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RE: weight question

The poor guy is going to end up with a pop-up camper after this thread.
IdaD 09/21/21 12:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: An upgraded option for the half ton Pickup crowd

I watched a TFL video this morning on the new Tundra. Honestly it would be the half ton to beat if I were in that market. I'd want the Crewmax cab and longer 6.5' bed. I know a few guys at work with Tundras and they're just stupid reliable, and I've always thought they were good looking trucks. I'd go trade today if Toyota released a true HD version with a 6.7 Cummins.
IdaD 09/20/21 12:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 3500 issue

Are you sure it is coming out of 4wd? Jack up one front wheel and see if it spins freely. Should Ram front hubs free wheel when in 2wd? (ie Does Ram use a auto lock hub like Ford or a constant locked hub like GM?) Ram's 4wd system disengages the front axle completely when not in use unlike the Ford system which keeps the front axle spinning at all times, but locks the hubs when power to the wheels is needed. The Ford transfer case does not transmit power in 2wd but the hubs Auto unlock as well. So with the Ford you can manually lock the hubs but you are still in 2wd until you shift the transfer case to 4 hi or 4 low. Chevy does not have hubs that disengage … the front axle and diff rotate in 2 wheel as well as 4 wheel drive? I think Ram is like Chevy but I don’t know? I can't manually lock my hubs on my Ram ,but they are automatic locking , but no I don't believe they stay locked on my Ram . Nor do I believe my front driveline turns in 2hi. My old Superduty had automatic locking hubs , as well as manual. I suppose there is some need for manual hubs that are also automatic, but I never used the feature . Auto hubs are great , I remember the days when we had to get out of the truck ,and lock the hubs, don't miss that. Many times not thinking we would need four wheel drive ,and needing it, and having to get out , and lock the hubs, wasn't terrible unless like the time I went thru some water on a mountain road ,and found my self stuck in a foot of water , you guessed it , I got wet getting out to to lock the hubs :) If I knew as I started out on a hunt or whatever I would lock the hubs so I would be ready, now that's a thing of the past. We can shift into 4 wheel drive at any point now, so not sure what's the point of manual hubs ?? I am sure I will get enlightened on the need. :) The hubs are always locked, but there's a center axle disconnect so your front driveline doesn't spin in 2wd. I prefer the old style manual hubs so none of the front driveline components spin in 2wd. It never took too much effort to plan ahead and not have to get out in the mud to lock the hubs.
IdaD 09/08/21 10:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Traction control systems and trailer sway bars

I tend to agree with Grit on this one. I've never even used a WDH, none of the trailers on our farm had them growing up and my dad never bothered with one on our old TT. Our old pop up camper was fine without one. We have a fifth wheel now but there's a very good chance we'll go to a TT or TT Toy Hauler for our next camper and I'll certainly give the basic ball a shot before I spend any money on a WDH. If nothing else at least give it a shot. It might work better than you think.
IdaD 08/30/21 02:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

I had a 2014 2500 with the 6.4L Hemi and 4.10s. Had 2 Cummins trucks before the 2014 Hemi. I pulled a 12k 5er that was 37' long and had 3 slides. Never lacked for power with the Hemi. Got 7-9 mpg pulling and mid to high teens running empty hwy, depended a lot on wind. With the 8 speed, the 6.4L Hemi would be that much better than my 6 speed auto was. The diesel will pull better in every situation and get slightly better mpg while doing it. I was very happy with the Hemi, and for towing 11k intermittently, it would be my choice. I noticed starting early last year that a lot of the Ram HD trucks are powered by Hemi's and I continue to see that trend of more and more Hemi powered HD's and less Cummins. Having said that I don't think Chrysler has fixed the lifter problems on the Hemi's so I sure wouldn't purchase one if I were to keep it over 100k miles. Last time I checked Rams had the highest percentage of Diesel engines vs gas of any of the HD models. Makes sense I guess. In a perfect world I'd have a Cummins backed by an Allison in a Super Duty.
IdaD 08/29/21 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

I don't care much but like colors that hide dirt. Black is a no go for me.
IdaD 08/29/21 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 3500 issue

Could be the front drive u-joints going bad although I wouldn't think they'd be bad at 50,000. Any noise at all?
IdaD 08/26/21 04:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Airbags and Compressor and Tank

There are onboard air systems for exactly what you're wanting to do. Example
IdaD 08/26/21 04:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: In Need of a 2013 Ram 3500 Switch Bank Wiring Harness

You're out of warranty, get it to a good diesel shop and to heck with the dealer service department. Name one because I really don't know of any around Spokane. PM me I don't live in Spokane so I can't help you there. Boise area I'd recommend Big Twin or Gem State if you want to take a road trip.
IdaD 08/24/21 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: In Need of a 2013 Ram 3500 Switch Bank Wiring Harness

You're out of warranty, get it to a good diesel shop and to heck with the dealer service department.
IdaD 08/23/21 04:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air Filters For Your Trucks

To date I've only used Fleetguard filters except for the fuel filters, they've been Mopar. That said I use Fram filters in my wife's 10+ year old Pilot and that car has been stupid reliable since we bought it new.
IdaD 08/18/21 03:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Stupid TPMS!!

It seems that my 2016 F150 knows which tire is where because the display follows the tires when I rotate them. And I know that I haven't reset anything. Same on my Ram. Only problem with it is I get the idiot light all winter because I drop my rear tires to around 60. Suffering a quarter inch idiot light and a warning ding at startup isn't the end of the world, though.
IdaD 08/18/21 12:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford 150 3.5 EcoBoost

Due to frontal area I would expect you to get around 9mpg at 65-70mph. There are probably some people here actually pulling a similar trailer that can tell you they are getting. Most people with a camper that size are only pulling occasionally and the Ecoboost will be great for that. My brother in law has a similar size travel trailer that he generally tows with his Powerstroke. Problem is he recently screwed himself out of that ride with a fourth kid, so he occasionally pulls it with a new Ecoboost Expedition. First time out was into a stiff headwind on the freeway and he got a little over 5mpg. Minus the headwind it might be a couple better than that. I think 9mpg with an Ecoboost and that trailer is a bit optimistic. I agree with the plenty of power part.
IdaD 08/12/21 12:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford 150 3.5 EcoBoost

If you get the right F150 it should tow it great, especially on your side of the country. Personally I like HD trucks better so that's what I'd get, but it certainly wouldn't be necessary for a 7500 lb travel trailer. I just think you get more truck for the money, and it future proofs you if you want to switch up the trailer which isn't uncommon.
IdaD 08/11/21 04:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

NEVER left on the side of the road by any of the 5 RAM’s I have owned. Well except for when I ran out of fuel on two of them. Mine has left me on the side of the road once (water pump) and then last week hobbled with transmission problems - I could drive it up to third gear but had to lock it there. The accumulator plate failed which damaged the pistons and valve body. $2300 later and I'm good again but it was annoying and almost cost us a trip. I'm generally happy with the Ram and I love the way it tows, but it has given me a little more trouble than I'd like. Nothing major like a ruined engine and honestly that was kind of my expectation that I'd have a few more minor issues but nothing catastrophic. Knock on wood.
IdaD 08/09/21 01:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Great Tow Capacity - Bad Payload Capacity... Increase PL?

The payload capacity is kind of a meaningless number on a sticker found on the door jam of your truck .... that can't be changed. If you want to increase the capability of your truck so it can handle a 3200 lb pin weight you'll have to upgrade your rear suspension. Install a set of air bags. This is the real answer from someone who knows and works trucks. The speculation from the rest of the peanut gallery (aka, the RVnet anti-airbag mafia (you know who you are, lol)) is just that...speculation. True story from a different dodge cult member forum: Guy buys new 2019 Fiat 2500 with factory air suspension and brags about what he can tow, shows pictures, etc. The reality is that he has been overloaded for years. Everyone tells him that he's overloaded. A few months into the 2019 ownership, factory airbags blow out while driving on the highway, and the full load falls on the rear suspension bump stops. He demands that Fiat replace the air bags under warranty. Then, he sells the repaired 2500 and buys a Fiat 3500. All the dodge cult members are happy because the idiot gets a new Fiat 3500. Moral of the story. A cult member is a cult member and air bags might not be the correct solution. Imagine caring this much about something so unimportant.
IdaD 07/28/21 07:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel

I was careful with the weight rating on my aftermarket wheels to be sure I didn't de-rate my truck. As Shiner says, same goes with tires if you change the size or type. My take on a half ton with a fifth wheel is you can do it with the right combo but there aren't too many options that will fit the bill in terms of the particular half ton or fifth wheel. That said, beef up the tires and supplement the suspension and you can probably cheat a little on your official payload rating. At the end of the day you'll probably be happier just upgrading to an HD truck, though.
IdaD 07/21/21 08:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: New ram 3500. Are my weights ok for this truck.

Did you by chance get your weights hooked up but without the WDH attached? I'm curious how much your front axle unloaded without the WDH.
IdaD 07/21/21 08:44am Tow Vehicles
Toy Haulers Under 12' Tall?

I'm in the early stages of a toy hauler search. I'm not sure at this point whether we'll go for a fifth wheel model or a bumper pull model. However I am curious if you guys have any tips on bumper pull models that are under 12' tall? Reason being we have a shop in the back with a 12' tall garage door on it. Our current fifth wheel is parked outside because it won't fit and it isn't a huge deal to me, but parking indoors over the winter would be appealing if it's an option. However most bumper pull models I'm seeing seem to be at 12' or higher. The only one I know of under that so far would be ATC but I think those are a bit more than I want to spend. I'm probably going to buy used which also complicates the search a bit. Any tips would be appreciated. Edit to add a bit more detail: Would like to be in the 30-35' range. We're open to separate garage or combined models. Needs to accommodate 2 adults and 3 kids who probably aren't real open to sharing a bed with siblings. Definitely want two drop queens in the back and a north-south bed up front.
IdaD 07/15/21 02:26pm Toy Haulers
RE: I refuse to double tow.

Seems like a toy hauler would have been an easier solution.
IdaD 07/15/21 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
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