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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
RE: Lowering rear of truck

You could also look at raising the trailer a bit, although a shorter spacer block on the truck would be a pretty easy fix. Even DIY if you're slightly handy.
IdaD 09/09/20 09:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

I think your Tundra would probably be fine for that size trailer so I'd personally give it a shot and if you're happy with it, keep it. If you were buying a new truck regardless I'd tell you to go with an HD model because you get a lot more truck for about the same money and it gives you more flexibility with minimal downsides.
IdaD 09/02/20 09:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019+ RAM HD with failed CP4-2 IP to get CP3's

Chrysler has nothing to do with your trailer being towed. Best is to schedule both tows yourself and get reimbursed. So all you got out of that story is schedule your own towing? Sorry to only comment on what I have an opinion about and what business is it of yours what I say??? Sensitive? I was doing the same. Do we have different rules? He spent years demonizing the CP3 in the Super Duty, then switched gears and defended it when Cummins adopted it a couple of years ago. Now that he's seen a real world report that one grenaded a Cummins he's bound to be a bit sensitive.
IdaD 09/01/20 01:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019+ RAM HD with failed CP4-2 IP to get CP3's

Ram, unlike Ford, is making things right!!!! Please let me know what RAM is doing to make things right. I have a 2019 with the CP4.2 fuel pump. No issues and love the truck just would like to know what you know in case I ever have trouble with the CP4.2 pump so I know what to expect. One reason I bought the RAM over the Ford was CP3 fuel pump but then found out a couple of days after I bought it that RAM was now using the CP4.2 pump too. Not that it would have made much difference anyway I guess. Please provide any info that you have just in case. Thanks, I can provide info on what Ram is doing, "just in case." The answer is NOTHING. My 2019 injector pump failed at 15k miles. Left me on the side of the road 2 hours from home. They towed it to the nearest shop. The truck that is. That's about the extent of it. I had to pay for them to tow my travel trailer. Once I paid Chrysler for them to arrange the trailer tow, no one showed up to get it. I had to end up making my own arrangements to get it home. It took them about a week and a half before they finally figured out what happened. When they figured it out, they told me that the pump was on backorder due to the corona virus shutdown. I was going to have to wait 4 months until the parts were available. They approved a rental vehicle, but I was told that due to the coronavirus, they couldn't do that either. I escalated the claim internally at FCA. They pretty much de-escalated it back down to the case manager. This means that they weren't going to buy it back or replace it. The only choice I was left with (I needed a vehicle) was to trade the 4 month old truck in at the dealership where it sat. They didn't have a good selection of vehicles (also probably due to the coronavirus) but did have a 3500 on order that was similar in options to my 2500. I ended up buying that one. If there was an option to trade it to another manufacturer's dealership, I would have, and never purchase another Chrysler product. It's kind of hard to trade a vehicle that is disassembled and sitting in a shop. So again, to recap on what to expect from Chrysler to make it right if it happens to you.....nothing. That stinks and I'm sorry it happened to you. FCA was good to me when my water pump failed and I paid out of pocket to get it fixed at an independent shop because that was my only option, but that was a lot less money. Apparently the CP4 is still junk. I picked a Ram back in 2015 largely because it was the only one that still had the CP3. I think I'd go with a GM if I were buying a new truck now for the same reason. The CP4 is just a lousy design. Has anyone heard of issues with the new pump GM is using in the Duramax?
IdaD 09/01/20 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

We all know that a 75 mph posted speed limit means traffic will be moving at 77 to 80. Personally, before I'd cruise along at anything less than 65, I'd get off the Interstate and use US highways. Traveling too far below the speed of traffic, IMO, is more dangerous than trying to keep up with it. Agreed. The rural freeway speed limit 80 where I live. My tires are rated for 75 and I tow a little under that provided the conditions allow for it. I think going 60 and having a 20-25 MPH speed differential with most other traffic is more dangerous. My opinion may change if I had a more marginal tow vehicle relative to our camper.
IdaD 08/28/20 04:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

How fast are you typically towing when you see better mileage in 5th? We're taking the camper out this weekend but we'll mostly be on the freeway so I'll probably be running at around 72-73 MPH.
IdaD 08/27/20 02:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7L Cummins Engine Brake

Auto coupled with tow/haul when towing is awesome going down grades because it holds whatever speed you set with a brake tap or taking your foot off the accelerator, adjusting the amount of compression and/or downshifting as necessary. Even on the big grades we have out west the only time I have to use my brakes is when I need to slow down for a corner, traffic, etc. I do use my EB when I'm not towing if I remember to turn it on, which is not all the time. Try it with 26k behind you going down a 6% great. It will NOT hold. I run TH and FULL EB and use cruise and lock out the same gear I would have came up the grade. I set around 50 for holding 55 in 3rd on 6% grades. I can go down several miles of 14% locked in 2nd with cruise set to 30 or so and be running 35mph. I've never pulled that much weight with this truck so I'm just passing along my experience with a more typical size camper. I've pulled more than that with old farm trucks with no exhaust brake at all but that's a different topic. Frankly I don't ever see myself with a camper anywhere near as large as yours as I don't have any desire to ever live in one long-term. Different strokes I guess.
IdaD 08/26/20 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7L Cummins Engine Brake

Auto coupled with tow/haul when towing is awesome going down grades because it holds whatever speed you set with a brake tap or taking your foot off the accelerator, adjusting the amount of compression and/or downshifting as necessary. Even on the big grades we have out west the only time I have to use my brakes is when I need to slow down for a corner, traffic, etc. I do use my EB when I'm not towing if I remember to turn it on, which is not all the time.
IdaD 08/25/20 04:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help choosing tow vehicle

Even with a half-ton, you think a WDH is still a good thing to have? I was thinking just a friction control sway bar and call it a day*. I'd drop it on a ball and try it out, and I bet that's all you would need to do.
IdaD 08/25/20 01:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help choosing tow vehicle

We pulled that size popup with a 2010 Pilot and it worked pretty well. That's not what I'd go out and buy for towing, though, we just happened to have one. I would recommend a half ton truck at least. Yes it's more than you need for that trailer, but the general progression is that you will more than likely upgrade to a larger trailer in the future and getting a more capable tow vehicle now will help make that an easier process. Plus you have two little kids. Little kids like to have stuff with them, and they don't stay little for very long. Having extra capacity and cargo space is a lot better than being tight on either. I think you would appreciate having a truck bed for kid toys, bikes, dog kennel, extra water, chainsaw, BBQ, etc., etc. Popups are pretty limited in the cargo carrying department.
IdaD 08/25/20 09:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Ram short bed 6.7 diesel 2500 payload close to max

The 3500 SRW and 2500 are very similar trucks. The payload rating is limited on account of the 6000 lb rear axle rating that the 2500 gets vs the 7000 lb rating of the 3500. The axle rating is reduced on account of the spring rating. Put a set of air bags on your 2500 and it will handle your Grand Design better than the 3500 SRW with higher payload numbers. Is this true with the 2016 Dodge? I know a lot of older trucks from all the brands, the only difference between 3/4 ton and 1 ton (single rear wheel version) is the spring pack, so upgrading the spring or providing some sort of help like airbags or jounce springs would effectively make it the same as a 1 ton. But I thought the newer Dodge 3/4 ton switched to coil spring while the 1 ton still uses leaf springs...which makes me wonder what else they may have different. In 2014 the 2500 went to a coil setup with a 500 lb lower RAWR. Everything else is the same as a 3500. I do think the 2019+ 2500 has a 1000 lb lower RAWR and I'm not sure what the reason for that is, maybe they softened up the coil a bit compared to the earlier versions? OP's truck still has the 6500 RAWR, though.
IdaD 08/23/20 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Ram short bed 6.7 diesel 2500 payload close to max

It just so hard to buy the FW and THEN find out it does or doesn't do the job. I understand the 3500 is a leaf spring vs 2500 coil spring but ut seems like a gamble I may take. Thanks for the advice. It's not a gamble, the stock RAWR on your truck is only 500 lbs lower than a same year 3500. The axle, brakes, etc. are all identical, the only difference is the suspension. With bags or timbrens your truck is the same as a same year 3500 in the real world, I'd just keep it under 7000 lbs. Or 6500 if you leave the rear end stock. I wouldn't sweat your proposed setup at all, just make sure your truck is adequately registered in your home state and go for it.
IdaD 08/23/20 02:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi Towing a Fifth Wheel

The diesels cost more up front but in terms of total ownership cost the difference between diesel and gas is immaterial, imo. As long as you can afford the higher up front cost, it makes the diesel a no brainer, imo. Not that a gas truck won't pull a fifth wheel or larger camper. It will do it, it'll just act a lot like a boat anchor on passes and it lacks the exhaust brake on the downhill side.
IdaD 08/22/20 11:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Picking Up New (to me) Ram 2500 CTD, a few questions

For DEF I've always run Peak Blue DEF either in the 2.5 gallon containers or I've used the fill nozzle at truck stops. The one time I used cheap DEF I got sensor issues for insufficient catalyst. After I drained that junk and refilled with Peak I've never had that warning again. I tend to fall in the DEF is DEF camp. I've run the cheap Walmart stuff, the even cheaper pump stuff and the Peak Blue stuff. Recently I've been mostly running Peak Blue because I can get it at Costco for $10 and it's the most convenient option for me since I'm there every week. Walmart or going to the closest DEF pump requires a special trip out of my way and it isn't worth the time to save literally a few bucks a year.
IdaD 08/21/20 09:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire air pressure question

I tow with mine at 60/80, but generally drop to 60 all around when I'm not towing. Makes the ride nicer and the rear tires wear more evenly at the lower pressure. There's no reason to run the front tires at a higher pressure, the front axle weight doesn't vary all that much regardless of hitch/pin or cargo weight.
IdaD 08/21/20 09:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Picking Up New (to me) Ram 2500 CTD, a few questions

Make sure the recall work has been done, especially the water pump. The original pump in mine failed at 30k-ish miles and left us in a pretty good bind. Beyond that just fuel and do the recommended fluid changes. I've always run synthetic oil in mine mostly because of cold winters. If I didn't see below zero temps every winter I may just run the standard stuff. I throw my exhaust brake on for more than just towing but I don't use it all the time. When I'm towing I always have it on and set it to Auto mode, along with T/H. You won't regret stepping up to a diesel, and you got a pretty good one. I've really enjoyed my '15.
IdaD 08/21/20 06:55am Tow Vehicles
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