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RE: Late-model 1/2 Ton and 30+ feet - Real world experiences...

I tow a trailer a fraction under 30' that weigh 8000 loaded to camp. I went from a 2001 2500 Suburban with the 8.1 and 4.10 to a 2012 F-150 with the HD Payload option and have no regrets. I am within all limits (payload, RAWR, hitch, etc.). I use a Reese dual cam. First, to emphasize I got the HD Payload package for a heavier set of axles and suspension. I prefer how the 3.5 Ecoboost and 6 speed delivers power. The integrated braking was superior. More quiet and comfortable ride. The 8.1 with the 4.10 had better engine braking. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 05/15/19 08:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Titan XD 5.0L Cummins?

Them not selling well is also a concern. Not popular = good deal now = probably not a good trade in value down the road. This. Plus, available parts and how many folks have eexperience working on it? Now how about a test drive of the Ram 2500 with the 6.4 and new transmission... Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 05/13/19 09:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Capacity Question

What does the yellow payload sticker on the driver door list for payload? My trailer weighs 6500 empty and 8000 loaded. My loaded tongue weight is right around 1,000. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 05/08/19 04:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram outsells Chevrolet.

I am impressed that Ram trucks have more than doubled their sales in 7 years. In 2011 they sold 244,762 and in 2018 they sold 536,980. In the same period Chevy Silverado sales went from 415,130 to 585,581. This echos many posts on this forum that Ram has stepped up their game big time. Take it easy, Stu ps Info from car sales database.com
AlmostAnOldGuy 04/22/19 09:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What do you two do?

Gin Rummy. Grab the book by Hoyle for lots of card games. We also bought a pair of good binoculars and enjoy the birds and wildlife. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 04/20/19 10:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Nitto Terra Grappler or Ridge Grappler?

I expect to get mine next week. I'll share my impressions, light duty and all. ;) Will be curious how they run and looking forward to your report for both summer and winter driving. Like ShinerBock mentioned I thought it was interesting re: the Nitto published characteristics of the two tires. Per the web sites characteristics the Ridge Grapplers exceeding the G2 in a few categories. However it occurred to me they do not show winter / ice in the list. The G2s appear to put more rubber on the ground with more full depth sipes that should help on packed snow and ice. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 04/13/19 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would gas engine opinions change if.....

I'm from the era when they used to have gauges to tell you what the motor was doing, then they came out with idiot lights. we used to buy gauges and find a place to put them on the dash so we could know what our cars motor was doing. I like the fact that today's trucks have gauges back in service again Swapped out the idiot light on my ‘72 Chevy for a temp gauge. I felt better knowing the temperature when pulling hills, etc. Ended up selling it to a buddy of mine. A couple years later he is towing a boat over Mt Hood and the engine is getting real slluggish. He looks at the temp gauge and it got so hot the needle had broken off. So yea, good to have a light to accompany those gauges. ; ) Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 04/07/19 11:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would gas engine opinions change if.....

I think the powertrain behavior directly translates into driving comfort. Add a turbo or two and enjoy the benefits of low end torque, lower rpms and fewer downshifts. There is a reason the EcoBoost is a popular engine on this forum. Is it like one of the big diesels? No, but it covers a broad spectrum of folks who tow. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 04/07/19 05:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can’t decide which vehicle would be best for my situation

When you find yourself at the top end of the "1/2 ton" capabilities there is a trade-off. Milage and comfort for daily driving vs. heavier capability. For your existing trailer or limiting the trailer at 7k or so getting an F150 with the 3.5 EcoBoost and max tow package would give you improved payload and wheel base providing greater stability. The 3.5 EcoBoost makes a lot of torque down low and makes for a more pleasant drive (less downshifting for hills). I tow 8k, but I have the max payload option that you pretty much have to special order. I knew I would never get a larger trailer and I also preferred the F150 over the HDs for a couple reasons. Although this was the right solution for me I do not recommend this because if you go this route you are maxed out, there is no room to go heavier. VernDiesel drives the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and has given many positive reports. He is an experienced driver and has towed up to 8k. One of these with the air suspension should be comfortable as a daily driver with about the best milage you will find in a "1/2 ton". ib516's recommendation for the Ram 2500 with the 6.4 and new 8 speed transmission (and 3.73 rear end) is a good one. My neighbor has the Ram 2500 and the coil springs offer a good ride. There were some complaints with the with prior years about the spacing in the gearing but with the new 8 speed that should be taken care of. Also, the heavier truck will do better if you deal with side winds or long downhill stretches that would benefit from some engine braking. So, long story short, if it were me I would test drive (and read payload stickers) on the F150 Max Tow, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, and Ram 2500 with 6.4 and see which one you liked best. Scout out a test drive route in advance with some bumpy roads, and some freeway, etc to get a feel for it. Also, make sure the truck comes with LT tires. If you want an idea on real world mpg on these or other rigs check-out fuelly.com. Take it easy, Stu p.s. The payload on the Ram 2500 is understated so it fits in a particular registration class. It is a lot of truck. p.p.s. I see you are in OK. Tulsa? If yes the cinnamon roles at the Savoy are really good. Will be there in a couple of weeks and we always stop in to get one.
AlmostAnOldGuy 03/24/19 10:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Will it?

I would say no. For that much trailer I would want max payload option or the F250. Expect you to be over payload and rear axle rating. No fun at all. Lots of nice trailers under 6k empty. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 03/18/19 04:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 4cyl Turbo

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AlmostAnOldGuy 03/11/19 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 4cyl Turbo

My brother has a 2017 F150 2wd supercrew with the 2.7 turbo and he claims to get over 25 on the interstates at 70+ mph. The Ford 2.7 seems to be one of the most overlooked engines in the market. I would like to see a showdown between the two 2.7 turbos, including price after current incentives. Have a 18 SCREW company truck, 12k since new running 23.5-24 over that 12K miles. That compares to the 11 reg cab F150 with a 5.0 that it replaced got 19 MPG over the 40K I drove it. I run a lot of highway miles with no load. How do you like the 2.7 compared to the 5.0 re: rpms, holding gears, general impressions? Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 03/10/19 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 4cyl Turbo

Some of our best camping was in a 2wd Ford with the 4.6 pulling a pop up. Expect this engine would do just fine for many folks. Just for comparison Chevy 2.7 I4 turbo - Al block 310 hp 348 ft lbs torque EPA 20/19/22 - 4WD Ford 2.7 v6 turbo - CGI block 325 hp 400 ft lbs torque 20/18/23 - 4WD Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 03/08/19 09:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires - 2013 3500HD Denali

My buddy runs a Chev 2500 diesel and drives hard. He got 60k out of his Michelin LTX AT2s. Based on his good report I bought these and they have worked well for what I use them for which is pavement and gravel. They are quick to bury themselves in sand. I have read good things about Hancook Dynapro and Toyo. Suggest you narrow down to a few and then use the search on this forum to pull up posts to give you some insights. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 02/21/19 09:03pm Tow Vehicles
2011-2013 F150 Recall Details

As the last recall thread rapidly spun off topic just wanted to provide a couple of details I picked up at the dealer yesterday when getting an oil change. The service manager gave me a copy of the email received from Ford and below are the most relevant items. TO: All U.S. Ford and Lincoln Dealers SUBJECT: NEW VEHICLE DEMONSTRATION / DELIVERY HOLD - Safety Recall 19S07 AFFECTED VEHICLES F150 2011-2013 Dearborn plant built 4/28-10/28 2013 F150 2011-2013 Kansas City plant built 5/18-11/18 2013 REASON FOR THIS SAFETY RECALL In some of the affected vehicles, an intermittent Output Share Speed Sensor (OSS) failure may result in an unintended downshift into first gear. Depending on vehicle speed at the time of the downshift, an abrupt wheel speed reduction may occur., which could cause the rear tires to slide or lockup until the vehicle slows down. This condition could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. SERVICE ACTION Before demonstrating or delivering any new in-stock vehicles involved in this recall, dealers are to perform the following steps: 1. DO NOT attempt repair on 2013 Model Year F150 vehicles equipped with 3.5L GTDI engines at this time - software update not available until 2nd Quarter, 2019. 2. Check for available power control module (PCM) software update and reprogram the PCM using IDS Release 112.04 or higher. Some vehicles may already have the latest software. This service is to be performed on all affected vehicles at no charge to the vehicle owner. OWNER NOTIFICATION AND MAILING SCHEDULE Owner letters are expected to be mailed the week of March 4th, 2019. Dealers should repair any affected vehicles that arrive at their dealerships, whether or not the customer has received a letter. In Attachment II of the document it indicates labor time of 0.3 hours. Hope this information may be of help. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 02/16/19 10:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Diesel

It is also only available with the small fuel tank. You can't get the 36 gallon tank. The salesman I bought my truck from thinks they are a loser. Heard they are heavily discounting them though. Not having a 36 gallon take is a drag. Would not assume it is a loser though. Likely comes down to some folks prefer to drive a diesel. Does not have to pay for itself, it is a matter of driving characteristics and user preference. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 02/12/19 04:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TV battery life? And Interstate longeivity? Diesel trucks.

The vast majority of batteries are made by one company - Johnson Controls. They private label, and may build them to different specs for different brands, but I am of the opinion that for the most part, they are the same. So I buy the ones with the combo of best price and best warranty - which usually means something from either Costco or Walmart. To answer your question on battery life, I think that can vary wildly. I had a 2003 RAM CTD that I bought new in December of 2002, and sold it in September of 2011. It had the original batteries in it when I sold it. It had around 120,000 miles. My current truck, bought in September of 2011 needed batteries at 3/20/16 at 46,321 miles. I buy Johnson Controls lead acid batteries for the truck. But I have also learned to bring a battery hydrometer with me and I check the cells before I pay for it. Will then check the cells each year before winter sets in. Usually get 5 / 6 years of service. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 02/01/19 09:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What’s Your Favorite Truck?

Favorites have changed over the years. 1986 Toyota 2.4L 2WD (favorite at the time) First new vehicle ever owned. Many a good road trip. Drove my girlfriend to the beach with that truck, proposed and she said yes. Been married over 30 years now. Lots of good memories. 1999 F150 Supercab 4.6L 2WD (favorite at the time) After being married for a year twins came along after a few years decided I needed more seats. Pulled a pop-up with this and loaded the back with bikes, dutch ovens, wet suits, body boards, inflatable kayak, etc. Many great memories of camping and road trips with the family. 2001 2500 Suburban 8.1L 4WD (never really took to this one) Bought used when kids were in high school. Son grew over 6' and was tight fit in Supercab and was occasionally hauling friends around. I know it is blasphemy on this board, but I never liked this rig. Steering left a lot to be desired, was constantly correcting heading down the freeway. Took it to multiple shops and no luck improving the steering. Really poor feel to the brakes. 2012 F150 SuperCrew 3.5L EcoBoost w/MaxPayload (favorite) Kids are grown and out of the house. Seats fold up and give plenty of room for the dog. When family is around good seats to haul folks around. Great seats. Great low end torque and like running down the road at low rpms in a quiet cab. The Mrs. and I really enjoy road trips. Goes straight and true down the road, easy to drive. Really like this truck and plan to keep it a long time. Jeremiah, Thanks for the post. Was kind of fun to think about these different rigs. Each had it's own time and place. Current rig is my favorite. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 01/30/19 08:17am Tow Vehicles
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