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RE: Tire pressure monitor systems

My motorcycle has a Garmin/Zumo GPS which also monitors tire pressure. The sensors just thread onto the valve stems …. My fifth wheel has the Ford system and it works good but I had to have the trailer tires removed to install the sensors.
4x4ord 07/25/22 07:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Short bed truck missing back window

If I was worried about hitting my cab I’d definitely go auto slider or long box ….. manual slider wouldn’t get used in my truck.
4x4ord 07/25/22 07:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth wheel length question

I think ours measures 35.5 feet. We often camp in older camp grounds that were designed for smaller trailers. Sometimes it’s a little tight but we are always able to make it work. We like the floor plan of ours but the new fivers with similar floor plans seem to be just a touch longer. I think if we were to get a new 5ver we’d end up sticking with a similar floor plan …. maybe go to a lKing size bed and end up about 38 feet.
4x4ord 07/18/22 05:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

^^^They could put the Z8hp in their pickups and continue to use the Aisin in the chassis cabs. More than likely if they introduce a trans with more gears they will flatten out the torque curve to get the Hp of the Cummins inline with the competition. GM is talking about a 500 hp Duramax and according to how the Ford performs the Powerstroke is already producing over 500 ponies. If Ram is going to offer 500 hp and wants to continue to use 6 gears and an engine with a 36% torque rise the Cummins would need to be tuned to make nearly 1300 foot lbs of torque.
4x4ord 07/17/22 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

Ron, 8 so has a 4.3 first gear, 10 in the 4.5 relm, compared to your 3.5ish first gear. Better starting gearing. Less pedal easier starts especially on steep grades. I have not compared as closely on mid to top gears, possibly spaced closer, so assuming your like me, if I can't pull in OF, but in direct I could go redline, but back off to 2800 or so with past diesels, a taller ratio in trans will allow to go faster up a hill. No one is saying per say your combo is BAD. But from past experience going from 3 to 4 to 5 to 6 and a 7 sp, when the gears are closer together, yet over all splits are wider, even with the sam motor up front, performance, mpg etc is better. Think about how much better your current rig is vs last one with the 4 sp auto. Marty Marty you should set behind my wheel and tell me my truck does not launch flawlessly WITHOUT shudder. I towed my Son's 15 AISIN 3.42 at 28k combined starting on some steep grades without issue and took off flawlessly. I tow in 6th most of the time until getting into the hills. It's just not going to make a hill if beans difference. Throw the HO 22 Cummins in my truck I am sure it would get to the top faster but by how much. Don't think I would be wishing for more gears. You’re right that more gears are not going to make much difference in the time it takes for the Ram to get to the top of the hill. With 4.10 gears the Cummins can be kept in the 2100 to 2800 rpm range using just 3rd and 4th gear from 36 mph in 3rd all the way to 65 mph in 4th. The new Cummins is capable of making about 395 hp at 2100 rpm. So using just 3rd and 4th gears the Cummins can deliver 395 to 420 hp at all times. Another way of saying this is that from 36 to 65 mph the Cummins can be kept within 94% of its peak HP output. Compare that to the Duramax: The Duramax has very little torque rise meaning the power drops off much more significantly with the loss of engine rpm. To keep the Duramax running within 94% of its peak Hp rating you would need to run it above 2600 rpm …. hence the need for more gears. So you’re right Ron more gears aren’t required to get the Cummins to perform but if you ever get the opportunity to pull your unit with a new F350 Platinum do it.
4x4ord 07/16/22 07:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

PLEASE tell me what benefit an 8 speed would give me towing West Coast with my AISIN/CUMMINS 385/865 at 35k combined. I can tell you dropping a gear manually does NOTHING as it knows what gear to be in. Don't keep giving me MORE IS BETTER "Barbra Streisand". If you were to hook your unit up behind a new F350 you’d be amazed at the difference a few years, 4 gears and 100 hp make.
4x4ord 07/15/22 06:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Super Duty Backup Assist - Fifth Wheel

^^^^ Seems as though for a lot of guys using a back up nanny is kind of like asking for directions.
4x4ord 07/14/22 02:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Super Duty Backup Assist - Fifth Wheel

Many RVers are able to back up a trailer half decent. The first time or two a person uses the Pro Trailer Backup assist he's probably not going to do any better than he could manually, but, with a bit of practice using the system my guess is most drivers would get to the point of being excellent at backing up a trailer (if not excellent at least better than they could manually).
4x4ord 07/14/22 12:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Super Duty Backup Assist - Fifth Wheel

In the video they show a device that is bolted to the fifth wheel and plugs into a receptacle in the bed. My son has this setup on his 2022 Superduty , not sure if he's used it on his new fifth wheel, he will be here in Montana with us tomorrow , will have to see if he's used it . Report back if he tried it and if he like's it or not. Doesn't care for it at all, tried it once ,something about it doesn't see all the fifth wheel. Prefers just backing it like most of us do . ???! I think he must be talking about watching the camera display as opposed to using his mirrors? The pro trailer back up assist with the angle sensor on the fifth wheel doesn’t really have anything to do with cameras or the display. He should use the mirrors.
4x4ord 07/13/22 01:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Super Duty Backup Assist - Fifth Wheel

I find the system a little to sensitive and it spends a lot of time spinning the steering wheel around like a top. I have not dug into it to see if it can be calmed down a little. It was on the lot truck I purchased. If ordering a new truck I do not think I would spend the extra for it. I do really like the 360 cameras, adaptive cruise, 12" center stack screen, "take me to XYZ Nav" and other Ford features. Wish it had power fold mirrors. It’s a matter of getting use to it ….. you don’t turn the little knob as though it’s a steering wheel. Instead you turn the knob to tell the computer where you want the trailer to go. So if I’m wanting to back the trailer off to the right I’ll turn the nob to the right and hold it there ….. the truck wheels will turn left then straighten out then turn right …. while I hold the knob to the right. If I try steering with the knob the computer thinks I’m confused and starts spinning the steering wheel all over the place.
4x4ord 07/10/22 01:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Super Duty Backup Assist - Fifth Wheel

fail Using the old system with the stickers placed on the hitch has its limitations. Half way through the turn the system starts dinging and I had to take over control. I pulled out and tried again and the same thing happened. On level ground this seldom happens but it seems as though on uneven ground the sticker must get too far out of a programmed range of view. This doesn’t happen with the new angle sensor on the fifth wheel.
4x4ord 07/09/22 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Super Duty Backup Assist - Fifth Wheel

^^^ Sorry, I read the “no expert” and “pulling ahead a little often” in your post and thought you might want to get a little better. I’m pretty sure if you took the time to practice a bit with the PTBA you’d appreciate it.
4x4ord 07/08/22 06:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Super Duty Backup Assist - Fifth Wheel

^^^ If after 20 years of towing you’re still having to “pull ahead a little often” I would say you’re not going to get proficient at backing without either getting some instruction or possibly giving up on manually backing your trailer and start using your Pro Trailer Backup Assist. 15 or 20 minutes of practicing with PTBA should be enough to get you backing like a pro.
4x4ord 07/07/22 05:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Super Duty Backup Assist - Fifth Wheel

The backup assist harness and sensor came with my 2021 F450. I installed it to my 5th wheel but did not use it. It has to be calibrated to your particular trailer and is done by going to an open area and driving and turning with it when it says to do so. The issue I found is locating an area that is open enough to be able go straight, turn and so on when it says to do so without parking stops or other vehicles in the way. I have actually removed it and just back up the old fashioned way and don't have any problems. But then again I used to drive a tractor trailer and have had plenty of practice. Perhaps if I can locate an area suitable for calibration I may try it just to see how it is. I think it would take a bit of getting used to using a small knob to steer rather than the steering wheel. Calibrating doesn’t require much space …. a quiet street provides ample room. Calibrating it takes about 10 seconds.
4x4ord 07/06/22 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Super Duty Backup Assist - Fifth Wheel

The system works very well. A person with no backing skills would find it much easier to get the hang of backing a trailer up using the pro trailer backup assist vs manually backing up a trailer and I think most skilled drivers could likely learn to back up better using PTBA than backing without it. However it is slow …. I think the top speed it will back up a trailer is about 3 mph. If you ever came across a situation where you needed to back up a long distance it would be tedious.
4x4ord 07/04/22 08:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 Ford Super Duty

The thing I'd like to see in the 2023 is delivery. I ordered 5 2022 Super Dutys and so far I've only gotten one. Three were ordered in early December and two were ordered back in May of 2021.
4x4ord 07/01/22 10:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Point to ponder, hornets nest stir

^^^ There just might be a market for cars with front and rear dual wheels!
4x4ord 06/17/22 11:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 F-350 Demo Impressions

^^^ There is a window showing which gears are available and what gear the transmission is in. It might be too small to see in the video? The display is a vertical window on the right hand side of the tach. The transmission was in second gear in the video.
4x4ord 06/12/22 08:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 F-350 Demo Impressions

Here's a video from today of my 3.31 geared pick up with 36k lbs gross combined weight. I'm going down a short 9% grade. It gets a little steeper at the end of the video where the engine revs to about 3200 rpm. I've got quite a bit of cushion before I'd have to use the brakes. click
4x4ord 06/12/22 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 F-350 Demo Impressions

blofgren said: "Exhaust brake - I played around with the settings on it, and even in full on and the transmission in tow/haul mode, it worked OK, but definitely not nearly as strong as the one in my Ram/Cummins. I would estimate it to be about half as strong, but I suspect that the one in my truck is super strong due in part to the manual transmission." The EB is the same and works the same with a stick and the auto's in lockup in the newer RAM's. No matter how you slice it the CUMMINS EB is second to none. When I can hold back 34k on a several mile 14% downhill locked in 2nd without touching the brakes that says it all. I will take cold brakes at the bottom over winning the race to the top. The truck that has the capability to be first typically will give you a more easier pleasant towing experience. Remember... Towing just got easier! I am fine with getting to the top every time AND having cool brakes on the way down. If I am fine with my measly 385/865 and towing 35k combined West coast most anyone else will be thrilled. My expectation is a Ford dually with 3.55 gears would handle your trailer on that same grade in 2nd gear and 4000 rpm fairly similar to your Ram. The problem with the Ford is that you'd have to slow down at the top slow enough to get the truck to drop to second then let er go, where as the Ram will drop to second and hold things back without as much drama. The Ford would be at 4000 rpm and about 37 mph and a Ram with 4.10 gears at 3000 rpm and 35 mph both in second gear.
4x4ord 06/12/22 08:11am Tow Vehicles
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