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MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

I will be a late adopter to this technology. MotorTrend
Bionic Man 08/02/22 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel & Half-ton TV Thoughts

Is your friend in Colorado as well? I can't imagine that any 150 would have the cooling capacity to pull a 5er over the mountains. I have a 19 Expedition MAX that both tranny and engine temps go above 240* when towing my 7000 pound boat over I70. Higher profile and more weight is going to be a no-go, even if he had the payload to do it.
Bionic Man 08/02/22 10:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth wheel mileage question

My experience is weight makes very little difference in MPG. My 5er is about 12,000 pounds. I often tow my 3500 pound boat tandem. MPG is about the same either way. And it doesn’t really matter if I’m towing relatively flat (not much of that in Colorado) or through the mountains.
Bionic Man 07/27/22 10:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: renting a 5er tow vehicle

My daughter is a senior claims agent for a major car rental firm and I asked her about this. She says no major rental company permits this and if you do tow you would be in violation of the contract and if you have an accident then Katy bar the door. You would 100% responsible for all damages. Strangely, they do rent HD trucks. And why would you need an HD truck except to tow or maybe haul heavy stuff in the bed. FWIW, I rent vehicles all the time for work. And I'm pretty sure that every major rental company has some sort of stipulation that you can't tow with their vehicles. But I also know that unless you buy the rental car insurance, you are using your own policy anyway. I've always wondered what the real risk is, since my personal policy doesn't care if I tow.
Bionic Man 07/22/22 08:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Using a Cpap in my AF 27-5

I use this when we don't have power. Without the humidifier I can go 4-5 days without charging. 2 days with the humidifier. This
Bionic Man 07/22/22 08:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Colorado Hwy 50 @ Monarch Pass

I towed over it several times with my old 1998 5.9. Yes you can do it. If you aren’t aware, there is major construction on 50 further west (between Gunnison and Montrose). I’d be more concerned about that than going over Monarch pass.
Bionic Man 07/21/22 05:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

Bionic Man that looks like my 11 HO DRW LongHorn. Nice combo!!! An oldie but a goodie. Thinking about doing some upgrades to add a bit of power.
Bionic Man 07/20/22 07:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

Yep... I may have to book a trip with Capt. Ron But but, he tows his boat to the lunch ramp with his 2001 RAM truck! That could be a life altering event for you. https://i.imgur.com/tSWRXg2l.jpg But he would know exactly how to fix it if we broke down. Would be nice having a "CLOSET CUMMINS GUY" along riding ShotGun!!! Not really... I drove our 05 5.9 Dodge truck fourth July weekend. Also based on my experience, it takes only 1 Ford to pull the boat, camper, utility trailer, etc. https://i.imgur.com/oySE0pQl.jpg If you have a RAM you can pull the boat and RV in one trip. https://i.imgur.com/o61fGKKl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Dw1KMwgl.jpg
Bionic Man 07/20/22 04:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Installed generator stolen?

Harder to steal and likely more difficult for them to sell for profit. I’ve never heard of one being stolen. The small inverter generators that people just use a cable lock on would be a different story.
Bionic Man 07/20/22 02:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question for those with an Auxiliary diesel fuel tank

Just an update. I’ve added a inline fuel filter between the aux tank and the regular filler liner. I also added a filter on the aux tank overflow tube since they are inexpensive and it seems like the contamination could possibly be coming from that? The one issue I had is that the one time I left the manual valve open from the aux tank, it did over fill the main tank, probably lost a couple cups of fuel before I saw that. Any idea why that would happen? Im still considering a spin on type fuel filter but not 100% convinced that it will work with a gravity feed. These are the filters I’m using now. Filter
Bionic Man 07/20/22 10:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Raptor R Scary Fast July 18

Less HP than TRX. Less TQ than TRX. $30,000 more than a TRX. Nope.....
Bionic Man 07/18/22 01:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

More gears isn’t all about getting to the top of a hill (that most people will never traverse anyway) faster. It’s the driving experience. I really don’t understand why that is hard for some people to acknowledge. In addition, aside from the marketing aspect, moving to a better transmission with more gears would allow RAM to run one tranny instead of two, and one engine output level, and be competitive power wise in the 2500 again. Pretty silly for them to hold onto the current strategy. The problem is I don't think Stelantis has transmission engineers so that means Ram will again have to outsource the transmission and if that transmission is only used in Ram HD trucks it will be extremely expensive. A version of the Z 8HP works in the Demon. I’m sure with adjustments it could work in the Cummins. Or, heaven forbid, go the route that GM did with the current “Allison”. And how much inefficiency do they have with two output engines and two separate transmissions for the same truck? I don't believe that transmission is designed for a PTO provision. Good point. How would an outsourced transmission be more cost prohibitive than a outsourced engine? Or the current Aisin for that matter?
Bionic Man 07/16/22 09:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

" It’s the driving experience. I really don’t understand why that is hard for some people to acknowledge." Please explain. Two trans and two power outputs have been very successful. Very successful by what definition?
Bionic Man 07/16/22 05:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

More gears isn’t all about getting to the top of a hill (that most people will never traverse anyway) faster. It’s the driving experience. I really don’t understand why that is hard for some people to acknowledge. In addition, aside from the marketing aspect, moving to a better transmission with more gears would allow RAM to run one tranny instead of two, and one engine output level, and be competitive power wise in the 2500 again. Pretty silly for them to hold onto the current strategy. The problem is I don't think Stelantis has transmission engineers so that means Ram will again have to outsource the transmission and if that transmission is only used in Ram HD trucks it will be extremely expensive. A version of the Z 8HP works in the Demon. I’m sure with adjustments it could work in the Cummins. Or, heaven forbid, go the route that GM did with the current “Allison”. And how much inefficiency do they have with two output engines and two separate transmissions for the same truck?
Bionic Man 07/16/22 05:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

More gears isn’t all about getting to the top of a hill (that most people will never traverse anyway) faster. It’s the driving experience. I really don’t understand why that is hard for some people to acknowledge. In addition, aside from the marketing aspect, moving to a better transmission with more gears would allow RAM to run one tranny instead of two, and one engine output level, and be competitive power wise in the 2500 again. Pretty silly for them to hold onto the current strategy.
Bionic Man 07/16/22 12:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question for those with an Auxiliary diesel fuel tank

I went to a diesel performance shop today. They recommended a simple, 1/4" inline fuel filter between the aux tank and the OEM tank.
Bionic Man 07/14/22 01:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question for those with an Auxiliary diesel fuel tank

I use a "WIX Filters - 33123 Heavy Duty Spin On Fuel Water Separator" between the auxiliary tank and the main tank. To mount the filter I use "Wix Filters - 24309 Heavy Duty Filter Mounting Base". Both were bought on Amazon. Could you post or email a photo of how you mounted it?
Bionic Man 07/14/22 07:23am Tow Vehicles
Question for those with an Auxiliary diesel fuel tank

So, for the 2nd time in 3 years, my in tank fuel pump on my RAM failed. Happened two weeks ago pulling my boat on a 500 mile trip to vacation. The good was it didn't leave us stranded, happened in probably the best possible place, and was able to limp into literally the last town with any mechanics for about 250 miles. Dealer said that the fuel pumps are very reliable, and they don't know what is causing the problems. On the way home, I ran the 60 gallon RDS tank dry, and looked into it before filling it today. There is definitely contamination in the tank. I am wondering if this is normal (since I can't see into my OEM tank, I really have no idea what is in there), or if this could be the root problem of my fuel pumps taking a dump? The tank is plumbed into the filler tube, drops into the main fuel tank. I am wondering if I should put in some sort of fuel filter to go between the aux tank and the OEM fuel tank? If so, which would be the best way to do it? FWIW, I almost always fill at the same station (which I will now change), and am good about changing my fuel filter every other oil change. Thoughts?
Bionic Man 07/13/22 10:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

The current Ford powertrain is pretty impressive. Due to trouble with my RAM, I used one to tow my boat around 600 miles last week. Engine sure isn't short on power, and the 10 speed was flawless. That said, the first lines of the article were 100% right on. f we know anything about the diesel pickups produced by the Big Three, it’s that loyalists emotions run high any time one brand outperforms the other two. When Chevrolet and GMC HD’s are running the show, Ram and Ford owners sneer. When Ram makes it to the top, GM and Ford lovers have a lot to complain about. And when Blue Ovals beat out the Bow Ties and Rams it’s more of the same.
Bionic Man 07/13/22 10:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Auxiliary Tank Combo

Good lord. Are you actually recommending something outside your yellow 5 gallon can?!?
Bionic Man 07/01/22 06:37pm Fifth-Wheels
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