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RE: Ford F150 is going Powerstroke Diesel

Why do people post BS like 23 mpg from an HD truck? Why? It contributes nothing and proves nothing, and smacks of a person who's words and opinions can't be trusted....... Yep. Sure doesn't make sense to me. Just like someone who claims to have towed a 7000 pound trailer at the speed limit over I70 in Colorado with a NA V6 Ford. Hard to take anything seriously from them after those types of claims.
Bionic Man 04/25/18 06:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Big horsepower Ram gasser on way?

One of the issues with big power in a tow vehicle is designing a cooling system to keep up. Using 700 hp for 10 seconds to accelerate a car down the track or road is totally different than having 700 hp being generated for 10 minutes while pulling a huge trailer up a steep incline at 60 mph. The cooling system has to do about as much work as the rear wheels. In order to actually use 700 hp towing would require a larger cooling system than a Peterbilt. Someone gets it! Everybody loves to talk about big HP but when it comes to duty cycle or cooling everybody shuts up. :B So you are saying that the Jeep (or this truck) tow rating of 7000 + pounds is meaningless? Sorry, but I would trust the rating that the manufacture gives it more than someone who thinks they are a mathematician on the internet. And I will agree that this will likely never be a primary tow vehicle. But I could see someone (like me) combine a sports car and their winter driver to one Hellcat GC or RAM that could tow my boat.
Bionic Man 04/25/18 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Big horsepower Ram gasser on way?

It would just be a toy with minimal towing capacity. I think it would be a very fun truck, and I am not sure about your "minimal towing capacity" comment. In the Tackhawk Grand Cherokee, the Hellcat is rated to tow 7200 pounds, which I think is as much as any other Grand Cherokee. So, it certainly won't compete with a 2500, but I would wait until the ratings come out to see if it has significantly lower towing capacity than their other 1500 truck. For what it will cost, 7K# doesn't impress me. Really? It is a vehicle that will run 0 - 60 in around 3.5 seconds, maybe less. Likely will run the 1/4 mile in less than 12 seconds. 700 + HP. Can accommodate you and 4 of your friends, and tow likely more than 7000 pounds. Can be purchased with all of that and more without any aftermarket parts, and with full warranty. All at less than $100k. I can't think of anything that competes/compares with it at any price. What would impress you? Well since this is the tow vehicle forum, something that cost's north of 70K should be able to pull a bare minimum of 10K#. Super nice trucks can be had for far less that can pull well over twice that much so no, a toy truck with a light duty engine just doesn't do it for me. And 0-60 times on a tow vehicle has no meaning either. I have a SRT for that. You have an SRT that would get absolutely smoked by this truck. Than can tow a 7000 pound travel trailer.
Bionic Man 04/25/18 06:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Big horsepower Ram gasser on way?

It would just be a toy with minimal towing capacity. I think it would be a very fun truck, and I am not sure about your "minimal towing capacity" comment. In the Tackhawk Grand Cherokee, the Hellcat is rated to tow 7200 pounds, which I think is as much as any other Grand Cherokee. So, it certainly won't compete with a 2500, but I would wait until the ratings come out to see if it has significantly lower towing capacity than their other 1500 truck. For what it will cost, 7K# doesn't impress me. Really? It is a vehicle that will run 0 - 60 in around 3.5 seconds, maybe less. Likely will run the 1/4 mile in less than 12 seconds. 700 + HP. Can accommodate you and 4 of your friends, and tow likely more than 7000 pounds. Can be purchased with all of that and more without any aftermarket parts, and with full warranty. All at less than $100k. I can't think of anything that competes/compares with it at any price. What would impress you? There are a few SUVs swinging in that class but I think they'd cost more money. A Cayenne Turbo S is the primary one I'm thinking of but there are probably a few others from the in-house performance groups - AMG, M, etc. Performance wise, the Cayenne Turbo S is somewhere between the Hellcat and SRT models (at least in the Grand Cherokee). And has a starting price of over $125,000. Before you add any options. Speaking from experience (I own a Porsche), the price skyrockets as soon as you check a few boxes. Hellcats fully loaded are around $100,000 out the door. SRT fully loaded is around $20k less. Call me crazy, but I don't think $100,000 is that expensive for a vehicle, especially with that performance. Price out a new 3500 diesel. You go about $85,000 pretty quickly. New cars are just very expensive. The value of the truck the OP mentioned seems good, and the performance is really second to none, regardless of price.
Bionic Man 04/25/18 12:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Big horsepower Ram gasser on way?

It would just be a toy with minimal towing capacity. I think it would be a very fun truck, and I am not sure about your "minimal towing capacity" comment. In the Tackhawk Grand Cherokee, the Hellcat is rated to tow 7200 pounds, which I think is as much as any other Grand Cherokee. So, it certainly won't compete with a 2500, but I would wait until the ratings come out to see if it has significantly lower towing capacity than their other 1500 truck. For what it will cost, 7K# doesn't impress me. Really? It is a vehicle that will run 0 - 60 in around 3.5 seconds, maybe less. Likely will run the 1/4 mile in less than 12 seconds. 700 + HP. Can accommodate you and 4 of your friends, and tow likely more than 7000 pounds. Can be purchased with all of that and more without any aftermarket parts, and with full warranty. All at less than $100k. I can't think of anything that competes/compares with it at any price. What would impress you?
Bionic Man 04/25/18 11:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Big horsepower Ram gasser on way?

It would just be a toy with minimal towing capacity. I think it would be a very fun truck, and I am not sure about your "minimal towing capacity" comment. In the Tackhawk Grand Cherokee, the Hellcat is rated to tow 7200 pounds, which I think is as much as any other Grand Cherokee. So, it certainly won't compete with a 2500, but I would wait until the ratings come out to see if it has significantly lower towing capacity than their other 1500 truck.
Bionic Man 04/25/18 08:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Back in a Ram soon

Congrats on the new to you truck. I hope it treats you well.
Bionic Man 04/23/18 11:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F150 is going Powerstroke Diesel

The 6.7L Cummins in my all-steel, 3/4-ton 4x4 Ram got a calculated 23.4 MPG on a 1,000-mile all-Interstate highway trip from Denver to Chicago (not towing!). Yeah terrific. I have 3 words for mpg claims like that. Tail-wind and downhill! Oh and you were probably slugging along in the right lane at 62.4 mph. Love these mpg claims. Have you ever driven I-80 and I-76 between Chicago and Denver across Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska? Do you really believe that it is all downhill and that there was a continuous tailwind? I used that example because it was the longest trip I have taken in that truck without towing my trailer. But, on a shorter trip without the trailer last winter, we drove the Ram 2500 diesel on a week-long trip from Las Cruces to Big Bend NP and back on a variety of Interstate, US, and state highways, plus through the Davis Mountains and on park roads. We drove at or above the speed limit on all those roads and our average mileage for the entire round-trip was 22.7. And we certainly didn't go downhill and have a tailwind in both directions! I track the mileage in the Ram because I have had four gas pickups, including two Fords, before this diesel and I am constantly amazed at how much better my mileage is than in any of the others. If you are regularity getting 22.7 MPG in any 6.7 diesel you are very far out of the norm. You either have a very special, almost one of a kind, truck, or you drive very conservatively. If it is the former, I’d keep that truck for a long time. If it the latter, you would likely get 35-40 mpg in a 3.0 diesel.
Bionic Man 04/22/18 09:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 28,500 lbs Ford vs Ram 1 ton DRW

Not sure I understand why anyone wouldn’t want a tighter turn radius on a truck. That kind of comment just doesn’t make sense. And the style of any vehicle is purely subjective. To me, the fenders on the Ford look like a complete after thought. They don’t add anything to the lines of the truck. There probably is an advantage if you hit the fenders as the replacements basically press on instead of having to replace bed panels (which I went through when I hit a deer). The height of the bed on these new trucks makes it impractical for me to try to reach in and get anything out of it. Seems to me you would have to be abnormally talk to reach into any 4x4 truck. I’d bet if the bed style was reversed and Ford had the styled fenders Fish would think it’s a jewel. And then Cummins would find fault with them.
Bionic Man 04/22/18 09:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 28,500 lbs Ford vs Ram 1 ton DRW

Both good trucks. Performance in this test was a draw. Unless you think you need to try to drag race a 3500 DRW, it comes down to personal preference.
Bionic Man 04/21/18 10:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Another Tire Blowout

I agree with checking axle alignment. I would also suggest weighing the trailer, and doing it by axle to make sure you are under the load rating of the tires.
Bionic Man 04/21/18 08:11am Tech Issues
RE: Ford F150 is going Powerstroke Diesel

So much in depth analytics on why this is a bad option for most. I would be willing to bet it is a very small percentage of people who look at any purchase, let alone a truck, that way. People buy cars largely on emotion. So how the engine feels to drive is very important, and diesels perform well by seat of the pants feel. They also pay attention to what they are paying at the pump, and how often they fill up. You fill up the tank less often with a diesel, but right now, you would pay more per gallon. Might stay that way for a while. I still think this truck will be successful. Maybe a little less so since the 4x4 MPG of 25 isn't as good as I expected it would.
Bionic Man 04/20/18 01:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F150 is going Powerstroke Diesel

This will be a winner for them.
Bionic Man 04/19/18 01:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air Pin Box: Which one to get???

I “upgraded” to a Trail Air on our 5er probably 5 or 6 years ago. In my opinion the change was a waste of money as the ride is not significantly different.
Bionic Man 04/19/18 01:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Car On A Trailer - Weight Limit

I like the helium idea. Putting on my flack jacket here, but if it is only a couple hundred pounds, I wouldn't worry about it.
Bionic Man 04/18/18 09:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Cheap option for towing 6 people and a large pop up

The SUVs you listed in your original post would all be capable of what you suggest. You will likely get more for your $ with a full size SUV. SUVs in general, and full size in particular, hold their value very well. $3000 isn't going to buy you much. Try searching for a 4x2 SUV somewhere that it snows. If you find one, it will be at a much lower price than a 4x4. I could be wrong, but those Expeditions posted above look to me like they could be a scam. Craigslist is full of them. Good luck with you search.
Bionic Man 04/11/18 01:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Old vs New Diesel Dually Drag Race

Has a stock Cummins ever won a drag race? Not really what they are known for. I destroyed a 7.3 on an on-ramp when mine was new. Not sure if he was stock... ;) Maybe I should rephrase and say stock Cummins. Heck I’d bet on a stock 6.4 stroke to beat a 2018 stock Cummins. Modded trucks are a different story.
Bionic Man 04/06/18 11:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Old vs New Diesel Dually Drag Race

Has a stock Cummins ever won a drag race? Not really what they are known for.
Bionic Man 04/06/18 10:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Ram 3500 Crash / Diminished Value Result

Agree with hanging onto the repair information. My SUV was hit while parked and suffered minor damage. When I traded it in I brought the repair info to explain the carfax and got a decent price. Don't agree with not reporting the accident. Not sure if that is legal or not. Did not say not to report the accident to the police. I said to inform the bodyshop, and insurance company in writing that you do not authorize them to report anything to any third parties! This means Carfax, AutoCheck and the like. Four or five years ago when my truck was at the dealership one of the delivery trucks backed into my truck. The dealer probably didn’t have to, but they stepped up and had their body shop do the repair at no charge to me. I asked if they could not report it and they said that wasn’t something they can do. So that is a long way of saying are you sure that is an option?
Bionic Man 04/05/18 10:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 TFL Gold Hitch Awards

As a general statement, there has to be a way for people to be compensated for their work. While I do watch some of their work, I wouldn't be a paying customer for these guys. But I don't expect them to keep creating content for free either. I also am not sure what the answer to that problem is.
Bionic Man 04/05/18 10:37am Tow Vehicles
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