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RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

I don’t see this as being a huge hinderance considering you’re all planning on spending a year in the same 8x30 box anyways. lol I.e., you'll be miserable most of the time anyway, you may as well be miserable while you're traveling too.
IdaD 10/11/19 05:02pm Towing
RE: Ford 6.7L 1050 ft lbs TQ at 1,600 rpm, 475 HP at 2,800 rpm

It's a good thing for the manufacturers that some of us appreciate what the new trucks have to offer. If someone where to offer me an unused '01 Super Duty or Ram free of charge with the condition that I had to park or sell my newer one and use the '01, I'd definitely turn them down. I might struggle enough to even accept the offer if it were a unused 2006 GMC Denali Duramax that was being offered. I totally disagree. My dad has a 2000 Powerstroke that takes a half a county to turn around because of the front leafs and you can hardly carry on a conversation going down the highway. But that truck new for free? Yeah, I'd save the money I spent on my truck and invest it and happily take that old 7.3 with the crappy 4 speed trans. It may be a bit crude but it's reliable and even tows relatively well, and I think that's a pretty good looking vintage for Fords.
IdaD 10/10/19 07:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lowering TV tire pressures

My sticker says 60 front and 80 rear, which I run when I'm towing our fifth wheel or something else significant. Otherwise I drop the rears down to the 50-60 range.
IdaD 10/04/19 11:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cummins 1000tq vs 6.4L Hemi towing mpg

So at 112,000 miles the engine theoretically pays for itself, unless you factor in putting in that $9000 in a good mutual fund, and having it turn into $18000 over those 7-8 years. 1. That would be IF you paid cash for the truck which would be stupid because you would make more investing it especially if you get a sub 4% interest rate. Most people finance their vehicle loan so theoretically they don't have $9k to put in a mutual fund. 2. You are not counting for the fact that the diesel truck is still worth $6-7K more than the gas version at that point and you would get that much more on resale/trade-in. 3. If you look at total cost of ownership between a 6.4L and Cummins, the difference is less than a few thousands for most people over 5 years/100k miles.... in the diesels favor. 4. The diesel option in the HD is the only option that not only gradually pays for itself, but it also adds greater performance and capabilities. The $3k 4x4 option does not pay for itself or add performance. The old $1,200 for the 6.4L over the 5.7L did add performance but it did not pay for itself. In fact it cost you much more as time when on due to costlier preventive maintenance. The $11k Laramie package does not pay for itself either yet you never hear anyone talk about how long it would take for these options would have an ROI. So why do they with the diesel option? If you look at total ownership cost on a gas truck versus the diesel equivalent, when all is said and done you've effectively got a wash. I tend to run my vehicles into the ground so in my situation I think the diesel pencils out a bit better but probably not enough to matter over that many years. That being the case, why wouldn't a person pick the one that performs substantially better? In a lot of cases I think the additional up front cost is prohibitive and some folks would rather put that towards bling, and then they spend the rest of the time they own the truck trying to justify why it the diesel (better) version of their truck wasn't worth it.
IdaD 10/03/19 03:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jeep Rubicon Gladiator vs the Rubicon Trail

Stock Jeeps, even the Rubicon versions, are pretty low to the ground. The Gladiator exacerbates that problem because it's so long which makes the breakover and departure angles really bad. That's not going to be an issue going down a Forest Service or BLM road, even if it's a pretty bad one, but if you try to go rock crawling you're going to run into problems pretty quick in a stock Jeep. Even so the Gladiator is the most capable midsize truck currently available, in stock form or if you want to modify it to increase its capability.
IdaD 10/01/19 09:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.7L 1050 ft lbs TQ at 1,600 rpm, 475 HP at 2,800 rpm

You can probably get a reasonably equipped model in a crew cab 4wd configuration for mid-$40s. The extra $30k in options is...optional.
IdaD 09/26/19 03:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.7L 1050 ft lbs TQ at 1,600 rpm, 475 HP at 2,800 rpm

So did they ditch the CP4 as rumored or not?
IdaD 09/26/19 11:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel truck issues - thinking of going to gas

My last diesel went 300K my only non-maintenance repair was a water pump $1500.00. Yes it needed tires and brakes and wear parts in the steering but overall the truck was solid. We get confused and pretend gassers don't require any maintenance. The title of this thread is: "Diesel truck issues - thinking of going to gas" However the OP has no issues related to the diesel engine. I'm no ace mechanic but do some of us even understand how a truck works? I had the same reaction. OP's transmission is giving him trouble so he wants to switch from diesel to gas. I guess if the engine was the problem we'd be talking about switching from an automatic to a manual transmission?
IdaD 09/25/19 08:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: The best mid-size truck for 2019? Honda!

Wow, you are getting amazing mileage out of yours considering the average real world combined average on for 2017-2019 Ridgelines is 20.4 mpg. It is almost unbelievable. ;) It's almost like anecdotal reports of extremely good fuel economy aren't accurate or something. Weird.
IdaD 09/23/19 04:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The best mid-size truck for 2019? Honda!

The Jeep Gladiator Overland is $55k? I paid less then that out the door for my 2014 Ram 2500 CTD. I would hate to see how much the Rubicon version costs. Probably another $5k on top of that. I don't know if the prices in that article are sticker or real world. I do think the midsize truck price point kills them for a lot of people, though, because unless you specifically need something smaller for parking or urban use or want that niche of the off-road capability you get with the Gladiator, most people are going to gravitate towards fullsize trucks given the similar price points. The fact is for most of us the extra size with a fullsize is a net positive feature.
IdaD 09/23/19 02:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with my new Honda Ridgeline

My wife has a 2010 Pilot that we bought new and it's been great. I think the only issue we've had with it was a transmission pressure switch that went bad and that was about a 15 minute and $40 fix. We mostly use it for shuttling the kids around town. The negatives are terrible fuel economy (15 is about average around town) and it runs pretty high on the highway which is sounds like is a problem OP's Ridgeline too. For a truck I'd never buy a Ridgeline but I'm sure it's a quality vehicle and I understand why some would go that route.
IdaD 09/19/19 09:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mountain Towing

I'd get a SRW 3/4 or 1 ton. More truck for similar money, and they will tow a lot nicer than a half ton. Only downside is a rougher ride and, if gas, poorer fuel economy. It also gives you the option of getting a larger trailer in the future without having to change tow vehicles too, which would save you money and hassle.
IdaD 09/17/19 08:58am Towing
RE: How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

There is no evidence to indicate an F150 can't tow all day every day within its tow ratings without incurring any more adverse effects than a F350 would at the comparable duty point. This is the comment that everybody is calling BS on. Throw a 10k lb trailer behind an F150 and the same behind and F350 and there's no question which truck will wear better over time.Maybe it wasn't clear, "Comparable duty point" was intended to mean an F150 operating at 100% of its tow rating (or whatever parameter you want to compare) compared to a F350 operating at 100% of its tow rating ( or whatever rating you're comparing). 100% vs. 100% Okay I did read that wrong and that does make your point more defensible. I still don't agree with it in a lot of cases, though. My 2500 has mostly the same components as a same year DRW 3500...which would make me think there's quite a bit of cushion built into the ratings on my truck. I also think heavy duty trucks are built to a higher standard in terms of expected duty cycle. Same deal when you go to a MDT...and so on as you move up the food chain.
IdaD 09/13/19 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bugs...

Is this mostly in Indiana problem? Because I’m going to avoid that state if so. LOL Nope. Looks like there is only 5 states you need to consider visiting, not sure how you get from some to the others though. Wiki............. The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is an insect in the family Pentatomidae, native to China, Japan, the Korean peninsula, and Taiwan. In September of 1998 it was collected in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where it is believed to have been accidentally introduced. The nymphs and adults of the brown marmorated stink bug feed on over 100 species of plants, including many agricultural crops, and by 2010–11 had become a season-long pest in orchards in the Eastern United States. In 2010, in the Mid-Atlantic United States, $37 million dollars in apple crops were lost, and some stone fruit growers lost more than 90% of their crops. It is now established in many parts of North America, and has recently become established in Europe and South America. By 2009, this agricultural pest had reached Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, and Oregon. In 2010 this pest was found in additional states including Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and other states. As of November 2011, it had spread to 34 U.S. states and by 2012 to 40, and showed an increase of 60% in total numbers over 2011. Their populations have also spread to southern Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Interesting. So apparently what I have always known a stink bug to be is actually called a Pinacate beetle, or stink beetle. Native to the southwest and west. They are all over eastern Oregon where I grew up and also southwest Idaho where I live now. I have never seen a "stink bug" as described above, although apparently they are spreading rapidly. The stink beetles out west are nasty and ugly buggers. Some of them are pretty big and they really can let out a stink.
IdaD 09/13/19 07:27am General RVing Issues
RE: How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

There is no evidence to indicate an F150 can't tow all day every day within its tow ratings without incurring any more adverse effects than a F350 would at the comparable duty point. This is the comment that everybody is calling BS on. Throw a 10k lb trailer behind an F150 and the same behind and F350 and there's no question which truck will wear better over time.
IdaD 09/12/19 04:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 2500- Airbag Question

Schwab is very proud of their products and service. So proud I don't go there anymore unless I'm in a pinch. Check out etrailer - they have a good selection, fast shipping and good service.
IdaD 09/12/19 02:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 2500- Airbag Question

I have Timbrens which replace the bumpstops so they sit outboard of the coil. I think outboard might be an advantage because it effectively widens out the suspension, if you get bags in your coils you won't get that widening.
IdaD 09/12/19 01:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight Distribution Hitch Concerns?

You probably don't need one with that size trailer. I'd try it first and see how it works. You can always add one later if you want.
IdaD 09/12/19 06:44am Towing
RE: Dodge RAM flywheel

I'd take a good diesel shop over any dealer as soon as the warranty is no longer in effect.
IdaD 09/10/19 11:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2019 3500 diesel

I’m looking at this left over and asking people’s opinion . I’ve been a GM guy so not to fimiliar with ram One huge reason not to buy the Ram, Bosch CP4 fuel system. GM dropped that system in 2017, Ford will have a new fuel system for 2020. I love my 2015 CTD but I'd buy a Duramax of the 2019 offerings. If Ford actually drops the CP4 I'd put them on the list too although the way they warrantied their grenade fuel pumps over the years compared to GM would still give me pause.
IdaD 09/09/19 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
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