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RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

... To the point of putting down other good folks for the type of RV trailer they have?? Really? Some people just live sad, spiteful lives. In my opinion, a heavy TALL RV is foolish. It has a tall roof, that contains air space you can't use. And, what does that get you? A tall structure that does nothing more than push air as you tow it. Why not throw a parachute behind the RV also? Having an opinion about that is not the same as living a sad spiteful life. With your response though, you're actually the one being spiteful. I stated an opinion and you don't like it. That's your problem, not mine. LOL.
Devo the dog 05/06/21 07:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

Guess I am a “FOOL” to haul a nice large RV. Must be extra foolish as I also own a 2,500’ rambler in NW WA on property with a 30x40 shop. Curious why you don’t sell that RAM as it seems you are not happy with it. On flT ground towing at 60 I will bet you get 9-10 with the RAM and no way more than 7.5 with the gasser same conditions. People are different. We're not interested in towing a huge RV just to park it some other place. We're typically out hiking and climbing. So, ours is fine for our use. At least you have a nice cottage. I've kept receipts on my vehicles since 2005 and hand calculate the fuel mileage. The sad reality is that the Ram's fuel mileage when towing isn't good enough to justify recommending it. I am considering selling it but for other reasons. It's still at the Ram dealership and they're struggling with getting the 2nd recall done (bed step), fixing the radio which was a dealership documented problem from the 3rd month of ownership 1 1/2 years ago, the heater, the AC, suspension clunks, etc. Even FCA is puzzled why after three appointments, made weeks in advance, they can't get it fixed over a three month period. LOL. Can't get a safety recall done within 3 months? Hahaha. What a joke. Why don't I sell? I've been looking for a replacement. The reality is that I can't find a Ford that I want nationwide. And, Ford halted production due to shortages. I'm definitely not replacing it with a Ram. If the problem was just the truck, it would be different situation. But, the biggest problem has been the idiocy with multiple dealerships backed by the idiocy of the manufacture. You can't fix stupid. Longtime ram fanboys don't get it because they're accepting of anything, just like any cult member would. They buy over and over and over, even if the factory fix is a spot weld. LOL. In the meantime, I still have my F350 while the Ram is parked at the FCA dealership. And yes, I'm going thru the legal process of requesting a buy-back at the same time. In summary, the benefit of an extra fuel tank, or a larger fuel tank is great. And that's why Ram owners make modifications.
Devo the dog 05/06/21 07:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

You towing 34k combined with a 13’ 4” high and 102” wide RV? LOL. No. IMO, anyone towing 34k combined with a 13’ 4” high and 102” wide RV is a fool. Why tow a house when you can buy a large home that is attached to a foundation, located on property? My 5th wheel is low profile and lightweight. I get slightly better fuel mileage towing it with the 2019 Ram. But because my 15 year old Ford V10 has a bigger fuel tank, I can tow the same 5th wheel the same distance on one tank. I was hoping for better fuel mileage with the Ram, but the fuel mileage on the diesel isn't really that great. It's just slightly better than a 15 year old F350 with a V10 and 4:30's http://www.spikeengineering.com/F350/IMG_5163.jpg width=800 http://www.spikeengineering.com/3500/Ram5th.jpeg width=800 http://www.spikeengineering.com/3500/RamHauler.jpeg width=800 BTW, this is not a commercial for Sinclair. The fuel mileage I got with the Ram towing a 34' bumper pull with the Ram numerous times to and from Utah wasn't great either. When I'm not towing anything, it's totally different. I'll get 17 mpg. But, once I hook up a trailer to the Ram, the fuel mileage tanks. IMO, it's just a wussy truck with a heavy hunk of iron under the hood. LOL.
Devo the dog 05/05/21 10:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

How heavy is the tongue? Tongue weight should be 11-15% of total trailer weight. If you don't have enough tongue weight when fully loaded, it'll be all over the road, and potentially very unsafe. Being a toy hauler, too light of a tongue is also the most likely scenario. This is what I'd guess is the problem. Tongue weight is too light. One of my trailers is a 34 ft bumper pull and I always check it with a tongue weight scale.
Devo the dog 05/05/21 07:33am Towing
RE: Gros Veture Campground (or others) Grand Tetons NP

Planning on staying at Gros Venture mid June. I understand it is a first come first serve place with no reservations accepted. Anyone have any advice for getting a site like what time of day to arrive or is there more than one gate etc? If there are no sites available do they have an overflow area? Are there other options? I looked at Coulter Bay and they are completely full. Just a little concerned about site availability with the news of the explosion of rv's since the pandemic. Thanks You need a reservation and good luck getting a reservation. The only place that had availability was Headwaters.
Devo the dog 05/05/21 07:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ram TRX vs Cybertruck

... that doesn’t make sense! Because you're a dodge guy. LOL.
Devo the dog 05/05/21 07:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram TRX vs Cybertruck

Even Tesla knows which truck to compare it too!It's marketing genius. Why would Tesla want to compare themselves to the better manufactures when they have an opportunity to compare their future truck to the worst manufacture, and get a good laugh at the same time. I bet senior leadership at FCA is pissed off because they know that it's also a subtle insult and everyone at Tesla, Ford and GM is laughing at Ram. LOL
Devo the dog 05/04/21 08:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

I was bucking a big head wind yesterday towing and managed to get 6.5 mpg. Barely made it to my usual fuel stop. I filled 31 gallons in a 32 gallon tank. The 2005 Ford V10 got 6.5 once time pulling in a headwind and pulling the same trailer in a headwind, the 2019 Ram HO diesel got 6.5. The only downside is that Ram's mpg is more sensitive to headwinds and sidewinds. The upside to the Ford is that it has a 36 gallon tank. The Ram is a wimpy 32 so the distance between fuel stops is about the same as the Ford V10 because the fuel mileage of the Ram is only a little better than the Ford pulling the same trailer.
Devo the dog 05/04/21 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rv-ers prefer Duramax?

Folks buy Rams because they're cheaper. The cheapskates I work with all drive Rams. You know those guys? The ones always dipping into the have a penny give a penny tray at the 7-11. Unfortunately, I didn't fully understand this until after I bought one and it started having problems. The fact that the typical ram owner is a cheapskate doesn't bother me. The problem is that the manufacture and dealerships know that they can provide a substandard truck and horrible service because the cheapskates don't care if things don't work, or break. They have and will continue to settle for whatever they're given, and then, they'll defend the piece of junk to the grave. LOL. All they care about is that a hunk of metal can tow a heavy load up a hill.
Devo the dog 05/01/21 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 ton diesel vs. gas

Oh well, shoot , if I knew you could get your oil changed for less than $30 ida bought a gasser.....hey, check your calendar, it’s not 1985 any more... Some of you guys are so full of ____. You can’t even buy the oil and filter for les than $30..... Why is this place like who can make up the biggest story? Because the majority of diesel owners lie and the majority of cummins owners lie more than any of them. BTW, I have a stack of unused filters for the V10 that I bought years ago. So, an oil change costs me about $30 per year. On the other hand, the oil, oil filter and fuel filters for the Ram was expensive in comparison. It didn't matter to me though because I knew in advance. Someday, I'll replace the plugs on the V10 again. But based on the miles I drive it, it won't need plugs until 2030, at the soonest. In comparison, I bet the Ram will have a few new owners, a bunch of recalls, a new AC system, etc. Furthermore, everyone of them will brag about towing 20,000 lbs up 15% grades at 80 mph, while getting 25 mpg. Then, they'll brag about selling it for more than they paid for it. LOL.
Devo the dog 04/29/21 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 ton diesel vs. gas

You know that hill you go up now at 2000 RPM in your diesel? It will be at 5500 RPM in the gasser. LOL. And if it's a diesel, for every mile you drive, the tooth fairy will put $10 in your bank account.
Devo the dog 04/27/21 03:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dually tire replacement upcharge

Sounds about normal for Ram. Ram is as Ram does.
Devo the dog 04/27/21 09:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 ton diesel vs. gas

Because of quite expensive repairs on my diesel (see signature) it has got me thinking. I am half way contemplating trading for a 3/4 ton gasser. My diesel tows very well, so I am wondering: would a 3/4 gasser’s towing performance be comparable to my Duramax, or would it be more like a “beefed up” version of the 1/2 ton gasser I used to tow with years ago? On trips I am towing 8500-9000 lbs. I own both a 2005 Ford F350 V10 2WD with 4.30s and a 2019 Ram 3500 HO 4WD with 3.73s and tow the same trailers. My 5th wheel is lightweight and about the same weight as your trailer. The new diesel gets about 1.5 mpg better than the 15 year old V10. It's true that the gas engine will need new plugs every 100,000 miles and if replacing plugs every 100,000 miles is a hassle, then maybe a diesel is the better choice. I changed my at 126,000. I could have paid someone but I did it myself. The horror, the horror. I think I got my hands dirty. LOL. Once in 126,000 miles really isn't that big of a deal. But, you'll have to replace fuel filters every 10,000-15000 miles. Diesel owners love to replace fuel filters when they compare a diesel to a gas engine. Plus, they love to argue about oil type, brands and change intervals. I know the gas guys have the same arguments. The only difference is that the diesel guys spend more money on oil and filters (and fuel filters), and for some reason, that doesn't matter. Towing? The diesel doesn't slow down going up hills and the exhaust brake is great. When I tow with the Ford V10, I generally don't beat up the engine by spinning it at a high RPM, even though it's designed for it. Getting up the hill a few minutes sooner just isn't worth it. I also drive a bit slower. The diesel tows easy at 70-74 mph. I generally tow with the gas engine at 62-65, so we're in the truck longer. To be honest, the diesel is nice but not worth the added cost. If you tow a lot, maybe it's worth it. If you don't, save your money. I bought the diesel because the added cost wasn't an issue. On a completely unrelated note, the manufacture (Ram) and dealerships sucks. The diesel is the only thing that works well.
Devo the dog 04/27/21 08:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Operational problems with new diesel pickups

The truck is so much more than the engine and a fuel pump. 99% of my 2019 RAM 3500 HO DRW is a piece of junk. The other 1% is fine: the engine and CP4 are the only things that haven't had a problem. The rest of the problems still exist because Ram and their dealerships are a joke. I can't even get a safety recall done. LOL. Even the ram customer care agent has become frustrated. So, my opinion stands: if you want to avoid operational problems: Don't buy a Ram/Dodge/Chrysler/Fiat/Peugeot. If you do, cross your fingers that it won't have a recall (LOL), or it won't have a problem (LOL). If there is a recall or a problem, you're stuck with it because the dealership/factory are a joke and it's unlikely that the recall or the problem will get repaired. Buy anything else.
Devo the dog 04/17/21 11:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Operational problems with new diesel pickups

^Seems like most of your issues are not diesel related and all are worse because of the dealer. I don’t think Ram/Dodge cares any less than any of the other mfgs. These same types of isolated stories come from the other mfgs too. It really s ucks and I’d be bitter too. And I sure as heck wouldn’t be brand loyal following getting the runaround. Hope you have good recourse and/or get your issues fixed man! OMG, it's become comical. They've ordered the recall parts 28 days ago, which was 3 weeks after I setup the 2nd appointment to have the parts installed. The first appointment was many weeks before that. And, they still don't have the parts. In short, I made an appointment 3 weeks in advance, dropped the truck off for 4 days, and they parked it. But, on the first day it was there, they finally ordered the recall part. And, then it sat for three more days. They also determined that the radio was bad and ordered a new one. The funny part is that a different dealer determined the same thing over 1 1/2 years ago, after 3 appointments, when the truck was only a few months old and only had 2000 miles on it. But back then, there was no fix other than "the radio doesn't work correctly - sorry." It turns out that they received the new radio. But, they didn't bother to call and let me know. I found out because the case manager finally called the dealership, 3 weeks later, to check how the appointment went 3 weeks ago. He found out that none of the work was done. But, parts were ordered. And they received the radio earlier this week but never bothered to call me. So, the case manager called me to ask me to call the dealership to setup another appointment. LOL. They still don't have the bed step recall part though. You can't make this stuff up! It's hilarious. Ram should be called Bye-Don Auto. The most stupid, incompetent group of senile fools. BTW, the CP4 pump still works. It's just the rest of the truck that has operation problems. LOL.
Devo the dog 04/16/21 03:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Operational problems with new diesel pickups

I never had any of those issues with my 2019 Cummins HO. It's been a great truck - better than the 2015 Chevrolet it replaced, which was an improvement over the 2014 Ford. Granted they're all different years/generations, but I like my Ram the best and have no brand loyalty. I had issues that required warranty work on all three trucks, and Ford was the only one who really tried to skirt covering anything. I'm glad you don't have the same issues. For the first year, I was really enjoying my truck also. There are a lot of improvements that have made over time, which is what I expected with a 15 year newer truck. Yet, I wish I didn't have the issues or that Ram would be able to get the parts that they have "ordered" and get it fixed. I bought the truck and I expected to keep it for at least 10+ years. Who knows, maybe longer. Unfortunately, I'm a nameless owner to ram with a case number. But after months of being patient, it's obvious that they could care less.
Devo the dog 04/15/21 06:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Operational problems with new diesel pickups

Get over yourself. You happened to be the unlucky slob who got a Monday truck. Sure you are unhappy, totally understandable, but to come onto a public forum and present your case as norm is totally irresponsible. Totally irresponsible? LOL. So, if you ever have a problem and someone asks a question, don't answer. Keep it to yourself? FWIW, I still have a truck with a recall that ram can't fix. They tell me weekly to get it done. And, if I schedule an appointment to get the recall done, all that happens is that the truck goes to the dealer and sits. Then, I drive it home with paperwork that says "parts ordered." So, I've learned. I call in advance and am told "we will call you when the parts arrive." How many months is this going to take? How many appointments, scheduled weeks in advance? I guess 3 isn't enough. Why did it take TWO dealership visits to get an emissions recall done? Don't know. The emissions update led to other problems, which required another dealer visit for another computer update. Parts are still on order for the radio. Maybe that will fix the radio that doesn't work, and the AC and the heater that don't work. How many months do I have to wait? Don't know. Good thing I had heated seats. Driving inside a 20 degree truck isn't as comfortable as you'd think. But, maybe that's not a big deal to you. But the reality is that I paid for a truck that's supposed to have a functioning heater. How about the suspension clunk which has a TSB to fix. I can reproduce it daily. Maybe a dealer will address on the 3rd or 4th visit. I don't know yet. What I do know is this: If you spent almost 70k on RAM that has problems, good luck getting it fixed. Bad dealership experiences are very common in the dodge world. And now I know how bad it really is. IMO, Ram is a poor product and it's not because of the truck. Yes, it has problems but the problems can be fixed. What good is a warranty if the problems aren't fixed. It's just a waste of my time trying to get it fixed. I'm fed up with taking the truck to a dealer for a reason they know about and the outcome is "we don't have the parts." Come back another time and sorry if this is the 2nd or 3rd time you've already been here. So, I spoke up and I told the truth. And, you don't like. So be it. All I know is that the truck doesn't work right, and I wish it did. The problem is that I'm not the guy who makes the parts nor am I the guy who installs the parts. I'm the unfortunate owner of a truck that has commons problems (all have TSBs or recalls), none of which have been fixed yet because of "waiting on parts."
Devo the dog 04/14/21 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F350 SRW Enough Truck

Us diesel guys tend to think there is no other option than a diesel for towing. But there are a lot of other guys out there towing with gassers and are perfectly happy with them. :Z I agree. I used to tow with my Ford V10. Actually, I used to only tow with Fords and GMs, all gas engines. I ordered a new Ram HO diesel and after towing off and on for the last 1 1/2 years, I understand the advantages. It's not a big deal though. Fuel mileage is only a little better. You don't slow down going uphill or while in a headwind. And, this truck is quiet. The cost wasn't a big deal for me but the dealerships and manufacture really sucks. Good luck getting repairs done, even if it's recall work. Dodge owners are totally brainwashed. LOL. I'm switching back to towing with my 2005 Ford V10. It's much more reliable and if I purchase a new truck, I'm getting a Ford with the 7.3.
Devo the dog 04/14/21 12:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uneven Dually tire wear

I always got over 40k every time I had Generals on several Fords. The only problem I had was a tire vibration on a new truck back in the mid 90's and the tire was replaced. I had a bad experience with Michelins once, which was also the first time I tried Michelins. All six were faulty (sidewall issue) from day one. On day four, Ford wanted to replace all 6 but Michelin didn't want to honor the warranty. The Ford service advisor was shocked and the dealership absorbed the cost. They understood when I decided to switch back to Generals. Since then, that same truck has 6 Michelins after getting 60+k on the Generals. The 2019 ram has two Michelins on the front after one Nexen failed at 24k. The truck is jinxed and I don't know what will happen first: unloading it or replacing the rear 4 tires in the next 3k miles because that's about how much tire wear is left.
Devo the dog 04/13/21 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Why do you Cummins guys want more gears

The ideal rpm range for the Cummins to be at towing a typical 15k fiver down a flat section of highway at 65 mph is between 1500 and 1700 rpm. I think 3:31 gears would work excellent. Why at a lower RPM instead of at the peak torque? The 2021 Cummins makes 1075 lbft of torque @1800 rpm. If you were going to work it at 70% engine load it would be very efficient at 1800 rpm. At 70% engine load it would be making about 260 hp. It would also be burning about 12 gallons of fuel per hour. If you were towing at 65 mph while burning 12 gallons per hour you’d be getting 5.3 mpg. Even at 50% engine load it might be quite efficient but even 50% load at 65 mph works out to 7.5 mpg. I’m guessing the Cummins would get more like 10 mpg towing a typical 15 k rv down the highway at 65 mph. Under light load conditions like that it will get a little better fuel economy at lower rpm as well as provide a nicer quieter towing experience. I tow a lightweight 5th wheel and set the cruise control to the speed limit. It's 37', has a low roof height and only weighs about 9000 when loaded up. Outside of California where the speed limits are higher, I'll set the cruise control to 70 to 72. We typically get between 10 - 11 mpg. When we were in California, I set the cruise to a speed close to the required 55 and the fuel mileage was only in the low 11's. The nice part about it is that it's quiet. The only downside are all the other issues I've had. So, I'm in the process of getting rid of it. Heck, Ram hasn't been able to perform the latest recall work, even though I've had two dealership visits, both of which were scheduled appointments weeks in advance. LOL. The funniest part is that Ram keeps on emailing me, and calling me, telling me that I need to get the recall done. HaHa. FCA is a really messed up manufacture. That aside, I get about 9 mpg towing the same 5th wheel with my 2005 F350 V10. But, I only tow at about 60-62 mph, and it slows down going up hills. So, the road trips take a bit longer and it's no where near as quiet. But at least the heater, AC and radio works reliably, along with the rest of the truck.
Devo the dog 04/09/21 08:40am Tow Vehicles
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