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RE: Ford 2021 exhaust brake.

Well I took my truck out and measured the performance of my exhaust brake today. According to what I measured it appears to be no better than, and probably worse than was the EB on my 2017. The 2017 would slow my truck from 100 kph to 80 kph in 4 seconds .... this one took 4.8 seconds. I guess the Ford is both faster up the mountain as well as down when compared to the Ram. The exhaust brake in my 2013 Ram works fantastic.....:B
blofgren 05/26/21 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Not sure if I have an issue or not...

On my 2017 Ram, it comes on initially in the center of the gauge cluster (where the digital speedometer and other info is displayed). It alerts you initially that the trailer is hooked up, but after that, it goes away. It will come on again if you squeeze the levers on the manual brake for the brake controller. Mike I'm pretty sure mine does exactly this as well. It also shows the "no trailer" light momentarily after disconnecting the trailer.
blofgren 05/26/21 08:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New fifth wheel update

Congrats, OP! Your rig looks great! As you have found, backing a fiver is quite a bit different than a travel trailer. It's important to remember that they are slower to react to a turn while backing, but turn quickly once they start so it is important to follow it around quickly. Further, backing a fiver in on the blind side is much harder than a TT because once the trailer starts to turn it limits your visibility severely, where a TT is further back from the truck and easier to see. All it takes is a bit of practice and you'll be a pro! :)
blofgren 05/26/21 08:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Canadian Camping outlook or No Alaska this year

Yup, just when ya think the US is over the top with restrictions, along comes Canadia....”Hold my beer, eh....” We just don't want to share our good beer! :B Things are getting better so I think restrictions will start lifting soon. Most campgrounds are booked solid, though, so good luck getting in anywhere. :M
blofgren 05/17/21 08:56pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: SRW vs DRW

Your also not pushing the rear tire's load ratings of a DRW like a SRW. Even with a 4k or 5K pin weight. Using the tire load charts or even the truck's door sticker for max payload I've never needed to air up my DRW to the tire's 80 psi max. My max payload rating needs 65 psi in the tires. Its nice to have those rear tires well within their load capacity. Yep, and the lower pressure in the rear tires makes for a better riding truck.
blofgren 05/17/21 08:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TV tire life

Every set of Michelin tires I had were junk! I will not run Michelin on anything i own. Blows outs, flat tires for no reason, unable to balance or keep a balance they were all junk. As far as I am concerned stay as far away from Michelin as possible. Strange how different users have different results. Michelin is the best tires I have ever owned. Years of trouble free service, high mileage, excellent performance in all conditions. I put them on and just drive. Minus 35C or plus 35C, dosen't matter, they just go and go and go. Current set has over 70,000 miles and still performing like a champ. I won't buy anything but Michelin. They run circles around every other brand I have ever owned. Possibly you just had one of those isolated bad experiences. I agree with your comments on Michelin tires, Bob. I have always had very good experiences with them as well. I actually just had a set of new Michelin LTX AT2 tires put on my truck this past Tuesday at Costco and the difference between them and the stock Generals that were on the truck is amazing; much smoother and no more vibration at highway speeds! They are also super quiet, which is great for an all terrain tire. I would have gone with the MS2's or Defenders, but unfortunately Michelin doesn't make either in LT235/80R17 which is what my dually takes. I was going to go with LT245/75R17's which are made in those models, but I was getting flack from tire shops about mounting them on the 6" wide rims on my Ram (they're supposed to be mounted on 6 1/2" rims) so I stuck with the stock size tires. And that’s why I wouldn’t buy a tire from Costco if I rolled up driving on 2 flats and 1 bare rim! What you proposed is 1000% fine but the Costco drones won’t do it. I actually don’t like Costco for mostly this reason, but I’m a sucker for a good deal, so I still shop there. Just got whiskey, scallops, some t shirts , shop towels and car wash soap yesterday. Thank god I didn’t need tires. Doubt they even carry 37x12.50s, lol. I hear you, bud. And even though these Michelins are the same size as the Generals that the truck had new, they are noticeably narrower so now I wish I had gone with the 245's because they definitely would have worked. Another local tire guy was willing to mount 245's but said I may have a clearance problem between the rear tires, which now I see I wouldn't have. The main reason I deal with Costco is because of price; we get ripped big time up here on tires. I would have visited my friends at Discount Tire in Burlington if the border was open and probably saved at least 30% over what it cost me here.
blofgren 05/17/21 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.31 gears at 40,000 lbs gross.

I will say 4x4ord, you have had better luck on this fishing trip than the previous one about the bump stops! Proof that sometimes it’s not the lake, but rather the bait you’re using... :B LOL, too funny! :B
blofgren 05/17/21 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.31 gears at 40,000 lbs gross.

The low end power of the new Ford 6.7L is impressive. I would agree that with 10 speeds it makes sense to go with higher gears.
blofgren 05/17/21 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TV tire life

Every set of Michelin tires I had were junk! I will not run Michelin on anything i own. Blows outs, flat tires for no reason, unable to balance or keep a balance they were all junk. As far as I am concerned stay as far away from Michelin as possible. Strange how different users have different results. Michelin is the best tires I have ever owned. Years of trouble free service, high mileage, excellent performance in all conditions. I put them on and just drive. Minus 35C or plus 35C, dosen't matter, they just go and go and go. Current set has over 70,000 miles and still performing like a champ. I won't buy anything but Michelin. They run circles around every other brand I have ever owned. Possibly you just had one of those isolated bad experiences. I agree with your comments on Michelin tires, Bob. I have always had very good experiences with them as well. I actually just had a set of new Michelin LTX AT2 tires put on my truck this past Tuesday at Costco and the difference between them and the stock Generals that were on the truck is amazing; much smoother and no more vibration at highway speeds! They are also super quiet, which is great for an all terrain tire. I would have gone with the MS2's or Defenders, but unfortunately Michelin doesn't make either in LT235/80R17 which is what my dually takes. I was going to go with LT245/75R17's which are made in those models, but I was getting flack from tire shops about mounting them on the 6" wide rims on my Ram (they're supposed to be mounted on 6 1/2" rims) so I stuck with the stock size tires.
blofgren 05/13/21 09:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: First Tow with 2500 Ram

I know exactly what my mileage is as I fill to top at every fill. Is it good? NOPE but it gets the job done VERY well. I check mine occasionally but for the most part don't worry about it. Towing a large high profile fiver results in poor fuel economy....period! ;)
blofgren 04/24/21 07:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F 250 vs Ram 2500

I remember how it was before GM brought the Allison to their 2500/3500 trucks. It was common to need a tranny rebuild before 100K... Many reports of around 70K. GM upped the standard, and enjoyed the tranny crown for a few years. That forced the others to step up. Of course being first has advantages. The Allison became the standard against which all of the others were judged.... That really grates on some of the OB fanboys.... What they are not giving credit is to the fact that if not for GM.... They would likely still be stuck with those old unreliable trannys. Enjoy your new trannys, and give the bashing a rest I agree 100%.
blofgren 04/24/21 09:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: First Tow with 2500 Ram

That’s REALLY slow. Mine stays locked down to about 13 mph in 2nd gear. 4.10s and little tires will do that! The brodozer we got with 37s and 3.42s kicks out north of 20mph. It won't stay on, on anything with sub 20mph switchbacks. That's where the old 07 shined. She'd brake all the way down until you killed the engine if you let er. Could let myself down a hill at like 2mpg with the exh brake on in low low. On the Ford there is a very easy way to use an upfitter switch to prevent the hubs from locking when you shift the transfer case to 4 low. Could the same be done with the Ram? 2 low could come in handy for navigating sub 20 mph switch backs. BD offers a 2 Low Kit for the Ram which works extremely well. I put it on my truck to use when backing my trailer into tight spots; it is MUCH easier on the clutch.
blofgren 04/24/21 08:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: First Tow with 2500 Ram

That’s REALLY slow. Mine stays locked down to about 13 mph in 2nd gear. 4.10s and little tires will do that! The brodozer we got with 37s and 3.42s kicks out north of 20mph. It won't stay on, on anything with sub 20mph switchbacks. That's where the old 07 shined. She'd brake all the way down until you killed the engine if you let er. Could let myself down a hill at like 2mpg with the exh brake on in low low. Yep, my 2013 with the G56 shines in this category! :B
blofgren 04/24/21 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 F350 on order

Do you expect to see your new truck before the end of July? I’m considering ordering a 2022 and would like to time my order such that I see it towards the end of August. You've got that 2021 worn out already? :B
blofgren 04/06/21 07:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Dually - Need Hitch, Toolbox, Rolling Cover Advice

100% agree on the short drain and refill with AMZ/OIL SevereGear. X3. The factory fluid is garbage and wears out very quickly as many of us have discovered. Congrats on the new truck; you're going to love it!
blofgren 04/02/21 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3L & 10 speed...

We have several 7.3L trucks now at my work in F-350 pickups and F-550 dump trucks. They are loaded heavy, driven hard, and they are all solid workhorses with zero issues so far. I think this engine is a winner for Ford and I wouldn't hesitate to buy one if I were in the market. They sound awesome too! :C
blofgren 03/20/21 09:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: GD Momentum 395ms with Ram Megacab

Congratulations, OP! That's a beautiful looking truck! :B
blofgren 03/15/21 08:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Used “Canadian” trucks

Is there a Maple Syrup dispenser on the Canuck models? Mine has Molson Canadian dispenser.. Some real beer! :B
blofgren 03/12/21 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Waxing" a fifth wheel camper

I have went to Wash Wax All , spray on wipe dry ,couldn't be easier , thats all I use now on the fifth wheel ,and our car ,and truck. Got away from Rejek, and all the rest. I get it from Amazon. X2... Won't go back to the "old way".. I ordered this product recently as well as a result of a thread on here and WOW! I haven't had a chance to use it on my fiver yet, but I used it on my truck and was absolutely amazed at how well it worked. I will definitely be trying it on my fiver when I get it out of storage this spring.
blofgren 03/07/21 07:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevy Shake

My wife and I were actually very close to pulling the trigger this week on a 2017 GMC Yukon Denali with the 6.2L and 8 speed auto, and I started to do some reading on them. The "shake" is actually a very common issue on the 8 speed auto and appears to be due to torque converter issues and in some cases due to improper fluid from the factory that costs in the neighbourhood of $600 to do a double flush to remove the fluid and then get the proper fluid into it. In any case, we have decided to pass on it (shame because it's a beautiful truck otherwise) and look for a 2018 and up with the 10 speed auto. Uh oh! You’re gettin the itch to ditch that 01? Man, I saw one, 03 Tahoe I believe, recently for sale with only like 77k miles. And the price was right. I thought hard about bombing down to Portland to pick it up. But it had already been for sale for a few days and not sold, and it was a used car dealer disguised as a private party. (Those guys are easy to spot. And there’s always a story to reinforce it if you didn’t pick up on it just from the pics and description). So I passed. Have looked at a few of those types of sales in the past and there’s always something hinky about the vehicle. Yeah, we're thinking about it. The 2001 is super reliable, but DW is uneasy about it because of it's age and she has to manually downshift the transmission while towing the boat, which she doesn't like. It also has a lot of rust on the frame and body mounts so it might be best to move on from it. Too bad because I really like the truck. That said, another option would be to find a cherry 2000-2006 Yukon/Tahoe like the one you described and then upgrade her 2005 Acura MDX (which has been super solid) with a newer MDX. One other option: one of my wife's friends is getting divorced and will be selling her 2018 Yukon Denali with 36k kms on it so we will be looking into it as well. Who knows what will happen? :B
blofgren 03/06/21 08:34pm Tow Vehicles
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