Also a Jeep EcoDiesel owner(with 100K on the odometer) and I pull a combined 5200lb fully enclosed trailer/load routinely in the warmer months. With electric brakes you don't know its there. With the GDE tune in it, its fun to have tongue on tap. 19mpg pulling the trailer is easy to attain.
Everything is a distance to be sure. Barely enough ice to do anything. Ice caves are quite nice, but kinda bum'd the park service started charging(revenue) for something that happens in nature and was free until 2 years ago. In any regards - love reading your postings!
I'm in between Marengo and Mason, very near Wildcat Road. I could take you up to the now-defunct USFS lookout tower for a great-almost-drone-like-view. 50/50 chance the access road might be impassible, even for the Landie.
And its been colder. A lot colder. Three years ago Lake Superior was...
First world problems right there!
I had a '04 2500HD with the same engine. All stock save for some 305 tires. 12 all day long. Hang the plow on and it was 10. Felt your pain, except I traded it less than a year later for a '05 demo Duramax LLY.
You missed the boat - we both HARD WIRED it directly to a battery and both had the same(lack of) results. That being said, mine worked flawlessly for almost 5 years on the standard 12v cig plug, so I would have to disagree with you.