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RE: Ford F250 6.2L V8

Here in Ky they don't really regulate the tags on a personal vehicle. Two of my trucks have the same tags on them as my wife's car. The amount you pay is calculated by what the vehicle books for. Now if you are running commercial then you buy tags that are large enough to cover the weight of the truck and the trailer that you would possible tow. So in other words if your truck weighs 10,000# solo and you pull a trailer that has the capacity to weigh 20,000# and you plan to load it to that then you will need tags on your truck that will cover that 30,000# which in turn puts you in CDL licence territory. My person F350 service truck that I drive for the company has 26,000# tags on it.
transamz9 06/27/16 07:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lots of Fords

The 727, TH350, TH400, C4 and C6 were all 3 speed autos with no overdrive, but very bulletproof transmissions with minimal cost in rebuilding, compared to the later electronic overdrives (E4OD, 4R100, 4L60, 4L80E, 47RE, 48RE), which are problematic behind too much engine and in front of too much load, unless alot of money is spent on them. Well my problematic 48RE has 100,000 on it with over half of them running 150hp over stock and pulling 15-20,000 off and on its whole life. I guess I wouldn't know a good transmission then. No - you do not. Get a manual Tranny I get to to pick the gears up and down steep grads. And i am talking steep. I guess there are not many of us old timers left that know how to shift a tranny. I've shifted everything from three on the tree to three sticks in the floor to eighteen speed in a Freightliner yesterday but that don't have anything to do with how good my 48RE has been.
transamz9 06/24/16 08:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lots of Fords

The 727, TH350, TH400, C4 and C6 were all 3 speed autos with no overdrive, but very bulletproof transmissions with minimal cost in rebuilding, compared to the later electronic overdrives (E4OD, 4R100, 4L60, 4L80E, 47RE, 48RE), which are problematic behind too much engine and in front of too much load, unless alot of money is spent on them. Well my problematic 48RE has 100,000 on it with over half of them running 150hp over stock and pulling 15-20,000 off and on its whole life. I guess I wouldn't know a good transmission then.
transamz9 06/24/16 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax smoking

What was the point of this thread??? First gen Dmax trucks were known to have injector issues so why is this a surprise? Blue or white smoke indicates bad injectors. Not the same as rolling coal... I agree. Put some injectors in it and it's good for another 200k. People are silly looking to find something wrong.
transamz9 06/24/16 04:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lots of Fords

2004 NOx limits were tightened resulting in more use of EGR 2007 ULSD was introduced along with even tighter NOx limits resulting in colder running engines and DPF *Introducing DEF aftertreatment allow engine temperatures to rise and reduce particulates without increasing NOx levels 2014 Even lower limits on NOx were pushed through as optional https://www.dieselnet.com/standards/us/hd.php https://www.dieselnet.com/standards/us/ld_t2.php Tier 3 standards start next year and will start applying more strict standards to heavier vehicles than previous tiers. https://www.dieselnet.com/standards/us/ld_t3.php Ram didn't start putting EGRs in until late 07 with the 6.7.
transamz9 06/24/16 04:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need New Truck...

I have personally seen a 2015 Ram 2500 Megacab with under 1600 pounds of payload. Crew cab Rams tend to be about 300 pounds lighter, all options equal. Some people claim this or that is over engineered, underrated, etc. I just don't recommend people purposely spend $40k+ knowingly over ratings when the increase in capability is two percent higher upfront cost. Mega cab made some more sense when Ram only had quad cab/mega. Today's crew cabs have plenty of rear seat space for my 6'4" body to sit comfortably behind the driver seat set to my own tall frame. My Mega Cab SRW 3500 has just over 3700# of payload on the little yellow sticker @ 12,300# GVWR. It has a few more bells and whistles than my crew cab had. Leather interior, sun roof, 20" wheels (opposed to 18"), factory 5th wheel/gooseneck,spray in bed liner and rear auto level suspension is about it and my Mega Cab weighs a hair over 600# more. I'm going to say you are pretty close on the 300# with equal options.
transamz9 06/22/16 02:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need New Truck...

Less than 1 percent of crew cab half tons made have the 2000 pounds of payload you require for towing a 9-10k loaded TT with a family on-board, or that once a week job. Tundra crew cabs are 1300-1400, of which 1100 is trailer TW! For 500+ miles per week, get a diesel. I love my gas engine and all the HD gas and diesels are reliable for 250k miles. However, $50k gets you a mid level trim diesel crew cab after discounts. You'll use less fuel towing or not with a lot more comfortable towing experience. One significant benefit for the diesel is tank range! That's about 100 more miles, almost filling once per week. If you like Ram, I recommend the crew cab over mega. I also recommend single rear wheel 1-ton for about 1200 pounds more payload at minimal extra cost, $500-1000. Why crew over mega cab? What are the cons with a mega cab? I don't see any cons of a Mega cab other than cost and short bed only. They only weigh nominally more than a CC SB and the chassis is overbuilt compared to the stated ratings. MC vs CC is purely a personal decision Imo. Same truck with back seats that recline halfway. Same rear legroom as a CC. The only advantage for us, is the kids are spoiled by being able to recline the seats and sleep well upright and belted in on road trips...... While I like the looks and functionality of the MC personally, I consider a CC For the ability to have a long bed truck without doing a custom MC/LB. Not that I haven't considered doing that if I bought a new Mega! My Mega Cab has more leg room than my Crew Cab did. Maybe the 4th gen Mega cabs are bigger than the 3rd gen. IDK. I've never really looked at a 3rd gen Mega cab. My seats recline back but not halfway back. There is only about a foot behind my back seats to the cab. They will recline back to the cab.
transamz9 06/22/16 12:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Cummins in Ram: 2 significant & simultaneous milestones

It was probably the Allison 3000 series that my International has, since the F650/750 are the same size/class truck as the International 4600/4700/4800-series. It was likely the 8.3 before the 6.7 then ('99-'07). I'm a few years behind on what went on with those trucks. Our 2004 F650 has the 5.9 Cummins with an Ally 2000.
transamz9 06/22/16 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need New Truck...

Less than 1 percent of crew cab half tons made have the 2000 pounds of payload you require for towing a 9-10k loaded TT with a family on-board, or that once a week job. Tundra crew cabs are 1300-1400, of which 1100 is trailer TW! For 500+ miles per week, get a diesel. I love my gas engine and all the HD gas and diesels are reliable for 250k miles. However, $50k gets you a mid level trim diesel crew cab after discounts. You'll use less fuel towing or not with a lot more comfortable towing experience. One significant benefit for the diesel is tank range! That's about 100 more miles, almost filling once per week. If you like Ram, I recommend the crew cab over mega. I also recommend single rear wheel 1-ton for about 1200 pounds more payload at minimal extra cost, $500-1000. Why crew over mega cab? What are the cons with a mega cab? I just traded a 2013 crew cab for a 2016 Mega cab (both 6.5' beds) and we really love the cab room in the mega cab. The back seat riders are extremely comfy with the ability of reclining the seats and my step dad at 6'4 has zero leg room issues with the front seat all the way back. With the seats folded flat you have a flat floor from the back of the cab to the back of the front seats. Used as a work truck you can have a lot of tools in the dry of the cab that won't fit in a tool box. If it will fit through the door it will go in with room to spare. As far as handling and drivability goes the length is not really noticed but I personally liked the way the shorter crew cab handled solo and with the 5th wheel on the back. If you PM me your # I can send you some pictures of the cab on my Mega Cab.
transamz9 06/22/16 08:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Suspension advice needed

Well Frank it seems you don't understand what I was saying. I never said take all the weight off of the hitch, just several hundred to get his GVW down to where it is legal. Several hundred lbs is not going to affect the stability. A thousand yes but not couple hundred. Over 40 years experience and over 3 million miles. I know how to shift weight without destabilizing the handling. If you disagree then explain your reasoning. I agree with you on this. I can't really tell a difference between having just my 5th wheel on the truck or having my 5th wheel on the truck with my boat on the back of the 5th wheel. The boat puts 500# right on the very back end of the 5th wheel.It doesn't change the ride or the handling enough to even notice. On a side note though, my 500# is added to the 5th wheel at about 6" behind the rear cap on the outside. It removes around 300# off of my pin weight. If that 500# was added to the inside say 2' in from the back wall that number would drop to only removing 160# or so from the pin. now if one could take 300 or so pounds out of the basement or front closet and move it to the rear then you might gain some room on the truck but 300# is quite a bit of stuff to store in the floor. LOL
transamz9 06/22/16 08:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lots of Fords

And the butt-hurt continues on and on and on No butt-hurt here. I just know the truth.Most Americans now days are followers and not leaders. My dad always had this so it must be the best so that's what I'll have or Joe down the street has always had this so I must be the best. I wouldn't have a Toyota Camry if it was give to me. Not because they are bad cars( because they are great cars). It's because they are like ants around here. Everyone has one or a Mustang. I was raised with Chevy trucks and have been driving Ford trucks since I got my first company truck in 1999 but I choose what I have by the seat of my pants and the experience I've had with them. I have tried to go back to Chevy and have tried Fords and every time I quickly went back to what treats me the best. So, again, not butt-hurt. I just choose to be a leader.
transamz9 06/21/16 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lots of Fords

Here's the way I look at it. You can say that Ford has the #1 selling truck and the proof is in the numbers. Well, Americans voted the current prez in twice. That just tells me something about the people that are buying and voting. Sorry, had to do it.:B
transamz9 06/21/16 12:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Good reasons NOT to go with 5er over TT....

"Ron,'sorry you still have an issue backing up your 5er.:B" Tell you what, I wish I had a TT just for trying to back into a spot a couple days ago in a RV/Park Model park that was built in the late 60's. I finally gave up and had to see if anyone else had a lot for rent. New site was better but doing all this in 110 degree heat and getting frustrated I ended up too close to the shed on the site with the door slide. Thankfully my wife when putting out the slide stopped and checked. Yep I was 5" too close, she is my hero! Hooked back up and tried to move over about one foot. That was a no go and more frustration. Wife said move the rocks on the other side of the road and pull into grass. I finally did so and got it moved over. Now there are two tire rutts in the lawn. A TT would have been a breeze to back in with the same conditions because of the fact when you turn the truck the TT turns. 5er is MUCH slower to respond. What is it with people having an issue with steps inside a RV? Let me guess.......you are now hauling those rocks in the front walk in closet. LOL Time to go to the cat scales...:B
transamz9 06/21/16 09:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2017 F350

only 15 bobtail - still lower cost per mile. not better - cheaper How do you figure cheaper per mile? Keep in mind I take care of a fleet of trucks, class 8 trucks included.
transamz9 06/19/16 06:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F350

My 'big rig' gets 8.5+ at 65 -all up weight with the smart on deck 35,000 # I get 9 and better pulling the same towed weight as you but get close to 20 bobtail. Overkill is not always better.
transamz9 06/19/16 04:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Just bought a Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel 6.7 and I'm confused

You're the first guy on this forum who bought a new Ram to admit that you're a bit confused??.....sorry I just couldn't help it. I only turn the exhaust brake on while towing. I seldom use tow haul. Often on steep grades I manually select the gear I want. I sometimes lock out 6th gear while towing at speeds below 65 mph. I'm not certain but I think my fuel economy may at times improve running in 5th vs 6th. (This will depend on gear ratios, travel speed and weight of the load. The Ram exhaust brake set up is not as it is on the GM and Fords. It does take a little user input to get full potential out of it. Ram should do a little better job of teaching the buyers how to use it but that would mean that they would have to train the salesmen. Well, you know that ain't going to happen. LOL The EB in the RAM does a good job on it's own just like the GM and Ford but once you learn how to use it to it's fullest IMO the RAM is in a league of it's own. The only thing I wish they would do is give an optional heavy mode that would allow it to engage more when towing heavy but that would be a safety concern for people that are not experienced in using an engine brake on wet or slick services.
transamz9 06/16/16 09:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Just bought a Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel 6.7 and I'm confused

TH and EB on ALL the time! Try the "Auto" mode solo. I run full on ALL the time. You will never wear out the brakes. I have not towed with mine yet, but soon, very soon. I try to turn on the EB all the time, which does save on brakes, but on my 2015 Ram it stops working when it slows to 50 mph! Whereas in my 2011 Chevy it would stay on till about 30 mph. I am curious how it works towing. Put the TH on ALL the time. Your EB should stay on down to around 1,100 rpm's. So as stated by Arcamper previously, EB is determined by engine rpm, not speed? Good to know! Not just RPM. It is also determined by deceleration. The truck will adjust how much EB it uses by the mode you are in and how fast the truck is decelerating. If you are going up a slight grade the brake won't work as hard as it will going down a slight grade. The computer has a max that it will slow the truck down. You can turn your gauge cluster on to have the EB hp shown. You can watch the computer do it's thing. I have seen 150hp out of mine but when running around light it won't go no where near that high.;)
transamz9 06/16/16 09:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Just bought a Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel 6.7 and I'm confused

thanks for all the help. I realize that I'm going to have to play with it to actually learn the best way to use these functions. I just wanted some "real world" experiences that could help guide me a little. I didn't mean to start a fight over reading the owner's manual. I did read it, but it really didn't do me any good. Again, thanks for all the advice, Bruce and Connie I just live right down the road from you in Lawrenceburg if you want to hook up some time I can take you through some paces on it.;)
transamz9 06/16/16 07:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F350

I see you can now opt to delete the carpet on the high end '17 Super Duty's. Also for the people who own and enjoy the large cab of the current Super Duty the new one maintains the deep window sills which works great as a arm rest. Link So Ford once again is catching up with Ram? You have been able to delete the carpet on the Ram high trim models for a few years now. I use my arm rest for arm rest. LOL Large cab? HAHAHA!!Funny.:B (insert stir the pot smiley here) Honestly, I really like the F150's. If the SD is just like them they are going to be nice.........although still a little cab.:B The typical arm rest is too low for me and that's why I like to use the window sill instead and the super duty has a large one and it works great. On the carpet delete ford offered that years ago but I guess stopped offering some time ago. My 06 F350's window sill is just as high as my Rams but I do like the way it drops down in the front by the mirrors. Allows me to see the ground close to the front wheel without rolling the window down. I'm not talking the height but the depth of the window sill. On theSD it's like 3" deep and the ram is around 1.5" deep Well that's strange. I just measured mine at 2 1/2" with the window closed. I'll have to measure my F350 in the morning. I never really paid it no attention. I ride with my arm up there too.
transamz9 06/15/16 06:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F350

I see you can now opt to delete the carpet on the high end '17 Super Duty's. Also for the people who own and enjoy the large cab of the current Super Duty the new one maintains the deep window sills which works great as a arm rest. Link So Ford once again is catching up with Ram? You have been able to delete the carpet on the Ram high trim models for a few years now. I use my arm rest for arm rest. LOL Large cab? HAHAHA!!Funny.:B (insert stir the pot smiley here) Honestly, I really like the F150's. If the SD is just like them they are going to be nice.........although still a little cab.:B The typical arm rest is too low for me and that's why I like to use the window sill instead and the super duty has a large one and it works great. On the carpet delete ford offered that years ago but I guess stopped offering some time ago. My 06 F350's window sill is just as high as my Rams but I do like the way it drops down in the front by the mirrors. Allows me to see the ground close to the front wheel without rolling the window down.
transamz9 06/15/16 10:58am Tow Vehicles
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