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RE: Who says I need to take up space for a Gooseneck Hitch!

Holy smokes. And he’s even doing it with the horrible GM receiver used on the GMT800 series trucks. Honestly I’d love to watch a video of that going down the road to see how much it flexes.
LIKE2BUILD 11/14/19 11:43am Towing
RE: Banks Differential Cover

I would not buy a cover that created a new low point to hit with a rock. That was a concern of mine as well. Did you see the part at the very end of the video where he addressed that situation? Fast forward to the 32:00 minute mark to see it if you didn't. Gale took a piece of steel rod and a 4lbs hammer and clobbered the part that hangs down. In his controlled condition the only thing that broke off was the part that hangs down leaving the rest of the cover in tact. He says directly if that happens, they'll give you a replacement. Now, it's entirely possible the rock you hit will be funky breaking another part and allowing your gear oil to leak out. If that fries your axle will Banks cover it? Not sure. I think they really intended this cover for on-road use trucks that are hauling heavy loads on the rear axle. Sure this could be used for an off-road truck, but the way they designed the fins and air intake it seems they are targeted conditions where the truck is at-speed flowing air across the cover and actively cooling the fins. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 11/08/19 01:01pm Tow Vehicles
Banks Differential Cover

A while back I came across a video series of Banks Performance testing differential covers. I thought it was interesting and very well done. Now I see why. They've introduced the Banks Ram Air Differential Cover. I've already installed an AAM aluminum finned cover on my Ram 2500 so I don't really plan to change it out for this one. But, the science and engineering they put behind it are really interesting. They put a lot of time into measuring temps and air flow around the cover and observing oil flow inside the diff. It's really curious they purposefully extended part of the cover below the axle to grab air and flow it across the fins. Maybe the new diesel emissions rules are clamping down on their business so now they are turning their attention to other performance enhancement options? :h Either way, the cover does look well designed and not just a show piece. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 11/08/19 07:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is a 6.0L Chevy engine

Creeping up a hill is nobody's fault but your own. A 6.0 is designed to run at 4000 rpm when pulling a load up a hill, and if you drive it right you would not be creeping at all with only 7500 lbs behind the truck. Exactly. I pulled a 7,500 lbs travel trailer with mine with no issues at all. Yes, it had to wind up in the hills but still pulled just fine. I certainly didn't win any races but I could easily maintain 40MPH going up steep grade any day. Unloaded the best fuel economy was about 16MPG on the highway. Towing I was pretty much always about 9.5MPG. It's not a race engine, so you aren't going to win drag races. It's not a hybrid, so you won't get amazing fuel economy. It's not a 16L semi engine, so you aren't going to have 1,000+ ft-lbs of torque off idle. It IS a well designed, reliable, small block engine that produces good power, fair fuel economy, and works very well when used within truck limits. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 11/07/19 09:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Experience/Opinions on a 2008 F450 for Towing

Unfortunately I have a preference for Ford on trucks. If that's the case and you can get this truck for a super cheap price then your best bet is to do a Cummins swap. Destroked is a place that sells complete kits to swap a Cummins into these trucks. I'm sure there are others but that is one that I know of. It's probably not cheap, but it will get you a longer lasting engine for the F450. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 11/06/19 01:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is a 6.0L Chevy engine

The 6.0l is a LS based V8 that was available in 2500 series and up trucks and in some limited capacities in the 1500 series trucks. It’s a tough motor and reliable as an anvil. It is head and shoulders better than a 350 small block. Great motors. Yep. Had one for 10 years in a 2004 Chevy 2500HD. Absolutely dead reliable. On the 4-speed transmissions low end torque was a little lacking, but if you let that engine rev between 3,200RPM and 4,400RPM it would pull extremely well. I only had 2 issues and they common to that engine: 1) Exhaust manifold bolts will break on the front and back cylinder of each side. This is a very easy fix for any exhaust shop that knows what they are doing. 2) Check engine light for knock sensor. The Knock sensors are located in a hole the valley of the engine. The rear sensor tended to collect moisture, corrode, and fail. There was a TSB for removing a piece of foam and making a dam around the sensor cover with RTV silicone. Both of these were easy fixes and not very expensive. If I had another small block V8 I'd own a GM 6.0L engine in a heartbeat. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 11/06/19 01:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air bags or "Bump Stop" type suspension

I have Timbrens on my Ram 2500. There is just under 3/4" gap between the spring perch and the rubber. For the most part I'm very happy with the Timbrens because the truck rides absolutely level even with full loads on the 5er hitch or gooseneck. The one negative is when I hit bumps enough to compress the coil springs you you can definitely feel the perch hit the rubber. From time to time I've considered removing the Timbrens and going to air bags. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 10/29/19 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

.....I understand we will likely get stuck once in a while, but, will have a tow strap and I understand we can usually count on a nice 4x4 owner to tow us out and/or we have GoodSam towing assistance. Again, we are not going to off road or seriously boondock. We won't be driving the rig in snow etc. The 2WD will tow your camper perfectly fine and if you stay on 'improved' roads you will most likely not need 4WD at all. I towed with a Chevy 2500HD 2WD for 10 years. That truck did everything I ever needed it to do, except for a few occasions. It came factory with an open differential and I eventually installed an Eaton LSD. The limited slip did make a difference but after having been stuck on wet grass, wet boat ramps, and snow I'd had enough. The last gotcha was towing my camper to a NASCAR race and the campground had gravel roads and grass sites. While parking the camper I spun the rear tires and was stuck dead to rites. Of course the front wheels were on solid gravel and could have pulled me up....IF I WOULD HAVE HAD 4X4 :M That was my final straw and within 2 weeks I had a my Ram 4WD in the driveway. Your situation sounds a little different and you will most likely not need 4WD. In my case I had just enough situations of getting stuck that I was no longer willing to deal with it. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 10/07/19 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ecodiesel Fuel Economy Tests

Only 100 miles. A bit of foam in the tank, or a small measurement error. No way is measuring the tank level accurate enough for that determination when you’re talking 2.5 gallons in a 33 gallon tank. True, and I was glad to see the guys at TFLTruck question the results of 40MPG and plan to repeat the test. I do like the fact that they attempt to maintain consistency in how they drive and load the trucks and how they fill the tanks. The idea of filling until the nozzle clicks, wait 30 seconds for foam to dissipate, then fill again until another click is pretty consistent. Is it perfect?....No, but at least they're trying to eliminate variables.
LIKE2BUILD 09/25/19 09:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Leaving the RV World for a while

Good decision, support the kids in their activities as long as you can, and maybe a few years to rv before the grand kids come along. Then you can bring them with you in your new bunk house 5th wheel. Funny, it’s a bunkhouse 5er we sold :B. But yeah, we’ll have grandkids at some point to tag along with us. Then we can spoil them and send them home for the parents to deal with. Sounds kinda fun!!!
LIKE2BUILD 09/18/19 05:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaving the RV World for a while

Well, if you're keeping the truck, you could always rent a TT (or FW, if you're keeping the hitch)..... Lyle That thought did cross my mind. I'm definitely keeping the hitch because it fits in my OEM 5th wheel prep kit. The buyers are going to convert to a Reese Goosebox because they tow a lot of livestock trailers and don't want to mess with inserting/removing a 5er hitch. The RV dealers in my area are pretty sparse but I'm sure there's some place to rent one within a reasonable distance.
LIKE2BUILD 09/18/19 01:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaving the RV World for a while

.... at 10, 13 and 14 we are discovering the same reality and asking the very same questions... We were in pretty good shape at those ages but it quickly snowballed. Right now we're head long into football with the middle one, the youngest starts basketball soon, they are both in traveling show choirs that started this fall and extends into April, they are both in Boy Scouts which is a tent campout one weekend a month, and the middle one is also on the HS bass fishing team. We also like to occasionally visit the oldest one that's 6 hours away at college. Oh, and we're also officially 'tweeners' because we have a number of things we have to do assisting our parents as well. Another driving factor is simply finances. We have a little debt hanging out there but we have a paid-off camper. The financially prudent thing was to sell the unused asset(camper), pay off the other debts, then put the remaining money in better places. This is definitely the sensible thing to do, but it sure yanks on the heart strings. I'm 100% certain the wife will be in tears as it goes away this weekend (quote possibly me too). But, as Bpounds said, the day we're back into a camper will most definitely get here way faster than we realize.
LIKE2BUILD 09/18/19 12:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: "Downgrading" trucks

We made a deal to sell our 5er and I've been thinking more about the truck. I've decided just to keep it and put the miles on the beater car. After shopping around and considering other trailers I tow on occasion it just made sense to keep the Ram. It's paid off and gives me the option to tow anything at any time. Thanks for all the input and suggestions. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 09/18/19 09:07am Tow Vehicles
Leaving the RV World for a while

This past weekend I made a deal to sell our 5er. A good and sad day at the same time and I know the wife will be really bummed when the new owners get it next weekend. Unfortunately we're at a stage where we are chasing our teenage and college kids to every event under the sun. Our free weekends are very few and far between and it's honestly more work and energy to prep the 5er and go somewhere than it's worth. We greatly enjoy camping, but instead of being relaxing it turns into work. We just made the decision that it's not worth having a valuable RV setting beside our house when it gets used a couple of weekends a year at the most. So, until we get our youngest graduated we are going to be out of the RV game. We definitely plan to buy another 5er in about 5 years when it's just the two of us and we'll have the freedom to come and go more often. I'll probably pop onto the forum from time to time just to keep up on trends. Adios! KJ
LIKE2BUILD 09/18/19 09:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2017 Ram 68RFE Question

Was this a pretty reliable transmission? Looking at a 2017 2500 with it that has about 75k miles on it. Yep, very reliable. My '14 has the same tranny and it works great. I bought the truck in late '15 with 72,000 miles on the clock. I've towed a 14K 5th in the Rocky's and Appalachian's and never had an issue. Transmission fluid temps have always stayed low. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 09/17/19 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Removing a B&W gooseneck from F-250

Looking at a used 250 with the B&W gooseneck setup. I know how to remove most of the hardware but is there some neat and simple way to cover the hole in the truck bed? Anyone else done this? Yes, you can get plastic hole covers if you remove the B&W. If it were me, I'd leave it in place and use something like this Demco 5th wheel rail adapter. https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-7fff5/images/stencil/1280x1280/products/11366/17089/6140_Ind__64121.1450215953.jpg?c=2 It's a little pricey, but you won't have to buy another 5th wheel mounting kit and it will also preserve the gooseneck ball if you ever have a need to pull one of those trailers. If your Pullrite will fit standard rails this will be your cheapest option. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 09/13/19 03:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 2500- Airbag Question

Ordered them off amazon for 314 and will install my self. What did you order? Hopefully not the bags that go inside the coils. The best option is to install bags that replace the bump stops. I installed Timbrens like IdaD and they have worked extremely well. plus they give you an additional support location between the axle and frame for increased stability.
LIKE2BUILD 09/13/19 09:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

You don't have to get the air bag pin box. If your truck is set up well it should tow well without that. You can install the MOPAR 5th Wheel Prep package. I installed it in my '14 Ram 2500 and it was pretty straight forward. I also got the in-bed 5th wheel wiring harness. Next, get the B&W sliding Companion hitch. $232 -- Ram 5th Wheel Prep $80 -- In-Bed wiring harness $1625 - B&W Companion ------------ $1,935 This will be a nice clean setup for little less than your Goosebox option. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 09/08/19 09:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: "Downgrading" trucks

Pencil it out first....unless you can be Suuuper saavy with the beater and fix it yourself.....one vehicle, even racking up miles on it wins over 2 vehicles. Of course there's other things to consider, especially living in the rust belt. I kind of have that covered. I have a Saab Wagon that was my son's college car. It had to be repaired while he was at school which cost more than I would have liked, but at the time we could afford repairs and not a completely different car. We've since upgraded his car and I have the Saab at home where I can do all the repairs so the maintenance costs will be much cheaper. I previously tried to sell the Saab and got no hits. My thought now is if I can't sell it, drive the thing until it just absolutely croaks and try to get my repair money back by keeping miles off the truck. When I tried to sell it I used Craigslist only. Since then we've put a few other things on FB marketplace and they sold super fast so I maybe I need to try again to sell the Saab there and see what happens. Obviously my thoughts are all over the place. Maybe it's a midlife thing or maybe it's just realizing we're a few years away from having multiple kids in college and we need to make sure the financial ship is solidly afloat :H I guess age plays a part too because I'm in the latter half of my working life and I've started paying attention to this stuff a lot more.
LIKE2BUILD 08/26/19 02:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Downgrading" trucks

Like2build, your market around there must be different than here. I’ve been looking for an Eco diesel pickup for my wife’s hockey mom mobile...lol. There aren’t many used ones for sale and they’re all gold plated or something... They aren't plentiful, but they are around. One dealership near me has a '14 and a '15 both with under 40,000 miles and both priced under $26,000.
LIKE2BUILD 08/26/19 08:40am Tow Vehicles
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