joyful. Peaceful. Perfect.

The Christian mystic Meister Eckhart wrote that “”when the soul wants to experience something, she throws an image of the experience out before her and enters into her own image.”” If the soul wants fun, she imagines something fun, sends that picture forward, and walks right into her fun adventure. If she wants peace, she pictures herself peaceful, projects that out ahead of herself, and voila, nothing but peace.

Imagine doing this on your way to work. Think about the kind of day you want to have, how people will treat you, how meetings will go, and conversations with colleagues. Use your imagination and conjure up a day that you’d like to participate in. Hold an image of this in your mind until it becomes distinctly clear, then, with a few deep exhalations of breath, project it forward so it becomes the experience you enter into.If you anticipate a stressful encounter, an anxiety-provoking meeting, imagine it differently. Imagine yourself surrounded by radiant light, a web of golden threads that connect you to the Source and protect you from harm. Imagine yourself speaking your wisdom, bringing your balance and brightness to the table. Imagine being heard, recognized, appreciated as a unique person and contributor.

On your way to work, imagine the Buddha next to you, or the Christ, or the Goddess, or whomever would help you remember that this is your life and you are its author. As you look outward, don’t forget to look inward as well, and to see the truth of who you are, to image yourself as you want to experience yourself.

Before you get to work, be sure you have imagined the day and your place in it. Be sure you have created a calm, centered, successful experience in your mind’s eye before you step foot in that office building, or wherever your work day will begin. In less than a minute, you can take a few deep breaths and consciously create the experience you want to enter into. Be proactive. Imagine your own reality.

?Assorted Bits And Pieces On The Chevy SUV

Chevrolet, the people responsible behind the legendary Chevy Impala, has been making some of the most well-known names in the car business for decades now. The company has a reputation for attention to detail and designing with the average Joe in mind. The Chevy SUV models are not different from that tradition. While some minor variations are present, in general, the Chevy SUV models have the same key features present throughout.

Like most sports utility vehicles, a Chevy SUV combines the load-handling capabilities of a pick-up truck with the passenger size of a van. The cars are large enough to fit a family and a half without too much discomfort but the space can also be used to carry cargo like boxes or small crates. The four-wheel drive makes these vehicles easier to drive over rough or uneven terrain. Typically, the engines for these machines are diesel or gasoline. Their ability to tow things like trailers is superior to more conventional cars, making it ideal for road trips and vacations. The size of the interior also makes it more family or car-pool friendly, which explains the vehicles’ popularity with the suburban market. These cars are also seen as much safer than the average car due to the very visible frame and the large build, which buyers believe will help absorb damage caused by impact with another vehicle. One other trait consumers love about the SUV is that there is room for a host of luxury features, like a built-in MP3 player.

Due to the increasing fuel prices and growing environmental concerns, Chevrolet, like many other SUV manufacturers, has made some changes to the designs of the Chevy SUV models. Some models have been altered so that they do not consume as much fuel, with future plans of making them hybrid cars running around the rumor mill. Chevrolet has also recognized that most SUV drivers don’t actually drive the vehicles over rough terrain, so the company’s designers made alterations to the overall design to make it more suitable to drive over paved roads. Some of the models come with more than the usual four-seat design, going up to an astounding 7-seat design that somehow still manages to fit all seven passengers comfortably. The option of adding heated cushions to those seat also adds a level of comfort not found in the standard configuration of most SUVs.

The Chevy SUV has some minor customization options as well, helping prospective buyers give it a more personal touch to suit their needs. Despite already producing some of the best SUV models on the market, Chevrolet is still continually doing research to improve an upgrade their models with new features that cater to the needs of consumers. Plans are already underway to introduce engine upgrades that will increase the fuel efficiency of the vehicles. The Chevy SUV lines, namely the Suburban, the Tahoe, the Trailblazer, the Avalanche, the Equinox, and the HHR, are still selling strong despite the dip in sales due to some economic and political tensions. Rest assured, regardless of what happens, Chevrolet is devoted to making their SUV models the top of the line and the benchmark by which the rest of the industry will be judged.

?Finding A Truck To Tow A Toy Hauler

So you got yourself a new ATV or fun runner, but you are wondering how in the world you are going to find a truck that can stand the weight of your toy hauler. This is a common dilemma for new owners of these big toys. This article shows which trucks are able to tow a toy hauler; including features, weight capacity, and other pertinent information.

Ford F550 4X4 Hauler

The Ford F550 4X4 Hauler is a good choice for transporting a toy hauler over long distances. The F550 has been in a class of pickup trucks that have been the best in America for 24 years and running. Some features of this powerful and durable truck are the fact that it is not only tough, but has an attractive body frame. The truck has a 6.4 liter Powerstroke Turbo diesel engine. The GVWR is 17,950. It includes dual fuel tanks, so you can travel long distances without having to stop for a fill-up. It also features a Tow Command System with a high capacity trailer tow package. Other interesting features about this truck include heated captain chairs, all weather floor mats, plus many other appealing features.

Chevy Silervado 3500HD L2

The Chevy Silverado 3500HD L2 model is perfect for hauling a toy hauler. It costs considerably less than the Ford F550 mentioned above, and can do just about the same job. Some highlights of the 3500HD include a 6.0 V8 engine, automatic transmission with a tow haul mode, and can pull up to a maximum of 18,500 pounds. Other nice features about this truck include your choice of extended or crew cab options, as well as an integrated trailer breaker control. This vehicle has won its share of awards for its outstanding performance.

GMC Sierra 2500HD

The GMC Sierra 2500HD costs about the same as a Chevy Silverado 3500HD. It was voted the Best Pickup Truck in 2007 by Motor Week. The truck comes in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and can pull a load of about 13,000 to 16,000 pounds, which is usually sufficient for hauling an ATV or fun runner. Other pertinent features of this truck include 6.0L SFI V8 engine, antilock four-wheel disc brakes, as well as fog lamps and 17-inch wheels. Safety features include the On-Star system, air bags, and a theft-deterrent system.

Dodge Ram 3500

The Dodge Ram 3500 is an excellent choice for pulling a toy hauler. It can haul up to 16,350 pounds easily. The truck packs a 6.7L turbo diesel engine, along with an option for four-wheel drive. The Dodge Ram also has other interesting features, such air bags with side-impact protection, options for a four-door or two-door model, and many other features to meet the needs of the individual purchasing the vehicle.

As you can see, there are quite a few options when it comes to finding a truck to pull your toy hauler. A lot of what you choose to buy will depend on price, whether you want to buy new or used, and what other features besides pulling capacity are important to you. Folks have been happy with each of the models of trucks listed above, so now it is time for you to start researching what truck is best for your needs.

?Save your Diesel Dollars and Prolong The Life of Your Diesel Truck

With the growing costs of gasoline and diesel fuel around the world, people are going to great lengths to find means of prolonging the life of their limited fuel dollars.

One method that has been proven to be effective in stretching the fuel buck is the process of using additives that are known to make automobiles run more efficiently, which in turn, reduces the consumption of gas. At today’s prices believe me we all want better mileage from the diesel fuel we put into our vehicles.

From a consumer’s perspective better fuel mileage is more money in the bank. But the benefits of FuelBoost Diesel Additive go far beyond simply stretching the dollars that go into the fuel tank of your automobiles, or for that matter, fuel that comes from traditional pumps. Additives also works with alternative fuels that are used by those who not only wish to save money but also wish to contribute in efforts to minimize their personal impact on global warming.

As far as the possible equipment that allows for use of an additive the possibilities are wide indeed. Diesel engines are a prime candidate for an additive with the powered down formulas of todays diesel fuel blends.

When you think of all the diesel engines that are on the market these days you should realize that this means that diesel additives are an excellent choice for busses, cars, trucks, boats, tractors, and farm equipment that rely on diesel fuel.

The many reasons why using a reliable safe diesel additive are many and include things such as: eliminating the sludge and debris that may be gumming up the works causing loss of power and lower gas mileage, lowering emissions that lead to pollution and a larger personal footprint when it comes to global warming, fewer repairs over the lifetime of the vehicle that uses FuelBoost regularly as opposed to fuel with no additive.

You should also notice much lower maintenance needs such as new fuel filters and the like because the fuel is running cleaner. Little things like this save much more money over time than you may realize over the fuel savings alone.

If you are like most Americans you have done your part to make sure that you are lowering the consumption of diesel you go through in an average drive. Things such as adjusting air pressure, turning off the air conditioner, and avoiding stop and start traffic whenever possible go a long way towards saving you money.

These things save pennies, which add up fast. FuelBoost however saves nickels and dimes, which add up much more quickly in the long run.

Take your dollars back and place them in your pockets rather than those of greedy oil companies by using fuel additives such as FuelBoost Diesel Additive to get the most value for your diesel dollars. If you travel a great deal or use your vehicles, tractors, or farm equipment daily for work you might be absolutely amazed at how cost effective this additive makes the fuel buying process when compared to purchasing diesel fuel without the helpful benefits of a premium additive.

I hope that gives you some ideas where an additive would become proactive in your maintenance program. I have also given some links below where you may find some solid track record products.

?Extreme Diesel Performance Part 1 of 2

So you have put a diesel performance exhaust, diesel performance chip and performance intake on your rig, if you had put those diesel performance products on your truck a few years ago you would have been considered a diesel performance connoisseur or someone who was into extreme diesel performance.

The fact of the matter is that in the past few years the diesel performance industry has grown by leaps and bounds and what were considered to be extreme diesel performance modifications back then won’t even let you keep up with the big boys nowadays.

Once you have gone beyond the standard diesel performance mods and are ready for extreme diesel performance there are some common diesel performance products that you should be aware of. If extreme diesel performance is your goal, then the most common diesel performance parts to put on your truck after the typical chip, intake and exhaust are larger injectors, a larger turbo and possibly an upgraded injection pump or lift pump.

Larger InjectorsPart of the equation for more horsepower is more fuel. By pouring more fuel into the cylinder you will be able to increase horsepower and torque, the thing that most people don’t know about larger injectors is that they also increase diesel fuel mileage. Most of the misunderstanding comes from the terminology itself, of course if people hear “”larger injectors”” they just naturally think that the holes themselves are going to be bigger when in all actuality injectors get larger in a couple of ways, the size of the holes in the injectors and the number of holes in the injectors. Increasing the size of the holes is usually accomplished in a couple of different ways, first is by laser cutting and second is a process known as extrude honing. There has been some debate as to which method is better but our experience has shown that the extrude hone process allows for smoother holes in the injectors themselves allowing for an increase in diesel fuel mileage. The second way that injectors get “”larger”” is by increasing the number of holes in the injector nozzles, by increasing the number of holes in the injector nozzles you get a finer mist which allows for a better atomization. The increased diesel fuel mileage is with conservative driving of course.

Pump UpgradesIf you are planning on pumping more fuel in with larger injectors you need to make sure your pump is up to the task. The amount of modification your pump will need as well as the options you have available to you will rely mainly on the year, make and model of your vehicle. For those vehicles that have a rotary style pump such as the Pre-1994 Dodge Cummins, 6.2L and 6.5L Chevy Diesels and even the 99-02 Dodge Cummins VP44 pumps you will be a bit more limited as to the modifications that you will be able to make to your pumps.

The main reason mods are limited on these style pumps is because of the fact that they are lubricated by the fuel, so if you fail to run additive through each tank you may sieze your pump regardless of which mods you have made, with that said, Industrial Injection has made some crazy modifications to the VP44 pump so look for the HOT ROD and DRAGON FLOW versions of that pump. If you are fortunate enough to drive a 94-98 Dodge Cummins with the Bosch Inline p7100 pump then there are a plethera of modifications that you can do, one of the easiest of those being the installation of the Dynomite Diesel Fuel plate. If you have a newer common rail pump your task is all about keeping your rail pressure up so you can do that with a modified pump or by running dual feeder pumps. Now modding your injection pump is only half the battle, you still have to make sure that your lift pump can keep up with the demand as well and there is where systems like the FASS and AirDog come in handy.

Larger TurboOnce you have plenty of fuel running to through your system it’s time to use all that extra exhaust that is being created to turn a bigger turbo. When it comes to upgrading your turbo you have several options including, ball bearing, stainless steel, waste gated or non waste gated, variable vein or not. Picking out just the right turbo charger comes down to your application and personal preference so we won’t go into great detail on that topic but do plenty of searching or come to our site for more information. The big names you will see throughout the industry include, Industrial Injection, HTT, Turbonetics, ATS and many more.

?Are You Looking For Great ROI on Your Diesel Fuel Dime?

The rising cost of fuel is a great concern to people across the United States from all walks of life. In fact, the prices these days are even concerning those who have never really given it another thought in days not so long gone by. Some of us are hoping for a little more return on our fuel investment though and seeking new and improved ways of stretching our fuel dollars. There are many ways this can be accomplished and the more that are utilized in your particular situation; the greater the reward has the ability to be.

There are the common sense steps you can take to increase gas mileage, which in turn reduces the amount of money that is fed to your never satisfied gas tank each and every month. Some of these methods include things such as removing excess weight from the trunk, keeping the air pressure in your tires at the factory recommendation for maximum efficiency, have regular tune ups, preventative care, and maintenance performed, turn off the air conditioner, and drive at reasonable and consistent speeds whenever possible. While not all of these tips are manageable each and every day using as many of them as possible on a regular basis will greatly reduce the costs involved in driving your car from one day to the next.

Another thing you can do to improve the fuel output of your diesel vehicle is to find alternative fuels that are effective and cost efficient. By lowering the costs of the fuel you put into your vehicle you are effectively paying less for the mileage you are getting provided you are getting equal mileage for the same amount of diesel. This can be accomplished by purchasing alternative fuels such as biodiesel, which gets better mileage than traditional diesel fuel and burns cleaner. Many areas also have fuel that is subsidized with biodiesel at lower prices than regular diesel sells for because government subsidies are offered for those who seek alternatives that weaken our dependence on foreign oil. Many find that these fuels are at the very least comparable in value if not superior to traditional diesel fuel that can be purchased at the pump.

One final way that you can stretch your fuel budget for a few dimes more is by using additives such as FuelBoost Diesel Additive. The purpose of FuelBoost is to help your fuel burn cleaner and more efficiently. The chain reaction of which is less required maintenance such as filter changes, more power, less wasted fuel, and better fuel mileage. You can’t really argue with results such as that and the savings more than justify the cost of the additive.

We live in a world where dimes may not seem like much alone but if you managed to save one dime for every gallon of fuel you pump into your vehicle the savings could add up quickly, particularly for those who use their vehicles for a great deal of travel or for work (such as long haul truck drivers, tractor drivers, and those who use additives in farm equipment). A penny saved was once believed to be a penny earned. Imagine the difference a stack of dimes could make.

?Expert Recommendations To Modify Your Stock Exhaust Tips On Your Car, Truck Or SUV

Choosing the perfect exhaust tip allows you to:

– Apply a personalized finishing-touch to your custom exhaust system

– Replace a drooping, blown-out, rusty mess of a factory tip

– Easily add some style and individual flare to your vehicle

So you buckled down and dropped some Benjamins on a ferocious new exhaust system. You spent most of your Saturday afternoon installing the beast while visions of massive power gains and throaty rumbles ran through your imagination. After all your hard work, you know better than to top off your system with a ho-hum, factory-style tip–or worse yet, reuse the original tip that you just cut off. That’s like wearing your dirty socks after a shower! Instead, add the crowning-touch to your new exhaust system with one of the many exhaust tips available online. With our vast variety of styles to choose from, you’re sure to find that one perfect tip to make your statement.

Replacing factory exhaust tips

Let’s face it, most factory exhaust systems leave a lot to be desired. They’re usually not designed for performance or tuned for a killer sound. Worse yet, they’re often made from untreated mild steel that rusts out and eventually fails. Not to mention how mundane factory exhaust tips look–even when brand new. And nothing says “”jalopy”” like an old corroded exhaust tip hanging from under a vehicle. Whether you want to beat the rust demons to the punch or you need to replace a dragging tip that leaves a spectacular shower of sparks in your wake, a custom chrome exhaust tip will showcase your individual style and replace that weak factory pipe topper.

How do I know what size to choose?

To ensure that you order the correct size exhaust tip, 3 sizes must be known:

Inlet Size:

The inlet measurement on the exhaust tip must match the diameter of your tailpipe.

Outlet Size:

This is the size of the exhaust side of your tip. Some tips flare out, some are straight. If your vehicle’s body has a cut-out for a stainless steel exhaust tip, make sure the new one will clear this area to avoid an unsightly fit, or even worse, burning or scorching your vehicle’s body.


This measurement determines how far out your tip is going to extend. Just as with outlet size, you must consider the locations of any factory cut-outs. You also want to make sure that the hot exhaust gasses will be exiting safely.

How do I decide between stainless steel and chromed steel?

Both materials are great for building high-quality exhaust tips. If you’re looking for economical style, go with the chromed steel. If you seek a long-lasting luster and a material that stands up to years of abuse, stainless steel is your answer.

Chromed Steel Is:

– Inexpensive

– Lighter than stainless steel

– Less tolerant to long-term abuse

– Prone to rust once the chrome layer is compromised

Stainless Steel Is:

– Polished, not plated

– Extremely resistant to corrosion

– Provides years of service and still gleams

– Costs more than chromed steel

Buying online is the way to go for tips. I found the perfect match for my Toyota Tacoma and ended up purchasing a magnaflow exhaust tip and still turn heads on the road! 🙂

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