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RE: First 6 months of 2014 sales numbers

How do you split Chevy and GMC sales? Same truck, same company. I've often wondered why GM still does it. Badge engineering has become pretty passé most everywhere.
wilber1 07/12/14 12:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trip to Quebec

St Jean Baptiste Day is the big one in Quebec. Usually in late June around the 24th. Don't get caught without a reservation that weekend.
wilber1 07/11/14 03:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ram 1500 EcoDiesel sets brisk sales pace

wilber1, And guess who posted this? "I'm ordering one and will tow a 7500 to 8300 # TT with it. 1800# payload" and I see you are a sucker for his misleading gibberish also! Enjoy your bliss... My bias? I just accept it for what it is, not criticise it for not being something it is not and wasn't intended to be. You aren't their intended customer for this truck anyway. Neither am I.
wilber1 07/11/14 01:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 EcoDiesel sets brisk sales pace

A boat has very little wind/air resisitance because it has a conical tapered front surface but an 8' wide by 10' high trailer has immense wind/air resistance. Rolling resistance is the same at 1 mph or 100 mph but wind/air resistance multiplies itself as speed increases. Want to know how much resistance the wind/air has at speeds? Use a 2' square piece of plywood held up when standing in the back of a pickup going 45 mph or if you have the guts for it at 55 mph. After you get out of the hospital from being blown out of the back of the pickup, you'll get the idea of what bucking the wind/air is like and the difference between a tapered bullet type boat (like an air liner, rocket, or bullet) front and a normal TT is. At 65-70 mph holding the 2' square wood facing forward, it's RIP! A 2' square piece of plywood has 4 square feet of surface and the 8' X 10' trailer has 80 square feet of frontal surface or 20 TIMES as much as you felt and it's only the vehicle engine that can overcome that increasing resistance if it can! It's the only thing putting twisting force to the drive wheels. Of course, you could drive down the highway with the little engine screaming at 40 mph in second gear. So enjoyable! You'll get the real idea and answer of wind/air resistance is like. What PerryBoy constantly misleads and doesn't tell you is that even the base 2WD 1377# empty cargo weight rating he'd posted, it doesn't even include a driver, passenger/passengers, hitch and WD bars, anything carried in the truck or any added options like 4WD etc weight increases. More like about 800 lbs max of real usable cargo capacity with only 2 average sized adults. Less than a Honda Ridgeline or a little Toyota Tacoma. So what, this truck was built for a certain niche. If you aren't in this niche, get over it and move on, Ma Mopar didn't build this truck for you, or me for that matter. If anyone here thinks someone else is going to put a heavier diesel in one of these things that puts out more power and torque, can carry 800 lbs more, tow 2k more and get the same mileage, dream on. Physics just doesn't work that way.
wilber1 07/11/14 10:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 EcoDiesel sets brisk sales pace

How many people tow 5700lb boats up the Ike Gauntlet? I don't think this truck (or the Grand Cherokee) is intended for those who do. If you want a truck that can get mileage in the mid 20's, don't expect to tow houses with it. Physics doesn't work that way.
wilber1 07/11/14 07:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 EcoDiesel sets brisk sales pace

There are diesels, and then there is the Cummin's the engine which is used to judge all of them. Not a Cummin's not interested. The only exception would be the CAT. On the other hand, compared to the rest of the world, in North America there isn't much to chose from in everyday vehicles with diesel options. You can get just about anything with a diesel in Europe or Asia yet we think we are experts on what's good.
wilber1 07/10/14 04:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 Ecodiesel, anybody seen one in the wild?

All this discussion of DEF, common rail injection, fuel pumps being cooled by fuel, etc., is very interesting technically. It's also convincing me to stick with gas powered vehicles. ;) Just kidding, it really is interesting stuff, it will be interesting to see how the bugs get worked out in these new trucks and how they work out in the real world. Direct injection is becoming more common in gas engines and most pumps use the pumped medium for cooling and will overheat if run with nothing to pump.
wilber1 07/04/14 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 Ecodiesel, anybody seen one in the wild?

Not sure why the single battery and no option to add duel batteries. Maybe the 3.0 cranks over easier then the Cummins . My guess is you won't find dual batteries in any of the German 3.0 diesels either.
wilber1 07/03/14 06:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 Ecodiesel, anybody seen one in the wild?

And here, hybridhunter, is the intelligent way to do it without stressing the vehicle; take heed. Thanx, emersontt. When I'm old and have time to feel sympathy for a truck, or life slows down to the point that I don't mind farting along, annoying others, and going slow....... Maybe you just need to relax. It doesn't matter how fast you go, there is always some guy who wants to go faster. I'm thinking you might be that guy.
wilber1 07/01/14 04:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Time to Install New Tires - Evergreen Brand?

Oh man! I'm the original poster here on this thread and I really didn't want to get FLAMED which is why I requested only responses from people with some actual experience. I'm like everybody else - I will do my "due diligence" before I buy a new unknown brand. I recall my father buying Michelin tires back in the '60's when no one had ever heard of them either! Every company starts somewhere and this company could be the next Michelin for all I know (or, it seems, anyone else on here knows). If I don't get good reports on these tires, I won't be buying them so please don't try to lecture me from your high horse about something you know nothing about! By all means do your due diligence but in 1960 your father could have found out Michelin had already been around for over 70 years and they invented radial tires.
wilber1 06/29/14 11:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Time to Install New Tires - Evergreen Brand?

No experience with them but tires are the only thing that connect your vehicle to the road and the last thing you want to cheap out on. I would never go with anything that didn't have come kind of track record.
wilber1 06/29/14 09:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram

On the rail height issue, The combo in my sig tows very level. More level than the previous Titanium I was towing.
wilber1 06/29/14 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 V6 1500 shootout

I don't know how many times this needs to be posted, but a high torque rating gives an effortless feeling to towing, until it abruptly runs out of power. Horsepower is what matters in high load situations, and the rpm it happens at determines how usable it is. The Ram clearly shows that high torque, low hp does not perform well. Anyone who thinks those lousy accel numbers are not going to be aweful with a heavy / high drag trailer behind are confused. Gesus, at least someone gets it. We even have an alleged automotive engineers that don't know that HP gets you to the top of the hill the fastest. :R I have a diesel that puts out an amazing 200HP and 425 ft/lbs of torque. Big woop, I'm at 30 MPH on big hills and small blocks or V6 with 300 HP are taking my door off of the hinges when they pass me. :B Gets what? I have an early 2011 6.7 Cummins 650. It puts out the same 350 peak HP at 3000 RPM as the later 800 but who cares, I'll probably never use it. But the 45 extra HP the 800 puts out at 1600 RPM, now that I could use.
wilber1 06/26/14 09:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 V6 1500 shootout

jerem0621, DUH! Without the torque you have NO HP. Revert to the formula for calculating HP as HP is only a calculation NOT measured action. Torque is the froce that turns the drive wheel to what ever RPM you desire. Nothing but torque turns the drive wheel, period! You really need to do some research and review some engineering manuals and get an understanding of Physics and the Law of Physics and motion! When I am lying there sleeping on the end of a ten foot diving board I am exerting over 800 lb ft of torque on its mountings. How much work am I doing?
wilber1 06/24/14 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Neighbor killed my snake.

I've no doubt fear of snakes is real but is an irrational fear of something justification for killing it?
wilber1 06/24/14 09:33am Around the Campfire
RE: OUT West and BACK East

Brits always say they are going up to London regardless of where they live in England.
wilber1 06/22/14 11:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: Where do you buy nano sim cards in the USA? Which carrier?

Check out roammobility.com. Haven't used them yet but looks interesting.
wilber1 06/13/14 05:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Ecodiesel: 19.46 MPG Towing 7,020 lbs.

They are running hot partially because they aren't very powerful engines, they are running "WOT", actually fully fueled and full boost would be more accurate. Probably not the end of the world, but the old theory that running the nuts off of something is bound to reduce its lifespan. An engine producing less power produces less heat. Elementary. Either cooling system or designed to run that way.
wilber1 06/05/14 07:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 Ecodiesel, anybody seen one in the wild?

This is the closest I've seen diesel prices to regular unleaded in years. If it keeps up, many of these arguments will be mute. If only they could improve that meager payload, even a little. Just filled up the truck today. Diesel, 5 cents per liter (19 cents per USG) less than regular.
wilber1 06/03/14 11:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Isle of Man TT ..

Wish I could get it. Unique, awesome and frightening. Nothing like it.
wilber1 06/03/14 10:35pm Around the Campfire
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