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RE: Seat Comfort

I agree with the only you can determine that. While a larger tank is nice, I know I'll want to get out and walk every 2-3 hours, so with an HD (Diesel I'm guessing), I can always do that at a truck stop if I need. Having had all 3 brands recently, I found the Ram sits the best for me. The new Chevy (only tried custom 1/2 ton), seats were too narrow and my F-150 were a little too long. But as others also said different trims will have different seats.
packpe89 11/12/21 06:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Planning summer 2022 trip to Alaska Fly/Rent

So much helpful information. Book (Church) is ordered and on the way.
packpe89 11/08/21 08:04am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Planning summer 2022 trip to Alaska Fly/Rent

Wow, great stuff everyone!
packpe89 11/02/21 02:42pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Planning summer 2022 trip to Alaska Fly/Rent

Thanks for the input so far. any rental advice?
packpe89 11/01/21 07:29am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Planning summer 2022 trip to Alaska Fly/Rent

We are planning to take a trip next summer. Think we will try Alaska. Planning to fly and rent a Class C (or A). We have traveled for years including across country in a TT, but with limited time, don't want to drive all the way from NC, maybe later. Any help and advice. Thinking a 24'-28' rental, does longer limit anything? We are used to a 28' couples TT. Also any companies to recommend or avoid? Itinerary, planning to fly to Anchorage, rent, stock up on groceries and travel (or sleep depending on flight times) Denali, then what??? Want to see the whales, glaciers, etc. No planes or white water, but kayak and boat trips ok. Boondocking or campgrounds or both? 10 days RV and a couple in Anchorage or add RV days for two weeks? how to do Denali the best? Bus trip? Take RV? Thanks so much for advice!
packpe89 10/31/21 08:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

Diesel, 1. Exhaust Brake, love this feature on my CTD 2. Filling up at the truck stop. Didn't realize how big of an issue this was until I went from diesel to gas and now back to diesel. It can often be hard getting to a gas pump.
packpe89 08/07/21 06:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Getting Confused on what can I tow

I'd stay under 5000# and 26'. Just my $0.02. Payload will be the key.
packpe89 08/04/21 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: What do you think about this set up?

Towed a similar trailer with an 2006 Silverado and 5.3. I would definitely use a good WDH, but should be ok. I would not want to go across the country, but for shorter trips would be ok. I did pull through the NC mountains, definitely struggled uphill. If I were going to tow it allot though, I would consider a 2500.
packpe89 08/04/21 06:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: New fifth wheel update

Nice! Thinking I will try the AUH when I move from a TT to a fiver. Use my gooseneck on occasion.
packpe89 05/26/21 06:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New camper towing

My traverse was ok to tow 5000#, and handled a pop-up well. The towing package included hitch, transmission cooler and tow/haul mode, not sure what else. I guess you can add the hitch and maybe the cooler?? If towing in flat areas, you may be ok.
packpe89 05/19/21 01:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: First Long Road Trip

Couple things, the XL is not a 3/4 ton, that implies same frame as an F-250. It's an F-150 frame with the towing package. You are certainly border line on weight, but length would be a bigger concern. That is allot of surface area. Fortunately you are taking a fairly flat trip and to a beautiful location. Just hope it's not windy. If planning to take many more of these trips, I would certainly consider F-250/2500 or if more seats are needed, even a 3/4 or 1 ton van. Good Luck
packpe89 05/19/21 12:50pm Towing
RE: F150 w EcoBoost 2.7

I recently went from a '14 F150 with 3.5 EB to a '16 Ram 2500 CTD. Towing mpg went from 7-8 to 11-12 with the same camper (6.6K) and towing was much easier. Love the engine brake! Definitely use tow/haul, makes the entire experience better/safer, especially if you are in the mountains. But 250/2500 costs are an issue, so if towing flat and short, might stay with what you have, but if planning longer trips may want to upgrade. Good Luck
packpe89 05/03/21 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help Ram 2500 6.4 gas vs diesel

It is also much easier to fuel up on the trip with the diesel, utilizing truck stops instead of mingling with cars at the gas pumps. I am in a similar boat, want a fifth for some long trips in a couple of years (retirement). Just got a 2500 megacab with CTD, so payload is only 1900#. I'll probably look for a lighter (7.5-10K fifth). The megacab does have a heavier rear axel, so think I'll be ok with those weights. I have seen the same truck towing much larger and looks to have no problem, but don't want to be that guy.
packpe89 05/03/21 06:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford as a tow vehicle

Long trip with that weight, would seriously consider 3/4 ton. Especially if near or over 30' long. I've towed with both the 3.5 and 5.3 and yes, the 3.5 is better, turbos in the mountains especially. Ten gears would help, my 5.3 was older (2007), so not quite apples to apples. Just completed first tow with Ram 2500, way better than 3.5.
packpe89 04/30/21 06:12am Tow Vehicles
First Tow with 2500 Ram

Just got back from a short vacation with my 2016 2500 MegaCab Cummins I purchased last year. Visited Table Rock State park area in upstate SC. Great towing experience! Stats, 28' TT, 6500#+/- dry, and maybe 7K wet (we traveled lite), hitch weight around 700# and did use WDH hitch. Listed payload is 1900#, so well within range for DW and myself. Experience, Averaged around 11.5mpg towing (speed limit or slightly under if 70mph), so did not have to fill up on 300 mile trip with the camper attached. Always used auto exhaust brake. Very stable, only felt sway a couple of times from wind gusts. No problem in mountains with going uphill or down. Also used the two/haul mode when coming down twisting mountain roads, six speed did a great job maintaining speed. Never saw the transmission temp go over 169. Did bounce a little on SC roads... Previous TV was F150EB with 6.5 bed. Also towed well but mileage was only around 7 or 8, and not quite as stable, but not a 3/4 ton, so shouldn't really compare. Overall, very happy with new truck. If we upgrade, it will be to a small fifth wheel, but purchased the truck to go west and maybe Alaska in the next few years.
packpe89 04/21/21 06:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Question

Have to ask where and how far are you towing? Diesel will be better in the mountains and will be easier to fill on long trips (truck stops instead of having to fit at the gas pumps). Also how long is the TT, with that weight, I'd still prefer 3/4 ton if over 28', again depending on the tow distance.
packpe89 04/13/21 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for SUV recommendation

I would prefer a body on frame. Durango or Tahoe would fit the bill. Tahoe can be had with the new 3.0 diesel so mileage would be good.
packpe89 03/31/21 01:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: WDH or not?

It is a diesel
packpe89 02/19/21 03:58pm Towing
WDH or not?

Haven't pulled my camper yet with my new to me 2016 2500 Megacab. My travel trailer is 28' and 5500#. I have always used a WDH w/sway (cheap one they threw in when I got the TT). Like most, it is a 2" bar. The Ram has a class V hitch, 2-1/2" receiver. I have the sleeve, to use the WDH, but wondering if I would be better off, just using a class V and forgo the WDH. I have all I need either way, so really just wondering which is best, thinking there could be some movement in the WDH using the sleeve. Thanks Joe
packpe89 02/19/21 03:11pm Towing
RE: Sway Question

Over 30' will catch allot of wind, definitely 3/4 ton truck territory for a long drive.
packpe89 02/19/21 03:04pm Towing
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