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RE: anyone seen Jim . . AKA - NC Hauler

Somehow I missed this; very sad to lose such a great guy. RIP Jim.:(
blofgren 03/28/20 10:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2011 Ram HD 3500 DRW Cummins 68RFE 523k miles!

and the best part is you can buy the entire truck for less than a CP4 disaster! Actually this is not true I agree with Fish. True, 7.3L trucks hold their value VERY well...for very good reason. :B Then why did you say you can buy a the entire truck for less than a CP4 disaster? I think we know! Well, the CP4 disaster wouldn't be that much less than buying a decent 7.3L; now a cherry 7.3L still sells for as much or more than a lot of 6.7L Fords....I wonder why.... :h :B As I've said before, I would happily buy a cherry 7.3L Super Duty!
blofgren 03/28/20 10:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011 Ram HD 3500 DRW Cummins 68RFE 523k miles!

and the best part is you can buy the entire truck for less than a CP4 disaster! Actually this is not true I agree with Fish. True, 7.3L trucks hold their value VERY well...for very good reason. :B
blofgren 03/28/20 06:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It's time for a replacement truck

I'm happy to hear that everyone walked away OK. We had a similar episode 3 years ago where a novice driver pulled out in front of us on a rural highway; he cranked it into oncoming traffic when he saw us coming, which saved our truck from being damaged, but panicked and cranked it back into our lane and sideswiped the driver's side of our fiver. It was all cosmetic damage but still ended up being a $5k claim. As much as I agree that gas will likely do the job, I think you will be somewhat disappointed overall after coming from your previous truck. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a 2013 and up Ram 3500 with the 6.7L Cummins; they are very solid overall and get reasonably good fuel economy. As much as you said you are looking to go SRW, I would seriously consider a DRW if you are considering going with another high end unit like a Cameo. It's amazing how quickly the weight of trailers climb when adding "stuff"! :B
blofgren 03/28/20 06:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011 Ram HD 3500 DRW Cummins 68RFE 523k miles!

FISH where is the tag showing Made in USA for the engine??? I wish the RAM was assembled in USA but the fact the major components are all Made in USA. I have owned two US Made RAM's, some would say a few years ago the Mexican assembled were better. I think they just said that because they owned one. I have owned two US and one Mexican 2nd gen RAM's. I personally don't see any difference between the two. FISH you ever replace the intercooler on your 05 RAM? We didn't but it was purchased used so you never know. It does pull some serious loads so I'm sure it gets stressed pretty good. https://i.imgur.com/zlfp4nfl.jpg And remember we all live by our choices Well, at least you got a good, reliable truck doing the real work....:B. The 7.3L will be good too....and the best part is you can buy the entire truck for less than a CP4 disaster!
blofgren 03/27/20 06:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Ram 6.4 drivers

Looking at gas, 20 years in the Coast Guard, lots of time around diesels and just don't like the clatter or the smell. LOL, have you been around any of the new diesels? They have neither clatter or smell! That said, I think you'll be happy with the 6.4L although I have to agree that towing 14k with one may be less than enjoyable in the mountains. Yes, and the clatter and smell has been traded off for low mileage and poor reliability! The poor reliability comes from all the emissions junk that has been tacked onto them in the last 10 years. I guess you missed the other thread with the 2011 Ram/Cummins with over 500k miles on the original emissions equipment.....my truck gets a consistent 10-11 mpg towing my 16k fiver in the mountains so I'd say that's not bad mileage either.
blofgren 03/26/20 08:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Ram 6.4 drivers

Looking at gas, 20 years in the Coast Guard, lots of time around diesels and just don't like the clatter or the smell. LOL, have you been around any of the new diesels? They have neither clatter or smell! That said, I think you'll be happy with the 6.4L although I have to agree that towing 14k with one may be less than enjoyable in the mountains.
blofgren 03/25/20 08:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011 Ram HD 3500 DRW Cummins 68RFE 523k miles!

Speaking of rust belt and snow. I remember reading something a ways back ago stating the Rams were the longest lasting pickips in Canada. Something like 80% of the trucks sold between 1988 and 2012 were still registered. Apparently they now how to keep these trucks from being "ghetto cruisers" better than we do. Rust buckets often keep chugging along, so percentage on the road doesn't mean they aren't rust buckets. Average age of a vehicle when it goes to the big junkyard in the sky is around 21yrs, so give the date range you listed, 80% is about right (not every truck goes at exactly 21yrs). I guess I better tell my 2001 Yukon she only has a couple of years left.....I am quite confident it has many miles and time left in it. There are still many Ram/Cummins trucks in my area including the first gens. And they don't have any more rust on them than Fords and GM's of the same era. Did you read the last statement...(not every truck goes at exactly 21yrs). Yes, it was a bit of a tongue in cheek statement... ;)
blofgren 03/25/20 07:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011 Ram HD 3500 DRW Cummins 68RFE 523k miles!

Speaking of rust belt and snow. I remember reading something a ways back ago stating the Rams were the longest lasting pickips in Canada. Something like 80% of the trucks sold between 1988 and 2012 were still registered. Apparently they now how to keep these trucks from being "ghetto cruisers" better than we do. Rust buckets often keep chugging along, so percentage on the road doesn't mean they aren't rust buckets. Average age of a vehicle when it goes to the big junkyard in the sky is around 21yrs, so give the date range you listed, 80% is about right (not every truck goes at exactly 21yrs). I guess I better tell my 2001 Yukon she only has a couple of years left.....I am quite confident it has many miles and time left in it. There are still many Ram/Cummins trucks in my area including the first gens. And they don't have any more rust on them than Fords and GM's of the same era.
blofgren 03/24/20 09:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011 Ram HD 3500 DRW Cummins 68RFE 523k miles!

I remembered a member saying this just a few days ago..... "The 68 needs to go the way of the Dodo bird. Lot's of problems with them." Guess this good one slipped out of the factory! ;) :B Even a blind squirrel can find a nut from time to time. OK, that was pretty good! :B
blofgren 03/23/20 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

Worth the read. This makes perfect sense and I bet he's not far off....
blofgren 03/23/20 08:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2011 Ram HD 3500 DRW Cummins 68RFE 523k miles!

I remembered a member saying this just a few days ago..... "The 68 needs to go the way of the Dodo bird. Lot's of problems with them." Guess this good one slipped out of the factory! ;) :B
blofgren 03/23/20 06:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck overheating towing on long steep grades.

I really need to have mine boiled out as well. After all that time, it's just good maint. Certainly a good idea maintenance wise, but you don’t need to worry about overheating your transmission... :C
blofgren 03/22/20 09:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011 Ram HD 3500 DRW Cummins 68RFE 523k miles!

Engine, turbocharger, and transmission have 523K on them without any major repairs? Impressive. I wonder if the injectors are stock as well although he said the engine has not been cracked so I am assuming so. Even more impressive are the original rear brakes especially when being used a hot shot truck. Many Ram/Cummins have amassed more than one million miles without the engine taken apart. It is a great engine. The rest of the truck often requires typical high mileage repairs and replacement parts. At least 420k on this, my Son now has it. Truck is rust free and in great shape! FISH, this is a 98 12V and runs around DFW, TX all the time. https://i.imgur.com/fyhAaTql.jpg Looks great and I have no doubt it still runs great too. It’s not uncommon at all to see them advertised in my area with 5-600k kms on them and they still fetch a good dollar!
blofgren 03/22/20 09:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011 Ram HD 3500 DRW Cummins 68RFE 523k miles!

Awesome! There were 2 articles in Diesel Power magazine a few years ago about a 2001 Ram 3500 dually Cummins/6 speed that was a hot shotter truck; in the second article it was at 1.4M miles with no major repairs.... :C
blofgren 03/22/20 09:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM, FCA Agree to Shut Down US Plants

Thanks, very interesting! I truly hope they can get set up and producing quickly. Medical supplies in general are in very short supply right now.
blofgren 03/21/20 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM, FCA Agree to Shut Down US Plants

Didn’t Ford manufacture planes at one point in time?
blofgren 03/20/20 10:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM, FCA Agree to Shut Down US Plants

GM, Tesla and Ford have now offered to manufacture ventilators. That's really good! Will the ones from Ford have the CP4? :B In all seriousness I wish for everyone to do their part, stay healthy, and work together to get through this.
blofgren 03/20/20 06:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 3500 MPG test

^^^^ Honesty I don't have a problem with the fill technique that was used. I used to check my fuel economy on every tank with my 2011 Ford, filling that same method, and got very consistant results. As long as you fill using the same method at the beginning and end of your trip there shouldn't be a problem with their method. But, I am surprised at the difference. If it had been the other way ... ie, if the Ford had burned 30% more fuel than Ram, there is a very good chance I would end up with a goat in my garage. I would at least be doing my own mpg check before buying. I'm not sure that the fuel economy difference matters much when trading every couple of years....:B
blofgren 03/18/20 09:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar panels

The pre wiring is not actually much of a deal. I believe it's just wires in the hallway wall that drop down to the basement. The charge controller in that case would mount on the wall in the hallway and wires would be drilled up to the roof top through the top plate. This prewiring going down to the basement is not heavy enough to run any kind of amperage. I think I'm going to use 8 gauge wire (possibly even 6 gauge just because I have a piece kicking around) from the roof top down to the basement where I will mount the charge controller. I haven't looked it over close yet to determine where I will run the wire but I might pull that same wall panel off and drill up through the top plate to the roof and then down though the bottom plate into the basement. Gotcha. Down inside the coat closet and under the shower stall into the basement would be pretty easy too if getting it inside the wall turns out to be problematic.
blofgren 03/17/20 07:45pm Fifth-Wheels
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