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RE: Ram dually vs Ford dually Frame Flex Comparison

I always find it amusing when this video comes up. You can tell the Ram is pulled far enough forward where only the right rear is unloaded. The Ford is teetering on the right front and left rear. It is obvious when they pull down on the Ford and it rocks pivoting on the balance point. The Ram does not come down because there is too much weight on the left front (it is not balancing on the two tires like the Ford) So what you are saying is that if they would pull the Ford forward far enough that the left front would be on the ground more that the frame wouldn't flex? :S Both trucks had the weight of the RR off the ground. The Ram is holding it's weight the Ford is not. Simple as that. No not necessarily but it make it apples to apples. If you are not concerned with that I don't have a problem. You state both trucks have the right rear off the ground which is true, but only one truck is fully loading the frame.
mich800 12/19/14 06:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram dually vs Ford dually Frame Flex Comparison

I always find it amusing when this video comes up. You can tell the Ram is pulled far enough forward where only the right rear is unloaded. The Ford is teetering on the right front and left rear. It is obvious when they pull down on the Ford and it rocks pivoting on the balance point. The Ram does not come down because there is too much weight on the left front (it is not balancing on the two tires like the Ford)
mich800 12/19/14 05:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight Police is in trouble now

As a Class A driver, I can say with a fair amount of confidence that there is a reason why 8 tires are underneath a trailer that weighs up to 25 tons...cause you have to have the proper base under that weight, a base that is the rear of the tow vehicle, with that weight on those driven wheels to hopefully safely control all of that combination vehicle, 80,000 pounds, in ANY driving circumstances. Even in doubles the lighter trailer is the second one. Isn't the whole point of a fiver over a TT to have that big solid hitch squarely riding over the load bearing center of the TV? The laws of physics in regards to mass and motion will not change if a person wants to haul more stuff in his SUV. God be with you Sir. I admit my experience towing things does not yet include a fiver, but when that day comes (hopefully next year) a DRW diesel will be the only tow vehicle I will trust with my family. The goal is to have the weight over the load bearing wheels. This minimizes the impact of sway acting on those wheels due to leverage. This product does that but the loaded wheels are not the drive wheels.
mich800 12/18/14 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: credit card limit

the retailer is free to set the limits wherever they like, it's their store. Credit Card limits are set by the credit card companies, and or banks.This happens every time this subject comes up. It must be both: CC companies have a reimbursement limit to the stations (but don't impose the pump limit), so the stations protect themselves by using the pump limit. Burbman probably said that already. Is that an agreeable and sensible answer? If the card ends up stolen or the charge is disputed the business gets charged back by the merchant bank. I.E. they don't get paid. So the business has a transaction limit they wish to risk. If your charge back percentage gets too high they will increase your fees.
mich800 12/17/14 04:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fords 6.7 Scorpion Diesel motor

Anyone know what the most used truck is for hotshot use? It would seem that those that purposely put major miles on their trucks would want the most reliable. If not the most reliable then the least expensive to fix. I have nothing to back this up but my own observation over many years. RAM #1 GM #2 and Ford #3. Fish will tell you that is not true. He will site Company owned trucks. I am talking guys that make their living with the trucks they personally own! Just a few years ago it Ford #2 and GM #3. Pretty regional observation. On my travels on the turnpike in OH I generally see more GM. With Ford and Dodge more evenly split. And before you say there is no longer Dodge they are Ram, I see far more older Dodges (pre Ram so not really that old) then the newer ones.
mich800 12/17/14 03:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: credit card limit

You can actually drive around the US and write checks? I don't find that as amazing as the fact that someone will actually take them. I don't own a credit card. Full timed 7 years without one. AND I cash checks almost every week while on the road. I have free checking. I don't ever use an ATM. Basically I am NOT going to pay 'anyone' to use my own money or use a credit card and pay them ridiculous rates to spend money I don't have. Checks? Do you all live under a rock and don't know about e-checks? :W Almost all establishments e-check your checks. All Walmarts and many grocery stores will GLADLY take your check. You can even write it for 'over the amount' and get 'cash back'......they run your check as an "e-check" they get their money on the spot and likewise it is taken out of your account on the spot! They don't care what state or planet you are from when they run it e-check all the info is right there for them to use. I haven't ween the inside of my bank for 7 years. Transfer money, deposit checks, auto bill pay, etc., on line while on the road anywhere! And Walmart supplies me with any green cash I might need! :C Nothing wrong with cash and it is easier to budget. But regarding fees to use a debit card or credit card to "use" your own cash just is not true. I do not pay any fees on my debit cards or credit cards to use or get cash.
mich800 12/16/14 06:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fords 6.7 Scorpion Diesel motor

Sure, I guess those photos a few pages back are a hidden agenda too, right? True lies? Does Ric have to post up his dead HPFP pictures also? Ford made the bed, let them sleep in it. So please, do tell of your disdain for Ford from your personal experience? Please also inform us of what qualifications make you an expert for the analysis you have been trying so hard to be an expert at? I would honestly like to know. If I was Ric I would have the exact same attitude. But one thing this forum is very good at is losing perspective. If you are new here and doing research you will probably leave more confused then when they began. While fun for those of us more seasoned on what is really going on and just partaking in some brand biased "facts" we really do a disservice to those doing serious research.
mich800 12/16/14 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fastest selling pickups

Why when actual unit sales are available would you use days supply instead? If they taught critical thinking while you were in school you must have missed those days. Days supply is indicative of how good a job the production scheduling people are doing in forecasting demand. The extended cab days of supply is odd in part as this truck has been termed by GM a "double cab" for the past two years. The F-150 pickup outsells all other 1/2 ton pickups combined in actual units sold. The Ram 2500/3500 trucks outsell Ford and GM/Chevy combined, even with the F-450 pickup version thrown in to boost up Ford's sales numbers (which is why Ford makes two very different F-450 trucks). It takes a fool to follow the mob mentality and think that because more people buy something that it is better. With this logic McDonald's must make the best hamburgers and Starbuck's must have the best coffee. ...and for about five bucks you can buy a book on Amazon called "How to Lie with Statistics". Written in the 50's by an expert on statistics, humorous, and still very relevant. I did some consulting for a company that had phenomenal inventory turnover. But it turns out they were losing money on each item. So the only thing they were doing was hastening their demise.
mich800 12/12/14 02:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor Trend 2015 Truck of the Year

Since when did Towing become the main purpose of a small pickup? Well, except here on an RV web-board, I guess. I'd just like a small truck for the stuff I have to use a utility trailer for now -- going to the dump, grab some cement bags, and pretending I can fix stuff myself. I don't need a freekin F350 for that! I think the issue is these are not the mini trucks of past but approaching the 1/2 ton market relative to size. So now we wait and see if GM can successfully carve out this niche that is really a blurred small truck/half ton truck. I personally would be up for a small truck just to do errands around town or lugging the bikes to the trail. But the Colorado is so close to the 1/2 ton market I would just go slightly bigger.
mich800 12/12/14 05:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: UPDATE! Picking up the 2015 Eco-Diesel Friday/Saturday! :)

Never heard of wind drag lowering the tow rating, or a computer that would know how much payload or weight you have towed. Would be interested to see that in writing to know it is the case. Either way, I doubt that the warranty would be voided unless you are grossly overweight - like 3 times or more. When was the last time you heard of an engine or suspension failure for being overweight? And if you go on any of the truck forums (pick a brand) there are PLENTY of photos/videos of people insanely overloading their trucks. All it takes is to be involved in an accident with an overloaded vehicle and the lawyers will have a field day. Urban legend. Cite a single example where some guy was, say, 5-800lbs over rated tow capacity and got into a crash. After the emergency vehicles came and left, a couple days later accident investigators showed up and surprisingly, found every piece of cargo that had spilled out of the trailer that up-ended and spilled contents for 200yrd because the looters were taking a holiday. The investigators picked it all up, took it back to the police station and weighed every piece. The sum was a couple hundred lbs over. 6 months later the lawyers were able to prove that every piece the investigators picked up did indeed come from the trailer. Retorical question here... .. So, if I cause an accident and I am under my capacity I get off scott free? Do you see the problem with this straw man fallacy? I will add another little common sense insight... If you cause an accident... your liable.. overweight or underweight... towing... or not towing... in a Big Giant Crew Cab Diesel or in a Geo Metro... If you cause an accident... you are liable. The argument "If you are overloaded and cause an accident your liable"..is TRUE... along with every single other type of accident YOU cause. Thanks! Jeremiah This is one of the most logical statements uttered on this forum. If you cause an accident be prepared for the consequences. Sometimes we lose sight of the big picture. And on the wind drag, Ford used to have a maximum frontal area that would reduce the maximum trailer weight. But I have not seen that noted in recent years.
mich800 12/10/14 07:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Aftermarket Exhaust for Ford 6.7L ??

Forget about the noise maker. EPA will confiscate vehicles that do not have the oem emission system which includes everything to the tip of the tailpipe.To which I say bullfeathers. MRBP of Canada makes a great system that I had on my last truck and will put on my new to me 2008 Ford F-250. What you are saying is the only exhaust you can put on is a Ford exhaust. Places like Midas and any truck accessory shop will take that assertion about the EPA "confiscating" a vehicle and have a good laugh. Where did you hear this fairy tale? In a state with 40 million people, a county with 10 million people, (Los Angeles) I don't think you know what you are talking about. Certainly a canadian aftermarket exhaust is not CARB or EPA approved to give all of us clean air. Driving is a privelege, not a right. That privelege, should you abuse pollution laws, can indeed be revoked. They are usually "filter/CAT back" systems for the 6.7L. MBRP Exhaust They are still modified exhaust systems. Exhaust manufacturers of aftermarket diesel exhaust systems fined.
mich800 12/10/14 03:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor Trend 2015 Truck of the Year

This is what killed the Ford Ranger. There just wasn't a lot of cost savings and fuel efficiency wasn't much better, so it was hard to sell the small trucks. No, this is not correct. What killed the Ford Ranger was that Ford decided to let the old design die on the vine. The F150 and the F250/350 HD trucks always get the latest modern updates every year. That has been Ford's focus, and they have done exceptionally well over the years with their F series trucks. The Ranger barely changed for the last 15 years it was on the market. The design was ancient and the powertrains were so outdated, inefficient, and sluggish compared to the F150. I really wanted to buy one of the last Rangers because that was the size I needed, and driving it was just a lousy experience. And why did Ford let the old Ranger design die on the vine? Perhaps the same reason GM and Dodge did the same thing to their mid size trucks. BTW... It's very rare for me to see the smaller Toyota and Nissan trucks on the road these days. I agree, just too expensive to play in the niche markets with such high overhead costs. Now if someone puts something out there again and sales take off we will see these smaller trucks again. Maybe GM will be the leader in this or maybe it fails time will tell. I think part of the demise of the small trucks was the proliferation of the smaller suv's. Carry more passengers comfortably and fold down the rear seat to carry that occasional big item in the back.
mich800 12/06/14 11:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: MFG Ratings what are the limiting factors

I have a question for you. On my phone 2014 Town and Country the tire loading and payload sticker is totally bogus. I scaled it and found a huge discrepancy between GVWR and the available payload. I lost the weight slip so I can't provide that yet. I need to get it re-weighed. But it was hundreds of pounds difference iirc. I have 1100 ish lbs of payload per the door sticker and when we weighed the van we had the entire family in the van and some of our gear so 900 lbs total....I expected to see 200 ish lbs of payload but it was more like 5 or 600 lbs under GVWR Curious, I started checking out other 2014 Town and Countries, across all trim levels and options I found the payload sticker was exactly the same. This fact has led me to call the sticker 'silly' and sent me back to the Stone Age where to determine actual payload I will weigh the vehicle and subtract from the GVWR. Thanks! JeremiahHmmm, something wrong here! When I was responsible for those stickers it was my understanding that the stated payload had to be accurate within 10# for a given vehicle. We had a very complex computer process that did the calculations based on vehicle content. It was the same process used to calculate payment to the vehicle shippers, which was based on weight. You'd better believe they would holler if it was wrong. I can't speak for Chrysler - maybe you need to ask them! It comes down to this. Does he KNOW how much he had in the van. It was just an estimate. Add to the fact this will only work on a new vehicle. Vehicles much like our rv's tend to collect items after awhile that we may forget are in there. Jumper cables, tow strap and other things stored away.
mich800 12/06/14 04:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Aftermarket Exhaust for Ford 6.7L ??

How old are you? Would not expect to many teenagers on this forum. I am not sure who this comment was directed to. But are you suggesting only teenagers care about visual things or the visceral appeal of a product?
mich800 12/04/14 10:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Aftermarket Exhaust for Ford 6.7L ??

Look underneath, is there a muffler downstream of the emissions ? If not leave it alone you won't improve anything. If there is take it to a muffler shop and have a straight pipe installed. On my 11 RAM there was a small muffler it was a straight thru design. Geno's garage sells a straight pipe. I installed the pipe and it gave it a slightly more rumbling sound. Maybe someone already makes a pipe for yours if you have a muffler. You just are not going to see much difference on a dpf era Ford. They do have a muffler/resonator but is not restrictive and relatively small. If you are going through the trouble for a very small sound change you may as well go for looks as well and do dpf back which pretty much an axle back kit.
mich800 12/04/14 09:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Aftermarket Exhaust for Ford 6.7L ??

You guys are fretting about nothing. His truck will not be louder with a dpf back exhaust. It will be for looks only.
mich800 12/03/14 05:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Aux diesel tank in bed question...

Okay, now you got me curious. Why doesn't the auxiliary tank drain into the main truck tank until the auxiliary tank is empty, when the valve is open? Seems like it would if the auxiliary tank is higher than the regular tank. What am I missing? Surely it isn't just the seal of the fuel cap? That is how it works. You can get a tee that fits in the filler neck that has a shut off float in it. If someone just connected to the filler neck without some sort of shut off it would flow to the cap. Yes some people leave the valve open and the cap should prevent any fuel from coming out. I choose to just open the valve when I run low on fuel. In fact with my 50 gallon tank when I open it, it drains far enough down that the level of the diesel is not higher than my filler cap. So it is really a no brainer. I have a 34 gallon tank. I choose not to trust everything being spill proof around the cap because it is just so easy to flip the lever once. Literally about once every 800 miles or so. No big deal. I do it similarly. I flip the valve if I am low with no stations in sight or if fuel prices are high. I typically top off my aux tank when I find a good deal and only use it when prices are rising. My own little futures market.
mich800 12/02/14 06:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Aux diesel tank in bed question...

Okay, now you got me curious. Why doesn't the auxiliary tank drain into the main truck tank until the auxiliary tank is empty, when the valve is open? Seems like it would if the auxiliary tank is higher than the regular tank. What am I missing? Surely it isn't just the seal of the fuel cap? That is how it works. You can get a tee that fits in the filler neck that has a shut off float in it. If someone just connected to the filler neck without some sort of shut off it would flow to the cap.
mich800 12/02/14 05:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: how real do your electric 'fireplace' flames look?

if i want a fire i make one outside my 2 cents. plus with my luck if it breaks it will be discontinued I agree. To each their own, I guess, but I really can't see buying a camper so i can enjoy the great outdoors then sit inside in front of a fake fire. We are all fake camping. If we really wanted to see the outdoors we would tent it. If you like a fireplace get one. There is no reason not to enjoy a relaxing evening inside after your outdoor adventures end.
mich800 12/01/14 04:51am General RVing Issues
RE: MotorTrend Tests the 1500's

That is a great test but you and Ford are missing the most important part of that test. The Ram loses 45 seconds to the Ford up that hill out of a 700 mile range. What is the Fords range pulling that trailer. I am willing to bet that the Ford will make many more fuel stops over 700 miles while pulling that trailer.. I keep seeing reference to a "700 mile range". I'm not a math major, but with 26 gallons of fuel, to go 700 miles you have to get almost 27 mpg, and that leaves nothing in reserve. Towing a travel trailer will reduce that mileage considerably. I would think that a 400 mile range towing a trailer would be much more realistic. I was wondering the same thing.
mich800 11/30/14 03:26pm Tow Vehicles
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