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RE: Will I kill my mini-van?

The back end will sag, but for shorter trips in flat terrain, it'll be fine. I towed my 17' hybrid with a 2006 Pontiac Torrent for short trips over flat terrain, and it did "ok". Not a combination I'd want to take to the mountains, or tow all day with, but in a pinch (like I was), it did the job for one season.
ib516 07/09/19 02:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jake vs Exhaust Brake

You will find an actual exhaust brake (valve that goes in the exhaust and creates back pressure) for about $1000 and one that uses a computer box to close down your factory turbo like the new ones do for about $500. Check out BD Diesel and Banks as two examples of the above.
ib516 07/08/19 02:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: only 1 of my 4 tires is worn off on the inside

Take a look at the axle from directly in front or behind the RV by 30 feet or so. I bet it sags in the middle like a "U", or it could need an alignment. They bend and go out of alignment quite easily. RV manufacturers are famous for installing axles that are just *BARELY* adequate for the load and they tend to sag over time.
ib516 07/08/19 12:59pm Towing
RE: Mounting a backup camera

I added one from Amazon to my truck for easier hitching up. It's at the top of the licence plate and works very well.
ib516 07/06/19 12:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy Duramax 3.0 Diesel

Really good look at the technical aspects of the engine. The oil pump drive belt is bathed in oil and requires the transmission (and transfer case if 4x4) be removed to service it 150k minimum life expectancy for the belt. I also found it interesting that they went with a post combustion diesel injection event from the normal in cylinder injectors to regen the DPF, rather than a dedicated injector like they had on the V8 Duramax which I always thought was a smarter solution to the DPF regen process. I guess they figured out a way to stop that fuel from diluting the engine oil which used to be an issue for DPF equipped trucks. I realize it's good for packaging, but I question the decision to have a very hot DPF right next to the engine under the hood. CLICKY Heavy Equipment is packaged the same way and there are no issues with heat and they don't go 70 mph. I think construction equipment is less sealed for aero than a pickup truck front end is. With the hood closed that heat really has no where to go. Time will tell I suppose, and I'm sure it's something they have thought of and designed for.
ib516 07/06/19 12:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Sales Increasing

had a ram one time ,58k garage kept doors rusted about a foot up on each side ,ram said tuff cookie , never again. Neighbor has a 2011 F150. The bed started rotting at 5 years old with 60k. It's now 8 years old and looks terrible. I guess Ford is OK with their product looking like that on the road. And my wife's 13 Explorer has paint peeling off the aluminum hood as well as the rear door inner seems starting to rust! I'm done with Fords at this point!,,, How you take care of and wash your vehicles has a lot to do with rusting out. I live in the middle of rust belt country and rarely see Fords of that vintage starting to rusting out at 6 years. Any brand will rust out if you dont take care of them. My truck is 6 years old with 100k plus miles and the body looks very clean, no hint of rust. Another person I know who has the same vintage and brand truck as me is rusting quite badly but then again I rarely see it clean either. Winter time I am always running thru the car wash getting the underbody washed. I noticed you mentioned a few times about peeling paint on aluminum. Can't say I've ever seen that around here, can't be a wide spread issue. I remember back in the day GM had a known problem with that as my brother in law had one and that was all steel and half the paint was missing on the hood. Dan We have a fleet of Ford Expeditions at work, and every single one of them has peeling paint in almost the same spot on the rear hatch by the door handle. I think they had a problem with paint sticking to the material they made the panel out of.
ib516 07/06/19 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy Duramax 3.0 Diesel

Really good look at the technical aspects of the engine. The oil pump drive belt is bathed in oil and requires the transmission (and transfer case if 4x4) be removed to service it 150k minimum life expectancy for the belt. I also found it interesting that they went with a post combustion diesel injection event from the normal in cylinder injectors to regen the DPF, rather than a dedicated injector like they had on the V8 Duramax which I always thought was a smarter solution to the DPF regen process. I guess they figured out a way to stop that fuel from diluting the engine oil which used to be an issue for DPF equipped trucks. I realize it's good for packaging, but I question the decision to have a very hot DPF right next to the engine under the hood. CLICKY
ib516 07/06/19 05:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Performance/Efficiency versions of Cummins 6.7L

Here's a mpg test of a 2019 with the 1000 lb-ft engine towing 16k vs. unloaded. CLICKY "Our Utah test route covered steep grades, freeways, highways, city streets and low-speed curvy mountain roads. Elevation ranged from 4,500 feet to 5,400 feet with some steep sections and some relatively flat ones. We ran the loop twice: first with the truck empty except for the driver and the second loop with a PJ equipment trailer loaded to 16,000 pounds with a 1,600-pound tongue weight and attached to the truck using a weight-distribution hitch. The trailer was loaded heavy and low, thus not presenting much wind resistance, which is a major factor for fuel economy, especially at speed. This load range requires the driver to have a commercial driver's license, and I have one. For both runs, the air conditioning was set to max, the transmission was set to Drive, the rear air suspension was in the default position and everything else was left alone. When towing, the same was applied, but Tow/Haul mode was turned on and the exhaust brake was set to auto. There was no manual shifting and no idling beyond sitting at red lights. Empty of everything but the driver, DOT safety kit and fifth wheel hitch, the Ram 3500 ran the route netting 13.8 calculated mpg using 4.52 gallons of fuel; the truck's onboard trip computer read 15.1 mpg. When loaded with the 16,000-pound trailer, it averaged 9.5 calculated mpg using 6.58 gallons of fuel. This time, the truck's computer read 9.9 mpg, which was much closer than the empty run, but still off. We were surprised to see the low unladen fuel mileage, even with the equipped 4.10 axle ratio. During our 2018 One-Ton Heavy-Duty Truck Challenge, the single-rear-wheel Ram 3500 with the 3.42 axle ratio returned 16.9 mpg empty and 9.9 mpg when towing; granted, that different test is not directly comparable, but it did have similar laden results."
ib516 07/04/19 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Old truck vs new truck

For that size trailer a 3/4 ton Gasser will do the job just fine. I had a 12000 pound fifth wheel and towed it with a 2014 6.4 liter hemi and it did a great job. The new ones would be even better with the new 8-speed transmission. That said it is always cheapest to keep the old truck and fix it. The new diesels will tow even better than what you have now. All depends on how much money you have to throw around.
ib516 07/03/19 10:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC

I was told by a long time GM engineer years ago, that when they tried 4.10s behind the D/A that the pinion would not hold up. That may be why the AAM went from 11.5" to 11.8" to 12" over recent years.
ib516 07/03/19 06:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi or Ecodiesel?

Awesome. I bet you got a sweet deal on the classic!
ib516 07/02/19 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram/Cummins vs GM/Duramax on the IKE

With the 60MPH limit for this test.... That was the biggest factor in the outcome. Both trucks were pretty much at the limit the whole way up the hill. With both trucks able to do that, there were very few areas where one could assert an advantage. Though I would have liked to see a couple of DRWs go at it, I doubt the result would have changed much. With a 16k trailer and a 60 MPH limit... Neither truck will be pushed enough to make a difference. What I saw, and what they said was that both trucks were only able to get to 56-58 mph flat out on at least some sections.
ib516 07/02/19 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheel diameter

20" are usually more expensive to replace. Overall diameter is about the same.
ib516 07/02/19 09:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing capcity and payload capacity.

I went from a 2017 RAM 2500 with coil springs to a 2018 Ram 3500 CTD. Use as my daily driver. The ride is better on the 3500. :? I owned a 2500 with coils and have lots of experience riding in a SRW 3500 with leafs. My opinion is 100% opposed to yours. The 3500 SRW (when unloaded) is very harsh, especially over smaller bumps.
ib516 07/02/19 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing capcity and payload capacity.

Surprised no one has mentioned this by now. On that F250 you are looking at, go open the driver's door and look for the yellow payload sticker. It will tell you how much an empty F250 can haul for people, cargo, hitch weight, generator, firewood, and the pin weight of the 5th wheel you are looking at. The payload will likely be around 2000 lbs for a fully loaded king ranch. The pin weight of the 5th wheel you are looking at will be close to overloading the payload of that F250 before you even climb in it. (12,000 x 0.20 for 20% pin weight is 2400 lbs) Not to mention adding a 200# 5th wheel hitch, and some other camping gear in the bed. You need more truck for a 30' 5th wheel than that in all likelihood, but best to check the numbers and do the math yourself.
ib516 07/01/19 05:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram/Cummins vs GM/Duramax on the IKE

If this new cummins HP is understated then one can say that about the Duramax used in this test. I don't follow your logic. :? The Duramax is rated at 445 hp, the Cummins is rated at 400 hp. The Cummins had about 700# more weight and lower hp and made the same time.
ib516 06/30/19 03:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Got some more real weights today

Yes, most RV manufacturers put the most minimally acceptable axles under them they can. It fits in well with the build quality they have, which is slapped together junk for the most part.
ib516 06/30/19 02:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.5 Ecoboost Feels Like a V6

7 mpg is about what my 2007 Hemi gets pulling a very similar RV (the one in my signature pic, it's 17' and 3500#). I get around 8 mpg. It's not necessarily the weight but the wind drag. That's quite a bit lower mpg than other EcoBoost owners report, even when pulling heavier loads. :?
ib516 06/30/19 02:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram/Cummins vs GM/Duramax on the IKE

This conversation should be about the Duramax L5P and the current cummins with the CP4 and reduced compression. I'm hearing reports that the latest cummins is making less fuel mileage than the previous generation and maybe requiring more turbo boost now to make equivalent power. Can you please post any links where you have been hearing these reports? I would love to read them because some new Cummins owners like Lavon Miller at Firepunk diesel has been doing video blogs about his new 2019 Cummins he just bought with dyno and others tests comparing it to his 2017 stating otherwise. His stock 2019 Cummins rated at 400 hp/1000 tq made 392 hp and 896 tq at the wheels on the dyno. He says his 2016 truck (385 hp rating) made 342 hp at the wheels. VIDEO results start at 8:52 in the linked video. 385 hp rated made 342 hp. 400 hp rated made 392 hp. 15 hp increase in rating but 50 more hp on the dyno? Is Ram sandbagging the numbers?
ib516 06/30/19 01:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram/Cummins vs GM/Duramax on the IKE

I think we ought to just be happy that we have 3 beastly heavy duty brands that can easily drag 16k lbs up that up and control it down the hill. I don't think any of them are a bad choice. Agreed!
ib516 06/30/19 07:14am Tow Vehicles
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