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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
RE: Hwy 3 (B.C.) Hope to Penticton

I do it every June with the rig in my signature and used to do it with my 2001 CTD auto with no exhaust brake and a 10K fiver before that. Until the Coquihalla was built in the late eighties it was the only route to the southern interior. It has some pretty good grades and twisty bits but vehicle length is not a factor. 18 wheelers use it all the time. No worse than HWY 20 from Sedro Wooley to Twisp IMO. Done that several times as well.
wilber1 05/04/16 08:00pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: airline profits

The airline industry has shown a net loss over its whole history. Since 1980, the industry has not earned back the cost of capital during the best of times. Conversely, in bad times losses can be dramatically worse. Warren Buffett once said that despite all the money that has been invested in all airlines, the net profit is less than zero. He believes it is one of the hardest businesses to manage. If you are upset because they are making a reasonable profit now, don't worry, it's an anomaly and won't last.
wilber1 05/03/16 08:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi vs Ecodiesel

For me a big knock on the Ecodiesel right now is the cost of oil changes. Because FCA currently has a lock on the oil and filters being used, they want your first born for an oil change. My dealer had a six pack special on the last time I was there and the Ecodiesel package was double the one for my 6.7 Cummins.
wilber1 05/03/16 05:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: airline profits

People want to fly cheap so it is all about price point. Corrected for inflation, airfares are a lot lower than they used to be but costs have increased drastically. In 1970 a new B747 cost a little over 20 million and jet fuel was less than10 cents a gallon. Now, a new B737 will set you back around 100 million and a B747 - 8 closer to 400 million, B777's, 300 plus millions. The amount of revenue each aircraft has to produce every day to pay for themselves and support a company makes airlines the very definition of cash flow machines. Comparing 1970 prices to 2016 prices must include a disclaimer - "Inflation". I notice you didn't post what the average fare was back then either. I could fly PSA from LA to SF for $29. As for cancelling the flights? I'd much rather have a flight cancelled and wait in the airport than sit on the tarmac for six hours with the unwashed masses. I just went online and found direct one way flights from SFO to LAX for as low as $40. Alaska and Virgin had lots for $67. The aircraft you are flying in today cost over 10 times as much as in 1970 and so does the fuel it is burning.
wilber1 05/03/16 04:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: airline profits

People want to fly cheap so it is all about price point. Corrected for inflation, airfares are a lot lower than they used to be but costs have increased drastically. In 1970 a new B747 cost a little over 20 million and jet fuel was less than10 cents a gallon. Now, a new B737 will set you back around 100 million and a B747 - 8 closer to 400 million, B777's, 300 plus millions. The amount of revenue each aircraft has to produce every day to pay for themselves and support a company makes airlines the very definition of cash flow machines.
wilber1 05/03/16 12:32pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ram 2500 Transmission Ratios

That is strange they don't offer the 8 spd on the 2500.
wilber1 05/02/16 06:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: demco vs drawrite sliding hitch

As far as a hitch goes, you say you won't be towing much so consider what you actually need. I rarely slide mine but there are occasions when I do, mostly for peace of mind but once and a while I actually need to. Pullrites are great but heavy and expensive so how much is the convenience of an auto sliding hitch worth to you? You will already be pushing or exceeding the GVWR of your truck (maybe axle and tire rating to) so do you really want to aggravate that by using a heavier hitch than necessary? Will you be removing the hitch often in order to use your truck for other reasons? Pullrites are heavy and I don't know how easy they are to disassemble. My Draw-Tite is easily broken down into two pieces which can be handled by one person. As IdaD posted, perhaps the Anderson might be your best option.
wilber1 04/30/16 10:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: demco vs drawrite sliding hitch

Don't know which is better but I have been using the same Draw - Tite 16K manual slider since 2002 with no problems. 5er's towed had GVWR's of 10K and 12K. Not up on the latest 1500's but that seems like a lot of weight for a half ton.
wilber1 04/30/16 07:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Differential fluid thoughts/recommendations...

I'd run manufacturer's spec oil, anything else is an unknown. Probably not necessary but I don't think a larger cover that offers better cooling is a bad idea. Most people would be surprised how hot a dif can get, especially when towing heavy.
wilber1 04/28/16 07:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

At some point your going to need more HP and torque to justify more gears IMO. With out more power you're still going to be hanging out in a lower gear even on freeway overpasses :E It don't take much of a hill for the Canyon to downshift but the overall mileage is more than I expected with the OD's. 23-24 but it goes way up when being towed :W I would say the opposite, less power and you need more gears to keep the engine in an RPM range where it can use what power it has.
wilber1 04/21/16 09:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

Is this all because the little diesel weighs a lot more than the 5.7, or are other heavier components involved too? If it's so heavy, how is the fuel economy improved, seems like magic math gets involved. You could ask the same question of just about any diesel and yet it is so.
wilber1 04/19/16 07:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

I've wondered why Chrysler bothered with converting the ZF to a nine speed unless it was for CAFE. I would have thought the eight speed with six under and direct drive ratios along with two OD ratios would make more sense in a TV than the nine speed with five under drive and direct ratios along with four OD ratios anyway.
wilber1 04/19/16 07:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel engines.

I don't know about 2013 models but there is nothing in the truck that tells me to change the fuel filter on my 2011, 6.7, only a water warning light. Oil change, yes Fuel filter, no. You should be changing your primary(only) fuel filter on the drivers side of the engine every 15,000 miles which it states on page 142 of the 2011 Ram diesel supplement owners manual. Your primary fuel filter is the secondary fuel filter for the 2013+ trucks since another filter was added on the from rail. They to are suppose to be changed every 15,000 miles. 2011 Ram Truck Diesel Supplement PDF I would have loved to have met that engineer from Cummins that was stated earlier because I think he is stating a bunch of bull. From reading the post, he left right around the time I started working for Cummins. Yes, page 142, every 15,000 miles or 12 months. As I don't put anywhere near 15,000 miles a year on my truck, it is every 12 months for me.
wilber1 04/15/16 10:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel engines.

Remember every one on the internet is a freaking expert. I drove my diesel 157,000 miles over 12 years, and never changed a fuel filter. the truck will tell you when it needs a fuel filter change. Ah no. The manual calls for the fuel filter to be changed annually. These common rail injectors are very pricy and fuel filters are cheap insurance, particularly if you buy Fleetguards straight from Cummins and change them yourself. I don't know about 2013 models but there is nothing in the truck that tells me to change the fuel filter on my 2011, 6.7, only a water warning light. Oil change, yes Fuel filter, no.
wilber1 04/15/16 07:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: bringing alcohol back to canada

You are allowed to take 26 oz or 1.14L of liquor. It's interesting that you will find only 1L and 1.75L bottles in Canadian duty frees because you are only allowed 1L PP into the US but you will find 1.14L bottles in US duty frees because that is the limit PP in Canada.
wilber1 04/14/16 09:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: How much to you know about engine technology

I gave up on the stupid test when they didn't understand that some OHC engines have no rocker arms, but instead directly operate valves with only a bucket and adjusting shim. It's kind of like some government exams I have written, You need to know the kind of answer they are looking for, not necessarily the technically correct answer.
wilber1 04/10/16 08:08pm Tow Vehicles
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