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RE: Ram automatic vs asin

The only complaint I have with my Aisin is the quick shift from 1st to 2nd. Sometimes when moving only a short distance, like from a stop up to my turn at an intersection, it will shift. That's a little aggravating, but once you learn how to drive it, you can work around such minor annoyances. In the perfect world I would have the truck start out in 2nd unless towing. The ease of getting a HEAVY load rolling makes up for such a minor issue.
Cummins12V98 05/02/16 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram automatic vs asin

"IMO more bite on the Aisin , and the $2600 extra, then necessary. In Cummins12V98 own words, towing heavy with the 68RFE, and 3:42 gears with X amount of miles with no issues. Yes ,and we all should know by now that was his previous Ram truck." Correct, almost. I have said many times the 68RFE served me very well towing VERY heavy with 3.42's but I did have one negative that was getting the load rolling on a grade that the Aisin would have cured with its lower starting gears. Yea that was my "OLD" truck.:B
Cummins12V98 05/02/16 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing a 13,500 dry weight 5er?

We did take a test ride in a Chevy 1 ton dually yesterday!! Wow!! A very different riding experience! I see what you mean, Travelnutz! It was kind of bumpy!! My DH told me that the ride would not be as bumpy with a trailer loaded. Tryout a RAM Dually with factory rear air ride. Set the rear tire pressure to 35-40. You will like the ride!
Cummins12V98 05/02/16 07:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Differential fluid thoughts/recommendations...

Is there any reason why switching to 75W-140 would not be advised versus 75W-90? I'm not wondering if its necessary. Just if its not advisable. 75W-140 will hurt your fuel economy. At higher temps (towing heavy) the 75W-140 will offer more protection though. A higher viscosity gear oil isn't necessarily better. There is potential for the differential to run hotter and be lubricated less. 75/110 is the preferred viscosity when towing heavy. 75/140 is too heavy. Seriously? I'm not sure I have ever even seen 75W-110. My Cherokee, Magnum, and Dak called for 75W-140 if towing. FWIW, my Crown Vic calls for 75W-140 in police or livery service, 75W-90 otherwise. Yes "SERIOUSLY" ! If you read my previous post I did say the ECO DIESEL recommends the 75-140. The 2500/3500 contradicts saying one place 75-85 and another 75-90, I think the latter is what is recommended by Chrysler. AMZ/OIL recommends 75-110.
Cummins12V98 05/02/16 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ford Superduty Order Guide

Ordered my 2017 F450 Lariat last night. Got the x-plan pricing. Incentives will be applied when the truck comes in. They should start hitting the streets the very end of July or first part of August. I did order the 5th wheel prep package. I have a 25K air hitch and like most manufacturers they offer an adapter that fits into the Ford puck system. Enjoy the road. We do. bigdon68 Hope you got the spacers put on your Mobile Suites to lift it, Ford saw fit to make the 2017 bed rails taller and the trucks sit higher. I have recommended that to Ford owners with MobileSuites so they are covered if buying a 2017 or later.
Cummins12V98 05/01/16 04:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing a 13,500 dry weight 5er?

Excellent ideas for using 45 psi pressures in a DRW or a SRW truck when empty. Looking at manufacturers tire pressure charts show the popular LT235/85-16 E has around 1800 lbs capacity for dual application at 45 psi = 7200 lbs capacity. Most DRW trucks rear axles can weigh in the 3000-3600 lb range so 45 psi is plenty of air pressure. Same with a non DRW truck. Same size tire shows a 2000 lb capacity at 45 psi = 4000 lbs of capacity. Non of the tires are under inflated. Now what we do have to watch for depending on tire size and wheel size and back spacing on a DRW is the dual tires rubbing against each other when using lower pressures for a smoother ride. At 40-45 rears I still had lots of tire space running solo on my Dually. I may drop to 35 and see how they look for grins.
Cummins12V98 05/01/16 04:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford 5th wheel prep - Do you have an adapter for your hitch?

........... Reason is the REESE is rated at around 25K and is no where as stout as the B&W. ........ Would you please post links to design info backing up your statement? ........... .... B&W obviously thinks the spacing is important in the ratings where REESE does not. Once again, please post links to info showing design data supporting your statement. Just compare them side by side. If that's not good enough I am sorry.
Cummins12V98 05/01/16 04:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 5th wheel prep - Do you have an adapter for your hitch?

"Spacing makes absolutely no difference so don't buy into the BW is better on the ram because the pucks are spaced further apart" If you are correct please tell me why B&W would not rate the Ford hitch at 25K instead of 20K? Ratings are just that! If B&W could justify 25K on the ford hitch they sure would!
Cummins12V98 05/01/16 04:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram automatic vs asin

A couple more downsides: The HD Aisin is physically heavier and requires more frequent service than the 68RFE. The service is quite simple on the Aisin. Drain pan (there is a drain plug) every 30K and re fill then at 120K replace filter. I just attended May Madness in Pahrump, NV and confirmed this is the case. Per the Chrysler guy as I have said the Aisin does not break! All three Chrysler guys agreed on service intervals. Can't get much easier. 68RFE service is replace both filters and oil every 60K if towing. Just pulled several long 6 percent grades today and the hottest the trans got was 167 at 85-90 outside. That is with a measly 32,500# combined.
Cummins12V98 05/01/16 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 5th wheel prep - Do you have an adapter for your hitch?

The Ford 5th wheel prep package is good in that it gives you a cross member on the frame dedicated to the hitch. However to use any other hitch besides FORD you will need an adapter. The makers of Air Safe Hitch, the hitch I have, does make an adapter for my hitch to fit right in the ford system. I will be ordering one. Has anyone used an adapter for their hitch to work in the Ford system? Just wanted to know how it worked. bigdon68 I would highly recommend you look at the B&W Puck hitch for the Ford trucks. It is rated at 20K, I would not hesitate to tow over that number with THAT hitch. Reason is the REESE is rated at around 25K and is no where as stout as the B&W. Basically the B&W for the Ford is exactly the same as mine that is rated at 25K. The only difference is the space between the pucks front to back. B&W obviously thinks the spacing is important in the ratings where REESE does not.
Cummins12V98 05/01/16 06:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram automatic vs asin

I am at my last day of MayMadness TDR Regional Rally in Pahrump, NV where we had two Chrysler reps and one retired one. The retired one was the western head of warranty repairs for Chrysler. To quote him regarding the Aisin "they don't break". The only failures they see are in the Medium duty trucks where they at times are abused by people that don't give a &#*@ about how they drive them. BD Diesel performance was at the Rally, To prove that the Aisin does not break the Sales Rep Harold said they don't even offer anything for the Aisin Transmission. They do for all the Allison, Ford and Chrysler transmissions. I tow 32,500# combined with the Aisin and 4.10's I can start off on a fairly steep grade with just pushing the go pedal with no grunting or groaning it just moves the load! We had a dyno event on Thursday in LasVegas and the 2500 trucks with 370 hp posted the same HP as the trucks with 385 HP. RWHP was in the low 350 range, that is VERY impressive numbers! So Honestly I don't know if the extra HP and TQ are that much difference. The drivability and dependability of the Aisin is WELL worth the investment!!!
Cummins12V98 05/01/16 06:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Any ideas on how to free a rusted ball on B&W hitch?

I hope you were heating the turnover ball hitch surrounding the ball. If you heated the ball it just made it tighter.
Cummins12V98 05/01/16 06:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Asphalt storage pad

I'm an engineer with some experience designing highway pavements. In general, 10,000 lbs is fairly light for a pavement design, so pretty much any of the suggestions in this thread would work (including either of the OP's original pavement and gravel thicknesses), especially if its only carrying that weight occasionally. Its possible that parking a static load in one spot for a few hot days could create a bit of a divot (asphalt is basically a mix of tar and gravel, and tar flows in heat), but I wouldn't think it would be bad. It's really the gravel that provides the load carrying support, so don't skimp there. There's probably not a huge cost difference between the 2.5"/4" design and the 3"/6" design, so I would probably go with the slightly thicker one just for added assurance. Speaking of gravel, the only suggestion in this thread that I wouldn't follow is the use of pea gravel. It's the angular interlocking characteristics of compacted gravel that provide the weight bearing support; over time, rounded pea gravel would tend to flow away from the concentrated weight points under the tires. I suppose it could work under concrete if the concrete is thick enough, but under asphalt it would probably provide poor support. If you are referring to me I never suggested using pea gravel for substrate under asphalt. Yes it works VERY well for backfill in ditches and under concrete slabs.
Cummins12V98 05/01/16 06:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Solid counters

With solid surface I would highly recommend the matte finish. Gloss will show everything.
Cummins12V98 04/30/16 01:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a reliable diesel truck

I was a diesel mechanic for 21 years for Freightliner and I knew what truck that I wanted. I searched Craigslist almost everyday for a year before i found one. I bought a 99 Dodge 1 ton dual wheel 5.9 24 valve Cummins with 125,000 miles on it for $10,300. It had a new lift pump and injector pump, recently. It has an auto, which i like! The 1st thing that I had done was change the fluid in transmission and adj the bands. He said it looked new, inside! I have used this truck for 2 years and it has been perfect! I average 10-12 mpg pulling my 33' 5th wheel toyhauler.I change the oil and filters when I should and keep a spare fuel filter under the back seat! If, and when you find a good truck that You like, you have to jump on it because it might not be there, tomorrow! Hard to come by! I am surprised being a Freightliner Mechanic you did not stray away from the 99's since they are known for block cracking. I wish you long life on the 99. That issue applies to the "53" blocks, which are fairly easily identified. Rusty True but the 99's were the worse for cracking under the exhaust manifold.
Cummins12V98 04/30/16 01:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 10' rv power cord

Just make your own cord. SO is the best quality as it stays flexible in cold weather. The cameo yellow ends are of good quality.
Cummins12V98 04/30/16 09:39am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Looking for a reliable diesel truck

I was a diesel mechanic for 21 years for Freightliner and I knew what truck that I wanted. I searched Craigslist almost everyday for a year before i found one. I bought a 99 Dodge 1 ton dual wheel 5.9 24 valve Cummins with 125,000 miles on it for $10,300. It had a new lift pump and injector pump, recently. It has an auto, which i like! The 1st thing that I had done was change the fluid in transmission and adj the bands. He said it looked new, inside! I have used this truck for 2 years and it has been perfect! I average 10-12 mpg pulling my 33' 5th wheel toyhauler.I change the oil and filters when I should and keep a spare fuel filter under the back seat! If, and when you find a good truck that You like, you have to jump on it because it might not be there, tomorrow! Hard to come by! I am surprised being a Freightliner Mechanic you did not stray away from the 99's since they are known for block cracking. I wish you long life on the 99.
Cummins12V98 04/30/16 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: tires

My Goodyear G614's cost 300 a piece. They are expensive,,,but very reliable tires. Good call you won't regret the investment. I am so confident in my GY "H" tires I am not adding TPMS.
Cummins12V98 04/30/16 09:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing a 13,500 dry weight 5er?

My 3500 4x4 RAM DRW with rear air ride with rear tires set to 40psi rides just as good if not better than friends 3500 GM SRW 4x4 SB truck.
Cummins12V98 04/30/16 09:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tiled back splash

Tiled my back splash https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/201045551/Forums/PhotoUpload/RV.NET-Photo-Upload.html Try again!
Cummins12V98 04/30/16 02:27am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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