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RE: Single or Double Rear Wheels?

Banged fenders are a result of poor driving. Plain and simple. If you can't drive a bigger truck, get a single. It's not quite that simple...dually fenders take a beating from road debris like small rocks, sand, dirt, etc.... Dually fenders are VERY susceptible to door dings in parking lots. I don't care if you park in the back-40 you will come out of the store and sure as the world someone will have parked their car within 2 inches of your Dually fender....at least that was my experience. My Dually never had a problem at drive thru's and banks. Parking garages were another story entirely. Thanks! Jeremiah Interesting. My dually fenders have no damage from road debris in 10 years. Close parking now and then sure, but letting the air out of the offenders tires helps. (Just kidding) I had a guy try letting the air out of the tires on my dually once in a parking lot because he got mad because I was parked so close to his truck. I was in the restaurant placing a togo order when my wife called me (she was in the truck) and said there was a guy letting the air out of my tires. I ran out and caught him keeled down letting the air out of my outside rear tire. When he saw me he got up and asked me why I had to park so close to his truck and got in and took off. All I could do was laugh. I mean I could have been a real *ss and backed into the spot and blocked his door. It was a small stip mall and I had no other parking spot available. There was people waiting to park in the street.:S ......guess he didn't think about when he let the air out of the two outer tires you STILL had to inner tires to take you to get more air:B I guess he also didn't notice the big air compressor mounted right above him on the truck bed. Lol
transamz9 07/31/15 02:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Single or Double Rear Wheels?

Banged fenders are a result of poor driving. Plain and simple. If you can't drive a bigger truck, get a single. It's not quite that simple...dually fenders take a beating from road debris like small rocks, sand, dirt, etc.... Dually fenders are VERY susceptible to door dings in parking lots. I don't care if you park in the back-40 you will come out of the store and sure as the world someone will have parked their car within 2 inches of your Dually fender....at least that was my experience. My Dually never had a problem at drive thru's and banks. Parking garages were another story entirely. Thanks! Jeremiah Interesting. My dually fenders have no damage from road debris in 10 years. Close parking now and then sure, but letting the air out of the offenders tires helps. (Just kidding) I had a guy try letting the air out of the tires on my dually once in a parking lot because he got mad because I was parked so close to his truck. I was in the restaurant placing a togo order when my wife called me (she was in the truck) and said there was a guy letting the air out of my tires. I ran out and caught him keeled down letting the air out of my outside rear tire. When he saw me he got up and asked me why I had to park so close to his truck and got in and took off. All I could do was laugh. I mean I could have been a real *ss and backed into the spot and blocked his door. It was a small stip mall and I had no other parking spot available. There was people waiting to park in the street.:S
transamz9 07/30/15 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Does my usage warrant diesel? Cummins 6.7 with AISIN...

I'm going to say that it is going to really depend on which one you like best. For what you are towing the 6.4 will do just fine even in the hills. It's just going to rev and shift more. Fuel mileage I doubt will be that much different. The edge will go to the Cummins on that but not a lot. I guess what I'm saying is that in the long run there won't be much difference in the cost of the two trucks as far as ownership. Reliability is hard to say. The 6.4 is still fairly new in the trucks but seems to be doing very well so far. The Cummins is pretty much self explanatory. I don't think you will go wrong either way you decide just keep in mind that you may decide to grow your RV over time and the heavier you go the more you will like the Cummins in the hills. The exhaust brake is worth it's weight in gold in the hills.
transamz9 07/30/15 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: To "delete" or not to "delete"

I am all for people being able to do what they want to do just as long as what it is that they want to do does not effect anyone else in any negative way. You want to blow black smoke? Sure, then just reroute the exhaust to your cab and put your A/C on recirculate. If you are not willing to do that then why are you willing to blow that **** on me or my family increasing our chances for an illness we can't afford when we get older?Amen, brother. If you saw how clean aftermarket EFI Live tunes are on Dmax trucks you would wonder why we even have all this expensive emissions BS **** equipment to begin with. Aftermarket tuners are not out to ruin the planet and have come a long way in providing "CLEAN" tunes. So deleting does not necessarily equate to "Rolling Coal". My $.02 I'm with you on this one too. My 2005 Cummins rolled way more coal stock than it does now after a tuner and my tuner is a box tuner. It's all in the tune. I have way more power than ever needed and also run cleaner. I will eventually tune my 13 Cummins also but all the exhaust will stay on.
transamz9 07/30/15 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Nav Voice turn by turn

Im looking at a used 2013 F-150 and it says it has the voice turn by turn Nav, can anybody tell me if this is useless or not? The salesman acts like it has Nav but Im not sure what to make of it. Ive never seen just the voice Nav. We're planning on making a trip out West for a month or so and will need a nav to get around, I need to know if this will get me there or not.. Also do you know if its like Sirus FM radio where you have to pay for it over time. Thanks again -Mark I know that the Nav in my 13 Ram works great! Better than any other Nav I have had or been around. No you should not have to pay for it nice with the Sat Radio but you may have to pay to update it every few years as roads are added. There are HWY's that I have been on close to towns that are not on my Nav where they have built bypasses around the towns but it has not caused a problem yet because the road number has always been the same. is yours like this one where it doesn't show a map? I'm sorry, no I have a full 8.4" map display. I didn't know you could get Nav without a display. I didn't think about something like Onstar being a form of Nav. To be honest, I believe I would just use my phone if I were in your shoes. I wouldn't let Nav keep me from buying a truck if I liked it. To many ways to get directions in the digital world.
transamz9 07/30/15 09:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Nav Voice turn by turn

Im looking at a used 2013 F-150 and it says it has the voice turn by turn Nav, can anybody tell me if this is useless or not? The salesman acts like it has Nav but Im not sure what to make of it. Ive never seen just the voice Nav. We're planning on making a trip out West for a month or so and will need a nav to get around, I need to know if this will get me there or not.. Also do you know if its like Sirus FM radio where you have to pay for it over time. Thanks again -Mark I know that the Nav in my 13 Ram works great! Better than any other Nav I have had or been around. No you should not have to pay for it nice with the Sat Radio but you may have to pay to update it every few years as roads are added. There are HWY's that I have been on close to towns that are not on my Nav where they have built bypasses around the towns but it has not caused a problem yet because the road number has always been the same.
transamz9 07/29/15 01:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW or DRW??

I don't care about the "cool factor" here. I don't have this camper or either of these trucks anymore. But I can tell you first hand knowledge of what each one did and why I suggest what I do for the OP. Here is the day we brought the Cyclone home. Afterwards, we had a race 200 miles away. On the way home, we hit a wicked storm traveling west to east as we were traveling north on I-85 near Lexington, NC. Although the crosswinds were tough, everything did great. During nice weather, traveling 70 mph was little to no effort at all. Unfortunately, a trip to the scales weeks later showed I was 1000 lbs. over on the rear axle of the truck. That was the only reason we traded her in. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v357/lawnspecialties/Cyclone50611015.jpg This was about a month later. New F450. Plenty of room on the rear axle ratings now. But in all honesty: no difference in how it pulled regarding stability. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v357/lawnspecialties/Camper014.jpg In the end, if you could discount the rear axle rating, the SRW is by far a better choice for me. Easier as a daily driver. Not a huge factor on keeping tire pressures equal. Not as fat in the hips for the McDonald's drive-thru. But since you can't eliminate the rear axle rating of the truck, you have to go with the DRW if your pin weight requires it. Thank you for your post! I agree that if you can't keep the axle weights in check then yes by all means you will need a truck with more payload. It really has nothing to do with how many tires are on the truck unless you want to run a road race through the curves. If you drive accordingly to the load you are pulling today's SRW truck will handle a 16,000# 5er just fine.
transamz9 07/28/15 11:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Engine Temp how hot is too hot?

OP, if you are truly stock like you say and your 6.0 is in good mechanical condition,put your foot in it and let it run. That's what it likes to do. Mine sees 3,500+ RPM on a regular basis and I will run 20# of boost on flat ground a lot of times. The F550 that we have pulls heavy every time it goes out. I'm talking loads where the whole rig is grossing 35,000# and over. When it is that heavy running down the interstate your foot is on the floor 80% of the time just to hold speed. Like I said before, if your 6.0 is in good mechanical condition let'er run. She likes it.
transamz9 07/28/15 10:15am Towing
RE: SRW or DRW??

Ok, now that everybody is done talking about "feelings" let's talk FACTS. Fact: The OP will not know what "feels best" or what he is "comfortable with" until he tries it for himself. The OP is likely not made of money and will not be able to trade trucks once he takes delivery on whatever he chooses. If he is not comfortable with his choice, HE IS STUCK WITH IT regardless. You guys forget that all this playing around costs big money! He could have $150,000 sunk into a rig that he's scared to drive, and the only way out is to take a huge financial hit. Fact: While a SRW truck will probably work okay, be safe, and some people will be comfortable with it, a DRW truck DEFINITELY will work, DEFINTELY be safe, and... the person who says a DRW truck doesn't handle a 16,000+lb trailer better than an SRW is a bald-faced liar. I can tell you this,( yes I have pulled my previous rig with both) it is more in the set up of the truck not how many tires it has. I will also tell you that my 2013 SRW truck will tow and handle a 16,000# 5er every bit as well as your 2002 DRW, in some cases better. None of us know the OP's towing experience or capabilities but I do know that a new 3500 SRW truck will handle a 16,000# fifthwheel without having to have finger imprints and but cheek imprints left in the truck. The OP is going to have to make a call based on how comfortable he or she is in towing. Either way it's going to be towing heavy so what ever decision is made it's not going to be like driving unloaded , solo, or driving a sports car with one finger.
transamz9 07/28/15 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW or DRW??

Anyone that believes that the RV just stops getting heavier when it reaches the GVWR is delusional. Perfect example, 21K GVWR actually weighs about 23K with 100G water on board. So I would advise a dually. Combo in pic is a one finger driver. http://i.imgur.com/uzdhKubl.jpg Your truck drives so much easier than a SRW just imagine how nice it would be if you had a HDT. You could probably take your hands completely off the wheel. Heck if you bought a sleeper truck you could probably get up and go in the back and drink coffee until you arrived at your destination and all that through 75 MPH side winds through a blizzard. Not all of us collect rocks. BTW I can drive my rig with one hand too and I'm about 30' longer than you. I just choose not to. I would rather run 75 with 5 fingers. ;)
transamz9 07/28/15 07:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel vs gas......................

It is supply and demand. Right now (Summer months) we use a lot of gas. Traveling, boating, etc. We don't use heating oil (basically diesel). They raise the price of gas this time of year to offset the costs of overtime to refine the greater quantity and also the more they make the more breakdowns they will have. During the winter months we use a lot more diesel and less gas which in turn drives the cost of diesel up and gas back down.
transamz9 07/28/15 07:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW or DRW??

Once you tow with a dually you will never go back to a SRW. Not true. X2. I hate when people say this. Not all of us need or want training wheels.
transamz9 07/27/15 02:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Well finally out with the best TV I've had

Congrats! Sweet ride!
transamz9 07/23/15 08:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: U of M study

Well Gee, guess what, I found a study that says just the opposite. If you drive a diesel Volkswagen Jetta well you can save a few thousand dollars. You drive diesel pickup truck, well you diesel guys may not want to read this. Diesel Executive Summary Diesel Analysis The elements behind the data By the way, here is your 2013 U of M Study which basically says the same thing and cites Vincentric as the source. Real U of M Study not some generic write up about it Anyone using a Jetta to pull their RV? HAHAHA! Why are justifying????
transamz9 07/22/15 05:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: U of M study

Oh transamz I think you've misunderstood me. I'm not bothered at all about you're studies. I think you guys are a hoot the way y'all feel the need to justify your diesel. These are not my studies and I personally don't have to justify my diesel because it is a simple fact that a gas truck like mine would not handle my towed load. The combined GVWR's of the two trailers I tow in tandem is 20,XXX# and they are loaded close to that 100% on the time. I think you are misunderstanding me. I'm saying that I'm pulling a load that a gas truck wouldn't handle day in day out with my diesel and doing it for the same if not less money in the long run that a gas truck would have cost me. People buy diesel trucks for many reasons. Some have to have them, some just do it because they want to but the point that is being made here is that in most they cost no more than the gas version to operate. Now if I were to try and tell you that I buy my Corvettes instead of a Camry because of fuel mileage then you could say I was trying to justify my Corvette.;)
transamz9 07/22/15 06:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: U of M study

For the life of me I can't figure out why diesel owner's continuously start these threads for the umpteen billionth time. It's like they need to repeatedly keep justify their decision to buy a diesel. You don't need anyone else's permission to buy a diesel. If your happy - great! If you're trying to prove something, you're not succeeding, so give it up. Those that want a diesel own a diesel, those that don't, don't. They remind me of hawkers at the county fair. The more threads they open the more I suspect they are trying to sell snake oil. It's for the many people that buy gas because they are told that diesels cost more to own. If you are happy with your purchase and don't like these threads then don't read them. I'm not the OP and could really care less what someone buys I just like threads that give people good info. Take it how you want. Maybe you keep reading the umteen billion threads because you want to find a way to justify what you bought? Why would I have to justify spending $8,000.00 less for a truck that does everything I ask it to and has a higher payload to boot? In hindsight now that I think about it you did provide me with an awakening though. They'll never quit no matter what. Sayonora. My diesel has only 90# less than the highest payload gas in the same make and model configuration. If you are running that close to your payload then you need a bigger truck or you're like me you don't pay any attention to that number. Truth be known, a V6 gas would do what you need to do but not as easily as the V8 and definitely not as easy as a diesel. I'm not saying you have to justify spending $8,000 less. I'm just saying that by the survey posted earlier, by buying gas you are just not getting the $8,000 back later like the diesel truck would get you. If a simple discussion about the subject bothers you so bad then why even bother reading the threads or posting in them? You could have stopped after reading the survey. See Ya at the top of the hill......eventually.
transamz9 07/21/15 03:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: U of M study

For the life of me I can't figure out why diesel owner's continuously start these threads for the umpteen billionth time. It's like they need to repeatedly keep justify their decision to buy a diesel. You don't need anyone else's permission to buy a diesel. If your happy - great! If you're trying to prove something, you're not succeeding, so give it up. Those that want a diesel own a diesel, those that don't, don't. They remind me of hawkers at the county fair. The more threads they open the more I suspect they are trying to sell snake oil. It's for the many people that buy gas because they are told that diesels cost more to own. If you are happy with your purchase and don't like these threads then don't read them. I'm not the OP and could really care less what someone buys I just like threads that give people good info. Take it how you want. Maybe you keep reading the umteen billion threads because you want to find a way to justify what you bought?
transamz9 07/21/15 11:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: U of M study

From looking at the original study back in 2013, there really isn't much of a difference in the depreciation gap between gas and diesels at the 5 year mark. Silverado - 9% advantage for diesels. Sierra - 10% advantage for diesels. Ram - 1% advantage for diesels. Ford - 13% advantage for gas. When it comes to cars and SUVs the gap is more significant. With trucks, not so much. I'd imagine each year beyond the 5 year mark the gap slowly shrinks down to irrelevant. So what you are saying is I get to drive a more capable truck for the same end cost.
transamz9 07/21/15 08:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: U of M study

This is important: The authors also did the calculations from the perspective that people would keep these models for three to five years. That means the sturdy pretty much excludes out-of-warranty repairs. When looking at three-to-five years of ownership, the diesels generally kept $2,000 to $7,000 in owners' pockets. $2-7,000 will make a lot of "out of warranty" repairs. I know people say that the injection system alone will cost way more than that but be real, if it last through the warranty period then you are only going to have minor things to repair. The way you talk my 2005 Cummins should have ate the money saved by now but in reality all I've had to do is change the oil and filters since new in 2005. Correction, I did replace the Two batteries last year because I was getting nervous. I have 2 - 2006 Cummins in my fleet with almost 500,000 miles combined and only cost of a diesel repair was 1 turbo. These trucks are also diven by guys that don't own the truck and don't care if they break them because they know it's not out of their pocket and the truck has to be fixed for business. Now add the cost of me being relaxed and less stressed (other views vary) because I tow very heavy and a gas truck of the same would have driven me nuts revving and shifting, I would say the diesel game has payed me back and then some.
transamz9 07/20/15 11:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Limiting factor on GVWR for trailer

The axles themselves have a rating of 3,000# each when used as a single axle assembly but when you add another axle into the mix that capacity is reduced. Same is true with tires. If you read on the side of an LT tire it gives you single load and dual load capacities. The reason is that at any given time one tire (axle) in the pair can be carrying more of the load. If they listed your trailers GVWR @ 6,000# and you loaded to that then at some point you would overload one of the axles. Going over speed bumps would be on situation that would do it. There are many that could. If the axles are torsion sprung then they don't have equalizers so just running a little nose high or nose low would greatly change the weight applied on either of the axles. Does this make sense?
transamz9 07/15/15 06:21am Towing
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