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RE: Ford 6.7L Powerstroke V8 Diesel

I have seen nearly those GM and Ford numbers than that just on the turnpike going through OH and PA during the high delivery season. Maybe you could edit this so that we could understand what you are saying? Chris I have seen as many GM and F as cumins has seen on his cross country trip in 1-2 states depending on time of day/season. So I don't know how much weight I would place on mine or his observations in this unscientific test.
mich800 05/17/16 10:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.7L Powerstroke V8 Diesel

Results RAM 59 Dually's, 5 SRW Total 64 Ford 10 Dually's, 5 SRW Total 15 GM 7 Dually's, 3 SRW Total 13 I stopped counting once I hit Elkhart. I have seen MANY RAM's here since yesterday with a couple fords and GM's. My experience driving I-5 is different with the vast majority being RAM's and about 1/3 being GM's and near no Fords each trip North and south." Real trucks doing real work! I highly doubt your scientific results counting trucks on the highway. The market share highly favors Ford. I play this game with my three boys on long trips and almost every time our results reflect the sales numbers. Ford #1, Ram #2, and GM #3 in heavy duty trucks. For half tons its a close fight between Ford and GM with Ram in a distant 3rd. Now as for your work comment, that's just plain silly. Everyone one knows Ford is the truck for blue collar workers. Again none of this has to do with the OPs original question, but props to Ford for making a great in house engine and transmission. I have seen nearly those GM and Ford numbers than that just on the turnpike going through OH and PA during the high delivery season.
mich800 05/17/16 05:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: my first disappointment

For a feature that was supposed to enhance road safety, DRL sure created a serious hazard. Since they come on with the engine, many drivers take off at night not realizing they did not turn the light switch on to have full lighting power in the front, and more importantly, any kind of tail lights. Or they keep driving past twilight thinking the lights are on all around -- same result. DAshlight should be a clue but seemingly that's not enough. Cars built since ca. 2010 have a daylight sensor that eliminates this problem, but there are still many older cars, and distracted drivers, on the roads. Exactly, good post. The above is all too common. But be careful speaking such sense, you'll have the hard of reading Mich800 and soren calling you names. People are wound up tighter than a Peterbilt's springs around these parts. :) You are an ass. You never said anything about tail lights in your post and accused me on not being able to read. Why don't you crawl under your rock and stop being a jackass
mich800 05/12/16 02:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would selling this trailer be irresponsible?

Why is everyone guessing on the trailer weight. The OP stated it is 1,500 pounds. They owned it so should know the weight and stated such. I suppose they could be guessing on the weight just like everyone guessing on the TV capacities.
mich800 05/12/16 05:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Second Gen 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 Speed Transmission

At some point does the high number of gears in a tranny become an annoyance due to gear hunting? I've heard a few complaints on the Ram 8spd for this. I'm currently in a 6sp which, when I was a kid, was 3 more gears than the best tranny :) 10 just seems ridiculous. That's what I was thinking. I wonder if they'll skip gears under light load. I looked up the ratios on the new 10 speed and the ratios of my 6sp(Ford) and in 10th speed I would be going 109 rpm slower 1740 vs 1850 at 68 mph(garmin) 70mph speedo. Wont be trading the Ford soon:h There is only so much OD a vehicle can carry before there is a lack of power to hold that gear or downshift. But now you can get lower starting gears and closer differentials between gears helping to keep the vehicle in the powerband or sweet spot for fuel economy.
mich800 05/11/16 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: my first disappointment

You can turn your fogs on without the low beams? Yep. The fogs are tied to the running lamp setting. I run fogs only in the daytime when its clear. The headlights come on at dusk or when visibility isn't clear. Perfectly fine here in Texas. Of all the states that I've driven through, I've never been stopped for it. But then again I've haven't towed through Bizarro Land (California) yet. I cannot imagine getting hassled for it. I just though the switch and to be all the way on to activate the fogs.
mich800 05/11/16 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: my first disappointment

Daytime running lights are neither use nor ornament, particularly the halogen ones. I actually think they are a detrimental to road safety as they give a false sense of a) your headlights actually being on and b) how much they help other vehicles see you. The LED versions are easier to see but, in my opinion, very gauche. In the interests of safety, just leave your headlights on. Really, detrimental to road safety. People are subconsciously turning in front of people at unsafe intervals because the other driver should have seen it coming? Read what I wrote again and this time try to comprehend what was written. It's very clear. I see dozens of cars in heavy rain and fog with just their running lights on, the dash symbol for headlights being on is the same and I think many are mislead by this. So yes, they can be detrimental to road safety. There's a reason many mountain passes say "turn on headlights", they make it almost impossible for cars to blend in with the scenery. Not sure where I mentioned turning in front of people. Some of you could argue in an empty room, this site is quite a trip ;) Yes, it actually is clear when you say what you mean. This " I see dozens of cars in heavy rain and fog with just their running lights on" conveys something entirely different message. So if you want to call out my intelligence by your poor communication you may want to rethink that stance.
mich800 05/10/16 04:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: my first disappointment

I run with my fog lights on while towing during daylight that way all lights are working other than headlights. Same here. You can turn your fogs on without the low beams?
mich800 05/10/16 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: my first disappointment

Daytime running lights are neither use nor ornament, particularly the halogen ones. I actually think they are a detrimental to road safety as they give a false sense of a) your headlights actually being on and b) how much they help other vehicles see you. The LED versions are easier to see but, in my opinion, very gauche. In the interests of safety, just leave your headlights on. Really, detrimental to road safety. People are subconsciously turning in front of people at unsafe intervals because the other driver should have seen it coming?
mich800 05/10/16 11:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: my first disappointment

No need to have DRL's. They are an unnecessary feature on most cars. Anyone that thinks they feel safer with them on is kidding themselves. Either way, they can be turned on through the computer by the dealer! Okay bud, tell you what you need to do. Go get in the drivers seat of a semi pulling a 53' van trailer and take off down the interstate in the rain. Now look out the side mirror at the cars riding beside and behind you and tell me that you don't need headlights turned on in the day time. BTW, I'm not kidding me or anyone else. Maybe you are just one of those drivers that don't look back. Ummm! We're not talking about headlights on in the rain. We're talking about DRL's during daylight hours no rain. And yes, I'm always looking around me whenever your driving you constantly need to be aware of your surroundings. And I even have a rear view camera, most if not all semis don't have that! Again even if you see a car ahead with DRL's by the time they get to you, they may inadvertently swerve for what ever reason and cross into your lane at the last second. Now how are DRL's going to help out there! Not sure about that example. DRL have never been used as an example how not to drive head on into someone. The purpose is to add a little visibility pulling out into traffic, changing lanes, etc. Not avoidance of a driver making poor driving decisions.
mich800 05/10/16 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: my first disappointment

It was not an option in uconnect? I know many of the vehicles you can turn them on that way. But I have not tested the uconnect in the trucks yet.
mich800 05/09/16 06:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What to do when the Water Heater goes out?????

I think theres a safety reset some where around the water heater, might check. and check lowes for a removal tool. I agree on the safety thermo or reset button on the board. The gas part of the water heater should still work once the WH is filled. Or a bad check valve. Common for use of winterizing. If it fails all water bypasses the hot water heater. Happened to us when we had full hook ups. I ended up gutting the valve as a stop gap to get hot water.
mich800 05/08/16 04:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi vs Ecodiesel

It all boils down to if you want to listen to your DW or not pulling the grades:W Gasser you won't hear her, diesel you will :B Not sure I agree with that statement. I don't hear my diesel up any hills. Even if it downshifts to 4th(very unlikely)it's still quieter than any gasser that I've had when they get up over 3500 RPM's WHAT? How could anyone take this any other way. Let me state it clearly for the lower reading level group Gasser is louder pulling grades because of high RPM's so you can't hear the wife talking. Diesel has a much lower RPM thus you can hear the wife talking pulling grades. :B Unless you are some sort of redneck running no mufflers on their modern truck you will hear your wife just fine gas or diesel pulling the grades. Now if this is your little trick to tell the wife "I didn't hear you so it's not my fault", your secret is safe with us. :B
mich800 05/08/16 03:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MPG improved with heavier tires???

Actually the Michelin LTX series is known to gain a couple miles per gallon, not from being smaller in diameter, but better quality. As soon as the Good for a year SR-A's are worn on mine, I'll go directly back to Michelins. Just to be clear. Better, or different mpg on different tires is not an indication of quality. Only that different intended compromises between traction, tread life, on road or off road bias, and a multitude of other factors can impact mpg.
mich800 05/07/16 03:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why I'm glad I own an RV - Dirty Hotel Rooms

We have been re-evaluating our options. It seems like every park and wilderness area we camped in was full of bugs, creatures, and sand and dirt. And don't get me started on the stinky dump stations with the only thing standing between civilization and biohazard is a thin plastic tube. :)
mich800 05/06/16 05:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: GM Recall, Stop driving it

Just think the money they saved sourcing the cheapest bidder? Unfortunately that is not how it works in the automotive industry. And GM was a huge problem that put multiple suppliers out of business before the *#&* hit the fan. I was involved with multiple suppliers trying to keep them alive in the midwest during this pre collapse phase. For those involved; know exactly how the OEMs crushed the liquidity of their suppliers that ultimately led them down the path of BK.
mich800 05/05/16 02:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Calling Duramax owners 1st trip with camper bad fuel mileage

I had 07 cc lb lifted with 35s towing a 34 ft tt and a 40 ft 5ver.Never got that crappy mileage.I towed 65-75. I was getting 12 to 15 mpg I did remove my cat first and helped alot. Never threw a code.Then I went with 5 inch exhaust and did a egr black plate and did get efi.It made a big difference. Then my mpg jumped up about 2 mpg and alot lower egts. Now I have a lmm dually same set up and still get 15 to 17 mpg towing my 40 ft 5ver This is why the OP come on forums like this with unrealistic expectations. And the subsequent disappointment when they check actual fuel milage. It's right up there with I got a fully optioned dually diesel out the door for $30k within the past model year.
mich800 05/05/16 02:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: CVT in your 1 ton?

Not CVT but Ford has something on their pickup website that says they are developing a 10 speed for gassers and a 9 speed for SD trucks. GM is supposedly a partner in this. Check it out here
mich800 05/04/16 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Second Gen 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 Speed Transmission

A number of years ago, I remember reading that GM and Ford were jointly working on transmissions, both for front wheel drive car and rear wheel drive, light truck applications. I believe the current 6 speed automatic in Ford/GM FWD cars maybe one result. I also recall that a 10 speed automatic in GM/Ford trucks was also in the plans. Sounds like maybe it's reached fruition. Joint R+D for expensive components, I think will be something we see more of in vehicle design. Would be interesting to get confirmation if these transmissions are the result of joint design from Ford/GM. It is no secret that the 10 speed mentioned in the video was a joint development by GM and Ford. But aside from the fact it is a 10 speed they are tight lipped on what the shared technology is in respective to the Ford and GM versions.
mich800 05/04/16 03:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: CVT in your 1 ton?

Unless they are more reliable and have a longer service life of the newer 8+ speeds I dont's see the need. I have been driving the 8 speed offerings of FCA a lot and they are pretty seamless on the shifts. In fact, unless you are in sport mode or really getting on it, it is hard to even feel the shifts.
mich800 05/04/16 01:45pm Tow Vehicles
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