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RE: Maintenance free CCV filter for 2021 Cummins?

...L9 and B6.7 will have a maintenance free crank case breather/filter for 2021 along with several other updates... ECM will also be updated to CM2450 and will have increased computing capabilities which likely means more fuel maps for greater efficiency in more scenarios. For those that do not know, 2021 is the start of phase two of the EPA's crack down on emissions in diesel trucks. ...increased fuel economy standards which these trucks have been exempt from until now...diesel manufacturers are adding things like 10 speed transmissions, higher pressure injection pumps, tighter clearances, and thinner oil. They all increase fuel economy/efficiency. That will be a nice improvement. Currently I can get 20-21MPG HWY driving my RAM solo. Not too bad for a truck that weighs 2.5 tons. Improved efficiency will be great but let's hope we get reliability too. Don't want to repeat previous reliability issues of the last 15-20 years as new tech has been introduced in the trucks. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 03/06/20 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: SWAY!

Say it backwards......YAWS. Now we're talkin' boats :B
LIKE2BUILD 02/17/20 09:29pm Towing
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

Next question, would I be pushing it if I bought a 7200 pound trailer....? So this would be 821 pounds left for GCWR Max. I think I have plenty of payload for Tongue weight. What my main concern is will I be struggling greatly up grades/down grades? I don't mind if I feel it for sure, I just mind if I'm gonna have doubts if I can make it over a 6% grade. Plus I have a tow button which does.... umm... what it does. :) If it would struggle on mountain grades, how would it do on flats and "basic" hills? Thanks! I used to tow a 34', 7,600lbs TT with a 2004 Chevy 2500HD with 6.0L engine. That was basically the same drivetrain as your van accept I think you have the 6L80E tranny whereas I had the 4-speed version. I towed that trailer in the Appalachian's using a Reese Dual Cam hitch and it did just fine. Yes, I had to let it rev between 3,200RPM to 4,400RPM on the bigger hills but it was rock solid reliable and always got me there. Flat land towing was no problem at all. So the short answer is yes, if you're within all your weights you'll be fine towing that trailer. Get a good WD hitch with sway control and you'll be just fine. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 02/12/20 07:51pm Towing
Secure the tow bar in your receiver

Here's your daily safety reminder. This poor fella is lucky to be alive after taking a direct hit to the head from a loose hitch shank and ball. Looks like the vehicle in front of him lost a shank on the road and it flew right into this guys' windshield. I'll have to say to I've lost a shank before. I had borrowed the hitch pin out of the shank I'd left in my truck's receiver. I had intended to put it away but got distracted and left it in the receiver. The next time I drove the truck I forgot about it and later realized it was gone the next time I went to hitch up to a trailer. :E That shank has to be in a ditch somewhere but good luck finding it. I'm just glad it didn't bounce and cause issues like the one in the linked article. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 02/05/20 02:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: timbrens

They work really well with the coils on my 2500. I don't notice any difference unloaded but they firmed up the ride nicely when we're pulling the fifth wheel. There's probably a 1/2" or a bit more of a gap unloaded. I've had them on for almost 5 years with no issues, and obviously they're zero maintenance. Most of the complaints I've read on them are from guys with half tons, and I could see them impacting the ride more with a softer suspension that would let the axle slap into them harder. I think I paid under $200 for mine on etrailer. Same here. I can feel them engage when driving unloaded and the suspension compresses enough, but it's not a big shock.
LIKE2BUILD 01/22/20 03:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: My perception on real gas

Check out this guy, Project Farm. He does a lot of neat videos on testing different oils, additives, fuels, etc. and does a good job of running emperical tests to compare them. Is Ethanol Fuel Better In another video, he compares fuel stabilizers in ethanol containing and non ethanol fuel. Fuel Stabilizer Comparison
LIKE2BUILD 01/07/20 02:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight distribution hitch question

i have brought several thing from Etrailer and have never had a problem with them Ditto. Very helpful customer service, fair prices, and fast shipping.
LIKE2BUILD 01/02/20 03:40pm Towing
RE: Hard tonneau covers and 5er hitch

I have an Extang tri-fold on an eight foot bed and have no problems towing when folded. There are clips that hold it in the open position. Same here. XTang Solid fold cover on an 8' bed. I always cleared my hitch and pin box and also clear gooseneck hitches with no issues. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 12/29/19 06:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Crushes Truck

.....if they'd spend more time on what they are actually doing and less time trying to make a video, this incident might have never happened. True indeed. KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT....That's my advice. They were so intent on getting their 'experience' on YouTube that they failed to first learn all the details of the hitch and PRACTICE hitching first before making the video. All these manufacturers make operator manuals for a reason.......to KNOW PROPER OPERATION OF YOUR EQUIPMENT. That was silly to just assume you can pop in the hitch, move a lever or two, then just drive off. They ruined $$thousands$$ of equipment because they didn't take 30 minutes to learn the equipment. Live and learn I guess.
LIKE2BUILD 12/19/19 11:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

I added a Trek Step from Bestop to my Ram 2500. That was one of the best upgrades I've ever installed and it was very easy. When I first got the truck I knew getting up in to the bed was going to be a groin ripper. I shopped around and decided on the Trek Step and I'm extremely happy with that decision. 4 years later it's still working great. https://assets.bestop.com/w715-h615-cpad//_bestop/6/3/6/753xx15_dt_002.jpg KJ
LIKE2BUILD 12/03/19 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Who says I need to take up space for a Gooseneck Hitch!

Holy smokes. And he’s even doing it with the horrible GM receiver used on the GMT800 series trucks. Honestly I’d love to watch a video of that going down the road to see how much it flexes.
LIKE2BUILD 11/14/19 11:43am Towing
RE: Banks Differential Cover

I would not buy a cover that created a new low point to hit with a rock. That was a concern of mine as well. Did you see the part at the very end of the video where he addressed that situation? Fast forward to the 32:00 minute mark to see it if you didn't. Gale took a piece of steel rod and a 4lbs hammer and clobbered the part that hangs down. In his controlled condition the only thing that broke off was the part that hangs down leaving the rest of the cover in tact. He says directly if that happens, they'll give you a replacement. Now, it's entirely possible the rock you hit will be funky breaking another part and allowing your gear oil to leak out. If that fries your axle will Banks cover it? Not sure. I think they really intended this cover for on-road use trucks that are hauling heavy loads on the rear axle. Sure this could be used for an off-road truck, but the way they designed the fins and air intake it seems they are targeted conditions where the truck is at-speed flowing air across the cover and actively cooling the fins. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 11/08/19 01:01pm Tow Vehicles
Banks Differential Cover

A while back I came across a video series of Banks Performance testing differential covers. I thought it was interesting and very well done. Now I see why. They've introduced the Banks Ram Air Differential Cover. I've already installed an AAM aluminum finned cover on my Ram 2500 so I don't really plan to change it out for this one. But, the science and engineering they put behind it are really interesting. They put a lot of time into measuring temps and air flow around the cover and observing oil flow inside the diff. It's really curious they purposefully extended part of the cover below the axle to grab air and flow it across the fins. Maybe the new diesel emissions rules are clamping down on their business so now they are turning their attention to other performance enhancement options? :h Either way, the cover does look well designed and not just a show piece. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 11/08/19 07:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is a 6.0L Chevy engine

Creeping up a hill is nobody's fault but your own. A 6.0 is designed to run at 4000 rpm when pulling a load up a hill, and if you drive it right you would not be creeping at all with only 7500 lbs behind the truck. Exactly. I pulled a 7,500 lbs travel trailer with mine with no issues at all. Yes, it had to wind up in the hills but still pulled just fine. I certainly didn't win any races but I could easily maintain 40MPH going up steep grade any day. Unloaded the best fuel economy was about 16MPG on the highway. Towing I was pretty much always about 9.5MPG. It's not a race engine, so you aren't going to win drag races. It's not a hybrid, so you won't get amazing fuel economy. It's not a 16L semi engine, so you aren't going to have 1,000+ ft-lbs of torque off idle. It IS a well designed, reliable, small block engine that produces good power, fair fuel economy, and works very well when used within truck limits. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 11/07/19 09:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Experience/Opinions on a 2008 F450 for Towing

Unfortunately I have a preference for Ford on trucks. If that's the case and you can get this truck for a super cheap price then your best bet is to do a Cummins swap. Destroked is a place that sells complete kits to swap a Cummins into these trucks. I'm sure there are others but that is one that I know of. It's probably not cheap, but it will get you a longer lasting engine for the F450. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 11/06/19 01:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is a 6.0L Chevy engine

The 6.0l is a LS based V8 that was available in 2500 series and up trucks and in some limited capacities in the 1500 series trucks. It’s a tough motor and reliable as an anvil. It is head and shoulders better than a 350 small block. Great motors. Yep. Had one for 10 years in a 2004 Chevy 2500HD. Absolutely dead reliable. On the 4-speed transmissions low end torque was a little lacking, but if you let that engine rev between 3,200RPM and 4,400RPM it would pull extremely well. I only had 2 issues and they common to that engine: 1) Exhaust manifold bolts will break on the front and back cylinder of each side. This is a very easy fix for any exhaust shop that knows what they are doing. 2) Check engine light for knock sensor. The Knock sensors are located in a hole the valley of the engine. The rear sensor tended to collect moisture, corrode, and fail. There was a TSB for removing a piece of foam and making a dam around the sensor cover with RTV silicone. Both of these were easy fixes and not very expensive. If I had another small block V8 I'd own a GM 6.0L engine in a heartbeat. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 11/06/19 01:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air bags or "Bump Stop" type suspension

I have Timbrens on my Ram 2500. There is just under 3/4" gap between the spring perch and the rubber. For the most part I'm very happy with the Timbrens because the truck rides absolutely level even with full loads on the 5er hitch or gooseneck. The one negative is when I hit bumps enough to compress the coil springs you you can definitely feel the perch hit the rubber. From time to time I've considered removing the Timbrens and going to air bags. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 10/29/19 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

.....I understand we will likely get stuck once in a while, but, will have a tow strap and I understand we can usually count on a nice 4x4 owner to tow us out and/or we have GoodSam towing assistance. Again, we are not going to off road or seriously boondock. We won't be driving the rig in snow etc. The 2WD will tow your camper perfectly fine and if you stay on 'improved' roads you will most likely not need 4WD at all. I towed with a Chevy 2500HD 2WD for 10 years. That truck did everything I ever needed it to do, except for a few occasions. It came factory with an open differential and I eventually installed an Eaton LSD. The limited slip did make a difference but after having been stuck on wet grass, wet boat ramps, and snow I'd had enough. The last gotcha was towing my camper to a NASCAR race and the campground had gravel roads and grass sites. While parking the camper I spun the rear tires and was stuck dead to rites. Of course the front wheels were on solid gravel and could have pulled me up....IF I WOULD HAVE HAD 4X4 :M That was my final straw and within 2 weeks I had a my Ram 4WD in the driveway. Your situation sounds a little different and you will most likely not need 4WD. In my case I had just enough situations of getting stuck that I was no longer willing to deal with it. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 10/07/19 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ecodiesel Fuel Economy Tests

Only 100 miles. A bit of foam in the tank, or a small measurement error. No way is measuring the tank level accurate enough for that determination when you’re talking 2.5 gallons in a 33 gallon tank. True, and I was glad to see the guys at TFLTruck question the results of 40MPG and plan to repeat the test. I do like the fact that they attempt to maintain consistency in how they drive and load the trucks and how they fill the tanks. The idea of filling until the nozzle clicks, wait 30 seconds for foam to dissipate, then fill again until another click is pretty consistent. Is it perfect?....No, but at least they're trying to eliminate variables.
LIKE2BUILD 09/25/19 09:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Leaving the RV World for a while

Good decision, support the kids in their activities as long as you can, and maybe a few years to rv before the grand kids come along. Then you can bring them with you in your new bunk house 5th wheel. Funny, it’s a bunkhouse 5er we sold :B. But yeah, we’ll have grandkids at some point to tag along with us. Then we can spoil them and send them home for the parents to deal with. Sounds kinda fun!!!
LIKE2BUILD 09/18/19 05:41pm Fifth-Wheels
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