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RE: Truck - family of 5 and 65lb dog

We have the exact same family configuration and a fifth wheel - 2 adults, 3 kids and the same size dog. The dog generally goes in a crate in the back of the truck. If it's really hot out, we'll lay a sheet down and flip up the center console and let her ride up front. The back seat floor would be another option albeit a little tight unless you have a Megacab. Honestly I'd be fine throwing her in a crate in the trailer too but I admittedly put the dog on a lower level of importance relative to the humans in our family. Heavy duty SUV's are old and hard to find at this point, and I didn't want to do one of the heavy duty vans. The newer crew cabs are comfortable enough for 5, imo. Get yourself fixed because a fourth kid really complicates things.
IdaD 06/22/21 09:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Toyota Tundra Reveal

I think the last gen Tundra has been a good truck, and I've got no real issues with the way this one looks. I'm sure it'll sell well. I do wish Toyota would make a genuine HD truck but I don't see them trying to make that leap. As half tons go I'm sure this will be a nice truck, though. There are only so many ways to style a pickup. You can be innovative like Tesla and design a visual turd, or you can do what everybody else does and apply lipstick to the same basic shape.
IdaD 06/21/21 01:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 CTD and GM 2500 Dmax up the Ike.

Not much info there to base any decisions on. I have been disappointed with TFL tests recently. They seem to be more about entertainment than anything else. It's almost as if YouTube incentivizes channels to try to maximize views...
IdaD 06/14/21 04:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When to change oil

I do both fuel filters and the oil and oil filter each spring. Both tend to show 25-35% left at that point, give or take. I run full synthetic and use the stratapore (?) Fleetguard filter. No issues yet. I did finally buy one of those aluminum filter plugs and that's a gamechanger for the 4th gen and up Cummins trucks. It's still a stupid place to put an oil filter but the plug sure helps a lot - no mess and it makes it easy to pull out a filter full of hot oil. I have switched from the Stratapore to Donaldson-AMZ/OIL oil filter as they filter even better and are US Made. Simply remove intake tube and RnR filter from the top it's very easy and no spilled oil. This is easier. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08P6MN3LP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Do you pre fill as Cummins recommends? If so how in the HE!! do you raise the filter one handed after removing the plug and not spill a drop trying to thread it on? Do what you want but I get to check my turbo and I kept from having my truck blowing a boost hole and leave me stranded by removing my intake hose to change oil filter. I know you don't instantly drop your oil filter right after your drain plug because if you did you would have oil flowing out the top. So while I am letting my filter drain back I remove my intake all of two minutes and do my air and fuel filters. So time savings is not an issue. Also it cost's me nothing to do my method and don't need to pack another tool. https://i.imgur.com/8BmgKfml.jpg The filter sits upright just fine once you get it through the fender hole. It would be no problem to set it in there, spin off the cap and twist the filter on when it was full. But I don't pre-fill it, I was taught not to and old habits die hard.
IdaD 06/10/21 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When to change oil

I do both fuel filters and the oil and oil filter each spring. Both tend to show 25-35% left at that point, give or take. I run full synthetic and use the stratapore (?) Fleetguard filter. No issues yet. I did finally buy one of those aluminum filter plugs and that's a gamechanger for the 4th gen and up Cummins trucks. It's still a stupid place to put an oil filter but the plug sure helps a lot - no mess and it makes it easy to pull out a filter full of hot oil. I have switched from the Stratapore to Donaldson-AMZ/OIL oil filter as they filter even better and are US Made. Simply remove intake tube and RnR filter from the top it's very easy and no spilled oil. This is easier. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08P6MN3LP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
IdaD 06/10/21 08:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires - for a truck...

Black letters on tires are a feature, not a bug. I like Falken Wildpeak AT3W a lot, probably the best truck tire I've owned. I would also recommend looking at the BFG AT/KO2 but only in the "DT" version. The regular version on a diesel truck doesn't hold up at all from a treadwear standpoint. I have had good luck with Cooper and Toyo in the past. Firestone is hot garbage. I'm also not a Michelin fan.
IdaD 06/09/21 03:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When to change oil

I do both fuel filters and the oil and oil filter each spring. Both tend to show 25-35% left at that point, give or take. I run full synthetic and use the stratapore (?) Fleetguard filter. No issues yet. I did finally buy one of those aluminum filter plugs and that's a gamechanger for the 4th gen and up Cummins trucks. It's still a stupid place to put an oil filter but the plug sure helps a lot - no mess and it makes it easy to pull out a filter full of hot oil.
IdaD 06/09/21 08:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

Lots of interesting points on these pages regarding EV's. We all need to realize that it is going to happen and all vehicles will be electric one day. I just read a report about a autonomous truck that crossed the US. It did it faster and more efficiently that a similar human driven truck. I think it said 95 hours faster. It's coming faster than you think. The infrastructure is being built out fast to accommodate autonomous and electric. I just saw an electric charging station being put in where a gas station once stood. However, the missing point on Green vehicles is - are they really green? How much Lithium Ion is needed for an F150 to drive? How about a fleet of them? Where is Lithium ion mined and how does it get to the US? Less than 1% comes from the US although there are mines in the US that are ramping up production. By the way, a mine can use a huge amount of water and be very environmentally unfriendly. I would say more than oil and gas. If you want to keep you IC, start making this argument... Took this from Wikipedia: The manufacturing processes of lithium, including the solvent and mining waste, presents significant environmental and health hazards. Lithium extraction can be fatal to aquatic life due to water pollution. It is known to cause surface water contamination, drinking water contamination, respiratory problems, ecosystem degradation and landscape damage. It also leads to unsustainable water consumption in arid regions (1.9 million liters per ton of lithium). Massive byproduct generation of lithium extraction also presents unsolved problems, such as large amounts of magnesium and lime waste. In the United States, there is active competition between environmentally catastrophic open-pit mining, mountaintop removal mining and less damaging brine extraction mining in an effort to drastically expand domestic lithium mining capacity. Environmental concerns include wildlife habitat degradation, potable water pollution including arsenic and antimony contamination, unsustainable water table reduction, and massive mining waste, including radioactive uranium byproduct and sulfuric acid discharge. But- by all means, lets shut down oil production in Alaska due to environmental concerns... Apparently the master plan is to import lithium and other metals for EVs so that we Americans can brag about how much cleaner our environment is. "Rather than focus on permitting more US mines, Biden’s team is more intent on creating jobs that process minerals domestically into electric vehicle (EV) battery parts, according to the officials." "the bulk of Biden’s approach is designed to sidestep battles with environmentalists" Biden wants to import metals for EVs “President Biden is focused on seizing the electric vehicle market, sourcing and manufacturing the supply chain here in America, and creating good-paying, union jobs,” said Ali Zaidi, deputy White House national climate adviser. “Building American-made EVs and shipping them around the world will include leveraging American-made parts and resources." Apparently those "good-paying union jobs" don't include miners. “Building American-made EVs and shipping them around the world" How many cars do we currently export that are made with "good-paying union jobs"? I don't think that it is very many. Even Tesla is probably going to be scaling back their exports after they get a few more giga-factories going around the globe. I think that this is the most astute statement from the article: “We can no longer push the production of the products we want to places we cannot see and to people we will never meet,” said Mckinsey Lyon of Perpetua Resources Corp. I keep hearing that one of the big advantages of outsourcing to other counties is that many countries do not require the expensive environmental protections that we do. In other words, the amount of pollution increases when we outsource to other countries. But, since we can't see it from our window we feel much better about ourselves while we count the money that we saved by not employing Americans. Kind of reminds me of the plastic we all felt so good about recycling, and then it turned out we were shipping it to Asia and they were dumping it in the ocean. There's probably a hermit crab in Tahiti living in one of my old Kirkland water bottles. Are EV's just a different form of aspirational recycling?
IdaD 06/04/21 01:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Inflated hopes for EV P/U

Most personal vehicles, including half ton pickups, don't ever tow anything. Obviously an electric pickup is a poor choice for anyone planning on much towing, especially to primitive areas or typical USFS campgrounds without services. I could easily see buying my wife an electric crossover or minivan when we decide to replace her Pilot. It would probably be about ideal for running around town and the shorter distances she typically drives. Idaho, where we live, also happens to have comparatively cheap and green electricity.
IdaD 05/27/21 12:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

Towing is a pretty specialized need in the spectrum of most consumer vehicles, even including half ton pickups. I think it's fair to recognize that EV's aren't going to be a do-all solution out of the gate, but it will be more of an evolutionary process. A game changer battery technology or some kind of on-board generator for those times when you are towing could eventually be a solution for a "green" pickup that can tow effectively over longer distances an/or tow into remote areas without recharging options. By no means am I going to be an early adopter but the direction we seem to be headed at this point seems pretty evident.
IdaD 05/21/21 02:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightening

Great job by the marketing department. Now, since this is a towing forum: How far will it tow the 10k trailer, with 5% power reserve? On a 90 degree day with the A/C on? On a 32 degree day with the heat on? How does she pull the Ike? Recharge time plugged in to a park 50 amp, a park 30 amp? As the Barb says, paraphrased, "These are the questions" Most half tons don't tow anything, they just run from home to the office and back and over to the home center on the weekends. I think this will be a home run for lots of folks and it's a normal looking F150, not some futuristic turd like the Tesla. Short of a tremendous improvement in battery technology, the only way I'd buy an electric truck that I'd actually plan to use for towing or camping is if it had a built in generator that could keep the batteries charged and/or charge at the primitive spot I park the camper out in the woods. The EV part would be fine for running around town or trips within that 300 mile range which truthfully is a huge percentage of my use. But for longer trips, towing or camping...I'd need that extra range and ability to keep charged off-grid. In terms of a secondary vehicle for my wife to drive, I'd certainly consider an EV. Probably not a pickup, though.
IdaD 05/20/21 08:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Superduty launch delayed

This is why my 2015 Ram CTD, with 73,000 miles on it, currently blue books for what I paid for it brand new six years ago. Real world I think I could sell it for a bit more than that. What a strange time.
IdaD 05/05/21 02:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: That Cummins, she’s just a ____ing machine!

My 2015 is stock other than Timbrens, but yeah it's a beast towing. Are you running a WDH or did you just drop it on a ball? Our current trailer is a fifth wheel but I think there's a good chance our next one will be a bumper pull, either TH or TT. It would be nice to just drop it on a ball hitch and not mess around with a WDH if it handled okay. Good loooking combo! I'm probably going to wait out the current price spike - I'm thinking there are going to be some good deals on the other side when lots of new trailer owners realize they don't like camping and dumping black tanks for fun. Not everybody is cut out to be cousin Eddie.
IdaD 05/04/21 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Onboard Tongue weight

Once you exceed payload, the tail lights blink. A literal wet dream for the weight police.
IdaD 04/30/21 10:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 ton diesel vs. gas

I'd say it's up around 12-15k where you can start to justify needing it. Heavy duty gas trucks are turds, that's really all I need to conclude to justify a diesel. They're just better from a performance standpoint. What must one conclude to justify needing $20-30k in comfort and appearance upgrades over a base model?
IdaD 04/27/21 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Surprise - Cybertruck can be a 6-seater

I really like the console/fold up seat on my Silverado. We had a 2001 F250 with the same. Why is this a big deal? I like it for the extra seating flexibility. I specifically wanted it on our Ram when I bought it. Honestly we use it for the dog more than anything. She generally rides out back in a kennel but if it's really hot or cold outside we'll throw a sheet over the middle seat and let her ride up between my wife and I - she's a 60ish lb dog so she wouldn't fit very well anywhere else in the cab.
IdaD 04/13/21 03:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

If it were me I wouldn't worry about it. In most cases if you throw a set of bags or timbrens on a 3/4 ton you turn it into a same MY SRW 1 ton from a carrying capacity standpoint (provided the tires are also rated for the additional weight). That would effectively give you the higher applicable 1 ton RAWR to work with.
IdaD 04/09/21 02:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why do you Cummins guys want more gears

I don't tow enough weight that it matters and I probably never will with this truck, so I don't feel hampered with 6 speeds. I'm sure 8 or 10 would be better but probably not as much better as the leap from 4 to 6. I towed with my dad's old 2000 7.3 the other day for the first time in years, and I was just pulling a smaller fifth wheel. My 2015 may be getting a little long in the tooth these days but it's a luxury towing machine compared to that old Ford. It's easy to forget how improved all the current heavy duty pickups are over their predecessors.
IdaD 03/31/21 05:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Suburban Diesel Fuel Mileage Test

The cost arguments about gas vs diesel are generally stupid at a consumer level. Sometimes one is a little cheaper, sometimes the other. Generally speaking when you throw all factors into play there's not enough of a cost difference to matter relative to total ownership cost. There sure isn't to me, anyway. That's why I'm not really sold on the baby diesels. They're more complicated and you've got more emission **** to deal with, yet they don't perform any better. The huge advantage of the Cummins, D-Max and Powerstroke is they're not turds like their gas counterparts.
IdaD 03/26/21 01:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Operational problems with new diesel pickups

The only emission issue I've had on my truck in 6 years and 72k miles is a downstream NOX sensor that went bad. It didn't cause any noticeable performance issues, it just threw a code every few weeks after I cleared it. The replacement was about $250 from Amazon and it took me about 15 minutes to swap it out. If the front one goes that could be a pain to swap out just because the access looks tricky. I use my truck as a daily driver and I only have a 5 mile commute which isn't ideal but it hasn't been a problem.
IdaD 03/22/21 03:10pm Tow Vehicles
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