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RE: Ram Eco-Diesel vs F150 2.7 TT - Davis Dam

That's because the Jeep has 8 gears. Our 2008 CRD Grand Cherokee was at 2,000 RPM in 5th gear so it never had to shift down into 4th unless we were towing. The 2014 ecodiesel's 8th gear doesn't hit 2,000 RPM until 77 MPH. I am not surprised how that 2.7 Ecoboost can out pull the 3.0 Ecodiesel. I have the Ecodiesel in a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and it will shift out of 8th on the slightest incline without pulling a trailer. The 3.5 Ecoboost in my 2012 F150 needs a very steep hill before it will shift out of 6th. Fuel economy, well we won't talk about that. Interestingly enough owners of the Ram with the Ecodisel are reporting fuel economy as good as the Grand Cherokee with the same engine.
Hammerhead 08/17/14 08:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: HowOld Codgers Can Afford That New Prevost

I have a retro cycling jersey from the early 1990s I've considered putting up on eBay. It's never been worn and looks like this with those funny-looking floppy disks. Remember those? http://cdn.cycling-jersey-collection.com/images/2014-01-28-decca-wordperfect-suntour-colnago-team-jersey-trikot-maglia-maillot.jpg width=600
Hammerhead 08/15/14 03:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

For what it's worth, our Grand Cherokee with the ecodiesel averaged 30.5 MPG on a trip from Portland to central California and back. The EPA estimate is "only" 28 MPG highway for the 4WD version. Congrats Don, Like others I'm interested in finding out what the real world MPG, acceleration is....solo and at maximum tow rating.
Hammerhead 08/12/14 01:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Internet cost at home

Our HOA has a wide area network which allows us to get internet access separate from the phone and cable companies. We pay $30/month for 100 Mbps access and could pay an extra $60/mo. for 1 Gbps access.
Hammerhead 07/31/14 02:46pm Around the Campfire
They don't make muscle cars like they used to

Dodge is offering a Challenger Hellcat that runs the 1/4 mile in less than 10 seconds. url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYol7m3WjGQ I'm sure it handles better than the original challenger, too.
Hammerhead 07/26/14 04:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: cost of storing your RV

We pay about $80/month in suburban Portland at a place with on-site managers, a dump station, and spigot to fill fresh water tanks. It's a pull-through site that can accommodate RVs up to 28 ft. They also have some covered storage and I have no idea how much that costs.
Hammerhead 07/24/14 07:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Favorite 'mindless' movie to zone out

The Back to the Future trilogy. I've seen all of them so often I can can recite most of the lines. Marty and I are the same age and I'm kind of disappointed we won't have flying cars and hoverboards in 2015.
Hammerhead 07/18/14 02:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Coldest Antartic June Ever Recorded

The link in the original post doesn't mention that satellites reveal why Antarctic sea ice grows as Arctic melts
Hammerhead 07/14/14 12:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Hurricane to hit the East Coast on the 4th of July !

Ocean temps as far north as North Carolina earlier today (July 1st) were in the 80s http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/satl_tmap.html http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/satl_tmap.html For hurricane strength winds to develop the surface water temperature must be 80 degrees or better. I doubt that anything like that is much north of Florida at present. However "Sandy" that wreaked havoc on New Jersey was a tropical storm that combined with a nor'easter to form a gigantic low, the likes of which I'd never seen before. The one thing I know for sure. Hurricanes, big tropical depressions, nor'easters etc. don't watch TV or listen to radio, they do what ever they want. When the conditions are right for that kind of development, be aware and be prepared to bug out. If caught unaware, the traffic, the rising water all of the other conditions often prevent travel. Stay clear if possible, pay close attention if your in range. Better safe than sorry! Ignorance and impatience are the enemy of safety. Because an evacuation was not needed, it was not a mistake, a rehearsal perhaps! Happy Independence Day to all.
Hammerhead 07/01/14 12:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: Just read a thread on camping etiquette and dogs

We don't own dogs, but a dog exercise area referred to in the original post sounds like an off-leash area vs a dedicated pet bathroom.
Hammerhead 06/27/14 11:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Rebates

I just received a rebate of $4.39 from a promotion for a free bottle of Scope and it came on a credit card. I bought a small amount at the grocery store and used loose change to get the amount due down to $4.39 so I didn't have to bother a cashier with put $4.39 on this card and the rest on another card.
Hammerhead 06/26/14 02:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Careful what you wish for

Kind of like how prohibitionist lobbied to make alcohol sales illegal on Sunday except for hotels with 10 or more rooms. It wasn't very long before saloons had 10 very small "hotel rooms" so they could stay open on Sunday and it doesn't take much imagination to know what kind of side business opened in those tiny rooms.
Hammerhead 06/24/14 01:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: campground directions

I gave someone the wrong directions to find our house because I never paid attention to the street names en route from the freeway. I sent them on Amberglen instead of Amberwood or vice versa.
Hammerhead 06/23/14 11:32am Around the Campfire
RE: New proposed Gas tax

What about miles logged out of state? If all you do is check the odometer every year, you'd be paying taxes on every mile driven outside of your home state which isn't really fair either. If it had to be by miles, the best way is an odo check every year when the vehicle is inspected with the tax paid before the inspection sticker goes on. However, common sense never seems to win.
Hammerhead 06/19/14 12:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to Quack-Proof Yourself Against Pseudoscience

When it comes to medical claims, chances are that if it sounds too good to be true, it is. As for dairy farms, the farm house at my uncle's farm had a separate door leading to a shower in the basement so the "stuff" from the barn had no chance to get into the main living area.
Hammerhead 06/18/14 12:01pm Around the Campfire
RE: Running the fridge while driving.

Our pop-up had a 3-way fridge and it would freeze everything if we drove for 8 hours with it running on 12V power from the truck.
Hammerhead 06/13/14 03:35pm Beginning RVing
RE: Diesel gas?

It's not illegal to pump your own diesel fuel in Oregon although you might have a hard time trying to convince most attendants. I normally fill up at a cardlock station that sells biodiesel and the pump handles are always dirty so I wear gloves. There is one shell station in NW portland that sells B100 and off-road diesel and they never give me trouble if I pump my own there. We aren't allowed to pump gas or diesel in Oregon. So no issues there. However we've been down into Ca and pumped our own. Only time I had a problem with diesel on the hands was at one of those trucker fuel stations. The place was really messy. At the regular gas stations everything was pretty clean and I never had an issue with fuel on my hands. If I pumped my own fuel all the time I think I'd just grab a paper towel.
Hammerhead 06/10/14 02:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Whats U'r hometown famous for?

My hometown is Fargo, ND which is mostly famous for cold winters and spring floods. It's also home to the infamous wood chipper from the movie Fargo. Stop into the visitor's center and get your photo taken with the same chipper used in the movie. linky Famous citizens include Roger Maris and Bobby Vee.
Hammerhead 06/08/14 11:03am Around the Campfire
RE: Safest way to travel with 6 in a pickup?

I used to take naps in the back of the station wagon when I didn't feel like sitting in the middle seat with three siblings. We were in a rollover accident when I was 11 years old and I was pinned under the car when it was all over. Fortunately, there were some fence posts nearby that my dad used to make a lever so they could pull me out. A nasty scar on my left leg and small scars on my right arms were the only permanent damage although my broken ribs right next to my heart kept me in the hospital for a while. Travel back in time to 1978 and put the kids in the pickup bed. :D I was just thinking how I used to take up the whole back seat on car trips after my older sister got older and stop going on family vacations....no seat belts. How things have changed.
Hammerhead 06/06/14 02:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tomorrow is the D-Day anniversary

I can only imagine the horrors experienced on the battlefields, especially bloodbaths like the D-Day invasions. I've started watching the show on the World Wars on the History Channel and I haven't gotten very far yet as they are still in WW I.
Hammerhead 06/06/14 01:24pm Around the Campfire
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