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RE: Tow Vehicle Tire Pressure

I run 60/80 during towing season, drop it to 60 all around in the fall unless I end up towing something significant in which case I’ll air back up. The lower pressure in the winter provides a much nicer ride.
IdaD 07/14/19 06:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gas TV for a year long trip

I really appreciate all the advice guys. It's good to hear from people who have more experience on these things than I do. And I am looking at used trucks, my budget is 45k but I would like to come in under that. Ive seen 6.2s with around 50k miles going for 32k-36k. More if it's a 2015+. The diesels are starting at 40k and going higher. On the diesel I was looking at trucks with under 100k miles. As far as elevation I'm sure we'll spend time in Colorado for a few weeks, but I doubt it will be for months. I like the price of the gasser, but like the capabilities and range of the diesel. I know, you got to pay to play. For $45k you can buy a new Ram Tradesman CTD. Not sure I would want to drive all around the US in a Tradesman, I like power seats and more information display, and comfortable seats. Lol, you went from a soon to be classic truck to a new one a couple months ago and now a new "Tradesman" wouldn't be up to your discerning standards? Some folks just make a guy laugh. Lifestyle creep I guess. You couldn't carry on a conversation in his old truck going down the highway. Now a new Tradesman doesn't enough features or good enough seats. That payload sticker didn't used to mean much either, but it sure does now. People are definitely funny creatures.
IdaD 07/14/19 02:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6 people in an F350

My Ram has a flip up console that converts the front row to a bench and yeah we've done 6 people for short stints. There's no center shoulder belt in our Ram so I wouldn't rely on it for any long distance driving, although I think the Fords have a shoulder belt on their front bench models so they may be more workable. I would not put 4 kids in the back row except for dirt/gravel roads at lower speeds. I'm also not above letting them ride in the bed in those scenarios, though. Quick somebody call CPS.
IdaD 07/12/19 04:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas TV for a year long trip

I live out west and have a similar weight fifth wheel and I wouldn't be very happy with a gas truck - going uphill or down. That said, a gas truck will certainly pull that weight without causing any damage barring road rage from somebody who gets stuck behind you on a long two lane ascent with no passing lanes.
IdaD 07/12/19 02:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Roush Super Duty

Haha...ghey! $15k + for shocks, leveling kit and some aftermarket wheels with BFGs? Oh and a bunch of accessory catalog [email protected]? But wait, the diesel gets a "dpf back" exhaust! WTF is that anyway? Downstream of the emissions stuff on a diesel is just a tailpipe! Now if they offered a supercharged 6.2 or hopped up 6.7...but really? Shocks and a leveling kit is a performance package? Yeah it's **** for that much. I'm more curious what their "Tremor" package will cost. It's Power Wagon lite, but you can get it with the diesel. Azzkicker being, it's a Ford diesel. :B
IdaD 07/11/19 06:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New 2020 Grand Design Momentum G-Class 29G

I like that floor plan a lot. I don't know what year your truck is or gas diesel, but if newer and bonus if diesel, I bet it would tow it fine. It won't be like a fifth wheel but you would get to keep your bed available.
IdaD 07/11/19 05:03pm Toy Haulers
RE: Ram Sales Increasing

The Super Duty must have gotten more expensive with the new models. When I bought the 2015 in my sig the price difference between a Ram and Super Duty was negligible on comparable model diesel crew cabs. The GM was substantially more than either. I think MSRP was similar on all of them but the GM dealers in my area just weren't discounting as much. I haven't price shopped since so maybe things have changed. MRSP is still pretty close between the Ram and Ford. It's the discounting where the difference is. Ram's is almost twice as much. After some converations with some Ram owners who have recently purchased a Ram HD to haul their horses? (Rear wheel falling off with horse trailer on and another into the dealer on the average once a month) Think I'll pass on buying a new one. Just not prepared to risk it. Not at all saying I wouldn't have some issues with a Ford but I'd rather go with the devil I know than the devil I don't know. Thats rich. A Ford guy complaining about unreliable other brands. Let's not forget Ford's history with their trucks. 6.0, 6.4, CP4 - on and on. I've always thought Ford has made solid pickups, and that's still my opinion. But their track record with diesel engines is...not so solid.
IdaD 07/11/19 02:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Sales Increasing

The Super Duty must have gotten more expensive with the new models. When I bought the 2015 in my sig the price difference between a Ram and Super Duty was negligible on comparable model diesel crew cabs. The GM was substantially more than either. I think MSRP was similar on all of them but the GM dealers in my area just weren't discounting as much. I haven't price shopped since so maybe things have changed. MRSP is still pretty close between the Ram and Ford. It's the discounting where the difference is. Ram's is almost twice as much. After some converations with some Ram owners who have recently purchased a Ram HD to haul their horses? (Rear wheel falling off with horse trailer on and another into the dealer on the average once a month) Think I'll pass on buying a new one. Just not prepared to risk it. Not at all saying I wouldn't have some issues with a Ford but I'd rather go with the devil I know than the devil I don't know. I had the recalled water pump on mine go out before it was actually recalled which sucked. Beyond that I haven't had any issues in the roughly 53,000 miles it has so far aside from more minor recalls than I'd like. It's been a solid truck. Mine is stock and I really don't anticipate any major problems. I'm extremely glad it has a CP3 in so I don't have that gorilla hanging over my head. If I were buying a 2019+ diesel I really think I'd get a GM just to avoid having to think about that possible catastrophic failure point.
IdaD 07/11/19 11:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Sales Increasing

The Super Duty must have gotten more expensive with the new models. When I bought the 2015 in my sig the price difference between a Ram and Super Duty was negligible on comparable model diesel crew cabs. The GM was substantially more than either. I think MSRP was similar on all of them but the GM dealers in my area just weren't discounting as much. I haven't price shopped since so maybe things have changed.
IdaD 07/10/19 01:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will I kill my mini-van?

That combination will suck but it won't amount to a death trap, if that's what you're asking. You've got enough caveats in there I think you know it's gonna suck. You didn't elaborate any on your family size and what alternate vehicles might work but I'm going to assume young family with kids. Although to be fair that description could probably fit a lot of the older rv.net set too, even if the dog is a 8 lb runt. You could give it a shot and if it doesn't work out just plan on trading the van in for something more suitable.
IdaD 07/09/19 01:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4WD or 2WD

Can't find a 2wd truck here unless it's a bare bones fleeter. Can't hardly sell a 2wd when you're done with it either. B.O. Idaho too. Probably the case in all northern states. 2wd trucks cost more in these areas when you factor in depreciation and resale.
IdaD 07/09/19 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch to houseboat?

Buying a boat to save money is an innovative approach.
IdaD 07/08/19 09:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Performance/Efficiency versions of Cummins 6.7L

I'd take the more efficient option. My Cummins is rated 370/800 and I've never encountered a situation where I thought I needed any additional power.
IdaD 07/03/19 11:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: SWR 5th wheel towing

Better ride, no slider hitch, more room for STUFF or a bigger toolbox to name a few. Most newer trailers will pull behind a shortbed with no slider. The choice of short or long is more a preference these days than a necessity. Yup UNTIL........ Yup UNTIL , when ?? 14 years towing with one. NEVER hit the cab. NEVER used the slider. NEVER needed or wanted a tool box in the bed . Ron, YOU need a long bed , many don’t, it’s simple they don’t want or need one . There is no UNTIL. I love the NEVER comments as it has come back to bite many on this Forum and others. I simply gave MY reasons for having a LONG BED. Kinda like short man syndrome when the SB guys get all twisted with simple opinions and facts. Then they start the gang mentality to reassure each other that their compromise truck won't ever be an issue. Everything involves compromise. Short bed or long bed, half ton or HD, SRW or DRW, etc. Some of us are fortunate don't need a dually's load capacity to haul our wife around. :B
IdaD 07/02/19 10:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheel diameter

18" tires are cheaper to replace and more readily available than 20" tires. Same weight ratings too, at least on the sizes you available on Ram trucks.
IdaD 07/01/19 04:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SWR 5th wheel towing

There's not really a question here. Get a dually if you need the weight carrying capacity. If you don't, get a SRW because they're better in every other way.
IdaD 07/01/19 09:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram/Cummins vs GM/Duramax on the IKE

I'm kinda maxed out on how many times I can watch some fat guys drive up a hill.
IdaD 06/29/19 10:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hard time finding a short full mattress.

Foam and cut it down yourself, or modify the bed to allow for a full length mattress (if possible). At 6' tall I find the short mattresses annoying so I'd convert to full length if the trailers configuration would allow for it.
IdaD 06/26/19 03:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: The 4.0L V8 diesel Touareg we can't have.

I owned a VW once. Emphasis on the once.
IdaD 06/26/19 02:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 Ton Towable 5th Wheel

I don't think there's much price difference to get into a HD gas truck, so I'd be sure to check that. Certainly not enough of a price difference to be material. There are definitely half tons capable of hauling certain light fifth wheels, but I think it's a really poor choice to try to make that combination work in a full time use scenario.
IdaD 06/25/19 02:12pm Fifth-Wheels
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