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RE: F series recalls

Notice how they're saying with the wrong payload stickers, "Loading to those values may exceed the gross vehicle weight rating or gross axle weight rating, which may result in suspension overload and increased stopping distance, increasing the risk of a crash." but they aren't saying anything could break which says to me these trucks and their components can handle a lot more weight than what they say but it's just not safe because of increased stopping distances which could cause a crash. Interesting. I've had up to 11,000 lbs on the pin of my F350 SRW and nothing broke. I can't even imagine worrying over a couple thousand lbs or so over payload. Oh come on, you've seen all the hand wringing around here about how loading up one too many bags of potato chips for the family camping trip could mean certain death. It's not hard to imagine someone being concerned about being over by a literal ton.
IdaD 02/25/21 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wonder if truck makers will start making 10001 # 1/2 tons.

If we're going to transition ground transportation to electricity, we're going to need to generate a lot more of it and beef up the grid to handle the extra workload. It isn't simply a matter of adding charging stations. I have no idea how much fossil fuel goes into ground transportation or how that energy would translate to electricity but it's probably significant. I would also say that unless that extra electricity comes from green energy, I'm not sure we're netting out much benefit. Although I suppose there's some value in beginning the transition. On the BC Hydro website they indicate that if every personal vehicle in the province were to magically become electric overnight the grid load would increase by 19 percent. So space that out over a few decades and it’s not such a big deal. There are still new Dams coming online in the next few years that would cover that easily... for BC at least. Jmho. Not an expert. Does the 19% include commercial or is that just personal vehicles? An 80,000 lb or more semi is going to chew up a lot more juice than a typical small EV. I would agree that over time it's still doable, but it's a a big process to not just generate that much more electricity but also distribute it. I live in the northwest US so I benefit a lot from hydro but I also don't see that as a very viable long term green energy source given the environmental concerns associated with it.
IdaD 02/24/21 01:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wonder if truck makers will start making 10001 # 1/2 tons.

If we're going to transition ground transportation to electricity, we're going to need to generate a lot more of it and beef up the grid to handle the extra workload. It isn't simply a matter of adding charging stations. I have no idea how much fossil fuel goes into ground transportation or how that energy would translate to electricity but it's probably significant. I would also say that unless that extra electricity comes from green energy, I'm not sure we're netting out much benefit. Although I suppose there's some value in beginning the transition.
IdaD 02/24/21 12:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: WDH or not?

I'd give it a shot and see how it does just on the ball. Your front axle will have plenty of weight on it with the diesel, more than a gas version of the truck with a WDH.
IdaD 02/20/21 10:55am Towing
RE: Ford 7.3 Gas motor

I haven't towed with one but I think expecting 10-11 towing is very optimistic. Fuelly says the average MPG is a little under 12, which would include towing and not. I think Fuelly tends to be pretty close to real world. I'd probably bank on most folks getting more like 8 towing. Obviously driving habits play a big role.
IdaD 02/13/21 12:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Opinion on Truck Reliability

I think in 2019 the Cummins went to a CP4 pump which is hot garbage. However I think they dropped it in 2021 and went back to a CP3 unit, which is what 2018 and earlier had. The 2017 you are looking at would be good to go and a huge step up from your F150. I have a 2015 with 70,000+ miles on it and I had a water pump failure (which was later recalled) and a back-end NOX sensor failed which I replaced myself (I think the part was about $200 on Amazon). Otherwise it's been a solid truck and I plan to keep it a lot more years. If you are buying used I would absolutely ignore the 2500 vs SRW 3500 distinction for this vintage Ram. Your used market is limited and they're the same truck from a capability standpoint, maybe with a $200 investment in Timbrens or airbags on the 2500 (and it wouldn't be necessary at all for your current trailer).
IdaD 02/05/21 04:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 at Load Maximum Woes

Newer HD trucks will beat you up a little bit on rougher dirt roads, but for the most part they ride just fine and certainly not enough rougher than a half ton to cause any significant comfort difference. The main thing is to air down those rear tires a bit when you're not loaded up.
IdaD 02/03/21 03:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: You have 13 yrs 11 mths left to buy a GM gas or dsl vehicle

Certainly interesting for sure. Lots of things to consider though... Where is the power coming from? Clean renewable energy is great to hope for, but unrealistic to power the entire world. Maybe PV tech will make leaps and bounds. How are we storing excess power? Manufacturing of batteries is a high cost, financially and in resources and waste. Tesla has greatly improved batteries, but my yearly 200 mile round trip to Florida would require a LOT of battery charging or swapping. COST? New technology is expensive. You need significant buy-in to bring the price down per vehicle. This being GM, and with Biden's federal fleet program, I'm sure that our tax dollars will be spent subsidizing this program, but at what cost? Again, interesting idea and I'm hopeful for new innovations. I always wonder why we don't have more technology like our trains are doing with diesel electric engines. Did you mean 2000 mile round trip? A 200 mile round trip can be fine by pretty much every EV on the North American market with no charging. Typo? I would like to know of that shortcut to get from DC to florida in 100 miles. the same math is being used in these fanciful dreaming ideas. bumpy Well, I don’t know the geography of the US much. But if it’s a typo and it’s supposed to be a 2000 mile return trip that is 1000 miles each way. So probably two days there and two days back. So no sweat for the most commonly sold EV’s today. Take a 20 minute lunch break at a supercharger and you are good to go. We do that kind of sceenario. We stay at a hotel with destination chargers. Leave full in the morning. Too easy. Out west a 1000 mile trip is often a 1 day deal, we've done it a bunch even with young children and towing. That's not doable with an EV, towing or not. 1000 miles is totally doable in an EV. That’s like 1600 km. Why wouldn’t it be. That’s like an17 or18 hour road trip. You are going to take breaks. Just charge on your breaks. A mile road trip doesn’t take us any longer in our Tesla than our old Jeep Grand Cherokee. I can’t imagine ever travelling 1600 km in one day but it wouldn’t be a problem. Have you ever been to the western US? There aren't gas stations let alone EV stations in the intervals you'd need them to try to attempt a 1000 mile slog through, say, Nevada or eastern Oregon or Idaho or Montana or lots of other places. Throw towing in the mix and it becomes more of an impossibility. The support infrastructure just isn't there. I'm sure this is much less of a problem in the eastern US or Europe. If you're talking about an around town commuter, I see a place for an EV right now. They're not widely available in sizes that work for most families yet, but that shouldn't take long. Without a green electrical grid I'm not sure how much it moves the needle, though.
IdaD 01/30/21 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: You have 13 yrs 11 mths left to buy a GM gas or dsl vehicle

Certainly interesting for sure. Lots of things to consider though... Where is the power coming from? Clean renewable energy is great to hope for, but unrealistic to power the entire world. Maybe PV tech will make leaps and bounds. How are we storing excess power? Manufacturing of batteries is a high cost, financially and in resources and waste. Tesla has greatly improved batteries, but my yearly 200 mile round trip to Florida would require a LOT of battery charging or swapping. COST? New technology is expensive. You need significant buy-in to bring the price down per vehicle. This being GM, and with Biden's federal fleet program, I'm sure that our tax dollars will be spent subsidizing this program, but at what cost? Again, interesting idea and I'm hopeful for new innovations. I always wonder why we don't have more technology like our trains are doing with diesel electric engines. Did you mean 2000 mile round trip? A 200 mile round trip can be fine by pretty much every EV on the North American market with no charging. Typo? I would like to know of that shortcut to get from DC to florida in 100 miles. the same math is being used in these fanciful dreaming ideas. bumpy Well, I don’t know the geography of the US much. But if it’s a typo and it’s supposed to be a 2000 mile return trip that is 1000 miles each way. So probably two days there and two days back. So no sweat for the most commonly sold EV’s today. Take a 20 minute lunch break at a supercharger and you are good to go. We do that kind of sceenario. We stay at a hotel with destination chargers. Leave full in the morning. Too easy. Out west a 1000 mile trip is often a 1 day deal, we've done it a bunch even with young children and towing. That's not doable with an EV, towing or not.
IdaD 01/29/21 08:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

This is a fairly well thought out option, with enough power to actually be useful (in all 3 configurations) and not prohibitively expensive (that's relative, of course, to the cost of the truck). But the marketing to "contractors" and "pros" is just that. Marketing. Anyone who thinks different, isn't a contractor or a "pro." It is, however, a cool option for the weekend warrior, boondocker and home handyman. Good job Ford for thinking out of the box, but let's don't blow this too out of proportion either way, rvnetters! BTW, a real contractor wouldn't park his truck that close to the work. I've actually fired people who repeatedly couldn't keep their truck out of the line of fire! Big no no in real work. I would agree. We boondock more often than not and it would be handy to not have to lug my cheapo genny out for the limited times we actually need a little juice like a hot afternoon or to run an electric coffee pot or whatever. Or even better the Honda that I leave home a lot because it weighs a metric ton, even though it's a lot nicer to use. I bet on an average 3 or 4 day camping trip we probably run one for a collective two or three hours, if that, and for that type of usage this would be perfect. Unfortunately an F150 wouldn't cut it for us, so It would be nice if this migrated into the HD models. In theory, anyway - I'll probably keep my truck for another decade. I'm cheap like that.
IdaD 01/09/21 11:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3 vs GM 6.6 fuel economy TFL video

Yikes, it sounds like it is a decent performer but that is pretty dismal fuel economy....:E It's a HD gas truck. There's no new tech here, they're all gas hogs.
IdaD 12/23/20 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Confirmed 2021 RAM Cummins no CP4.2

I'm happy with my '15 but this would put the Ram back on my list of diesel trucks. For the '19 or '20 model years, I'd have gone with Dmax.
IdaD 12/23/20 09:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: How will my new F350 behave in cold temps?

Teen temps are no issue. Generally when you travel to areas that need winter blend diesel, the stations have winter blend diesel. For your glow plugs, just turn your ignition to run until the light goes off and then start it up.
IdaD 12/19/20 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Going back to gasser based on needs (need advice)

I think Ford makes really good trucks, possibly the best in general, but I trust their diesels as far as I could throw one. If you're going to switch to gas I wouldn't be afraid of buying the 7.3, it looks good on paper. Just understand you will be dropping down in performance and fuel mileage, but I do think it would be sufficient for what you're trying to do. I think the Ram and GM gas trucks would be sufficient too. That said I'm a guy who doesn't necessarily "need" a diesel but I wanted one and don't regret the purchase at all. Even when I'm not towing I think all that torque makes for a nicer driving truck.
IdaD 12/17/20 01:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

If I were shopping for a new diesel truck right now it would almost certainly be a GM because they switched to a Denso pump. Ditto. In fact this very issue was one of the big reasons I bought a Ram in 2015. While it's great that the CP4 has improved since it was first introduced, it's still a flaming turd as far as I'm concerned.
IdaD 12/15/20 09:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Haul Mode

I run TH and EB most of the time, although I don't generally run EB this time of year because I don't want to be in the habit of putting it on when it's below freezing every night. EB and ice isn't a good combo.
IdaD 12/08/20 09:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 B6.7L maintenance intervals

The new oil change interval for the medium duty trucks is... 18 months with the 19 quart pan. This is the most intriguing for me. I've never understood the 6 months aspect of oil changes. I get the mileage or engine hours, because that's actual usage of the engine and degradation of the oil. The time period seems very arbitrary to me. I drive my truck 8-10,000 miles a year. Ram rates the engine for 15K mile OCI... or 6 months. So I am wasting 3 gallons of oil and a filter every 6 months, even though its essentially new. The argument has always been made that its the additive package that breaks down in time. If that is the case, why are the new MDT 6.7 engines rated for 18 month OCI? I change my oil, oil filter and fuel filters out every spring. I average around 14k miles a year. The truck doesn't burn any oil and it doesn't seem bad when I switch it out. YMMV.
IdaD 12/06/20 03:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When is weight distribution needed?

Just my two cents but having one of the big diesels hanging over the front axle goes a long way to eliminating the need for weight distribution. Will 1400 lbs reduce the the front axle weight on that truck? Sure. Enough to matter...eh, not so sure. Even loaded up you still have more weight on the front axle than an empty gas version of the same truck does. I'd at least try it out before you go spend money.
IdaD 12/03/20 04:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: E rated tire with max psi of 65?

I wouldn't get rid of them. I have the Ridge Grapplers on one of my trucks, not one I use to pull or carry a camper, and they've actually been great tires. I would, however, not air them up so much unloaded. Check your door panel for what the original tires used for pressure and back that down some. 35-40 psi is probably more than enough. The door panel on OP's truck should say 60 front, 80 rear. That's what mine says. I don't generally run at 80 on the rears unless I'm towing or hauling something heavy, though.
IdaD 12/01/20 02:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch reccomendations

I like the Anderson but I grew up on a farm and am more familiar with gooseneck type setups. I have a short bed and with it flipped back, I've not had any issues.
IdaD 11/27/20 09:57pm Towing
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