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RE: F150 20 inch wheels vs 18 inch

A 20” tire will generally have a higher load rating than the same brand/style 18” tire apparently due to shorter sidewalls. You can find the weight rating differences on manufacturer’s web site specs charts. Does that even matter on a half ton, though? The 18" tires on my truck are rated for 3640 lbs each, which is way beyond what you'd need for any half ton.
IdaD 08/20/20 03:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hellcat Powered 2021 Ram 1500 TRX debut

What category does that Ram fit into? It's not a truck where you would fill the bed with stones or dirt, you're not buying that to tow anything...Not with the Hellcat Power plant. It's not going to be a snow plow truck either. Probably not the wife's grocery store ride or the typical teenagers first vehicle either. I suppose it could be used as a race truck. Awesome looking and very fast though. Remember back when you had a cool or expensive ride, always waxed and sparkling. You would drive real slow down the street and all the heads would turn and the hot chic wanted to go for a ride? Those were the days. The category doesn't really matter, lots of people drop that kind of coin on luxury or high performance vehicles and this is no different. The fact that it can't haul or tow much doesn't make any difference just like it doesn't with the Raptor. I have other financial goals and priorities that make something like this a poor fit for me, but if I were in a different situation I'd probably rather drive this or a Raptor around than a nice BMW or whatever.
IdaD 08/18/20 03:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hellcat Powered 2021 Ram 1500 TRX debut

I'm sure it's an awesome truck as is the Raptor. I'm not nearly cool enough to ever own either one, though.
IdaD 08/18/20 07:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck for New Empty Nesters

I daily drive my Ram CTD and it's just fine, not really any less comfortable than a half ton and it fits in the same parking spots just as easily. For trips like you're contemplating I'd go with your favorite of the HD diesel models and you'll be happy you did on those cross-continent treks.
IdaD 08/17/20 02:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

If we're talking 2020 models I'd probably lean toward a GM to avoid that CP4, but that may not be the most rational concern and either one would likely serve you well. I like the greater simplicity of the Cummins but the wide track front on the F450 would be nice for the turning radius. While Chrysler's reputation is a bit spotty, I'm at about 67k miles on my '15 Cummins and I've had a failed water pump and now an NOX sensor on order that I need to replace. The water pump pissed me off at the time but that's been addressed and the NOX sensor isn't that big of a deal, so overall I'd say it's not been too shabby and it's been a really nice truck.
IdaD 08/12/20 06:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019+ RAM HD with failed CP4-2 IP to get CP3's

Smells like BS to me.
IdaD 08/05/20 10:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GM 2500HD Dead Weight Hitch Tongue only 500 lbs ?

https://i.imgur.com/TEee0cVl.jpg But that does not say whether the 1850 lbs is for a weight distributing hitch or a weight carrying hitch. On my 1/2 ton truck hitch label there is a huge difference 1500 lbs WDH vs 600 lbs weight carrying. Do 2020 GM's have hitch labels ? I don't think all of them make that distinction. I'm pretty sure my Ram is rated for 1800 lbs, WDH or not.
IdaD 08/05/20 09:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyhauler hitch/truck setup

That's about what I'd expect with regard to your front axle weight. Fifth wheels have very little impact on front axle weight because they have no leverage on it. I haven't ever owned a toy hauler but my understanding is that they're typically a bit heavy on the pin/hitch to account for the fact that they are designed to carry a lot of weight behind the rear ale. Your pin at about 18% isn't overly light, but I'd also be curious what you'd lose with the garage loaded up. New tires can make a big difference for the first few hundred miles, especially aggressive AT or MT type. After breaking in they tend to settle down.
IdaD 08/04/20 08:40am Toy Haulers
RE: Tire choice

I've been extremely happy with the Falken Wildpeak AT3W I put on my truck last fall. So far they seem to be wearing well and they've performed very well on and off road as well as in winter conditions. They're a better tire than the BFG AT/KO2's they replaced. If you run your tires at 80 you're going to get a rough ride. I generally drop my rears down to about 60 when I'm not towing or hauling something heavy.
IdaD 07/28/20 11:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bumper pull versus fifth wheel

You can pull a fifth wheel with a half ton, you just have to be a little careful in terms of not getting something too large. The little lightweight ones that have been mentioned previously in this thread shouldn't be a problem even for a lighter rated half ton like OP's.
IdaD 07/27/20 08:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fords new 7.3 Godzilla

Been reading a lot about the new 7.3 gasser from Ford and it certainly looks impressive. People are reporting 15 mpg non towing. New diesels with all the emissions **** are not doing a whole lot better than that and at a cost of $8000 more for the diesel option. That would buy a lot of gasoline. The complexity of the newer diesels have changed my thinking on engines. I run an 05 Ram Cummins and will at some point buy a new vehicle. I raised the hood on a new F350 last week and could not believe how everything is jammed in there. Looks like this push rod V8 from Ford may be a real winner. I just bought a brand new Ford F350 STX 4 door cab with 8 foot bed and the 6.7L turbo diesel paired to the new 10 speed transmission. First 400 miles I am averaging 19 MPG not towing. I've only towed our FW about 100 miles but the average was about 14 MPG. I would expect that my MPG will improve a little as it breaks in. It's a complicated engine but has proven itself for almost a decade and has an impressive warranty. Having a warranty and honoring it are two different things... That said it does seem like most of the 6.7 PS problems were with the earlier models.
IdaD 07/24/20 04:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Model X Towing 5,000-lb Camper: 600-Mile Road Trip

It's just a novelty at this point, the technology hasn't evolved enough yet to be practical. I couldn't even get to most of the local spots we go, all of which are primitive so I'd be DOA even if I could get there.
IdaD 07/24/20 08:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buy a 2020 Ram diesel?

What equipment would you recommend for a full delete, Shiner? 2015 model year if that matters. I've only had my truck tested once since new vehicles are exempt for the first few years in our area, and the guy didn't do much sleuthing. He did throw a mirror under it real quick but I'm not sure if he would have noticed anything. Beyond that he just plugged into the truck's port and had me run up the RPM's a few times. I would just run a stock tune, I'm not looking to change anything from a performance standpoint. wowens, I'm not interested in a HD gasser. They're turds in the western mountains at elevation, and I'm hooked on diesels going forward.
IdaD 07/23/20 03:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buy a 2020 Ram diesel?

Shiner, are you deleted and if so how do you handle the emission testing? I've been toying with the idea of deleting for years but more so now that I'm out of warranty. Only problem is I have to get tested every other year now in my county. I'm not sure I would flag or not since the tuner should quash any emission related flags, but I really don't want to deal with putting everything back on every other year.
IdaD 07/23/20 11:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

I think it looks pretty cool. I'd still favor a Rubicon for the SFA, though. Also Jeeps are like Glocks - they're unrivaled in terms of aftermarket support for those who want to geek out on their rigs. That's a lot of people now that overlanding is a big thing, even though it's largely just a new label for car camping.
IdaD 07/15/20 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota fake 3/4 ton spotted, overheated

Remember the 70's when Toyota had a mini truck labeled as a 1 ton? My uncle had one of those and towed a couple of different TT's with it, although I think it was more of a mid to late 80's vintage. He never had trouble with it although he wouldn't win any races. It did have pretty stiff springs and a rough ride.
IdaD 07/14/20 02:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW

It's not just the weight and length of the fifth wheel, other factors also matter. I work full time and have a young family, so a trailer for us is for camping and vacations and I drive my truck the rest of the time. In that scenario I'm willing to pull a larger fifth wheel with a SRW and it is a really capable truck because I don't want to deal with the drawbacks of a DRW. But if I'm retired and traveling more extensively the towing stability would matter more and the daily PITA factor of a DRW would matter less, so I'd lower the threshold where I'd go with a DRW.
IdaD 07/09/20 05:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram is awsome!

Very nice truck. Congrats! The computers are never very accurate. Did you happen to write down the mileage and gallons used and check your MPG that way too? The computers aren't perfect but ballpark it okay. Hand calculated also isn't perfect but ballparks it okay. The assumption that the tank gets equally filled each time is inaccurate, imo. Nice truck, OP. They get good mileage for 8000 lb bricks, although the fuel economy drops pretty quick over about 65 or when you mix in much city driving.
IdaD 07/09/20 01:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery replacements in 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel

I got my last set of truck batteries from Batteries Plus Bulbs because it was the only place open I could find that had them in stock at the time, and I was actually pretty happy with them. They swapped the batteries for me for free. I think the batteries may have been about $175 each plus tax. Les Schwab would install for free too but I would bet their prices are higher, albeit probably less than the dealer with the service fee. Honestly I think a dealership service department is generally only good for warranty work. One area where the diesel trucks are unavoidably more expensive than their gas counterparts are battery replacements, and unfortunately I tend to only get about 4 years out of my batteries before I start having trouble.
IdaD 07/01/20 03:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford F150 Revealed

I Now there need to work on putting max tow and max payload on the same truck so that you handle the tongue weight of the trailer. They did, it is called a F250/F350! The bad thing about that are the gas engine options if you only need to use the max payload or tow rating just a few times a year. It would suck to have to go from 17-18 mpg combined in a 3.5L Ecoboost to 12-14 mpg combined in a 7.3L all year round just to tow 10-11k a few times a year. If someone towed/hauled that amount of weight several times a year then I can see the need for a F250/350, but not for once or twice a year like many of the guys at my summer RV park do. Per Fuelly a 2019 3.5EB F150 averages 15.32 mpg, while a 2019 6.2 F250 averages 11.37. If you drive 12,000 miles a year with gas at $2.50/gal, that's a difference of $680/yr or $56/mo. If that's a deal breaker pulling a camper around may not be a very wise hobby from a financial standpoint.
IdaD 06/26/20 04:53pm Tow Vehicles
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