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RE: Ford vs Ram

Not that it really matters much and who really cares but if the Ford is a 2015 and the Ram is a 2014 then they can really both have the title. Now when the 2015 Ram comes out and it tops the '15 Ford is Ford going to quit claiming top dog? I think is really a stupid and childish thing they are doing. I'm about ready to stop buying any trucks and start building my own. I might call it AMC. Take a little from all and just go camping. If I need to haul 30,000+ I'll just get in the Freightliner and head out.
transamz9 07/28/14 12:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ELectric Fans on a Cummins ?

Well you answered your own question. If you drive mostly empty, your fan should never really engage except really hot weather maybe. I can count on my hands how any times the fan has kicked on in my 07 unless I was towing or hauling something substantial. And my radiator fins are all smashed in thanks to my kids a few years ago! Installing electric fans seems like a waste of time and $ for very little to no gain in a normal daily driver vehicle. You would be surprised at how much your fan runs. If you run your A/C then your fan is constantly cycling. The OE fan is variable so you won't here it kick in 90% of the time because it only runs what is demanded of it. If this were me and I wanted to us electric fans I would just leave the OE fan in place and operating and then just add electric fans to help with the load. I would get a temp sensor rated at a higher value to add in and wire it so the OE fan will come on at a certain temp. Let the E-Fans do the light work like everyday running and A/C.
transamz9 07/28/14 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ELectric Fans on a Cummins ?

For $600 or so FLex a lite makes a fan kit for the CUmmins 5.9 Anybody using it? is there a noticable MPG gain running empty? Does it work well enough to cool the truck when loaded? Why are you wanting to do this? Is there something wrong with your factory cooling?
transamz9 07/27/14 12:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dealer's service dept frustrating me

The cap that they have to remove to put oil in the truck tells them what weight oil they need to use.
transamz9 07/24/14 04:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: 265/70/17 or 285/70/17

Lol I know what you mean about getting pulled over, but they pulled me over for going 2 miles over the speed limit on a downhill part of the road. Another time I was pulled over for having my tow mirrors up for towing but I had just left the campground to go to walmart for food. Literally a mile away from the campground. He followed me and I had to prove I had my tt at the campground. Just to add to that I am active duty military and it was memorial day weekend. The cop said, well I was never in the military so I dont give breaks. He still made me put my mirrors down before I could drive to walmart. so, the love me state, common wealth of virginia can be a fun place to drive through. Next time just tell him to right you a ticket for the mirrors being up and tell him to put the number of the written law on the ticket. I have never heard of a law forbidding a tow mirror on a truck to be up or extended. That Cop was bored and needs to do something like walk main street and write parking tickets.
transamz9 07/22/14 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Short bed or long bed?

After reading 8 pages on this subject here is what I've learned. Some people like short beds. Some people like long beds. Buy what you like! No, buy what fits in your garage! Then apply bandaids to make it do the job. Bandaids? what Bandaids would one have to apply if they got a short bed truck? For one a tailgate extender or rack to haul something a LONG bed could haul like 12' drywall. Use a trailer. It's not a bandaid. My 6.5' bed will haul 12' drywall. I've had 16' lumber in it.
transamz9 07/11/14 04:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Short bed or long bed?

After reading 8 pages on this subject here is what I've learned. Some people like short beds. Some people like long beds. Buy what you like! No, buy what fits in your garage! Then apply bandaids to make it do the job. Bandaids? what Bandaids would one have to apply if they got a short bed truck?
transamz9 07/10/14 02:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Horror Stories

HAHAHA!!! You guys are too easy. The OP came on here and typed a few words about a 6.0 and then sat back and watched the same ole crew go at it for 3 pages. LOL!!!!!!
transamz9 07/07/14 08:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Walkers

I am very picky about my stuff (truck, camper and boat) and I do not want a bunch of people and kids going through my site in between all of it and they hear about it pretty quick. The kids are young so it's not going to hurt them one bit to take the long way around and the Adults probably need the exercise anyway. Also with the prop on the boat often exposed to a trip or fall and with treble hooks on fishing poles laying around, it's not a site people that don't pay attention to what they are doing need to be on. I am a very friendly person and will strike up a conversation with anyone and welcome company if they want to shoot the bull or ask questions but I become very unfriendly when people think because that it is a public place they can use my campsite as a super highway. I can be very noisy and annoying just before daylight getting ready to head out to fish if I have neighbors that annoy me. I like to let my Cummins with pipe warm up a good 15-20 minutes before I make the long trip to the ramp.:R
transamz9 07/06/14 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to forum and 3/4 ton towing questions

To my knowledge an F-250 and an F-350 is the same truck at least in the years 99 thru 04 which I am familiar with. I have an F-250 with the camper package and the rear overload spring. My GVWR is 8800 lbs. The question has been asked before why would Ford build two identical trucks and put two different GVWR stickers on those trucks. My understanding is that customers in a lot of states demanded a truck with 8800 lbs GVWR due to taxes charged in these states. I customer who purchased a truck for private duty pulling an RV let's say, didn't want to license a 10000 GVWR truck and pay the high state taxes. At least that is my understanding and I could be wrong and if you listen to my wife I am usually wrong. What don't make sense to me is that if you live in one of these states that hit the everyday driver (non-commercial)for weight fines on their tags, how are they (the owners) getting by with buying a truck that they load to the axle rating (which will put you over your GVWR)and not get fined for having bought enough tag? Sounds like tax evasion to me. It's my understanding that in these states , you tag it for what you are going to weigh at your max not what your door says. I know in the commercial world, you tag them for what you GCWR will be not just the truck.
transamz9 07/03/14 08:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: P tires vs LT tires - tire sales conflicting info

OK, its time for new tires and after visiting 5 different tire stores and our local Ford dealership, I keep getting conflicting information. So....I need your real world experience. I have a Ford F-150 (2wd) xlt crew cab that has Michelin P265/60R18 tires on it now. I tow a 6000 lb 26' KZ Spree travel trailer. Weight dist. and sway control, of course. It tows fine with the P265 tires but I've always read that LT tires are best, so when I asked, everyone said they do not make a LT tire in the 265/60-18 size. Ford dealership said to not change size, as it would screw up the speedometer, computer, etc. and that it wasn't necessary. Several of the other tire stores agreed with the dealership and said stay with what you have. Two tire stores said I should change. I would have to go to a 275/65R18. Sooooo......what is right? IF I changed tire size would I screw up more than a mile or two on the speedometer? Would it ride hard and rough as they said? Would I screw up other computer settings? Should I stay with P265/60R18 or change? I plugged the info into this tire size calculator but I'm not sure what the data is telling me. Any thoughts or real world input? thanks for all the help. If I had no problems with the OE tire and you are with-in the OE tire's weight specs I would just stay with the OE tire. JMO of coarse.;)
transamz9 06/26/14 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Double Towing with my rig (pics updated 5-13-2014)

I would not do it. You do not have the underpinnings on trailer fifth wheel to pull much. My mechanic told mr he would not put a hitch on back of fiver. Not enough to weld or screw it to. You wouldn't take your truck to a metal fab shop to have the oil changed so why would you ask a mechanic to install a custom hitch? My boat weighs right at 5000# a lot of the times it is being towed behind my fifth wheel.
transamz9 06/10/14 02:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Double Towing with my rig (pics updated 5-13-2014)

I have been doing it for 15 years, have been stopped and checked 2 times for proper licenses, weight, length, lights and everything else So much for the RV.net myth that a leo can'/won't/doesn't stop a RV for those type infractions. I double towed RV doubles for 8 years and towed commercial doubles in my construction business all with LDTs. I found when adding a boxed structure like in the pictures, to the trailers main frame rails and cross members is make sure there welded especially when added to the back end of a trailer. Its really a shame we have 48 different laws on the books pertaining to non commercial double towing. Any how as Tin Pusher says add Oklahoma to those states that have no special licensing/registrations of any kind for towing RV doubles. I don't think anyone ever said they can't/won't/don't stop doubles if doing something unsafe or braking the law.
transamz9 06/10/14 01:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel nose high problem

I have a 20k reese select slider on top of the picture frame and a trail air pin box. I like the pin box, but maybe I could get one with a lower profile. I was also looking at maybe getting 17.5 wheels and tires. I would gain a little height and higher weight rating on the tires. That is expensive though$2000 plus. I do have Chinese tires now. I also have a 6'4" bed. Here's my hitch. http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/transamz9/2013%20Ram%203500/DSCN3635_zps9204918b.jpg width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum limit of 640px maximum width.
transamz9 06/09/14 07:56pm Towing
RE: 5th wheel nose high problem

It must be the picture frame and slider that's making it so high. I have the B&W turn over ball and a non sliding B&W companion model #3500. How much would the nose drop if you took the slider and picture frame out?
transamz9 06/09/14 06:39am Towing
RE: 5th wheel nose high problem

To OP You state you have 11 inches from bedrail to trailer. I am almost sure your bedrail is about 60 inches from the ground. Add 11 inches and that gives you 71 inches. 5 11. I am 5 9 so I could walk under your trailer when hitched? How about some pictures of the pin box and trailer hitch. A picture when hitched would be helpful too. Something just don't sound right. I had to raise my pin box and lower my B&W hitch but my clearance is only 5.5 inches with my Ram 3500 4X4.
transamz9 06/08/14 07:48pm Towing
RE: not rv but boat?

Why do you think you would need a V8 or Ecoboost to pull that boat. You can get a 6200# tow capacity with a V6 Jeep Grand Cherokee. You can get a well equipped 4X4 in the low to mid 30's. 290 hp with the 8 speed trans will drag that boat all day with no problems.
transamz9 06/08/14 06:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: not rv but boat?

Why do you think you would need a V8 or Ecoboost to pull that boat. You can get a 6200# tow capacity with a V6 Jeep Grand Cherokee. You can get a well equipped 4X4 in the low to mid 30's. 290 hp with the 8 speed trans will drag that boat all day with no problems.
transamz9 06/08/14 06:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: not rv but boat?

would love to do that but it puts us way over the legal length here in KY You won't be no where near as long as me. I have talked to a couple different VEO's and they have all told me that I'll be fine just don't try and take it some where stupid like a drive-thur or something. Been towing long doubles since 05 with no problems anywhere. That boat will be a little hard to get to tow right behind your tt though. Get you a 5er and drag it on.;) BTW, I live in ky too.
transamz9 06/07/14 07:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Any idea on what's making my truck skip?

Lift pump, fuel pump, same thing. I have the on frame, out of tank on my 2004. Sounds like you do too. Replace it. Geno's Garage sells replacement, RAM does NOT. RAM will convert, at much expense, to in tank. In tank does not wear out as soon, but when it does, is a MAJOR hassle and expense to replace. Change the pump! Napa also sells the inline pump.
transamz9 06/04/14 10:09am Tow Vehicles
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