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RE: Ford, GM and Chrysler cash in on posh pickups

Again, I am not comparing dollar for dollar. If you go that route, a base truck with the diesel option is the best value for a tow vehicle, but I don't want to drive one. What I am saying is I feel there is a market for more upscale vehicles in a smaller package. Put a trim similar to (or better than) the High Country, Platinum, Longhorn, in a mid-size sedan or SUV. Look at how many RDX/Macan/Cayenne,Q5, Q7, CLS, 3series are out there. There is a market, and it has high margins. The problem with that is nobody would buy them. Why buy a Chevy if it costs the same as an Audi? The Audi offers a lot better driving dynamics, more cache and it has its own exclusive dealership network where you get extra perks. Better resale too cause people value the luxury brands more. With trucks you don't have that issue because there aren't any luxury/sport oriented options other than the Big 3 themselves (plus Nissan and Toyota if you're looking at half tons). Good point. The Acura, Infinity, Lexus brands were created for North America, they don't exist in Japan. You can buy the same cars but they just carry Honda, Nissan and Toyota brands. The Acura NSX is just a Honda NSX if you buy it in Tokyo.
wilber1 12/17/14 07:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pentastar v6 Turbo is coming

Turbo GDI engines have been around longer than Ecoboost and they are a natural progression in engine technology. Ford's innovation was to use it in a light truck. It was only a matter of time till the Pentastar got boosted and I was surprised it wasn't designed as DI in the first place. Rather than one engine type being superior to another, I think it will be more a matter of different tools for different jobs. DI engines have their issues as well, mainly long term carbon buildup on intake valves.
wilber1 12/17/14 12:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: grand design walls

Another claim for vacuum bonded. http://www.driftwoodrvcenter.com/Page.aspx/pageId/134295/Rockwood-Advantages.aspx I have personal experience with my last 5th wheel that you can have major delimination problems with vacuum bonded walls if you get a leak. I doubt there is much difference.
wilber1 12/15/14 11:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fords 6.7 Scorpion Diesel motor

It's a Bosch problem, all vehicles with a Bosch CP4.1 for an inline 4 or CP4.2 for a V-6 or V-8 engine, VW, Audi, Ford, Chevy, GMC, they all have failed catastrophically, grenading the whole fuel system, and everything that the fuel touches. Bosch failed to do failure analysis on this pump model. Quite convenient how much money they make in parts on a failure, it's obscene. Of course, Ford too, profits on this failed venture, huge mark up on all the fuel injection and fuel system parts ruined. Sounds to me like it is a customer problem.
wilber1 12/14/14 05:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: maintenance free batteries

I have Interstates and they occasionally need water. If they have caps, they aren't maintenance free.
wilber1 12/14/14 01:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I hate to fly

But more people can afford to fly today. In 71 you could buy a new B747 for about $25 million and jet fuel cost 17 cents a gallon. Today a B737-700, the cheapest in Boeing's fleet starts at $78 million, a B777-300, $330 million and a B747-8, $368 million. Even with today's low oil prices, Delta expects to pay between $2.10 and $2.20 a gallon for fuel next year. Air fares haven't gone up anywhere near that amount so cost reductions have to come from somewhere. Airlines are making record profits so the high cost of fuel and new airplanes isn't hurting them that bad. They have learned to cut the number of seats available so they can charge more for them. I can no longer afford to fly when even an advance coach class ticket costs $400 or more. I don't know how anybody takes their family on a holiday trip with tickets at $500 to $600 or more during the holidays. Historically airlines have been one of the worst investments you can make and since deregulation they have lost far more money than they have ever made. Many have dissapeared and most of the rest have gone through Chapter11 at least once. The reaons they are able to make money now are in large part, the same reasons everyone hates to fly. I don't care how much money they are making today. I spent my whole career in the industry and if my financial advisor wanted me to buy an airline stock, I would be looking for a new advisor.
wilber1 12/14/14 08:51am Around the Campfire
RE: I hate to fly

After the delays, the real problems with flying start. The REAL problem with flying is being ON the plane. Uncomfortable, crowded, dirty (you can add your own to the list) Remember the days when flying was an experience? Sigh............... But more people can afford to fly today. In 71 you could buy a new B747 for about $25 million and jet fuel cost 17 cents a gallon. Today a B737-700, the cheapest in Boeing's fleet starts at $78 million, a B777-300, $330 million and a B747-8, $368 million. Even with today's low oil prices, Delta expects to pay between $2.10 and $2.20 a gallon for fuel next year. Air fares haven't gone up anywhere near that amount so cost reductions have to come from somewhere.
wilber1 12/12/14 09:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Wards Top 10 Engines 2015

I agree about the I3. Ugliest BMW ever built and one of the ugliest cars ever. Was kind of interested till I actually saw it. Man it's awfull.
wilber1 12/11/14 09:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Not a VW Beetle this time

I am thinking Citreon. The first front wheel drive vehicle. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/17/Citroen_2CV_Mezzana.jpg/200px-Citroen_2CV_Mezzana.jpg Maybe the first mass-produced FWD, but for sure not the first: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front-wheel_drive It was neither. Citroen came out with the Traction Avant in 1934. The Deux Chevaux didn't arrive till 1948
wilber1 12/09/14 06:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not a VW Beetle this time

Must be the hypo 33 hp model.
wilber1 12/09/14 03:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Axle Rating question #2

Questions like this about trailer weight makes one wonder what truck you have/plan on towing with??? F250 with bags and 19.5's will be fine!:B Ok I had to come back and edit! Above was just a joke. Op any of the big three Dually 350/3500's will do a fine job hauling your toy hauler. Nah - F-150 will be just fine ... see it all the time nowadays! (STRICTLY tongue-in-cheek comment!) :R Curt Manufacturing seems to think you can How to hitch a fifth wheel featuring a Montana and an F150 SuperCrew Thanks! Jeremiah Wow! Just Wow! Ya right - note how Cummins kind of embellished the title in his post over the actual title! I'm pretty sure it was just a "how-to" video for hooking up that had nothing to do with the truck towing the trailer. I agree that it probably was but even so, quite a faux pas.
wilber1 12/08/14 08:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: When you cross the border now with pets.

Abbotsford and Chilliwack combined are about 220,000 population. And yes 80,000 is a small outbreak. Ten years ago a virus got away and about 18 million had to be destroyed. Since then, they are all over these things before it can happen again. Farming is pretty big around here.
wilber1 12/08/14 03:28pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Axle Rating question #2

Questions like this about trailer weight makes one wonder what truck you have/plan on towing with??? F250 with bags and 19.5's will be fine!:B Ok I had to come back and edit! Above was just a joke. Op any of the big three Dually 350/3500's will do a fine job hauling your toy hauler. Nah - F-150 will be just fine ... see it all the time nowadays! (STRICTLY tongue-in-cheek comment!) :R Curt Manufacturing seems to think you can How to hitch a fifth wheel featuring a Montana and an F150 SuperCrew Thanks! Jeremiah Wow! Just Wow!
wilber1 12/08/14 03:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Outside Slide Switch?

I have an old awning hook that is useful for many things. On it I have marks that correspond to how far each slide extends. If clearance is an issue I just check with the rod that I have enough before extending the slide. You could just use a piece of dowel or other wood to do the same thing.
wilber1 12/07/14 08:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: West Coast residents...Cascadia Subduction EQ could be near.

That really doesn't mean squat. A 3,500 year period is less than the blink of an eye geologically speaking, so it could have been a short (relatively speaking) period of activity which doesn't necessarily mean it can be extrapolated and expected to continue that amount of activity. Guesswork, pure and simple. Maybe, but an educated guess based on what is known. Much different than just pulling something out of the air.
wilber1 12/07/14 09:01am Around the Campfire
RE: When you cross the border now with pets.

Currently there are no restrictions on poultry products, probably because these outbreaks happen on both sides of the border and usually originate with wild birds. Taking non US manufactured pet food into the US has been an issue for years
wilber1 12/06/14 11:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Most over rated attractions

I'm not sure what people are expecting. For me, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The first time I was there I was on my own and it blew me away. I just walked for about seven hours and boy was I sore when I got back to the hotel. I had no problems with the people and my French is minimal. Parisians love babies. My son and his wife took their seven month old to London and Paris in September. Parisians were falling all over themselves to help them out. They even got upgraded to a suite at their hotel. Londoners, not so much but I love that city as well.
wilber1 12/03/14 11:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Grey Cup

Didn't have a favourite this time, was just hoping for a good game. It was. Russell Wilson seemed to enjoy it.
wilber1 11/30/14 09:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: RAM 3500 SRW - Aisin vs. 68RFE - Update

If I were looking at a 3500 it would have to be the aisin. Chrysler is slowly outsourcing it's tranny's for a reason. Really????? What is your source on that one? ZF and Aisin... In addition you continue to tout that your next truck will have a Aisin tranny. Why not license build the best from companies who specialize in building transmissions? ZF 8 speed, also used by Audi, BMW, Bentley, Jaguar, Maserati, Lancia, VW, Rolls Royce, Land Rover etc. Got one in my Audi. Hands down the best transmission I have ever had in any vehicle. Can't think of one good reason not to use it.
wilber1 11/27/14 06:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 3500 SRW - Aisin vs. 68RFE - Update

Chrysler is slowly outsourcing it's tranny's for a reason. Wonder why they spent over 800 million to update plants in Kokomo and Tipton to build their 8 & 9 speed transmissions.
wilber1 11/27/14 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
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