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RE: New Ram is awsome!

No, the computer does not know exactly how much fuel is used and it doesn't even know exactly how fast you are traveling due to varying tire pressure levels causing different tire diameters and other factors. The injectors only use the amount needed and dumps the rest back into the tank. There is no measure of exactly how much is used by each injector, only the time each injector opens/closes based on its fuel mapping. The computer mileage is just an algorithm. I keep detailed records of almost every fill-up of all 8 vehicles I have owned for the past 15 years which ranged from two BMWs, a Ram 2500, F150 Ecoboost, F150 5.4, C6 Corvette, and a JK Jeep. I also recorded the computer mileage upon every fill-up. On tanks where there are very little stop/starts of the engine like the runs that TFL does in their tests, the computer is very close to calculated. On tanks where there are multiple stops/starts of the engine, it was off anywhere from 1-3 mph in every vehicles I have recorded. Generally, the more stops/starts of the engine the further off it was. Also, the TFL loop does not use the mileage that each truck's computer says it has traveled. They use the actual distance of the trip, not the distance that the truck said it traveled. Not every vehicles speedo is 100% accurate and the standard for most manufacturers is a bell curve of about +/-3% the last I read. Tire wear and psi also effect the speedo which effects how many miles the vehicle's computer says it traveled which is what the ECM's mpg algorithm is based on.
ShinerBock 07/10/20 02:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Titan Cummins 5.0L

I don't think Japans truck mfgs want into the very competitive USA LDT market. I think they want into the market, but they do not understand the buyers in our market. The US truck market is not like other truck markets where the manufacturers dictate to the consumers what they need based on what they are given. We buy what we want regardless if the need is there or not. I liken this to the first Toyota Tundra which was very small compared to other half tons and under-powered. Toyota essentially tried to dictate to truck buyers what they needed in their marketing telling people that they don't need anything bigger or with more power. As many people know, Americans do not like being told what they need or what they should buy. Sales were dismal until Toyota finally came out with a larger and more powerful Tundra filled with things that the people wanted instead of what Toyota thought people needed. The same thing happened to all those other foreign truck makes that tried to tell us that we don't need anything more than compact trucks and those who did not adjust to what American buyers wanted went the way of the Dodo. I think Nissan tried to do the same with the XD. They figured no one buying it needs 8-lug full floating axles or more that 2,500 lb of payload. But many people here want those things whether they need them or not.
ShinerBock 07/10/20 01:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford running out of diesel engines

I don't think this has much to do with not offering it in the F600. The medium/heavy duty market is very cyclical meaning you generally have a several years where you can't build enough trucks followed by a few years where they just sit on the lot. Regardless of how backed up we are, we still at least offer all engines and products on the truck specs even if they are not currently available and build date is over a year out. We would leave it up to the customer on whether they wanted to wait or go with another option that put the build date sooner. The only reason why we would not offer something to be ordered from a year model is if it has some sort of block on it due to a safety recall, not yet certified, and so on.
ShinerBock 07/10/20 12:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F600 going into production without diesel engine

I bet it has a lot to do with the emissions certification of the class it is in. Same reasons why a lot of other diesels were late to market. The EPA's overly strict and ever changing diesel emissions regulations are making it harder to bring them to market. I bet the same will eventually happen to gasoline engine as more EV's come to market especially since nobody cares about these EPA regulations until it is too late and most just do as their told believing it is what is best for them without even verifying it.
ShinerBock 07/10/20 09:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Titan Cummins 5.0L

My biggest concern is that Nissan was the only customer and the engine was discontinued when Nissan quite buying them. I wouldn't plan on any resale value and getting parts or maintenance after a few more years may get challenging. After all, how many diesels does your Nissan dealer work on? How many diesel mechanics have worked on a Nissan (or the 5.0 Cummins, which means the same thing)? Nissan was not the only customer for this engine. It was also put in a lot of medium duty cargo vans like the Freightliner MT Series. You can get a lot of parts for this engine from any Cummins authorized distributor just like you can for the 6.7L. I will say that you will also get them a lot cheaper this way then getting them for MOPAR or Nissan. My company is a Cummins distributor and sells the water pump for the 6.7L for $45 while MOPAR will sell the same part in the same Cummins box and a sticker over it for $200. As far as service goes, you can also go to most diesel service shops. It is not much different than any other V8 diesel and can easily be worked by a knowledgeable diesel mechanic with the right software. It is not as easy to work on as the 6.7L Cummins from what I see, but then again neither is the 6.7L PSD or 6.6L Duramax from my experiences helping friends do the same kind of upgrades like bigger turbos, injectors, and water pumps that I have done on my Cummins trucks. My 6.7L CTD is easier to work on(to me) than my old 3.5L Ecoboost and the 3.6L Pentastar in my JK sitting outside and would probably put the 5.0L inline with those two engines in terms of how hard it is to get to things.
ShinerBock 07/09/20 09:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Titan Cummins 5.0L

Why did they stop producing the Nissan/Cummins? Didn't sell enough. My personal opinion is that it was Nissan's fault for putting it in a truck than many did not like the appearance of and not giving the truck things like full floating axles and 8 lugs. It's GVWR and payload ratings were another issue for people even though it had similar numbers to the 5.7L Ram 2500's, Power Wagons, older F250 5.4L, older non HD GM 2500's and so on. While I think it will pull 10k trailers fine without them, there are many out there that believe you need these things just to pull a utility trailer.
ShinerBock 07/09/20 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Titan Cummins 5.0L

If it fits within your ratings or the numbers you are comfortable with then it is not a bad tow vehicle. My friend has one and loves it fr his 10k bumper pull. He gets about the same fuel mileage I did in my 2014 2500 Cummins when it was stock. We both drive the same always doing 5 over in a state where the speed limit is already 75 mph. I think the problem with comparing fuel mileage is that you don't know how the other person drives and that can swing the mileage by up to a 40% difference. The other thing that gives the XD a bad rap is the non full floating axles and other things that most 3/4 ton tucks come with these days(even though some didn't a few decades ago). You will mostly get this from people who generally like to over compensate(the "you can never have too much truck" people) and/or believe that factory ratings are law(which they aren't). The XD will be more than fine for what you are pulling and you be happy with it. I would rather pull it with that than most N/A gasser half tons that's for sure.
ShinerBock 07/09/20 07:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

Remember everything is relative - the HDT guys with ISXs and DD15s lugging up grades @ 1250rpm would say the little 1 ton diesels "screaming their heads off" at 2600 rpm is not relaxed enough... Yep! And the drivers of the big ships would think anything over 102 RPM is screaming. It's all relative. The OP now looking at a 100kmi+ Ford 6.7, I suggest looking for an extended warranty with the sale (Ford certified or other) on those engines, and price in what an injector replacement runs. Can you add more detail? Are they prone to needing replacement at a certain mileage? What's the relative cost? Do I need an extended warranty? Been doing a lot of research and can't seem to find a lot of common issues. I have had my F150 5.4 for 14 years and 250k miles. It's had it's share of issues, especially with the plugs and coil packs, but I can sort that out on my own. I don't know much about diesels. Is the 6.7l problematic? I've asked a few fiends who were former ford dealers and they didn't mention anything about it. I don't want to infer but your advice is sort of vague. And I am not looking at 100k + trucks, I am looking under 100k. A few I am looking at this weekend are about 60-70k miles. Not a lot on a 2015 and 2016. From what I can tell, most of the turbo issues were fixed with an upgraded turbo from 2015 on. All things considered they seem to be very reliable engine for hundreds of thousands of miles. The 2015 and up PSD's do not seem to have nearly as many issues as the 2011-2014's had. We still have a few fuel pump failure here and there on the 2015+ at our nine Ford dealerships nationwide and in our mostly Ford fleet, but it is not nearly as bad as the 2011-2014. The new turbo on the 2015's seem to last longer than the 2011-2014's as well, although they do not spool as quickly off the line but have more top end power. A 2015+ PSD at 100k is a solid buy and you should be able to put another 200k with good fuel and regular maintenance without issue.
ShinerBock 07/08/20 07:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

I have a 2020 F350 ,crew cab ,long wheelbase, 4 x 4 with 373’s, 7.3 engine, 10 speed I have about 6100 miles on the truck , I have a towed a flatbed trailer with a 1800 pound zero turn mower on it or a John Deere 1025R tractor with loader and backhoe,I was getting 12.8 MPG,I recently towed a 2003 F250 with a 73 diesel, 4 x 4 crew cab and got the same 12.8, All of it has been flatland Towing,I like the 7.3 and 10 speed For what I’m using it for, I am told the 6.2 performances similar but at a greater gas burn penalty From the little driving I have done in the new 7.3L, I would say that it has more low end than the 6.2L. It is not a huge amount, but it was noticeable when unloaded and probably even more noticeable when loaded. It is common for a pushrod engine to have more low end torque than a overhead cam due to how they are designed. Do you have any seat time pulling with the 7.3 in hilly areas at highway speed. I would think that the 7.3 and the 10 speed would outshine the 6.2 in those conditions since the torque is at a much lower rpm. No, I only drove both unloaded which is why I said it probably even more noticeable when loaded. The final gear ratios of the 10 speed and 6 speed are very close(.63 on the 10 speed and .69 on the 6 speed) and at highway speed the 7.3L felt like it had more low end to slightly accelerate without needing to downshift. It is not diesel like in any way where you can accelerate rather rapidly with a toe-in of the pedal at highway speeds, but it was noticeable. The 6.2L felt like it needed to downshift for any kind of acceleration in 6th gear even though it has the gear advantage over the 10 speed.
ShinerBock 07/06/20 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

I have a 2020 F350 ,crew cab ,long wheelbase, 4 x 4 with 373’s, 7.3 engine, 10 speed I have about 6100 miles on the truck , I have a towed a flatbed trailer with a 1800 pound zero turn mower on it or a John Deere 1025R tractor with loader and backhoe,I was getting 12.8 MPG,I recently towed a 2003 F250 with a 73 diesel, 4 x 4 crew cab and got the same 12.8, All of it has been flatland Towing,I like the 7.3 and 10 speed For what I’m using it for, I am told the 6.2 performances similar but at a greater gas burn penalty From the little driving I have done in the new 7.3L, I would say that it has more low end than the 6.2L. It is not a huge amount, but it was noticeable when unloaded and probably even more noticeable when loaded. It is common for a pushrod engine to have more low end torque than a overhead cam due to how they are designed.
ShinerBock 07/04/20 01:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford F150 Revealed

I Now there need to work on putting max tow and max payload on the same truck so that you handle the tongue weight of the trailer. They did, it is called a F250/F350! The bad thing about that are the gas engine options if you only need to use the max payload or tow rating just a few times a year. It would suck to have to go from 17-18 mpg combined in a 3.5L Ecoboost to 12-14 mpg combined in a 7.3L all year round just to tow 10-11k a few times a year. If someone towed/hauled that amount of weight several times a year then I can see the need for a F250/350, but not for once or twice a year like many of the guys at my summer RV park do. Per Fuelly a 2019 3.5EB F150 averages 15.32 mpg, while a 2019 6.2 F250 averages 11.37. If you drive 12,000 miles a year with gas at $2.50/gal, that's a difference of $680/yr or $56/mo. If that's a deal breaker pulling a camper around may not be a very wise hobby from a financial standpoint. True, but I think I would want to be put out of my misery if I had to drive a F250 6.2L versus an 3.5 Ecoboost towing 10k or even as a daily. I like the Ecoboost for the same reason I like diesels, low end torque and plenty of it.
ShinerBock 06/27/20 10:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford F150 Revealed

I Now there need to work on putting max tow and max payload on the same truck so that you handle the tongue weight of the trailer. They did, it is called a F250/F350! The bad thing about that are the gas engine options if you only need to use the max payload or tow rating just a few times a year. It would suck to have to go from 17-18 mpg combined in a 3.5L Ecoboost to 12-14 mpg combined in a 7.3L all year round just to tow 10-11k a few times a year. If someone towed/hauled that amount of weight several times a year then I can see the need for a F250/350, but not for once or twice a year like many of the guys at my summer RV park do.
ShinerBock 06/26/20 12:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: towing ability of the f-150 3.5L

The 3.5L Ecoboost will tow a lot better than the the 5.0L will especially at higher elevations. I towed 9,500 lb from Texas to Utah twice with my old 2012 and I could maintain the speed limit on every mountain road along the way. This was back when they had 6 speed transmissions and I am sure that the new 10-speed makes even better now. I also used to have a 2011 F150 5.0L 3.55 rear ratio company truck that I towed with a few times and then they gave me a 2012 3.5L 3.15 rear ratio and it towed better than 3.55 5.0L pulling the same trailer. The 5.0L would always downshift even on slight grades while the 3.15 3.5L Ecoboost was able to make enough low end power (because of the turbos) to hold 6.th on most of the same grades that would cause the the 5.0L to downshift to 6th. On the hills that the 5.0L would downshift to 4th, the 3.5L Ecoboost would be in 5th turning at much lower rpms.
ShinerBock 06/17/20 07:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: What's with Ford and TFL?

I believe it has to do with TFL sharing pictures and data of upcoming vehicles that Ford did not want them to. Seems to be the consequences of their own actions for not adhering to Ford's non-disclosure agreement.
ShinerBock 06/16/20 04:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cybertruck has 400 horses

The same thing happened in the F150 forums when they found out that two members who kept on bringing up a certain product on a regular basis was because they were getting paid by or received some form of compensation from the company they kept making posts for. In this instance it was a small company that sold oil catch cans in witch one of the two members was invested in.
ShinerBock 06/15/20 02:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cybertruck has 400 horses

That voice inside your head must be back! And I see your insults are back as well. It is no wonder they call Tesla fan boys the worst. They can't have a logical and rational conversation without resulting to insults and name calling. I'd expect as much from my 12 year old nephew, but not a grown adult. Tell me which is the rational part of your post then? Fact, you make a thread about this truck or Tesla's in general about once a month. Fact, you at one point in time or a family member that works for Tesla benefits from Tesla's profitability. It is my rational view that anyone who does this should be treated as a vendor if they continue to advertise something that they directly or indirectly get compensated for. I can see making a thread about it or a brand every now and then, but not once or twice a month. That is just irrational.
ShinerBock 06/15/20 02:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cybertruck has 400 horses

That voice inside your head must be back! And I see your insults are back as well. It is no wonder they call Tesla fan boys the worst. They can't have a logical and rational conversation without resulting to insults and name calling. I'd expect as much from my 12 year old nephew, but not a grown adult.
ShinerBock 06/15/20 01:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cybertruck has 400 horses

Lots of talk about a vehicle no one has yet and not even being built yet. Maybe they will get around to it like the class 8 truck. O, wait thats not being built yet either. Expect a thread from him about this truck or a Tesla in general about once a month or so. I think this forum should start treating him like a vendor and make him pay to advertise since he indirectly profits from it through Tesla's stock value essentially making him part owner.
ShinerBock 06/15/20 01:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What's with Bio diesel?

Thanks again for all the replies. Super helpful. I started looking at the F350 mainly because it's about the same price as a comparable F250. But it sounds like there isn't much difference. I know most FW's need a truck bigger than 1/2 T, especially with a W/D. If an F250 with tow package has the same capacity as a 350 then that opens up a little more options. I know it's all in the numbers. All we've ever owned is Class A's and it's a different set of calculations. I want to get the most bang for my buck with a truck and also have extra capacity should we ever decide to buy a bigger RV. You can't have too much truck. There is a difference between the regular F250 and F350. The regular F250 does not have as many leafs in the leaf spring and does not have a sway bar like the F350 does between 2011-2016. This is why many F250s squat a considerable amount. The F250 with the camper package does not squat nearly as much since the package adds these making it identical to an F350.
ShinerBock 06/12/20 09:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: What's with Bio diesel?

Thanks for the replies. It makes sense and no reason to exclude these. Curious though why F350's are so hard to find? I've looked at countless places for these trucks and at best there are only a handful for sale. I can't stomach the sticker on a new one but even those seem pretty rare. I guess it's just supply and demand and people probably keep them forever. All brands sell more 250/2500's than 350/3500's so there will be less of them out there in general. Another thing to consider is an F250 with the camper package which is identical to an F350(suspension and all) depending on the year models you are looking at. They are basically the same truck, but with different badges on the door. I believe the 2011-2016 F250 w/ camper package and F350's are exactly the same, but there are slight differences in the 2017 and up truck. You can use this website to verify if a truck has a camper package. Just input the VIN and it will give you the window sticker. You might have to save the window sticker PDF and open outside of the website to view a larger version depending on your browser. VIN LINK
ShinerBock 06/12/20 08:39am Tow Vehicles
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