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RE: Looking at used Ford F-350 high miles

All I can say is there's a reason you're finding those in your budget and not the other 2. To be fair though, 200kmi on any diesel or any vehicle for that fact opens up a lot of "possible" and some probable failures. Any 10+year old truck with 6-9000engine hours is a gamble. Just that the house wins more often with a 6.0. Where do you figure 6-9,000 hours? My truck has 142,000 miles and 3300 hours. 6 would-be at the high end of a 200k truck, 9 would only apply to a beaten oil field rig. Yup, spending most of it's time idling with an average speed around 22mph. A gummed up truck that would be. Idling absolutely kills this truck. The higher the average speed over the life of this motor the better. Mine is over 40mph. I just had on of our 06 Cummins in the shop last week replacing the seat cover, new exhaust, oil change , 3 light bulbs, and inner tie rod ends. It has 10,800 hours on it and 207,000 miles.
transamz9 12/01/16 09:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at used Ford F-350 high miles

wow.270000 on my 03 6.0 f350 drw and runs and drives just great.bought it cheap and guess what.if it breaks i've got the remainder of $60000 to fix it. That's all fine and good but a lot of times it don't come down to the cost to fix it. It comes down to sitting on the side of a busy highway with RV in tow with family in the truck 200 miles from home looking for a shop that can get you in and actually have parts sitting on the shelf to fix it. Yes all brand trucks especially with high miles can go down but Vegas odds have the 6.0 Powerstroke at the best percentage of going down hard and long. On a side note to my first post at the beginning of this thread, my BIL came into work this morning and said his 6.0 that I was talking about is sitting on the side of the road a mile from his house. Died on him on the off ramp last night on his way home.he got a whole 5,000 miles out of it between trips to the 6.0 shop.;)
transamz9 12/01/16 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at used Ford F-350 high miles

I am looking at some used 05-07 Ford F 350 Duals, 6.0 diesel, with around 200,000 miles, just to pull my TT and assorted camping gear. We expect 6-7 trips per year, 100-300 miles trips. I am fully aware of the 6.0 problems but hey, if it's running good at 200 thousand the bugs have all been felt with is my thinking. These are in my price range and there are not many Dodge or GM trucks as Fords in my market. What say u ? Funny you say that about the problems being addressed. My BIL called me a couple years ago and asked me the same question about a 2005 6.0 that had all the upgrades done. I told him the same thing you are thinking." If its got that many miles on it then it has surely been bulletproofed and should be a good truck." Well a about 3 months later he had to drop 5k in it. He now has 2 injectors and a couple glow plugs that need to be replaced. He just drives it 30 miles a day to work. Just sayin.
transamz9 11/30/16 06:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 30,000 lbs behind the Ram

Local racer uses a KW with a huge custom sleeper to tow his rail car. Licensed as an RV with "Not for hire" decals and no CDL needed. That is because it is licenced as an RV. I am talking about regular everyday DRW pickups licences as pickups and towing a trailer with a GVWR greater than 10k. Per regulation, if it has a GCWR greater than 26k, then a CDL is required. Again, recreational vehicles are different. Read your link. It has to be used in commerce to be considered a commercial vehicle.
transamz9 11/29/16 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 30,000 lbs behind the Ram

Is it a big deal for an RVer to get a CDL? In Canada the worst thing about having a class 1 license is that after a certain age a class one driver needs to renew his/her license every couple years, which involves getting a medical and paying some fees. Yes, it is. As I said above, your fines and punishment are doubled if you have a CDL. If speeding is only 2 points for a regular driver then it is doubles for a CDL driver. If you get enough points then you loose your licence. A single ticket for improper lane change or speeding past a certain point is an automatic 120 day suspension of your licence. It is just a bit stupid that a guy pulling a 12k trailer in his SRW 3500 truck that has a GCWR of 25k lbs does not need a CDL to be legal, but a the same person pulling the same 12k trailer in his DRW 3500 truck does need a CDL all because the DRW truck is rated at 27k GCWR just so the manufacturer can say it is "best in class". You don't if you are not commercial.
transamz9 11/29/16 03:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 30,000 lbs behind the Ram

I agree most guys are using their trucks to haul well under 30k and thats a good thing. But some of us really do use these trucks. Well you see, that is where the problem lies. Due to this proverbial pissing match between the makes, those who want these big DRW trucks just to tow their 15k trailer without a CDL are breaking the law. Most of the DRW trucks today have a GCWR of over 26,001 lbs which means towing a trailer that has a GVWR of over 10k without a CDL can lead to hefty fines in most states. They should make a DRW with a GCWR of 25,999 for those that want DRW for towing stability and don't need to tow something that heavy to need a 26k+ GCWR. CDL: A License To Tow I've had my CDL for over 20 years now. In a lot of states including mine you have to be operating commercially to be required a CDL. Then you have different commercial rules for Interstate and Intrastate. There are exceptions to log book rules for drivers that are local. Agriculture falls under different rules also. In my state farmers aren't required a CDL or vehicle identification numbers as long as the stay with-in 150 air miles of their home base. In all reality you can be commercial after you break the 10,000# GVWR rating on your truck. You are required to have a medical card.
transamz9 11/29/16 02:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 30,000 lbs behind the Ram

Hauling to market is one thing but around here the farmers haul from farm to farm and they do it with their pick up trucks and I promise you a 30,000# trailer load of cattle is not uncommon behind a 1 ton truck. Even at that, my point is that RVers are NOT what these truck manufacturers are marketing to. How many 500# bails of tobacco do you think you can get on a 30' deck? Hay? Tractor with implement? Then you have construction. We pull 30,000# trailers quite often with "1 ton" trucks and cross the scales with them. Believe me, it's more common than you think and now we can do it with trucks that are "rated" by the manufactures to do it. I am curious as to what kind of trailers you use since most 32 footers are limited to 20-22k GVWR. Heck, even the commercial 40 ft stock trailers are limited to 20-24k GVWR. I know a lot of farmers who "think" they are hauling way more than they actually are mainly because most don't actually weight what they are pulling. In regards to this, I will have to see it to believe it and even then I believes that this is a very very very small percentage of farmers and ruck buyers. The vast majority(as in 99.9%) will never even come close to towing a 30k trailer and what I mean by that is a the trailer actually weighing 30k, not the truck and trailer combined weighing 30k. A combined 30k only means you are pulling a 21-22k trailer. I agree that, at the present time, the vast majority of trailers being towed by pickups is much lighter than 30,000 lbs. On the other hand it doesn't take much of a load to reach 30,000 lbs with a big truck. As the pickups become more capable they will be used more and more for these light (30,000 lb) trailers. You are correct. In the construction world it is much more convenient to be able to hook up and go with a load than to have to wait for a truck that is designed to carry much much more to come pick it up. It's also a lot easier getting into job sites with a pickup and 30' gooseneck than a semi and a 48-53' trailer.
transamz9 11/29/16 08:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: 30,000 lbs behind the Ram

Hauling to market is one thing but around here the farmers haul from farm to farm and they do it with their pick up trucks and I promise you a 30,000# trailer load of cattle is not uncommon behind a 1 ton truck. Even at that, my point is that RVers are NOT what these truck manufacturers are marketing to. How many 500# bails of tobacco do you think you can get on a 30' deck? Hay? Tractor with implement? Then you have construction. We pull 30,000# trailers quite often with "1 ton" trucks and cross the scales with them. Believe me, it's more common than you think and now we can do it with trucks that are "rated" by the manufactures to do it. I am curious as to what kind of trailers you use since most 32 footers are limited to 20-22k GVWR. Heck, even the commercial 40 ft stock trailers are limited to 20-24k GVWR. I know a lot of farmers who "think" they are hauling way more than they actually are mainly because most don't actually weight what they are pulling. In regards to this, I will have to see it to believe it and even then I believes that this is a very very very small percentage of farmers and ruck buyers. The vast majority(as in 99.9%) will never even come close to towing a 30k trailer. Just to be clear, what I mean by that is the trailer actually weighing 30k like this Ike test, not the truck and trailer combined weighing 30k. A combined 30k only means you are pulling a 21-22k trailer. I know what you are saying, I have a Gross Combined Weight of over 28K with my SRW 3500 and RV/Boat. The trailers that I'm talking about have 3- 8K axles under them. These trailer do only have 24-24K GVWR but that like with most trailers the GVWR is dictated by the axle capacity. You load the axles to their capacity it's not hard to have a 6,000# tongue weight or more. I don't know where you are from but our farmers, including like you my FIL, have no care as to what the ratings are. They only care how much they can get on without it falling off going down the road. I remember years ago when we hand tied tobacco and put it in the press on the wall that my Dad and granddad would have 10,000# on the 12' flat on my granddads 1967 Chevy 1 ton pulling a wagon with double that going to the sale. Those were great times. It was over 30 miles of back roads to get there. Some of the best memories of my life.
transamz9 11/29/16 08:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: 30,000 lbs behind the Ram

Because rvers are not the main class of people these trucks are built for. A load of livestock can easily break 30,000lbs. I am not just an RVer either. I help my ageing father in law with his 500 acre ranch/farm with over 50+ head of cattle so I know a thing or two about hauling cattle. I will have to say that I have never ever ever in all my years seen a 30k lb load of livestock being pulled by a 1 ton truck. Even most of the long 32' stock trailers have a max GVWR of 20-22k lbs. Most big ranches around here that have to haul that many head to the market generally has something bigger than a 1 ton so they can haul more than just 30k at a time. Hauling to market is one thing but around here the farmers haul from farm to farm and they do it with their pick up trucks and I promise you a 30,000# trailer load of cattle is not uncommon behind a 1 ton truck. Even at that, my point is that RVers are NOT what these truck manufacturers are marketing to. How many 500# bails of tobacco do you think you can get on a 30' deck? Hay? Tractor with implement? Then you have construction. We pull 30,000# trailers quite often with "1 ton" trucks and cross the scales with them. Believe me, it's more common than you think and now we can do it with trucks that are "rated" by the manufactures to do it.
transamz9 11/29/16 06:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: 30,000 lbs behind the Ram

I still think these 30k+ tow ratings are absurd just to say "best in class". I applaud GM for not getting into this pissing match and keeping their tow rating close to the 22k that most will never go over. All I care is if my Ram can tow the 14-15k I need it to while keeping the speed limit and with power to spare. It has proven more then capable of doing that many times over. I can see getting all hot and bothered about these tests if you actually towed 30k lbs, but if you won't even tow half of that with your rig and the power you have now is more than plenty to pull what you do tow while easily maintaining the speed limit or getting up to speed, then what is the point of what it does with 30k that you will never even come close to towing? Because rvers are not the main class of people these trucks are built for. A load of livestock can easily break 30,000lbs. I'm guessing there's at least 30,000lbs of BS when one of these topics hit this forum. Why would you say that?
transamz9 11/28/16 05:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 30,000 lbs behind the Ram

I still think these 30k+ tow ratings are absurd just to say "best in class". I applaud GM for not getting into this pissing match and keeping their tow rating close to the 22k that most will never go over. All I care is if my Ram can tow the 14-15k I need it to while keeping the speed limit and with power to spare. It has proven more then capable of doing that many times over. I can see getting all hot and bothered about these tests if you actually towed 30k lbs, but if you won't even tow half of that with your rig and the power you have now is more than plenty to pull what you do tow while easily maintaining the speed limit or getting up to speed, then what is the point of what it does with 30k that you will never even come close to towing? Because rvers are not the main class of people these trucks are built for. A load of livestock can easily break 30,000lbs.
transamz9 11/28/16 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 30,000 lbs behind the Ram

It just doesn't make sense. You let up on the accelerator to tell the truck you want it to pull harder??? Obviously if the engine is revving high, letting up on the skinny pedal will encourage it to upshift. I think Mr Truck has been sucking in too much diesel smoke. Watch the F 450 video beginning around six minutes. The discussion is all there. Another interesting thing not mentioned on the F 450 video is that many auto insurers stop at 350/3500's. Getting a 450 might require finding an insurance company like Progressive that will insure it. And, lastly, while a very nice truck, the payload mentioned by the testers was around 4500 pounds. For a 450 dually that is incredibly low, lower than my Ram 3500 dually. The 450 may be built to tow more but not haul more, for example, a cabover camper. Also, interesting is that the 30,000 pound trailer has a gooseneck that is around seventeen percent tongue weight or close to 5000 pounds, plus two occupants. Yup, I heard the statement..."if I let off the gas it would downshift" I'll stick with my interpretation of that statement. A lot of trucks will "downshift" if you let off and back on. It's not downshifting though but unlocking the torque converter. My 2005 Ram does it and my 2006 F350 does it. I've never paid attention to see if my 2013 or 2016 Rams with the Aisin does it or not. I'll have to see the next time I'm in it.
transamz9 11/28/16 12:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: '14 Ram 3500

Fish isn't innocent here and neither are several of you. And YOU know who YOU are. If YOU guys would all tone it down some, this would be a really nice and informative forum. I feel bad for the OP. Probably right, but the problem is that Fishie comes along to every single Ram thread to troll. Then he cries when some of the people he intentionally trolls return the favor to him. I've given him advice many times to act like an adult and stop trolling Ram threads, but he can't help himself. At this point, I've spun my tires trying to talk logic to him. Now I'm just calling him out about it. What does it matter? Be the bigger man.
transamz9 11/25/16 11:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F350 dually with 6.7 opinions

. . . Just lift the hood on both trucks, that should help with the decision . . .Agree, for those that may have plans to do any DIY maintenance, lifting the hoods on both trucks is a dramatic study in contrast. Speaking of maintenance you forgot about the impossible location of the oil filter on the ram. The Ford on the other hand is right next to the oil pan like it should be. ram oil filter mess Ford Oil filter Give me a break! Sure it's not as easy as the previous models but NO way is it hard at all! Certainly not as hard as cab removal! I had a thread on TDR "EASY 2013 up oil change". How about posting a link for me of my thread??? I would never recommend removing the intake to the turbo to access the oil filter. Bad idea I don't see where the problem is. I've probably had the turbo tubes off my Ford 6.0 more times than the oil filter has been changed and haven't had a turbo issue yet. A bad idea is to design an engine that has to have the cab removed to do much to it. That's what you call opening a can of worms right there. I think designing a truck that requires lifting the cab to do major work to the engine is a good idea so long as easy lifting of the cab is designed into the truck. There really is no reason why a truck couldn't be designed such that lifting the cab is less than a 20 minute job. With the cab out of the way any engine would be very accessible for major work.. As long as you don't have to break systems like the A/C and brakes loose to do it. If this is needed then they need to design them like real trucks where the dog house tilts forward.
transamz9 11/20/16 04:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F350 dually with 6.7 opinions

Because I don't know, where have they placed the fuel/water separator on the 6.7 Powers trove? I know it was a PIA and messy on the 6.0 trucks.
transamz9 11/20/16 04:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor Trend names their"Truck OTY" Anti GM bias there?

I wouldn't take a Ford diesel if you paid me You're behind the times....The new Powerstroke is an amazing engine. I'm behind the times as well. I had a couple of '90s Dodge/Cummins pick up. I developed a dislike for both Dodge and Cummins as a result that I still haven't entirely gotten over. I guess it's nice having three choices.....we can allow our prejudice to rule one truck out and we're still left with a choice. My boss has a 14 F250 Power Stroke and I'm not impressed! He averages 15mpg on his mostly rural 50 mph 40mile commute. The power isn't impressive, as it's just a little better than my 02 V-10! He hasn't had any issues wth it, but he doesn't use it as a 3/4 ton truck. Just too many past issues and present from others that I wouldn't want a new diesel. I really wouldn't want any new diesel! Come on. I'm the last guy to defend Ford's track record with diesel engines over the last 15 years but a 2014 Powerstroke would run circles around your old gasser without breaking a sweat, and return a lot better fuel economy while doing so. I agree the Powerstroke seems to lag a bit in fuel economy, or at least the pre-2017 models did, but they don't do that bad considering the power they put out. Well, going by what I see personally, they don`t make me want to have one! And I always like the newest and latest things! Hook 20,000# behind the two trucks and go at it.;)
transamz9 11/17/16 12:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax

"Could not get a Ford with a Cummings and a Allison transmission." No problem with a F650/750 prior to 2016. I would take the Aisin over the Allison that's in the pickups. BTW, "Cummings" is a place in Georgia! We have a F650 dump truck in our fleet that has a 5.9 Cummins with an Ally trans and I have to say it is one tough truck. I have seen it many times stalled out in soft ground. The trans is definitely tough. The GVWR on the truck is 26,000 and I have personally haul gravel with it grossing over 38,000. Needless to say the bed is bigger than what it should be. LOL
transamz9 11/16/16 05:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F350 dually with 6.7 opinions

. . . Just lift the hood on both trucks, that should help with the decision . . .Agree, for those that may have plans to do any DIY maintenance, lifting the hoods on both trucks is a dramatic study in contrast. Speaking of maintenance you forgot about the impossible location of the oil filter on the ram. The Ford on the other hand is right next to the oil pan like it should be. ram oil filter mess Ford Oil filter Give me a break! Sure it's not as easy as the previous models but NO way is it hard at all! Certainly not as hard as cab removal! I had a thread on TDR "EASY 2013 up oil change". How about posting a link for me of my thread??? I would never recommend removing the intake to the turbo to access the oil filter. Bad idea I don't see where the problem is. I've probably had the turbo tubes off my Ford 6.0 more times than the oil filter has been changed and haven't had a turbo issue yet. A bad idea is to design an engine that has to have the cab removed to do much to it. That's what you call opening a can of worms right there.
transamz9 11/15/16 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F350 dually with 6.7 opinions

Looks like the 2017 f-350 is the truck of the year if that means much. chevman I always thought it was funny how a truck could be crowned the truck of the year before the year even starts. LOL You would think that now would be when they are crowning the best truck of the year for 2016. That's like saying "transamz9's NCAA basketball team of the year is... The Kentucky Wildcats" I mean we did beat a team last week by almost 100 points.
transamz9 11/15/16 12:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor Trend names their"Truck OTY" Anti GM bias there?

So they don't consider GM a direct competitor? GM's have no competition. Everything else is second best.....:) (I love these "truck wars" threads) HAHAHA!! Good one
transamz9 11/15/16 08:24am Tow Vehicles
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