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RE: truck weight F350 diesel

What year? My Ram weighs around 8000 lbs, maybe just a little under. I think that's a pretty good ballpark for any of the crew cab 4wd diesels.
IdaD 11/22/21 02:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Recall of 19/20 Ram Cummins 6.7 diesels

Dumb choice to ever switch to the CP4 but at least they're trying to make it right. It's baffling to me that Ford hasn't gone to something else yet.
IdaD 11/21/21 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Memory seats

Memory seats make some sense to me with a couple of drivers. The easy entry/exit thing makes no sense at all, though. What benefit is that? Especially in something like a truck with plenty of space. The benefit is your seat surface will last longer as your not having to slide on the seat when you enter the vehicle. Also it simply makes entering easier. I don't see how the fore and aft location of the seat has any bearing on how much I slide on the it - there's plenty of room between the seat and steering wheel in my default driving position. I'm relatively tall and thin so maybe that's why it's never been an issue for me.
IdaD 11/19/21 03:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Memory seats

Memory seats make some sense to me with a couple of drivers. The easy entry/exit thing makes no sense at all, though. What benefit is that? Especially in something like a truck with plenty of space.
IdaD 11/18/21 04:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire recommendations for pick up truck for towing

Falken Wildpeak AT3W. Best tire I've ever run on a truck, and they hold up to an HD diesel. I think they'd be great on a half ton too.
IdaD 11/05/21 07:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: is running exhaust brake all the time ok?

It's actually a good idea to run it. Main exception would be on slick roads, I'd turn it off then.
IdaD 11/03/21 10:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: ProPride and lifted 3500

I think it's worth keeping a 20-30 gallon compressor in the garage with a long hose that can stretch out. They do a lot better going up to higher pressures and I don't personally like running my rear tires at 80 unless I'm towing so it's convenient to be able to air up for a trip and then drop it back down when I get back. Plus the trailer tires need to be topped off semi-regularly. Nice setup. I haven't read through all of this thread but I think you are way below the point of stressing the truck at all even with the lift as long as your tires and wheels are up to it which I imagine is no issue.
IdaD 10/28/21 07:34am Towing
RE: Ford Super Duty 6.2 Super Ike Gauntlet Pull

Of course it always turns into the diesel argument. Yes, high fuel mileage going up the gauntlet. What are your diesels getting going up it? I suspect the delta between the two is not much different than non gauntlet towing. I think they run around 4 or a little better on that particular run from videos I've seen in the past. Real world with a camper you're probably comparing 7 or 8 with a big gas truck versus 11 or 12 with a diesel. Not great either way. Mileage is only part of the equation, though. Screaming up a grade at 5500 RPM isn't my idea of a relaxing trip even though I know they're designed to do it. I would also bet that the truck in the video would struggle significantly more if it were pulling something like a fifth wheel that drags a lot more air. In my mind there's really not much cost difference between the two if you look at a total ownership cost. The diesel is more up front and will cost a little more to maintain, but will get better fuel economy and resale value. Which begs the question - if the cost delta is immaterial, why not opt for the higher performing diesel? That's something you can appreciate anytime you get behind the wheel. If this were true then your statement of going with the diesel would be obvious. The problem is, this isn’t the case. The diesel cost more up front by $8-10k, it takes 2-3x more oil every oil change, fuel filters are $100 and up every 2-3 oil changes, fuel is $.30-50 more per gallon, not to mention if you ever have a def/dpf failure or a turbo failure or injector failure or complete fuel system replacement (any of these sound familiar? I bet they do) then the cost of ownership is way out of balance. The diesel pulls a ton better. Trust me I know. I’m a auto dealer and sell lots of 3/4 and 1 ton trucks so I’ve driven and used all of them in gas and diesel. If you pull over 10k lbs more than once a week I would go diesel. If you don’t, save yourself a bunch of money and time and buy the gas truck. Also, the gas truck, in my opinion is a better daily driver than a diesel. Well 4 years after making that post I still have the same diesel truck and while it hasn't been perfect I'm still happy with it and have had no major issues. In fact no issues at all related to it being a diesel other than a $200 sensor that took 10 minutes to replace. If you prefer dragging a trailer up a hill with a turd, by all means go for it just please pull over to let others pass.
IdaD 10/01/21 08:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: weight question

The poor guy is going to end up with a pop-up camper after this thread.
IdaD 09/21/21 12:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: An upgraded option for the half ton Pickup crowd

I watched a TFL video this morning on the new Tundra. Honestly it would be the half ton to beat if I were in that market. I'd want the Crewmax cab and longer 6.5' bed. I know a few guys at work with Tundras and they're just stupid reliable, and I've always thought they were good looking trucks. I'd go trade today if Toyota released a true HD version with a 6.7 Cummins.
IdaD 09/20/21 12:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 3500 issue

Are you sure it is coming out of 4wd? Jack up one front wheel and see if it spins freely. Should Ram front hubs free wheel when in 2wd? (ie Does Ram use a auto lock hub like Ford or a constant locked hub like GM?) Ram's 4wd system disengages the front axle completely when not in use unlike the Ford system which keeps the front axle spinning at all times, but locks the hubs when power to the wheels is needed. The Ford transfer case does not transmit power in 2wd but the hubs Auto unlock as well. So with the Ford you can manually lock the hubs but you are still in 2wd until you shift the transfer case to 4 hi or 4 low. Chevy does not have hubs that disengage … the front axle and diff rotate in 2 wheel as well as 4 wheel drive? I think Ram is like Chevy but I don’t know? I can't manually lock my hubs on my Ram ,but they are automatic locking , but no I don't believe they stay locked on my Ram . Nor do I believe my front driveline turns in 2hi. My old Superduty had automatic locking hubs , as well as manual. I suppose there is some need for manual hubs that are also automatic, but I never used the feature . Auto hubs are great , I remember the days when we had to get out of the truck ,and lock the hubs, don't miss that. Many times not thinking we would need four wheel drive ,and needing it, and having to get out , and lock the hubs, wasn't terrible unless like the time I went thru some water on a mountain road ,and found my self stuck in a foot of water , you guessed it , I got wet getting out to to lock the hubs :) If I knew as I started out on a hunt or whatever I would lock the hubs so I would be ready, now that's a thing of the past. We can shift into 4 wheel drive at any point now, so not sure what's the point of manual hubs ?? I am sure I will get enlightened on the need. :) The hubs are always locked, but there's a center axle disconnect so your front driveline doesn't spin in 2wd. I prefer the old style manual hubs so none of the front driveline components spin in 2wd. It never took too much effort to plan ahead and not have to get out in the mud to lock the hubs.
IdaD 09/08/21 10:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Traction control systems and trailer sway bars

I tend to agree with Grit on this one. I've never even used a WDH, none of the trailers on our farm had them growing up and my dad never bothered with one on our old TT. Our old pop up camper was fine without one. We have a fifth wheel now but there's a very good chance we'll go to a TT or TT Toy Hauler for our next camper and I'll certainly give the basic ball a shot before I spend any money on a WDH. If nothing else at least give it a shot. It might work better than you think.
IdaD 08/30/21 02:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

I had a 2014 2500 with the 6.4L Hemi and 4.10s. Had 2 Cummins trucks before the 2014 Hemi. I pulled a 12k 5er that was 37' long and had 3 slides. Never lacked for power with the Hemi. Got 7-9 mpg pulling and mid to high teens running empty hwy, depended a lot on wind. With the 8 speed, the 6.4L Hemi would be that much better than my 6 speed auto was. The diesel will pull better in every situation and get slightly better mpg while doing it. I was very happy with the Hemi, and for towing 11k intermittently, it would be my choice. I noticed starting early last year that a lot of the Ram HD trucks are powered by Hemi's and I continue to see that trend of more and more Hemi powered HD's and less Cummins. Having said that I don't think Chrysler has fixed the lifter problems on the Hemi's so I sure wouldn't purchase one if I were to keep it over 100k miles. Last time I checked Rams had the highest percentage of Diesel engines vs gas of any of the HD models. Makes sense I guess. In a perfect world I'd have a Cummins backed by an Allison in a Super Duty.
IdaD 08/29/21 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

I don't care much but like colors that hide dirt. Black is a no go for me.
IdaD 08/29/21 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 3500 issue

Could be the front drive u-joints going bad although I wouldn't think they'd be bad at 50,000. Any noise at all?
IdaD 08/26/21 04:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Airbags and Compressor and Tank

There are onboard air systems for exactly what you're wanting to do. Example
IdaD 08/26/21 04:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: In Need of a 2013 Ram 3500 Switch Bank Wiring Harness

You're out of warranty, get it to a good diesel shop and to heck with the dealer service department. Name one because I really don't know of any around Spokane. PM me I don't live in Spokane so I can't help you there. Boise area I'd recommend Big Twin or Gem State if you want to take a road trip.
IdaD 08/24/21 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: In Need of a 2013 Ram 3500 Switch Bank Wiring Harness

You're out of warranty, get it to a good diesel shop and to heck with the dealer service department.
IdaD 08/23/21 04:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air Filters For Your Trucks

To date I've only used Fleetguard filters except for the fuel filters, they've been Mopar. That said I use Fram filters in my wife's 10+ year old Pilot and that car has been stupid reliable since we bought it new.
IdaD 08/18/21 03:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Stupid TPMS!!

It seems that my 2016 F150 knows which tire is where because the display follows the tires when I rotate them. And I know that I haven't reset anything. Same on my Ram. Only problem with it is I get the idiot light all winter because I drop my rear tires to around 60. Suffering a quarter inch idiot light and a warning ding at startup isn't the end of the world, though.
IdaD 08/18/21 12:06pm Tow Vehicles
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