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RE: Rig destroyed today!

Sorry to hear about your loss. Glad to hear you guys got out ok. I know you have made contact with your insurance company, you may also want to check to see if there have been any issues like this with other trucks of the same model. Make sure a good insurance investigation is done, this will help your insurance company possibly recover cost from a know or previously reported issue with the rig. Good luck and hope to see you guys back on the road very soon. PS I would be in trouble if I did not also add, make sure you have "Fire Extinguishers" close by, and you have been trained on how to use them. You need a big one for the truck and one for the camper. Be safe:::::::) We filed reports about the fire with the NHTSA and Ford. The insurance company will not pay for an investigation because they realize there was not enough left to find the root cause of the fire. I don't blame them on that. As for fire extinguishers, I have already taken care of that. Two 5 pound dry chemical ABC extinguishers will be in the trailer, and one in the truck. As for getting on the road again - The new trailer will be delivered in about two weeks! http://i.imgur.com/iRhtZ55l.jpg Jim Glad you are getting back on tract. I need to get me a couple good extinguishers in my truck and camper too. The boat is the only thing I have a good sized one in.
transamz9 09/29/16 10:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Duramax is king of the mountain again

Let me put it another way,,,,When your Duramax is beginning it's new life as a beer can for happy hour in the desert somewhere,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,My cummins will still be singing how much it loves me every time I turn the key. Maybe the cummins will but what its wrapped in might not. This comment blows me away. I have all of the big three in my fleet and they are driven the same roads and conditions and there is only one brand that that actually has rust on the sheet medal and it's not the GM's and Rams. We actually just had one of our 06 Rams painted because it's still such a good and reliable truck but the body and paint was beat up pretty good. I asked the guy if there was any rust problems and he said not one bit. Truck has over 300,000 miles on it.
transamz9 09/28/16 09:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.7 owners

275/70R18 has a diameter of 33.3" 275/65R20 has a diameter of 34.1" in my case the 295/60R20's that I'm running have a diameter of 33.9" so its somewhere in the middle. Don't want to change the subject but what tire are you running? I've been looking around at different tires for when I do need them and I think I might step up a size width wise but don't want to go much taller.
transamz9 09/21/16 03:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Super duty

^^^ My drivers side seat belt tensioner needs to be adjusted if that makes you feel better, but this truck has a lot of emissions equipment compared to your old truck and will run circles around it while pulling. Haha, I seriously doubt that but if it makes you feel superior you keep thinking that. ;)
transamz9 09/17/16 01:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Super duty

If I were currently in the market for a new truck I would hands down purchase a new F350 after seeing them. These new '17 models are some jewels. Really? You could knock me over with a feather... Fishie would buy a Ford?!?!?! I've seen it all now... After looking at these trucks on the lot I am truly impressed and with my current Super Duty at 4.5 years old and a tick over 100k miles and not a single repair to date why not? I like this one.... http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q624/FishOnOne/0912161130a1_zpsnnvk6nri.jpg width=600 http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q624/FishOnOne/09121619131_zpsgft8itre.jpg width=600 http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q624/FishOnOne/0912161914c1_zpsbx6ye4pb.jpg width=600 http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q624/FishOnOne/09121619121_zpsvnkddpqb.jpg width=600 Wow, 4.5 years with no repairs? Must be a record for the Super duty. Just 7 more years and you'll catch my 11.5 year old truck.
transamz9 09/16/16 06:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Still can't decide between DRW or SRW?

I had a 2011 f250 crew cab long bed with the 6.7 and 3:55 gears running 20" wheels, I expected a little improvement, but this for a welcomed improvement. Don't get me wrong I still know there is a trailer back there....look in the mirror there's 38' of it! I can tell the extra wheels helped in the first 20 miles. So did the extra tires help or the fact the F350 has more spring and a sway bar? I'm convinced that tire sidewall squish in a SRW can be minimized by going to 19.5's. This will give you the equivalent of running a DRW with 17's on the rear that have a softer sidewalls but twice the number of them. Spring rate also has much to do with how solid the rear feels. If you have springs that are rated for 5000 lbs verses 3500 lbs which do you think will feel more stable under load? Stabilizer bars are available on SRW's as OEM or aftermarket options. Typically the DRW will have them as standard equipment. If your SRW did not have one, you can bet there is more sway than a DRW. The wide stance of a DRW adding to stability is a fallacy unless your axle was hard mounted to the frame. The frame width is the same for a DRW and SRW which is where your suspension attaches - This is where increased width using the same rated springs would make a difference. I will tip toward some DRW's for better braking than their SRW counterparts, but this really only becomes an issue if hauling weight verses towing it since heavy trailers have their own braking systems. If you were able to do a blind test of a stock DRW and a DRW singled out with 19.5's, I think you would have a hard time telling the difference other than less rear tire scrub in turns with the singles. I chose this as comparison, because all the components would identical with the exception of the number and size of wheels to prove you don't need a DRW for stability. Good point about the suspension. The kit Kelderman sells for my truck has the same components whether for a 2500 or 3500, SRW or DRW, and includes a massive sway bar. I'm really excited to see what kind of ride I get from it. The only thing I'm slightly worried about is that if I'm unhappy with towing, there is very little I can do to firm up the suspension and prevent roll. Other aftermarket parts won't apply anymore. Fairly confident this won't be an issue, though, as I've been told by numerous people, including owners, that it reduces roll compared to a stock truck. Their are a couple different ways that you can run the air system. One will be to have both bags plumbed to the same air source. The other is to have them plumbed separately. Also, don't confuse a saway bar with a panhard bar. One is used for body roll control and one is used to hold the axle center on a 4-link suspension. I installed a 4-link air suspension under my 2005 Ram. I believe you are going to be loving it.
transamz9 08/30/16 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Still can't decide between DRW or SRW?

Your not going to convince me that a different suspension on a srw truck would perform the same as a drw truck that not only has a wider rear stance but also wider front axle. Sorry, im done with this. Sorry you live so far away because I could convince you with one ride in my 2005 Ram 2500 towing your trailer.;) I'm not trying to say you made a wrong decision with your purchase I'm just trying to prove a point that everyone thinks that a DRW truck handles a load better solely because they have two extra tires. This is not the case. Go get you a 2000 F350 DRW and a 2016 F350 SRW and hook to a 20,000# Fifth Wheel and take it for a spin. No one will have to convince you which one handles the load better.
transamz9 08/30/16 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Still can't decide between DRW or SRW?

I had a 2011 f250 crew cab long bed with the 6.7 and 3:55 gears running 20" wheels, I expected a little improvement, but this for a welcomed improvement. Don't get me wrong I still know there is a trailer back there....look in the mirror there's 38' of it! I can tell the extra wheels helped in the first 20 miles. So did the extra tires help or the fact the F350 has more spring and a sway bar?
transamz9 08/30/16 09:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Still can't decide between DRW or SRW?

This is my first Drw and I was very hesitant to make the purchase as many SRW guys state all the negatives about them. I can honestly say after having towed for a season with mine I will never go back unless I get rid of my 5th wheel. Right away I could tell the difference in towing. As for parking, well 6 months out of the year I ride a motorcycle when the weather turns I will be back in the truck , but the few extra yards of walking through the parking lots are good for me. Have you towed with a 2016 F350 SRW? What did you have before you got your 2016 DRW?
transamz9 08/30/16 08:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rig destroyed today!

Ginnie and I have been on the road since mid June. This morning I developed a sudden fuel leak in my 2013 F350. It ignited before I could get stopped. Ginnie, our doggie and I bailed out of the truck and the cab was quickly engulfed in flames. The fire spread to our 2014 Grand Design Reflection fifth wheel. The truck, FW, and all of our personal possessions were destroyed. We were able to buy some clothes tonight and we'll drive the 1800 miles to home in a rental car. When I get home, I'll post some pictures. Tucson Jim Holy COW! So sorry for your troubles. I will be thinking of you and yours. Be safe on the way home.
transamz9 08/30/16 04:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Still can't decide between DRW or SRW?

Buy what you NEED not what will only fit in your garage!And does the OP NEED a dually to tow within the rating? He already has a Dually! It was a general statement for the stubborn SRW guys that buy a BIG RV and don't want to buy the PROPER truck for their RV. I have what I would call a "BIG RV" and have a proper truck for it.
transamz9 08/29/16 07:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 RAM Super Ike Gauntlet

The EB in full mode will work just as hard as auto mode you just have to touch the brake pedal to tell the truck to downshift. You don't have to manually shift it. True, but in a test where you are scored on brake taps and you want the truck to do it all, full mode is not the mode you want to be in. Actually no brakes are needed. It just has to sense your foot on the pedal. Basically turn your brake lights on. This is the problem, people want everything to be "Automatic" and it's just not possible if one wants to get 100% efficiency out of something. I think the test that these people do should be done by someone that knows how to get the most out of a particular truck. That would show the consumers what the truck can actually do.
transamz9 08/29/16 01:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford is raising their fuel capacities.

I've done 1036 miles on two bathroom stops. Long day for sure but had to be done.
transamz9 08/28/16 06:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 RAM Super Ike Gauntlet

No, as I stated before in another thread(which you were apart of) Mr. Truck did not use the correct mode the last time they did an Ike test with the Ram 3500. Nor did the guys in the GM test. He should have used the exhaust brake in "Auto" mode if he wanted the truck to do all the work of downshifting to keep a certain speed. It clearly states in the owners manual that "Auto" mode is used for keeping a certain speed. The GM trucks are put in their "Auto" mode by selecting cruise control which Mr. Truck used the cruise control in the last GM test going down the hill. So he used the GM in "auto" mode, but not the Ram in "Auto" mode which is why he had hit the brakes more. "Auto" mode in the Ram is if you want the truck to do all the work(which is what the Ike was all about), and "Full" mode is used if you want to manually control the downshifting to keep a certain speed. Can easily verify this. If you leave the exhaust in the default (orange icon) mode, it just means that the exhaust brake engages as soon as you let off the accelerator pedal. The system will not work as hard to downshift and maintain a speed. Auto mode will allow coasting until you're up to 5mph over your set cruise control speed. Also, this allows the ECU to try pure engine braking first, if that's ineffective, then it uses the exhaust brake. It also works to keep downshifting until it starts holding or bringing speed under control. Thanks for clarifying J2S. The EB in full mode will work just as hard as auto mode you just have to touch the brake pedal to tell the truck to downshift. You don't have to manually shift it.
transamz9 08/28/16 03:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Letting truck idle

If you Idle a Diesel it needs to have a load placed on it or the cylinders can get washed with raw fuel. Load = Exhaust brake. I don't know about your 15 but my 16 goes to an auto fast idle mode and automatically turns the exhaust brake on during a regen at idle. Yes, mt truck will regen at idle.
transamz9 08/24/16 03:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Help/advice or ?......

I agree with others that something is not compatible between the two. Ill give you something that is weird too and others probably have this feature on their too but my T-stat also has an auto mode for the heat and cool side too. When mine is in auto mode on the HVAC side it will do what ever it needs to keep the set temp. It's screwed up when the A/C is on upstairs and the furnace is running at the same time.:S My wife has problems working the t-stat and sometimes turns the auto on. Sitting there watching tv or something and the rv gets cooled out and the air kicks off and then a few seconds later the furnace will fire. HAHA!!! Makes no sense to me. LOL!
transamz9 08/17/16 12:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

... Fuel mileage while towing with gas= 9 to 10 MPG. Fuel mileage while towing with diesel= 12 to 13 MPG. About a 30 percent difference. That's a BUNCH! ... I wish. Over 25K miles I got 10.2 mpgUS towing with my F150 Ecoboost. But am only getting ~11 mpgUS with the new CTD. But we haven't really covered that much territory with the RAM CTD yet. Only ~2000 miles towing in hilly Northern Ontario. So hopefully it will improve as we travel to flatter places like Florida. EDIT: but should add that the F150 was a 4x2 with all-season Micehlin MS/2 tires. The RAM CTD is a 4x4 with all-terrains. And of course heavier. There is also a learning curve going from a gas to diesel as far as how you give it gas. There's even a learning curve going from an older diesel to a new one. You'll get better fuel mileage when you learn to drive it.
transamz9 08/16/16 06:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

The 6.4 here at work just don't hold up. We have switched over to gas for the city trucks and some of our county fleet is gas now. We have ordered some new 6.7 Fords so we will see how they do. Now according to our fleet shop.... And no doubt this will raise eye brows... They are going with the gas models because they are overall cheaper in the long term. Now I don't have specifics in front of me. So I'm only going by what the fleet manger told me, cause we just bought several more ambulances that are Chevy with the 6.0. So far the ones we purchased a few years ago are still running well and doing the job. I'm sure this post may create some stir... It's not meant to. Just stating the facts here at work that I'm seeing now. I know we got burned with the 6.0 and 6.4 ambulances so I'm curious how the 6.7 will do over long term. Btw several FDs in Florida are now running gas rescues or ambulances now. I've have seen both the Dodge and Chevy models in the FD forums. Doesn't raise my eyebrows one bit. If you look at the State fleet, most of them are gas as well, the accounting people have figured out it's cheaper by a couple of pennies to run gas over diesel, even with the drop in economy. Of course it's going to be cheaper to buy gas motors to haul 6 men around with their shovels to lean on.
transamz9 08/15/16 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

The 6.4 here at work just don't hold up. We have switched over to gas for the city trucks and some of our county fleet is gas now. We have ordered some new 6.7 Fords so we will see how they do. Now according to our fleet shop.... And no doubt this will raise eye brows... They are going with the gas models because they are overall cheaper in the long term. Now I don't have specifics in front of me. So I'm only going by what the fleet manger told me, cause we just bought several more ambulances that are Chevy with the 6.0. So far the ones we purchased a few years ago are still running well and doing the job. I'm sure this post may create some stir... It's not meant to. Just stating the facts here at work that I'm seeing now. I know we got burned with the 6.0 and 6.4 ambulances so I'm curious how the 6.7 will do over long term. Btw several FDs in Florida are now running gas rescues or ambulances now. I've have seen both the Dodge and Chevy models in the FD forums. Just one more example of Ford putting a bad taste in peoples mouths about diesels. They assume that the Ford diesels they had were disasters so all of them are, yet they are now buying a whole different brand but buying the gas version. Of course the gas motors are going to be cheaper to operate than a Powerstroke 6.0 and 6.4. That's what brand loyalty gets you right there, a stupid way of thinking if you ask me.
transamz9 08/15/16 07:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: pulling jon boat in campground

since they are considered state highways, I wonder why they are allowed to pull the waste dolly would be any different than my boat. when attached, my boat is 4" off ground. was told if rope breaks, it could flow into traffic. not at 5 mph it ain't moving far a waste dolly could make a big mess My waste dolly attaches to my 2" ball and will not come off unless I lift it off. It would be very simple to make a removable tongue for your Jon Boat. I don't understand, you went to the trouble of mounting wheels on the back why not just make a removable tongue?
transamz9 08/11/16 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
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