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RE: First Pull With New Ram 3500

Hope you have a safe trip to Phoenix. It is getting hot there already.
Bionic Man 03/27/15 11:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: longevity of the 3.5L ecoboost engine

I thought the EB had the V8 engine note pumped in through the radio??
Bionic Man 03/27/15 08:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM EcoDiesel a Flop for Towing

So, for the record, the speed limit on that stretch of road is 60 MPH, not 65. I often see members who routinely claim that they won't go above 55 MPH on the interstate - where they are 20 MPH under the posted speed limit. They are almost universally supported on their ability to drive that speed, mile after mile. Here, the truck that can maintain the posted maximum allowed speed with it's rated capacity virtually every where else is vilified because it is 10 MPH under the speed limit (maximum allowed legal speed) on a short, extreme tretch of road. Personally, I would rather be able to tow faster over the passes, but there is always a trade off - namely MPG. The EcoDiesel is clearly marketed for those that think MPG is more important than MPH.
Bionic Man 03/27/15 06:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM EcoDiesel a Flop for Towing

Last I checked, RAM was selling as many EcoDiesels as they can build - WAY more than they anticipated. Is it the best towing engine out there? Nope. Under these extreme conditions, is the 2.7 EB a better towing engine? Yes. Under what I would consider normal towing conditions, with the market RAM is going after - someone who occasionally tows something other than a large RV, the Eco Diesel is a good option. If towing is your primary concern, buy something else. RAM says as much on their website. On a parallel note, I really don't think most of the posters here realize just how tough I70 eastbound up to the Eisenhower tunnel is. My 2012 in my signature crests the hill between 40 - 45 MPH towing my 12,000 pound fifth wheel. My buddies 2013 F350 6.7 tows his similar trailer at the same speeds. I don't remember the last time I saw a post claiming that the current generation HD diesel trucks are under powered, but by that measure it obviously is.
Bionic Man 03/27/15 11:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford or Ram?

I am sure you will enjoy whatever you end up with.
Bionic Man 03/26/15 07:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing at night in hot weather

I'm 40 years old, have good eye sight, good overall health, and only tow at night when I have to. Even with perfect vision, you just can't see as well at night as during the days. Critters are more likely to be on the road, if you have a blow out you won't see it in the mirrors, etc. My vehicles are new, and run fine in the heat of the day. One concession I will make while driving during the day is I will slow down. I have LT tires on my trailer, and usually tow around 70 MPH. If it is above 100* I slow down to 65. Above 110*, I will slow down further. Still better than driving at night.
Bionic Man 03/24/15 05:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: What Happens When You Don't Change the Oil

How about something better than an oil analysis?! http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/gustafson/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsffgtezqi.jpg width=600 http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/gustafson/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpstu3rb3x9.jpg width=600 http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/gustafson/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsxk8swmjd.jpg width=600 2005 Toyota Highlander. oil changed religiously by the OLM. customer just couldn't understand how that could happen. No oil analysis needed! Change your oil people! an oil change is cheaper than a new engine or a car! I have a hard time believing this one as well. All of these photos look like pretty extreme abuse. How would you NOT notice how nasty/sludgy the oil was when changing it? And if you weren't doing it yourself, even the most incompetent shop would say something to you about it.
Bionic Man 03/24/15 04:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Upcoming mid-size SUV's for towing

16' enclosed trailer with tandem axles would likely have at least a 7000 pound GVW. How full do you load it? I would take the Explorer over the Edge. Would also consider a V6 Grand Cherokee which are known to tow very well.
Bionic Man 03/24/15 12:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Ram 3500 vs 2015 F350 diesel mpg test

I assumed the Ford would be better. I really don't care too much about mileage as seen in this photo. Getting there is sometimes more important. http://i.imgur.com/tMB0YzZl.jpg I guess gearing does make a difference. With my 4.10's, I am just slightly lower in RPMs at that speed, but am in 6th.
Bionic Man 03/23/15 08:19pm Tow Vehicles

I had to modify mine to work. But I don't have air suspension. The one on the back is awesome. Not sure how it compares to the Ford, but so much better than the step in the bumper on the Chevy. Not sure why one of the manufactures haven't bought the rights to it.
Bionic Man 03/23/15 06:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EcoBoost Police vehicles update

IB, do you know how the decisions are made on what to purchase for the fleet? Reason I ask is I have been told by an Indiana Sheriff that there is quite a delta in the prices of the Caprice vs Charger vs Taurus, with the Ford being the most expensive by a significant margin (not sure if that is true, just what I was told). Also curious on how they decide on the power package? The 3.6/3.7 NA V6 engines all seem to have better performance than the old Crown Vics. Seems that there would be a cost savings to go that way vs EcoBoost or V8s?
Bionic Man 03/23/15 11:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Ram 3500 review

Nice report. I know that the interior of my 2012 is light years ahead of my 03. Kind of surprised you didn't mention that as an upgrade? I am also a bit surprised on the braking. I installed a exhaust brake on my 03 before I did much pulling, but I do know that it seemed to have very little engine braking without the exhaust brake. Are you comparing the engine braking of the 6.4 vs the stock 5.9 CTD, or did you also add an exhaust brake?
Bionic Man 03/23/15 11:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: What Happens When You Don't Change the Oil

There was guy on the Ram diesel forum that IIRC ran Amsoil for 24,000 miles in his newer 6.7 CTD. I don't remember if it was once or twice but he ruined the motor. Thick sludge when they tore into it. He misread the Amsoil milage recommendation and missed the part about diesels. Live and learn I guess. I remember that post (although I thought he had more miles). Was pleasantly surprised that he owned up to the error. My guess is that there are many out there that would expect the manufacture to repair the vehicle under warranty.
Bionic Man 03/23/15 11:13am Tow Vehicles

Those less mechanically inclined should look for the AMP Research products. I have the bedstep and bedstep 2. The Bedstep works great - corner of the back of the bed, and makes it easy to get into the back of the truck. The 2 is more towards the end of the cab. Doesn't help release the pin of the 5er, but it makes it easier to get things out of your toolbox.
Bionic Man 03/23/15 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tailgaters

Is the speed limit there the same for truck with trailers as it is with normal cars. Here, the speed limit is 55 for trucks with trailers. And you need to be in the right lane unless passing. Speed limit is the same for all vehicles - towing or not.
Bionic Man 03/22/15 06:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2015 Ram 3500 vs 2015 F350 diesel mpg test

2 mpg better for the Ram with the 4.10s. I guess you have to pay for the extra 55 ponies the Ford makes, even with the 3.73s. Oh my!!! Fish is not going to like those figues. Let the excuses begin! :B Probably is becase of where the truck is built. At least that is what I heard from my neighbor's aunt's counsin's hairdresser.
Bionic Man 03/22/15 03:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tailgaters

Guess I am going to stray a little to the other side here. The only places I70 speed limit is 75 MPH in Colorado is two lanes each way. You are 20 MPH under the posted speed limit, and the average speed is likely closer to 80 MPH. You are within your rights to be that speed, but if it bothers you, maybe consider getting off the interstate.
Bionic Man 03/21/15 10:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: 6.7 Cummins Non DEF vs Newer DEF Trucks

NOPE, my 2500 is not the Aisian transmission and I still love my truck. JH As you should! If the Aisin was not available I would still be very happy. Nothing wrong with the 68RFE...again, the ONLY reason I ordered it was "to see" if it was going to be all I'd heard it was going to be...just ordered it because it was a medium duty tranny...and the plan was/is to keep this truck as my "retirement" truck, (17 months)...thus really the only reason I ordered was more out of curiosity than anything....68RFE would have done the job....just trying something different.... Honestly the only reason I ordered the Aisin is because you did. :B ...guess we're even, the only reason I ordered the B&W 3600 Comparion hitch was because YOU did:) Do the two of you want a little alone time?? :B
Bionic Man 03/21/15 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2014 3500 DRW

The 4th generation trucks are light years ahead of the 3rd gens. I am sure you would be happy. As far as selling, I am sure you are better off selling it outright if you have the ability to do it. That said, selling something that price is a PITA. Good luck with your decision.
Bionic Man 03/20/15 08:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: air bags on truck

As far as the manufacture and tow ratings go, they really don't have any implications other than warranty (at least true where I live). Personally, the axle ratings and tire/rim ratings are the one's I am more concerned with. And in response to the inevitible "you won't have insurance coverage in an accident", that would only be true if your insurance policy has a stated exclusion to towing over the manufacture's weight rating. Never seen one of those myself.
Bionic Man 03/20/15 06:30pm Fifth-Wheels
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