Congrats! Looking at pulling the trigger on a '13 Laramie 3500 4x4 w/Cummings-Aisin. Not sure which one CC or Mega. With the 14k GVRW, will have to drop the GVWR (on the reg.) to 12k to keep my combination plates vs commercial plates. Too bad the 2014's won't be available for several months with the air springs on the rear.
I have a 99 SD CC/SB/V10/4WD it was a year old and had 35K on the odo when I got it. It is my daily driver. Like was posted earlier---it's easier to back in and pull out. But mine is a gasser. Never owned a diesel. I have been driving full sized pick ups since I started to drive, so it's not an issue.
I am looking for a newer truck myself. Have a '99 F250 Lariat V10 4wd cc/sb.......white
As it is an earlier model, it has the 2V engine and lacks power on the hills. Not to mention it only has an AOD trans and 4.30 diff gears. With the advent of E10 everywhere, my mpg has taken a deep dip(20%+).
I have looked at replacing the engine (it has 110K on the clock), and I still wouldn't have the power. Can't swapp in a 3v engine as they are not compatible with the older truck electronics/wiring.
Right off I just can't stand the looks of the Chevy/GMC trucks (that's just me)
Ford has gone over the top on their interiors lately, but still ok. No real run time on a diesel since the 7.3PSD. And the 6.2 replacing the 6.8. Almost makes me want to take the '73 460 that I'm building for my summer car and repurpose it for a truck. As it will have an EEC-IV MAF based SEFI (electronics) converted from a 5.0.
I went online to look at Rams. The 2013 aren't available for "buils 'n price" yet. But it seems that (my understanding)the axle ratios have a lot more effect on the tow ratings than the Fords.
I want to upgrade to a 1 Ton from the 3/4, shift from a CC to a SC/EXT (no more kids) and go with an 8' box and stay with almost WB.
Ford offers the 5th wheel/goose neck prep kit and hitches---+OEM = under warrenty
I like some of the Dodge body features (I really don't like the Ford grill any more)
So, here we sit. It's a really BIG investment. My current TV is paid off. But do I really want a large truck note? Fo rthe price of a new truck, I could get a Class 8 with less than 500K that would meet or beat my milage and has plenty HP/TQ and convert it. Too bad my state req's a CDL (from my research)to drive one. Maybe I need to move!
Only reason to remove snow is if you plan on heading out on the road? Snow and ice sheets blowing off can be reason for arrest... Or worse.
If you really want to take it off, leaf blower is the right tool.
That is the ONLY reason I remove.. Tickets can and will be written if snow is not removed... There have been stories about ice sheets flying off trailers and killing people...
I agree, We had h'cane Sandy on the way, so I wrapped it up with a huge tarp, it was snuggled in between two big bus coaches. Weathered that well, so I left it that way. Then what was supposed to be 4-5" this past week-----turned out to be 12-15"!
I was dragging axles all the way up my drive.......until the snow piled up in front of the bumper, hill angle got to be too much and not enough weight on board to keep pushing!
leave it unless you're moving
I have a 16K Superglide also. After having the bucking issue on my way back from MT where I picked up the trailer, I found out about the front adjustment. That fixed the bucking issue.
The hooking/unhooking at other than near straight can be an issue at times. But, so can extreme angle differences between truck & trailer when the bed corners hit the underside of the trailer. I was seriously thinking of removing the oem bed and building a hauler bed that would allow more angle. I learned the hard way not to bring my 5er up my d-way! Took me three days to terra-form my yard so I could turn around AND not destroy the trailer.
I have seen air ride type pin boxes that I might invest in to help out on bad roads. (Of course good shocks on truck and trailer help:) )
As Vulcaneer said about the bed mat, mine is that way also. The mat fits under the bars. Pull the pins, lift the hitch off the rails, then lift the rails off the big vertical pins, then turn the pins 1/4 turn and pull. Flat bed!