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RE: VW/Audi

Strictly from an environmental and cost standpoint it does not make sense to purchase a diesel, hybrid, or electric vehicle right now relative to a comparable gas only vehicle. If it makes you feel better that is great. But no different than putting a big down payment on a leased vehicle to get a lower monthly payment. I don't know. I suppose it depends on how it is used and the region you drive it. Without a doubt one of the big reasons we bought our Electric was the excellent driving experience and performance, but it also costs a fraction to drive of what a gasser would cost. We only do 1200 to 1500 KM a month in ours but I know some who drive double that. That's gotta save a few bucks. From the environent side, it's an inexpensive car that doesn't use a lot of resources to make, all the power comes from hydro and the car was specifically built to be easily recyclable at the end of its life including repurposing the battery. I don't think they are the answer for everyone but they certainly excel in some areas. That was exactly my point. You can pay extra now for that option and save over the life of the product. Or you can pay less now and get a similar gas powered but still very fuel efficient vehicle but pay a little more at the pump after. The net outcome is the same.
mich800 10/08/15 05:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: VW/Audi

Strictly from an environmental and cost standpoint it does not make sense to purchase a diesel, hybrid, or electric vehicle right now relative to a comparable gas only vehicle. If it makes you feel better that is great. But no different than putting a big down payment on a leased vehicle to get a lower monthly payment.
mich800 10/08/15 12:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trade-in vehicle question?

Most dealers will trade either way, it is just math to them !Most of the time it ain't their money anyways . I traded in an Allegra Bay diesel on a Lance pickup camper and got $30, 000 back ! Try it , ya might like it ! I have to ask. Whose money do you figure it is? I was curious about that as well.
mich800 09/29/15 04:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Boy....they don`t build them like they used too!!!

I really liked having a small, simple engine I could work on myself. Modern cars intimidate me. I lift the hood and the whole space is full, all kinds of stuff crammed in there, I don't know what most of it is.The nice thing is you generally don't have much to do with modern engines. Change the oil regularly and stay on top of the other maintenance and you're good to go. I'll take the new engines over the old ones I had growing up. Exactly. Kind of like snowmobiling in the 70's era. Everything clean and easy to get to. But that was a good thing because you WILL be working on them on the trail.
mich800 09/25/15 01:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 12 Volt / Converter

My batteries are on their last legs. New ones for next season for sure. I will check the connections.
mich800 09/25/15 09:36am Travel Trailers
12 Volt / Converter

Here is a weird one. At least for me. Our TT is parked at our home and plugged into shore power. Yesterday my wife went out in the morning to get something out of the refrigerator. All 12 volt was out inside. No lights or fridge but AC power was on (microwave). It was still dark but the electric jack worked so the batteries were good. I went back out when it was light out. Everything is now working but the converter breaker is tripped. So I have two questions. (1.)Why did the 12 volt start working again. Could there be an automatic 12 volt circuit breaker that tripped and reset when the converter tripped. (2.) What would make the convertor trip. Should I investigate further.
mich800 09/25/15 08:42am Travel Trailers
RE: New 2017 Superduties

Yeah the grill is almost ugly. The dash is the best in a ford I've ever seen, too bad the always have to ruin it buy putting that big "super duty" emboss in it. I agree with the "Super Duty" stamped seemingly everywhere, especially on the current trucks. I think it really takes away from the truck itself. If you want to see FUGLY look at the 2016 RAM Limited grill. I think that is a problem with the chrome look. It can get gaudy real quick if not done perfectly.
mich800 09/25/15 04:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: TT broken into. I learned something about the door locks

Any RV can be opened with a large flat head screwdriver. Just pry the wall away from the door(or the other way round) and the door just opens up. Locks are only there to keep honest people out. I hate this phrase. It might keep the undetermined thieves out but does nothing for honest people. A thief is a thief.
mich800 09/23/15 05:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: VW/Audi

However we were surprised to see the really low EPA numbers mileage numbers on the TDI's when we were looking. We were in California at the time and it seemed to me they were in the low 30's. I think real world mileage is higher for the TDI's although I don't know how much. . VW under rates their MPGs. By a lot. My TDI says 41 highway. I get 41 around town and have gotten 51 on the highway. My wife's TDI has gotten 55 mpg and is mid forties around town. We're both rated for 41 highway and 36 city. I had a loaner gas car they did 36 city. Ford got caught over rating 6 of their cars by A LOT, especially the Cmax and the fed came down and landed on them. Are they under rated or rated for when the emissions are working at EPA standards? Maybe that should have been the first signal that something was amiss with the programming.
mich800 09/23/15 04:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Comparing Apples To Other Apples

You forgot about the cost of the "quality". If in fact the quality is better the maintenance and durability should be better (less costly). So is the true increase in price really $7k factoring these other difficult to quantify attributes?
mich800 09/20/15 12:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fords altitude towing recomendations

The article states this has been in the manual in prior years. But the article is also confusing because they talk about reducing GVWR but the language only speaks to GCVWR.
mich800 09/11/15 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: I bought my truck from a shady dealer

All we need to know is did the OP purchase from a dealer. If so just relax. So this dealer is not paying their bills. During the automotive melt down did everyone who purchased a used car from a dealer run to the police or an attorney just in case the dealer was not paying their bills. Just take a step back and relax. Once it all shakes out the business owner will be accountable. The UCC laws on these transactions were put in place for situations exactly like this. Otherwise you would need to to title searches and maybe insurance on every used car purchase from a dealer.
mich800 09/09/15 06:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I bought my truck from a shady dealer

UCC 2-403, guys. Or in Texas it would be Tex. Bus. Comm. Code 2.403, technically. UCC Article 2 has some different flavors depending on the state but they're all mostly the same. In particular look at subsections (b) and (c). (b) Any entrusting of possession of goods to a merchant who deals in goods of that kind gives him power to transfer all rights of the entruster to a buyer in ordinary course of business. (c) "Entrusting" includes any delivery and any acquiescence in retention of possession regardless of any condition expressed between the parties to the delivery or acquiescence and regardless of whether the procurement of the entrusting or the possessor's disposition of the goods have been such as to be larcenous under the criminal law. Unless there's something obviously wrong with the title or something else is going on that you haven't shared, it's your truck. Edit - not legal advice. Boy everyone is getting all worked up. This is correct. As long as it was a dealer there are UCC protections in place for the buyer. If what the OP stated is true the individuals that owned the car have an unsecured claim against the dealer with no recourse to the buyer.
mich800 09/09/15 06:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Structural Adhesive used in New F150

Grumman American Aircraft were bonded with epoxy, they are still flying after 40 years. When done properly the glue is better than bolts, nuts, and spot welds. Not True.. I have worked on and around aircraft since 1967 and hold an A&P.. This is a current quote and what is being taught to new students.. "In practice, however, certain federal aviation regulations require substantiation that a bonded joint between any two primary structural components will carry a specified load with a maximum disbond. One solution to this lack of confidence in adhesively bonded joints has been to add metal fasteners. If an adhesively bonded joint fails, a metal fastener would continue holding the joint together. However, data proving consistency and reliability is unavailable, and current inspection techniques are inadequate to establish confidence in adhesive bonds." I don't know who this quote is attributed to. But I would consider this similar to using safety wire. I don't see an issue using redundant fasteners when 30k feet in the air where difference is flying or crashing. I have never heard it phrased "I have lack of confidence in that nut so I will safety wire it". More of if plan A fails I have an opportunity for plan B.
mich800 09/08/15 10:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Structural Adhesive used in New F150

...fact is the F-150 is going to cost you more all around, upfront, fuel and insurance... Don Don, you are confusing your opinion with real facts, which aren't the same thing. More than what? not buying one and just walking?https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.autonews.com/article/20150730/RETAIL05/150729842/ford-f-150-aluminum-repairs-cost-more-than-steel-iihs-says&ved=0CC0QFjAAahUKEwimsaXMv-fHAhVH0oAKHYirAmY&usg=AFQjCNEQzt0N2Xt6mxS4Hkjqq6li4dROXg&sig2=Hk9M8cf0SrEa47YSanGZzw Tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that repairing body damage on the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 took longer and cost 26 percent more than on the 2014 F-150 made of steel. Last I knew 30 MPG (ED EPA rating) will cost you less in fuel then 23 mpg (the EB EPA rating). If the total cost only went up by 400 over the steel body it's because Ford is eating the cost difference. That won't last for long. Don Insurance on my F-150 is cheaper than my F-350! Not apples to apples, not sure if there is a price difference from an 2014 F-150 to a 2015 F-150. The problem with the above is it does represent the actual costs to the consumer. 1. Insurance cost increases to the consumer have just not materialized. Add to the fact as more dealers and shops become more efficient at these repairs the cost variance will tighten. 2. Fuel cost differentials between diesel and gasoline still favor gasoline in many parts of the country. So any blanket statement about net fuel costs are just not accurate. In fact the actual net cost difference is a push in many areas. 3. Base price increase was nominal and consistent with industry increases. So now we "know" Fords all in costs and they are just eating it. Or maybe they are run efficiently and can produce at lower costs. Just because you do not like the fact you cannot just discard it because it does not fit your analysis. Don, you have been a very big proponent of Rams philosophy of different trucks for different roles. For example the low payload in the ED but that is fine because if you want to tow heavier you step up to the 2500 or 3500. But you keep trying to pigeonhole the eb as a direct comparison to the ED based solely on MPG claims. Maybe Fords philosophy is an all around truck that can tow or haul more weight but still get decent mpg.
mich800 09/08/15 08:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dodge 1500 Diesel

The OP has a Hemi and was inquiring about the Ecodiesel not Ford. The direction of this thread has taken the typical passive aggressive brand loyalists method to bash their competition.
mich800 09/08/15 06:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Structural Adhesive used in New F150

Jeremiah all vehicles use body adhesives along with spot welds. The biggest issue with the new aluminum bodied F-150 is insurance cost and repair cost. Despite what Fishy might tell you the fact is the F-150 is going to cost you more all around, upfront, fuel and insurance. Buy what you feel is going to do the best all around job for you and your family. Don I understand why you may have made the comment about Fish but this statement "the fact is the F-150 is going to cost you more all around, upfront, fuel and insurance" has not proved out true in any empirical evidence. The base price on the Al F150 went up less than $400 and there have been no appreciable insurance premium increases on these trucks. Not sure what you are referring to on the extra fuel costs.
mich800 09/08/15 06:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Structural Adhesive used in New F150

Look at some of the explorer hoods at the welds. They are corroding and bubbling the paint . These are aluminum hoods. My close friend has 2013 explorer and is fighting ford over this issue. They will not do anything about it. That would be a production issue on that vehicle. Ford has used aluminum hoods for many years in the F150 with no issues.
mich800 09/08/15 04:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the 2016 Ram HD’s Output Figures Bogus?

My 3.73 geared 2012 F250 certainly was faster than my 3.42 geared 2015 3500. I love the Ram but wish there were some other gearing options. I'm not certain, but I believe the Ram is geared for towing/hauling power, not racing. 3.42 doesn't seem ideal for towing to me, but what do I know? Actually its good since 5th gear is the same RPM as 6th with 4:10's. With the Aisin's lower starting gear it gets the load rolling well. I towed a combined load of 28-30K for 3.5 years with the 3:42's and 68RFE. It was fine but I always eased into it from a stop until I got the load rolling then I mostly ran 5th at 62. Saying that I now tow 32K combined with Aisin and 4:10's and that combo is better for sure but the 3:42's and Aiain are a great combo up to some pretty big numbers. Rear axle ratios are where the whole 1/2 ton to 3/4 ton debate seems to go. Some only see a number and formulate an idea in their mind some performance attribute without looking at the big picture. Just like today's "1/2" ton trucks are nothing like older generations much the same way the OEM's are not just stuffing granddaddy's old 1:1 transmission and high first gear transmissions into their new trucks.
mich800 09/06/15 10:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Please Be Careful !

Very sad indeed! I think this is an example of what not to do. What I mean is if someone pulls in front of you hit the brakes and hold on. Don't try drastic evasion maneuvers. Every situation is different but the evasion part can get you more than the collision part. Very Sad indeed, I agree with Cummins that I am sure all in the truck survived the initial impact. It was the impact with the wall of the wash, that inflicted the real damage. It does sound real callous to say not to avoid a collision, but you really want to stay on the roadway after impact. This is one of the reasons I drive with my lights on 24/7 when driving, I have done this for all 49 years I have been driving. You are far more visible!!!! You guys do realize in a major impact like this the vehicles do not just stop. It is a huge assumption to state the truck made any evasive maneuvers. If that car pulled out directly in front of the truck this is exactly what happens. Airbags, blackout and 50-60 mph puts that truck exactly where it is. Good points! I still say don't try evasive maneuvers unless you know your surroundings for a fact. I 100% agree. I just don't think that is what happened here. I was in an accident very similar years ago and the vehicles did not end up anywhere close to the impact. And trust me there was no "driving" after the initial hit.
mich800 08/18/15 05:38pm Fifth-Wheels
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