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RE: F 250 cooling system

My 2016 Ford F 250 diesel has two cooling systems: engine and secondary cooling systems. Are they both for the engine cooling? Thanks Here is a write up on it that may help.
mich800 01/15/17 04:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fiat-Chrysler caught cheating on diesel emmissions

I think it's safe to assume that the new administration will roll back some of this unrealistic regulations. It's not unrealistic. I met a guy just the other day who told me his late model Ram 2500 Cummins was getting 41 MPG highway, and it drops all the way down to 33 MPG when he pulls his gooseneck with about 11,000 lbs. loaded. :W My dad's son's brother took off the 2500 logo and picked up 5 MPG as the truck thought is was a 1/2 ton. I know this has to be true because I also know this individual.
mich800 01/14/17 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Any 17 Dmax owners?

Don't think you'll ever get rid of the lag from dead stop to going w/ a diesel. Gassers don't have it. Nature of the beast. Like AP said, you adjust your driving style to compensate for it. Actually there are many drive by wire gassers that have a slow tip in on the throttle. Depending on your driving style you may or may not notice it.
mich800 01/13/17 10:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: F.B.I. Arrests Volkswagen Executive

I am curious about the new diesel flashes some are doing for MPG could have defeat code in them to meet EPA tests. It has been unlawful to tamper with or defeat the emissions system of a motor vehicle since the passing of the Clean Air Act. This is probably going to bring more attention to these aftermarket companies. http://www.motortrend.com/news/epas-real-target-the-automotive-aftermarket/ I am not talking about the "offroad" tunes. But the ones that claim to meet EPA standards but also have increased MPG claims. I believe some on this forum have tried or are using such tunes. Do they have a secret defeat program similar to VW to attain such claims?
mich800 01/12/17 11:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: F.B.I. Arrests Volkswagen Executive

The VW scandal has shaken up the industry for sure. And it was just announced that Fiat Chrysler will be investigated for defeat software. Which I am not surprised as all 2017 Ecodiesel's have been delayed and have yet to hit dealer lots. Here's to hoping my truck is in the clear and it is just Cummins that will be the problem? I have been thinking about that. I am curious about the new diesel flashes some are doing for MPG could have defeat code in them to meet EPA tests. There could be some wide nets cast after all this shakes out.
mich800 01/12/17 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: F.B.I. Arrests Volkswagen Executive

When Schmidt defended VW like a good soldier, and then VW admitted to cheating, in effect they threw their guy under the bus. Good soldier? More like one of the generals. As the former head emissions compliance manager for Volkswagen, Schmidt was not some obscure, low-on-the-food-chain underling following orders, he was a top executive. He's probably the guy who told the engineers to alter the software in order to fool the emissions tests.You guys act like he is going to go to jail or something if he is convicted. He's not. He'll get a fine, which the company will pay. Big Deal. But everyone here says you will go to jail and they will take your kids away if you remove the DPF. :B
mich800 01/11/17 11:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram moving back across the border?

Well, maybe a private car company could choose to just make less profit but a public one, eg share holders, not a chance. People will drop their stock like yesterdays news if company A is going to make more than company B. Unless of course the president wants to make up the difference to the share holder. There is not that much difference from a private corporation and a public one. Particularly when discussing larger companies. They both have shareholders and directors to answer to. Maximizing business value is the same regardless of the legal organizational structure. Even smaller family owned businesses answer to someone and are just as susceptible to to the same pitfalls as larger corporations. I cannot tell you how many family companies we have contracted with that paid themselves too much of their free cash flow during good times and built up a certain "standard of living". And when things get lean they cannot afford to cut back on their earnings and everything snowballs.
mich800 01/11/17 09:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Regen Smells

So how many of you catch a whiff of diesel/ regen at times in the cab? Is this just a issue with newer emissions trucks? The Titan XD is known to have the smell problem but riding in my BIL's 2016 Duramax over the weekend and I could smell it. It was not strong or constant but it was there occasionally. My BIL said he didn't smell anything. I could always notice a regen by smell before I noticed the change in engine tone or seeing it on the EVIC.
mich800 01/10/17 03:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram moving back across the border?

Car companys are not politically driven they are drive by economics. We have always had a world relationship in the car world. Big business dances to its own music. And who sets the tax and regulatory environment for business that directly impact their profitability? Answer .... the world. Certainly not just a dictator of one country or another. Business is profit driven and will make cars as close to their market as possible. Here in America we buy lots of cars and that is why we are producing them. That is not to say that government doesn't aide them or keep them in check (ie: air bags issues, diesel emissions, and mileage requirements). The congress sets some rules not the president, he can only suggest. Where did I mention the President or "dictator"? You said companies are not politically driven. But the business environment relative to other countries or localities both in costs and stability does in fact have an impact on where and how business operate.
mich800 01/09/17 10:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 Ford F-150 First Impressions

Didn't they just completely redo the F150 in '17? No, that was 2015. Yes, the biggest changes for 2017 are the revised ecoboost, 10 speed, and ecoboost in the raptor.
mich800 01/09/17 08:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram moving back across the border?

Car companys are not politically driven they are drive by economics. We have always had a world relationship in the car world. Big business dances to its own music. And who sets the tax and regulatory environment for business that directly impact their profitability?
mich800 01/09/17 08:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F150 diesel

First hot threads on RV.net after release will probably be payload, MPG's, then the mandatory Ike Guantlet test. Gotta wonder if Ford woulda released this truck if Ram hadn't come out with the EcoDiesel first. I think all the big 3 were snakebit after developing the baby diesels years ago only to pull the plug on the idea. Add the strict current diesel emission requirements and general advancements in gasoline engines made the decision to go forward again more difficult. Dodge/Ram probably had the most to gain with less to lose launching first baby diesel and it worked out nicely for them. I personally don't think I would choose a diesel in a half ton but having that choice and competition is nice.
mich800 01/08/17 05:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 Ford F-150 First Impressions

Yes the 10 speed was a joint effort design with Ford introducing this tranny in the F150 and Chevy introducing it in the Camaro. From what I've read it appears to be a very smooth shifting transmission that's always in the right gear which maximizes engine power and efficiency. It sounds like a very good engineered transmission. I have been impressed with the 10 speed. I never got the "hunting for gears" feeling. At lower throttle positions you don't even really notice it shifting. In harder accelerations nice firm shifts.
mich800 01/08/17 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: All GM trucks combined sell more than Ford.

Ford should make a Lincoln truck like Chevy has GMC! Ha! Fords number also typically includes "All F-series" which cheats a little off Chevy and GM actual units sold as well. Actually Lincoln does make a pickup. Do you mean did make a pickup?
mich800 01/06/17 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All GM trucks combined sell more than Ford.

GM has also beat Ford hands down in number of bankruptcy proceedings. This is adding all GM divisions to make it fair. ;)
mich800 01/06/17 04:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-Series trucks # 1 for 40 years

Fleet - Lease units do make the spreadsheets look good. Yes, I own a past Fleet-Lease F 250 unit. Ohio oil industry all Fords. Texas oil and electric all Fords. F 150 to F 750... my opinion... fyi this is my First Ford Truck. I was a car guy and not Ford. In the real world where people actually own their trucks and use them hauling RV's and other transport trailers RAM Trucks dominate the field. And fleet managers are tools? Not concerned with the total life costs of their vehicles to keep their jobs. It is often tossed out here on this forum about fleet sales like they are completely ignorant of these facts. Are you saying what I said is not true? I did not dispute one bit the fleet sales numbers. But since it is brought up RAM is making BIG inroads with Ambulances, Wreckers and Security trucks. No not directly at you. Just when people diminish fleet sales as not "real" working vehicles somehow. Fleet vehicles are purchased for the exact same reasons as your individual purchase example. Cost of acquisition, costs to operate, and costs of disposition. And I have no comment on your stats as I have never actually read that data so will assume you are correct for this discussion.
mich800 01/05/17 12:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-Series trucks # 1 for 40 years

Fleet - Lease units do make the spreadsheets look good. Yes, I own a past Fleet-Lease F 250 unit. Ohio oil industry all Fords. Texas oil and electric all Fords. F 150 to F 750... my opinion... fyi this is my First Ford Truck. I was a car guy and not Ford. In the real world where people actually own their trucks and use them hauling RV's and other transport trailers RAM Trucks dominate the field. And fleet managers are tools? Not concerned with the total life costs of their vehicles to keep their jobs. It is often tossed out here on this forum about fleet sales like they are completely ignorant of these facts.
mich800 01/05/17 10:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F-150 3.5 Ecoboost

What is the purpose/gain from the start/stop feature. Guessing it is sold as less fuel consumption and less emissions, or maybe getting down to that sort of nitty gritty to met some sort of other stndard? Every little bit helps ,they have come to an "agreement" as to what its worth (to the EPA) and thus raise the mpg on the window sticker that much. It might be only noticeable to a mileage nut ,but for the fleet mpg its important. Yep, when you have a rolling group of 100 cars that approach and stop at a red light, having all of them turn the engine off for the red light duration collectively will save a lot of fuel/emissions. Now do this across 250 million vehicles on USA roads, and you can see how this will make a noticeable reduction in fuel usage. My question: how does the A/C compressor run with the engine off? In August, in Texas, you don't want your engine turning off at all. In the stop/starts I have driven if the hvac items are called on the engine will start up or just not turn off.
mich800 01/03/17 11:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dining plan or not at Disney

I would say it depends on when you go. We have only been to Disney once but it was during the busy season and we did not purchase a dining plan. We could not eat in the parks because everything was book by the meal plan people. So it was vendor snacks until we got back to the hotel at nights.
mich800 01/02/17 03:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: KOA disappoints.... again!

The word "free" has been bastertized and often misused. Think of items for sale advertised on the TV or radio where the promoter states that shipping is free. Since when did UPS or FedEx begin not charging for their work? The cost of shipping is built into the purchasing price because in my opinion, nothing is free. RV.net is not free... it is just that we the users do not pay for it. I can agree with that. With that in mind everyone reading post on RV.net are users. RV.net is free to users......no strings attached. If you take it a step further the evil CW (Affinity Group) pays the tab. They are in cahoots with KOA to extort as much money out of RV'ers as possible without providing anything worthwhile.:W I think there seems to be confusion on price and cost. This forum is free ($0 price) for the user. That does not mean cost free. In this case the advertisers are paying the costs. And in return hope to generate revenue from thier ads. It's not that complicated.
mich800 01/01/17 03:03pm General RVing Issues
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