In the manual for my truck it states the 5.7L Hemi uses 5w20 below 14k gcw and 5w30 above that. My 6.4L Hemi needs 0w40 synthetic only.
This is an EcoDiesel thread, not a Hemi gas motor thread. Thanks for the confusion.
Doggone and I was going to add something, but best get out of here before I get scolded for daring to post on a thread where I don't own the vehicle that's being discussed.
The rear axle weight rating from AAM on the rear axle on my truck is 11,800#...but with tires on my truck, has a rating of 9750# from Ran......Don't need to increase anything at this time, I'm even under GVWR of 14,000# on my truck:)
Personally I think the 50% more for tires is not true. My personal experience has been that the rear tires last twice as long so it is an even wash in the end.
I didn't consider that, you could be right.
If you didn't consider some things, then why did you make the blanket statement that expenses were 50% more for a dually without actually knowing that?
only real life difference I see is possibly fueling up a little more often, and when towing, probably not that much difference..Buying two extra tires really doesn't mean that much, and with those two extra tires, the stability of the truck and 5er being towed on mountainous, curvy roads is worth every penny..
Not too bad today, did some raking of leaves and put a new air filter in the Ram, (25,500 miles on this one and probably could have went longer).....
Temp is 51 and it's mostly sunny, was 36 this morning....I work "some" Friday, Saturday and Sunday due to shutdown procedures we have to do with each manufacturing line we have (11 in the assembly area)....Then off until January 2nd.
hope y'all are ok and having a good day.
Go to the manufacturers website for that truck model and look at the specifications. You'll see that the DRW has a higher towing and carrying capacity than the same model SRW. You give up maneuverability which even with a SRW is all that great. You probably take a hit on fuel mileage too with a DRW. Plus your tire expenses increase by 50%.
Whether you need a DRW depends on what you expect to tow. SRW will tow medium sized fifth wheels easily, but when you get to the longest and heaviest fivers you'll want a DRW.
What expenses increase 50%?:h.Other than tires that one changes out "whenever", I buy two more...oil changes the same, air filter the same...Less mpg? So paying a little more for fuel..don't know if all that equates to 50% more on expenses....Don't know about giving up maneuverability...heck, I still go through drive throughs..May take a bigger parking space, but truck is my daily driver as well as my TV and it maneuvers in and out of traffic just fine:)
No warm up here. Only time mine idles is when the windshield has thick ice on it. Then maybe 5-8 mins. That happens maybe 3-4 times a year. Whoop de do. New ones must be different as my oil pressure is at full (48psi) as soon as I start it.
My oil pressure comes up immediately, I was just saying, I don't set, turn it on and roll...guess I shouldn't have embellished:)
So from here on out I will use the remote start when I'm outside the turnstiles heading to the parking lot. BTW I never hot rod the truck when she is cold, just a fine lady it's best to bring her up to temperature before pouring the coals to her ;)
Too bad the Mrs doesn't come with a remote start! Three blocks from the house...:B
In agreement on warm up's...I turn the key to on until grid heater symbol goes out, then start it up...I warm it up until oil pressure up, and drive it off. Been in temps slightly under zero with this truck and did let it warm some to help de-ice, but I'm scraping, so it's probably no more than 5 mins...These newer diesels don't take anywhere near as long as the one's I owned between 2003-2007.5..
I have remote start on my keyfob, but also have an app. on my phone where I can lock/unlock the doors and can even start the engine....:)....Don't use it, but was about 2 miles from the house one day and, with wife standing by the truck, (key in hand), I activated unlocking of the doors and in a minute or so wife reported doors unlocked, THEN I activated "start engine"...in a minute or so, engine started...at this time you're supposed to put key in ignition and turn to on and drive off....We didn't....I then activated to turn engine off and same wait period and the engine shut off and then I locked the doors...all from my cell phone...I thought it was pretty cool....I could see opening and locking doors coming in handy but have not used the start engine with app other than that one time....kinda cool I think:)
I am feeding RAM Truck with my second LongHorn high end truck. In the past it was all about economy. Thankfully at this time in my life I can buy what I want.
The leather and interior fit and finish of the new RAM's is top cabin.
hey, doesn't hurt that diesel prices are dropping:)....I paid $3.22 a gallon for it in Sevierville TN, this past weekend. Saw it at a station here in Asheville, (rip off capitol of NC), for $3.25 a gallon this morning.
Bummer is, ONCE you've had a loaded out truck like the GM/Chevy's, Fords or Rams, or Toyotas, Nissans, whatever.....it's hard to "go back" to maybe non-heated front and rear seats, Nav system, plush leather, you know, every thing but the kitchen sink....Just saying, IF you get use to all that "fluff", kinda hard to go back to a basic or bear bones truck/car...don't know why...but it seems that way to my wife and I....all the "bells and whistles" just makes it much nicer to drive and tow with.
I have only 112,000 km on my 2011 but it has been the best pick up I have ever owned so far. Shortly after buying the truck I misread the markings at a card lock and filled it up with gasoline. I never realized it till it started rattling. Pumped the fuel from my truck into my wife's car and another gasoline vehicle and have not had any issue arise from doing so. So the pump doesn't seem that fragile to me. Oh, I put DEF into my diesel tank as well without consequence. I use the truck to pull a 30,000 lb trailer and change engine oil every 25,000 km....one fuel filter change, one air filter and one set of tires in 4 years.
There is no way you put DEF into the diesel tank and left it in there and didn`t have any issues!
I'm still impressed that he's towing a 30,000# trailer with his SRW 350 truck....don't know how much his truck weighs, but I'll figure 8,000# ?(ballpark), that puts GCW at 38,000# (just a guess)..GCWR on my dually with 4:10 is only 37,500#, if I hooked up to a 30,000# trailer I'd be at 39,400# or so, almost a ton over my trucks GCWR....No way would I tow a 30,000# trailer from Asheville NC to Pence Springs WVa and feel safe doing it, especially on some of the secondary roads I have to run the last 45 miles of the trip. Heck, I should have bought a new 1/2 ton and put airbags on it..I'd been good to go:)
Got a call this morning, my car should be done tomorrow.
That means I can take this rental Toyota back.
I just don't like that Corolla!
Bet it get's good mpg:).....first car I purchased when I got out of the USAF in 75, was a green Toyota Corolla, I was 24 and we had 2 kids at the time....Good little car..I think Toyota must have had 5 billion gallons of that color green....a lot of their vehicles back then were that color...
Glad your getting your car back, hope all is well with it.
sunny and 50 here right now.
Getting away from the wheels discussion, I for one am happy that the manufactures are offering more features on their vehicles. I love the quality of the leather in my LongHorn, as well as the heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, etc.
There is a market for luxury vehicles, and trucks are no exception. I wish that Chrysler/Ford/GM would up the optional luxury levels on all vehicles. If I want a luxury compact car, why should I have to go to Mercedes or BMW?
I would contend that GM does have luxury compact cars. Buick and Cadillac are both divisions of GM. Buick has the Verano, Regal, and Encore. Cadillac has the ATS.
I would also contend that you can get many of the same features on a Chevrolet in the LTZ trim.
Have you looked at a Chrysler 200 lately? The dang things will drive themselves. Ford has a few lux compacts also.
It's what people want that drives this. Standard transmissions are an option now, not available on on most now. Heck, you can't even order a Ram truck with hand crank windows anymore.
It's not just autos either. A lot of our heavy equipment has back up camera's , heated seats, auto greasers, GPS and cruise control. We have a motor grader that don't even have a steering wheel. Every operation is on two joysticks.
And before anyone claims I am just bagging on GM, I will say the same thing about the 200. The redesign has helped, but it still isn't on the same playing field. Someone else mentioned the Grand Cherokee, and while that is one of Chrysler's flagship products, the Overland interior doesn't compele with a 4 year old Porsche Cayenne.
How does the cost of a Porsche Cayenne compare to a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland? I could afford the Overland, couldn't really afford the Cayenne...would EXPECT the Cayenne to have a better interior, even a 4 yr old one.
When I get into my 1 ton DRW long bed/crew cab/4X4/ cummins equipped Longhorn, I'm in the "lap of luxury"...I've not owned a car yet that could compare with the leather upholstery in this truck and truck is "loaded". It's my daily driver and TV, the wife and I love driving around in it...I like it and the "posh" pickups that are now out there just make them more desirable than before to a lot of people, or they wouldn't be manufacturing them and selling them in the numbers that they are.
Well Jon, 9,992....that's the number of this post...so 8 more put us at 10,000:B:E
Nice day out, temp 39 this morning, getting into the low 50's...Will do some raking to try to make yard look a little better.....Might even put a few Christmas tree lights out on the porch since the granddaughters are here (10 & 7), believe they'd get a kick out of it.
Hard to believe that this year has almost come and gone....hard to believe how time fly's when you look back on your life.....seem's like yesterday......yeah, but it is what it is...I KNOW I'm 64, but my mind keeps telling me I'm MUCH, MUCH younger and my body is saying, no..no your closer to your age than you might realize:)....
Hey, have a great day to all and we'll catch ya later.
10-13% is easy, normal etc for local roads here at sea level in the greater Seattle area. I know of a few close to 25% that I have had to pull trailers up, granted equipment trailers. stalled out on a few of them too! I have yet to find an "in the mountain(s)" road that is bad as some in downtown Seattle proper, or the road I used to live on to one of the local foot hills, elevation 550'! I'm not worried about mountains, unless towing the ski hut to a local ski area to spend the weekend in it! Then it can be downhill on a 3-5% grade with ice and snow. That gets interesting!
We do have some of those type grades in this area as well as VA, TN and WV, but will admit, I won't have my truck and 5er on them....You big ole bully:B
None of the pickup makers install larger rotors when you order 20" wheels. Taller tires reduces braking power. Simple psychics.
17" wheels fit over the brakes of all 3 of the 1-ton trucks. That is the only wheel size wheel even available for the heaviest GVWRs, with exception of the 2015 F450.
True statement....My truck has huge calipers on it and OEM tires are 17", with a GVWR of 14,000#.
To answer the OP's question. My 2011 Ford 6.7 has 43,000 miles on it and has been flawless so far. It has towed a 13,000lb fiver up and down the West Virginia mountains 11,000 of those miles. I would say that this is one of the toughest places to tow a camper. I average 10 to 11 mpg towing and 17-19 solo. It is a F350 CC 4x4 SRW SB.
Agree...Born and raised in WV, (living in NC now, still in the mountains:))....Towed all over the state of WVa and own a camp in Pence Springs WV...don't tell others how the mountains are in WV:)...IF you live east of the Mississippi, there are no mountains to most others who live west of the Mississippi:R
10-13% grades, (and up) on secondary, mountainous, curvy roads are a "norm"...rarely a straight long stretch to be found..but you are correct..I tow my 5er, loaded to 16,200# all through those mountains quite effortlessly...(mine is a CC/4X4/LB/DRW truck).
I have Timbrens on my 2915 F350 DRW...when I installed them, there was about 1/4 inch between the Timbren and the stub... Since I had an empty 100 gallon transfer tank at the time, I added the spacer, it sits on the stops empty (ride is a little pogo), but with fuel in the transfer tank, rides nice. Will be towing for the first time this week with the Timbrens installed....
I've heard of Ford rolling out new models early, but a 2915 F350 Dually already:B
just playing with you, I know it's a typo because I make so many of them myself, you only missed it by one key:)
If you add one do NOT put it in the bedroom. They are too noisy and sufficient air flow can be obtained by opening a bedroom window and exhausting out another fan.
Wow, sorry but exact opposite opinion here.
I installed one with the t-stat feature and it works great. Our BR only has a window on the side wall and doesn't let much of a breeze through. I turn the FF on low speed and it quietly creates a nice refreshing but gentle breeze in the room. Then it shuts itself automatically in the early morning hours after the air has cooled off.
We use it every might.
Agree..works great...heck, we can turn the one on in the living room and it'll draw a breeze through the windows in the bedroom...very efficient...(5er is 37' inside diminsions).
can't really think of a negative,