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RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

^Sway = a little wiggle probably. Everyone's definition and sensitivity to the sensation of a trailer is differnet. That and not all half tons are made the same. Unlike the progressive rate coils on the 2500's, the linear rate coils on the Ram 1500 are soft compared to the suspension setups of the other two. I have a friend that tows his 6k trailer with hos Ram 1500 Ecodiesel. He could not stand the squat and sway with the stock coils and installed after market progressive rate coils from TufTruck. Unloaded ride got a little harsher, but loaded ride was way more stable and almost zero squat with his trailer hooked up even without the WDH hooked up. The good thing for him is since he mainly only tows the trailer twice a year down to the cost in spring and buck up in the fall, he can very easily swap out the coils back to stockers when he is not towing. It literally only takes him about 10 minutes to swap.
ShinerBock 01/21/20 06:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

I think you’ll be just as happy as this guy! https://i.ibb.co/1sDx2kq/461-BC341-A02-A-421-F-B045-F441346395-F3.png We see that kind of stuff all the time in south Texas. Mexican's will buy junked RV's and vehicles, and tow them to Mexico down I-35. Along with scenarios like this, I have seen a sedan towing an F150 filled with a bunch of stuff in the bed and cab. Not once have I ever seen these guys get stopped by the cops. I am not sure if it is because they know they won't pay the fine anyways or they just don't care. This is why a laugh when people talk about getting pulled over for going over their trucks rated GVWR by a few hundred pounds because these vehicles go over them by thousands of pounds and never get stopped.
ShinerBock 01/20/20 06:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

You are talking outliers who suggest you will be happy with 30k on a 1 ton. That is not the common response by a long shot. On the other hand 7-9k on a 1/2 ton, is pretty commonly suggested as OK...if you spec it correctly. Not here. It is common for the fanboys here to tout their brands 30k towing ability, and if you even insinuate that a 1 ton should not be towing that much then you get flamed. Trust me, it has happened to me on multiple threads in this forum. Also, just look at the all the "you need a 3/4 or 1 ton" or "you need a bigger truck" responses in this thread just for an 8,500 lb trailer. Many people here only think that half tons are good as wife trucks or grocery getters without even looking at the specs and that if you are towing anything over 7k then you need an HD truck which is nonsense to me.
ShinerBock 01/19/20 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

It still amazes me that people think a 5-6k lb half ton towing 10-11k lbs is absurd, but a 8-9k one ton towing 30+k lbs is perfectly acceptable. This is one reason why I think we need to get rid of terms like half tons and one tons because people place there expectations on what a half ton should tow in their mind rather than looking at the actual capabilities of the truck. To them it is perfectly fine that HD/SD trucks have increased tow ratings to absurd amounts over the years, but the half ton will always be good for towing less than 7k no matter how much they have been upgraded over the years. Who is suggesting your average 1 ton is going to be happy with 30k lb? The vast majority would say that's in MDT territory. I agree that 30k is medium duty territory, but most people here tout their favorite brands latest chest beating marketing hype of being able to tow over 30K with a 9k lb truck configuration they will likely never own. There are also those that thing that a 3/4 ton can't safely and reliable handle more payload due to the 10k max GVWR of the government regulated class that all pre-2019 3/4 ton are in and ignorantly recommend a 1 ton because of it. If they actually looked at specs of a Ram 2500, it only has a rear GVWR of 500 lbs less than the 3500 but is limited in GVWR due to the class 2b max GVWR limits, not the actual capability of the truck.
ShinerBock 01/18/20 11:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

It still amazes me that people think a 5-6k lb half ton towing 10-11k lbs is absurd, but a 8-9k one ton towing 30+k lbs is perfectly acceptable. This is one reason why I think we need to get rid of terms like half tons and one tons because people place there expectations on what a half ton should tow in their mind rather than looking at the actual capabilities of the truck. To them it is perfectly fine that HD/SD trucks have increased tow ratings to absurd amounts over the years, but the half ton will always be good for towing less than 7k no matter how much they have been upgraded over the years.
ShinerBock 01/18/20 09:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

I am not sure how the new lighter trucks are, but I towed 9,500 lbs several times a year with my old F150HD Ecoboost. Even towed on a few long trips through the Rockies. I loved that truck(especially tuned) and the only reason why I stepped up to a Ram 2500 CTD is because I got a trailer that is 14k fully loaded which is definitely the max I will ever want to go on trailer sizing.
ShinerBock 01/18/20 08:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

I never stated that you directly stated my cost analysis was incorrect...What I said above was more of a question...what I meant was that you state that you will always come out ahead with a diesel and that simply is not true in all cases and that is the BS I'm talking about...always thinking we have that blanket answer for everyone everywhere Those are not just winter prices for fuel in my area. Those are winter prices at this moment and YES diesel fuel is ALWAYS more expensive where I live it is ALWAYS at least .70 cent per gallon more than gasoline and rises here in the summer months to almost a entire dollar more per gallon than gasoline... Heck I've seen in the past 3 years a difference of $1.20 per gallon more in the summer months...its crazy If I go by your fuel prices you stated above it would still cost me $4000 more to own that diesel over that 5 year period....BUT that $4k does not include maintenance costs either which will be higher for a diesel than a gasoline motor everyday. AND the trade in values I gave are for the MODERN Diesel a 2015 VS 2015...which someone else stated would be a bigger difference with the modern diesels compared to the ones over a decade ago. I would NEVER argue a gas truck is more powerful than a diesel we all know that is not true. A diesel does shine for sure but for me where I live it would be at a $4000 cost over those 5 years of ownership. The thing is some people must ALWAYS be right...it's either their way or no way and there just isn't one answer for everyone's needs. I'm correct in saying that a diesel would cost me 4k more where I live yes....but where you are it may be the opposite and be 4k more for the gas in the end... Would I get the diesel over the gas for 4k yes but that is me 4k will not break my bank but for some it may I never said everyone comes out ahead buying a diesel. In fact I have stated multiple times that the prices of fuel, resale, interests rates, and other things will vary depending on your location. I have also stated that many may find that the gas engine may come out to be a few thousand cheaper depending on where you live. My comment was toward those who have never done a cost analysis or say things like there is no difference in resale after 15 year without actually verifying it. If you have done the analysis and found out that the diesel may cost you a few thousand more and aren't willing to pay a few thousand over the course of five years for the added power and capability then my comment was NOT directed toward you. It was directed at those who do say these things without actually knowing for a fact. Those people are the ones talking BS.
ShinerBock 01/17/20 07:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

I never said your cost analysis was incorrect nor did I even comment on it because I have not even taken the time to look at them yet so I am not sure why you are even bringing me into that. However, since you did, some of the numbers seem to be a exaggerated. Going by real world fuelly mileage (which is 11 mpg for the 6.2 SRW and 14.5 for the 6.7L SRW), the 6.2L would use 5,455 gallons of fuel and the 6.7L would use 4,138 gallons in 60k miles. At the prices you stated(which are winter prices when the difference is greater) the fuel cost for the 6.2L $14,672.73 and $13,613.79 for the 6.7L. DEF usage would be about 83 gallons in 60k miles based on the standard 50 to 1 diesel gallon usage of most light duty truck diesels. At $2.90 a gallon at the pumps, that is an additional $240.70. So that would bring the diesels total fuel/DEF bill to $13,854.49 which is still less than the $14,672.73 pf the 6.2L. Although I will point out again that this is winter prices when gas is lower because refiners do not have add the special EPA mandated additives which make it cost about $.10-.15 more during the summer. What I was commenting on was someone saying that the resale value between a diesel and a gas version of a 15 year old truck with 75k miles would not be significant. I checked for myself and the difference was over $4k which would mostly pay for the upfront cost of a diesel back in 2005.
ShinerBock 01/16/20 02:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

OMG DOES IT EVER END ?!?!? It will when people stop using reasons that are based on their assumptions and not facts. As I said before, there are many valid reasons why someone would not want a diesel, but there are also many BS reasons. I will not comment on a valid reasons, but I will call BS when I see it.
ShinerBock 01/16/20 11:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

Not sure why anyone cares about the 7.3L. According to the HD gas owners here, they don't need more power which is why they bought the gas engine instead of the diesel. So why would an engine with more power that you will have to pay more for matter now? I believe it is about a 1,600 dollar premium over the 6.2 once you account for the 10 speed automatic, so a bit less than the diesel upgrade. 1,600 bucks for a bit more power and never having to buy a drop of DEF.... Personally, I've yet to run into a situation where the 6.2 wasn't up to the task, but then again I only pull ~8K and live at 140' above sea level. What are the cost over the life of the truck? And don't forget to add in resale/trade-in. It's easy for me. I've got less than 10K miles on my 2018 that I've had for about 20 months, I expect to own it for 15-20 years. By the time I sell the resell value I'd get out of the diesel would be insignificant compared to the cost I'd have paid up front. I just don't drive it enough to make a diesel pay for itself in fuel savings. For some, dare I say most, the diesel is a no brainer choice. However, for me the justification using math just doesn't work. According to Kelly Blue Book, a 2005 F350 4WD SRW Short Bed Lariat with 75k miles, the 6.0L diesel has an average trade in value of $13,709 while 5.4L gas engine has a trade in value of $9,479. That is $4,230 more and if I am not mistaken the upcharge for a diesels option back then was around $5-6K MSRP and even less if you negotiated for better pricing. So you would still get most of your money back on a 15 year vehicle and only putting 5k a year on the truck.
ShinerBock 01/16/20 06:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck batteries

I can't tell you how good it is yet but I found out that the local Kenworth dealer sells commercial truck batteries for $75 after exchange. That is what is going into my diesel next. Don't expect those batteries to last long. We sell the exact same group 31 batteries that we get from PACCAR(the parent company of Peterbilt and Kenworth). The group 31 batteries on those trucks are made to have high cold cranking amps so they have much larger internal plates. Generally the larger the plates are the more cold cranking amps it can output, but you cannot fit as many plates so the battery life is shorter. If you are going to go this route, then get a 6XX or 7XX instead of the 950 CCA battery. They have more plates and will last longer. They are also a little less expensive. We have the TRP(PACCAR's branded battery made by East Penn) 760 CCA for $73 and the 950 CCA for $75. I wall also add that if I had to rate each manufacturer's battery based on consistent battery quality and what I have seen in the factory, it would be Odyssey followed by Clarios and East Penn tide in Second and Exide a distant third. The only reason why I would choose Clarios and East Penn over Exide is because they don't let their batteries sit in warehouses for long periods of time filled with acid. Once you fill then with acid, the charge life starts degrading. Clarios and East Penn both acid filling factories across the US while Exide does not as many. This means that they can ship just the cases with the lead to these facilities and fill them when a customer like Autozone orders them so you know they are fresh. Since Exide does not have as many of these type of facilities throughout the US, they have to fill them with acid and store them in a warehouse even before they are ordered just to keep up with demand. East Pen and Clarios batteries or no more than 10 days old once they hit our dealerships while Exides can be anywhere from a month to two months old.
ShinerBock 01/16/20 06:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck batteries

I think there are about two or three manufacturers that make all automotive batteries in the US, so the brand doesn't matter much. I put Duracells in my truck last fall because that's all I could find on short notice and they seem fine so far, but being just a few months old they should be fine. I don't know who actually made them. If your batteries are starting to get spotty I'd change them sooner rather than later. You are correct. I have done a few factory tours through some of our battery suppliers. There is basically only Exide, JCI(now Clarios), East Penn, and Odyssey in the US and Atlas along with a few other small players overseas. The most recent was at Clarios which is the largest in the US and world if I am mistaken. Walking through their assembly lines and warehouse, you would be amazed at how many different brands that they made batteries for. From Motorcraft to Interstate battery. I even saw many NAPA brands all coming from the same factory. East Penn and Exide also make batteries for many different brands too. There is not a lot of difference between them in regards to each brands good, better, best battery meaning that most brands price point "good" battery is just about the same as the rest in virgin lead content quality. The "better" batteries usually labeled "silver" or something of that sort will generally have better lead quality and will be bonded on the inside keeping the internals together better. The "best" battery usually labeled as "gold" or "platinum" depending on the brand generally has the best quality lead of the brand and has other features along with being bonded. By far the best battery manufacturer is Odyssey. They use the best virgin lead and their casing is very high quality. They also make batteries for a few brands generally labeled as "platinum" as well. These batteries are pricey, but they are the best of the best if that is what you are going for. Atlas in Korea generally makes the cheapest price point battery, but you get what you pay for.
ShinerBock 01/15/20 03:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Summer fuel at minus 42

Knock on wood my '16 Freightliner Cascadia hasn't gelled, but that's on the company if it does. Newer Class 7-8 engines come with a fuel heater on the primary and/or secondary fuel filters so the likely hood of it happening on a new truck is much lower than an older truck like the OP's.
ShinerBock 01/15/20 12:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Increases GVWR for 2020 Trucks

That is not the case in Texas. The registration fee for a pickup truck over 10k GVWR is twice that of a truck below 10k GVWR. It is not much, but it is more I would have to pay just to have a sticker that says 10,800 GVWR when I could have one that says 10,000 GVWR that is able to handle the same amount of weight. There are also CDL requirements in many states for any commercial vehicles driven that has a GVWR of over 10k.
ShinerBock 01/14/20 12:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Increases GVWR for 2020 Trucks

I appears that the trucks automatically comes with the higher GVWR, but you can select to have the lower GVWR for free on both the F350 and F250. I would select this option to keep it below 10k GVWR for tax and registration reasons especially if it is free. https://i.postimg.cc/Z5bWBWhf/Ford-GVWR.png height=250 width=700
ShinerBock 01/14/20 11:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Increases GVWR for 2020 Trucks

So now both GM and Ford have a 250/2500 truck in both class 2b and class 3. I will bet that there is no difference between the 250/2500 class 2b trucks with 10k GVWR and the 250/2500 trucks that are over 10k GVWR in the rear other than their sticker.
ShinerBock 01/14/20 11:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Summer fuel at minus 42

^^^^ Cat C15. What grade of oil are you using? The C15 has a HEUI pump which reliant on engine oil to pump unlike the common rail fuel pump in your truck. Cat recommends 5W30 or 5w40 for those temps because 15W is too thick. https://i.postimg.cc/Sxw4hNWx/Cat-oil-recomendations.png height=450 width=600
ShinerBock 01/14/20 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Summer fuel at minus 42

What kind of engine do you have in that Peterbilt? I would wager that the aluminum fuel tanks on the Pete will transfer cold temps better than than the plastic ones in your truck. That is one reason why some of the old truckers used to have wraps for their fuel tanks.
ShinerBock 01/14/20 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

I am not saying not to buy a gas truck or that everyone has to buy a diesel. I am just saying that some of the reasons are invalid when you do the math, are exaggerated to justify their choice, or they are applying double standards that they would not apply to any other vehicle option. There are plenty of valid reasons for one not to buy a diesel like just not wanting a diesel, not wanting to chance it with the emissions systems, needing the cab to heat quicker because they live in colder climates, idling a lot, having a short drive, not wanting to save for another 6 months to lower their payment enough to afford the monthly payment(although you will may have a lower monthly fuel bill with the diesel depending on how much you drive), not wanting to go to a lower trim option that is $11k less in order to afford the $8k diesel option, or not wanting to buy used to get a diesel. These are all valid reasons and I am sure there are plenty more. However, many people say that the the diesel will cost $10k more when they haven't actually put pen to paper to figure it out. The fact is that when you do that, the difference is is no where near that much in the total cost of ownership and in some cases like mine it is actually cheaper in the long run to upgrade from the 5.7L Hemi to the 6.7L Cummins than to upgrade from the 5.7L Hemi to the 6.4L Hemi. If someone is going to say this then show me the numbers because I can surely show you mine. Then their are other reasons used like not needing more power yet getting all excited about an new gas engine that makes more power and not even mentioning how much that engine upgrade will cost upfront or in the long run like they do with a diesel. Why is the diesel option the only one people talk about recouping money, but it isn't even mentioned when upgrading gas engines. You don't hear the half ton GM owners talk about recouping money going from the base 2.7L to the 4.6L, 5.3L or 6.2L. You don't hear Ford half ton guys talk about recouping money going from a 3.0L to a 2.7L, 3.5L or 5.0L. You never heard it from the Ram HD truck guys going from a 5.7L to 6.4L even though it cost you a lot more in the long run due to the higher maintenance cost and even more if you run the recommended 89 octane that the owners manual states. You also never hear it talked about with other options like paying $11k to go from a Tradesman to a Laramie. However, the second a person mentions a diesel then everyone talks about recouping their money. Why the double standard? Lastly, generally the more the truck cost the more you can get off MSRP so it isn't exactly an $9-10K difference that most people quote. For example, my truck had an MSRP of $64,500 and I walked out the door paying a little over $50k. Another example is if you build a Ram 2500 online, the difference between the 6.4L and the 6.7L may be over $9k, but if you actually look at sales prices at places like Dennis Dillon or Bluebonnet where I am located, the difference is less than $8k between the exact same 2019 6.4L 2500 and 2019 6.7L 2500. If someone is paying full price on an diesel engine upgrade then they probably have very bad credit and should not be buying a truck at this price point in the first place or they are a sucker. Again, I am not saying every needs or should want a diesel. I am just saying that some of the reasons are invalid because the person saying it has not actually put pen to paper to back up their claims, they are completely exaggerated to make their choice look better, or they apply a double standard?
ShinerBock 01/09/20 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

Not sure why anyone cares about the 7.3L. According to the HD gas owners here, they don't need more power which is why they bought the gas engine instead of the diesel. So why would an engine with more power that you will have to pay more for matter now? I believe it is about a 1,600 dollar premium over the 6.2 once you account for the 10 speed automatic, so a bit less than the diesel upgrade. 1,600 bucks for a bit more power and never having to buy a drop of DEF.... Personally, I've yet to run into a situation where the 6.2 wasn't up to the task, but then again I only pull ~8K and live at 140' above sea level. What are the cost over the life of the truck? And don't forget to add in resale/trade-in.
ShinerBock 01/08/20 02:14pm Tow Vehicles
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