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RE: Tundra vs. Silverado question

I won't go back to a half ton pickup, even if I stop towing. You get more bang for your buck in a 3/4 or 1 ton. Same. In comparable trim levels HD trucks cost a little more to buy and operate but they're still a better value.
IdaD 08/15/22 07:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon

Just from a resale standpoint alone I'd have a really hard time buying anything but a Tacoma in this segment.
IdaD 08/05/22 09:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

It'll probably be a pretty good EV for most buyers. There are lots of towing tests going on because it's new and Ford is pimping the tow capabilities, but in reality very few people are going to buy it with the intention of towing more than a utility trailer down to the home center and back. Kind of how most half tons are used, frankly.
IdaD 08/03/22 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Your Opinion On Air Bags

I like Timbrens better than airbags for the simplicity and price. Functionally they do the same thing, and yes they help with carrying weight.
IdaD 08/01/22 04:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Raptor R Scary Fast July 18

Fast=sucks fuel I think it's safe to say anybody dropped over $100k on a truck doesn't need to care about fuel economy. I think it's a cool truck just like I think the TRX is a cool truck. Neither is something I'd ever consider personally buying, though.
IdaD 07/18/22 03:18pm 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. It's incredible how blindly brand loyal some folks are. I like my Ram, at the time I bought it I thought it was the best diesel truck for my needs. Had I thought that about the Ford or GM, I'd have bought one of them instead. I'll do the same evaluation next time. There's no question that my Ram with a 8 or 10 speed, or even a better quality 6 speed like the previous generation Ford or GM transmission, would be a better truck.
IdaD 07/15/22 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

It's been about a decade now that comparing power between the three diesels has been irrelevant. More pertinent questions would by why the Ram's transmissions haven't caught up yet, or why GM and Ford can't figure out how to make a good exhaust brake.
IdaD 07/13/22 10:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

I have a big garage and shop, a bit of property and live in an area where a larger vehicle isn't a hindrance so I'd personally lean toward a fullsize truck. The cost difference should be minimal and you get a lot more space and better towing. Of what's on the market right now and based off limited knowledge my inclination would be either an F150 or the new Tundra if I were buying a half ton. If I were going to get midsize truck I'd without question get a Tacoma. With the resale values those trucks have they should be by far the cheapest option in the long run. Plus they're really reliable and nice trucks. Might be a little light depending on how heavy you load the trailer and truck. Any HD truck would of course tow much better than a midsize or half ton, but there's no reason you'd need one for that size trailer. The reason you may consider one is future proofing in case you want to get a larger trailer later on.
IdaD 07/08/22 03:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

I was just naming a few ways a president, governor, and/or legislator has an effect on prices. The current administrated supported the "shut everything down" policy even though many economist said we will pay for it later down the line. He also supported and pushed the Covid spending Trillion dollar spending spree bill where more than half went pet projects that had nothing to do with covid which causes us to print more money which in turn causes higher inflation because the dollar is worth less. There are many more ways that these people can effect current prices. Many new or special edition vehicles are bought out by those who can afford them so they can sell them at exorbitant prices later on. That is nothing special or new.More like get vaccinated and get back to work far more than any shutdown. I remember there would be vaccinations available to everyone and 4th of July 2021 was going to be the new freedom with 95+% of the population vaccinated. Of course there was a lot of resistance to getting vaccinated and any mandates went nowhere. We have seen the enemy and it is ourselves ;) The last administration printed more than any one previous or since. A guy I really respect a lot on these topics recently broke down inflation causes as listed below, more detail in the link if you're interested. The current and previous administrations absolutely did some things that contributed to the inflationary cycle we're in, but neither controlled the majority of the causes. Link - Barry Ritholtz Here are 15 or so drivers of rising prices, roughly in order. Most of the blame goes to those at the top of the list, the bottom of the list are very modest but real contributors: Inflation Blame 1. Covid-19 2. Congress 3. President Biden CARES Act 3 4. President Trump CARES Acts 1+2 5. Consumers (overspent without regard to cost) 6. Consumers (shift to Goods) 7. Russian Invasion of Ukraine 8. Just in Time Delivery (supply chains) 9. Fed/Monetary Policy 10. Wages/Unemployment Insurance 11. Home Shortages 12. Semiconductors/Automobiles 13. Corporate Profit Seeking 14. Tax Cuts (2017) / Infrastructure (2022) 15. Crypto
IdaD 06/29/22 02:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

I don't think it's a secret that EV's haven't evolved to the point that they're viable tow vehicles. Might work for an around town contractor or a retiree with nothing but time, but that's about the extent of it.
IdaD 06/28/22 12:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Lightning Road Trip & Ike Gauntlet Pull

EVs at this point are totally viable for most daily driving purposes around town or even reasonable rural distances. They are not viable as towing vehicles or long distance road trip vehicles - until battery or charging technology changes that's going to be the case.
IdaD 06/15/22 08:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

....the decal on your fender doesn't mean anything. My 3500 has a 7,000 lb rear axle rating....the same truck in a 2500 has a 6,000 lb rear axle rating. Not where you want to be when you scale at 6,020 on the rear axle. Is that simply tire rating or is the axle different? What else affects RAWR? I agree GVWR is a warranty rating, axle ratings are a safety issue. It's actually 6500 lbs, I have a 2015 Ram 2500. The only difference between the two trucks is related to the rear suspension. I'm pretty confident that the Timbrens I put on my truck that are rated for 8000 lbs adequately cover that 500 lb difference. At best we're splitting hairs. Would you really worry about being 20 lbs off? Sad day when you get to go camping but have to leave your case of beer at home.
IdaD 06/08/22 04:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

It just boils down to whether the GVWR matters to you or not. If you want the higher GVWR for aesthetics or bragging rights or maybe it even has some legal significance in Canada or Antarctica or wherever, get a truck that comes with that higher rating. If you want the 10k lb GVWR because of neighborhood rules or highway restrictions or whatever else might complicate things, get a truck that comes with a 10k lb rating. If neither is important to you, get the best deal you can and don't sweat it - the decal on your fender doesn't mean anything.
IdaD 06/08/22 03:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

What is your pin weight? A 3/4 ton might work, but you are asking the wrong question. The question is, "Do you need a 3/4 ton?". The price difference is small, but I run a 3/4 ton due to homeowners assoc. rules, hammer lanes in MD and NJ, Baltimore-Washington Parkway, blah and blah. So, a compromise, depending on your needs. If a 3/4 ton will work with your pin weight and you need it, fine. If not, I would get a one ton. With Fords, the camper/snowplow package almost gets you a 1 ton, except on paper. This guy just nailed the real answer. Some 2500s now come with higher than 10k lb GVWR, and some 3500s come with a 10k lb GVWR. Reality is 2500 vs SRW 3500 generally means nothing in terms of performance or capability. The real question is 10k lb GVWR or a higher number. Since you're buying new, if the higher number won't cause you any problems go ahead and go that route. It it does such as in the example above, get something with a 10k lb GVWR and you've still functionally got the same truck, maybe at most with adding bags/timbrens. I don't think you need a dually at 14k lbs if you don't want one, but that's the actual next step up in capability.
IdaD 06/08/22 08:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 F-350 Demo Impressions

I have the 7.3 L gas in my 2022 F-250 with the 10 speed. This is an awesome performer! Super happy with it. I'm very impressed with how a 7500 lb vehicle can move like that. So far, 11K miles and very few complaints. A couple minor glitches from Ford, but the drivetrain is all I had hoped for. Pulls my 8000lb TT effortlessly. Now I don't decide whether I should try to pass, instead how fast I want to pass. An a superb set of brakes to boot. As a daily driver it averages 15 mpg, gets nearly 20 on the highway, and just sounds tough as heck when I punch it. So far, the best vehicle I've ever owned. Well worth the $2500 price tag for the engine upgrade. Glad you like your truck, but the 11 or so being reported for that engine on Fuelly is probably a more realistic expectation for most folks with mixed use empty and towing.
IdaD 06/07/22 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: thoughts on Ecoboost

My sister has a couple, one in an F150 and one in an Expedition. They have about a 6000-7000 lb loaded travel trailer. One of them, and I think it's the F150, has trouble overheating when towing on long grades in warm weather. I don't know if there's something wrong with it or they aren't managing it properly per a couple of posts up. Aside from that I think they've been pretty happy with them. The only other thing I've consistently heard about Ecoboosts is that the fuel economy is terrible when towing.
IdaD 06/06/22 01:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sumo Springs on 2022 F350 SRW

- Timbrens aren't progressive, so running empty, they tend to be harsh when they engage (not as bad a bump stop). I haven't noticed any ride quality difference on my 2015 2500 with Timbrens. I put them on when the truck was pretty much new so 7 years and almost 90k miles, and they're holding up fine. I probably have an inch or so between the Timbren and axle when empty.
IdaD 06/06/22 11:54am Tow Vehicles
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