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RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

I was just naming a few ways a president, governor, and/or legislator has an effect on prices. The current administrated supported the "shut everything down" policy even though many economist said we will pay for it later down the line. He also supported and pushed the Covid spending Trillion dollar spending spree bill where more than half went pet projects that had nothing to do with covid which causes us to print more money which in turn causes higher inflation because the dollar is worth less. There are many more ways that these people can effect current prices. Many new or special edition vehicles are bought out by those who can afford them so they can sell them at exorbitant prices later on. That is nothing special or new.More like get vaccinated and get back to work far more than any shutdown. I remember there would be vaccinations available to everyone and 4th of July 2021 was going to be the new freedom with 95+% of the population vaccinated. Of course there was a lot of resistance to getting vaccinated and any mandates went nowhere. We have seen the enemy and it is ourselves ;) The last administration printed more than any one previous or since. A guy I really respect a lot on these topics recently broke down inflation causes as listed below, more detail in the link if you're interested. The current and previous administrations absolutely did some things that contributed to the inflationary cycle we're in, but neither controlled the majority of the causes. Link - Barry Ritholtz Here are 15 or so drivers of rising prices, roughly in order. Most of the blame goes to those at the top of the list, the bottom of the list are very modest but real contributors: Inflation Blame 1. Covid-19 2. Congress 3. President Biden CARES Act 3 4. President Trump CARES Acts 1+2 5. Consumers (overspent without regard to cost) 6. Consumers (shift to Goods) 7. Russian Invasion of Ukraine 8. Just in Time Delivery (supply chains) 9. Fed/Monetary Policy 10. Wages/Unemployment Insurance 11. Home Shortages 12. Semiconductors/Automobiles 13. Corporate Profit Seeking 14. Tax Cuts (2017) / Infrastructure (2022) 15. Crypto
IdaD 06/29/22 02:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

I don't think it's a secret that EV's haven't evolved to the point that they're viable tow vehicles. Might work for an around town contractor or a retiree with nothing but time, but that's about the extent of it.
IdaD 06/28/22 12:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

EVs at this point are totally viable for most daily driving purposes around town or even reasonable rural distances. They are not viable as towing vehicles or long distance road trip vehicles - until battery or charging technology changes that's going to be the case.
IdaD 06/15/22 08:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

....the decal on your fender doesn't mean anything. My 3500 has a 7,000 lb rear axle rating....the same truck in a 2500 has a 6,000 lb rear axle rating. Not where you want to be when you scale at 6,020 on the rear axle. Is that simply tire rating or is the axle different? What else affects RAWR? I agree GVWR is a warranty rating, axle ratings are a safety issue. It's actually 6500 lbs, I have a 2015 Ram 2500. The only difference between the two trucks is related to the rear suspension. I'm pretty confident that the Timbrens I put on my truck that are rated for 8000 lbs adequately cover that 500 lb difference. At best we're splitting hairs. Would you really worry about being 20 lbs off? Sad day when you get to go camping but have to leave your case of beer at home.
IdaD 06/08/22 04:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

It just boils down to whether the GVWR matters to you or not. If you want the higher GVWR for aesthetics or bragging rights or maybe it even has some legal significance in Canada or Antarctica or wherever, get a truck that comes with that higher rating. If you want the 10k lb GVWR because of neighborhood rules or highway restrictions or whatever else might complicate things, get a truck that comes with a 10k lb rating. If neither is important to you, get the best deal you can and don't sweat it - the decal on your fender doesn't mean anything.
IdaD 06/08/22 03:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

What is your pin weight? A 3/4 ton might work, but you are asking the wrong question. The question is, "Do you need a 3/4 ton?". The price difference is small, but I run a 3/4 ton due to homeowners assoc. rules, hammer lanes in MD and NJ, Baltimore-Washington Parkway, blah and blah. So, a compromise, depending on your needs. If a 3/4 ton will work with your pin weight and you need it, fine. If not, I would get a one ton. With Fords, the camper/snowplow package almost gets you a 1 ton, except on paper. This guy just nailed the real answer. Some 2500s now come with higher than 10k lb GVWR, and some 3500s come with a 10k lb GVWR. Reality is 2500 vs SRW 3500 generally means nothing in terms of performance or capability. The real question is 10k lb GVWR or a higher number. Since you're buying new, if the higher number won't cause you any problems go ahead and go that route. It it does such as in the example above, get something with a 10k lb GVWR and you've still functionally got the same truck, maybe at most with adding bags/timbrens. I don't think you need a dually at 14k lbs if you don't want one, but that's the actual next step up in capability.
IdaD 06/08/22 08:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 F-350 Demo Impressions

I have the 7.3 L gas in my 2022 F-250 with the 10 speed. This is an awesome performer! Super happy with it. I'm very impressed with how a 7500 lb vehicle can move like that. So far, 11K miles and very few complaints. A couple minor glitches from Ford, but the drivetrain is all I had hoped for. Pulls my 8000lb TT effortlessly. Now I don't decide whether I should try to pass, instead how fast I want to pass. An a superb set of brakes to boot. As a daily driver it averages 15 mpg, gets nearly 20 on the highway, and just sounds tough as heck when I punch it. So far, the best vehicle I've ever owned. Well worth the $2500 price tag for the engine upgrade. Glad you like your truck, but the 11 or so being reported for that engine on Fuelly is probably a more realistic expectation for most folks with mixed use empty and towing.
IdaD 06/07/22 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: thoughts on Ecoboost

My sister has a couple, one in an F150 and one in an Expedition. They have about a 6000-7000 lb loaded travel trailer. One of them, and I think it's the F150, has trouble overheating when towing on long grades in warm weather. I don't know if there's something wrong with it or they aren't managing it properly per a couple of posts up. Aside from that I think they've been pretty happy with them. The only other thing I've consistently heard about Ecoboosts is that the fuel economy is terrible when towing.
IdaD 06/06/22 01:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sumo Springs on 2022 F350 SRW

- Timbrens aren't progressive, so running empty, they tend to be harsh when they engage (not as bad a bump stop). I haven't noticed any ride quality difference on my 2015 2500 with Timbrens. I put them on when the truck was pretty much new so 7 years and almost 90k miles, and they're holding up fine. I probably have an inch or so between the Timbren and axle when empty.
IdaD 06/06/22 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivan truck tow vehicle

I would have asked their mileage. I'lll be getting a Cybertruck or F150 Lightning to either pull my RV or a camper truck if mileage will be an issue. Having to stop every 150 to 200 miles to charge will not be an issue for us since this is our normal and one-stop for us anyways between campsites. Everybody's needs are different. We're planning a summer trip now and the main outgoing and return travel days will be about 600 miles through some pretty rural areas. Obviously an electric tow vehicle would be a non-starter for that scenario.
IdaD 05/31/22 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow capacity, Electric brake box inside truck,tranny cooler?

I think it would be nuts to try pulling a 13k lb trailer with any F150 but if you can it may be possible in a quick jaunt to the local lake on occasion type of scenario. If you're wanting to do it 6 months a year you need a lot more truck to approach that weight, imo.
IdaD 05/26/22 05:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Idle/Drive Ratio

^^ I would enjoy going for a beer with these Ram guys! Would be fun to do some bikin too, on or off road! I'm a bit far away though. I witnessed two guys makin out (straight bar) one time. Ain't purdy, they were on more than beer though! Jerry Things that can't be unseen. After seeing such a scene, Jerry's probably scarred for life. From what I've heard a lot of that kind of activity is common on the west coast. Wow. :R
IdaD 05/24/22 04:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Discoverer AT3 XLT

Auto batteries are made by just a couple of companies and then labeled with different brands so it really doesn't matter. Just make sure it has the right specs. I've had good luck with Cooper tires but no experience with that specific model. I have a pretty low opinion of Michelins so I'd be inclined to take the Coopers over them for sure. Best tire I've ever personally run is the Falken Wildpeak AT3W so I'd recommend checking them out. They perform a lot like a BFG AT KO2 including on snow (both are mountain snowflake rated), but they wear far better and last longer.
IdaD 05/20/22 01:43pm Tow Vehicles
Idle/Drive Ratio

Just curious how my truck compares. 2015 Ram Cummins, just under 87k miles and I bought it new. I'm currently showing the following: Idle: 95 Hours Drive: 2736 Hours How about you guys?
IdaD 05/17/22 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6 liter vortec what are you towing with it?

Some people would be miserable with that setup, others wouldn't mind it. Smart thing to do is upgrade the trailer and see how the setup works. If you're fine with it, cool. If not, pick your favorite diesel and enjoy - if we're talking new model diesels, I'd personally pick a Ram or GM.
IdaD 05/05/22 02:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: '22 Powerstroke seems a little thirstier than the '21 was.

Do late model trucks even depreciate these days? Other than the stupid high cost of tax and registration fees I’m pretty sure I could trade in every year and lose very little $. Pickups haven't depreciated too badly for awhile, especially diesel pickups. That said the last year or two has been strange in that regard. Limited availability and much higher real world pricing on new trucks have really propped up older truck values. I think I could sell my 2015 for what I paid new or very close to it, and that's 7 years and 85k miles later.
IdaD 04/19/22 11:41am Tow Vehicles
2015 Cummins Turbo Actuator

I just got a letter from FCA advising that they are extending the warranty on my turbo actuator to 15 years and 150k miles. How common is this problem and how expensive of a fix is it out of warranty? I'd heard a little bit about it but I'm guessing it may be more widespread than I was thinking if they're extending the warranty coverage.
IdaD 04/18/22 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for power?

I think I like the new Toyota powertrain the best for a half ton. Haven't driven one, that's just based on a few reviews and Toyota's reputation.
IdaD 04/15/22 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Finding a 3500 series truck to test drive....

Seriously, I would make the effort and have the death wobble fixed. On my old 2004, it was ball joints, replaced them, no more wobble. As for reliability, I would take any 5.9 Cummins before any GM or Ford. Ford feels like driving a brick, GM's seats are like milk crates. I haven't driven a GM but I've driven two recent model year Super Duty diesels, an F-250 and an F-350 and honestly I didn't like the way either one drove very well. They felt very isolated from the road, the steering had no feel to it and the turning radius sucked. They're nice trucks and are certainly faster than my Cummins, and they shifted better. Roomier back seat too which matters to me with 3 kids. I'd definitely buy a new Ram CTD over the Super Duty again if I had a do-over, though - even not considering that CP4 issue. GM, I don't know - the current models look pretty nice on paper.
IdaD 04/08/22 04:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Finding a 3500 series truck to test drive....

Seriously, I would make the effort and have the death wobble fixed. On my old 2004, it was ball joints, replaced them, no more wobble. As for reliability, I would take any 5.9 Cummins before any GM or Ford. Ford feels like driving a brick, GM's seats are like milk crates. I haven't driven a GM but I've driven two recent model year Super Duty diesels, an F-250 and an F-350 and honestly I didn't like the way either one drove very well. They felt very isolated from the road, the steering had no feel to it and the turning radius sucked. They're nice trucks and are certainly faster than my Cummins, and they shifted better. Roomier back seat too which matters to me with 3 kids. I'd definitely buy a new Ram CTD over the Super Duty again if I had a do-over, though. GM, I don't know - the current models look pretty nice on paper.
IdaD 04/08/22 04:29pm Tow Vehicles
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