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RE: Second Gen 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 Speed Transmission

BillyW 05/04/16 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi vs Ecodiesel

I can see how the Hemi has faster 0-60 times than the Ecodiesel because it has higher hp, but I would expect its towing performance to be better. But the test numbers, comments, tow rating, and seat of the pants feel make me question whether it really has 420 ft-lbs of torque. Do those towing tests keep it in gear all the way to redline? I'd like to see real-world tests run at no more than 4000 rpms or so. I think something worth mentioning is the advantages of the diesel in the Ram 1500 vs the 2500 and 3500 trucks. In the 1500, the main advantage of the diesel is fuel economy, especially since the Ecodiesel upcharge is relatively small in comparison to the HD trucks. The Ecodiesel also provides decent towing performance, although the Hemi will likely perform better in all conditions with the possible exception of very high elevation. In 2500 and 3500 trucks, the diesel gets better mpg, but since the upcharge is significant, the fuel economy is not the main attraction. The big draw for the HD diesel is vastly improved towing performance with heavy trailers, especially at high elevations.This is it in a nutshell. I would like to add that my hemi powered 1500 with 3.92 gears has WAY more power than I've ever needed when towing my 6000+ lb trailer through out the cascade mountain range. I know the elevations aren't that high, but they're high enough. I've had no problem passing 5 vehicles at a time while climbing, accelerating the whole way. I'm a Ecodesiel fan, but I know it won't do that.
BillyW 05/03/16 03:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 Transmission Ratios

I could see the 5.7 with 3.73 gears possibly bogging under enough load. I would regear before I messed with a transmission tune. The 6.4 is quite a bit more engine, but I personally still wouldn't buy unless it came with 4.10s. I don't understand why someone would buy a "towing" vehicle with "economy" gears. I sure love my 5.7 with the 8 speed and 3.92 ratio!
BillyW 05/02/16 09:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pondering between Ram 2500 or 3500

I'm not made of money like most of these other posters appear to be, so I too would lean toward the gas engine. Even though it has coils, the 2500 is a stout truck. Its payload is artificially low to satisfy the 10,000 lb class limit. Either one would be more than enough truck and not a bad choice.
BillyW 04/29/16 01:30pm Towing
RE: Old Ipod to listen to MP3 Audiobooks

I use my phone.
BillyW 04/29/16 01:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Ford recall

I am going to have to say I am sorry. I did see the recall for FCA vehicles, but only briefly glimpsed at the article and figured it had to do with the dial knob shift selector. I see now that it is totally different. My bad. :(Very dangerous around here! ;) I lumped you in with nutz just because your post was near his. He can't help but bust on FCA brands even when they are not part of the topic. With that in mind, I wish I would have pointed out in my first post that I would be proud to own any of the new pickups. I think Ford and GM/Chevy half tons are the cream of the crop right now. Happy Camping!
BillyW 04/28/16 10:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford recall

Yes 202,000 fords recalled for transmission related component issues. However, 811,000 FCA Chrysler vehicles just recalled for transmission related component issues. DUH! The real topper and perspective is that Ford sells and has sold many times the number of vehicles in the models the small recall number occurred in so it's very miniscule in relation to FCA Chrysler's huge percentage of vehicle sold in the mandated recalls.Gosh, I noticed you posted in another section of the forum the other day and was happily impressed that you chose not to come over here and do your usual. Guess I jumped the gun. For the record, I don't think the FCA recall you mentioned is for a malfunction or broken component. That dial selector for the transmission was a bad idea from the start. But, give an idiot a rubber mallet, and I bet he'd find a way to break and anvil.I'm pretty good with that dial shifter. The mentioned recall has nothing to do with it either.
BillyW 04/27/16 09:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

Has the issue with the cam gears slipping on the camshaft in the VM diesel been fixed? I've seen several You Tube videos reporting the problem. Apparently the gear is just a slip fit on the cam and a bolt in the end of the shaft keeps it in place. If the gear rotates the valves hit the top of the pistons. The last thing I want to do it buy a new truck and then pay someone else to "bulletproof" it.It looks to me like this issue is a one-off. All the different hits I found lead back to the same guy.
BillyW 04/27/16 01:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cool little Honda EU1000/2000 generator hack..........

BillyW 04/26/16 11:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Best way to charge batteries when Boondocking?

my cheap WFCO 35 amp converter charges my batteries just fine despite the cable runs, and my meager 150 watt solar setup keeps 'em topped off Missing Absorption stage can't be fine, IMO. Any solar will handle Float if there are no major loads, but it takes a good size panel to bring it to Absorb and keep it there for some time. Maybe I just never drain them deep enough or long enough for it to be an issue. But my two 6v batteries have lasted no less than 8 years. The solar does manage to push them into absorption routinely. I will be replacing these 12 year old T105s this summer. Maybe.. :)
BillyW 04/25/16 06:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Best way to charge batteries when Boondocking?

Love Mex's post! LOL!! But that's how I do it, my cheap WFCO 35 amp converter charges my batteries just fine despite the cable runs, and my meager 150 watt solar setup keeps 'em topped off so well, I rarely even need the generator in the first place. I try to camp in the shade as much as possible too.
BillyW 04/25/16 01:25pm Tech Issues
RE: who makes an ultralight with 30" door?

I agree with the toyhauler recommendation. These Jayco White Hawks might suit your needs too.
BillyW 04/21/16 01:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mexico Wanderer Thread

Very glad to hear, Mex! Keep on keepin' on! :)
BillyW 04/20/16 12:39pm Tech Issues
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

I come to this forum to learn something and enjoy a diversion from the news in general and politics in particular. And what do we have? A reasonable post by the OP that after a couple pages turns into Ram vs. Ford that is about as pleasant and productive as the latest political name calling. Let's all give it a rest, take a breath, step away from the keyboard. Life is good, other things are more important. There are several trucks out there to meet different needs and lets just leave it at that. Good luck all, Stux2 or 3 even!
BillyW 04/19/16 10:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5.5 vs 6.5 ft bed

I intentionally went with a quadcab and 6.5' bed vs a crewcab and 5.5. As an empty nester the extra bed space is more important than the backseat space. And it still fits in the garage.
BillyW 04/18/16 02:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Winnie Minnie vs Jayco White Hawk

When I shopped those two brands, the Jayco build appeared sturdier to me.
BillyW 04/18/16 09:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Time for a new truck

If you're buying a "half ton", I think that is a non-issue. It apparently only applies to larger brake assemblies that need more power to operate. I agree it is a consideration, but I can tell you my trailer brakes perfectly. By far the best controller I've ever experienced.
BillyW 04/16/16 11:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jayco Jayflight SLX

Buying used is not a bad thing. RV assembly in general often lacks in quality workmanship. One of the places that can really bite you is water damage from rain, etc. Make sure there is none now and do preventive maintenance soon to ensure there will be none later. That applies to new RVs too. Jayco is high on my list for my next one. I think you're wise to keep the trailer fairly small initially but bear in mind your entire family could be stuck in it for a long time if the weather is bad. I've learned that kids and dogs are able to occupy incredible amounts of space.
BillyW 04/13/16 12:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Just got a camper.. Need more truck. HELP

So many things to look at before throwing in the towel with the vehicle you have. You said you have a weight distributing hitch. Is it set up correctly? Are the tires on both the truck and trailer aired up to max? Ultimately it might be wise to move up to a more capable vehicle, but I think your current truck likely has lots of untapped potential and should easily shoulder that trailer.
BillyW 04/12/16 02:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 vs 2500 Power Wagon

According to Ram's website, you can still get a Power Wagon with over 3000lbs of payload too.
BillyW 04/09/16 11:57am Tow Vehicles
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