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RE: engine brake while towing?

I do the same as coolbreeze. I think it depends on your particular truck and how it works. Tow haul on mine changes the programming on upshifts and I do use it when towing, except for descending hills. It is too aggressive when using the exhaust brake and downshifts when I don't want it to, resulting in me often having to add throttle to maintain speed. Yes you can use cruise control but I find I can do it smoother myself and don't like giving speed control to a computer when going down a 6% grade. A computer can't know what you want to do and it can't see ahead of your truck, it only reacts to the vehicle's speed. In aviation, it's called staying ahead of the aircraft. I find it much easier to just turn tow haul off when descending hills and do my own downshifting. Everyone has to figure out what works best with their particular vehicle.
wilber1 05/26/16 09:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: engine brake while towing?

ABS can cycle at up to 15 times per second. I don't see an exhaust brake doing that, at least not with the same programming that controls the service brake ABS.
wilber1 05/25/16 07:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

What is the MPG difference between the I4 Diesel and the V6 gas. And what is the Torque diff? People buy HP but drive TQ. Not in the real world, hp does work, torque makes it feel like its not working as hard. All industrial power is rated in horsepower (or it's equivalent) as it indicates what it can actually do. And yet all our diesel trucks have gas options that make more peak horsepower. We tow with diesels because of where they make their power, not because of how much they can make.
wilber1 05/25/16 07:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: engine brake while towing?

This is what the exhaust brake is for. I don't know what the 2013 is like but I find mine is a little too aggressive with both tow haul and the EB engaged and when descending grades I will turn tow haul off and use the ERS to control downshifts. Just remember that the EB only works on the rear wheels of the truck (unless you are in 4wd) and doesn't work with ABS so be careful with it on slippery or loose surfaces.
wilber1 05/24/16 08:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: engine brake while towing?

This is what the exhaust brake is for. I don't know what the 2013 is like but I find mine is a little too aggressive with both tow haul and the EB engaged and when descending grades I will turn tow haul off and use the ERS to control downshifts. Just remember that the EB only works on the rear wheels of the truck (unless you are in 4wd) and doesn't work with ABS so be careful with it on slippery or loose surfaces.
wilber1 05/24/16 08:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "10 Ram 2500 diesel owners

I have an early 2011 which is basically the same as a 2010. I only have just over 40,000 miles on it, most of that towing a 12 K GVWR 5th that probably weighs about 11K actual. I just checked mileage for our return trip from Hemet CA to Abbotsford BC in March. I tow at 60 MPH and burned 126.4 USG over 1429 miles for an average of 11.3 MPG. All of that was towing except for about 20 miles when we unhooked to do a little shopping in Redding. So far this truck has been trouble free except for having to replace the climate control module because the defrosters quit working. I think that unless you do a lot of city driving, the emission controls on these trucks are pretty reliable. The manual calls for an EGR cooler cleaning every 67,500 miles which might be a little pricy if done by a dealer but can be done yourself if mechanically inclined. A new HO truck with all the bells and whistles would be nice but this one has been so good, I'm hanging on to it until it gives me a real good reason not to.
wilber1 05/22/16 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Aftermarket mirrors

I put a set of CIPA remote adjustable and heated replacement mirrors on my 2001 Dodge 2500. Really liked them, straight forward to install. fit and worked well with no vibration issues. Pricy though.
wilber1 05/21/16 11:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Penalties for Under Declaring

We also cross very frequently and try to stay on top of current food regulations but we still get caught out on occasion by both countries. You have to be fatalistic about it. Just be honest, there is no reason to let losing a bit of food ruin your trip.
wilber1 05/20/16 03:58pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: BMWs new quad-turbocharged diesel

The average price of a 7 series is north of a 100K so this engine probably won't break any of its buyer's wallets.
wilber1 05/18/16 09:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Push button gearshifts

I learned to drive on 50"s vintage Hillmans which had a four on the tree shifter that was a backwards pattern to the North American three on the tree. First was forward and up, second was forward and down. Third was back and up, fourth was back and down. Reverse was forward and down with the knob on the end of the shift lever pulled out. Anyone else remember these cars? Hillman Minx
wilber1 05/17/16 10:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Push button gearshifts

Putting the shift knob so close to a similar knob may be a bit of an ergonomic faux pas by FAC but Jaguar, Land Rover has been using a console mounted shift knobs (combined with paddles for manual shifting) wth their ZF automatics since 2007 and the reviews have been pretty positive. Looks like the 2017 Ford Fusion will also have a console mounted rotary shifter. 2017 Ford Fusion
wilber1 05/17/16 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: landing gear suddenly doing nothing...

Simple things first, find and check fuse.
wilber1 05/15/16 05:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tyre pressures

Wilber1 no ford only gives one set of pressures 65 and 80, at least you know a little about the rest of the world, English is not my language, or American for that matter. Frank. Then using a load chart for the rears if you aren't towing might be a good idea. Just err on the high side. I run 75 to 80 in my rears when towing my fiver but drop them down to 50 if I'm staying anywhere for more than two weeks. I carry a Viair compressor so I can change tire pressures easily while on the road.
wilber1 05/07/16 08:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tyre pressures

Americans also say EKG for electrocardiogram even though cardio is spelt with a C not a K. So what.
wilber1 05/07/16 10:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tyre pressures

An inflation chart is not a recommended pressure. It just gives a tyre's load capacity at a given pressure. A vehicle's recmmended pressure is the manufacturer's compromise between performance, wear and ride. Granted, you don't want to run 80 psi on the rears of an empty truck. Ram gives empty and loaded recommended pressures for their trucks. Recommended front pressures don't change but the rears vary between 45 psi and 75 psi depending on load. What does Ford do?
wilber1 05/07/16 07:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tyre pressures

Weight of ouer F350 single rear tyers 1680lb front 2350lb. Tyers Michelin LTX A/T 275/65 R20 rated at 3750lb at 80 psi. Ford recommends 65lb front 80lb rear. According to michelins load and inflation tables I se 2080lb at 35 psi and 2475lb at 45psi. What are others using and how low would you go. Frank. Michelin's numbers are the tyre's maximum load capacity at those pressures. That is not the same as a recommended pressure. I would ask, why would you want to run your tyres at their maximum load capacity when you can increase that capacity by just increasing pressure? I wouldn't. I use my truck manufacturer's recommended pressures plus 5 lbs for loaded and unloaded but no more than 80 psi cold in my E rated tyres. On Edit. Does Ford not publish different pressures for loaded and unloaded?
wilber1 05/06/16 08:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tyre pressures

What is a tyre? The Brits spell it that way. As a matter of fact it is spelled that way in quite a few places outside North America.
wilber1 05/05/16 10:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: CVT in your 1 ton?

The American public does not like a CVT equipped vehicle. The Dodge Caliber, Jeep Patriot and Compass had a CVT Video of CVT in Caliber Most owners kept bringing them back complaining that the transmission was not shifting. Here is some info on them at Allpar Don Lots of people are buying CVT's but American companies haven't committed to them in any big way. Europe and Asia has. Companies like Nissan and Subaru use only CVT's in almost all of their automatic cars. Almost all the hybrids you can buy in North America except VW/Audi use CVT's. As CAFE standards become more strict, we will be seeing even more of them. Keeping an engine at its most efficient operating RPM makes a lot of sense. Like a turbo prop that runs at a constant RPM and uses changes in propellor pitch and fuel flow to control power output. They do take some getting used to. Some manufactures have even engineered sport modes into theirs that are programmed with virtual ratios to give a sensation of shifting.
wilber1 05/05/16 09:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Where to buy aluminum wheels

Make sure you get the correct offset or you can be in for bearing problems.
wilber1 05/05/16 09:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Guru Question

235's are fine on a 6" rim. You need at least a 6.5" if you want to got to 245's.
wilber1 05/04/16 08:27pm Fifth-Wheels
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