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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
RE: Well guess adding airbags

The thing with the SRW 3500's is they don't have the typical overload springs on the top that engages. The overload spring is one thick leaf on the bottom. OP , that truck will be just fine that way. I believe you'll be pleasantly surprised at how well it will handle and ride like that. My 2013 was the same way and honestly I liked the way it handled the load better than my 2016 Mega cab with the auto air leveling. Here's the 13's stance loaded........ http://i.imgur.com/lsfEPgNl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8 Here's the 16 with the same load. Again, although the 16 looks better riding at the original ride height I liked the ride and handling of the 13 better.. http://i.imgur.com/k1KqPpgl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8
transamz9 08/11/16 08:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 vs 250

Oddly, we didn't find much difference in resale values once you get to 8-10yrs old when we bought a 2003 a few years back and with diesel typically a bit higher per gallon, most of the savings goes out. I see the exact opposite where I am. 10 year old high mileage diesel trucks are still commanding a much higher premium than lower mileage gas engine trucks. I was even researching the 6.0 Fords and trying to figure in costs of bulletproofing them, they were still higher than gas engine trucks. Same here. Every time I get my yearly tax bill on my 2005 Cummins I about pass out. Last three years the taxable value has went up.:M
transamz9 08/10/16 01:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Ram 1500 short driving impressions

You probably rented a quad cab instead or a crew cab. They both have 4 traditional doors but the quad cab is much smaller.
transamz9 08/09/16 11:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer making my SUV lock up.

TLDR-Brakes were so worn before repair, that I needed to readjust controller after repair. Also, was hooking weight distribution incorrectly. Also, was using wrong terminology for "riding". OK, thanks again to the 8 people who told me not to ride my brakes. I am not being sarcastic in saying that. I truly appreciate everyone who advised me. But I think I led folks astray from the real problem by saying that. I wish I had not said that in this thread, as it was really a distraction. Turns out, I don't really ride my brakes. Again, I think I was using the wrong terminology, more on that later... First, my friend who was a brake mechanic came over, tore down my brake job, FOUND NOTHING that was not right. This is not surprising, I have done many brake jobs before. Also- the calipers were not sticking at all. Next, we went to take it for a ride. Here is what we found out. I was not using the terminology correctly. He noticed -I DO NOT RIDE my brakes, but I brake more than I should. That is, I dont have one foot on my brakes and one foot on the gas, which he explained as riding the brakes. Instead, I brake often, particularly because of nervousness while hauling. But as he said, this is not RIDING. I Seriously APOLOGIZE to all those that I misled with that terminology.I guess I did not really know what that all meant. (Although I did state that was unlikely the issue, and I do appreciate the insight from all into this.) Recall I added a sway bar. This was because I was getting so much sway when large trucks, and campers passed me. This also made me brake a lot to slow down. I described this as riding, but it wasn't really. Moving on. When I hooked up the camper, he realized I was not hooking the weight distribution bar correctly. Turns out, when I bought the camper, the person who showed me how to hook it up did not know what he was doing, and I was copying that. I was not raising the camper/vehicle up to get the chains taut. This means I was getting no advantage from the weight distribution hitch. (Which helped with my sway/nervousness/desire for sway bar.) That was problem #1. So we fixed that, hooked up the sway bar, and off we went. He then stated that my vehicle was not stopping correctly in conjunction with the trailer. That is, he felt the vehicle was trying to stop both the vehicle and trailer before trailer brakes were kicking in. That was problem #2. So we readjusted by driving and testing in a big empty parking lot. So here is the belief of myself and this friend who knew what he was doing. The brakes were really worn on the towing vehicle (which I only use for towing, it is my third vehicle, so I dont use it daily) The worn brakes were so worn, that when I first adjusted my controller, it was working as it was supposed to, because there was so much play in the vehicle brakes. When I replaced the shoes, rotors, and drum brakes (emergency brakes), I removed all that play, and the vehicle, when I was braking, now was trying to brake both the trailer and vehicle, before the the vehicle electric brakes kicked in. This may also have lead to the ABS kicking in, as I was braking but not stopping... With the correct weight distribution set up, and the sway bar, and the readjusted brake controller, we were UNABLE to get the vehicle to lock up with about 2 hours of driving. PS, I have no sway at all now, even when we pushed it up to 70. And the braking, which we both felt was off, now feels completely right. I THINK the problem is resolved. PSS What really burns my shorts is that the guy who sold me the camper had NO IDEA how to hook up the weight distribution. He worked for a dealer! (I sent an email).. I paid attention to vehicle towing weight, trailer weight, overloading, etc. I researched GCVW,GVW,GTW and all that before I ever went on the road. I never drove fast. SO I was all in all responsible in my attempts at safety. And this guy put me in danger, as well as probably everyone else he showed. Now I would think I got it wrong, except my spouse is a witness to that, so I did not get it wrong, the guy did not know how to do it. There is one thing that I can tell you to help with sway. If you start to get sway ( I know you said it's good now after the adjustment but) do not apply the vehicles brakes. Reach down to your brake controller and squeeze the lever on it slowly. What you want to do is apply brake to the the trailer only not to the tow vehicle. Applying the brakes on the tow vehicle can cause the sway to worsen.;)
transamz9 08/09/16 11:05am Towing
RE: 2007 GMC 3500 Dually

Buy it. If nothing else you could likely resell it for about 3 or 4 times that price. Those trucks are really sought after. With almost 200k and list of broken parts? That's a $10k truck even around here where everyone thinks their trucks are worth gold. Reading before replying is sometimes a good idea. Here's my take. Yes running/driving and not beat to heck, $7k is a good deal. You could easily add another $7k to that in repairs by tomorrow depending on the life left in some of the major components. Uncle sounds like he don't take care of his stuff to me. If he can't fix a windshield and some window regulators, how well did he maintain the drivetrain for the last 191kmi? Even well maintained 200k is the end f the road for a lot of parts and since you don't know much about trucks, I'd get it checked out by someone who does before spending the $. I, like you have if's about it but we don't know his uncle. I have buddies around here that farm and use their trucks that will go out and buy a brand new truck and drag a log chain right over the side of the bed getting it out. Rip the tailgate right off of it because they forget they unhooked the goose neck cattle trailer and didn't drop the tailgate last night when they got home. They look at it like it's a truck and if it don't have anything to do with the dependability of the truck they don't worry about it. I can hear one of them right now. " Door locks don't work? Oh well, don't need them anyway. Don't lock my truck anyway....." They will change the fluids and fix anything mechanical right now.
transamz9 08/09/16 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Installing Ram 5th wheel prep

I got the puck system installed this weekend and assembled the hitch. Observations on the puck installation: 1) The bed DOES NOT need to be lifted to install the pucks. There was ample room between the frame and bed to slide in the pucks and attach them to the frame. 2) Locations for the 3 1/2" holes was a little sketchy. The instructions say to "measure 26 1/4" from the end of the bed support ribs". These ribs taper a good bit at the end so it felt a bit like a guessing game. I measured exactly from that point and all of my holes ended up 1/4" too far forward. I used a die grinder to lengthen the holes so the trim rings would fit. ****In hindsight, I should have drilled the pilot hole for the 2 front pucks then checked for centering. That might have helped, but it's tough to get a good line of sight from underneath. **** I wish Ram would have chosen the back edge of the bed as the measuring point instead of the ribs. That would have been a better define place to use as a starting point. Observations on the Hitch: --- It seems pretty well constructed and assembly was a snap. --- The Curt Q20 with dual jaw design seems similar to the B&W hitch head design. I know the B&W is well made, but the $300 difference is a little tough to swallow. The Curt head is cushioned and tilts front/rear and side-to-side. I think it covers most design features of the 'better' hitches in the industry. Of course there's air ride and all kinds of other high end systems, but I think the Curt will be worlds better than the RBW. KJ The only this that I would give to the B&W is less moving parts to get sloppy and worn and the big thing for me is the lock and release of the king pin is effortless and simple but well designed. There have been times with other hitches that I have had I would have given someone $500 to get my hitch unhooked. Since I've had the B&W my wife can hook and unhook.Otherwise I believe you have chosen a great hitch so enjoy and go camping.;)
transamz9 08/09/16 06:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Silly Truck Trends

I don't care for those bull balls they dangle from the receiver hitch. That looks really tacky and juvenile. Yeah, I can't do that. The weight of them would kill my payload numbers....
transamz9 08/08/16 08:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Silly Truck Trends

It normally looks like this...... http://i.imgur.com/Q4yIcUUl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8
transamz9 08/08/16 07:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Silly Truck Trends

Mine only looks like that after it's been sitting about a month and all the air is out of the system. LOL http://i.imgur.com/MhDCwTol.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8
transamz9 08/08/16 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Silly Truck Trends

HAHAHA!!! I think it's funny that everyone of the posts that said what they hated described my 2005 Ram. I think I'll go home tonight and flip my ghost trailer mirrors up and have the worlds most hated vehicle. Solid black, chrome bed rails,jacked up, squatted on the rear, ghost mirrored Ram Cummins! All I need to do is get the 10" stove pipes in the bed. LOL!
transamz9 08/08/16 06:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ford Super Duty Tech and Specs Revealed

Of course you would see it running smoothly, you are a Ram owner!!! "Take a chill pill"? How old are you, 16? I'm also a Ford owner too.
transamz9 08/06/16 07:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Almost 90 ,000 Truck sales for GM in July

I feel all 3 trucks are good but the DW stories would scare me a little. fords always wandered and I have had some and driven others but not lately. GM trucks have driven so great for me it would be tough to change but WAIT I am not buying one so no test driving. I am old but not stupid. chevman AHH come on! You owe it to yourself to go test drive the latest and greatest.:B I mean you love your current truck so much you won't have a problem walking away anyway.....:W Are you telling me you are wearing out your trucks that fast? Our 05 feels the same as when new to me. BUT if I needed any truck I could have any brand sold. Just why waste the money in this world it could be important . GMC is still like driving a new vehicle so we are not hurting just cheap. have fun. chevman or maybe GMC man Well said chevman or GMC man... :B Not meaning a fella can't do with his money what he wants to do or not trying get in their business. I can't get rid of our truck I just changed the rear end fluid for the 8th time yesterday. have fun rving everybody. chevman I wasn't trying to say that your truck is worn out. My post was more of joking, like if we were standing beside each other I would have given you a shoulder nudge while saying it. I know exactly what you are saying about having a truck in great shape and not having any reason to replace it. I still have my 2005 Ram Cummins and have zero intentions of getting rid of it but in the same breath you surely can't believe in your heart that your 2005 is anywhere near the same truck as a new one of the same truck.
transamz9 08/06/16 03:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ford Super Duty Tech and Specs Revealed

Think the title of this thread is self explanatory. Why don't you Ram boys take your Ram love fest to another thread. Little touchy because GM out sold Blue Oval trucks last month? We will go away if Troy stays out of RAM threads. How is that for deal???? Chris Not touchy at all. The twins out sell Ford often. Not interested in whether a Ram has a painted bumper or the usual rusted one.:D I believe if you would read back they were talking about Fords too. Also the OP was mentioning Rams. Take a chill pill. The thread was actually rolling pretty smooth until your comment so who's the trolled in this one.
transamz9 08/06/16 03:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Almost 90 ,000 Truck sales for GM in July

I feel all 3 trucks are good but the DW stories would scare me a little. fords always wandered and I have had some and driven others but not lately. GM trucks have driven so great for me it would be tough to change but WAIT I am not buying one so no test driving. I am old but not stupid. chevman AHH come on! You owe it to yourself to go test drive the latest and greatest.:B I mean you love your current truck so much you won't have a problem walking away anyway.....:W Are you telling me you are wearing out your trucks that fast? Our 05 feels the same as when new to me. BUT if I needed any truck I could have any brand sold. Just why waste the money in this world it could be important . GMC is still like driving a new vehicle so we are not hurting just cheap. have fun. chevman or maybe GMC man Never mind , it ain't worth it.
transamz9 08/06/16 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
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