but ricatic cannot do it without constantly hurling insults, using ridiculous rhetoric, and si lly innuendo about those of us who are perfectly satisfied with our Ford products and have gotten good support from Ford.
Unfortunately, that is exactly the problem for me. I don't think anyone should shoot the messenger, because they don't like the message. Actually, I did find value in the message. But when it now includes all the bull, innuendo, rhetoric, name calling, and mis-information, and it keeps comin, comin, comin, and coming, the messenger gets tiresome. And really irritating. And when that happens, I think the messenger has a problem. And when that line is crossed, the messenger is no longer useful for me. And it makes me wonder if the message, was really all that accurate. I do believe it was...but it makes you wonder....just the same.
I am truly sorry ricactic can't get over his situation. Says he is helping others. He is the one that may need help. Obvious to me he just wants to hurt Ford every chance he gets.
Any "innuendo, bull, rhetoric" that is allegedly included is simply a figment of the reader's imagination.
Let me give you a hypothetical example.
If I tell you that "dollars suck", you would automatically think that I am "anti-dollar", that I "don't like dollars" and that I'm trying to irritate you.
That's entirely a figment of YOUR BRAIN, the reader's imagination.
I would just be merely stating facts as I see it. Not trying to be irritating. The fact that you might find it irritating is due to your own biases and opinions, or to the fact that you happen to "have" some dollars.
Replace that statement with "Ford HPOP sucks", and of course it will irritate anybody that has a Ford.
I happen to know Ricatic is a fine, upstanding member of this forum, and of a few other forums which I frequent. I don't find him irritating or demeaning or as having any sort of problem.
In fact, I think he has done the tow vehicle and RV community a great service. He is very knowledgeable and thorough.
And, the fact that Ford has previously lied about exceeding cylinder pressures on the 6.0 engine speaks volumes about their truthfulness in other areas as well.
It's obviously a convertible truck/sailboat design.
Notice the mast.
The ladder is for the owner to climb into it.
Probably saves money on gas too, once you raise up the mast.
Definitely room there for a couple of chicks in bikinis.
Yaaar Matey !
Get a 360 degree car camera system and dvr. They are really coming down in price.
I always have my cell phone camera on me, and take pictures of the license plates of people parked around me. I then delete the pictures a few days later, or after I've inspected the car.
Oh, and always carry a hammer in the trunk, just in case it's needed...
Since the compression ratio for diesel is on the order of 14-16:1 on the up-stroke of the piston, in order to compress the diesel fuel and air mixture to self-ignite (no spark plug), the corresponding down-stroke of the piston has more power driving it.
Thus, the balancing of the crankshaft is different, to counteract the forces of the down-stroke.
Thus, more rotating mass and more angular velocity on the crankshaft, heavier components, more durability.
People have real need for that torque that the diesel engine can provide.
You get more torque per revolution of the crankshaft, thus more efficiency, on top of the diesel being a more energy dense fuel than gasoline.
Lower rpms, more torque, higher efficiency = market demand.
It's not for everybody. You have to figure out your own needs and balance the costs involved.
Efficiency is not free, despite what most "greenies" would have you believe.
Here ya go...read this one. 4200 miles on the truck, warranty denied by Ford.
How about the latest episode from the FTE soap opera.
The ending is not pretty.
Best of luck. If you buy a Ford 6.7 diesel, you're going to need it, regardless of how many receipts you keep, run lubricity additive, frequent a "known good" station, and rub a rabbit's foot every day.
It's your word against the dealer's. Who do you think Ford is gonna go with?
Hint: it's not the truck's owner, it's the dealer's owner. They're worth more money, quite likely.
The attitude of some companies with their paying customers speaks volumes about what they consider important. It will come back to haunt them, eventually.
Japanese to American. No brainer if you ask me.
Your Ram is actually Italian now. Majority of Chrysler is owned by Fiat. No brainer if you ask me.
Yep. No brainer.
You can have a red Italian 4-door sports car that carries 4-5 people, burns diesel and can tow 12k+ lbs with a pin weight of 2000+ lbs.
All powered by a Cummins, Made in USA engine, burning recycled dinosaur diesel.
Ain't life grand ?
It's a no brainer.
That's what I was gonna ask.
You could put a truck camper on that, tie your camel to the bumper, and go in style.
After all, it's a dually with front-to-back wheels instead of side by side.
Bet you it has a huge pin weight capacity also. And, you could park in narrow spaces, unlike current American DRW trucks.
Boy those Germans are clever !
All that for a measly $457 k ! That's only like 57 euro's and a few lira's anyway.
Plus a camel.
Sorry...but I can't find ANYTHING funny or entertaining when using Hitler and the Nazis no matter what it is spoofing.
That video is part of a satire series, in case you didn't know, very frequently used to poke fun at some subject on the internet.
I highly doubt that the OP was advocating any dictator's policies.
Stalin, Pol Pot, Ceausescu, Kim Il Sung, Bismark, and Anna Nicole Smith are part of history.
Not like they're illegal to talk about you know. There is such a thing as the 1st Amendment.
You pays your money and you takes your chances.
Always best to wait 2 or 3 years before putting down hard earned cash for overpriced, poorly tested technological wet dreams built on a cost cutting budget.
To each his own, but if the tax man don't get you, the lawyers will have what's left.
Looking at the floor plan of the lance 1172, I keep wondering how you're supposed to enter the camper with the rear slide not slid out...
I must be confused, but how are you gonna get the slide out of the way of the entryway, if you're not in the camper? Is there some outside control for that?
What if the battery is dead??
Looks like a crappy idea to me...
According to this guy's experience, economy is great, copied and pasted below.
Brilliant around town about 10l/100, country 7l/100 and the 2 longer tows that i did came up at 13.3l/100 and 15.7l/100 but the verdict is still out on the towing figures until i do some longer tows.
So, lets take those metric numbers, for those of us of the non-metric persuasion...
Around town, 10 liters/100 km = 23.5 mpg (US gallons).
Country, assuming high speed cruising, 7 liters/100 km = 33.5 mpg (eye popping numbers actually, but I don't doubt them).
Towing reports for what looks like a decent size boat, 2 axles, so more than 3500 lbs and less than 7k lbs. Those are assumptions, but the mpg speaks for itself.
13.31 liters/100 km = 17.67 mpg
15.71 liters/100 km = 14.97 mpg
I know landscapers who would kill for that kind of fuel mileage....goes directly to their bottom line.
33.5 mpg from a half ton truck on the highway...that's a totally different class of fuel economy right there.
Hard to argue with money in your pocket like that. Diesel prices are only 15- 20% more than gas prices, but that's 33% better highway fuel economy than anything on the market.
There is no way maintenance costs could possibly cost the $700/month payment on a new, overpriced, POS truck.
Most of them, even new, have huge potential unresolved problems because manufacturers are still testing stuff for the new emissions regulations.
The their favorite guinea pig is, guess who, the customer.
Keep the old stuff, and rebuild it.
I don't think you need to spend $100k to have an expedition quality camper.
These guys did it with a Four Wheel camper, and just about everything else.
Not saying that money doesn't solve problems, because it does.
But, having something really complex and expensive 1200 miles from civilization has it's own set of problems also.
Keeping it as simple as possible, not necessarily cheap but not extravagantly expensive either, is something to be considered.
I've looked at the Tundra DC rear axle weight rating.
I believe the one I looked at was the short bed double cab.
It had a RAWR of 4000 lbs at the door sticker. They may have changed that now...but not sure.
So, the actual weight capacity may be significantly bigger than 1540 lbs.
You need to take your truck to a scale, and weigh the weight on the rear wheels, empty, with the usual passengers and see what you have left over.
You may need an upgrade on the tires to load range D or E, regardless.
Bathroom/shower/2 ATV towing is a steep requirement for a half ton.
Multiple ways to skin a cat, however. Just remember the bathroom does not necessarily need to be carried on the back of the truck. It could be on the trailer, and the ATV's could be on the truck...