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RE: Chrysler cutting Warranty

Bionic Man 05/29/15 07:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a 3.0 L Touareg TDI diesel

Think about the load bearing surfaces for making that torque and HP from a 444 Ci 7.3 L diesel, how much piston surface, block bore surface, bearing surface, the size of the wrist pins and connecting rods, etc, to get the same horsepower... that's a mere 181 cubic inch, 3.0 liter motor. Ask a mechanical engineer to do the stress loads on all the parts for the amount of work done. You have to run 2.5x the amount of fuel and air or more, due to VW using the turbochargers boost to air cool the motor also, volume wise to a 3.0L to a 7.3 motor. The little motor, is working much, much harder, with much less material, for the same amount of work being done. Guess which motor will wear out quicker and fail sooner? Good points, but playing devil's advocate, look at the history of automotive engines. Displacement continues to shrink while output continues to rise, yet engine longevity also continues to rise. 40 years ago most engines wouldn't make it 100,000 miles without a rebuild. The excellent TDI motor in your Passat when compared with VW's first car diesel has over twice the power output, better fuel efficiency, and will last probably twice as long, all while moving a much heavier car. I am not an engineer, but I don't think that the argument holds water either. HP is HP. It doesn't care wether it comes from a 360 cubic inch engine, or a 180 cubic inch engine. The output measurement is the same. Look at one of the more popular engnies - the 3.5 EcoBoost. That has competitive power to the old 6.8 V10, and is likely (I haven't looked at the numbers) rated to tow as much or more than the V10 was in trucks 10 years ago. I hear complaints about the EB, but not very many regarding it's towing abilities, and I have not seen anything about regular failures of the engine caused by those duties. If the weakness of the engine was it's size, I don't think Ford would have shrunk it and come out with an even smaller engine to use in the same segment. My guess is the 3.0 is the same way. If VW didn't think it could do the job, they likely wouldn't rate it to tow that amount of weight. Warranty costs would just be too high.
Bionic Man 05/28/15 03:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2012 Suburban - good tow vehicle?

Isn't the rating the factory hitch another concern with Burbs? I thought it was very difficult to get a 10,000 pound hitch because of the integrated design on the newer model Suburban? Am I wrong?
Bionic Man 05/27/15 02:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Truck For Mountain Driving

They call it a " Long Hauler" or something like that. Mega cab long bed with a big fuel tank. No three point turns for it though :W Close, but not quite the LongHauler. That was a concept truck that was floated a few years back. It had an additional fuel tank between the bed and the cab. This one does not. There are a few aftermarket places that will do the converstion to a Megacab long bed. The one in Utah is what I hear the most about. I have seen a few of them driving around town in person. Glad someone is willing to spend $65k on a truck, then spend another $15k on a conversion, and likely void the warranty on the truck. It sure wouldn't be me.
Bionic Man 05/27/15 01:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for insurance coverage of TV if I rent it out

Check with an Independent Insurance Agent. Maybe Progressive will do it. I'm sure there is a high risk company that will. Might also look into a non-owner policy. Most of these will be at least 50% more than what a standard policy is. Sure isn't something I would consider. Good luck.
Bionic Man 05/27/15 09:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Truck For Mountain Driving

Nice mega long bed conversion. Hope they don't need to get into a parking garage.
Bionic Man 05/27/15 09:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Father/ Daughter truck project update/ oak flatbed pics

Sure will be a project for the two of you to remember. Well done!
Bionic Man 05/26/15 03:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: CEO Of Chrysler, Marchionne In Merger Talks With GM?

As was stated, this is old news. And I think it would be bad for both GM and FCA. Not really much synergy - both manufactures have strengths in SUVs and trucks, and a weakness in cars that would not improve their global positioning. A FCA merger with VW, Honda, Nissan, or possibly Kia/Hyundai would make more sense due to the synergies it would create. And FCA wanting to "ofload" Chyrsler makes absolutely no sense. Chrysler is very much the strength of the alliance.
Bionic Man 05/26/15 03:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Truck For Mountain Driving

2013+ Any of them are fine. Pre 2013 I would pass on the Ram. No DEF. Oil changes are too frequent for full timing. Plus prior to 2013 the Rams 3500 DRW has a lower payload and tow rating than Ford or GM. Ram really upped the ratings for 2013+ on the 3500. Pre 2013 I'd go GM-Alison 1st, Ford 2nd. I'm a Ram owner FWIW. One thing i would disagree with you on is the "Oil changes are too frequent for full timing" statement. With my 11 RAM Dually I changed oil at or near the 7,500 mile mark most of the time. I full timed the whole time I owned the 11. Now with the 15 and full timing I suspect my changes will exceed 10K. I've never made it past 4000 miles per the EVIC. In fact most are in the 29-3400 range. Are you deleted? From reading on the Cummins diesel forum some of the long haulers that aren't deleted can get 5000. I just don't see how you got 7500 on a non deleted 11 Cummins. I know the manual says 7500/6 months but it never happens. My last oil change was on 9/15/14 at 34,655 miles. I turned over 40,000 this weekend, and the oil change light isn't on. Prior to that it was 27,109 on Jan 30, 2014. Before that was 19,719 on May 20. Before that was 14,629 on 10/12/12. I change when the light comes on. The dealer told me not to worry about the time interval. My truck has stock emissions.
Bionic Man 05/26/15 02:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing with a 3.0 L Touareg TDI diesel

Going away from the MPG love fest, and back to the original topic. Isn't that within the Touareg's tow ratings (even if on the high side)? In regards to the motor, I would ask the question of what is more important; output or displacement? The 3.0 V6 diesels have very similar output to the vaunted 2nd Gen 5.9 CTD and the 7.3 Powerstroke. I hear very few people saying that those motors aren't powerful enough to use for towing, but put those same HP and torque numbers into a modern 3.0 diesel with twice the gearing, and they are suddenly inadequate. That doesn't make sense to me. Personally I would not want to be towing a 7000 pound RV with that size of a tow vehicle, but if it is within the manufacture ratings, their engineers/marketing people think it is acceptable. They are the ones that will have to budget to fix it if it breaks during the warranty period. I would hope they know more than I do about the whole package.
Bionic Man 05/26/15 02:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Truck For Mountain Driving

My choice would be a RAM but I really don't think you can go wrong with any of the 3. An 11 or 12 RAM does not use DEF. simpler exhaust system but will not get as good of MPG as something that does use the system. If you are talking a dedicated tow vehicle I would go DRW.
Bionic Man 05/23/15 07:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: YES, everybody was right!!

Rescued is the best breed. Congrats on your failure.
Bionic Man 05/14/15 10:52am RV Pet Stop
RE: I am at lost. Another bad luck with my TV

Tough call especially when you don't know the history. Are you planning some shorter shake down trips before you game ad out 500 miles? If you don't want a payment, spend a few grand on this truck addressing known problem areas. IMO the newer vehicles are all pretty reliable mechanically. But it would suck to be broke. Down far from home on a family vacation. But as Jeremiah said, that can happen on something brand new as well. The only difference is warranty pays instead of you. But you are still stuck. Personally I spend quite a bit of money to have new or newer toys. When I have time off I want to use it, not have a higher likelihood of having a breakdown. Good luck with your decision.
Bionic Man 05/14/15 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Short bed - 5th wheel - busted rear window

I know there are a lot of people here who say "I have been towing with short bed and no slider for X years and no problem". But this is just reinforcement that, yes, it can happen. I kind of think the same thing. I always chuckle at that response. I know I needed a slider when I had my short bed. Sounds like the guy you saw did too.
Bionic Man 05/14/15 10:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Traded my SUV for a semi truck

Congrats on the new ride!
Bionic Man 05/13/15 07:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6.2 or 5.3

I doubt you will find ayone who will say less power is better. Both engines mated to an 8 speed will be good engines. My preference would be the 6.2.
Bionic Man 05/12/15 10:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: first pull with new Ram

Couple things. First, I will say that my 5.9 with a Smarty Jr, in a short bed crew SRW was both quicker and faster than my current truck. 2nd, if memory serves, you aren't really comparing apples to apples. Isn't the 6.7 in your 5500 tuned to lower HP and torque than the 6.7 in a 2500/3500? My 10 year old stock 6.0 PowerStroke was 325 hp with 570 ft-lbs. The new stock 6.7 Cummins is 325 hp with 750 750 ft-lbs. I don't play with tuners and deletes. That is kind of my point. The people talking about the big difference between a 5.9 and 6.7 CTD are using the high output 6.7 - 350 HP and 850+ torque. You are in the lower output which might explain why you might not feel the same change. And what truck was your 6.0 in? If it was a 250/350, you are probably considerably heavier in your 5500. I for one would not claim that the 6.7 CTD is the fastest diesel in stock form. But I do believe that is the best diesel in stock form.
Bionic Man 05/12/15 10:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: first pull with new Ram

It's interesting how all of the prior 5.9 Cummins owners notice big increases in the 6.7. My 6.0 PowerStroke performance was not too far off my current 6.7 Cummins. My 6.0 could out accelerate 6.7, but the 6.7 has more top end speed than my 6.0. This is even more pronounced because I was used to the PowerStroke winding up to greater RPM's on a hard pull and the multi-speed cooling fan sounding like it was a turbine. Pulling a 4000' climb with 22k lbs GCW last weekend was uneventful and comfortable (like it should be). The climb is relatively short and steep dropping the 6-speed Aisin into 4th at the steepest section (the 5-speed TorqShift was in 3rd here). I have a 3000' climb with about 1000 lbs more coming up soon before we really load up and head to the tin air of Colorado in July. Prior to buying my truck, I was considering going back to a gasoline engine due to cost of the diesel option. Although I have never taxed a gasser as much as I have my diesels, I don't think I would have been as happy with the 6.4 Hemi. The exhaust brake was good in the PowerStroke, but the EB in the Cummins is great. Couple things. First, I will say that my 5.9 with a Smarty Jr, in a short bed crew SRW was both quicker and faster than my current truck. 2nd, if memory serves, you aren't really comparing apples to apples. Isn't the 6.7 in your 5500 tuned to lower HP and torque than the 6.7 in a 2500/3500?
Bionic Man 05/12/15 06:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Dodge 2500 6.7L diesel 6spd Auto 8ft bed

With todays HP/TQ, tranny gearing and better cooling I don't think rear gears are as important as they used to be. Manufactures aren't going to gear a truck to tow a lot and have it break down. It's pretty evident when Ram made upgrades to the 6.7 and 68RF tranny in 2013 that the gearing doesn't matter. My 12 2500 with 3.73's has a max tow of 12,400 while a 2013 3.42 has a max tow of 17,300. Same truck with different rear springs and upgraded cooling. I wouldn't sweat the gears personally. 2013 brought substantial changes to the RAM HDs. It is not just the same truck with different rear springs and upgraded cooling. That is why the tow rating went up so much.
Bionic Man 05/11/15 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: good deal or not?

1st off, ignore dioguy on anything Chrysler related. He has an axe to grind, and it growing tiresome. 2nd, good advice regarding the EP price on the invoice. The EP line, less hold back and current incentives, is a great price. If you are at (or below) that, I would say you are getting a very good deal.
Bionic Man 05/11/15 07:49pm Tow Vehicles
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