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RE: Battery problem

I think your battery is pooched. Totally agree. Once they get run down once they never seem to fully recover. My MIL's Mazda 3 had a similar problem and I was reluctant to think it was the battery because my BIL had recently replaced it. After coming up with nothing else, it was replaced with a OEM unit and the car has been fine since.
blofgren 11/03/20 07:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

I changed my oil twice per year while my truck was on warranty; I only change it once per year now that it's off warranty. I don't drive it as much as I used to since I bought an older Yukon to pull our boat.
blofgren 11/02/20 08:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

If Ram didn't require a 6-mo. OCI (truck's still under warranty), we'd probably use 5w-40 (3 gal. ~$60). However, we can't justify the extra expense for synthetic every 6-mo. Only put about 5k - 6k mi. on the truck between each 6 mo. oil change. We typically use whatever brand of API CK-4, 15w-40 that's on sale at Sam's Club or Costco (3 gal. ~$30). Well even if it is a bit more I like to be constant with the oil I put in my engines, and like it to be good quality. This is part of the reason why, this is the tappet gallery on our 2001 Ram CTD at 300,000 miles. https://i.imgur.com/4fQ2bjV.jpg width=640 Wow, that looks great! I only use top quality oil as well along with OEM filters in all of my vehicles.
blofgren 10/31/20 07:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: winter vs battery

Unless you have a very heavy 4D or 8D case size battery taking the batteries out & keeping them in a somewhat warmer garage is no big deal. Give them a maintenance charge every month or so. Since you have power to the unit unplug the converter for good measure & plug your dehumidifier in somewhere inside. I just put mine into hibernation. It is stored indoors & gets nothing till April. No dehumidifier. No battery tender. Nothing. The trailer is dead. Our fiver goes indoors as well and the batteries are in my garage so the fiver is dead. I charge them once a month or so with a battery charger. If I were running a dehumidifier in the trailer, I would unplug the converter and disconnect/remove the batteries.
blofgren 10/31/20 09:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

I used to run 15W40, but for the last couple of years I've been buying complete service kits from Cummins online which includes premium Fleetguard filters (fuel and oil) and Valvoline Premium Blue Extreme full synthetic 5W40. The engine does seem to be a bit quieter with the Valvoline, but I think either is fine. Here is the kit that I buy.
blofgren 10/31/20 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need some advice, gearing/fuel mileage.

So I kinda agree with both of you. When I’m looking at buying I’m trying to consider maintenance and operations costs. In my area, Ram is cheaper for oil changes and fuel filter changes. We know Ford has raised the game with the ten speed tranny on fuel mileage. Capital cost seems on top of each other even with my trade. So I lost this truck, sold the day after I looked at it. It’s a dealers dream time. But after ya buy it, who cares about the fuel mileage? I agree! And maintenance for that matter. Ya just take care of it. This has been a good thread for me! Thanks Lift the hood on all three. Nuff said. Totally agree. Order the same truck you test drove with 3.73's and be happy. :B I was playing with the build tool on Ram's website and it appears 3.42's aren't even offered anymore so you are choosing between 3.73's and 4.10's now.
blofgren 10/30/20 08:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can this weight be right?!?!

Agree. 4th gens gained some weight from 3rd gens which gained weight from 2nd gens. Last dump run with the 07 Mega Cab, 7900 lbs with me, handful of tools behind the seat and an unknown amount of fuel. The 6.7, big auto trans and chassis upgrades of 4th gen, that sounds about right. Are you saying you're a light weight? :B
blofgren 10/30/20 08:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need some advice, gearing/fuel mileage.

Well, after having 4.10's in my last 2 trucks (Fords), I'm really liking the 3.73's in my current truck and my GM Yukon. Gives plenty of grunt for towing and reasonable RPM's running solo. It's a very good compromise. Unless you're towing very heavy (which the OP won't be at 16-17k lbs), I would personally skip the 4.10's. I realize that the 6 speed autos make up for this somewhat but driving for hours on end solo with 4.10's can be somewhat annoying. JMHO.
blofgren 10/30/20 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ram 3500 5th Wheel Tailgate Available?

Just drop the tailgate! I have been towing 5er's since 1995 and never needed a 5er tailgate. X2 especially now that they have cool features such as back up cameras and lock/unlock with the fob. I had a fifth wheel tailgate on my 1996 F250 and it made turbulence in the box noticeably worse.
blofgren 10/29/20 09:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can this weight be right?!?!

My truck full of fuel, fifth wheel hitch, my wife, 5 year old son at the time and myself scaled at 9,600 lbs. So yes, they are very heavy! :C
blofgren 10/29/20 09:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: winter vs battery

Why not disconnect the batteries and unplug the converter? The 12V system would be dead but no worries about the batteries then.
blofgren 10/28/20 06:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Found a unicorn

Congrats! I'm sure it will serve you well.
blofgren 10/25/20 07:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 200,000 Mile Milestone

Congrats, Fish! That is certainly a reliable truck. :C How long do you plan on keeping it?
blofgren 10/25/20 07:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Michelin Defender LTX Discontinued ??

Perfect, thanks!
blofgren 10/23/20 06:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Michelin Defender LTX Discontinued ??

I just purchased 6 last week. No mention of shortage or discontinuing. I got an unbelievable 80K out on each of 3 sets on my last truck. What size are the tires on your truck? My Ram DRW takes 235/80R17 and these tires aren't made in that size. I'm not too keen on the other offerings Michelin has, so I'm not sure what route I'm going to take. I have Defenders on my Yukon though and they are great so far. I went up to 245/80/17s on my DRW. A lot more tire options. I didn't see a drop in mpg, might be an option for you to give you more tire options. I don't think many around here are sorry to this tire leave. you beat me to it. I also put 245/80/r17 on my dually Are you guys sure it's 245 80 R17? I see 245 75 R17 but not the other size. 245 75 R17 may be better for me because they are slightly smaller and I'm already towing a bit nose high.
blofgren 10/22/20 07:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Michelin Defender LTX Discontinued ??

I just purchased 6 last week. No mention of shortage or discontinuing. I got an unbelievable 80K out on each of 3 sets on my last truck. What size are the tires on your truck? My Ram DRW takes 235/80R17 and these tires aren't made in that size. I'm not too keen on the other offerings Michelin has, so I'm not sure what route I'm going to take. I have Defenders on my Yukon though and they are great so far. I went up to 245/80/17s on my DRW. A lot more tire options. I didn't see a drop in mpg, might be an option for you to give you more tire options. I don't think many around here are sorry to this tire leave. you beat me to it. I also put 245/80/r17 on my dually Thanks guys! I'll look into that.
blofgren 10/21/20 09:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Finished! Roof Coating/Maintenance Report with Henry's 877

Great job! It looks very nice!
blofgren 10/20/20 09:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Michelin Defender LTX Discontinued ??

I just purchased 6 last week. No mention of shortage or discontinuing. I got an unbelievable 80K out on each of 3 sets on my last truck. What size are the tires on your truck? My Ram DRW takes 235/80R17 and these tires aren't made in that size. I'm not too keen on the other offerings Michelin has, so I'm not sure what route I'm going to take. I have Defenders on my Yukon though and they are great so far.
blofgren 10/20/20 09:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6L diesel in the news again

The reality is that there is no "bulletproofing" a 6.0L diesel. They had some major inherent design flaws with the worst one being not enough head bolts per cylinder. Even with studs, they are known for blowing head gaskets. Spin it as you will, but the 6.0L was and still is a POS that I'm sure Ford regrets ever selling. As many have stated, my biggest issue was not that the engine was a POS, but how Ford refused to make things right and continued to sell it for several years in many cases to loyal unsuspecting customers. Strangely enough in 2013/2014 when I was shopping for a new truck I considered the Ford 6.7L until I looked under the hood of a couple at my work and the HPFP issues were starting to rise about then. That was enough for this die hard Ford guy (3 Fords over the course of 15 years) and I moved on to another brand.
blofgren 10/18/20 10:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Decided on a truck after MANY months.

I’m sure this will be a great powertrain for you OP. Ford finally followed the simplicity of the GM LS engine line which is bulletproof.
blofgren 10/16/20 09:52pm Tow Vehicles
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