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RE: Is ram air suspension needed?

For about 2k dry pin weight, you'll want a truck with at least 3500 pounds of payload. You'll add a 200 pound receiver, another couple hundred pounds of things stuffed around the hitch, people and stuff in the cab, and that dry pin weight will go up by 500 pounds when you stuff the basement. 3/4 Ram diesels have 1500-2500 pounds of payload - not enough. SRW 1-tons have 2500-3500 pounds - borderline. Dually has over 4000 pounds - winner! I agree with jeep1 above. Besides the payload, I think you will be a lot more comfortable towing a 40' 5er with dual rear wheels. It adds a lot more stability. Find a comparable bed/cab/drivetrain truck on the dealer lot and look at the tire and loading sticker for available payload. My fairly loaded 3500 srw has 3700# payload. There are tradesmans with 4000#.
transamz9 05/26/16 05:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram automatic vs asin

If I could get shorter gears in a SRW with an Aisin then it might be worth it. You are overlooking the fact that the low first gear in the Aisin vs the 68RFE is much better for towing in the SRW 3500's that are only available with 3.42 gears. (I posted the gear ratio's earlier) It is the best of both worlds. Gets a load heavy moving with tall gears which gives the truck really long legs! Like 1750 RPM at 80 MPH across Western Wyoming and Eastern Utah bringing it home. Like any thing it does have a couple quirks. At 55 MPH it will hunt down to 5th gear on a small hills without a trailer in tow. In towhaul is performs flawlessly while towing. It is more or less free standing without a link to the trucks computers having its own, sending gear info back to the EVIC. It is not adaptive to ones driving style. We made a trip to Arizona and back towing the old 5th wheel and I am very happy with it. Chris I find myself wanting a 3.73 gear at times too. On a lot of the back roads I travel towing the speed seems to fall right at that in between gear if you know what I mean. Don't get me wrong, I love the cruising of the 3.42. On a lot of boat ramps and driving through the campgrounds with the boat it can't decide if it wants to run in second or need first. That big jump between the lower gears keep it searching sometimes. The perfect fix for me would be a two speed axle option. LOL
transamz9 05/26/16 09:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: How to back up trailer- Aerial View

There's a bid difference between a 53' van and a 40' 5th wheel. I have never had a time I needed 90* to put my 5th wheel anywhere and that is including spots that are 90* to the drive.The 280" wheel base on the tractor in the video also makes a difference in the need of 90*. And then there's the one early comment that's off-topic and totally unnecessary. Good video! How is it off topic? I drive semis too and believe me when I say they the to as as much different as they are alike so not unnecessary.
transamz9 05/25/16 04:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to back up trailer- Aerial View

Found this on YouTube- Thought it may be handy to visualize how the trailers are moving while making maneuvers and backing. This is an arial view of a tractor trailer turning and backing. The first 6 minutes are so are with the tandem axles in their most forward position... While still further back than most TT and Fivers it is closest to demonstrating how our towable RV's move while backing and maneuvering. Note: The 90 degree turn is displayed and you can see the trailer tires scrubbing sideways... This may help people see how effective it is to get to 90 degrees with a truck and fiver. Video Link The music is terrible (like elevator music) so you may want to hit mute. Thanks! Jeremiah There's a bid difference between a 53' van and a 40' 5th wheel. I have never had a time I needed 90* to put my 5th wheel anywhere and that is including spots that are 90* to the drive.The 280" wheel base on the tractor in the video also makes a difference in the need of 90*.
transamz9 05/24/16 10:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Second Gen 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 Speed Transmission

I think it's funny they felt the need to completely redesign a motor that is still fairly young and new and suppose to be indestructible. I like the transmission though. I would love to see a ten speed in the HD line ups with a 2 speed rear axle option. Take a truck like my 2013 Ram. It would be the cat's meow if I could have 3.42:1 for my everyday ventures and then when I hook to my rig push a button and have 4.11:1. Not sure why you consider making improvements on an engine that has been vehicles for over decade is funny. I would think it would be more funny or odd for a manufacturer in this technology driven age to wait for the competition to pass them and react. The 3.5 Ecoboost has been in the F150 towing heavy loads (for a 1/2 ton series truck) for decades? Huh, new one for me. I thought it was an all new engine and technology for the F150. :) Hi, I believe that he said for over a decade, which could mean eleven years. "for decades? Huh, new one for me." This engine started in the Taurus before the F-150. It's not the same engine that was in the Taurus. Same displacement and has turbos yes but not the same. :) Hi, other than having less torque, and being in a front wheel drive vehicle, what makes this a different engine? As far as I'm concerned, a few minor differences doesn't make it a different engine. This is what I copied from Popular Mechanics webpage: "While it might be convenient to think that this is simply the Taurus SHO engine turned 90 degrees and dropped into the truck's cavernous engine bay, that would be completely wrong. The aluminum block is all new because it bolts to a different transmission from the front-wheel-drive applications. The engine also has stronger main bearings. Like all 2011 F-150 powertrains, the 3.5 liter is matched to Ford's six-speed automatic. Additional major differences between the engines include unique heads that feature individual cam phasers for both intake and exhaust; the fixed-geometry turbochargers flow more and produce more boost (13 psi versus 10.5 psi); the main cooling system is upgraded. These changes enable the F-150's version of the EcoBoost to deliver: • 365 horsepower at 5000 rpm (on regular fuel) • 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2500 rpm (up to 90 percent of peak torque from 1700 rpm to 5000 rpm) • 11,300 pounds maximum trailer-towing capacity " From my own understanding the ecoboost in the F150 had to be built "stronger" for the increased duty-cycle or durability for the truck that would not be seen in the car.
transamz9 05/10/16 06:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: my first disappointment

No need to have DRL's. They are an unnecessary feature on most cars. Anyone that thinks they feel safer with them on is kidding themselves. Either way, they can be turned on through the computer by the dealer! Okay bud, tell you what you need to do. Go get in the drivers seat of a semi pulling a 53' van trailer and take off down the interstate in the rain. Now look out the side mirror at the cars riding beside and behind you and tell me that you don't need headlights turned on in the day time. BTW, I'm not kidding me or anyone else. Maybe you are just one of those drivers that don't look back. Ummm! We're not talking about headlights on in the rain. We're talking about DRL's during daylight hours no rain. And yes, I'm always looking around me whenever your driving you constantly need to be aware of your surroundings. And I even have a rear view camera, most if not all semis don't have that! Again even if you see a car ahead with DRL's by the time they get to you, they may inadvertently swerve for what ever reason and cross into your lane at the last second. Now how are DRL's going to help out there! Okay look at it completely opposite. Driving East and West and the sun is low and behind you. Same difference. DRL's make you more noticeable. Why do you think Motorcycles are required to have them?
transamz9 05/10/16 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: my first disappointment

No need to have DRL's. They are an unnecessary feature on most cars. Anyone that thinks they feel safer with them on is kidding themselves. Either way, they can be turned on through the computer by the dealer! Okay bud, tell you what you need to do. Go get in the drivers seat of a semi pulling a 53' van trailer and take off down the interstate in the rain. Now look out the side mirror at the cars riding beside and behind you and tell me that you don't need headlights turned on in the day time. BTW, I'm not kidding me or anyone else. Maybe you are just one of those drivers that don't look back.
transamz9 05/10/16 09:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: overall length questions

The book shows my fifth wheel being 38' and some change. From the front cap to the rear cap is 42'.
transamz9 05/10/16 08:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: my first disappointment

I don't like DRLs because people think that they are good enough in the rain, as in, they don't turn on their headlights in the rain anymore because they have DRLs. A lot of times, tail lights are more important in the rain that headlights, and it isn't always dark enough outside for the auto feature in most new cars to kick on. My head lights on my Ram come on automatically when you turn the wipers on.
transamz9 05/10/16 07:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Retired my 6.4

Just curious but why didn't you get a truck with all the "eye candy" that your 6.4 had? Ram makes some nice candy for sure. In my case, I could afford a truck with all go or all show but not with both. I chose the options that gave me the the most capacity and only a few creature comforts on top of the Tradesman trim. This has worked out well for me - I did the same with my previous Ford XL trim truck that had excellent capacity for its class. Yes, I could of balanced out the performance and comfort options more evenly and arrived at the same price, but its all about your priorities... For you it is understandable. You went from one class truck and stepped up two classes not counting the price increases over 10 or so years between your two trucks. Also, the Tradesman is still a little step up from the XL in the F series. He went from a truck that is decked out like a Laramie to the tradesman. I'm just curious is all not trying to bash one way or the other.;)
transamz9 05/09/16 02:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Retired my 6.4

Well after all the trouble I had with my 6.4, I retired my 2008 Ford. It was a good looking truck and did well towing my 5th wheel. But after it started puking coolant, and Ford could not figure out the problem, it was time to say goodbye. Ford had raised the cab, replaced the left side had gasket. After that didn't fix the problem, they raised the cab again and the Ford tech suggested replacing the right side head gasket, the vertical egr cooler and the horizontal egr cooler. This would raise the total cost to over $8000.00. Needless to say, I told them to button it up and I drove the truck home to retire it. I was able to get away with a $3700 bill! I'm now the proud owner of a 2016, Ram, Tradesman. I just came home yesterday after driving back to New Mexico to bring the fiver home. The truck towed like a champ. It has the 6.7 diesel, Aisin transmission, 3:73 and a newly installed B & W hitch. It might not have all the eye candy that my Lariat had, but what a towing machine! Just curious but why didn't you get a truck with all the "eye candy" that your 6.4 had? Ram makes some nice candy for sure.
transamz9 05/09/16 09:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Recall, Stop driving it

GM should be REQUIRED to either provide a loaner vehicle (theirs or a rental) until the truck is repaired, or to buy back the truck at full selling price. :) Hi, and International should give you a brand new Bus, or the price of it when it was brand new, or a loaner set up exactly like yours so you won't be inconvenienced if it ever breaks. Doesn't matter how you used this bus, or how many thousands of miles you put on this bus, you think you should get every penny back for it. :S :S :S I don't agree with his post but these are all 2016 vehicles not 1980's. So yes the 900 or so owners affected by this should get a loaner vehicle and Dadoffourgirls has already said they will! I'm not sure they should get a like vehicle to tow with as the GM nor the dealership could sell it. Some of you guys are just flat out nuts if you think they should give you a vehicle to tow with while your vehicle is down. Don For a day or so that's fine but if they send you a notice telling you NOT to drive your brand new truck and don't know when they will have replacement parts available then yes they should loan you a truck if that's what you need. If I depend on a truck to haul my tools and or make me money then that's what they should give me. I don't buy a truck just to drive around to the grocery or to commute with.
transamz9 05/09/16 07:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Florida I-75 TT Accident

It's pure physics, the wrong tow vehicle can not handle keeping a too long TT from swinging/jack knifing when confronted with 'everyday' occurrences on the road such as wind, semi's passing by, or a sudden correction if another driver cuts you off, or having to brake suddenly etc. A 'correct' tow vehicle will be able to handle unexpected incidences that can and does happen on the roads we travel. Respectfully, the competence and ability of a driver is often more important than the "wrong tow vehicle". I investigated a wreck years ago that involved a F350 towing a Bobcat loader. It was a construction company vehicle, Bobcat and trailer. The guy hauled that Bobcat on that trailer with that truck for years, never had a problem. This time when he loaded it, he was distracted and didn't pull far enough forward with the Bobcat and didn't have enough tongue weight. He started to get sway, didn't know how to handle it and eventually lost control and flipped the trailer and truck. The Bobcat was well within the weight ratings of the trailer and truck, but incompetence caused the wreck. Now, perhaps if he had a class 8 Volvo pulling that trailer then only the Bobcat and trailer would have flipped over, but the wreck would have happened none the less. My father-in-law drove trucks for a living for a long time. I don't have any doubt that he could pull a long heavy trailer with a Tacoma and get there safely. He might destroy the drivetrain in the process, but he would get there safe. He knows how to control trailer sway (proper loading prevents it, applying trailer brakes stops it), he knows how to scan the road ahead of him and have sufficient following distance. He knows to gear down and maintain speed on inclines and declines. He would be fine. On the other hand, my mother-in-law could immediately wreck a 1 ton pulling a pop up, because she just doesn't have the first clue how to tow, turn with a trailer, back up, change lanes, etc. The tow vehicle is not the issue here, a competent driver is. A lot of the "unexpected incidents" to which you make reference are only "unexpected" because the driver is oblivious. I know how my rig is effected by passing trucks, getting passed by trucks, or encountering a truck in a different direction. I keep constant 360 visual as I drive and am aware of trucks and how they will interact with me. I am prepared for a push or pull, it isn't a surprise to me. I always know who is next to me and where I can safely escape. I try not to drive with a vehicle immediately next to me. I can't always avoid it, but when I am boxed in and have no path of escape I always provide a larger cushion with vehicles in front of me. That gives me a larger window to escape a problem situation. I watch the car in front of me, the car in front of that car, and the car in front of that car. If I see them slowing down, that's usually a good indication to me that I should be preparing to slow down. I don't wait until the guy in front of me has locked up his brakes... I am already downshifting, using my exhaust brake and if need be, my service brakes. Very rarely am I surprised on the road. Most tractor trailers barreling down the road at 80K lbs and doing 68 mph have a MUCH longer distance to stop than us RVer's do. The reason that most OTR drivers have millions of accident free miles isn't because they can stop faster or those 80K lbs rigs handle better... they simply pay WAY more attention to the road and anticipate problems before they occur. Could not have said it better myself.
transamz9 05/06/16 04:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Florida I-75 TT Accident

This we know; something went terribly wrong. RV'ing is supposed to be fun not put your life or your loved ones in peril. Anything you can do to reduce the hazards and lessen the risks is worthwhile and that includes adequate tow vehicles. Too many people think safety is just some buzzword or some kind of crutch for risk averse pansies. Once you've seen the destruction it can do to human beings you look at it differently. No pastime is worth your life, do it right! It doesn't have to be ultra expensive either. Sometimes it just takes a moment to think things through. I will disagree with some and say accidents don't just happen, they are caused and can be prevented. X2 If your worried about getting in an accident you have the wrong hobby. It is NOT being WORRIED. :R It's called being conscientious and having a safe vehicle and/or combo of vehicle and TT. AND more importantly be a safe vehicle around other drivers on the road. Would you send your kid out in a car with bald tires and say don't worry? Would you send your kid out in a car with bad brakes and say don't worry? Length of TT and length and wheel base of TV DOES matter on how SAFE that set up will be running down the road. A TT that is too long towed by a small short wheel based TV is NOT a safe setup. It's pure physics, the wrong tow vehicle can not handle keeping a too long TT from swinging/jack knifing when confronted with 'everyday' occurrences on the road such as wind, semi's passing by, or a sudden correction if another driver cuts you off, or having to brake suddenly etc. A 'correct' tow vehicle will be able to handle unexpected incidences that can and does happen on the roads we travel. I can pull a tt down the road with a lawn tractor and be safe about it. It's not as much of what you are pulling it with it's how you are using it and how it's set up. I mean if a set up is not capable of being towed down the highway in traffic at speed and do it safely then it is not safe for that use. It could however be safe to use on back roads at slower speeds. How many semi tractors do you think were designed and built to haul 250,000 pound loads on trailers that weight 100,000 pounds empty and 200' long? It's how they are set up and how they operate them that make them safe.
transamz9 05/05/16 07:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Second Gen 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 Speed Transmission

I think it's funny they felt the need to completely redesign a motor that is still fairly young and new and suppose to be indestructible. I like the transmission though. I would love to see a ten speed in the HD line ups with a 2 speed rear axle option. Take a truck like my 2013 Ram. It would be the cat's meow if I could have 3.42:1 for my everyday ventures and then when I hook to my rig push a button and have 4.11:1. Not sure why you consider making improvements on an engine that has been vehicles for over decade is funny. I would think it would be more funny or odd for a manufacturer in this technology driven age to wait for the competition to pass them and react. The 3.5 Ecoboost has been in the F150 towing heavy loads (for a 1/2 ton series truck) for decades? Huh, new one for me. I thought it was an all new engine and technology for the F150. The engine has been around since 2007/2008 in test vehicles and formally introduced around 2009. Now if you want to take issue on the history in the F150 that is your prerogative. The comment seemed more like a passive aggressive dig. If not I apologize. From the description it is clear this is a move to give Ford options to do other things with the platform in the future and not just run the current design into the ground as technology changes. No, it was not a dig. I just remember when it was first introduced in the F150 it was put out like it was going to be the new plow of our era. Tow like a HD truck diesel, run like a Corvette , get the fuel mileage of a Prius and last like a tank. Now all of a sudden they are completely redesigning it. It's like they put it on the market tuned to it's max right of the bat. It just seems they would had built the first version to have been expandable instead of it being such a short life span in the trucks.
transamz9 05/04/16 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Second Gen 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 Speed Transmission

I think it's funny they felt the need to completely redesign a motor that is still fairly young and new and suppose to be indestructible. Redesign isn't exclusively for the F150. In other vehicles it will be be pushing 600 HP. In the Raptor, its expected to do 450 HP! Again, not the same engine. The Raptor yes. The 6.0 in the GM twins is not the same engine that was in the cars that GM had like the Caddys and sport cars. They were the same displacement of 6.0 liters but were not the same engine. The 6.4 in the Ram trucks is not the same as the 6.4 in the cars either.
transamz9 05/04/16 10:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Second Gen 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 Speed Transmission

I think it's funny they felt the need to completely redesign a motor that is still fairly young and new and suppose to be indestructible. I like the transmission though. I would love to see a ten speed in the HD line ups with a 2 speed rear axle option. Take a truck like my 2013 Ram. It would be the cat's meow if I could have 3.42:1 for my everyday ventures and then when I hook to my rig push a button and have 4.11:1. Not sure why you consider making improvements on an engine that has been vehicles for over decade is funny. I would think it would be more funny or odd for a manufacturer in this technology driven age to wait for the competition to pass them and react. The 3.5 Ecoboost has been in the F150 towing heavy loads (for a 1/2 ton series truck) for decades? Huh, new one for me. I thought it was an all new engine and technology for the F150. :) Hi, I believe that he said for over a decade, which could mean eleven years. "for decades? Huh, new one for me." This engine started in the Taurus before the F-150. It's not the same engine that was in the Taurus. Same displacement and has turbos yes but not the same.
transamz9 05/04/16 10:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Second Gen 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 Speed Transmission

I think it's funny they felt the need to completely redesign a motor that is still fairly young and new and suppose to be indestructible. I like the transmission though. I would love to see a ten speed in the HD line ups with a 2 speed rear axle option. Take a truck like my 2013 Ram. It would be the cat's meow if I could have 3.42:1 for my everyday ventures and then when I hook to my rig push a button and have 4.11:1. Not sure why you consider making improvements on an engine that has been vehicles for over decade is funny. I would think it would be more funny or odd for a manufacturer in this technology driven age to wait for the competition to pass them and react. The 3.5 Ecoboost has been in the F150 towing heavy loads (for a 1/2 ton series truck) for decades? Huh, new one for me. I thought it was an all new engine and technology for the F150.
transamz9 05/04/16 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Second Gen 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 Speed Transmission

I think it's funny they felt the need to completely redesign a motor that is still fairly young and new and suppose to be indestructible. I like the transmission though. I would love to see a ten speed in the HD line ups with a 2 speed rear axle option. Take a truck like my 2013 Ram. It would be the cat's meow if I could have 3.42:1 for my everyday ventures and then when I hook to my rig push a button and have 4.11:1.
transamz9 05/04/16 05:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Florida I-75 TT Accident

This we know; something went terribly wrong. RV'ing is supposed to be fun not put your life or your loved ones in peril. Anything you can do to reduce the hazards and lessen the risks is worthwhile and that includes adequate tow vehicles. Too many people think safety is just some buzzword or some kind of crutch for risk averse pansies. Once you've seen the destruction it can do to human beings you look at it differently. No pastime is worth your life, do it right! It doesn't have to be ultra expensive either. Sometimes it just takes a moment to think things through. I will disagree with some and say accidents don't just happen, they are caused and can be prevented. X2 The problem with "accidents" is there is usually more than one thing that caused it. Some people say that it was an inadequate tv not knowing any weights. Whether the tt was over the numbers on the door sticker or not doesn't make it an inadequate tv. We don't know the set up they had or how the trailer was loaded. We don't know how the brakes were on the trailer or how they were set on the brake controller. Experience and training will keep accidents from happening far more than a big truck hauling a little bitty trailer. Chances are one little squeeze of the brake controller will straighten a sway right out.;)
transamz9 05/03/16 07:35am Tow Vehicles
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