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RE: From the Land of the Misfit Dogs...

Bionic Man 08/31/14 07:57pm RV Pet Stop
RE: From the Land of the Misfit Dogs...

Seniors rock! Welcome home, Jackson.
Bionic Man 08/30/14 05:52pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Ram 3500 DRW 6.4L Hemi "Game Changer"

Gas engines and transmissions have made huge strides in the last decade, whereas EPA has forced a decline (or at best stagnate) of overall progress on diesels. Not sure I would agree with that statement. 10 years ago a typical diesel was around 300 hp and 600 lb/ft of torque. Today, it is around 400 / 850. Today's diesels are quieter, cleaner, and with DEF at least as fuel efficient, probably more so, than 10 years ago. Doesn't seem like a decline to me.
Bionic Man 08/30/14 05:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: UPDATE! Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

I have realized how good of condition my vehicles are in only after looking at the used junk that is out there. That seems to be especially true of SUVs and trucks. Congrats on the sale. I hope that your new RAM takes even better care of you than the old truck did.
Bionic Man 08/26/14 05:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Advice - Silverado and a 5th wheel

Double check the weight on that RV. I think you are about 4000 pounds light.
Bionic Man 08/26/14 11:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which Pickup, to first generate over 1000 ft. lbs. torque ?

I bet all three are around 500/1000 within 5 years.
Bionic Man 08/26/14 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which 5er for double tow?

With the ATVs http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/rmbretz/null_zps408ba193.jpg
Bionic Man 08/25/14 08:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Which 5er for double tow?

Here is a photo of mine from this weekend. http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/rmbretz/CD4C5D74-FF9A-42DB-B03B-3855F716E505_zpshjrzhsoi.jpg
Bionic Man 08/25/14 08:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Which 5er for double tow?

I've towed tandem for about 15 years. I started with a Dutchman, kept it for 2 years before figuring out that it was way too low quality for that. I bought my Sea Hawk, made by Gulf Stream, new in 2002. It has held up very well. We tow a lot, and we almost always have another trailer in tow. Spend some $$$ up front, get a good hitch welded on the back and have the welder look at the frame of the 5er and reinforce where necessacary. For some reason, towing tandem is a hot topic for many on here. In my experience, if you are set up correctly, it isn't an inconvienence at all.
Bionic Man 08/25/14 08:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your Rig

8000'. Won't be long until there is snow up here. Forecast lows in the mid 30's this week. http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/rmbretz/CD4C5D74-FF9A-42DB-B03B-3855F716E505_zpshjrzhsoi.jpg
Bionic Man 08/23/14 08:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Auxiliary Diesel Tank Gravity Feed vs. Electronic pump

I have a 60 gallon RDS tank, gravity fed. As others have stated, this is a legal system. I thought about doing the OEM replacement under bed tank, but I couldn't see spending that kind of $$$$ to only add 15 or so gallons. The 60 gallon tank is great. It takes up the same amount of bed space as the 40, and costs about the same. For me, it isn't about saving $ when I fill up (although that often happens), it is about knowing I have 95 gallons or so of fuel to get me to and from just about anywhere I go. Heading round trip 1000 miles to the lake, good to go. Heading out for the weekend? I can go two trips without stopping for fuel. Then, when I do stop, I can do it at home, without anything in tow, and taking full advantage of the fuel savings we get from our grocery store. I love my RDS. Well worth the cost for me. And it is nice to have a small tool box as well.
Bionic Man 08/21/14 09:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

The GT-R is an amazing car for performance. The overall test reviews that I have read have not been as favorable recently. And, you are talking somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000 more for the GT-R vs the Hellcat. So, you could have a Hellcat and 1500 truck (or mid-sized SUV) to drive when the weather is less than the ideal, or you can have a GT-R. Don't get me wrong, the Nissan is impressive. I would like to drive one myself. But, I'm not sure how many people are likely to cross shop them. GT-R vs Viper is probably more realistic.
Bionic Man 08/21/14 07:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

If we're lucky, we just might see a Hellcat Grand Cherokee. But they might de-rate or take away its tow rating all together :( Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think there's ever been an OEM supercharged engine rated for towing. Save for 2 stroke Detroit Diesels, which aren't really "supercharged"... The SRT Grand Cherokee was not rated for towing. In fact, the SRT Cherokee had the exhaust pipes moved to the center of the rear bumper, ostensibly to make sure you couldn't even attach an aftermarket hitch. The current SRT GC moved the tail pipes to the corners, and is rated to tow 5000 pounds. I have been thinking about it to tow the boat around, but I need to wait another year to let someone else take the majority of the depreciation. Fish, maybe you could wait to see if Hellcat goes into the GC, and convince your wife to pick that up instead of the EcoDiesel. And, regarding the quarter, the numbers I have seen (at least for the Challenger) are 10.8 quarter with street legal tires. And I am admittedly biased, but I think the Challenger would make a better overall DD than the GT-R. Black key fob is 500 HP. Valet's will love that!
Bionic Man 08/20/14 07:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone towing with a deleted Cummins?

There are some things that this forum simply isn't the right place to get information on. Deletes is one of them. Cards on the table, my truck is stock, and will stay that way. However, if you want to get feedback from people with experience on deletes, go over to a place like cumminsforum. Lots of folks over there with deletes that will tell you that it is the best thing they could have ever done to the truck. A lot of folks over there also report head gasket failures too. Here's a link to help the OP read about the 07.5-09 6.7 cummins. I just happened to scroll thru 5 pages and found 4 head gasket topics. I must say that I find it funny that even when we agree, we can still disagree on the same subject. Look, I am not saying deletes are a good idea. Personally, I think that deleting is a bad idea, but if you read up on posts by people that have done it, there are a great many that have done it and claim lower temps, higher MPG, no CELs, and no trips back to the dealer. Will you find people with problems after doing it? Absolutely. I would dig a little deeper and see if those guys are the same ones that also tune their engines to 700 + HP. Maybe it is just me, but it seems logical if you double the HP of an engine, it might not stand up as well as it would if it was run at stock levels, or something that isn't 100% above stock. And fish, I must say I am confused about your response here. It wasn't that long ago that you were claiming that the vast majority of hotshots running pre-DEF 6.7 CTDs were deleted. Are they all dealing with blown head gaskets as well?
Bionic Man 08/20/14 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone towing with a deleted Cummins?

There are some things that this forum simply isn't the right place to get information on. Deletes is one of them. Cards on the table, my truck is stock, and will stay that way. However, if you want to get feedback from people with experience on deletes, go over to a place like cumminsforum. Lots of folks over there with deletes that will tell you that it is the best thing they could have ever done to the truck.
Bionic Man 08/19/14 08:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Depressing Depreciation

The problem I found when looking for a used diesel pickup was that most of the people buying them new spent way too much for them and were more focused on the monthly payment than the total purchase price. As a result a 3 year old pickup with 60,000 miles was sell for $35,000 or more. I gave up on finding a used truck at a reasonable price and bought a new diesel truck that was fully loaded and paid $41,700 for it. But I am unusual in that I care more about getting a great deal than getting exactly what I want with a special order truck. My neighbor bought his gas 3/4 ton truck a month before I bought my diesel version of the same truck. He got a 2012 and I got a 2011 and 99.9% of the trucks are the same except mine had the diesel engine and Allison transmission. He paid more for his truck than I did for mine. Canadians pay more in various taxes but then you get what you pay for up there with better living conditions, better transportation systems, better healthcare, better education, and your government does not involve itself in an endless stream of wars for oil that creates hundreds of thousands of permanently disabled veterans. I would be happy to pay more for a truck if that was the price of true freedom and opportunity. Wow. A LOT to discuss on this one. I will leave out your last paragraph, despite the fact that I feel 180* away from just about everything you put in there. What I will say is that the market is proving you wrong in your thoughts of value of a used vehicle. If a 3 year old pick up is selling for $35,000 + with 60,000 miles on it, the market obviously values them at that price. While you may not agree with the market, as we are a relatively free market economic system, that is where the price is set, even if you do not agree with that set value.
Bionic Man 08/19/14 06:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Depressing Depreciation

I buy new. I buy what I want and if possible try to factory order, so I get what I want, not just what's there. I pay cash, unless there's a good deal, like 0 % interest over a good number of years. I think carefully what exactly I want, in a vehicle....as I plan to have them for a long time. No impulse buying. I buy extended warranties. I rust proof with Ziebart. I maintain by the book. I drive my vehicles for years. One vehicle for 21 years, another for 14, another for 10 years. I usually have anywhere from 2-3 vehicles in my parking lot / garage at any one time. When I'm finished with them, I feel I've got my money out of them. I don't worry about depreciation as the way I do things, it's not much of a factor. Sounds similar to the Dave Ramsey school of thought. I will not say that is the wrong school, but I will say that VERY few people follow that.
Bionic Man 08/19/14 06:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling a "Toad" on a Trailer?

On the brakes, I would also answer yes they are needed, and I GREATLY prefer electric vs surge. I also think that an adequate trailer to tow your Subaru (tandem axle) is likely to weigh more than 1000 pounds. You might be able to get an aluminum trailer with that weight, but they will be pricey.
Bionic Man 08/17/14 03:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: FifthWheel Hitch

As others have said, it will depend on the truck and 5er. My first set up, a '99 Ram short bed and 1998 Dutchman 5er never needed a slider. My next rig, an '03 Ram short bed and current 5er, needed it just about every time I backed into a site. I had a Reese 16k Qwick Slide, and that thing was PITA to use, I had to drop the landing gear and remove most of the pin weight to get it to slide. I finally upgraded to a Superglide, which was great for manuevering, but it must weigh over 200 pounds, and was a PITA to get out of the truck. Most things in life are trade offs. This is one as well.
Bionic Man 08/17/14 03:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: First service Eco Diesel

Don, I think that Troy just likes to argue on some of this stuff. While I will agree in principal that there is no free lunch, I will also say that there are some give-aways that are as close to free as you will ever get. I manage a sales force, and my reps know that there is a floor price on all items that I won't approve further discount on. They also know that there are certain things they can treat as gvie aways that have good value to sweeten the deal to get the customer to commit to purchase. I think that including oil changes with the purchase of a vehicle falls into that category. There is up side to the dealer for doing so above and beyond getting the sale.
Bionic Man 08/17/14 07:45am Tow Vehicles
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