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RE: DEF Math

I think it's beyond dumb to not have a DEF gauge, or at least a way to check the level in the EVIC. Anytime I'm leaving for a longer trip I like to have my DEF tank topped off so I don't have to screw around with it until I get back home. A warning at 30% at the beginning of a trip is something I would have to deal with while on said trip.
IdaD 11/25/20 04:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: DEF Math

Blue is $10 at Costco and that's what I've been buying lately because it's the most convenient. It's only a buck a gallon more than buying it at the pump.
IdaD 11/25/20 10:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: New mall crawler!

Congratulations, that’s a nice looking truck. It has more lift than I’d want but the truck is big enough to pull it off without looking silly. I haven’t even put bigger tires on mine because it barely fits in the garage as it is, No way that thing would go in.
IdaD 11/18/20 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at '17 3500 Ram

The CP4 issue has been way overblown in my opinion. Call your local dealer and ask them how many they have had to replace vs how many trucks they have sold. Also all HO trucks built after July 2020 have a revised symmetrical CP4 pump that may be a fix for those CP4 problems that did arise. Probably, but it's a known issue that can be really significant. It was certainly a factor when I picked a Ram back in 2015. The current Duramax doesn't have one. They're all good trucks, I'd personally lean towards the one without the known issue. Buying used that might make me lean Ram, new probably Duramax.
IdaD 11/12/20 06:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

I run 5w40 synthetic but I think 15w40 is fine in most climates. I just tend to run into cold weather in the winter months so I like the colder weather protection. Rotella T6 is what I generally use. FWIW my father lives in a similar climate and has run conventional 15w40 for years in his 7.3 with no issues so either is probably fine for most applications.
IdaD 10/31/20 09:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fiat/Chrysler says they will be making an Electric Ram.

A Chrysler with complicated electrical components? I don't see what could possibly go wrong.
IdaD 10/30/20 08:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can this weight be right?!?!

They aren't lightweights...
IdaD 10/29/20 11:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I get a new Tow Vehicle or a Bigger Gas Tank?

I'd get a bigger truck. The Nissan works but a half ton would be much more comfortable. Personally if I were buying a half ton today I think it would probably come down to an F150 with the bigger Ecoboost or the Tundra with the bigger V8.
IdaD 10/29/20 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

I don't see what the problem is, he's wearing his high viz.
IdaD 10/12/20 09:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: LR E tow vehicle tire comparison

The good news is the Firestone Transforce tires you've been running are hot garbage, so anything will be an improvement. I've been really happy with the Falken Wildpeak AT3's I'm running currently, if you're wanting an AT on the slightly more aggressive end. I've also had good luck with Cooper and Toyo/Nitto in the past.
IdaD 10/06/20 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: New and confused

You don't want 3 kids and a dog inside a pickup truck; especially when they get a few years older. You need a 3/4 ton van. It works for my family. Then again my dad dragged us around in a little Nissan king cab with those little jump seats when I was a kid so maybe I'm scarred.
IdaD 10/02/20 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: New and confused

We have three kids and use a crew cab. For a time we had two of three in rear facing seats too. It was tight but worked okay. The dog goes in a kennel in the truck bed unless it's really hot or cold in which case we flip up the front console and let her ride up front, which she thinks is awesome. For the length of trips you are contemplating with that size family...I don't think a half ton SUV is a great choice. Check out the HD crew cabs and the Ram Mega if you think a little more space would be better. I was tempted by the Mega but ultimately we decided the crew cab was a better fit.
IdaD 10/02/20 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4 litre HEMI vs Cummins

I average 15-16 in my typical city/suburban driving. Highway unloaded over 20 is easy but that's a pretty small share of my miles. Towing roughly 20k combined is 9-12 depending on conditions and my level of patience. I'm at almost 70k miles and I've had a failed water pump and one bad nox sensor I had to replace.
IdaD 09/30/20 07:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: EGR Deletes

I replaced a bad NOX sensor on my Ram this summer. Cost about $250 for the part on Amazon and it took 20 minutes. You might look into just replacing the sensor yourself. You will need to figure out if the upstream or downstream sensor is throwing the code.
IdaD 09/28/20 11:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

Am I the only one that finds it interesting that there are roads in the US where you can drive a half ton pickup on but cant legally drive a 2500? I think that is worth a conversation or maybe I just need to get out more. Nah, I travel back east and down south for work quite a bit. We got it good here.
IdaD 09/28/20 09:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Peak Blue Platinum DEF

It sounds good. I'm interested in learning what the cost will be and it would be nice if the shelf life was greater than the 18 months regular Blue DEF provides. Shelf life? Fill at the truck stop $2.99 a gallon and always fresh, refill as needed. That you get at the pump is never completely fresh. They just pour the new into the tank on top of the old and it all gets diluted. The old just keeps getting more diluted each time but never completely goes away. So you end up with multiple ages of DEF all mixed together. Better or worse than the jug? Who can say? The only places I've seen DEF at the pump are higher volume truck stops so it stands to reason they turn it over pretty quickly, and it would pretty heavily dilute the older stuff I'd think. When it comes to DEF I'm all about convenience. Since Costco started carrying Peak Blue, that's mostly what I use because I'm there every week. I have no issues with Walmart or Pump DEF, though - it's all the same stuff.
IdaD 09/22/20 06:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheelbase question

Our short bed crew cab does fine with a fifth wheel. If anything I'd say the truck wheelbase matters less with a fifth wheel because they can't torque on a truck as much as a TT based on geometry.
IdaD 09/21/20 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: How much do you really need?

We tend to store a lot of our outdoor/camping/hunting/etc. stuff in the trailer year round. I don't use that bone saw or block and tackle while we're camping but it's still in the camper, and that way I have it in the fall when I'm hunting. I also only travel with full fresh tanks. I also don't overthink this stuff and haven't ever run any of my setups over a scale. My approach is just my approach and if you're more careful about loading up extra stuff or keeping track of weights you can get by with a lower cargo capacity and smaller truck.
IdaD 09/19/20 11:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering a '17 3500 Ram

Mine has vents under the seats plus a couple in the console. I'd go for it, they're nice trucks. The Aisin has pretty frequent fluid changes but it's probably a better transmission than the 68RFE although mind hasn't given me any trouble yet.
IdaD 09/12/20 12:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 RAM CTD Diff Oil Change Question RE Gasket

I've reused mine thus far. Why it doesn't come with a drain plug is question for another thread but stupid.
IdaD 09/12/20 12:31pm Tow Vehicles
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