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RE: "EASY" Cummins 6.7 2013+ oil change!

You know that there are some people on here that will argue that it is easier to change a tire on their tow vehicle because there is a better design on the (insert brand here) lugs. You will never convince the troller that anything, especially RAM is on par with a beloved Blue Oval, so why try?
Bionic Man 06/30/15 10:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "EASY" Cummins 6.7 2013+ oil change!

This is turning into another example of how forums like this are by far the exception to what happens in mainstream America. I would be willing to venture a guess that less than 10% of people change their own oil in their cars. And it is probably MUCH less than that. I am not sure I personally know anyone who changes their own oil. And unless I go on a Fish story, where a friend of an aquainatance of a neighbors dogsitters cousin, I have never heard of a true problem caused by an incompetent tech. I know they are out there, but they are far from rampant. I have 4 vehicles plus a couple of boats in my "personal fleet" of vehicles. I change the oil in my fishing boat, but nothing else. The worst thing that has happend in having someone else change the oil is Grease Monkey didn't correctly reattach the air dam on my wife's 300 one time. Quick trip back to them, and it was fixed. That is 25 plus years of driving, who knows how many cars. More power to those that have the time and inclination to do their own oil changes. But having someone do the service for you is far from the riskiest thing you will do in the day.
Bionic Man 06/29/15 10:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: "EASY" Cummins 6.7 2013+ oil change!

I understand that you are a DIY guy on this stuff. Good for you! I just pre-paid for 4 oil changes for my 2012 at an OTD cost of $180. Not sure I could even buy the materials for that.
Bionic Man 06/28/15 05:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Goes to Stunning 900 lb-ft of torque

I thought threads only derailed this badly in winter. People need to get out and go camping.
Bionic Man 06/25/15 03:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Nissan Titan half ton

I had an Xterra for years with no significant issues. It was the old platform, though, which dates back to the old hardbody from the 80s. Those were really reliable trucks. When the new version came out in '05, based on the same platform as the Titan (and Frontier and Pathfinder), I heard there were more issues. My folks and sister collectively put over a quarter million miles on a '96 Maxima and it never hand any substantial issues. I'd definitely buy a Nissan again. Had the Titan XD Cummins been out, I would have cross shopped it against the Ram I bought. I would lean towards the Ram in that comparison because it's just a bit more truck for probably about the same price, but I definitely would have looked at it. Had a 2000 Xterra, very good and reliable truck. The reason I stayed with Nissan. Traded for a 2004 Titan. Had every problem in the book, then some. Then add in crappy build quality and it was in the shop more than on the road. Since I was only towing a pop up, dealer helped me dump the Titan to a 2005 Pathfinder. Unexpectedly, it had many problems as well. I dumped it and went to Ford, FINALLY. Coworkers Frontier and Xterra (2005) have same paint issues as my Pathfinder. They traded to other brands as well. Friend had a jacked up AWD car called the Murano and it was nothing but headaches for her. So I've never heard of anyone having good luck with Nissans except for the very early years as my 2000 Xterra. Good luck to Nissan but I don't see their new Titan being a game changer as everyone I know would be afraid to own one. x2. I don't think it looks good enough to be a game changer. It's kinda quirky. I'm a Cummins owner but I don't think that even with the Cummins in the Titan will be enough to make any major sales increase. I suppose time will tell. Maybe Nissan has made some significant changes to the way they build the new Titan and quite possibly over the long run it may turn out to be a worthy opponent to other 1/2 tons. I think it may be hard to shake the reputation the Titan has. Maybe after a few truck comparison tests if it does really well that should help. Too early at this point. Titan sales are dismal. It will not take much of an increase to show huge % gains. I hope they are successful. Maybe they hit a sweet spot that is either unserved or underserved. I think they may be in a no mans land. I don't think that it has the power to "blow away" the other 1500 series trucks, and I think it can't really compete with the bigger 2500 diesels. In addition, due to the size of the engine, I doubt that it will have a dramatic advantage in MPG over the trucks it will compete with. Time will tell. More options are always better for the consumer.
Bionic Man 06/25/15 02:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4th Gen Ram Fleet Review after a year in the Arctic

Interesting report. To me, what the report proves most is that I am glad that I don't live where you do. :) Those are dreadful conditions.
Bionic Man 06/23/15 09:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No Tire or TMPS at 70 MPH – Disaster Avoided

I have had personal experience with this. I have had several tread separations, and I noticed everyone of them from the noise/flying debris when they happened. I lost the back, passenger side, wheel assembly when the trailer service guy over torqued the rims and the studs failed. I did not notice when it happened. I actually said to my wife "must be windy" because I could notice the trailer slightly listing to the passenger side through the rear view mirror. I didn't stop until a passing motorist alerted me to the problem. I was driving 65 - 70 MPH at the time. I feel my experience was far from a "disaster avoided". And, as a side note, for those of us with DRW pickups, it is much more difficult to have a clear line of sight to the tires on the trailer, as the hips of the truck get in the way.
Bionic Man 06/23/15 09:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram Goes to Stunning 900 lb-ft of torque

Note the highlighted part, Ram claims, not Alpar or Truck Trend or anyone else Ram claims! also note this "2016 Ram 3500 crushes the competition with up to 31,210 pounds of SAE J2807-spec. towing capacity, beating the closest competitor by more than two tons" without have to strip the truck of you know pesky things like a spare tire, radio, all seats but the drivers and the center console! Shame they can't play by the rules. I own a Ram(and Ford), but I am more about facts than spreading false information. This statement is false because the 2015 F450 Crew Cab is J2807 rated to tow 31,200 lbs. The taking off of spare tires thing was to lower the medium duty F450 into Class 3 where all the other light duty 350/3500 trucks were because Ford stated that they believed that much weight should be towed by a medium duty truck and NOT a light duty truck. So they lowered the payload ratings and weight of the medium duty F450 to fit it into the light heavy duty Class 3 max GVWR of 14,000 lbs. Either way, that is too much weight to be throwing around for just a pissing contest. Would be interested to see where ford made that statement.
Bionic Man 06/22/15 10:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel

I have a 60 gallon RDS aux tank that I got from Northern Tool. Put it in almost as soon as I got the truck. Very happy I made the purchase. There most certainly are some fuel savings by doing this. We regularily go to an area in Southern Utah that is very remote, and fuel here is always at least $0.50/ gallon more than a town 250 miles away. But that isn't why I bought it. Sure is ncie to stop to take a break at a rest stop, or somewhere other than a truck stop.
Bionic Man 06/22/15 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Want a Dodge 2500 6.4L? - hard find in the GTA Canada

I just bought one but it has terrible towing capacity - 1000#! Of course it's in a Challenger SRT ;) That deserves it's own thread!
Bionic Man 06/19/15 11:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone towing with a 2.7 EcoBoost?

Diesel is about 10 cents per gallon less than 87 octane in my area today. Prices fluctuate seasonally as well as with location and the breeze. Typically in winter, itguy08's statement applies, just not today in Michigan. Must be nice! :) Here in PA it's $2.79 for regular unleaded and about $2.99 for Diesel. The Ecodiesel takes special oil that is not standard Diesel oil (at least according to the Mopar guys) an expensive oil filter. One of the Ram forums was saying $70 DIY oil changes every 10k. It also requires DEF every couple thousand (5k or so) at $2-3 per gallon. The Ecoboost uses regular 5w30 and a cheaper filter, also every 10k. No DEF needed. They both sucked the fuel down on the Ike Gauntlet test with the 2.7 doing it faster. The Ecodiesel also ran warm on that test. You have a very strong dislike for the EcoDiesel and for Chrysler in general. We get it. And I can't speak for PA, but I travel the West, and just about eveywhere I go (CO, UT, AZ, TX,) all have diesel at or below unleaded. Maybe you can go back to your cost of fuel arguement this fall. It isn't valid now.
Bionic Man 06/18/15 08:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Loveland, CO

Boyd Lake, Carter Lake, and Horsetooth Res are all good options. Horsetooth has some full hook up sites. You will be fine mid week at all 3. Friday - Sunday are probably already booked.
Bionic Man 06/18/15 09:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trailer Covers

Count me in the growing number of folks that have tried and given up on the cover. I used it for two years, and still have a few rub marks on the trailer to prove it. My 5er now lives in the garage. But if it didn't it would sit naked out side. No more covers for me.
Bionic Man 06/11/15 10:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: trailair pinbox

They do seem to take a lot of air. I need over 80 PSI on my relatively light (11,200 pound) 5er. I also need to fill it each time out. Why would going to 100 PSI and leaving it filled overnight solve the leak??
Bionic Man 06/11/15 10:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I have joined the Full-Size Van Tow Vehicle Club

Congrats on the new ride. Will this be the year round daily driver? Might consider studded snow tires (if they are allowed in your area) for the non-summer season (I can't say the "w" word). In my experience, those full size vans can be scary in the snow.
Bionic Man 06/11/15 08:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004 Dodge Durango towing

With a good sway control hitch, I really don't think you will notice the additional weight or length.
Bionic Man 06/11/15 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: New to me RAM 3500 w/ Cummins

Congrats on the new ride! Looking forward to hearing the first towing report. What trim level did you get? Personally, I think the upgraded cab will be almost as much of an improvement of the towing experience as the upgraded engine.
Bionic Man 06/09/15 10:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: '03 CTD question?

Glad you got it worked out. Parts are bound to fail after 12 + years regardless of who makes them.
Bionic Man 06/09/15 10:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the Aisin transmission worth it?

Nothing wrong with the 68. I am very happy with mine. That said, I also would likely opt for the Aisin if I were buying a 2015. Not because I don't like the 68, but because the Aisin is heavier, and my truck is a dedicated tow vehicle.
Bionic Man 06/09/15 10:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Damage from tire blow-outs

I tow a lot. I can think of 5 tread separations I have had. Three on my fifth-wheel. Two were on fully inflated North American LT tires. One was from a brake that stuck and heated up the tire. Two on my boat trailer with ST Marathons, one made in USA and one Canada. Those were fully inflated as well. I still avoid Chinese tires, but they all certainly have the potential to fail. Brand, model and size of LTs? Chris It has been over 5 years, so I don't remember the brand or model of the tires. They were not the original set on my 5er, bought at Discount tire at a time where I would only accept North American made tires. They were less than 3 years old. I still have the same 5er. LT 245 75 16. Cooper Discover is what is on it right now. And the trailer is not over weight - the trailer weighs 11,200 pounds loaded to go, with about 1/3 tank of water.
Bionic Man 06/09/15 09:03am General RVing Issues
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