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RE: 150,000 mile Report on my 2005 Cummins

I believe I would check into a different mechanic. 2002 with 100k miles more than likely just had a corroded pin or two causing the ECM to appear be bad. I've fixed two of them by simply unplugging, spraying and plugging back in. Condensation coming in the cab is cause by debris getting in the cowl. Seals drying out and leaking will happen on any of them that sit as much as that 2002.
transamz9 05/16/18 05:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Oil Pressure problem

Op didn't state whether 2007 classic or not but classics had cluster problems. Safest bet is a mechanical gauge to compare with. The hd gas motors also were known for pumps getting weak with miles . Don't know about the Dmax.
transamz9 05/15/18 07:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Very Disappointed with New Keystone Alpine

It can be that bad. Like Ford trucks, people repeatedly by Montana 5th wheels time after time. #OUCH ! ! ! Below the belt Chris.... Ford trucks are NOTHING like Keystone RV’s... I would never own a Keystone MADE product... Their customer service is real close to Keystone's.
transamz9 05/07/18 08:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lowering a Ram 2500 2 in.

If 2" is all you need to be level the I'm sure you have a lot more important things to worry about like what's for supper.
transamz9 05/07/18 07:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire causing alignment issue

The tire that was on the left front is bad.
transamz9 04/30/18 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F150 is going Powerstroke Diesel

As for the Ford not being able to pass at highway speeds. I just picked up the boat Sunday. It is a 24' Larson that weighs in at 6800# boat, trailer and full of fuel (55 gal.). I tried to do a video towing it but could not figure out how to live stream it. Bottom line the Ram is running a 8 speed trans and the Ford has a 10 speed. With all of those gears these little diesels do not have any problems passing. At 65 mph I put the go peddle to the floor and before I was half way around a big truck I was at 82 mph. This is with a 8 speed the 10 speed will or should do as good. Gears only multiply torque, not horsepower which is what dictates how fast you can go passing. The difference between a 6 speed and 8 speed attached the the same engine in regards to passing power would be almost identical or very minimal. What an 8 speed will gain you is the ability to stay within your engine's peak power range better than a 6 speed especially when towing. There can be a big difference depending on where the two extra gears are added. In big trucks the difference between a 13 and an 18 is on the bottom end. After you,re on the high side there's no difference but you take a 10 and a 13 and then you have the passing gears with the 13. 13 on the high side will walk off and leave a 10 on the high side. I was referring to the difference between a 6 speed and 8 speed in our trucks. I was too. Depending on where they put those 2 extra gears could have a difference on how well it accelerates at passing speeds.
transamz9 04/30/18 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F150 is going Powerstroke Diesel

As for the Ford not being able to pass at highway speeds. I just picked up the boat Sunday. It is a 24' Larson that weighs in at 6800# boat, trailer and full of fuel (55 gal.). I tried to do a video towing it but could not figure out how to live stream it. Bottom line the Ram is running a 8 speed trans and the Ford has a 10 speed. With all of those gears these little diesels do not have any problems passing. At 65 mph I put the go peddle to the floor and before I was half way around a big truck I was at 82 mph. This is with a 8 speed the 10 speed will or should do as good. Gears only multiply torque, not horsepower which is what dictates how fast you can go passing. The difference between a 6 speed and 8 speed attached the the same engine in regards to passing power would be almost identical or very minimal. What an 8 speed will gain you is the ability to stay within your engine's peak power range better than a 6 speed especially when towing. There can be a big difference depending on where the two extra gears are added. In big trucks the difference between a 13 and an 18 is on the bottom end. After you,re on the high side there's no difference but you take a 10 and a 13 and then you have the passing gears with the 13. 13 on the high side will walk off and leave a 10 on the high side.
transamz9 04/30/18 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: 28,500 lbs Ford vs Ram 1 ton DRW

"The real reason you don't see Duramax competing in the max tow rating race like Ford and Ram is that almost no one tows that heavy! " NO WAY that is true. I tow 23-25K combined with my 15 RAM and it handles it all within the SAE ratings. If GM could get SAE to rate them at 30K towing they sure the HE!! would. There are plenty of people out there that tow heavy that are and are not RVers. Plain and simple the Allison is at the end of it's power limits. I agree with transamz9, I am sure I can out pull you on any grade you choose at any weight you choose. ONE major reasons I have 6 gears and you have 4 with a horrible 3-4 shift. I pull over 30K combined with a Duramax. No issues to date. Pulls great. cummins12V, How can this be? I don't think he ever said it wouldn't do it. I believe he just stated his opinion as to why GM don't rate it for more. Hell, I towed around 27000 combined for years with an 05 2500 with a Bully Dog running on "extreme" with stock trans and he's still running strong and still out running them new Fords.
transamz9 04/29/18 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: replace truck with.......?

our 05 chev 3500 dually duramax has just under 100 K miles on it and seems to feel like new and runs better than ever. chevman Go test drive you a brand new one and report back. Lol I never go near a new chev at the dealership. I am not stupid. Just no need for a new truck. PS I can buy any truck we want if needed. I have looked at rv,rs new trucks with out any interest. Our towing days are closing in unless the wife makes a big turn around. chevman Praying for that turn around bud ;)
transamz9 04/28/18 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: replace truck with.......?

our 05 chev 3500 dually duramax has just under 100 K miles on it and seems to feel like new and runs better than ever. chevman Go test drive you a brand new one and report back. Lol
transamz9 04/28/18 07:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: replace truck with.......?

My FIL traded his 05 Dmax for a new 13 Dmax that was white with cloth seats. Hated the color and seats and talked himself into trading for a black 15 with vinyl but has a gas 6.0. He is 70 years old and drives like he's 90. 60 on the interstates and all so he said he don't need all the power of the diesel. For two years now he has been worn out after making little 2.5 hrs trips with it and says it screams the whole time. His camper and boat together that he tows tandem weighs 15-16k. I promise you will regret it just like he does. He has gotten to the point he don't camp with us nearly as much because of having to get there and come home. He really and truly hates it. We are like good buds and rag on each about everything but I don't dare ride him about this truck because he knows now how bad he messed up. 15K running down the highway is diesel only territory. Like I told him before he bought it , the hp to do the job is there but you will be 3500 - 4500 rpm 90% of the time. Your choice, make a good one. BTW, your wife will hate it too.
transamz9 04/28/18 06:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 28,500 lbs Ford vs Ram 1 ton DRW

You can - and I do - make more HP and torque than any of those trucks even with 20 year old diesels and the right parts. You can also build the transmission to handle it. So a new Ford makes 440 HP... it will still be embarrassed by a 20 year old truck with the right mods. And the new ones can be tweaked for even more too. My point here is you can have however much power you want in whatever truck you want. The real reason you don't see Duramax competing in the max tow rating race like Ford and Ram is that almost no one tows that heavy! How many of you have a 30,000 pound trailer? You'd need a CDL just to drive a pickup with a 20,000 pound trailer behind it. Do they even make a 5th wheel RV that weighs more than a Duramax can handle? The only thing that weighs anywhere near 30,000 is a gooseneck equipment trailer and unless you have one of those AND a CDL, the Chevy is more than plenty. I'm not favoring the Chevy, I'm just saying, the one with the least tow rating (Chevy) is already more than enough. The Ford and Ram are just in a bragging rights race that has gotten beyond what we can even use. If I were buying a new truck today I don't know which I'd go with. All three are pretty awesome. Unfortunately all three are way, way too expensive. I agree with the others who said they have better ways to use $80,000!! RVs are fun, but so is flying to tropical islands. Have you ever had 20,000# or more hook to the back of that old Goat running down the interstate at 70+? I don't think so. Until you do you just won't understand what you are missing. I'd be willing to bet you couldn't stay with my stock 385hp for 200 miles around here.
transamz9 04/28/18 06:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 28,500 lbs Ford vs Ram 1 ton DRW

You can - and I do - make more HP and torque than any of those trucks even with 20 year old diesels and the right parts. You can also build the transmission to handle it. So a new Ford makes 440 HP... it will still be embarrassed by a 20 year old truck with the right mods. And the new ones can be tweaked for even more too. My point here is you can have however much power you want in whatever truck you want. The real reason you don't see Duramax competing in the max tow rating race like Ford and Ram is that almost no one tows that heavy! How many of you have a 30,000 pound trailer? You'd need a CDL just to drive a pickup with a 20,000 pound trailer behind it. Do they even make a 5th wheel RV that weighs more than a Duramax can handle? The only thing that weighs anywhere near 30,000 is a gooseneck equipment trailer and unless you have one of those AND a CDL, the Chevy is more than plenty. I'm not favoring the Chevy, I'm just saying, the one with the least tow rating (Chevy) is already more than enough. The Ford and Ram are just in a bragging rights race that has gotten beyond what we can even use. If I were buying a new truck today I don't know which I'd go with. All three are pretty awesome. Unfortunately all three are way, way too expensive. I agree with the others who said they have better ways to use $80,000!! RVs are fun, but so is flying to tropical islands. Have you ever had 20,000# or more hook to the back of that old Goat running down the interstate at 70+? I don't think so. Until you do you just won't understand what you are missing. I'd be willing to bet you couldn't stay with my stock 385hp for 200 miles around here.
transamz9 04/28/18 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 28,500 lbs Ford vs Ram 1 ton DRW

"I don't need a long bed truck but do need the back seat room. My Mega Cab turns as sharp as a crew cab 450. I drive a 5500 for a daily driver and 19.5's suck." That would be incorrect. Despite the Megacab standard bed having a foot less length in wheelbase than the F450, it still gives up almost two and a half feet in turning diameter to the F450 Crewcab Longbed dually, and all that rear seat legroom in the Megacab only add up to less than a half inch difference from the new F450's. 44" for the Ram, 43.6" for the Ford. See I'm the opposite, I can't see giving up the tighter turning and a full 8' bed for less than a half inch extra of rear seat leg room. But that's why there's more than one make of truck for sale right? As far as the 19.5's sucking...I'm still on the fence on that. I love the capacity, love the treadwear. I've got 62k on my Michelins, and looks like I'll get over 80k before I need to think about replacing them. I typically got about 50k out of my E rated 18" Toyo's on my F350's. At 16 ply, they do ride stiffer than an E rated tire, but they are also **** tough. Just wish there were more options in tread patterns and sizes. The way I'm reading it the 450 pick up has a 25.2' radius and the mega cab has a 25.3'. That' not 2.5 feet. I very rarely put my back seat in the riding position. It stays in the flat floor position.
transamz9 04/23/18 06:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: 28,500 lbs Ford vs Ram 1 ton DRW

The turning radius of the F450 is one of those things that you don't know your missing until you've driven one for awhile. I'm so sold on it, I doubt I could go back to a SRW truck now even if I didn't need the capacity of a dually. Being able to whip into parking spots without the typical 3 point turns of my previous trucks, negotiating tight jobsite driveways and making U turns are all so much easier when you knock a bunch of distance off the turning radius. My cousin loves his two new 2017 F350 CCLB SRW trucks in his driveway, but all he can do is laugh when we both have to squeeze into a tight jobsite, and he's left making multipoint turns while I just crank wheel a little more to make the turn. I actually have to pay attention when making a tight U-turn with my 16ft dump trailer that I don't jacknife the trailer going FORWARDS! I can actually get the trailers frame to make contact with the corner of the bumper at full lock when turning a full circle. As far as the 19.5's go....I could take them or leave them, they look awesome for a factory wheel, the tires can carry amazing amounts of weight, right now I'm running a 265/70/19.5 Michelin that's an H rated tire good for 5510/5205lbs. Thats over 20k lbs of capacity on the rear axle....more than 4000 lbs over what the Dana S130 is rated for! Shouldn't have any trouble with the weight police here! The big downside to the 19.5's is tire choices. If you like to put aftermarket tires and wheels on your truck, get the F350 and suffer with the larger turning radius. I don't need a long bed truck but do need the back seat room. My Mega Cab turns as sharp as a crew cab 450. I drive a 5500 for a daily driver and 19.5's suck.
transamz9 04/22/18 07:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 28,500 lbs Ford vs Ram 1 ton DRW

I looked at the numbers a little closer. If the Cummins averaged an rpm where it made 355 hp (that is about the average power that the Cummins produces throughout its rpm range), the Ram had to be 80% efficient at getting the engine's power to the pavement. The average power that the Powerstroke makes between 1800 and 2800 rpm is 385 hp. If the Ford was able to run at an rpm where it averaged 385 hp it would have been 72% effecient at putting its power to the pavement. 80/72 = 1.11. You'd expect the Ram to have gotten about 11% better fuel economy. It got 12.5 percent better fuel economy. Edit: the average hp the Cummins makes from 1800 to 2800 is actually 352 Hp compared to the 355 I used above. That means the Ram could have been 81% efficient at putting its power to the pavement. 81/72=1.125 meaning you'd expect the Ram to get 12.5 % better fuel economy. I find this very interesting. Or could it be that the 6.7L Powerstroke simply doesn't put out the HP that Ford claims it does? It certainly is looking that way. I would be more inclined to think it is either computer, transmission gear ratios, or overall drivetrain losses compared to the Ram. The drag race is a good indicator of peak HP but much more comes into play over a 10 minute plus test. So short term the Ford has shown it has higher HP. But over this test they both put down virtually identical average HP. I actually think that the drag race just shows that Ford doesn't manage their torque as much as ram on the low end.
transamz9 04/22/18 04:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mercedes XCLass

Rebadged Nissan Frontier. No. Based on a Navara not a Frontier ( U S Frontier much smaller and ancient) but considerably different too the Navara ( No 3 litre V6,2400lb payload) I hope it has good brakes on the rear axle along with rear steering because if you load 2400 American pounds in the back of that truck the front wheel won't be doing you any good. LOL
transamz9 04/13/18 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Old vs New Diesel Dually Drag Race

I enjoy out-pulling new trucks under a load up the mountains. It takes a lot more than just a tuner and injectors to do it under those conditions, but anyone who thinks it can’t be done needs to meet the wrong old man who built cars all his life. :) Wait until you meet the wrong old man that has tuned his new truck. :)
transamz9 04/08/18 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 and F250 heavy duty diesel

On the F450, 3500's snd 350 Dually trucks they have artificially low GVWR of 14,000#. Some will say if you cross that line you are OVERLOADED. I say to them how can I have a RAWR of 9,750# load it to that without adding one pound to my front axle of 5,250#+ and NOT be overt my 14K rating???? I have the simple answer to that. It's called keeping all these Dually pickups in Class 3 rating as to not be in Commercial Classification at 14,001# or over. I have tonnage that covers my trucks combined weight. So as far as I am concerned I am at or under my ratings that actually matter. Commercial starts at 10,001# not 14,001# and that 10,001# is GVWR and also GCVWR. You can be considered commercial in a Ford Ranger if you are towing a trailer that when you combine the GVWR of the truck and trailer and it adds up to 10,001# or more and are making money with it. It does not matter if you are loaded or empty.
transamz9 04/04/18 07:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Never owned a dually

I can definitely see someone preferring a 3.73 ratio over 3.42 for a particular application but I'm having a hard time understanding what you're talking about transamz6. Are you believing that a slightly different final drive ratio makes for a smoother 2-3 shift? 2X4ord, I'm thinking lower gear would bring 2 and three a tad closer together. When I'm running in stop lights and in the right lane and get behind a big truck or someone out for a Sunday stroll most of the time I have to lock it in 2nd and run it out a little farther or it will lock the TC and immediately shift to 3rd and either quit accelerating or slow down which in turn makes it downshift back to 2nd. I can get in the hammer lane and take off with normal traffic and it will do fine but you have to take off like you are trying to pull the hitch off until you get to 3rd good or it will fall on its face. A lower gear ratio does bring 2 and 3 a tad closer together but I would have thought it to be an insignificant thing. I've never driven the Ram so I don't have actual experience with it. I do, however, know that my Ford behaves the way you describe when it's not in tow/haul mode with a heavy trailer in tow. I've tried it both ways with TH on and off. Makes no difference. Keep in mind though, my truck only does this when taking of easy. If you mash the go pedal and go like you are trying to take off to beat traffic beside you it will do fine but you have to remember if you run like that the truck is running 50mph in third before it shifts to 4th. Speed limit through most towns I go through is 35 or 45 mph. Lol
transamz9 04/01/18 02:19pm Tow Vehicles
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