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2019: The year of the truck

August 3, 2018 — So much truck news going on this year and next year. I've already driven and towed with the 2019 Ram 1500. I've had the 2018 Ford F150 diesel for over a week, we'll cover that in this review. Next month I'll be in Wyoming driving

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Sundling: CM Truck Beds

April 27, 2018 — On the farm, I found my favorite tool when I put a steel flatbed on my 1977 C30 Chevy dually. With the stiff springs in the 1977 one ton, adding the weight of the steel flatbed it calmed down the ride. I could drink coffee

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Sundling: First drive in the all-new Ram 1500

March 23, 2018 — Took my first drive in the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 in Arizona where the cactus are tall and the boulders are big. The all-new Ram is quieter, more fuel efficient, with less vibration and improved steering and handling. The 12-inch touch screen will be the

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Sundling: Specialty trailers for market animals

January 12, 2018 — Took two of my grandkids to the 112th National Western Stock Show last week. Their favorite place was the petting zoo upstairs in the Hall of Education. We didn't go on a weekend as the NWSS had record attendance and I'm shy. Sixty years old

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Sundling: How many trailer tires do you have?

October 27, 2017 — Trailer tires are the bane of my existence. In the last couple of years, I've had five trailer blowouts. And each time I had bent trailer fenders, broke clearance lights and demolished license plates along with expensive trailer tires. So I went to 14-ply tires (G

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Sundling: The 2017 Honda Ridgeline

June 1, 2017 — Is it a truck? Yes, it's different, though it may be the future of trucks. I see it as another choice in a crowed mid-size category. The good: This new model looks more like a truck (maybe an El Camino) than the last Ridgeline. It

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Sundling: The Jack-E-Up and Trailer Legs

April 21, 2017 — I've found and tested a couple of new trailer accessories, both made in the USA: Jack-E-Up, the better way to use your trailer jack. Stop bending your trailer jack, protect your truck's tailgate and protect your SUV's lift gate. Less jacking, less cranking and less

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Sundling: The 2018 Ford F-150

March 24, 2017 — I just got used to the Ford F-150 for 2017 with the new second-generation Eco Boost 3.5L twin turbo with more power, dual injection and 10-speed auto tranny. But Ford flew me to Detroit to take a peak at the 2018 F-150. Of course it

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Sundling: The new and improved 2017 Ford Raptor

January 16, 2017 — I didn't know a truck could ever get me this excited and I live and breathe trucks! I've been steering trucks for 45 years and this is the most fun I've had. We climbed rocks that would make a horse nervous, floated on the Ocotillo

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Sundling: Nissan is learning to compete with others

December 13, 2016 — I was there when it all started, in 2003 Nissan introduced the all-new 2004 Titan half ton truck at Napa Valley, Cali. We were in wine country driving the new trucks on the Silverado Highway. On the highway we weaved in and out between Lamborghini

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Mr. Truck: Don’t blow towing your livestock

October 7, 2016 — Trailer tires are my biggest problem towing. Close second and third would be trailer wiring and wheel bearings. Tires are your first defense on a road trip. Imagine towing a trailer in Arizona in the summer with horses or livestock. When you blow a trailer

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H. Kent Sundling: Ford trucks bring more power, more towing capacity in 2017

July 29, 2016 — Ford Super Duty All-new aluminum body F-Series Super Duty can tow heavier trailers and haul heavier cargo than ever before. Maximum gooseneck towing capacity was raised to 32,500 pounds on F-450 SuperCrew 4×4, fifth-wheel towing capacity boosted to 27,500 pounds and conventional towing to 21,000

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Mr. Truck: New Nissan truck doesn’t disappoint

July 3, 2016 — Nissan brings out the second in-between XD pickup but with a gas engine. It's the same truck we reviewed earlier with the Cummins diesel, but now the 5.6L V-8 gas engine and new 7-speed automatic tranny. Same body, same frame but the gas version is

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Mr. Truck: New Ford F150 ups ante on already popular truck

June 3, 2016 — We knew the Ford Raptor for 2017 was coming with a 10-speed. Now we know the mainstream best selling F150 for 2017 will also have the Ford built 10-speed and increased power with 30 pound-feet more torque. This comes from two injectors per cylinder and

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Mr. Truck: AuTow Brake solves a necessary problem with many trailers and gives more braking control

May 20, 2016 — AuTow Brake is a trailer brake controller that stays on your trailer. That's how it's done in Europe, the trailer controls it's own brakes. In the U.S., most boat trailers do the same thing with hydraulic surge brakes. AuTow Brake is an automatic electric surge

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Mr. Truck: 2016 GMC Canyon offers good mileage and features in midsized truck

March 31, 2016 — We waited a long time for light duty diesels, now GM midsize trucks are the latest converts to compression ignition engines, and they are selling like hotcakes. The media truck that showed up in my back yard is a 2016 GMC Canyon, badged as a

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Mr. Truck: New truck, needed changes

March 1, 2016 — New look, new body, new engines, new transmissions and it's about time for the Toyota Tacoma. It's been 11 years since any big change. The 2016 truck I tested was a loaded double cab TRD Off-Road 4×4. The new 6 speed automatic replaces the 5-speed

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Mr. Truck 9-30-13

October 21, 2013 — Over eight years ago speculation of a half ton diesel, all but died. All the truck manufactures had a diesel engine planned for half ton trucks. Then the economy changed. Ram finally got serious about the truck race in 2013 with one innovation after another

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Mr. Truck 9-30-13

October 17, 2013 — Over eight years ago speculation of a half ton diesel, all but died. All the truck manufactures had a diesel engine planned for half ton trucks. Then the economy changed. Ram finally got serious about the truck race in 2013 with one innovation after another

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Kent Sundling: Mr. Truck 8-26-13

October 17, 2013 — Ever ride in the back of your horse trailer? You know the air bag will make the potholes and ruts smoother on our broken highways, but it will decrease dramatically the vibration that resonates through the trailer floor to your horses feet. Imagine standing for

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