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Sam, Bill, and/or Harvey,

Hey, Rob Keeler here. A couple of quick things that I need some help with if you have a minute:

1. I have moved and my new address is:
26900 Libby Lane
Evans Mills, NY 13637

2. I am deployed to Iraq until JUN 05, so please keep me in the loop and reserve me a spot for nationals in E-town if they're after JUN 05.

3. For Harvey, if you don't mind, I could use some info on your Avalanche. I have recently bought a 28' enclosed trailer and need something to pull it. What are the specs on your Avalanche and does it have any troubles pulling your car and trailer? If you had it to do all over again, would you have still bought the Avalanche or would you have bought something with a little more ass?

Thanks guys!

Rob Keeler
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Hey Rob! Heading for 10th Mountain country? A little cool-down for your next assignment! :D

Just check-in on the ISSCA website when you can, to confirm what is happening for 2005--we'll help in any way you need it.

I've taken care of your address change, but, so you (and everyone else who may need to do the same thing) understand, it is possible to do this online...

here: https://www.goissca.com/memb_update.htm

Harvey's Avalanche is a big-block (8.1L)--anything smaller won't get the job done. He probably would suggest going Duramax, but I'll leave the final word to him.

Be careful out there and come home safe, soldier!
 
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Hey Bill!

Thanks for the quick reply!! I appreciate the help. The best thing about being over here is the extra $900 a month, hence, the questions for Harvey about a new truck!! This is the first time I actually had to come over here for this long of a time. Thanks again for the info! I'll keep in touch as much as I can!

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If you go with the Avalanche you'll need to do a little frame work. I have a friend with an Avalanche 2500 and the big block... he hooked up to my 28' enclosed without the car in it and bent the frame!!!! I couldn't believe it... but when I told Harvey the story he said he had similar trouble and had to weld in support for the frame in the rear.

I have to say I was dissapointed in GM for building such a thing.
 
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Chris,

WOW...that is insane!! I just deleted the Avalanche from my search!!

I bought a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel, but I am not impressed with the amount of power. Strange, because I expected this beast to be plenty, but it struggled pulling my trailer and car from Louisiana to NY, therefore, I am selling it and beginning my search all over again. Thanks guys, this post went on a tangent pretty quick. I may re-title it and put in a different category.

Rob
 
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Just as a point of reference... I have a 2000 F250 SuperDuty with the 7.3L turbo diesel (power stroke). My trailer is 4100lbs empty... so that means it's close to 10,000 with the Impala and all my tools/junk.

So far my longest tow is to Mid-Ohio (about 9 hours) twice this year and the truck had no trouble at all. The truck is a 6-speed manual and there have been times I've had to down shift on long hills... but that's to be expected.

The truck gets 17-18 in mixed driving and 10-12 when I'm pulling the trailer loaded. I haven't done any mods on the truck... not even a K&N filter... so I think I can get a couple of more miles/gallon out of it with a cold air intake and a computer tuner.
 
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