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RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

They also are more fuel efficient if you compare them to previous years. Pretty impressive when they can do that and increase power. I love the power wars. There isn’t a bad HD truck out there today.
Bionic Man 12/01/20 05:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Chevy Tahoe with 3.0 Diesel

I’m not impressed with the new Tahoe’s diesel mileage. My 2015 5.3L gas Tahoe did very well without the premium price. https://i.imgur.com/Z2L6Hcdl.jpg You either have a REAL special vehicle, or your computer is way off and you would be better off hand calculating your mileage. Fuelly says a 2015 Tahoe will average 15.9 MPG, tracked over 1,000,000 miles. https://i.imgur.com/sNQ9GZal.jpg I’m a fan of the 3.0 diesels. The main reason I didn’t even consider a Burb when I upgraded my Yukon XL last year was I didn’t want to be stuck with the 5.3. If the 3.0 diesel was available last year, I very well may have stayed with GM.
Bionic Man 11/28/20 04:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Blue DEF

DEF has an expiration date, as well as temperature storage requirements. If it is stored in an area that is too hot or too cold, the shelf life decreases. The best way to get fresh DEF is to buy it in bulk from a high volume truck stop - at the pump. As an added bonus, you can fill your tank 100% each time (not guessing how much you have used), and it is also the least expensive way to buy.
Bionic Man 11/27/20 11:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: DEF Math

Buy from the pump at truck stops. Not only is it fresh and stored in a cool place to last longer, but is also only costs about $2 per gallon. My dealerships sells DEF. I can tell you that most of it sits out in a hot warehouse or in a hot semi-trailer for ages before being put out in the showroom which lowers the shelf life. Between the cost savings, and being assured you have fresh, not expired DEF, I don't know why anyone would buy it in a box. Sure, it can be slightly inconvenient pulling up to the truck stop and running inside, but as sensitive as some report the fuel systems are it is worth the trouble. Filled my Jeep up this week. It gets about 1500 miles/gallon of DEF, granted it is more DD, but is used to tow boats. That 8 gallon tank is nice. Not sure why the trucks don't use a bigger tank.
Bionic Man 11/26/20 11:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I get a new Tow Vehicle or a Bigger Gas Tank?

After our trip thru VT, NH and Maine I decided to upgrade to a bigger more powerful truck instead of a bigger tank in the Frontier. A bigger tank won't make the Frontier quieter or give it more power for the hills, which makes for a really tedious long drive. I've ordered a nice Ram 1500 with Ecodiesel, crew cab, short bed, 33 gallon tank and tow package. Why? More power, mileage, torque. The generation 3 ecodiesel has been on the road for two years and is getting great reviews and better reliability ratings. Crew cab gets me the larger 33 gallon diesel tank. Can't get a 33 gallon diesel tank on the Quad Cab because there isn't enough room for the DEF. Now if only COVID doesn't close down production. I think you will really be happy with your choice. Eager to hear your impressions after a trip. I have the older version of the EcoDiesel in a 2014 Grand Cherokee. That engine, coupled with the ZF 8 speed is just a great combo. It might be my favorite vehicle of all I have ever owned.
Bionic Man 11/22/20 12:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 DEF fluid

My def gauge is bottomed out on Empty, and I never add any, but it runs GREAT. Will this hurt anything? Oh wait! The exhaust is laying in my shop! And the truck runs like it should!!!! Hahahahaha Yup you're one of the ones that makes the world hate diesels. PLEASE explain why. My Son’s truck runs VERY CLEAN. I think the assumption is that most of them don't. Just too many people think its appropriate/necessary to roll coal. While there trade offs with the current emissions requirements, I for one appreciate not seeing black smoke billowing from trucks, as well as being able to follow behind a diesel and not have to turn my HVAC to "recirculate" to avoid the exhaust smell.
Bionic Man 11/20/20 07:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 DEF fluid

In theory, you should need DEF about the same time you need an oil change. But there are a LOT of variables to that. Your DEF gauge is probably working just fine. You shouldn't need to fill after 6 tanks of fuel. According to Cummins, DEF consumption is 3% - 5% of your total fuel consumption. The DEF tank on a 2016 2500 is 5.5 gallons.
Bionic Man 11/19/20 07:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane tank locks for my TT

I have never heard of anyone having a propane tank stolen in 40 years of camping Ditto. Maybe not while camping. But I have heard of it happening on off-site storage.
Bionic Man 11/18/20 01:29pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Auxiliary tank - full or empty?

My aux tank stays full all the time. My truck is rarely used in the winter. Never had a problem with the fuel, and I don't use any additives.
Bionic Man 11/17/20 08:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pro trailer back up assist

Why do manufacturers think we need more trinkets? One, because it is profitable for them. Two, because many people can't back up. Lots of folks out there that rarely if ever pull trailers. This is a great system for them. One of the reasons I'm asking how useful people are finding this technology is that I am looking at the differences between what Ram offers vs Ford. Because I generally don't keep my trucks that long I wondered if, 3 or 4 years down the road, selling a Ford with back up assist would be an easier sell than a truck without it. So far it seems that very few people see much value in it. In a way this thread is kind of funny ..... we are all expert backer uppers yet the campgrounds and boat launches are full of people who haven't a clue how to back up a trailer.:) First, that individual feature wouldn't sway me one way or another. Second, I think that trying to make any decision on a particular feature from feedback from THIS forum is .........unwise. It is just way too small of a sample size, and consists of folks with a VERY narrow, yet common, interest. I'd be shocked if anyone on this site would fess up to NEEDING the system. Everyone here is experts (as you said). Third, the system, at least in my mind, would see a higher % of use in the 150 and less capable vehicles, as those are the ones that are even LESS likely to frequently pull a trailer. IMO, most of the folks that buy a 350 buy it because they need some of that capability, not just because they like a truck. Finally, some of the features that come with the back up assist, I do think make the truck more appealing than other brands. I do like the ability to set up multiple trailers. It's nice to have a separate settings for my flat bed vs boat vs 5th wheel, and not have to remember where I usually leave the gain set on the trailer brake control. I also like the cumulative mileage for each trailer, as well as the different lengths of blind spot that you can set up. To my knowledge, other manufacturers don't do that. So, you do in fact get more than just the back up assist.
Bionic Man 11/17/20 01:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Salt Lake to Albuquerque on a 40 Pusher then to Florida.

I'd avoid New Mexico. Between the Governor shutting the state down, and the recent history of the Native American's shutting the Reservations down, it wouldn't be my first choice to go that way. If the weather is good, I80 to Laramie to 287 to I25 would be better than I70 across. Lots of choices on how to proceed once you get to Denver.
Bionic Man 11/16/20 07:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pro trailer back up assist

I'm not going to watch a 30 minute video on the system. But I do have it on my Expedition MAX. I've set it up to work with both my boats. Only used it once - when I went out with a group of people, and no one was comfortable backing up the trailer to retrieve the boat at the launch ramp. The system worked well enough to have someone with limited experience successfully back down the boat ramp. Spend anytime at a boat ramp (or honestly a campground), and you quickly see there is a real need for a product like this. Why a limited experienced driver backing at the dock, I value my equipment more. First vehicle was 1885 and people have been backing them since, if you can't back without this you need more practice. Why do the manufactures think we need more trinkets? How many semis are on the road and they do not have backup assist. My backup assistant rides shotgun and watches as I back and lets me know I need to adjust. Simple but a little higher maintenance with food, cloths, housing, etc, but way better company. LOL. Why a limited experienced driver backing up at the dock? Because it was one of my customers. Who doesn't go with me regularly (probably the 2nd or 3rd time). And he has no need in his everyday life to back up a trailer. Why do manufacturers think we need more trinkets? One, because it is profitable for them. Two, because many people can't back up. Lots of folks out there that rarely if ever pull trailers. This is a great system for them. How many semis are on the road without backup assist? Probably all of them. And they are driven by professional drivers. Hardly the same market as the half ton (or even HD market). Are you the same guy who says we don't need power windows? Or power brakes? GET OFF MY LAWN! ;)
Bionic Man 11/16/20 05:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pro trailer back up assist

I'm not going to watch a 30 minute video on the system. But I do have it on my Expedition MAX. I've set it up to work with both my boats. Only used it once - when I went out with a group of people, and no one was comfortable backing up the trailer to retrieve the boat at the launch ramp. The system worked well enough to have someone with limited experience successfully back down the boat ramp. Spend anytime at a boat ramp (or honestly a campground), and you quickly see there is a real need for a product like this.
Bionic Man 11/15/20 05:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling Travel Trailer in Colorado with Tahoe

Not exactly the same as what you are asking, but I towed a 7000 pound boat with a Yukon Denali XL. The biggest problem I had was both transmission and engine temps. The final nail in its coffin was after I added a larger aux transmission cooler which had the effect of blocking too much of the radiator. The tranny would stay cool, but the engine got hot enough to shut off air conditioning and reduce power going up Mount Vernon Canyon, just outside of Denver. So, my moral of the story is to be cautious how big of a trans cooler you get. Your engine will sufficiently pull your weight through Colorado, but temps will be your enemy.
Bionic Man 11/12/20 02:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at a couple of new (used) motorhome options. Advice?

Take fx’s word..Rexhall is gone, gone. Works for me every time. Copy URL and paste in a new window. Clear your cookies and try it again. Shows "Expired" when I copy and paste.
Bionic Man 11/02/20 10:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Updating 5th Wheel?

Our trailer is 12 years old. Although it is in exceptional condition we still find ourselves trying to cost justify upgrades. We were quoted $5k to reupholster a couch; don't think so. We decided to live with the peeling unit or find an alternative which is what we did. It just doesn't make sense to toss money in some directions. That is exactly where we are at this point. We'd like to do the floors, update the lighting and hardware. That, plus a few other things, and the quote by someone who "specializes" in RV remodeling was just short of $10k. No way I'd put that amount of money into a 20 year old trailer. I'm worried that we may be going down a road where we will just need to bite the bullet and buy something built within the last few years. But, as I said, the quality just doesn't seem the same. Plus I'd want to have another generator installed, and a heavy duty hitch and frame reinforcement done.....
Bionic Man 11/01/20 03:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Updating 5th Wheel?

What was included in the estimate? Especially the older slides, didn't play nice with vinyl flooring (hence why so many rigs have carpet which I hate). Did this include an upgrade to the slide mechanism or was there floor rot to address? If it's just tear out and put down vinyl, most any small general contractor who does household flooring should be able to manage and it should only be a few hundred. If you can take the rig to them, that would be even more of a help. That was just a break out of removing the existing flooring, and installing new. Nothing else. I've tried one general contractor, and he wasn't interested in doing it. I'll call around, or maybe check with Home Depot or Lowes as has been suggested.
Bionic Man 11/01/20 02:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Updating 5th Wheel?

If your willing to travel ( or make a trip out of it ) have you considered going out to Indiana area where most are built? There are quite a few shops out there that do this, might be worth a look. Plus there are a lot of touristy things to do. Good thought, but we both work full time. A trip to Indiana isn't in the books for a while.
Bionic Man 11/01/20 02:57pm Fifth-Wheels
Updating 5th Wheel?

I've owned our current 5er since new, bought it way back in 2002. It's been garaged most of it's life, but at nearly 20 years old it is dated. We don't camp nearly as much as we used to, so I have a hard time justifying new RV prices (especially at a quality level similar to what we have now), so we are considering trying to find someone to update/remodel. The main thing I want done that I really don't want to deal with is removing the carpet and replacing with something like linoleum (at least in the main living area). I found one place in Colorado that remodels RVs, but they quoted $5500 just for the flooring. That price seems high to me, and more than I think I am willing to pay. I've tried calling a couple of carpet/flooring installers, as well as two RV shops, and neither are interested in the job. Any other suggestions on where to find someone to do at least that amount of work at a more reasonable price? Or am I destined to have to buy something new(er)?
Bionic Man 10/31/20 05:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fairbank AK -- Northern Lights ????

I travel to Alaska for work (at least in normal years). I've made several winter trips. Add me to the list of folks that haven't seen the lights. I was there last year around the winter solstice. 4 hours of "daylight". Temps were around -15*F, and never got above 0*. Just my opinion, but Fairbanks in December is miserable.
Bionic Man 10/25/20 02:44pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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