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RE: Test drove some Rams over the weekend

That is VERY frustrating. I've found a bunch of trucks that would be perfect, except they're missing this feature or that feature. At least the mirrors appear to be fairly easy to remedy later if I end up settling for something off the lot. Drives me crazy that I can't find a 1500 with all the features I want, there's always one thing missing. Why would they add the tow mirrors and brake controller, then leave a 3.21 differential in it? Why do they all come with sun roofs, but rarely with 32 gal fuel tanks?
BillyW 07/01/15 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Where's the payload sticker on Rams?

I looked at the sticker on the door with the VIN, GAWR and GVWR. I expected it to include the available payload, but can't seem to find it. What year Ram were you looking at? Payload sticker didn't appear until 2006.I'm looking at 2015s at the moment. 2014 RAM 3500 http://www.truckcampermagazine.com/images/Dodge-Ram/Ram-3500-Stickers-Cargo.jpg That's a tire loading chart. Change the tires and it goes out the window.That tire AND loading chart also lists the payload for the vehicle, which doesn't appear to be related to the tires very much at all on most half tons I've looked at.
BillyW 06/29/15 08:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Where's the payload sticker on Rams?

Well it's really pretty simple to calculate: GVWR - Actual Weight of the Truck = Payload.Yup, I'm up to the math challenge. The stickers didn't have the the actual weight either. Thanks, goducks10. I'll check a little more carefully on the jams themselves.
BillyW 06/28/15 12:26pm Tow Vehicles
Where's the payload sticker on Rams?

I looked at the sticker on the door with the VIN, GAWR and GVWR. I expected it to include the available payload, but can't seem to find it.
BillyW 06/28/15 11:11am Tow Vehicles
Test drove some Rams over the weekend

2015 1500 with 5.7L & 3.92, 2015 2500 with 6.4 & 4.10, and a 2012 Longhorn 2500 with the cummins. ALL of them have very impressive gittyup. The 6.4 was the most entertaining. I'm amazed at the difference from my old '97 F150. They all rode better, accelerated smoother, and were infinitely quieter while driving. The 1500s were the most refined of the bunch. Aside from the size and driving perspective, they were just like driving a car. Firm, controlled, quiet ride with no squirreliness. I found myself doing over 80 as I merged on the interstate without even trying. What an awesome surprise! I question if the bucket seats have any real advantage over the bench seats. The fold down center section in the bench is so versatile! The shift knob on the dash definitely takes some getting used to. Very good chance I'll find myself behind the wheel of one of these soon! Off to the Ford/GM dealers next, but I don't think they'll come close on price.
BillyW 06/28/15 12:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is a "Small TT"?

My trailer was very small when the kids and dog came along. Now that it's just the wife and I, it's pretty comfy. I'll go so far as to call it medium.
BillyW 06/19/15 10:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone towing with a 2.7 EcoBoost?

The price/gal gap used to be pretty large around here. It's almost gone now. 10 or 15 years ago it was in the other direction. Wonder what the future will bring in that regard? I don't think the math necessarily works out nearly as bad as itguy08 implies. As far as how often you need to fill up, the F150 can be optioned with a much larger tank.
BillyW 06/18/15 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone towing with a 2.7 EcoBoost?

I'm curious too. It supposedly gets pretty darned good mileage... until you hook up a trailer, then it tanks. Also, with a max tow of 7600 lbs(?), it's kind of limited compared to other options out there. Probably enough for most half ton buyers though.
BillyW 06/17/15 07:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Calculated tow capability... Disappointed

Remember your wd hitch will transfer some tongue weight back to the trailer. The weakest link on 1500s is typically the tires. I'm always aware of my GVWR on my half ton truck, but I pay much closer attention to the GAWR. I think you'll be OK with those numbers. It wouldn't scare me off.
BillyW 06/14/15 10:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Spare Tire Mounted Under Trailer?

How difficult is it to check the pressure before a trip?If you bring a tire pump, this isn't nearly so worrisome. I have to admit it took me about 20 minutes and the foot pump was quite hot, but I did inflate my 10 year spare.
BillyW 06/13/15 10:24am General RVing Issues
RE: "Dear Marcus Forum

There's an option at the bottom right of the screen that will allow you to jump to any forum.
BillyW 06/13/15 10:16am General RVing Issues
RE: RV anti-freeze taste

People tend to forget that they could just drain off (or blow out) the pink stuff immediately after running it through the system. You're using it to displace any remaining water. Once you've pumped it into the system, it's done its job. Drain it. Maybe no bad taste that way? x4 on the baking soda. Also the cheaper pink stuff usually has alcohol in it. Could this cause it to impregnate the plumbing?
BillyW 06/12/15 08:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Foam Topper and heat

I put a quilted cotton pad on my mattress in the trailer. More comfort, no heat issues like foam. I'm very dissatisfied with the last two mattresses I bought for the sticks and bricks. Both have foam and "cooling" gel, and I'm miserably warm/hot every night. I'm afraid to blow money on a new mattress for the trailer for just this reason.
BillyW 06/11/15 09:35am General RVing Issues
RE: strong smell in TT

Does your refrigerator work OK? A refrigerator that is leaking ammonia can give a urine-like smell. If it has yellow crud some place on the coil then that might be the source of the smell. I was thinking this might be the problem, too.x3
BillyW 06/08/15 12:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: (Different) New Truck Questions

Thank you all for the feedback! We were sold on leather about 20 years ago. I'm not sure it wears any better, but it is definitely more resilient and cleanable. I haven't experienced them yet, but I'm sure I'll be smitten with the ventilated seats. I don't mind a little vinyl thrown in if lasts better than the stuff of yore. So far the dash and door sills on all my vehicles for the last 20 or 30 years have held up quite well.
BillyW 06/07/15 07:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: (Different) New Truck Questions

Yes, I'm very close to Dave Smith, but have NO problem traveling to Boise to save that kind of moolah!
BillyW 06/07/15 01:59pm Tow Vehicles
(Different) New Truck Questions

It looks like, locally, I can get much more Ram than GM or Ford for the money, and am already well versed in the capabilities and differences of all three. With that in mind, I'm curious to learn the difference between Ram's standard leather interior and their "filigree" leather in the high end models. I've heard people here mention it before. Also, I'm curious about the film that is often applied to the front of vehicles to protect them from rock chips, etc. Is this stuff worth it? Does it interfere with washing/waxing? Does it yellow with age? Or eventually peel? Are there other new vehicle (NOT brand/model) considerations I should be thinking about?
BillyW 06/07/15 12:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Power Wagon

According to their towing guide, there are Power Wagons with much more capability than that.
BillyW 06/04/15 08:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Shadow Cruiser after 1 year of ownership

Wow! I wouldn't call many of those issues small. Time to trade in on something else!
BillyW 06/03/15 03:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Holes in the roof

I'm a firm believer in Eternabond tape. I have patches on my roof over 10 years old now, and still holding strong.
BillyW 06/01/15 12:08pm Travel Trailers
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