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RE: Newport OR to Portland Or Help

We just came back home to Eastern WA through Newport via 20 to Corvallis, stopped at the Albany Costco to fuel up then I-5, I-205 to I-84 and at Hermiston we took I-82 North. Just be aware of the winds along I-84, use https://tripcheck.com/ for current Oregon Road conditions. I am going to the exact place East Washington, but probably US 395 North after I-82 to Spokane. I thought your route made sense as mentioned before.
SweetLou 04/23/22 11:25am Roads and Routes
Newport OR to Portland Or Help

Traveling next month from Newport Oregon through Portland going east from there. I can either take the SR 18 which is just North of Lincoln City or Sr 20 which goes through Corvallis then up. Which would save more time and the better drive?
SweetLou 04/21/22 02:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: Memory seats

I don't plan to own another vehicle without them. I am 6-04, my lovely bride is 5-03 on her tallest of days. Her minivan has the memory seats and it has potentially saved our marriage! Bigger question is why are you driving a minivan? :)
SweetLou 11/18/21 02:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Memory seats

I use it but when it slides forward I lift my big butt up so not as much weight is on the seat. My thinking is it won't wear out as fast.
SweetLou 11/18/21 05:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: is running exhaust brake all the time ok?

No Idea on a Ford. On my 11 and now 15 RAM every single start I hit the Tow Haul and Exhaust Brake buttons. I did that too thinking it helps with the longevity of the exhaust brake. My actuator went out at 90K this year. Your actuator went out, but the vanes didn’t clog up and stick, correct? 2 different things. I never believed that a vgt needed to run the exhaust brake as the vanes are basically constantly moving anyway. However I was corrected and it makes sense. When accelerating, the vanes range of motion is much less as they never “close down” to choke off the exhaust. Whereas the exh brake moves the vanes through the rest of their total range of motion because it reduces the % open much more than a base line, no boost condition. Ram doesn’t use the vanes, it has a sliding ring that creates the back pressure. Then I stand corrected
SweetLou 11/06/21 05:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: is running exhaust brake all the time ok?

No Idea on a Ford. On my 11 and now 15 RAM every single start I hit the Tow Haul and Exhaust Brake buttons. I did that too thinking it helps with the longevity of the exhaust brake. My actuator went out at 90K this year. Mine went out early also but that Has nothing to do with the mechanics of the turbo. no but everything to do with the brake
SweetLou 11/05/21 05:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: is running exhaust brake all the time ok?

No Idea on a Ford. On my 11 and now 15 RAM every single start I hit the Tow Haul and Exhaust Brake buttons. I did that too thinking it helps with the longevity of the exhaust brake. My actuator went out at 90K this year.
SweetLou 11/04/21 06:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 GMC Sierra Reveal

Ugh! Maybe they need to hire some designers away from Ram to fix that mess :C Ram perhaps could trade some designers to GMC for a few engineers. Then Ram might be able to make bedsides and fenders that dont rust through along with transmissions that don't sheet the bed LOL. My friend, Ram transmissions are a huge disappointment. In the past they had maybe a couple of them that could handle that Cummins. The rest are as you say sheet. As I have heard, that great Cummins wrapped in a turd. Mine has electrical problems to boot.
SweetLou 10/26/21 05:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel exhaust fluid sensor failure

There has to be a work around however no one dare post it
SweetLou 09/16/21 01:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chasing No left turn Signal on Trailer With Ram Truck

Now you should check your utility trailer for a short circuit. Wiring on trailers is often done very poorly. Could only be two culprits. The Fifth Wheel, or my Cargo trailer. I think possibly the Fifth wheel. I was pulling it for a short one way trip when shortly on the drive and plugged into the bumper, the warning light came on saying trailer is disconnected. I pulled over and ended up switching the plug to the bed and it took care of it. May be there somewhere. Or my cargo trailer which has two sets of long LED lights on it and the upper left which is my problem side had 3-4 led lights burned out. Actually bought a replacement bank for it but never put it on. Now I'll check that side out first before replacing and doing damage to the new one.Thanks
SweetLou 09/15/21 06:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chasing No left turn Signal on Trailer With Ram Truck

Thanks for the update! Glad I could help. Did you save the owner's manual? I did! Great help. Thanks again!
SweetLou 09/15/21 06:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chasing No left turn Signal on Trailer With Ram Truck

Check for a trailer connector fuse? Does the brake light work? Looks like fuse 53 Fuse block Brake lights work, I think. I need to check that again. Left signal works on truck so fuse 53 how could that be an issue if it works on the truck? Just asking F53 = Trailer Tow – Left Turn/Stop Lights Turned out a blown fuse. Didn't think about that until Enblethen mentioned it. Thanks guys for the help.
SweetLou 09/14/21 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chasing No left turn Signal on Trailer With Ram Truck

Fuse is for trailer connector. Truck lights are on it's own fuse. Check your owner's manualI wish I had an owners manual. Had it stolen while at a dealership. $75 for a new one. Now I know why their employee stole it
SweetLou 09/14/21 01:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chasing No left turn Signal on Trailer With Ram Truck

Check for a trailer connector fuse? Does the brake light work? Looks like fuse 53 Fuse block Brake lights work, I think. I need to check that again. Left signal works on truck so fuse 53 how could that be an issue if it works on the truck? Just asking
SweetLou 09/14/21 08:57am Tow Vehicles
Chasing No left turn Signal on Trailer With Ram Truck

OK guys I have a new issue with this 2013 Ram 6.7. I had to pack some bearings in my utility trailer and afterward, I hooked up the truck and plugged into it to see about lights on the trailer. Found out left signal light not working. Later that day I connected our Subaru to the trailer and everything works. So then I hooked up another trailer I have to the truck and same issue, no left turn signal. The truck has at the bumper a seven pin, and 4 pin connection (all in one). I then tried the seven pin inside the bed to isolate which connector is bad, and guess what, no left signal there as well. So now the issue moves to wiring harness at the junction under the truck where the two split to see if there is power there. Can anyone here tell me any tips in chasing this, or thoughts on if there is no power at the junction where you would go from there?
SweetLou 09/14/21 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Big Tires pulling Small tires.

If he is going 60 mph, how fast do you suppose his 13 inch wheels are going? 60 MPH. If the trailer is going faster than the truck, it came unhitched while going down hill and the trailer is passing him and the safety chains are busted If the trailer is going slower than the truck, it came unhitched while on flat ground or going downhill and the trailer is way behind him now him and the safety chains are busted. He better plan on taking the next exit and circling back to the previous exit / on ramp so he can retrieve the trailer.Turn that work into your math teacher
SweetLou 08/30/21 06:53am Towing
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

Didn’t get the “unlucky” part of what I said. And built on a Friday Not defending Ram, or any other mfg, heck, just learned that about 25% of our fleet of 6 speed auto Chevy trucks, circa 2016-2018 have had transmissions blown. Your issue with the switch panel sounds extremely frustrating, also haven't heard you've looked into what I suggested. Turbo actuators are a common issue. And the '13s are a pseudo 1st year model, which likely doesn't help. You take the same risk with any vehicle IMO.I will be looking into it for sure. The tech has ruled out the new switch bank they tell me. Apparently when he puts his hand up into the dash and wiggles the wires power gets restored to the switch bank. This is why they determine its in the harness and some other ground testing. You can't get to it unless you pull dash I am told. I am leaving for Southern Cal in about 6 weeks. I don't want to open up issues unless I find a good shop first. When I get the truck back I will take a good look at what you were suggesting. Thanks for your help because it is much appreciated.
SweetLou 08/26/21 12:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

Didn’t get the “unlucky” part of what I said. And built on a Friday
SweetLou 08/26/21 09:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

I’m going to buy a Ram 3500 SRW in November and my dilemma is gas or diesel. I have owned a 02 Cummins for 17 years and it was ole reliable. I only drove it 90,000 in those 17 years and really don’t drive crazy miles. We usually take the DW ‘s car on trips as we are seasonal campers at the moment. Anyway I’m retiring and will be traveling the winter months from November to April in the South. Maybe a trip West in summer time. I’m concerned that a new diesel with the all the new emissions and DEF regen won’t cut it as the other 7 months it will be a grocery getter. We are going to be purchasing a FW early next year with a pin weight of 2100 lbs and a GVW of 11,000. Any input would greatly be appreciated. You know, this is the first time I will say this to anyone. With all the recalls my 2013 has had which are plentiful, and the current electronic problem, coupled with discontinued wiring harness and other Ram discontinued parts I would no longer buy a Ram truck. It's a shame that a great engine is coupled to such a crapping body. When you currently pay upward of 70K for a truck, you don't need to have issues even if you do have extended warranty. What to buy? I really don't know anymore but the other manufacturers maybe don't have these extensive issues and the discontinuation of parts to resolve their problems.
SweetLou 08/25/21 05:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: In Need of a 2013 Ram 3500 Switch Bank Wiring Harness

Here is another point that everyone with a Ram should take note. How is an electrical wiring harness part obsolete in only 8 years? Why would I need to go to a junkyard to find this part? I think I am done with Ram no matter how Cummins faithful I am. If the truck was still under warranty what the hell would they do?
SweetLou 08/24/21 07:45am Tow Vehicles
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