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RE: State Bridge, CO to Kremmling

I’m pretty sure it is not paved.
Bionic Man 01/20/20 10:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: Interstate 80 thru Wyoming and Nebraska

There are often high wind watches and warnings going across 80. Wyoming can be terrible. Best bet is to try to get going early. Winds are usually less in the morning.
Bionic Man 01/20/20 10:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2020 Chevy new bed length & auto slider

When I bought my 03 RAM new, it was a new body style and bed length. I remember being really worried about finding a hitch initially because no one made one. Within a few months, I could get pretty much any brand I wanted. My advice, unless you are going on a trip soon, wait a couple months and let the companies catch up. You will have better choices then.
Bionic Man 01/17/20 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: just saw my 1st 2020 F-350's

Since I experienced high transmission temps on my Yukon, I've been paying a lot more attention to them. I travel for work, and rent a car at least once a week, sometimes up to 3 different cars in a week. I'm in the habit of looking at transmission temps as I'm driving on the interstate, and temps from 190* - 210* are the norm. True for the Mopar ZF 8 speeds. True for the GM SUVs. That is what my new Expedition runs. Certainly true on my Cummins. True for just about every vehicle I have paid attention to.
Bionic Man 01/17/20 05:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

Not sure why anyone cares about the 7.3L. According to the HD gas owners here, they don't need more power which is why they bought the gas engine instead of the diesel. So why would an engine with more power that you will have to pay more for matter now? I believe it is about a 1,600 dollar premium over the 6.2 once you account for the 10 speed automatic, so a bit less than the diesel upgrade. 1,600 bucks for a bit more power and never having to buy a drop of DEF.... Personally, I've yet to run into a situation where the 6.2 wasn't up to the task, but then again I only pull ~8K and live at 140' above sea level. What are the cost over the life of the truck? And don't forget to add in resale/trade-in. It's easy for me. I've got less than 10K miles on my 2018 that I've had for about 20 months, I expect to own it for 15-20 years. By the time I sell the resell value I'd get out of the diesel would be insignificant compared to the cost I'd have paid up front. I just don't drive it enough to make a diesel pay for itself in fuel savings. For some, dare I say most, the diesel is a no brainer choice. However, for me the justification using math just doesn't work. According to Kelly Blue Book, a 2005 F350 4WD SRW Short Bed Lariat with 75k miles, the 6.0L diesel has an average trade in value of $13,709 while 5.4L gas engine has a trade in value of $9,479. That is $4,230 more and if I am not mistaken the upcharge for a diesels option back then was around $5-6K MSRP and even less if you negotiated for better pricing. So you would still get most of your money back on a 15 year vehicle and only putting 5k a year on the truck. And that is using residual value for a truck with an engine that is not exactly well thought of. Resale will almost certainly be higher with the current engines.
Bionic Man 01/16/20 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck bed plug or just use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

I have one in the bed, but probably use the one in the bumper just as much.
Bionic Man 01/12/20 10:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chrysler UConnect

The only issue mine ever has is it sometimes doesn't turn on when I start the truck. It's probably happened a half dozen times in 5 years, and there's no pattern to it I can discern. I can't remember what version I have but it's has the small grayscale touchscreen. I only ever use it for the radio and phone calls, and I use Siri to manage my calling so I can't speak to how uconnect handles those functions although I'd guess not as well. It's Chrysler and electronics. Adjust your expectations accordingly. LOL. The head unit in my Grand Cherokee is made by Harmon Kardon - one of the best in the business.
Bionic Man 01/10/20 10:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: just saw my 1st 2020 F-350's

Did you actually drive it or just look? just looked... no interest in driving... Probably the safest way to keep from buying.....
Bionic Man 01/10/20 10:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: just saw my 1st 2020 F-350's

Did you actually drive it or just look?
Bionic Man 01/10/20 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler UConnect

My 2014 Grand Cherokee works fine. My 2012 won’t save satellite radio stations as favorites anymore. But I don’t think that is a Uconnect issue. Probably will just update the head unit to something with car play.
Bionic Man 01/07/20 10:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 8.1 truck with low miles?

I had a 8.1 in a 2500 Burb. I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. I wasn't in love my Yukon Denali XL, but the 6.2 in that seemed more powerful towing than the 8.1.
Bionic Man 01/06/20 10:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

Speaking of added cost. I think all states in the US should restructure their fuel tax system. The reason why diesel is taxed higher than gasoline is because it is mainly used on medium and heavy duty commercial truck applications where there are hardly any gas engines used. This is not the case anymore because there are more and more gas engines being used in medium duty commercial truck applications. In my opinion, they should dye the diesel and gasoline fuel similar to how they do with non-tax diesel. Anyone using both gas or diesel for commercial use should pay the higher tax rate. They can dye this fuel a certain color similar to how the dye non-tax farm fuel red. Anyone not using gasoline or diesel for commercial purposes should not have any color and pay the same lower tax. Not disagreeing, but the ramifications of electric vehicles not paying fuel taxes will be much more important to address in the near future.
Bionic Man 01/06/20 06:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Just for you Gritdog 30 mph backwards

I don't think my truck would do 30 MPH in reverse. Might have to check, but not with a trailer.
Bionic Man 12/31/19 02:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

I had an 03 with the HO engine and the NV5600. I towed 16,000 pounds (5er and boat tandem) for tens of thousands of miles. The only problem I had was that the rail pump died when it was 9 years old and 100,000 + miles. Never had any ill effects for towing that weight.
Bionic Man 12/31/19 02:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Models with Adaptive Cruise Control

I've never driven a vehicle with this feature. It sounds terrible. If I'm set at 70 and I come up on a vehicle doing 67 then I slow to 67? If he slows to 65 now I'm doing 65? That sounds terrible. Why wouldn't I pass the slower vehicle and be on my way? Is that not how it works? What do you like about this feature? In my opinion, it is one of the BEST features on new vehicles. It was a requirement for the last two vehicles I bought, and is one of the features that would make me consider upgrading my truck. It might not be as useful on the open road, but if you drive in traffic it is a great feature. Set cruise at whatever speed, and it maintains a steady distance from the vehicle ahead of you. From a dead stop all the way up to the speed you set.
Bionic Man 12/30/19 01:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Denali NP-probable shutdown 2020 season

There is SOOOOO much more to Alaska than Denali. Our next trip we won't even spend time there.
Bionic Man 12/20/19 08:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Single Rear Wheel vs Dually - Whats the Best for You

Love those defenders of the DRW as the ultimate overall vehicle. Folks, sorry to tell you, but your DRW does not ride as well or better than a luxury car or SUV. Doesn't matter the brand. And it isn't as easy to park as a car or SUV. Its a great towing platform undoubtedly. But just like with anything else, there are trade offs. And overall drivability is one of them. I am happy to have my DRW for towing duties. But that (and hunting) are about all I use mine for. This is a towing forum. It's not surprising that a DRW would be the ultimate overall vehicle. Yep. And now singing the praises of how it handles the twisties. It just gets better and better......
Bionic Man 12/19/19 01:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Single Rear Wheel vs Dually - Whats the Best for You

Love those defenders of the DRW as the ultimate overall vehicle. Folks, sorry to tell you, but your DRW does not ride as well or better than a luxury car or SUV. Doesn't matter the brand. And it isn't as easy to park as a car or SUV. Its a great towing platform undoubtedly. But just like with anything else, there are trade offs. And overall drivability is one of them. I am happy to have my DRW for towing duties. But that (and hunting) are about all I use mine for.
Bionic Man 12/18/19 09:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Models with Adaptive Cruise Control

I’m also a firm believer in adaptive cruise. I’ve never seen one in an RV.
Bionic Man 12/17/19 12:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Single Rear Wheel vs Dually - Whats the Best for You

I lay awake at night knowing I can't get my dually through a drive through. I can get through some drive trough's, I can also fit in many parking garages height is more of an issue. The inability to go through an automatic car wash in my area is one of the biggest downsides. My next truck will be SRW.
Bionic Man 12/15/19 07:31pm Tow Vehicles
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