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RE: Lost my Doohickey Bar, HELP!!

Glad it worked out, but I'm with Ron3rd. I haven't used the doohickey bar in years. Of course I also switched to a power tongue jack to make that part easier.
BillyW 05/22/15 06:00pm Towing
RE: Rare find. Used HD F150.

No, max tow does not get you 7 lugs on any year. 7 lugs are a feature of the max payload package that was later renamed HD. The max tow option is included in the max payload/hd configuration by default though. As far as I know, Ram's only fake half ton was the discontinued 1500 Megacab which was really a 2500 Megacab with softer springs. Same 8 lug axles and all.
BillyW 05/20/15 01:54pm Towing
RE: 33gal freshwater, about how long will it last?

My kids and I could get 3-4 days out of our 50 gal tank with some left over. When my wife comes along, we're lucky to get through the second day. She's constantly washing her hands, or scrubbing this or that. I love camping with her, IF we have hookups. Boondocking results in arguments. She looks at me like I'm crazy when I suggest she doesn't need to keep washing each and every thing. THAT'S why people can't give you a good idea how long your water will last. I've done things to stretch it, like bringing a couple 6 gal water containers, replacing the shower head with an oxygenics, and using a wash tub in the kitchen, which then gets emptied into the toilet, saving gray water capacity.
BillyW 05/19/15 09:15am Travel Trailers
RE: 2015 RAM Rebel

I would have to agree. It really does appear that many 350/3500 owners look down their nose at the half ton offerings and in this case lump them together in a way that doesn't apply. As much as you guys know about your big trucks, many of you are truly ignorant to the capabilities and improvements in the half ton market. The Raptor is in a class by itself. The Rebel is a lightly modified 1500 with some improved off-road capability, but mostly cosmetic. The Power Wagon is in a class by itself too, and is still plenty capable as a TV. It's definitely no half ton either, so not sure why it was brought up.
BillyW 05/19/15 08:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 RAM Rebel

The Raptor is purpose built for high performance off-roading. This is just a Ram with a few upgraded parts. I think it will perform well for it's intended purpose, which is nothing like the Raptor.
BillyW 05/18/15 11:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 RAM Rebel

In general, I think it's a good idea. If it weren't for the fugly grill and tailgate, and excessive bling inside, I could see myself driving one. The particular backdrop they selected is very much like the places I drag my little trailer. Am I the only one that worries about getting stranded if the air suspension fails?
BillyW 05/17/15 12:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Awning protection while in storage

I also had a less than positive experience with awning tape. Though I wad doubtful about it, I tried running two stips of 4" wide Eternabond tape along the top, creating an 8" wide barrier. That was 2 or 3 years ago and it's holding up well. So far, it's near the top of my list of mods for my next RV.
BillyW 05/13/15 09:18am Tech Issues
RE: Nissan Titan - Diesel Goodness

Sure would like to see those axle ratings... I think Ford and GM already push their half ton GAWR right to the edge.
BillyW 05/11/15 11:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tablet ?s

Believe it or not, the term ecosystem is actually used that way too.
BillyW 05/10/15 04:10pm Technology Corner
RE: New Tablet ?s

I'm not in the ipad camp because I'm not willing to buy into their ecosystem, and I'm well established with my Windows, Android and Kindle devices. With that said, your Smart Son might be right. If you want a push button solution that won't require any fiddling around with other wifi hotspots or introduce security obstacles, AND since you appear to have built in tech support for the Apple products, not to mention facetime, maybe it's the right way to go. If you like to tinker, there are lots of other (far cheaper) options.
BillyW 05/10/15 12:13pm Technology Corner
RE: 2015 Chevy 1500 6.2L 8 Speed - Ike Gauntlet

Looks like a winner! 12k towing, 2k payload. And it appears to scoot along pretty comfortably.
BillyW 05/10/15 11:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Titan - Diesel Goodness

And speaking of the price of diesel, I just returned from Indiana, where the going price was $.40/gal CHEAPER that regular unleaded.
BillyW 05/07/15 04:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: working the water pump

I seem to recall that some of the newer variable speed pumps are not compatible with accumulators.
BillyW 05/07/15 09:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Horrible tire wear in 2 years

Very good reason to bypass Forest River products at upgrade time.
BillyW 05/06/15 03:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ford suspension

So is this an open invite for a "Ford guy" or "GM guy" to enter into Ram threads because they believe the Ram thread needs "extra info" on how he thinks his favorite truck make is better than the vehicles on topic? If they are doing this now and you don't like it, then this makes you no better than they are.Not that you would do such a thing... ;)
BillyW 05/03/15 08:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advice on Ram 1500 5.7 to Ram 2500 6.4

I don't see how the 6.4 with 3.73 gears in a 1000 pound heavier truck is going to show more power than the 5.7 with 3.92 gears, especially comparing an 8 speed to 6 speed transmission. I'm sure the towing experience will be more solid and stable.
BillyW 04/27/15 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TFL Ram vs F150 Full review / comparison

Totally agree! Would like to see a very thorough comparison that takes into account various driving styles and needs. Right now I'm leaning toward that 2.7 Ecoboost with its version of the payload package. The 5.7 Hemi Ram is a VERY close second. I think I still like the Ram interior more, and it's proven itself to be reliable and capable. The GM half tons are pretty darned nice now too. The Ram definitely seems to be the best deal in town though, and probably will continue that way for another year or two. I could easily make that Ecodiesel do everything I need, if the right deal came along.
BillyW 04/23/15 08:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Eco-Diesel out towed up Ike Gauntlet by BASE F150

I guess I'm missing your point. The 2.7 is definitely a wicked little engine. What does that have to do with the BASE 3.5 engine? I came here expecting to see that normally aspirated 3.5 smoking the Ecodiesel up the Ike Gauntlet. This video is a couple months old and has been bandied about here plenty already. Go camping, and R-E-L-A-X.
BillyW 04/22/15 08:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Finally! Some long term reliability data!

I don't think that's true. The older they are the more likely they go to auction regardless of condition. That's been my experience anyhow.
BillyW 04/21/15 11:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ward's 2015 Top Truck Interiors

The shifter knob works ok, it does free up console space, but it's next to the radio volume knob and fan speed knob. I don't know how many times I've reached for one and grabbed another. I do miss the rotation knobs for the AC controls vs. the buttons. I've accidentally dropped my '97 F150 in into 4hi while trying to adjust the heat! Gawd! I hope it's not just me!
BillyW 04/20/15 10:14pm Tow Vehicles
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