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RE: LR E tow vehicle tire comparison

The good news is the Firestone Transforce tires you've been running are hot garbage, so anything will be an improvement. I've been really happy with the Falken Wildpeak AT3's I'm running currently, if you're wanting an AT on the slightly more aggressive end. I've also had good luck with Cooper and Toyo/Nitto in the past.
IdaD 10/06/20 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: New and confused

You don't want 3 kids and a dog inside a pickup truck; especially when they get a few years older. You need a 3/4 ton van. It works for my family. Then again my dad dragged us around in a little Nissan king cab with those little jump seats when I was a kid so maybe I'm scarred.
IdaD 10/02/20 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: New and confused

We have three kids and use a crew cab. For a time we had two of three in rear facing seats too. It was tight but worked okay. The dog goes in a kennel in the truck bed unless it's really hot or cold in which case we flip up the front console and let her ride up front, which she thinks is awesome. For the length of trips you are contemplating with that size family...I don't think a half ton SUV is a great choice. Check out the HD crew cabs and the Ram Mega if you think a little more space would be better. I was tempted by the Mega but ultimately we decided the crew cab was a better fit.
IdaD 10/02/20 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4 litre HEMI vs Cummins

I average 15-16 in my typical city/suburban driving. Highway unloaded over 20 is easy but that's a pretty small share of my miles. Towing roughly 20k combined is 9-12 depending on conditions and my level of patience. I'm at almost 70k miles and I've had a failed water pump and one bad nox sensor I had to replace.
IdaD 09/30/20 07:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: EGR Deletes

I replaced a bad NOX sensor on my Ram this summer. Cost about $250 for the part on Amazon and it took 20 minutes. You might look into just replacing the sensor yourself. You will need to figure out if the upstream or downstream sensor is throwing the code.
IdaD 09/28/20 11:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

Am I the only one that finds it interesting that there are roads in the US where you can drive a half ton pickup on but cant legally drive a 2500? I think that is worth a conversation or maybe I just need to get out more. Nah, I travel back east and down south for work quite a bit. We got it good here.
IdaD 09/28/20 09:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Peak Blue Platinum DEF

It sounds good. I'm interested in learning what the cost will be and it would be nice if the shelf life was greater than the 18 months regular Blue DEF provides. Shelf life? Fill at the truck stop $2.99 a gallon and always fresh, refill as needed. That you get at the pump is never completely fresh. They just pour the new into the tank on top of the old and it all gets diluted. The old just keeps getting more diluted each time but never completely goes away. So you end up with multiple ages of DEF all mixed together. Better or worse than the jug? Who can say? The only places I've seen DEF at the pump are higher volume truck stops so it stands to reason they turn it over pretty quickly, and it would pretty heavily dilute the older stuff I'd think. When it comes to DEF I'm all about convenience. Since Costco started carrying Peak Blue, that's mostly what I use because I'm there every week. I have no issues with Walmart or Pump DEF, though - it's all the same stuff.
IdaD 09/22/20 06:56am Tow Vehicles
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
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