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RE: Should I get a new Tow Vehicle or a Bigger Gas Tank?

My 2014 EcoDiesel Grand Cherokee has been great. Not sure of the different size of fuel tanks, but mine is 24.6 gallons, and will go city driving easily 550 miles between tanks. Over 700 miles if I'm on the highway and stay around 70 MPH. Towing my 3500ish pound Ranger boat, 19 MPG at 70 MPH.
Bionic Man 03/04/21 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ram 2500 vs 3500

Engine and transmission can be added to the list. The high output Cummins and Aisin transmission are only available in the 3500.
Bionic Man 03/02/21 09:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New tow rig. GM 10 speed

GM/Ford have a winner with that 10 speed. It is one of the best transmissions I have driven.
Bionic Man 02/22/21 09:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 sales

Put me in the camp that RAM absolutely needs to change to an 8 or 10 speed. It will drive better. It will be better for marketing. And it would allow them to simplify to one transmission for both 2500 and 3500 trucks, and get them competitive power levels for those that buy a 2500. An upgraded transmission would probably be enough to put me in the market to upgrade.
Bionic Man 02/20/21 09:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Future of Chryslers SRT Division

I think most know that the OP (aka the Troller) likes nothing more than to disparage and throw mud at anything Chrysler related. This is just another example of him trying to do that. Here is what Ralph Gilles, who is a bit more credible, had to say of the change in structure. Fear not. Chrysler performance vehicles aren’t going anywhere. https://i.imgur.com/H9XeDUXl.jpgI didn't see his post at trolling at all but your's seems to be. Really? Do you read his other posts? Did you read the initial post? He has to beat his drum of where a companies HQ is. And throws in the TRx, which isn't even SRT. His agenda is consistent, and crystal clear.
Bionic Man 02/18/21 04:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Future of Chryslers SRT Division

I think most know that the OP (aka the Troller) likes nothing more than to disparage and throw mud at anything Chrysler related. This is just another example of him trying to do that. Here is what Ralph Gilles, who is a bit more credible, had to say of the change in structure. Fear not. Chrysler performance vehicles aren’t going anywhere. https://i.imgur.com/H9XeDUXl.jpg
Bionic Man 02/18/21 08:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: It might begin very soon

Welcome to the future.....
Bionic Man 02/09/21 10:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.6 gas with ten speed?

Not sure what has taken so long to increase production of the ten speed the 6.6 gas should have launched with the 10 speed IMO to maximize it's performance out of the gate. Agree 100%. Also not sure why the joint GM/Ford 10 speed that is in so many vehicles wouldn't work here in its current configuration. It works in the Lincoln Navigator - 450 HP / 510 lb/ft torque It works in the Yukon Denali/Caddy Escalade - 420 / 460 Why wouldn't it work in the 6.6 - 401 / 464 ?
Bionic Man 02/06/21 10:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Furnace runs but blows cold

Propane full? Do you have a propane leak detector that is past its expiration date?
Bionic Man 02/05/21 11:00pm Tech Issues
RE: F-150 best add on mirrors for this shape of mirror

In my experience, none of the add on mirrors work very well. I'd look at spending the $ and adding the mirrors that came on the F150 with the towing package.
Bionic Man 01/31/21 01:58pm Towing
RE: Anybody still tow with an old GM?

I had a 2003 Burb, 2500 with the 8.1. Did a good job of towing the boat, but I must say, I don't understand what all the fuss is about. I think that engine is WAY over rated, especially if you compare it to the more modern engines. The 6.2 in the Yukon Denali that replaced it was a more powerful tow engine, and got better MPG towing than the 8.1 ever did solo. Make no mistake. We are living in "the good ole days".
Bionic Man 01/26/21 06:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TFL Truck tests Ford Raptor vs Ram TRX towing on I-70

I suppose if you just do laps pulling it up the mountain "foot to the floor" (whatever that means, I'm pretty sure you couldn't keep your foot tot the floor in a trx with any trailer it's rated for on most any grade without going way faster than you can handle or is even close to legal, lol)all day every day, it will probably affect service life greatly. And virtually noone will buy these 2 models if their purpose is mostly work. They're hot rods and off road toys that can tow as a side benefit. That's my point. Pretty much no one is using these for towing...at least not anything significant (sure maybe a utility trailer with a couple dirt bikes). But climbing big grades regularly isn't that unusual. I'm sure lots of guys living in Denver will pull a trailer west into the mountains most weekends in the summer. If they were floor it to keep the speed up to 70mph thru Vail Pass, that's going to be very hard use for a full hour of continuous output. Heck running that at 45mph with a 10k trailer is pretty hard use...70mph is probably more than double the power demand. The test is really just silliness. I'm pretty active on one of the tow boats forums. I'd say that the most most popular single model of tow vehicle is a Ford Raptor. It is popular because (at least in theory) it makes a good tow vehicle for the average wake boat which probably weighs 7000 pounds (+/- 1000 pounds), and absolutely is fun to drive. There is already plenty of talk of some of these folks moving to a TRX. Not once have I heard about an engine/tranny problem with the Raptor (although plenty of complaints that the rear end isn't stiff enough for the tongue weight). That said, I think a fair number of these trucks will be used for that type of duty. In response to your comment about heading to Vail from Denver, that is far from an hour of running WOT towing that way. West bound there are three or four extended hills, none of which take more than 5 minutes up. With lots of areas for the engine to cool down between inclines. Eastbound is a little steeper, both up Vail pass and the east side of the tunnel. But none of that requires my Expedition Max with 3.5 EcoBoost to run WOT pulling my 7000 pound boat. And I have half the HP of the TRX. Moral of the story, I can't think of a on-road situation where you would run the truck in a legal fashion that would put a significant strain on the powertrain. And if I were looking for a truck to only tow my boat (no RV), a TRX would be HIGH on my list of considerations. Considering the number of raptors sold and the number I've seen actually out on the road towing...I suspect the sample you are getting on the form is highly distorted. I also suspect most of those aren't thrashing it on big climbs. Are you towing 7k at 70mph with your ecoboost when you do that climb? I've only been thru a couple of times and both were EB...I didn't see any RVs doing 70mph and maybe not an hour straight working the old V-10 pretty hard doing 45-50mph with a similar weight but easily 20-30minutes continuous. Take it up to 70mph and that's a lot more power output. I've run everything but eastbound Eisenhower at 65-70 with the Ex towing the boat. Speed limit up Eisenhower is 60. The EcoBoost is actually very impressive - it will run those speeds and not be at WOT (unlike the 6.2 it replaced which would run 50-55). You are correct in that there aren't any RVs running those climbs at 70. My truck pulls my trailer around 50 MPH up both Eisenhower and Vail, and if another RV passes me, they aren't going more than 5 - 10 MPH faster. There is NOWHERE on I70 in Colorado that would be a 20 - 30 minute continuous WOT or near WOT run. No need to worry about either of the engines in question.
Bionic Man 01/21/21 10:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: TFL Truck tests Ford Raptor vs Ram TRX towing on I-70

I suppose if you just do laps pulling it up the mountain "foot to the floor" (whatever that means, I'm pretty sure you couldn't keep your foot tot the floor in a trx with any trailer it's rated for on most any grade without going way faster than you can handle or is even close to legal, lol)all day every day, it will probably affect service life greatly. And virtually noone will buy these 2 models if their purpose is mostly work. They're hot rods and off road toys that can tow as a side benefit. That's my point. Pretty much no one is using these for towing...at least not anything significant (sure maybe a utility trailer with a couple dirt bikes). But climbing big grades regularly isn't that unusual. I'm sure lots of guys living in Denver will pull a trailer west into the mountains most weekends in the summer. If they were floor it to keep the speed up to 70mph thru Vail Pass, that's going to be very hard use for a full hour of continuous output. Heck running that at 45mph with a 10k trailer is pretty hard use...70mph is probably more than double the power demand. The test is really just silliness. I'm pretty active on one of the tow boats forums. I'd say that the most most popular single model of tow vehicle is a Ford Raptor. It is popular because (at least in theory) it makes a good tow vehicle for the average wake boat which probably weighs 7000 pounds (+/- 1000 pounds), and absolutely is fun to drive. There is already plenty of talk of some of these folks moving to a TRX. Not once have I heard about an engine/tranny problem with the Raptor (although plenty of complaints that the rear end isn't stiff enough for the tongue weight). That said, I think a fair number of these trucks will be used for that type of duty. In response to your comment about heading to Vail from Denver, that is far from an hour of running WOT towing that way. West bound there are three or four extended hills, none of which take more than 5 minutes up. With lots of areas for the engine to cool down between inclines. Eastbound is a little steeper, both up Vail pass and the east side of the tunnel. But none of that requires my Expedition Max with 3.5 EcoBoost to run WOT pulling my 7000 pound boat. And I have half the HP of the TRX. Moral of the story, I can't think of a on-road situation where you would run the truck in a legal fashion that would put a significant strain on the powertrain. And if I were looking for a truck to only tow my boat (no RV), a TRX would be HIGH on my list of considerations.
Bionic Man 01/20/21 08:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for I70 alterantives Colorado trip in February - .

I've flown into and out of New Mexico several times since March. Never had any trouble. Airport is open. Hotels are open. Restaurants can be difficult. But there is no way I'd adjust a driving trip to not go through NM if that was my best option.
Bionic Man 01/14/21 10:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

" 6 spd vs 10 spd would make very little difference in flat out performance." I have said this for a LONG time. You also sang the praises of the 68RFE. Until you moved to the Aisin..... More gears makes little difference to a 420 hp 1075 lbft engine. My guess is Ram will go to a transmission with more gears and boost the peak Hp to make use of those gears. It’s not all about speed up a hill (especially a hill that very few on this forum ever drive). RAM needs to change transmission to improve driving dynamics and efficiency. And I’m not sure there is a formula or chart for you to create that will show that.
Bionic Man 01/14/21 03:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

" 6 spd vs 10 spd would make very little difference in flat out performance." I have said this for a LONG time. You also sang the praises of the 68RFE. Until you moved to the Aisin.....
Bionic Man 01/13/21 03:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4' LED Shop Lights In Costco?

I bought lights from Costco, put them all through my attached garage, detached garage, and storage room in my basement. Also put some in my fathers motorhome garage. They do no interfere with out garage door openers. Had them for a couple years at this point. I have no complaints about them. Costco LED
Bionic Man 01/08/21 08:57am Tech Issues
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

Those of you that are looking at the difference in # of gears as a strictly performance issue are missing the boat. Its also about overall driving experience. Running lower RPMs over many miles (not necessarily up the Ike) is simply more relaxing, not to mention the advantage it offers in fuel economy. I have an 8 speed in my Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, and the 10 speed in the Expedition MAX. They are both GREAT transmissions. Neither have a problem hunting for gears, and the overall lower RPMs they run just improves the driving experience. I have no doubt that the 10 speeds in the SuperDuty and GM HDs are the same way. RAM is missing the boat here.
Bionic Man 01/06/21 04:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

Your thinking the torque is 1075 lbft from 1356 to 1800 rpm, then drops to 807 lbft by the time the engine hits 2800 rpm .... maybe, I hope your right but I'm not convinced. I wish they would publish torque curves. Dude, are you trying to become the new fish? Why do you wish they would publish a torque curve? You aren't buying anything but a Ford, your screen name says so. Why do you constantly create and post in Ram threads? Are you that bored? Beat me to the punch. There is as much uncertainty in what he will buy as there is with the troller. I'm not saying that being brand loyal is a bad thing. If I were in the market for a truck right now, I wouldn't even cross shop, I KNOW what I would buy. It would be disingenuous for me, or those two, to pretend otherwise.
Bionic Man 12/30/20 06:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Busted!

I removed a tree, fence and a hedge so I could squeeze our trailer into our 10’ wide side yard, 26 years ago. Not worth the hassle or the precedence. We live in da hood and I want whatever lax codes we have to be enforced so we don’t wind up with junk cars and furniture adorning the neighborhood. It’s a pita but neighborhoods can go to **** real quick once it starts with something so innocent. I'm on the same side about this here. Our last house, we lived in a cul-de-sac. We had one neighbor who brought home a 5er (old, depilated eye sore) and parked it in his driveway, extending out just onto the sidewalk. Which in turn made them move their basketball hoop into the street. And his teenage kids had even less parking, so they ended up parking in front of my house, making it difficult for me to get into/out of driveway in my car, REALLY difficult to get my RV in my side yard behind my fence, and impossible for any company we had to park near the house. Personally, I was glad the city made him move it. If they had given him a variance, in my mind, it could have opened the door for other neighbors to do the same thing. In my mind, you really have two choices. Go along with the ordinance and move the RV to where it is allowed. Or "fight city hall" to get the ordinance changed across the board. I know where I would be on that plight if I were in the same city.
Bionic Man 12/28/20 06:23pm Travel Trailers
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