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RE: Some sort of list to see all towing information for TV?

Just about any 1/2 truck with a V8 will handle that light load. Use a quality hitch, weight distributing (wrong name but somebody will correct me - brain spaced tonight).
larry_kruzan 03/04/15 05:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cold (Fridid) Weather Start Diesel?????

I own a 2011 Ram and after sitting for over a month, it started at 5 degrees a couple weeks ago. I did plug in the engine heater for about a half hour before my starting test, but as cold as things were I doubt it made much difference. It had been not started due to a illness and frankly I was surprised after such a long time sitting the batteries were still up and while it turned slower than normal, it started with just a turn or two. The question you ask about additives is the one that might generate the most debate. I only add something if the temps are consistently around 10 degrees or lower. After my truck started I did add a dose of Power Service to the tank, but the fuel the truck started on was untreated. The Ram owners manual states that adding things like Power Service are un nessrary with todays fuels. I'm too busy to research this as completely as I'd like, so I err by adding a small amount when we reach the extreme limits of our cold weather. Not looking for any debate either. This is just what I do and it works for me.
larry_kruzan 01/28/15 09:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 F250 super cab, 6.7 diesel w/3.31 locking axle

10-12 towing and 15 when not. But YMMV. :)
larry_kruzan 07/26/14 11:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011 Ram brake issue?

If you have one of those cool Harbor Freight IR thermometers ($25 on sale) that EVERY RVer should own, check your caliber & rotor temps and take real numbers in with you, in addition to "sounds" that very often can't be reproduced. If they plug the temps into their computer, it will tell them to change the caliber. Give them the answers they need to find the problem we all know exists.
larry_kruzan 07/26/14 12:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: muffler tape

Go with a after market pipe. I bought the whole system in 5" diameter for $300. I think a full set of 4" pipes from turbo back was $250.
larry_kruzan 07/25/14 06:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Horror Stories

We have a young family in our church who started their deputation travels around the country raising the support they would need on the mission field. As they were getting ready they needed a 5ver to haul for their family and a truck to haul it. He asked me one day about things to avoid and I told him to not walk away from a truck that had the 6.0 in it - run from it. They had a person in a dealership offer them a "deal" on a 05(?) truck and a pretty nice 5ver bunkhouse. This time he didn't ask me, he knew what I'd already told him. In short he bought the combo and an "extended warranty" on the truck, thinking that it would cover things if it blew up. After three months on the road the motor puked just 75 miles away at a local church. His extended warranty did Help" with the overhaul but it still cost him $3500 out of pocket. I suggested that he take it to a local shop that bullet proofs the 6.0, but he had lots of meetings to get to and decided that he needed to get on the road. 7 months and 60k miles later the motor puked again in Montana in the middle of winter. The warranty company stepped up and covered all but $2000 this time and he was back on the road for 13 months in Omaha Ne, the motor puked again. This time with no warranty and facing a $12k bill at a ford dealership, he elected to trade it all in on a Explorer that he would be able to drive for the last month of his time on the road. Three major pukes in two years of full time RVing. I believe you can never argue a idea with a man who has experience. Our young friends have experience - I wonder what they think of a 6.0 now???
larry_kruzan 07/04/14 07:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Ford Superduty - Aluminium

I see a ecoboost option in the Ford Transit this year. The Transit is the new van option that looks like a sprinter. Towing cap. is only 5k, so that's a bummer. If they bring it over to the heavy duty side of the house, it will need more intestinal fortitude. A few days back you could "build and price" but that's not working right now for some reason. It seems like I was "building" a one ton, but I've been looking at a lot of them, so maybe not. A one ton with a 5k limit seems pretty lame.
larry_kruzan 06/18/14 03:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Does this look right?

Looks good to me. If anything I like to have a little bit of tilt to the front for a conventional trailer. Why?? If the TT is level the load on the tires is even. If you're nose low the front springs and tires are being loaded heavy. It will lead to the front tires running hot on a long pull. To the OP - Run it! looks great! If you run in areas where high cross winds are a problem, get the 1200lb bars. I've been hauling a similar weight TT for 4 years, about 1/2 time, 15-20k miles a year and only in the SW have I ever had winds ground us. 1000lb bars in my setup.
larry_kruzan 04/27/14 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuel filter 2013 Ram 3500

I added the Air Dog when my lift pump went out. I removed the stock filter assembly. Have to say the stock filter is easier to change IMO. http://i1343.photobucket.com/albums/o790/Dtropnevad/2004%20Ram%202500%20Cummins/2524233510034694626cfxyZL_fs_zps856ef834.jpg height=500 width=500 I put the same setup on my truck too. Now I don't need to change the stock filter because it's dirty. I'm told that the stock filter will degrade in time an just collapse and need changed anyway, but that seems to take a lot of miles. I haven't changed the stocker since I put the filter/water separator kit on 25,000 miles ago.
larry_kruzan 03/23/14 10:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth Wheel Towing on 20" Wheels

Once you hook thing up, you'll see if you are way out of level or not. Changing the pin box could be one way to handle it or flipping the axles if you are way off level.
larry_kruzan 03/23/14 02:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuel filter 2013 Ram 3500

I just about stripped the top off the canister the first time I changed mine, then I read the manual. :)
larry_kruzan 03/23/14 01:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuel filter 2013 Ram 3500

Make sure you open the bleed valve before trying to open. Most folks forget to do this and the vacuum that the lid forms keeps the lid in place.
larry_kruzan 03/23/14 12:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice needed on new truck

About like asking which cola is best. I like Dodge Ram 3500 Duallies, but somebody will chime in that they pulls 18k pounds with a Ranger. Be warned.
larry_kruzan 03/21/14 10:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Engine Modifications

This is one issue 4th gens don't have with the H&S mini max, been right in every check.
larry_kruzan 03/18/14 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: You choose - loaded gas or basic diesel?

I think you first must ask how long are you going to keep the truck and how are you going to use it? In my opinion, if you aren't going to be traveling very far, say +300 miles 3-5 times a year or you are full timing, diesels don't make much sense. Likewise, if your camping is not the main reason you are buying this truck and you'll trade it every 4+ years, I'd say diesels don't pay. Don't get me wrong, I love my diesel, but even with hauling 10-15k miles a year, I'm not too certain todays diesels pay.
larry_kruzan 03/18/14 11:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Air Bags?

What weights do you have? You need to know the tongue weight, the GVWR of the trailer. If the chevy was doing OK with your TT, I'd guess that the Ram will do fantastic too, but it's best to check your weights to be sure. That Ram truck is NICE. I drive a 3500 dually diesel and love my truck. How much? Ask my wife, I normally trade every two years, but I'm not even looking after 3 1/2 years. I just may have found a keeper!
larry_kruzan 03/18/14 11:21am Tow Vehicles
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