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RE: Ford Ecoboost gas mileage and reliability???

I'm with you Mitch. Putting my chips on the Ecoboost proving itself for the long term. I'll sell in a heartbeat if I'm having issues in warranty. 5,000 miles so far and I've only noticed the "5mph shudder". I'm hearing it's a product of torque and not a concern. Still don't like how it feels. What is the it's a product of torque comment? The Ecoboost has no more torque than say a Ram 1500, it is just lower in the power band. I think ford is handing out a bunch of crap. Maybe peak torque output is similar w/ a Ram (~410 ft/lb) and Ecoboost (420 ft/lb). But the Ecoboost is putting out probably twice the torque of the Ram at 1800 rpm. Which is right around where you're probably at on take off. Although I haven't experienced this shuddering in my Ecoboost, either. Have you driven an Ecoboost? If not, you should try it out before you call it a load of crap! Of course, it is a matter of preference how/where you want your torque, but for me, the power delivery characteristics of this motor sealed the deal. When I say a load of******I mean Ford motor company. They are famous for covering up problems. I drive a 6.7 Cummins and mine has plenty of power.
parkersdad 04/17/14 11:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Ecoboost gas mileage and reliability???

I'm with you Mitch. Putting my chips on the Ecoboost proving itself for the long term. I'll sell in a heartbeat if I'm having issues in warranty. 5,000 miles so far and I've only noticed the "5mph shudder". I'm hearing it's a product of torque and not a concern. Still don't like how it feels. What is the it's a product of torque comment? The Ecoboost has no more torque than say a Ram 1500, it is just lower in the power band. I think ford is handing out a bunch of crap.
parkersdad 04/17/14 06:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Ram 2500 6.4L Tow Review

This was a great read and that's what keeps me coming back to RV.net Thanks everyone. Thanks for reading...we all love talkin' trucks thats for sure :) Just did another test for the guy that asked how the fuel mileage would be while lightly loaded. Had to pickup a scoop (cubic yard) of mulch for the house today. Family of four in tote and 800-1000 lbs of mulch and you really couldn't tell it was in there. About a 7 mile highway ride home showed normal economy numbers on the EVIC, just like normal highway driving at 60 mph (prob around 19 mpg average in my HILLY area, hills limit the amount of time MDS can run). I turned on tow/haul...even though it probably didn't need it, just to see what it would do economy would do. Looks like it averaged about 16 mpg @ 60 mph with tow/haul engaged. To the guy that asked, with a 700 lb load, you wouldn't need tow/haul in the flats. You would get a lot of MDS use at 60 mph and you would get good fuel economy. Prob 17-20 on highways and 14-16 city. Light foot as always! The 6.4 is starting to sound like the prius of gas 3/4 tons around here. I'm skeptical and the forums seem to tell a different story. But, it doesn't seem to do any worse than the other gas options which is promising. Its all in how you drive it. If you are zipping around town in city traffic with quick starts and stops you are going to see 9-10 mpg easy. If you pay attention to your right foot and take it easy and drive the posted limits you can get some good numbers for a truck like this. Here is my EVIC after 100 miles of mixed driving including some ligbt hauling that I me tioned earlier. http://i1367.photobucket.com/albums/r784/el-perro/Mobile%20Uploads/1327531B-6E53-4E4D-8871-8DBF6DBBAA28_zpsu8ltidcj.jpg height=600 width=450 Its a disease called "Hemi Foot". Its hard to overcome.... I am finding this out more and more :) My last tank of almost all city driving was 13.8 mpg. Still not bad for a big truck...man I love this truck though. No buyers remorse here, Id buy this truck again in a second! In fact I'd prob even get more options...starting to think I will never need a Cummins, actually I know Ill never NEED a Cummins, but my want is growing less and less. Just don't drive a Cummins and you will be ok. I drove one and traded my gas 2500.
parkersdad 04/17/14 05:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck...RAM

I love my ram heavy duty. I have about 4000 miles trouble-free on mine now. Keep in mind the Cummins engine is a straight six and makes all its power downl lower than a v8 because the stroke is longer. The Chevrolet and Ford have to rev higher to make power and that is why they feel faster. There was a YouTube video put out by the fastest truck or something like that and they said the same thing you said. They said the Ford and Chevy felt faster but once they towed up Eisenhower Pass the Dodge beat both of them by over a minute or two. When you put a Cummins underload it is truly a workhorse. You will see! We are on an RV site. Most of us buy trucks to tow anyway. In my opinion you cannot beat a Cummins motor for towing. Nice truck and I hope you enjoy.
parkersdad 04/16/14 06:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Ecoboost gas mileage and reliability???

I wish Ford would make a F250 with the Eco-Boost. Maybe tune it down for reliability a bit. The F150 Max Tow/Max payload is almost there already... Toyota and Nissan are coming out with the Cummins V8 soon which should be a heck of a motor. But it will prob be limited in payload. Love to see a manufacturer throw that Cummins V8 in a 250/2500 series truck. Something that could handle most recreational towing/hauling duties...maybe Toyota or Nissan will beef up their offerings... The eco-boost is a partial aluminum block motor with all aluminum heads. That will not work in a heavy duty truck. It needs to be cast iron before they consider the F250 I would think. Also that truck is heavier so it would probably bring the tow rating way down. I think in heavy-duty trucks the old saying of there's no replacement for displacement holds true.
parkersdad 04/14/14 06:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: May have just destroyed my TV engine :-(

I think it's funny how you guys are so scared of the DEF. I have one and love it. In the very near future these models will be sought after. Everything is new at one time and usually pans out to be great. I know one thing with these new diesels you do not have to chip them. They have more power than is needed right off the showroom floor.
parkersdad 04/14/14 06:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel vs gas......................

I only use the stuff in the auto parts store. It comes with a long hose and the 2 1/2 gallons you get will give me about three quarters of a tank.
parkersdad 04/14/14 05:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Gen. F150 owners, how many problems

You can get a bad one in all of them. I don't know what you hear bad about Dodge but I am a member of about 4 Ram forums and I don't see many problems
parkersdad 04/13/14 06:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Clogged EGR Valve at 19k miles

Do like I do and race people now and then. Remember only pick cars you know you can beat.??
parkersdad 04/11/14 06:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel vs gas......................

not sure this this been posted but is a recent study from 2013 http://www.dieselforum.org/files/dmfile/20130311_CD_UMTRITCOFinalReport_dd2017.pdf Overall, the results of our analyses show that diesel vehicles provide owners with a TCO that is less than that of the gas versions of the same vehicles. The estimates of savings for three and five years of ownership vary from a low of $67 in three years to a high of $15,619 in five years, but most of the savings are in the $2,000 to $6,000 range, which also include the extra cost that is usually added to the diesel version of a vehicle. That was a 2011 survey. Things have changed since then. My RAM is now urea-based instead of filter-based. They have gained lots of miles per gallon. I get 16 to 17 in town now and 22 to 23 on the highway. Thanks for the info though that was a nice read
parkersdad 04/11/14 05:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1st reports on the new 2015 GM p/u's

The problem is the eco-boost gets no better gas mileage just like you are saying. The new eco-diesel ram has the most potential in my opinion. Chevrolet is coming out with one next year as well. I think you will see more of that in the future.
parkersdad 04/10/14 12:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Ram Ecodiesel

Just give it a few years and RAM will tune that diesel to where it is better than any gas motor in the class. I guarantee it.
parkersdad 04/10/14 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost is a Towing Beast

I wouldn't pull that much with any half ton.
parkersdad 04/10/14 07:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: There will be a High Country HD!

I am happy that they are offering it for the people that want one but have never understood why people want a fancy truck. I have a tradesmen and it is comfortable enough. I am not knocking anyone I am just asking what is the benefit of having a Cadillac truck? To me a truck is made to work out of and tow not ride around and look classy
parkersdad 04/09/14 11:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Ram Ecodiesel

The bottom line is this ram is geared towards people who use their truck as a car but occasionally want to haul a piece of plywood. If you are wanting to pull a camper stop being a damn tightwad and buy a real truck 2500 or 3500 vehicle. So many people here are looking for eco-this eco-that. When you pull a big wind sock behind you nothing is Eco about it.
parkersdad 04/09/14 05:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: A few Dodge questions

I get those numbers with my new 6.7. If you're looking mid 30s why not buy brand-new truck. I bought my 2013 crew cab for 36,000. You have to wait until there are incentives but they will come down. Mine is just a tradesman model though.
parkersdad 04/07/14 05:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulled the Trigger on New Ram 3500!

Congratulations on the new truck. That is exactly what I did. I wanted to diesel but did not want to spend $60,000 on a vehicle. I went to my local RAM dealer they had one tradesmen in my color left on the lot with the automatic transmission and gave me $12,800 worth of incentives. I picked it up for less than I bought my last hemi truck for. You will love the Cummins turbo. Enjoy your truck
parkersdad 04/01/14 06:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sales numbers

Then there is me I will take a Cummins diesel motor over anything in any truck. That's just my opinion though. Everyone enjoy what you have as the big three are making better trucks than ever.
parkersdad 03/27/14 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Silverado 1500 – First impressions

Parkers dad , so you feel a diesel engine and 2 speeds added to a trans is high tech improvements ??? Do remember GM putting diesel engines in half tons 20 years ago. Or maybe coil springs in the rear of a truck like a car is high tech and cutting edge?? Or a turbo added to an engine?? wow that's never been done !!! Just because you got burned by GM many years ago, doesn't mean their building lame autos and trucks. GM outsells Toyota,Ford, and yes fiat each month, because people like what they have and buy it!! I am not talking about diesel in general I am talking about the whole truckline. In the 1500 2500 and 3500 ram is trying a lot of new things which I respect them for. That is all I am saying. I have personally always liked the look of ram trucks. However I would not buy a ram truck before 2010. To me the quality was not up to par. That is why I owned Nissans and Ford's up until 2010. I am just saying in my opinion ram is doing a lot of good things and their quality is up to par with everyone else. Just because the New England Patriots were the best team for a decade does that mean they're going to be the best team this next decade? It doesn't look like it. Things change.
parkersdad 03/26/14 07:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel and Gasser question in terms of cost

I had a diesel, and I traded it in on a gas F250. Reasons: *Now I can hear my radio. *Every station has gas, some have diesel. If they have diesel, it’s usually at two pumps, side by side. If someone is at one of the pumps, you probably aren’t getting into either of them when towing, and since the diesel pumps typically also sell gas, there is a pretty good chance one will be occupied. *If you go to the diesel (truck) pumps out back, they don’t take credit cards. You go inside, get in line behind the people buying lottery tickets and junk food, prepay or leave a large cash deposit, go outside, fill up, go inside, get back in line . . . you can spend a half hour fueling up, not counting the bathroom stop. *Diesel doesn’t evaporate off the ground like gas at the pumps. It’ll get all over your shoes and hands. And it stinks for hours. Hello, headache. *For the extra cost of a diesel, if your gas engine fails after the warranty runs out, you can get a like new Jasper Engine replacement with a 100,000 mile warranty and have a lot of money left over. Or a new factory engine. If the diesel goes out outside of the warranty, even just getting the fuel delivery system fixed seems to cost at least $10,000 according to numerous posts at this site. *Practically anyone can diagnose and fix a gas engine, but diesel repairs are much more specialized. If you have a problem, you may spend a week in a motel or in your trailer in some parking lot, and there goes your vacation. *Higher upkeep costs. Those turbos don’t like dirty oil, so you’ll likely be changing oil more often, and a diesel holds about 3 times the oil. Oh, and filters, etc cost more. Who changes gas fuel filters, but if you don’t change your diesel filters, you’re asking for trouble and voiding your warranty. Water can and often will destroy a diesel engine. *If you really need the admittedly stronger torque, say you have a 15,000 pound trailer, then a diesel is the clear choice. But my 2012 F250 is rated to pull, if I remember correctly, about 12,000 pounds and my trailer weighs about 11K or so. I’ve pulled my trailer from Indiana over the eastern mountains about five times (Carolinas, Florida, West Virginia, etc) and last fall, over 6,500 miles to San Francisco via Denver, and back through Nevada and New Mexico. The hills were no great problem, including going up and down 9 percent grades around Lake Tahoe. In fact, I prefer going up to coming down: I just feel more secure. The diesel was marginally better going up mountains, but how often does the typical person go up a mountain while towing, and how important is that 5 minute savings? The gas engine does the job, and does it well. I am glad you're enjoying your truck. However it sounds like you had a 7.3 diesel that is very loud. The newer diesels are quiet and have lots more power. A guy asked on one of the forums I frequent it could have been this one if the new diesels have as much power as the 7.3. Someone posted it will have as much power if you take the new diesel and put a 2 x 4 under the gas pedal. That will give you the equivalent power of the 7.3. These new diesels are Quiet and loaded with power. You would be shocked if you tried one. Also about the gas diesel debate. I used to be one that said I would not buy diesel because they're expensive and they break down and all that crap. That was back when I had no money. Now that my wife and I have very good jobs and a nice savings account I own a diesel and would not look back. Some people just do not like diesels but others are just jealous of the motor and cannot afford one. I know I was in that boat at one time.
parkersdad 03/26/14 07:03am Tow Vehicles
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