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RE: I just cant get with this program...

I like diesel. And I like Cummins. And I think there is a market for a fuel efficient 1500 diesel truck (actually, this is kind of proven with the way the EcoDiesel is selling). To me, the variable here is the MPG which hasn't been announced. I don't know how an engine that is more powerful and more than 50% larger than the 3.0 can be competitive in MPG. And, if it isn't, I think it will have a tougher time selling. Smaller turbo V6 gas engines have not proven to be a game changer in MPG and CAFE ratings. If you read this month's Motor Trend, they are predicting diesels will continue to proliferate despite the higher costs of fuel. Time will tell. I will say that with the current delta between gas and diesel, this is a difficult time to launch a new diesel vehicle. That said, I hope they are successful.
Bionic Man 01/27/15 10:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 V6 truck comparison

Just comparing V6 to V6 is out of context All NA or Forced Fed? Alway curious on how 'performance' is listed...over at any 'sports car' mag will have braking distances from various speeds...speed going through the same slalom...but over at these 'truck' forums...no one thinks braking is a 'performance' attribute Missing on these 'truck' list of performance attributes are their TRUCK RATINGS that matter, or matters to me. Like GVWR, F/R GAWR, GCWR All they listed are 'car' metrics...down to weight to power...which is a 'go' metric The article did give braking distances from 60 MPH. The Ford was pretty impressive there.
Bionic Man 01/26/15 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 V6 truck comparison

Just comparing V6 to V6 is out of context All NA or Forced Fed? Alway curious on how 'performance' is listed...over at any 'sports car' mag will have braking distances from various speeds...speed going through the same slalom...but over at these 'truck' forums...no one thinks braking is a 'performance' attribute Missing on these 'truck' list of performance attributes are their TRUCK RATINGS that matter, or matters to me. Like GVWR, F/R GAWR, GCWR All they listed are 'car' metrics...down to weight to power...which is a 'go' metric The article did give braking distances from 60 feet. The Ford was pretty impressive there.
Bionic Man 01/26/15 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 V6 truck comparison

Interesting read. The price of the 3.5 EB is shocking. MSRP of $61,000 for a 150/1500 blows my mind. Does Ford not offer a NA V6 to compete with the 4.3 and 3.6? Sounds like there really isn't a bad truck in the bunch.
Bionic Man 01/26/15 10:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.4 or 6.7?

Of the two choices listed, I would go with the 6.7. If it were me, I would likely go with "secret option 3", which if you are staying with a Ford, I'd spend a little more and get something brand new. Used diesel truck prices are insane.
Bionic Man 01/25/15 08:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Selling a Distressed Motorhome

Make a concise list of the good points and bad points. That way buyers wont' be wasting their time and yours asking questions only to find out something is a deal-breaker for them. This. Any time you think you save in writing the ad will be lost when people inquire as to what needs work. When I sell, I write a LONG, detailed ad, with as many photos as I can post. I then add a link to a photo bucket account with all the rest of the photos. Takes more time to set up the ad, but I know I save time by not having to respond to everyone who will ask teh same questions. GLWTS.
Bionic Man 01/24/15 11:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Finally building an RV Garage at the house

Love our garage. Mine is 24' x 52' x 16' with a 20' x 14' door. I still wish it was bigger. So, whatever size you think you need, it isn't big enough. Have fun!
Bionic Man 01/24/15 11:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Really would appreciate your advice on this unique camper

I think my concern would be the weight of the rig. Looks nice from the photo.
Bionic Man 01/18/15 01:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Outrun your rear camera?

I haven't seen many positive reports of wireless rear cameras on a 5er. "Outrunnin" the signal doesn't make sense to me, but there really isn't line of sight, which would be my guess as to why they have trouble with reception.
Bionic Man 01/18/15 01:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Silverthorne, CO campground info?

Tiger Run and the campgrounds around Lake Dillon are the only close options I know of. There is a smaller campground north of Silverthorne on along the Blue River on Hwy 9. You should be able to find the Dillon campgrounds on Recreation.gov. They will book out early.
Bionic Man 01/18/15 11:33am Truck Campers
RE: Different question about Yellowstone

I think a convertible would be close to ideal for Yellowstone. Keep food out of your car, and you are likely fine. That should be your rule even if you take a hard top. I have seen bears get into regular cars when they smell food.
Bionic Man 01/18/15 08:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Standard vs long bed

No need for a long bed. It does make it nicer for towing & storage when towing, but can be a PITA other times. I like my long bed, but my truck is a dedicated tow vehicle. If it was my DD as well, I would go standard bed.
Bionic Man 01/17/15 02:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: North American Truck of the Year

Aren't they getting 600 HP out of a V6 for the GT? If that is the case, what is the need for a V8?
Bionic Man 01/16/15 08:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: First Impressions of the Ecodiesel

As a note, I was not going to post BS numbers just to make my truck look good. I do understand that it is new and it is winter. I would have just liked to have seen a little better fuel mileage and yes putting your foot into it will kill the mileage, just like in the Ecoboost that toasted me. Was fun though :W BTW if I use the "instant Lie-o-meter" @ 70 it shows 26 MPG on a flat level highway. Drop down to 55 and it makes only 2 more MPG? For those interested the truck is reporting lower avg MPG readings then hand calc. by 2/3 MPG! Don I've read numbers of 50 mpg or more for vehicles that never get over 30 mpg. In short, anything can be listed online. As long as you're drag racing your truck and running @ 80 mph as you've posted - anything above 10 mpg at those driving conditions is gravy. Why are you driving at 80 mph, anyway? :h It sounds like it's over the speed limit anyway. Curious in regards to the speed question. Where in Texas are you from? For work, I travel the Western US. Many states now have interstate speed limits of 80. If not 80, they are 75 in most western states, with 80 being a very common speed.
Bionic Man 01/16/15 11:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: New 2015 Ram 1500 ECODIESEL HFE

X2. And for those that don't believe it, do your own experiement. Tomorrow on your way to work, count the number of 1500 series trucks that are hauling nothing but air vs the number of 1500 trucks that have something in their bed or on the hitch. And, I do agree that the economics might not make sense right now with the price per gallon of diesel vs gas, but this is about CAFE ratings for Chrysler and the emotional side of a car purchase for the buyer. For many, it feels a lot better to look at their MPG reading and see 29 vs 20. Tried that last summer. About 80 trucks in 8 miles on the way home one afternoon. None towing, 2 hauling; washer/dryer & a work site tool box & the other 78 EMPTY. Pretty telling to me how the majority of trucks are being used today. Proves nothing ,only that they are used for commuting . Now make the same observation in a campground Campground is what proves absolutely nothing. Only a very small % of people go camping.
Bionic Man 01/16/15 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Colorado Springs area camping with OHV trails etc?

I just spoke with CO Parks and Wildlife: Any vehicle accessing the OHV trails must have a current $25.25 annual CO OHV permit. It does not matter if the vehicle is street, dual purpose or off-road only. CO does not honor reciprocity with any other state for OHV access or use. Unless they changed the law for 2015 you were mis-informed. Been to many, many Jeep Rally's. Street legal and licensed Jeeps have never needed the sticker. Same is true with motorcycles. I am pretty sure that it is the ATVs, because ATVs are not street legal in most Colorado counties.
Bionic Man 01/15/15 09:12pm Toy Haulers
RE: New 2015 Ram 1500 ECODIESEL HFE

Motor Trend has the 2.7 ecoboost handily beating the ecodiesel in all of their timed runs. I have a 2012 F150 ecoboost and a 2014 JGC ecodiesel. My ecoboost will smoke the ecodiesel at any speed. I tried it. The F150 has a 3.73 ratio where the JGC has a 3.45 so maybe that is the difference. If I turn the traction control off of the ecoboost I will smoke the tires once the turbos spool up. Also there is a 1,000 lb. weight disadvantage with my F150 versus my JGC. What is the difference in MPG?
Bionic Man 01/15/15 12:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: North American Truck of the Year

I think Ford is doing the right thing with aluminum. New CAFE regulations are forcing everyone to innovate to improve MPG. Some trys at this have proven not fruitful, but lowering weight seems like a sure thing. I would be amazed if the other manufactures did not follow.
Bionic Man 01/14/15 08:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New 2015 Ram 1500 ECODIESEL HFE

I think you guys are off the mark. Most 1500 series trucks are not used for heavy hauling or towing. Most of them are used to haul people and the odd thing in the bed. Research says only 5% of them ever go off road. Remember, this is an RV forum, and most of you think of things from this perspective, but most people do not buy a 1500 series truck for towing or hauling. That's what 2500 and 3500 series trucks are for. X2. And for those that don't believe it, do your own experiement. Tomorrow on your way to work, count the number of 1500 series trucks that are hauling nothing but air vs the number of 1500 trucks that have something in their bed or on the hitch. And, I do agree that the economics might not make sense right now with the price per gallon of diesel vs gas, but this is about CAFE ratings for Chrysler and the emotional side of a car purchase for the buyer. For many, it feels a lot better to look at their MPG reading and see 29 vs 20.
Bionic Man 01/14/15 08:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Generator

We are in the process of deciding between a class A and a 5th wheel for our retirement unit and one of the concerns we have with a 5th wheel is stopping to do some sightseeing ect. during our travels and not having an air conditioned place for the dogs. Does anyone use an on board generator in their 5th wheel to solve this problem. If this is an option it may be another tic in the pro column for an on board unit. Another yes from me. In fact, most of the hours on my generator are from leaving the dogs in the AC when it's hot out.
Bionic Man 01/14/15 08:15pm Fifth-Wheels
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