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RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

Half tons ride nice and look cute but don't ask them to work.....get the 3/4. Or get a Ram 2500 with coil springs on the rear and rides like a half ton, best of both worlds. To the OP just have your husband put running boards on the truck and you'll be fine. All the new trucks sit higher nowadays I can tell you for a fact that my `18 Ram 2500 DOESN'T ride near as smooth as my previous 1/2T Ford. Get a max tow F-150 with the 3.5 EB and you'll have more than enough truck for that trailer
patperry2766 09/02/20 03:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Ram short bed 6.7 diesel 2500 payload close to max

I've got `18 2500 Ram. Looking at toyhaulers that will exceed payload ratings. After a lot of research, I feel pretty confident in saying that the only difference between the 2500 and 3500 SRW is the coil vs leaf spring set-up. Exact same engine, transmission, rear end, braking system, tires & wheels. I personally as comfortable being 500-750 over payload as the truck sits. I did get a set of AirLift 7500 airbags off Amazon just in case I go well above that. I think 3500 lb payload would be a comfortable #
patperry2766 08/24/20 12:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ft Worth campground

Thanks, looks like Valentines is not available for 2 consecutive nights(maybe one site Thur and move to another Fri}. There's a Cabelas up the road, does anyone know if they allow overnighting there as it will probably be very late Thursday when we arrive? I would call that store for the best answer. It may vary per store. They DO NOT allow overnight camping. Prominently posted signs advising against. There is a Cracker Barrel at I-35 and Meachum. I believe they allow stopovers but the area is kinda shady. It's probably farther than you want to drive, but Loyd Park at Joe Pool Lake has a excellent campground. The Vineyards are very nice. Benbrook Lake has camping as well. That will probably be your closest option unless you find a little hole in the wall spot (not advisable)
patperry2766 08/15/20 07:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A/C in a garage?

fan Could you possibly put something like this under the big bay door and open the window or the other door? You're gonna need something that moves a large volume of air. Check pawn shops cause it seems like every time I go to one, there is usually at least 1 available.
patperry2766 08/15/20 07:12am Tech Issues
RE: DeWalt vs Milwaukee

What about other brand? Recently got a refurb'ed Metabo (Hitachi) 12" compound sliding miter saw from CPO for $229. Super impressed. Was able to make cuts straight out of the box wth no adjustments. I believe Hitachi is a good brand, but lacks the popularity...someone with more knowledge might be more versed on this topic. Amazon has a Metabo 1/4 brushless driver with 3Ah & 5Ah battery and charger for $180.00
patperry2766 08/06/20 11:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: DeWalt vs Milwaukee

Appreciate everyone's responses so far. For the next question, for a non-professional typical homeowner, it is worth the extra money for brushless motors? For instance, HD has a DeWalt 20V XR 1/4 impact driver with 4Ah battery 1825 in/lb torque for $248. Amazon has the same 20V Dewalt but with a brushed motor with charger and 2 Ah battery with 1400 in/lb torque for $99. Is 425 in/lb torque and a 2 Ah bigger battery worth almost $150 to a non-trades professional? I know batteries are expensive, stupid expensive. At this point in my life, I really can't imagine going much more than building with 4x4's. ****, I REALLY hate when I overthink a problem.
patperry2766 08/06/20 07:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: DeWalt vs Milwaukee

I've got an older 18V DeWalt that has served me well, aftermarket replacement batteries are dirt cheap on Amazon, and they do have a 18V to 20V adapter that would allow it to use their modern battery design...but there are times I wish it had more power. This video comparison of DeWalt batteries vs cheap replacement batteries may interest you: Project Farm -Michael Yeah, just watched that this morning. For the 18V DeWalt brand, it $99 on Amazon. For a 2pk of 4.5 rated aftermarket batteries with Li batteries instead of NiCad, it's $53 dollars. So for essentially 1/4 the price of name brands, I can handle a little less performance
patperry2766 08/03/20 07:06am Around the Campfire
RE: DeWalt vs Milwaukee

Will switching to lithium batteries be a big jump? The 18V I have now is NiCad and I can tell when the batteries start their slow descent to the recycling bin. I can tell a significant performance difference in a few years time with what I’ve got now. Luckily I can pick up aftermarket batteries for 1/3 the cost of DeWalt with similar capabilities
patperry2766 08/02/20 06:19pm Around the Campfire
DeWalt vs Milwaukee

Looking to start building a cordless set of tools, starting with at least 1/2 drill and 1/4 impact. Milwaukee seems to be a bit more expensive and more marketed to the professional, yet at least in all the reviews I've seen, the DeWalt is almost always on top of the reviews. It seems like almost all the stores I go into have huge Milwaukee displays, so is their popularity a result of having a better marketing strategy, or are they worth it? The Milwaukee replacement batteries appear to be considerably more. I've got an older 18V DeWalt that has served me well, aftermarket replacement batteries are dirt cheap on Amazon, and they do have a 18V to 20V adapter that would allow it to use their modern battery design...but there are times I wish it had more power. I'm not a professional who would use these in a business, just projects at home
patperry2766 08/02/20 11:44am Around the Campfire
RE: Motorcycle tent camping trip

Iron Butt Assoc. For those who like long rides
patperry2766 07/26/20 09:39pm Tent Camping
RE: Best quality 4 season trailer

Outdoors RV MfgOutdoors RV Mfg They are in Oregon as well. I think there is some kind of familial relationship with Artic Fox/Nash
patperry2766 07/23/20 05:44am Full-time RVing
RE: Walt Disney/Universal since Covid re-opening

Appreciate the feedback so far. General consensus seems to be to wait till things play out a little. Kinda what I was thinking, plus beating the heat isn't an option in Orlando during the summer.
patperry2766 07/22/20 03:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Walt Disney/Universal since Covid re-opening

Has anyone been to either of these two Florida parks since the re-opening? What are the crowds like? Is it hard to get tickets? Are all of the rides in all the parks open, or are there many that are still closed due to social distancing?
patperry2766 07/20/20 07:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ford 550 Verses Dodge Ram 5500 Diesel

I've got a `18 Ram with the CTD and I'm quite happy, but in 2019 Ram switched over to the Bosch CP4.2 injector pump that has proven to be problimatic to some because the injector pump can hand grenade and spew metal into the fuel system resulting in many thousands of dollars to repair. Ford has been using this injector pump for many years and while there are people who've had no problems and say that this topic is akin to the sky falling, I'm sure if you had to pay out of pocket to have repaired, then you'd be singing a different tune. There are aftermarket fuel bypass systems for the Ford that if the pump does grenade, then it will spare destruction further down the line. I'm sure something for the CTD is in the pipeline as well. Something to research and consider before your purchase. I have a friend who has a 3/4T Ford and the interior seems roomier than mine.
patperry2766 07/15/20 06:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Momentum vs others floor decking

It does sound like their warranty is really just a bunch of smoke and mirrors
patperry2766 07/14/20 10:49am Toy Haulers
RE: Momentum vs others floor decking

Yeah, there are a lot of hoops to jump thru to maintain the "extended" warranties per the GD rep I just spoke words, not his. Wheel bearings have to be repacked 12mo/12K miles for axle warranty Roof has to be inspected and "cap sealed" whatever that means on a yearly basis for the roofing warranty It is a 1 year warranty B2B, some appliances have a 2 year warranty and a 3 year structural warranty. He did say that the Reese Goosebox is the only approved ball conversion approved by Lippert for all their 5th wheels. As far as hauling, it would be mainly things that were normally in the bed of the truck that space would be lost because of the 5th wheel. Bicycles, ice chest, stuff like that. Eventually maybe a motorcycle, ATV or SxS
patperry2766 07/14/20 09:59am Toy Haulers
Momentum vs others floor decking

Wife and I like the G class Momentums, but they use 1" "marine grade" OSB decking that has a 25 year warranty (for what that's worth). They also have extended warranties on other components such as axles, graphics and roofing (again, for what it's worth and how they'd try to deny coverage) I also like the KZ Venom V-series and they use 5/8 tongue & groove plywood decking but only offers a two year warranty on the entire camper based on my conversation with a KZ rep. Should I realistically be too concerned with the floor decking material?
patperry2766 07/14/20 08:04am Toy Haulers
RE: Ford running out of diesel engines

There is roughly a 1500 lb difference trailer weight wise between a 6.4 Hemi with a 4.10 and a 6.7 CTD with 3.42's per the 2018 info that I have. What is the difference if they are both geared the same? I doubt that the gas motor even has 3.42s available..... And I can assure you that the diesel with 4.10s will embarrass the gas motor. 3.42's are the only option available in the 2500 & 3500 SRW CTD. 3.73 & 4.10 in the 6.4 Hemi. 6.4 Hemi 3.73 = 12,920 lbs 6.4 Hemi 4.10 = 15,920 lbs 6.7 CTD 3.42 = 17,480 lbs There's pros & cons for each engine and for each consumer. What works for one person's needs might not be the same as another
patperry2766 07/11/20 08:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford running out of diesel engines

Initial cost sounds like a big deal until you go to sell your used diesel , A five year old diesel will bring you back $4500 or 5,000 more when you go to sell . That’s great! You spent $10k on the diesel motor in the first place. Now you’re only $5,000 to $5,500 in the hole. :) I’ve only logged about 2.75 million miles, mostly in Ford Powerstrokes, and with today’s prices and poor fuel economy, there is no way a diesel will pay for itself or return money to offset the costs over any gas counterpart unless you tow heavy daily. For fun, i’m trying a 3.0L Stroke in an F150. I basically pulled a deal to get the truck where the Diesel engine was a pittance over the EcoBoost. At 25-28mpg, and diesel costing a solid 25 cents a gallon less than gas here, I’m not losing money, but I can’t say I’m laughing all the way to the bank... even at 40k+ miles a year (average, pre-Covid).What is your definition of 'tow heavy"? Last time I checked, no gas motor was rated to tow as much as a diesel..... And I am not talking about a few hundred pounds..... It ain't even close. There is roughly a 1500 lb difference trailer weight wise between a 6.4 Hemi with a 4.10 and a 6.7 CTD with 3.42's per the 2018 info that I have. The getting more back at trade in time...duh. No brainer, you dropped 7-9K more for an engine, what do you expect? Diesels will be preferred but that in no way means that a good, clean gasser is gonna sit on a used car lot forever like a bastard stepchild. Since I bought my truck 15 months ago, this is the first time that diesel prices have been the same/lower than gas. Typically it's been .25-.40 cents more so that eats up most of the potential savings of better diesel MPG. Oil changes are 2x gas. Fuel/water filters need to be changed out at $100 a pop with me buying the parts off Amazon and doing the work myself. Have changed out 2 sets already with 35K on the vehicle. $300 at the dealership. I have an `18 CTD CC 4x4. Bought in 5/2019 so at the time Ram was offering stupidly incredible rebates/dealer discounts to get prior year stuff off the lot. Didn't want a 4x4 and would have preferred gas, but I walked out with my current truck for less than what a comparable gas 1/2T would cost. Would I do it again? At this point in my life with my current needs and without the significant dealer discounts...NO. A gasser would serve my needs just as well and you CAN buy an EPA approved in bed gasoline transfer tank, just as you can for a diesel so you won't be having to stop at every gas station along the way. Do I love the truck and glad that I do have it....absolutely.
patperry2766 07/11/20 05:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Titan Cummins 5.0L

Several players regarding the HD demise. The Nissen XD weight specs put it in the same range as Fords F150 HDPP. I doubt Ford sells a lot of the HDPP F150s....but makes up profits with all the other F150 size trucks. Hell Ford markets the F150 with over a dozen GVWRs/5 different RAWRs. Not so with the Nissen HD. And it is a Japans truck which is a put off for some buyers. Its simply another good stout HD 1/2 ton truck. I don't think Japans truck mfgs want into the very competitive USA LDT market. Ford would sell a lot more HDPP trucks if the dealers would order them. Problem is that in the DFW area that I live in, one man does most of the ordering for ALL the Ford dealerships. He orders based on past sales and predicted trends, but the problem is that if you don't have HDPP 1/2T's on the lot, then you can't sell them on a regular basis, thus they will never become a part of your normal product mix. That's why they are harder to find than unicorns. Most 1/2 tons are ordered as people movers with an occasional trip to Home Depot or Lowes. I worked at multiple Ford dealerships years ago and the same guy ordered for all of them.
patperry2766 07/10/20 07:59pm Tow Vehicles
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