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RE: Ram dually vs Ford dually Frame Flex Comparison

There is a similar test floating around facebook comparing a Chevy 1500 and an F250. The results are the same.
Bionic Man 12/21/14 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cab insulation

It's been a few years, but I don't remember my '01 CTD as being terribly noisey going down the road. It sure was from the outside at idle though. I remember pulling up to stop lights and people I was stopped next to rolling up their windows. :)
Bionic Man 12/18/14 08:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 8 Lug Test Suburban spotted

Article stated GM is considering "dusting off" the 4.5l V8 Diesel. With the way the EcoDiesel is selling (and it's profitability), I would be amazed if GM did not follow suite. They already have teh 2.8 in the Colorado.
Bionic Man 12/18/14 08:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV disposal...

You should never have to pay to get rid of it. At the very least, a recycler/scraper would come and pick it up. Usually, they will pay you something for it.
Bionic Man 12/18/14 04:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: Fords 6.7 Scorpion Diesel motor

I don't know if there's been any changes but I posted the following in February on another topic: My son is the head Ford diesel tech at his dealership. Talked to him last night and asked about his experience with the 6.7. They have not had a single injection pump or turbo replacement. They have had a "few" EGR problems with service vehicles that had many hours of idle time. They did have an early one with a cam/valve problem. Ford replaced that engine with a new one and had it sent back for autopsy. Mine only has 12K towing a 16K fiver for over 10K but hasn't seen the inside of a dealership but for one oil change when I was on the road. Since then I have just over 20K on my 6.7 with 17.5K of that towing with no problems. In addition like I mentioned earlier my cousin is a long time Ford diesel tech starting in '93. The dealership he works at sells Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, RAM. He basically now works full time on RAM cummins trucks simply because the repair work in the Ford shop has dropped significantly since the 6.7 PSD has been introduced. In addition this dealer sells ~ 4 Power Strokes to 1 Cummins yet there's more techs working in the Chrysler shop. His experience on warranty repairs between Ford and RAM is that he never had a problem with Ford denying warranty and their process is fairly simple, and with Chrysler there's more red tape he has to go thru to get approval. One thing common is both manufactures are frugal with the time they pay for a particular warranty repair. This guy would disagree with your cousin: "I ran some reports last night and we have done a couple 2011 and 2012 engines. I was really stunned at the amount of radiators and DPF's that had been done. More the radiators. DPF's dont really suprise me. most of these trucks are bucket trucks and that is a totally different ball game when it comes to reliablility. Specially with all the idle time they get. Heres the thing though and im not totally knocking Ford and you guys are prolly going to crenge when i say this but i have SEVERAL Dodge bucket trucks with Cummins and have had Zero issues with them. I was looking at the data on those and we have several 2010 trucks pushing 200k that have only had oil changes, brakes, and tires. I know one thing. I am so tired buying injectors for 6.0's and replacing all of the fuel systems on the 6.4's. Oh that was another thing. I have seen several of the 6.7 trashed fuel system due to "WATER IN THE FUEL". What the hell is that about? Well i know what its about but no one will do anything about it." When challenged about his info and who he works for, he posted: "I work for one of the larger land line telecommunications companies in the nation. We are in 48 states. Most of our diesels are bucket trucks and spend a lot of time idling or in high idle. High idle doesn't seen to be enough of a load to work the emissions on these trucks. I've been watching some of our long haul trucks that do a lot more road time and they seem to do better than the ones that stay in the air. These things aren't grocery gitters and I really think people are buying diesels for the wrong reasons. The diesels today aren't the diesels of yesterday. They need to be worked. We are buying 850 new vehicles this year and 60 of them are F-450's and will be gas. We have done lots of analysis and between the cost of maintenance and repair cost gas is a better option. When I have to replace an engine in a bucket diesel I try to buy running complete that way all the fuel system and emissions is covered under warranty. We buy Jasper but they only offer a 6.0 in a running complete. Which is about $15k. I'll buy a 6.4 and have Jasper supply all the other parts to cover every thing under the warranty. I have talked to a lot of people who oppose Jasper but I have never had them deny warranty and it doesn't matter where the truck is at." FORD DIESEL FORUM LINK Point is, you can find horror stories about almost any vehicle - especially these days. It's all in what you want to see & believe. My opinion is that the big 3 diesels all have their own issues these days, mostly related to the emissions junk on them, or because of the horsepower & torque wars that are raging among them. I agree the radiators seam to be an unacceptable problem. Again I'll get to get an update from my cousin during the holiday as he keeps his finger on the pulse for both brands and I'll report what he's seeing as far as repairs goes for '14. Well, I for one am sitting on pins and needles waiting on your report. I can't possibly predict what it will come back with. You are always so objective.:R
Bionic Man 12/17/14 10:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pentastar v6 Turbo is coming

The EcoBoost has proven to be great technology to get power from an engine, but not MPG. Hope Chrysler is able to change this (doubt it's possible), or it does nothing for CAFE ratings, and that is where they need help.
Bionic Man 12/17/14 02:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2013 Ram 2500 6.7- pull a Montana High Country 293RK?

Contrary to prior posts, you do NOT need a DRW to pull the OPs trailer.....
Bionic Man 12/17/14 10:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford, GM and Chrysler cash in on posh pickups

Getting away from the wheels discussion, I for one am happy that the manufactures are offering more features on their vehicles. I love the quality of the leather in my LongHorn, as well as the heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, etc. There is a market for luxury vehicles, and trucks are no exception. I wish that Chrysler/Ford/GM would up the optional luxury levels on all vehicles. If I want a luxury compact car, why should I have to go to Mercedes or BMW? I would contend that GM does have luxury compact cars. Buick and Cadillac are both divisions of GM. Buick has the Verano, Regal, and Encore. Cadillac has the ATS. I would also contend that you can get many of the same features on a Chevrolet in the LTZ trim. Have you looked at a Chrysler 200 lately? The dang things will drive themselves. Ford has a few lux compacts also. It's what people want that drives this. Standard transmissions are an option now, not available on on most now. Heck, you can't even order a Ram truck with hand crank windows anymore. It's not just autos either. A lot of our heavy equipment has back up camera's , heated seats, auto greasers, GPS and cruise control. We have a motor grader that don't even have a steering wheel. Every operation is on two joysticks. And before anyone claims I am just bagging on GM, I will say the same thing about the 200. The redesign has helped, but it still isn't on the same playing field. Someone else mentioned the Grand Cherokee, and while that is one of Chrysler's flagship products, the Overland interior doesn't compele with a 4 year old Porsche Cayenne. Dollar for dollar the GM, Chrysler and Fords are well beyond the OEM's you mentioned IMO. Especially when you factor in reliability and ease of getting them worked on for a decent cost. 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.
Bionic Man 12/17/14 10:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM and Chrysler cash in on posh pickups

Getting away from the wheels discussion, I for one am happy that the manufactures are offering more features on their vehicles. I love the quality of the leather in my LongHorn, as well as the heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, etc. There is a market for luxury vehicles, and trucks are no exception. I wish that Chrysler/Ford/GM would up the optional luxury levels on all vehicles. If I want a luxury compact car, why should I have to go to Mercedes or BMW? I would contend that GM does have luxury compact cars. Buick and Cadillac are both divisions of GM. Buick has the Verano, Regal, and Encore. Cadillac has the ATS. I would also contend that you can get many of the same features on a Chevrolet in the LTZ trim. Have you looked at a Chrysler 200 lately? The dang things will drive themselves. Ford has a few lux compacts also. It's what people want that drives this. Standard transmissions are an option now, not available on on most now. Heck, you can't even order a Ram truck with hand crank windows anymore. It's not just autos either. A lot of our heavy equipment has back up camera's , heated seats, auto greasers, GPS and cruise control. We have a motor grader that don't even have a steering wheel. Every operation is on two joysticks. And before anyone claims I am just bagging on GM, I will say the same thing about the 200. The redesign has helped, but it still isn't on the same playing field. Someone else mentioned the Grand Cherokee, and while that is one of Chrysler's flagship products, the Overland interior doesn't compele with a 4 year old Porsche Cayenne. How does the cost of a Porsche Cayenne compare to a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland? I could afford the Overland, couldn't really afford the Cayenne...would EXPECT the Cayenne to have a better interior, even a 4 yr old one. When I get into my 1 ton DRW long bed/crew cab/4X4/ cummins equipped Longhorn, I'm in the "lap of luxury"...I've not owned a car yet that could compare with the leather upholstery in this truck and truck is "loaded". It's my daily driver and TV, the wife and I love driving around in it...I like it and the "posh" pickups that are now out there just make them more desirable than before to a lot of people, or they wouldn't be manufacturing them and selling them in the numbers that they are. You are right. The Cayenne does not compare to a GC Overland in terms of price, or luxury. That is my point. Build something in that niche. And I also love my Longhorn. It's trim is very nice. Nicer than a 200 or Overland, sets the standard for the industry. I would like an option like that for smaller vehicles as well.
Bionic Man 12/17/14 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM and Chrysler cash in on posh pickups

Getting away from the wheels discussion, I for one am happy that the manufactures are offering more features on their vehicles. I love the quality of the leather in my LongHorn, as well as the heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, etc. There is a market for luxury vehicles, and trucks are no exception. I wish that Chrysler/Ford/GM would up the optional luxury levels on all vehicles. If I want a luxury compact car, why should I have to go to Mercedes or BMW? I would contend that GM does have luxury compact cars. Buick and Cadillac are both divisions of GM. Buick has the Verano, Regal, and Encore. Cadillac has the ATS. I would also contend that you can get many of the same features on a Chevrolet in the LTZ trim. Have you looked at a Chrysler 200 lately? The dang things will drive themselves. Ford has a few lux compacts also. It's what people want that drives this. Standard transmissions are an option now, not available on on most now. Heck, you can't even order a Ram truck with hand crank windows anymore. It's not just autos either. A lot of our heavy equipment has back up camera's , heated seats, auto greasers, GPS and cruise control. We have a motor grader that don't even have a steering wheel. Every operation is on two joysticks. And before anyone claims I am just bagging on GM, I will say the same thing about the 200. The redesign has helped, but it still isn't on the same playing field. Someone else mentioned the Grand Cherokee, and while that is one of Chrysler's flagship products, the Overland interior doesn't compele with a 4 year old Porsche Cayenne.
Bionic Man 12/17/14 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM and Chrysler cash in on posh pickups

Getting away from the wheels discussion, I for one am happy that the manufactures are offering more features on their vehicles. I love the quality of the leather in my LongHorn, as well as the heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, etc. There is a market for luxury vehicles, and trucks are no exception. I wish that Chrysler/Ford/GM would up the optional luxury levels on all vehicles. If I want a luxury compact car, why should I have to go to Mercedes or BMW? I would contend that GM does have luxury compact cars. Buick and Cadillac are both divisions of GM. Buick has the Verano, Regal, and Encore. Cadillac has the ATS. I would also contend that you can get many of the same features on a Chevrolet in the LTZ trim. With the exception of the ATS, I have driven the GM cars you reference. The Buick's are a step up for their Chevy cousins, but still not on the same level as Bimmer/Benz/Lexus.
Bionic Man 12/17/14 08:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fastest selling pickups

The truth is that Ford sells more diesel pickups than General Motors and Dodge/Ram combined. They always have, month after month, year after year. One source of large Ram sales has always been governmental fleet bids--at lowest price. The U.S. Army used to also buy substantial numbers of Rams because of price. I'm just sorry that my subscription to Automotive News has expired--the place with the numbers. I'm no longer working the automotive world. Here is some info on fleet sales. The "big 3" are pretty much equal. Still would like to see your source on ford outselling GM and RAM combined in diesel sales. http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/12/chrysler-boosted-fleet-sales
Bionic Man 12/16/14 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Your Rig

^^^^^^ That doesn't look like El Paso! Welcome to the forum!
Bionic Man 12/16/14 05:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trailering with motel help

I travel all the time for work, and kind of have a habit of looking at the parking lots to see what would fit. I judge it by would my truck & 5er fit, or would my boat/truck fit. I find very few where I couldn't get my boat in. You should have very little trouble with a 17' TT.
Bionic Man 12/16/14 04:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2013 Ram 2500 6.7- pull a Montana High Country 293RK?

You are going to find a lot of people here who are conservative, and adament about sticking to the manufacture numbers. Pretty soon the RAM haters will chime in and tell you how bad the Megacab is, and it's payload is terrible. Personally, I would look at the rear axle weight rating of the truck, and the tire capacity. IMO, those are the most important numbers, and I wouldn't want to be over either. I think you have plenty of room here. If it was me, I would tow it and not worry at all,
Bionic Man 12/16/14 04:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fords 6.7 Scorpion Diesel motor

Brand loyalty and brand bashers are almost equal here. Ricatic seems to be the one with the worst first hand experience with the engine. He was certainly screwed over, but a case that bad is the exception. I believe that all three manufactures have good options. My choice is RAM. Good luck.
Bionic Man 12/16/14 02:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires

No first hand experience with Nitto's, but I have a good friend that had them on his 2005 Ram 3500 and got TERRIBLE mileage out of them. If I remember right, they lasted less than 25,000 miles. This friend is terribly hard on everything he owns, but his experience was enough to make me think twice. I had Hankook's on my 03 before I sold it. I put around 2000 miles on them, and if I was going to keep the truck, I would have gotten rid of the tires. They wandered terribly, especially under load. My truck has about 37,000 miles on the OEM tires. Will be replacing the fronts next spring, and will likely go to Michellin. I have had the best luck with them in the past.
Bionic Man 12/16/14 12:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM and Chrysler cash in on posh pickups

Getting away from the wheels discussion, I for one am happy that the manufactures are offering more features on their vehicles. I love the quality of the leather in my LongHorn, as well as the heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, etc. There is a market for luxury vehicles, and trucks are no exception. I wish that Chrysler/Ford/GM would up the optional luxury levels on all vehicles. If I want a luxury compact car, why should I have to go to Mercedes or BMW?
Bionic Man 12/16/14 12:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fastest selling pickups

The truth is that Ford sells more diesel pickups than General Motors and Dodge/Ram combined. They always have, month after month, year after year. One source of large Ram sales has always been governmental fleet bids--at lowest price. The U.S. Army used to also buy substantial numbers of Rams because of price. I'm just sorry that my subscription to Automotive News has expired--the place with the numbers. I'm no longer working the automotive world. The reason the military purchased Dodge RAM trucks was a disguised US government bailout of the Chrysler Corporation during the Lee Iacocca days. Would love to see some data to back up any of this. Chrysler has been reducing the number of fleet sales for years. Last I saw, their % of fleet sales is significantly lower than Ford or GM. And nice touch Fish. Throw out the Iacocca days (what was that, 25 years ago now, or 30) and once again have NO way to back up your claims. Or, is this another six degrees of separation from you?
Bionic Man 12/16/14 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: UPDATE! Picking up the 2015 Eco-Diesel Friday/Saturday! :)

Very nice! Did I hear somewhere that the EcoDiesel has an electric heater to warm up the cab quicker?
Bionic Man 12/14/14 03:04pm Tow Vehicles
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