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RE: Towing heavy with a single wheel 3500

I do not think they should make a 3500 srw truck. JMHO. Why would you have this opinion? What does it matter what numbers they call it? If they called it a 2500 it would still be the same truck.
transamz9 11/26/14 07:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: UPDATE! Picking up the 2015 Eco-Diesel Friday/Saturday! :)

... One more time, Ram did not build this truck to tow large or heavy RV's! They say that on the web their site. They built it for the average consumer that picks up loads at the home center, lawn and garden center or tows a good size boat! They tell you to buy a 2500 if you want to tow a larger RV or if you need a big payload for whatever reason. Oh and BTW the 2500 does it with better or the same fuel economy than the almighty EB F-150 LOL. ... Well put, I think. But I would clarify that while the 3.5L EcoB F150 may get similar mileage to a V8 gasser 2500 while tow/hauling a heavy load, it will do better when unloaded. You don't hear of any gasser 2500s getting 20mpgUS like I do unloaded. I believe what ram is saying is if you want to tow heavy with a Ram diesel then don't get the 1500 diesel, get the 2500 diesel and yes it will get 20+ unloaded on the hwy.;)
transamz9 11/26/14 06:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 2.7 22MPG vs Ram ED 23MPG

Real trucks don't have EPA ratings.....jk ,sorry, couldn't resist! LOL
transamz9 11/24/14 10:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: attn: Weight Police

I think maybe the OP has targeted a specific tree and is failing to look at the entire forest. There are so many different trailer types, configurations, and weight bias. That is why there can be a theoretical higher towable weight limit but depending on the tongue/pin combination you may not be able to achieve that weight with that specific trailer. This discussion just seems to be unnecessarily complicating things. You must have failed to read my last post. I have targeted no tree, as I have no additional need for my truck. And having just read a Ford Truck forum I think I learned what I needed to know. No difference in the F250 & F350srw. This is where this whole thing began Saturday morning while looking at the payload difference between my buddies 350srw and my 250. It is obviously all based on the GVWR rating and the difference in those numbers between the two trucks. There is not really any other mechanical difference between the two vehicles, besides 2 inches of bumpstop. So, due to the fact there is no mechanical difference, I guess the 350 gets the higher GVWR "just becuase" of that 3. Nothing else. Sometimes in life, it really "is what it is". Like I mentioned before, the F350 can also has the same GVWR as the F250 also. It just depends on which box is checked when the order is sent.;)
transamz9 11/23/14 06:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: attn: Weight Police

I go by the rear axle and tire ratings for 5th wheel pin weight. There are a lot of variables that go into the manufacturer's GVWR and GCVWR. They apply to the Rockies as well as Clearwater Beach. But tire weight ratings and axle weight ratings are linear with no variables unless you're planning on jumping the dunes with your 5th wheel attached. just my humble take on it. So if the rear axle is rated for that weight does that mean the rest of the truck is rated for the same weight as well? Where does the GVWR come into play? It is mainly for licence purpose. Plus in the commercial world there are big rule differences between a 10,000# GVWR and a 10,001# GVWR. In a Fleet vehicle you can have a 10,000# GVWR and under and you don't need a DOT# on the truck and anyone can drive it. If you exceed that number then you need a DOT# on the truck and the operator has to carry a medical card. There are other rules and regs but you get the picture. If I'm not mistaken, at on time (and it still may be true IDK) but you could order a SRW F350 with a 10,000# GVWR.
transamz9 11/23/14 03:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is ram 3500 SRW 6.4 hemi enough?

Someone said a spark plug change in a hemi called for every 50,000 miles is about $500 for the 16 plugs. at 180,000 miles let's see, carry the nought that would be 3 changes for $1500 and 1/2 way to a fourth vs my Cummins which has needed a fan drive bearing around $250 I think it was. Oh and a top set for $150. Yeah but the Cummins needs a valve lash adjustment at 20k and every 40k thereafter. That was $900 a pop at the dealership.:W WOW! Don't tell my Cummins that! Never done one but thinking about pulling the covers and checking.
transamz9 11/23/14 07:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW MPG

The difference in MPG is negligible 1 MPG at most. Whatever the dually lacks in MPG's is returned via additional braking power. DRW vs. SRW MPG's is really a non issue. I still don't understand the braking thing. The brakes are the same on the SWR as the DRW trucks unless a model change. I have never ever been able to lock up my rear wheels on my srw trucks while towing. The DRW simply gives you more tire surface on the ground which translates into more braking surface,(twice as much surface). In the end the additional tires provide better braking. It's not a matter of locking up the tires but a matter of a shorter stopping distance. Imagine if Fred Flinstone could have stopped using 4 feet vs. 2! My point is that the brake pads, rotors and hydraulic system does not have enough power to make two wheels slide with a load on it so how is two more wheels going to make you stop faster? If anything, the two extra wheels and fenders is more weight to stop. :S
transamz9 11/22/14 07:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 2.7 22MPG vs Ram ED 23MPG

I guess some of you have nothing better to do than argue. I think it's great to have so many choices available. Buy what YOU WANT and don't berate another person's preference. :S Gas verses diesel, brand verses brand, fuel cost difference, etc., all change over time. It wasn't too long ago, most everyone was shouting that diesel was the ONLY way to go. :R Who is shouting? Diesel is the only way to go . for me;) I agree, if I put gas in any of my trucks I'ma screwed! Only way for me too.
transamz9 11/22/14 07:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW MPG

The difference in MPG is negligible 1 MPG at most. Whatever the dually lacks in MPG's is returned via additional braking power. DRW vs. SRW MPG's is really a non issue. I still don't understand the braking thing. The brakes are the same on the SWR as the DRW trucks unless a model change. I have never ever been able to lock up my rear wheels on my srw trucks while towing.
transamz9 11/22/14 07:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW MPG

I had a 99 V10 3.73, Dually LB CC 2wd...I got about 9.5 empty and 7.5 towing. How much is the dually MPG penalty? I mean, if my truck wasn't a dually, what would my MPG have been? Would it have been 10.5 empty or more? Reason I am asking is because we are talking about getting back into RV'ing and I need a truck that can do double duty as a DD at 60 - 70 miles per day. The previous LB Dually had problems in my works parking garage so there is a strong likelyhood that I will have to go with a SRW Shortbed truck. Thanks! Jeremiah Other than a little more wind drag from the fenders and the drag from the two extra tires on the ground I would say around 1 mpg difference at the most providing everything else is equal. Going short bed from long bed will also help too. There would be a bigger difference between 2-4wd I believe. Knowing that you are all about the Ford V10 I really don't believe you will see any difference at all out of that motor.
transamz9 11/22/14 06:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is ram 3500 SRW 6.4 hemi enough?

Never mind Spud, I read your post before you changed it and I'm not on a soap box trying to say that everyone needs a diesel. Most don't "need" a diesel. No body really needs power windows, or power seats or even cruise control either. It is just mostly about comfort and ease of use and it is more comfortable and easier to tow with a diesel no matter how much weight you are pulling. I am in no way trying to persuade anyone to go diesel I was just responding to a post earlier that was not exactly true. Carry on with your gas truck discussions.;)
transamz9 11/22/14 06:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is ram 3500 SRW 6.4 hemi enough?

6.4L Hemi would whoop that Dmax's booty. :B You don't know what that D-max's booty has done to it. Would you be willing to put the 6.4 up against my 05 Cummins? Max tow speed? Fuel mileage? Max weight it will tow? Okay you can spend what I have in my Cummins and build the 6.4 and you still won't beat my little 5.9.:B Sure I would. At the end of the day, it's all about who's happy at the campground or back at the house. Even with my lowly 310hp 5.4L F250, we're happy both ways. Some people base reality on their flawed perception. A 400 ft/lb engine at 4k rpm and a 800 ft/lb engine at 2k rpm will be putting equal torque to the rear wheels at the same road speed all else being equal. The 4k rpm engine is only working half as hard letting gear ratios multiply torque to the drive shaft while the 2k rpm engine has to produce 400 ft/lbs of torque more to do the same job. The 4k rpm engine is working twice as fast but only half as hard. But to some, it "sounds" like it screaming or struggling when nothing could be further from the truth. But that's their perception. Why screaming at 2-3k rpm? Why not 1400rpm like a real truck? :B I was not referring to how the engines are working or if you don't mind the noise or mine makes noise or not. I was quoting that you said that the 6.4 would whoop that D-maxes booty. So that seems like you say that the 6.4 will out work it, run it, and get better fuel mileage all at the same time. With very little work that D-max would spank that hemi in every way. BTW, my 05 very seldom sees north of 1800 rpms with 18,000# hooked to it.My 13 does putt along at around 1400-1500and even when it does gear down rarely goes over 2000.;)
transamz9 11/22/14 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is ram 3500 SRW 6.4 hemi enough?

6.4L Hemi would whoop that Dmax's booty. :B You don't know what that D-max's booty has done to it. Would you be willing to put the 6.4 up against my 05 Cummins? Max tow speed? Fuel mileage? Max weight it will tow? Okay you can spend what I have in my Cummins and build the 6.4 and you still won't beat my little 5.9.:B
transamz9 11/21/14 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question About Ford 6.0 Diesel

I have a 2005 6.0, and love it. Just returned from 15,000 roundtrip to Alaska. Pulling a SunnyBrook 31 BWFS and no problems except with the brakes on the 5th wheel. Truck preformed just fine. I did replace the EGR cooler and oil cooler at 95,000 miles. I think this truck is one of the best I have ever owned. Love driving it. It is true that the market is depressed on the 6.0 powered trucks but they can be a good deal. Regular maintance is a must, use Motorcraft filters and Synthetic oil, (I use Rotella T-6). Change coolant regularly and enjoy your ride Bill By 2005 Ford/Navistar had made updates to the engine and the Failure rate was much lower. The Billion dollars, were for the many crate engines used to replace the early 6.0's, 2003 and early 2004. We had some friends that had an engine replacement on theirs. I wish someone would have told that to my 06 6.0... Yeah, really! The 4- 2006 and 1- 2005 Powerstrokes we own(ed) have all went through all the known problems. EGR, blue spring, HPOP and fitting, head gaskets, injectors, crank and cam sensors, turbo boots , Y-pipes and FICMs. That's just the motor....... I just had to put a long block in the 2006 I drive at a measly 176,000 mi(broken valve caused by a dropped lifter). I'm now finding out that this is another problem that is happening. Shops are having the heads machined and there is not enough tolerance to allow for this. Ford recommends replacing the heads if they are out of spec and now I know why. The push rods are so long that it bottoms the valve spring out which causes the stress on the lifters. I was told this by the shop that I bought my long block from and all they do is specialize in re-manning 6.0's. I also talked with another shop that said they had two in their shop at that time for the same problem.
transamz9 11/20/14 01:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang

I personally would rather have this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZgOzSo4WCM
transamz9 11/20/14 04:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Tuners

The best claims I have seen in writing (though in advertisements) is a 5% gain and most only mention "improved fuel economy" with no numbers mentioned. I calculated that for my diesel truck the breakeven point was at best after 100,000 miles of driving. It is one thing to add horsepower as the manufacturers tune their engines for maximum durability and to minimize both emissions of pollutants and problems from overheating or added stress on downstream components like the transmission. Kids who add tuners often learn this the hard way with a $3000-$4000 tab for a transmission rebuild. It is not credible that some guy has discovered something about how to change the tuning of an engine that escaped the hundreds of professional full time engineers at the auto and engine manufacturers. The fuel economy gains claimed usually involve removal of the emissions controls which at best is cheating (though that is considered commendable in Republican circles). Anyone who wants to spend less on fuel should either buy a lighter trailer or drive slower. In the trucking industry there are drivers that routinely get 30% better fuel economy out of the same rigs as a result of how they drive. The fleet operators will pay thousands of dollars per rig to increase fuel economy by 1%. And of all the devices they use to try to accomplish this a tuner is not on the list. I did not remove any emissions from my 2005 Cummins to get the better fuel economy. When I finally did remove my exhaust and installed an aftermarket one with a muffler all I changed was lower egts and more noise. The fleet trucks you talk about don't need tuners because they are usually ordered with higher hp options from the factory. They just limit the top speed of the truck.
transamz9 11/15/14 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: If Anyone is Looking for an 8.1 Burb - NOT MINE!

Won't be selling my Sub...normally keep my vehicles till the wheels fall off and I'm not willing to fix it anymore Trying to explain the difference between a big block and small block Chevy or any OEM is like trying to explain sex to a virgin... Thought about buying one and store it for the day...but after finding that most any TV built with torque control...not to my liking Laughable when I can either blow away or keep with with some of the 600-700-800 or more torque ICE's out there. What they don't understand is that with that kind of torque...they can break and twist drive train components with ease. So the OEMs have torque control to have the computer manager how much torque is allowed Why my 18 year old with only 410 ft/lbs of torque gives them such a hard time... :B Think of ti this way...I don't have torque control, so have power mode most times whenever I want it...with torque control...they are in modes less than power mode Or in various limp modes below power mode down to the original limp mode Burbman, that one for sale has potential hidden issues. The 4L85E is built proof...unless it's been chipped and run as a boulevard dragster My 2005 Ram has no TM and on a damp road running 60 you had better watch how hard you get on it. My 2013 only has it upon take off. Have your son pull up beside one with a load behind while running down the road and see how his 410 works for him.:B If I wanted a truck to race with and eat gas I would get me a SRT10. There is a reason the 8.1 isn't built to put in pick-ups any more. For the cubic inches it is it is weak.
transamz9 11/14/14 05:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would you change the oil?

This is the inside of the valve cover on my 2006 Powerstroke 6.0 with a 176,000 miles on it at 10,000 mile oil change intervals. This is using Conoco oils from the first oil change. LOOK! No sludge! http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/transamz9/028_zps1c893ce9.jpg
transamz9 11/14/14 08:50am Towing
RE: For you who don't like the GM truck's IFS system

Since most folks don't buy an HD truck to use for hard core offroading, I don't really see that as being a valid point. Most HD's are for work and pulling, and nothing will give you the ride that you get with IFS. It lasts just as long, carries the same payload and rides better than any solid axle. What's not to like? If Dodge and Ford used an IFS, everyone would say it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Hmm, go figure. I would consider the construction sites as some hard core offroading. Obviously, the original poster stating that "No such thing as a hardcore off-roading solid front axle vehicle" hasn't watched the last "King of Hammers" race in the ultra 4 class, IFS and SFA go head to head. 2014 KoH Champ. The winner noted that he needed a truck to make up for his weakness which were the rock crawls. Ultra 4 is an unlimited class. Not many of us go rock crawling with our tow vehicles.
transamz9 11/13/14 06:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: For you who don't like the GM truck's IFS system

Since most folks don't buy an HD truck to use for hard core offroading, I don't really see that as being a valid point. Most HD's are for work and pulling, and nothing will give you the ride that you get with IFS. It lasts just as long, carries the same payload and rides better than any solid axle. What's not to like? If Dodge and Ford used an IFS, everyone would say it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Hmm, go figure. Now I don't know about that.......I know they are tough but I do like my solid axle in my ram. Ever since Ford went with a three link front and now Ram also, the ride is just as good as the IFS in my opinion. My 2013 Ram rides good in the front. With the beefed up pan hard bar they are very tight and responsive too. My FIL likes the way my 2013 drives compared to his 2013 Chevy. I do too.;)
transamz9 11/13/14 02:48pm Tow Vehicles
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