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RE: 2015 Cummins service question.

How many hours is on the truck with 9,000 miles? That 6 months thing is to take into account the trucks that idle a lot or run slow back roads a lot. It's not because the oil goes out of date in six months. I personally change mine once a year or 10,000 miles. I change my fuel filters every time. I also get my fuel filter that is mounted on the rear of the truck at NAPA. The engine filter has still not been released to the aftermarket world.
transamz9 07/28/16 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do they do it? little vehicle/big trailer

From this forum, I get the feeling that anyone with a 3/4 ton or larger must look at half ton towers and feel they are having an unsafe/white knuckle experience. No, and that's the problem. Everyone just goes right to the ridiculous extreme when they read ANYTHING on this forum. If you suggest to someone that they really should be towing a particular trailer with a larger truck, someone always pipes up with a snarky, "What, can't tow anything bigger than a rowboat with anything smaller than a diesel dually, huh?" or similar unproductive comment. Because someone always pipes up saying they need a F450 or larger to tow a trailer that can be handled by a 2500. A lot of people say you can't have too much truck and then there's others that says you can.
transamz9 07/28/16 12:14pm Towing
RE: How do they do it? little vehicle/big trailer

From this forum, I get the feeling that anyone with a 3/4 ton or larger must look at half ton towers and feel they are having an unsafe/white knuckle experience. No I definitely don't I'm one of those 1 ton'ers that wishes he could get by with a 1/2 ton.:B
transamz9 07/28/16 09:21am Towing
RE: New boots tomorrow!

Any tire made in China is a "China bomb" and I'll avoid them at all expense. Sailun was on the short list but after I found out they're made in China they are no longer an option. HMMMM, what about your foreign owned Michelin's? Sorry had to say that! Non of my current vehicles have Michelins What brand outboard motor do you run?
transamz9 07/28/16 05:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 3:55 or 4:10

I'm happy with 4.30's, but do not drive over 65 mph. Many people have to lock out top gear when towing with lower ratios - My truck is used exclusively for RV duty, so I am happy being able to make most of the drive in 6th gear and the worst hills in 4th. My truck with 3.42's won't shift into 6th gear until 65 with the TH on. With 385 hp/ 900 lbft running in fifth is basicly like a truck with 4.10's running in sixth. 55 is the shift point from 4th to 5th.
transamz9 07/27/16 06:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 PSD numbers are in FLT Offical ?

You do have to keep in mind that you are still comparing apples to oranges. You will need to wait until Ram and GM come out with their 2017 numbers before the king of weight can be crowned. Until we see something else, Ford has taken the "crown" as being able to handle the heaviest weights. If Ram simply ups the numbers for 2017 without changing anything, that is worrisome to me. If the entire team had confidence in having higher ratings, they should already have them. All this manhood measuring by manufacturers, increasing weights to be a hundred lbs better than the other guy is almost funny. Congrats to Ford for offering the highest numbers. For people that need that vindication to justify their purchase, they have it. For the majority of people with sense, they won't pull such large weights with a single rear wheel truck, they won't pull even larger weights with a relatively small class 3 truck either. The reality is that these numbers are insane for a pickup truck. It is all literally a ***** measuring contest at this point... mine is bigger than yours, no MINE is bigger than YOURS... I concur with common sense, I'd rather see more durable drivetrains, better fuel economy and better pricing. I have long ago been resigned to what God and my family genes gave me... I just want a better overall product. I already tow 20,000 + with my SRW. Did it with my 2013 and my 2005 too.
transamz9 07/27/16 04:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do they do it? little vehicle/big trailer

We towed our camper originally with a 2013 F150 EcoBoost. It "towed" fine, if you're talking about HP and ability to pull it. However, it was way too light of a truck for our camper with a 6885 shipping weight (so 8000ish loaded?). We were well within the towing capacities of that truck. So, if your vehicle is making weird noises and is struggling with a pretty light trailer, there is probably something wrong with the truck, the trailer, or how you have it hooked up. All that said, the F150 was terrible to actually take on trips. My husband is not an experienced tower, and our original set up was causing way too much sway and unstableness. Now we have a F350 DWR, and he still doesn't feel comfortable going over 60mph or so... he just doesn't have the experience. I too wonder how some of the rigs we see flying down the highway (I-25 in this case) manage to make it to their destination, but my only guess is, they're way more experienced than we are. Thank you for the honesty in your post. To be truthful their will be some that tow for years and not get use to it or feel comfortable or ever get "good" at it. There is a skill to towing to a curtain degree but the best thing to do is never do anything that don't feel good to you. For those that are experience the best advice is don't get too good and let your guard down. Mr Murphy will get you when you least expect it.
transamz9 07/27/16 04:28pm Towing
RE: 2017 PSD numbers are in FLT Offical ?

Some guys posted up a number of spec sheets from the Denver Ford event this week over on FTE. The 2017 F-350 SRW 4x4 crew cab has a GCWR of 28,700 lbs and a max GN towing capability of 20,200 lbs. The best numbers I could find for a Ram 3500 SRW 4x4 crew cab was 17,100 lbs. 3,100 lb towing difference for a SRW is pretty impressive. Looks like Ford is in the lead now. The 2017 F-350 Dually 4x4 crew cab has a GCWR of 40,000 lbs and a max GN towing capability of 31,000 lbs. The best numbers I could find for a Ram 3500 Dually 4x4 crew cab was 30,300. Slightly edges out Ram by 700 lbs, but it puts Ford in the lead until Ram ups the ante. Adam You do have to keep in mind that you are still comparing apples to oranges. You will need to wait until Ram and GM come out with their 2017 numbers before the king of weight can be crowned. I would love to see these manufactures quit upping the hp and give these trucks 18 gears and a 1000 lbft of torque. I predict a 2 speed rear end for the future. They are going to start having a hard time keeping the differentials cool in these trucks if they keep on. At some point they are going to have to do something the the rear gearing to help. This it truly the only reason the SRW trucks have such a low tow rating compared to the DRW trucks. The are limited to the high rear gear ratios.
transamz9 07/27/16 01:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do they do it? little vehicle/big trailer

Most times I read where someone says "my at the limits combo tows great" literally have no experience towing with any other combo, or having a healthy margin over and above their trailer's GVWR. In other words, nothing to compare it to. Why this happens is because people buy a vehicle to fit their daily needs, then think "I can tow anything", then of course they try. While I too have knowingly towed close to my limits, there is a marked difference in towing pleasure having that healthy margin. Or you have someone that is experienced at towing with just about everything known to man and towing weights well in excess of 100,000# that choose a TV that fits their needs in as many ways as possible. Then you have the people that have no experience coming on here asking how they are doing it. Towing heavy is not about how fast, easy or safely your TV can tow the load. It's how fast or easy YOU can tow the load at speed. Set up is a huge factor in how a load is handled. I've seen some pretty bad set ups that involved HD trucks towing very light trailers.
transamz9 07/27/16 12:27pm Towing
RE: Tail wagging the dog

Here's what happens when you drop a trailer off the shoulder of the road even if it is enough truck to handle the trailer. This is on my road and is roughly only 5 miles long. (this is not me in the news reports) driver error more error Same exact place as first news video but different truck.
transamz9 07/27/16 09:00am Towing
RE: Tail wagging the dog

Just FYI, a Cat 279 c weighs 11,000# +-
transamz9 07/27/16 04:17am Towing
RE: Ram 3500 Mega cab vs Crew cab

Mega cab would have slightly lower payload due to weight, and you may have to run a sliding hitch with the shorter bed. Not always. The srw mega cab has a 12,300# GVWR so the difference between it and a long bed cc is very little. Dually are about 200 lb difference with the same options.
transamz9 07/25/16 06:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 PSD numbers are in FLT Offical ?

"Well, maybe it's time for Ram to put together a 4500 pickup?" Don't think there is any reason to do so. Ford already is competing with the RAM 3500 with it's F450. I am sure that is enough reason for RAM to leave well enough alone. That would be with their 2 wheel drive single cab dually? That's what Ram uses to claim their current highest available tow numbers. Not sure what the take rate on a 2wd single cab dually is, but it can't be very high. If you want to compare apples to apples, let's see the numbers of the F350 4x4 crew cab vs. the Ram 3500 4x4 crew cab since that is the most popular configuration these days. Then do the same comparison for Ford's upcoming 2017 model. Ford easily trumps Ram's current offerings and does it with a crew cab and 4wd standard. 2017 Rams are not out yet so we will have to use 2016. 2016 Ram Crew Cab 4X4 Long Bed DRW with 4.10:1 Max trailer is 30,310# with max payload of 5,680# 2016 Ford F350 4X4 Long Bed DRW with 4.30:1 Max trailer is 26,500# with max payload of 6,460#.
transamz9 07/25/16 08:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 3500 RAM 6.7 Cummins - Brake Controller Question

I have the integrated brake controller gain set to 10. At slow speed, depressing the bar on the dash all the way to force the brakes to lock up does not lock up the brakes. The brakes grab but don't lock. I've read about issues with 2014-2015 trucks having with the OEM brake controller not sending the full 12 volts to the brakes. Anyone else seeing this on the 2016 model RAM trucks with built in controller? Did you check to make sure it is set on heavy electric and not on light electric?
transamz9 07/22/16 11:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM/Cummins test drive observations

Now that is a long train!! Do you change the fuel filters at the same interval as the oil & filter? Yes I do, both fuel filters , oil filter and oil at the same time.
transamz9 07/21/16 03:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM/Cummins test drive observations

My snowmobile trailer is only a 2 place enclosed so no biggie. Our Coachmen is 36.7', F350 is 20.6' and I have a long hitch shank that I figures adds about 12". its a long train. I don't usually do my own oil changes. But I do change the oil in my truck every 3000 miles. I read that the Cummins can go 10000 miles between oil changes. Is this accurate? How often do people change the oil & filter and also fuel filters? Approx. what is the cost to have these changed? I know a lot of people say if you have to ask you shouldn't bother but I am a planner and would hate to get into this ignorant. My V10 get 7.5 towing and 12 empty. My research shows that I could see 11 towing and 17 empty. My commute to work is 11 miles @ 60 mph. Is this doable? Thanks! Put a 30' boat trailer behind your Coachman and that's about how long I am.;) I change mine at about 10,000 miles. According to the trucks computer I usually have around 25-30% left. I have the gas trucks at work on a 5,000 mile oil change schedule and the diesels are done at 7,000.
transamz9 07/21/16 12:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM/Cummins test drive observations

Just an FYI, before I put the tank in the bed I always carried at least one 5 gallon jug of diesel with me if I knew I would run close. That's what I do - good piece of mind in case that next station is a little farther than I think or something unexpected comes up. I have noticed my gauge is pretty conservative in terms of how much fuel is left in the tank. Yeah, I pretty much have to use truck stops to fuel up because of my length and not being able to back up easily (tow doubles). I've been known to drive right by my exit and then have to scramble to find another stop close by. LOL Piece of mind is great! Now I can run close to 700 miles before I need fuel so I'm good now. I won't ever run hard enough to need fuel in one day of travel.
transamz9 07/21/16 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM/Cummins test drive observations

Thanks for the clarification. 5.5 gallon def tank makes sense. 250 miles between gas stops is much better than I get now. I am looking at 160 now. Every 2.5 hours I have to find a gas station that will fit our 68' of length. Don't get me wrong, my truck has been awesome. No issues what so ever. I am just looking for a little more power and economy. Amazing that both are offered in today's new trucks. Depending on how long my trip was is how I usually determined when I stopped. I don't like running down to the red zone on my trucks. If the trip was say 500 or so miles then I would google map the stops I felt were the easiest to get into around 200-250 miles because i knew I would really be pushing my luck on two tanks if it were over 500. Never fails that you are ten miles to your destination and the light comes on and then you get caught in a traffic jam. LOL! Just an FYI, before I put the tank in the bed I always carried at least one 5 gallon jug of diesel with me if I knew I would run close.
transamz9 07/21/16 07:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM/Cummins test drive observations

I don't need to cruise all the time but it is nice to give my right foot a break when you can on long towing days. I am sure it will work great and locking out 6th if necessary is a good idea. I don't have that ability now. From what I read these HD Rams have a 31 gallon fuel tank. I think I saw that diesels get an additional 5.5 gallons. Is this correct? 36 gallons? Currently I stop to gas every 2.5 hours when traveling. Will be nice to have better range! Yeah I don't know why they advertise it that way because both of my 4th generation trucks just had 31 gallon fuel tanks and a 5.5 gallon def "fuel" tank. Before I put my aux tank in the bed I always planned for 250+- on my fuel stops.
transamz9 07/20/16 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 PSD numbers are in FLT Offical ?

Anybody notice how nice and civil this thread was going until the brand bashing kids got started? Are you boys ever going to mature? If referring to me, where am I bashing?Not brand bashing this time as much as disrespectful of folks that don't drive your brand. Then again' it may just be Ford owners you have a real dislike for. Otherwise how would you know it was you I referred too?:B There was only two of us that don't show Ford in their siggy on the first page. I don't see where I was disrespectful one bit. If you think I was disrespectful in any way then it's not me that needs to grow up. I just said that it's going to be fun to watch the Blue bleeders post how much 65 lbft is going to improve the towing. That's the problem with this country right now. Everyone reading into things too much.All the brand trucks are good trucks. I drive what I have because that's what I like. You drive what you have because of your reasons. Nothing more and nothing less. People always wearing their feelings on their shoulders to be easily knocked off is crazy. Not one time did I say anything about the brand I choose to drive.:S
transamz9 07/20/16 11:27am Tow Vehicles
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