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RE: New Chevy/GMC pickup headlights

I don't need to adjust my headlights when towing because the last 2 vehicles have had self-leveling HID headlights. Some fog/driving lights are OK, but many produce more glare than the headlights. In Oregon, it is illegal to use auxiliary lights when meeting or following another vehicle.
Hammerhead 04/17/14 01:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Ram Ecodiesel

Where are you finding the payload capacities for the ecodiesel engine? They aren't included on the pages I found at the Ram trucks web site.
Hammerhead 04/11/14 09:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Jeeps

Our 2008 Grand Cherokee with the CRD engine was as 2,000 RPM at 55 MPH. The 2014 ecodiesel with the 8-speed tranny hits 2,000 RPM at 77 MPH.
Hammerhead 04/10/14 01:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: May have just destroyed my TV engine :-(

My Jeep has a capless filler for diesel, but there is a cap on the DEF fill tube. How has DEF not gotten splashed into the fuel filler with Ram? As already stated, the fillers are next to each other, and Ram diesels use a capless filler for fuel. I would think it would be possible for DEF to accidentally get splashed into fuel filler. I could also see diesel being put in DEF in states such as Oregon that don't allow self-serve (although diesel is exempt, I've experienced many stations that don't distinguish).
Hammerhead 04/04/14 10:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: diesel fuel question

Chrysler says the new VM 3.0 liter diesels in the Ram and Grand Cherokees are OK with B20 although oil changes need to be more frequent.
Hammerhead 04/04/14 08:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Interstate Bathroom....er....etiquette

Another way of saying this would be to tell people that you don't have any water in the tank so there is no way to flush. No sorry. My bathroom area does not work when traveling.
Hammerhead 04/02/14 10:56am General RVing Issues
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Hammerhead 03/25/14 03:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: diesel fuel question

I ran B99 in my diesel-powered 2008 Grand Cherokee in the summer and varying biodiesel blends the rest of the year down to B0 when temps were far below freezing with no fuel-related issues. The manual for my 2014 ecodiesel says B20 is approved although more frequent oil changes are recommended. In Oregon, I think B-5 is mandated state-wide. I used to be just inside Portland and now it's either B-2 or B-5 from border to border.
Hammerhead 03/24/14 09:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Asking for ID when using credit card

Most places in tourist areas ask for an ID although I don't think they ever look at or compare the signature on my driver's license and credit card. Around home, I rarely hand my card to anyone since most store just have you swipe it yourself and sign with the stylus. Fast food joints don't even require a signature. Most organized ID/credit card thieves can make their own cards so it could be anyone's name on the front and the store would never know.
Hammerhead 03/20/14 03:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Silent Armor with "kevlar"

The tread on our Wrangler Silent Armour tires on our Grand Cherokee lasted about 60,000 miles. I can tell you that they aren't immune to punctures from a screw. :)
Hammerhead 03/13/14 08:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: NASCAR decline

I've been to a few dirt track races in my day and never followed NASCAR very much. As others have noted, it might be more interesting for fans if they put the stock car back in NASCAR so a Chevy is really a Chevy with added safety gear and not a tubular frame with sheet metal painted to somewhat resemble a real car.
Hammerhead 03/12/14 03:01pm Around the Campfire
RE: Diesel fuel penalty

My assumption is that the original poster is wondering why the price difference between gasoline and diesel varies so much from state to state. I'm guessing demand for heating oil in some states pushes diesel prices up in the winter. Everyone is focused on the fuel cost vs all the other points the OP brings up. Interesting. The OP only brought up the fuel costs. What other points?
Hammerhead 03/05/14 07:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: A request to all cell phone users (my rant for the day)

The sound quality on cell phone calls is horrible which is why we still have our land line. Some people, like my wife, end up talking louder to someone who's on a cell phone at the other end. My guess is that the caller referenced in the original post went outside to avoid disturbing people inside the camper. :)
Hammerhead 03/01/14 10:45pm RV Lifestyle
RE: What was your childhood nickname?

My older sisters always teased me by calling me Herman because they said I looked like Herman Munster with my big forehead. Two people used to call me "Gar" instead of Gary and one of those people (the best man at my wedding) started calling me Gar Bear after the Care Bears became popular.
Hammerhead 03/01/14 10:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: RAM 1500 Ecodiesel Maintenance

What is an igniter? My Grand Cherokee with the same ecodiesel engine uses glow plugs just like my 2008 Grand Cherokee with the Mercedes CRD engine. ... Plus the new VM will have IGNITERS for cold pre-starts. Why I mention this, is the 4 bangers would break on removal when replaced.
Hammerhead 02/28/14 09:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Extreme Cheapskate

I watched that show once and it featured a father who turned off most of the power at 9:00 PM by throwing the breakers because electricity is expensive in Houston. I'm guessing he could have saved more money by raising the temperature on the thermostat a degree or two.
Hammerhead 02/21/14 07:19am Around the Campfire
RE: Diesel Ram 1500 terrible Payload

Which crossover SUVs can tow more than 5,000 lbs? Tow ratings like that usually require a V8. As for me, the diesel-powered Grand Cherokees fit our needs as it can tow our 5,000 lb. travel trailer with ease, yet is small enough to fit in our tiny garage or easily maneuver tight parking lots downtown. If one puts lots of miles on their rig, it can save money in the long run even if diesel remains slightly more expensive than gas. yep, who will blow that kind of money, and put up with the hassle of a diesel, Just to tow a TT that a smaller less expensive SUV cross over could tow.
Hammerhead 02/16/14 09:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Toyota Tundra to come with Cummins diesel

My Grand Cherokee with the VM diesel is averaging between 26 and 27 MPG on our normal daily commute with city and highway (55 MPH) driving. Our 2008 Grand Cherokee with the Mercedes diesel averaged around 22 MPG.
Hammerhead 02/12/14 02:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bad news??

Our travel trailer has been stored off site for the past 12 years since our last 2 houses have no room to park an RV. One advantage to off-site storage is that a missing camper would be a sure sign to anyone familiar with our block that we weren't home.
Hammerhead 02/12/14 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dealing with the Dealer ??

Another option is using an auto buyer through a credit union or AAA if you are a member. They talk to the local dealers to see who can get the best price and they have offered a fair price for my trade-ins.
Hammerhead 02/12/14 11:25am Tow Vehicles
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