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RE: Ram ecodiesel problems?

There are two or three forum members that I'm aware of that simply can't break from their narrow minded and COMPLETELY biased tunnel vision. It's too bad too, because I know they could be great contributors, but nobody will listen to them anymore. Oh yeah, I'm also hopeful Ram gets this Ecodiesel stuff all figured out. I can't bring myself to call it ED. Brings me down if you know what I mean :B
BillyW 02/27/15 04:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pink Anti-freeze

Hi, Next year, after you install the pink antifreeze, blow the lines out. This is a joke, right? Surely you don't blow the lines out AFTER installing anti-freeze. Just checking.I don't actually blow out the lines, but I do drain them AFTER filling them with the pink stuff. This would mitigate the OPs fears as well. Blowing them out afterwards is just a little more work than I want to do.
BillyW 02/26/15 09:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Ram guys that like electronic toys

Why on earth do these systems have to be hacked to get those features!? Obviously TV, music vids, etc are not a great idea, but this is the essential first step to implementing a rear view camera on your trailer. I would like to have a split screen for both video inputs, one on each rear corner of my trailer. If/when I finally get a new tow vehicle, something like this will be very high on my to do list.
BillyW 02/25/15 07:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All Terrain Tires vs Hiway Tires for Towing

All ATs have "some" extra noise. They've gotten much better at reducing that hum by varying the tread size/pattern around the tire. Those Coopers are very high on my list for next time.
BillyW 02/25/15 06:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton truck buyer's log, day 4 - happy endings (pictures!)

I think it's great that the pictures are actual size!LOL! Great looking truck! Congrats!
BillyW 02/23/15 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 F150 Off Road Snowy 4x4 Review

As I've posted before, my '97 as always been reliable as far as 4x4 functionality. The switch has always worked. The only repeated issues I've heard of dealt with the vacuum switches on Fords and Chevys that didn't get used enough.
BillyW 02/23/15 11:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are 250/2500 trucks limited by their Class?

Getting many here to admit that 2500s are more payload capable than their mfgr specs indicate is like pulling hens teeth. The sky is falling, the sky is falling!
BillyW 02/23/15 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Paintable Fifth Wheel Tailgate With Backup Camera Mounting

Could you mount a camera lower, like the license plate cameras?
BillyW 02/20/15 02:35pm Tech Issues
RE: your thoughts

Thank you all for your responses. What you all have said pretty much confirms what I already thought. The dealer where I was looking at this new trailer told me (very confidently I might add) that by adding my 1,000lb Polaris RZR to the back would take a "great deal" of the weight off the tongue. I think Ive been hornswaggled.I don't think the dealer was lying about that. Toy haulers are designed tongue heavy intentionally just to offset the weight of your toys. I think that trailer unloaded is too much for your hitch, but loaded it "might" be just fine.
BillyW 02/20/15 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 F150 Off Road Snowy 4x4 Review

I too like the simplicity of a 4x4 lever, but the switch is sure nice while cruising down the interstate. Incidentally, the switch on my 18 year old truck has worked flawlessly since day one.
BillyW 02/19/15 08:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What was Ram thinking

Finally saw a 2015 King Ranch F150 today. I think it was just as gawdy as this Ram. I admit I likes me some bling, but enough is enough!
BillyW 02/18/15 07:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: what are the most common things that break?

Screws backing out and electrical are very common issues. You also have to consider how your RV is being used. Mine is often dragged through creek beds or over rocky hillsides or under low hanging branches. I also carry things like Eternabond and aluminum tape, as well as tire changing tools, rake, shovel, saw, axe, etc. I actually carry way too many tools. :)
BillyW 02/18/15 01:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Eliminate password,how to?

Look for "local security policy" under the "administrative tools". There will be an option there to disable or enable the password requirement.
BillyW 02/16/15 01:32am Technology Corner
RE: MPG test ecoboost vs ecodiesel

But a 8 speed transmission vs a 6 speedA very valid point. I'm curious to see how it all pans out when Ford's new 10 speed comes out. And GM's too.
BillyW 02/16/15 01:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: MPG test ecoboost vs ecodiesel

It should also be noted the diesel was geared for towing, the gasser was geared for economy. On top of that, I didn't know the Ecodiesel had a 32 gallon fuel tank option. I thought it was only 26. Actually a 3.55 is more of an intermediate gear. OK for towing, and Ok for driving. Truth is. There is only 100 RPM difference between a 3.55, and a 3.73 at 60 MPH.In Ecodiesel circles, the claimed mileage difference between 3.92 and 3.55 is pretty significant. And obviously per your numbers there would be at least 200 RPMs between 3.55 and 3.92. That does make a difference. The Ecodiesel should have been 3.55 as well, AND it should have been a Quadcab, instead of a Crewcab. Those details add up to skew the numbers. Somehow, I just don't think the 2.7 EB is going to show those kinds of numbers in the real world either. Don't get me wrong, the Ecodiesel has lost its luster in my eyes based on how the numbers would likely work out for me. But I do think it and the Ram 1500 in general are unfairly maligned around here. The 2.7 EB is intriguing but its capabilities top out just a tad too low for me to consider it as a tow vehicle. This whole comparison was rigged in favor of the Ford IMHO.
BillyW 02/15/15 07:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why does my network adapter have to be reset so often?

Antenna strength would be a non-issue. I would give it a try. It's not much money and it's nice to have a backup just in case.
BillyW 02/15/15 05:04pm Technology Corner
RE: MPG test ecoboost vs ecodiesel

It should also be noted the diesel was geared for towing, the gasser was geared for economy. On top of that, I didn't know the Ecodiesel had a 32 gallon fuel tank option. I thought it was only 26.
BillyW 02/15/15 04:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why does my network adapter have to be reset so often?

Just to be clear, Windows 7 Starter has no enterprise network connectivity (join windows domains, etc). An external adapter won't solve that kind of issue. It should help with what you are experiencing though. They do come in very small sizes, which may not be a good thing as far as an antenna is concerned, but you could leave it plugged in all the time without worry. I have a couple of the white Netgear models listed on this page. They have worked well, but get pretty hot. If I was getting an adapter like these, I would also purchase a long USB cable which would allow me to place it in the ideal location. My trailer is aluminum and I don't always get good reception in it. I can usually resolve that if I place a wifi adapter near a window.
BillyW 02/15/15 11:02am Technology Corner
RE: Do they make such-a-thing?

Some travel trailers have two doors so you can get from one area to another with the slides in - such as getting to the bathroom from the living room. If you're looking at one door models, you may want to make sure you can access the entire TT with the slides in, if that is important to you. It can be inconvenient to put the slide out to get to the bathroom when you just need a quick "pit stop" while on the road from point A to point B.I think this is the right answer. Potty breaks could be a real pain if you have to open the slide. I've recently looked at many trailers that offer virtually straight on television viewing. They're out there.
BillyW 02/15/15 10:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Ram 2500 - 2014 vs 2015 Differences

Not sure about GM, but have you checked the door sticker of different models on the lot? That is how I purchased my 2015 Silverado 2500. My wife hates red and don't you know it, the red one had the highest payload rating at 2831 lbs of the 3 other 2500s on the lot that night. I often wonder what the fascination or paranoia over payload numbers is on here. Not talking major differences like 1/2 to 3/4 ton, but the scrutiny over minor payload differences is mind boggling. Same frame, axles, brakes, etc. If the @ss end is a little too soft, there are about 20 different ways to shore it up. (Note I didn't say increase capacity to keep from upsetting the weight police....lol) I've owned or been assigned at least 25 different pickups in the last 20 years and never once looked at the payload capacity other than in general terms. If the truck needed help with the rear suspension, coupe, hundred bucks of add a leaf, overloads, Timbrens or bags took care of the issue. Have overloaded many trucks for many miles and never broke an axle or spring. Y'all should find more enjoyable ways to spend your time than worrying about mfg rated payloads! Buy your favorite color and brand and call it good. I agree with you for the most part. There is a Navel Gazing obsession here with these payload/towing numbers that borders on the absurd and makes one want to run around and set ones hair on fire. All it does is serve to confuse a very simple issue and scare a lot of buyers into thinking they need to buy the biggest most expensive and for the Auto makers, THE MOST PROFITABLE vehicles they manufacture. I wish more people would raise their voices to bring a semblance of common sense to this discussion. Unfortunately they get shouted down with streams of numbers, so called facts and very dubious ideas about engineering. To say nothing of the curb-side amateur Lawyers claiming Tort Hell is in store for anyone that dares to ignore their sage advice...How did this simple issue ever devolve to this? Very well said!
BillyW 02/15/15 10:29am Tow Vehicles
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