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RE: F350 and BW rvk 3300 question

I started with mine set as far back as possible. I ended up moving it to the most forward position and felt it towed nicer (the truck seemed to ride better). I'm always mindful of the tight clearance between the trailer and back window.
4x4ord 06/22/17 01:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Questions on road testing of 2017 Ford 250 and 350

My 2016 F350 gets poor fuel economy. My brother has an identical Platinum F350 which I drive on occasion...it gets slightly better. I have an employee who just bought a new F350 with 3:31 gears. I drove it the other day and it appears to use about 25% less fuel than mine does with 3.55 gears. If you want a nice ride buy a Chevy.
4x4ord 05/15/17 02:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: What Size Truck?

You won't regret that decision.
4x4ord 05/10/17 08:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What Size Truck?

Ford 6.0 liter and 6.4 liter diesels were trouble. The Ford 6.7 which came out in 2011 has been an excellent engine. In 2015 it was upgraded slightly to make it even stronger. The main improvement was a different turbo which provides for better exhaust braking. The newer Rams, especially with the Aisin transmission are equally as good. The Duramax/Allison has been very goid and especially since 2006.
4x4ord 05/09/17 11:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: What Size Truck?

If I was looking at getting a used truck to pull your trailer I would be looking at a one ton SRW. I would choose a 2011 or newer Ford; a '13 or newer Ram or almost anything newer than '06 from GM; and I would buy a diesel. Personally I would choose a 2015 Ford with the 3.31 rear end. I would probably put more weight on the overall appearance of the truck than the mileage, although I would buy a truck with no more than 100k miles on it.
4x4ord 05/09/17 06:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: ordered a new truck ** Updated, with pics

Congratulations, beautiful truck. I really like the seats.
4x4ord 05/01/17 06:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Head vs heart battle with the house hunt

56 years old and you're talking about a 30 year mortgage??? 10 years I could see if you already have your retirement looked after.
4x4ord 04/26/17 06:58am Around the Campfire
RE: Another birthday

I farm so, in a way I have been retired all my life.... everything I do is on my own land with my own "stuff". In a way I am far from being retired as there is much to do. Deciding when to retire for us is not so much a financial question as it is deciding, is there something "out there" that we would rather do than be stuck on this farm? I've got a sister who sent me a photo of the sunset off the deck of her yatch. I thought, "that is beautiful, just about as beautiful as the sunset I'm looking at through the windshield of my combine". http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k585/4x4ord/IMG_3095_zpsiuxth6rc.jpg height=640
4x4ord 04/26/17 05:27am Around the Campfire
RE: Head vs heart battle with the house hunt

Money borrowed for a home is often good debt. The home may actually increase in value at a higher rate than what you will be charged for interest. So, if you "spend" more money on building a new home it might not really be "spent". Can you easily make the payments? (Paying off an additional $75000 mortgage over a 10 year period will cost roughly $700 per month) Are you keeping up on saving money outside your home for retirement? Do you plan to sell the house when you retire?
4x4ord 04/26/17 04:22am Around the Campfire
RE: 2017 F-250 Ike Gauntlet

I tow an RV as well as haul all sorts of equipment or other "stuff" on a tandem dually gooseneck. Any 22000 lb RV will tow easier than the equipment they towed behind the 1 tons. When they are only travelling 45 mph and going up a steep incline with 30,000 lbs GCVW the wind resistance is a very small part of the equation. The wind and rolling resistance combined at 45 mph is not going to require over 80 hp to overcome where as 287 HP are required to lift a truck and trailer up an 8% grade at 45 mph excluding wind and rolling resistance. So a total rear wheel HP of 367 rear wheel HP would be required for an 8,000 lb truck to tow a 22000 lb rv up an 8% grade at 45 mph with only somewhere around 35 of that 367 Hp being used to overcome wind resistance. At 65 mph more like 90 Hp is required to overcome air resistance. I don't think you are correct on this. I know from experience that my 2012 will not tow my 12,000 pound fifth wheel up Eisenhower (eastbound) and maintain the 60 MPH speed limit. My buddy has a 2013 or 2014 F350 that will not tow his 5er up at the speed limit either. Seems to me that the tests I have seen FLT tow similar weights, they are able to maintain 60 MPH (or even accelerate). Wind resistance must play a significant role. There are some errors in my calculations, for instance if the HP to overcome air resistance is 35 HP at 45 mph I should have come up with a HP requirement of 73 HP at 65 not 90. With the FLT test for the 1 tons,wind resistance would be quite insignificant because the speed going up the hill was only about 40 miles per hour. Pulling my 16000 lb rv I get about 10 mpg where as towing a 20,000 lb gooseneck equipment trailer I get about 7 mpg. Even though a RV has a large front it still catches far less wind than a piece of equipment plopped on a gooseneck.
4x4ord 04/25/17 10:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Another birthday

I am feeling a little frustrated. I have this idea in my mind that retirement could be wonderful. Come on honey let's go skiing in Germany, lets go see Egypt, or let's buy motorcycles and cruise the pacific coast highway. Let's get a new RV and spend some time living free, let's learn how to golf and go hiking. But the reality of it is if these things weren't important enough to do while we were younger they are even less important as we get older. I have made work my #1 priority and unless I change nothing will change.....and change doesn't come easy.
4x4ord 04/25/17 08:06am Around the Campfire
RE: People who Abuse Handicap Parking

Around here people seldom park in the handicapped stalls. I sometimes wonder why they don't have wheelchair parking at the back corner of the parking lot and then fewer handicap stalls in the sought after spots for those who truly need them. Edit: sorry I wrote this while I was still kind of asleep. I probably shouldn't have commented but anyway I did. Although I'm still half asleep, I'd like to explain where I was coming from: I park in the furthest back corner of most all parking lots. I do it to avoid car door dings and because I don't mind walking. If I got around in a wheel chair I kind of expect that would still be the case. I might be wrong but I'm thinking it would be easier to wheel across a parking lot than walk once a person adapts. My reason for suggesting fewer stalls comes from me always seeing empty handicap parking. After waking up a bit I realize that is the goal.
4x4ord 04/25/17 05:24am Around the Campfire
Another birthday

I just had my 54th birthday. At one time I thought I would retire about now but I asked my wife what her dreams are. She doesn't really have any, she's happy just to carry on and I think I am more attracted to expanding my business than I am in coasting......I might just work till I drop.
4x4ord 04/24/17 10:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Unbelievable find

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4x4ord 04/21/17 10:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unbelievable find

Maybe it's a geographical thing on if this was a good, great or exceptional find. I drive by a farm daily that for the past couple of weeks has had 2 of the same vintage GM trucks sitting out for sale. One was a regular cab and they wanted just over $3000 for it. The other is a extended cab and they want just under $3000 for it. Both are/were 4x4. From the road, both were in rough shape (rusted, dented, etc). The regular cab has been gone a few days and as of yesterday the extended cab is still sitting there with the exhaust laying on the ground under it. Had I come across a $3000 truck in that great of shape I think I would have jumped on it as quick as you did and thought I had found an exceptional deal. My neighbor is a diesel mechanic and I know that he would take something with the 6.5L in it before some other diesels. I would choose the 6.5 over a Cummins of that vintage but there is no question...The 6.5 is one of the most unreliable diesels ever put in a pickup and the 5.9 Cummins is the most reliable.
4x4ord 04/21/17 10:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Limited Slip or Open Differential?

The way. People are talking on here leaves the impression that an open differencial is a single wheel drive....It isn't. With an open diff the power is split between the two rear wheels. If both wheels are on a similar surface you have two wheel drive. The locket comes into play when one wheel has better traction than the other.
4x4ord 04/21/17 08:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Limited Slip or Open Differential?

I would get the 3.55 locking diff. I have had the electronic locking diff in my last two trucks. It is extremely rare that it does much for me. If I find myself stuck in snow I will often, just to play, try locking the diff to get out. It seldom makes the difference. As soon as I engage 4x4, even with the diff unlocked, away it goes. Locking the axles on our big trucks, however, makes a very obvious difference. In spite of not seeing much value in a locking diff I would probably still purchase it.....I'm driving in snow 3 months out of the year.
4x4ord 04/21/17 04:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Unbelievable find

The 6.5 was a garbage engine. I had a '93 with that engine in it. It was replaced under warranty at 150,000 km. Then at 400,000 my son in law put a Peninsular diesel in it. It was very expensive but I think it will be a good engine for him. It gets fantastic fuel economy.
4x4ord 04/20/17 03:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F-250 Ike Gauntlet

Car & Driver just tested a 2017 2500 with the Duramax. They sure liked the power, ride and fuel economy of this truck versus the 2017 F250 they tested. They didn't tow anything with these trucks but interesting to read their conclusions. I now drive a 2016 F250 Lariat with the Powerstroke and have ordered a 2017 King Ranch. Will be interesting to to compare these two trucks. Talked to a 2017 Powerstroke owner yesterday and he said compared to his 2015 model he can feel more power empty but can't tell any difference when pulling his 12,000 pound loaded flat deck around. Is this what you are referring to: Click
4x4ord 04/20/17 04:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F-250 Ike Gauntlet

I'm starting to see the new Super Duty's populating the roads around here and it's getting me wishing I had waited a few months when I bought my '16. As much as I like the look of the new Ford the price tag and crappy fuel economy are what could potentially cause me to look at a Ram.
4x4ord 04/20/17 03:39am Tow Vehicles
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