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RE: 2022 Bronco Raptor Debut

Its obviously awesome, but could have been so much more awesome with a long travel solid front axle on it.
IdaD 01/25/22 01:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Wagoneer vs RAM 1500

Now that I do agree with - when's the last time we saw Gates and Bezos in a Rolls? Real success needs no symbol. Bezos literally just flew to space in what looked like a giant [email protected] He's way beyond a Rolls.
IdaD 01/20/22 02:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Wagoneer vs RAM 1500

Are the more modest versions more in line with prices you'd expect for a Suburban or Expedition? $87k IS the "modest" version...lol The Grand Wagoneer isn’t made to compete with the Burb and the Expedition. It’s made to compete with the Escalade and Navigator, and is priced accordingly. The Wagoneer is designed to compete with the Burb and the Ex. There really isn’t a “base” model of either, they are all much better equipped at the lowest trim level, but when they are speced with similar options they are priced comparably. Yup, Cadillac, Lincoln,.....Jeep. Those 3 belong in the same basket, yessireee!! :h Have you looked at one? Or read any of the reviews? It sure doesn't sound like it. I'll save you some time. Here is a MotorTrend comparison where it bests the Escalade MotorTrend Vs Navigator AutoGuide Comparison It's still a Jeep (and yes, I've read several reviews). Like I said in an earlier post, to spend that much money on a vehicle it darn well better have a three-pointed star on the hood (and for that money, it certainly could). Sorry, everybody's taste is different. There's no right and no wrong. Just not a big Jeep fan (other than Wrangler's for beach driving, oh yes, and Renegades, just to make me chuckle). I don't think Cadillac and Lincoln mean much anymore in terms of being luxury brands to most folks. For the last decade plus they've mostly just been high trim level Chevy and Ford SUVs. I doubt being called a Jeep will hamper the GW at all in comparison.
IdaD 01/19/22 06:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Wagoneer vs RAM 1500

Are the more modest versions more in line with prices you'd expect for a Suburban or Expedition?
IdaD 01/18/22 08:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Scan tool for Ram CTD

Standard scanner works fine on mine. It was probably about $40 or so. It has more than paid for itself and it has worked on our other vehicles as well.
IdaD 01/14/22 04:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

In mkirsh's and others example re 25 vs SW35 series. Reality is the 25 need to be lightened up literally gvwr wise! Make it a true beefed up 6 or 8 lug 15 series. Back to more online with the first one I bought in 81, most recent 2000, 6000-6800 grawr, front 4000-5000. The ability to get the smaller motors like the eco boost, smaller diesels that GM and Dodge have. Make it so the 25 does not compete per say with a SW35. For me and my use, not towing much over 10-12k lbs, 3000-4000 lbs of payload. A truck in this axle wieght class will do that fine. I don't need or want the heavier frame etc that the current 25/35 series trucks wieght in at. I ran into a person at a fuel station. His crew cab short back d/a wieghed a 1000 lbs MORE than my 05 DW crew cab did! Don't get me wrong, I've always felt the DW 35's were under speed when I was first buying trucks in the 80's .nothing between a 10k gvw and a 20k. Now there is basically nothing between a 7500 and 11000 gvw truck. Maybe that truck is useless. But I'd bet there are lots of us in or have been in contraction, towing per DOT rules etc, that a beefed up version with the smaller motors better mpg empty etc would be better than the 15's we're driving. Grit and a few others probably fit this truck size as I do. Marty You're describing the Titan XD. It sold like a turd in a candy shop.
IdaD 01/14/22 02:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Curt BetterWeigh?

So, assuming this is marketed at happy homeowners who tow a trailer, how often would you actually use it? Do you guys weigh your setup before every trip to see if the wife snuck in too many cans of beans and put you over payload? Seems like 1 and done unless you’re overly ocd or change trailers. I've literally never run anything over a scale except at the county dump where they charge by weight. Never had any issues. I think I learned this skill of not really giving a $hit from growing up on a farm where we just made things work.
IdaD 01/14/22 01:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Price breaks on new Pickups?!

$3k off a $60-80k sticker price...whatever. No kidding, it doesn't even matter at that point. I need to upgrade the wife's ride at some point but I really want the market to cool off first. Maybe later this year.
IdaD 01/12/22 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

I simply remove my intake to remove my oil filter. Loosen two band clamps, remove one bolt and one squeeze clamp. Let’s talk water pump replacement. Mine 15 minuets, you??? The Ford primary water pump will take more time to replace than the cummins for sure, but mine is still original. The Ford water pump is definitely more reliable than the cummins. I enjoy changing the oil/filters and fuel filters. I may have to replace the water pump once during my ownership of this truck. Never had any safety recalls on my water pump or got stranded by my water pump. RAM did have one supplier that had defective pumps. They were all replaced under a recall. The pump on my 98 12V was still going stroinf at way over 400k when my Son decided he wanted to mod it. Mine $hit the bed at 30k miles towing our trailer home from vacation and put me on the side of the freeway with my wife and three daughters for several hours on a 100 degree day waiting for a tow into town. Everybody's $hit stinks sometimes. The oil filter thing Fish brings up is stupid. Mildly aggravating until I bought an aluminum plug to easily pull it through the fender. With that tool it's no hassle at all even if you want to pre-fill the new filter. I think it was $10.
IdaD 12/30/21 03:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

Personally I think I'd buy a Duramax if I were buying a new 2022 and I'd give it the edge over the Cummins due to the transmission. PS would be third place. That said I'm happy with my 2015 and intend to keep it many more years. if you buying for the transmition you better rethink it. the torqushift trans in the ford was spicificly built to out preform the allison in every area and it has. in the tech articles it is the best trans of the three, dodge having the worst. the best thing about the duramax is out of the box fuel mileage for me, for the dodge while its numbers are up there it isn't revy and feels anemic driving around town to the other two. I ended up buying the ford because it was the best truck for the price I could find (used trucks) and have been very happy with it. Steve The 68RFE is my trucks weak point, I won't argue that. The Ford and GM transmissions are both better, I don't know enough about either to say which is the best between the two. The Powerstroke is a POS with that CP4, though, so that's a hard pass for me. I would agree also that the Cummins feels the least responsive poking around town but strap on a bunch of weight and get on the highway and it more than holds its own. Also has by far the best exhaust brake of the three which is huge. the same CP4 dodge uses, althought I just hear they are going back to a different one. we were talking about the CP4 rhumors at work the other day, I know 20 people who have the cp4 in there powerstrokes, and between them propbably hundreds of owners twice removed. no one has ever heard of anyone having an issue with it, only read the odd report on the internet... I have 200K on mine and I am one of the lower milage ones, so I don't know I almost suspect there were a couple of failures and they made a lot of noise. but if your worried about it they make a kit that suposidly takes care of any issues that could come from the failure. but ya I don't know , I supose it is a problem but I don't think its as big as the internet makes it seam. like everything else the 999999 truck owners who have never had an issue don't say anything but the 5 people who have had a issue post 30000 times about it.... just human nature... as for the trans, when ford mad the torqushift they spicificly made it to beat the allison in every catagory and they suceeded. Cumnins inexplicably used the CP4 for about a year and a half, and they're now being recalled. Before and after they used the CP3 which is not only more reliable, but when it does fail it doesn't destroy the entire fuel system. Why can't people call a spade a spade? I drive a Ram which I like a lot but I have no problem admitting that the 68RFE blows. The CP4 in the Powerstroke is a mushy turd at best, and the way Ford has handled warranty work for it is shameful. Everybody knows it, just admit it and move on. It isn't a personal failure to admit that everything you own isn't the best of the best.
IdaD 12/24/21 09:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

IdaD said: "The 68RFE is my trucks weak point" Have you had issues? Honestly there are not many issues with that trans unless you add a tuner. Accumulator plate failure which my diesel shop said is quite common and the internet agrees. I could still drive it but not higher than 3rd gear so I was able to limp back home and then to the shop. Ruined the valve body too. $2500 to fix with upgraded parts so not all that expensive, but any problem that renders the truck unusable is a big deal in my book. Truck is completely stock.
IdaD 12/23/21 04:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

Cummins implementation of their version of the CP4 was downright dismal. Why they even tried is mind boggling to me. Luckily they reversed course but it was still idiotic. That pump is a turd and everyone knows it.
IdaD 12/23/21 03:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

Personally I think I'd buy a Duramax if I were buying a new 2022 and I'd give it the edge over the Cummins due to the transmission. PS would be third place. That said I'm happy with my 2015 and intend to keep it many more years. if you buying for the transmition you better rethink it. the torqushift trans in the ford was spicificly built to out preform the allison in every area and it has. in the tech articles it is the best trans of the three, dodge having the worst. the best thing about the duramax is out of the box fuel mileage for me, for the dodge while its numbers are up there it isn't revy and feels anemic driving around town to the other two. I ended up buying the ford because it was the best truck for the price I could find (used trucks) and have been very happy with it. Steve The 68RFE is my trucks weak point, I won't argue that. The Ford and GM transmissions are both better, I don't know enough about either to say which is the best between the two. The Powerstroke is a POS with that CP4, though, so that's a hard pass for me. I would agree also that the Cummins feels the least responsive poking around town but strap on a bunch of weight and get on the highway and it more than holds its own. Also has by far the best exhaust brake of the three which is huge.
IdaD 12/23/21 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is all DEF the same?

DEF is DEF. Pump, Supertech from Walmart or Peak. Just my opinion. I use Peak for the most part but that's just because Costco carries it and I'm there weekly for groceries/etc. and don't have to make a special trip to Walmart or a pump. The convenience is worth a few bucks extra. It's $10 a few times a year, which means nothing.
IdaD 12/23/21 10:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

My Ram is only 370/800 and I've never been in a situation where it felt lacking in power even when towing a 15k lb trailer. Our camper isn't even that heavy but I also have a gooseneck trailer I've loaded up to that level several times. In comparing the big 3 diesels I don't think power has been a differentiating factor for quite a few years. They're all awesome from that standpoint. Personally I think I'd buy a Duramax if I were buying a new 2022 and I'd give it the edge over the Cummins due to the transmission. PS would be third place. That said I'm happy with my 2015 and intend to keep it many more years.
IdaD 12/22/21 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

I enjoy towing my 9500 lb TT through the PNW with a Big Horn CTD just as much as the the guy with the Platinum gaser towing a 9500 lb TT. We both bought what we wanted. This always strikes me as well. The guy with the basic diesel truck needs to justify the functional upgrade, but the guy with the Platinum gas turd gets a pass.
IdaD 12/21/21 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

Unless you are towing over 13-14k lb or more than 40-50k miles per year, diesel is a tough sell other than to sooth an ego. If you have the money and just like the sound and feel, get one. The cost difference is negligible, and the big 3 diesels perform a lot better whether you're towing or not. I don't see what ego has to do with it.
IdaD 12/21/21 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck of the Year

EV's won't be viable as consumer towing vehicles except for around town until there's some breakthrough in battery technology or some of the seemingly farfetched technology like in-road charging come to fruition. The range and charging options are too limited and when something like an unanticipated headwind occurs you could find yourself in trouble. That said, most midsize and half ton pickups don't tow that often (or probably even at all). Take towing out of the equation and these electric pickups can start to make some real sense to a lot of users.
IdaD 12/16/21 01:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: which gooseneck ball?

I use a flip over ball and a Curt attachment (steel) that attaches to the ball with rails and allows you to mount the 24K fifth wheel hitch on top of that (which for me is the Curt 24K hitch). The set up is a bit heavy to install in but I really like it. It may be made in China, I never looked, its HD and works well so that is enough for me. The Andersen hitches are from here in Idaho Falls, quite an operation. I personally have never bought anything from them. I just don't trust aluminum for things like that, not the fifth wheel hitches or the adjustable bumper pull hitches. It is a personal decision for me, not saying they are not any good, I just don't have faith in trusting Al for hitch material. I guess you are also afraid of flying? Every modern airliner is made of aluminum. Airplanes are made of aluminum?... Have you ever seen an airplane after an impact? It's not good, the aluminum doesn't stand up to much of an impact. Try it out - go jump up and down on the hood of your truck. How well is that aluminum holding up? How about a travel trailer with metal studs, how do they do after an accident? Any better than wood? Just saying, your argument didn't help you. I think the problem with the AH is the lack of material, not what material. You are depending on a tripod to hold the weight of the trailer, that is great if the pressure is always straight down, but it isn't, its forward and back, now that tripod is being pushed and pulled from the side not the top. It obviously works or they would all fail, but when they do fail, it isn't good. Just not enough to think that light weight hitch you can easily put in and out of your bed is worth it. I would rather struggle with my heavy hitch over worry every time I drove down the road with a trailer attached. Good luck to everyone that has one, I hope you never experience a failure. Go jump on the hood of any newer vehicle and you'll get the same result, aluminum or otherwise. The steel body panels on my Ram are pretty flimsy feeling too. I have no personal experience with the aluminum Andersen but it isn't a tripod design. My FIL has one and it hasn't given him any trouble, in his aluminum truck bed no less. I have a rail mount steel version and it's an outstanding hitch. I like it far better than any typical fifth wheel hitch. Not just because it's light and easy to install/uninstall, either - it just works better.
IdaD 12/10/21 02:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Dodge 3500 Diesel ??

@monkey44, I think you're thinking of Lariat. That's a Ford trim level, or used to be, idk if they still use that name. It is funny how many truck models or trims are all Western, big country, cowboy type nomenclature. Apparently a Ram "Cincinnati" model, or a Chevy "Cleveland" would not pack the same punch! LOL Regardless, it's a fine truck and nothing to worry about. An Ohio themed trim would certainly pack a punch but I'm not sure the marketing folks are trying to make people think about strip clubs, Waffle Houses and despair.
IdaD 12/07/21 04:11pm Tow Vehicles
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