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RE: Engine tune ups

Never thought LS engines were terribly difficult to access spark plugs. But haven’t changed them in a newer pickup. But it’s a good reminder how much $ you can save by doing the simple stuff like a tune up, yourself. Me neither. I know that the plugs were super easy to change on my 2001 Yukon 5.3L; less than an hour for all 8! :C
blofgren 06/17/23 10:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sailun 637

Let me add to this conversation, if your rv had a GVRW for 12400ish lbs and a pin weight of 2500 would you even go to a load range G tire. I decided to kick this down the road for a few years since I have replaced two tires in the last two years (one at the beginning of last season and one last week) and found a third that I suspect had separated so I took the other two in and got them done this morning. so, rolling down the road the weight on the tires should total around 10000 lbs which a good 10 ply is rated for 3500lbs @ 80psi. 70PSI will give me 3000lbs per tire. So as of right now I have 4 new Hercules Power ST2 tires so I am going to run these for the next season or two and decide exactly what I should go with for a tire. is the Sailun overkill? for this weight. I think for 3000lbs per tire from them I would be running at 65PSI Steve Have you weighed your axles to ensure that they are carrying what you think they are? If so, then the Sailun may be overkill. That said, they are a good heavy duty tire with very heavy sidewalls, and with your stated weights they would last a good, long time. I certainly wouldn't run them at 65 psi if you decide to go with them, but they would probably be fine at 80 psi. You might find that your tire shop will not mount them on 80 psi wheels, however....
blofgren 06/15/23 09:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sailun 637

My Sailun S637's are now 8 years old and still look like new. There is some wear on them now, but that is to be expected. I run them between 100-110 psi, but I think they may be a little overinflated. They only lose 4-5 psi over the winter as well. I have not heard of the bead issue you mentioned. I will not hesitate to put the same ones on again, likely next year, and will likely still fetch a few bucks for these ones on CL or Marketplace. did you get different rims as well to handle that pressure? No, my trailer came from the factory with 110 psi rated wheels.
blofgren 06/15/23 09:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sailun 637

My Sailun S637's are now 8 years old and still look like new. There is some wear on them now, but that is to be expected. I run them between 100-110 psi, but I think they may be a little overinflated. They only lose 4-5 psi over the winter as well. I have not heard of the bead issue you mentioned. I will not hesitate to put the same ones on again, likely next year, and will likely still fetch a few bucks for these ones on CL or Marketplace.
blofgren 06/12/23 08:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Curts Q24 head with 24k slider

I had a 20K Curt slider (branded Ram) for several years when I first bought my truck. It worked OK, but was a bit clunky, and the truck/trailer chucked quite a bit with it. I found a virtually new B&W Companion slider for the Ram puck system last year on CL and jumped on it, and sold the Curt. I can say without question that the B&W is a far superior hitch, and I wish I would have bought one years ago. My wife even commented how much smoother the truck and trailer are with the B&W. The Curt will do the trick, but there are better options IMHO.
blofgren 06/12/23 08:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Usefulness of Ford "5th-Wheel/Gooseneck" package

Don't think the OP understands how the puck system works. Yes you would need an adapter using the FW prep. A new truck, I'd just do it right. Sell your current hitch on market place etc. Now get a quality hitch to drop direct into the pucks, with no need to buy a heavy/expensive adapter. You should not even need a sliding hitch. An adjustable ahead/back quality hitch, such as the B&W 3300 will give good clearance, when towing a newer rounded front FW, that is designed for a standard bed truck. Using adapters can add several more inches of height to your hitch, which may mean towing some FWs more nose high. Jerry This is exactly correct. I used an adapter on my Ram (Curt) hitch, which worked, but the adapter adds another dimension that is not necessary with a hitch designed for the puck system. Back when I bought my truck the options were limited; I now have the B&W Companion slider designed for the Ram puck system and it works with the system MUCH better, and is a much better hitch as well.
blofgren 06/12/23 08:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: B&W Companion hitch removal

It's definitely a bit of a different story with the slider; the base is very heavy. I think I could lower it out of the truck, but not so sure about lifting it back in. It would be good if this model could easily be disassembled into 3 pieces, but I haven't found an easy way to do it yet. I have had a couple of pretty bad back strains in past years so I am always cautious to avoid doing that again. I am thinking about rigging up a winch, but my 13 year old son is already 6'2" so I think the problem will soon be solved anyway! :B
blofgren 06/07/23 09:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: '21 RAM Big Horn 3500 DRW CC/LB 4x4 with NEXEN Tire WOES!

PROBEM SOLVED: As a few members posted, an LT245/75R17E size tire will fit the 2021 RAM 3500 1-Ton dually. Was also able to find the tires I wanted all along in that size tire... the Michelin Defender LTX M/S and/or a Michelin LTX M/S2 tire. Bought a set of 6 Michelin LTX M/S2s from Tire Buyer dot com. These are the same tires I had on my previous Tow Vehicle (2011 RAM 2500 CC/LB 4x4). Hopefully this post will help someone else to DUMP the NEXEN tires and find a good Michelin Defender/LTX M/S2 set of replacement tires for a RAM 3500 DRW Tow vehicle. It was a costly lesson for me, but now I have 100% confidence in the tires to drive with peace of mind and comfort. Hard to put a price on that... THANKS to all for your inputs, even those with the snide comments. I won't bother with another 'silly' post or 'complain' on the forum again. Jack Thanks for the follow up. And after reading this thread this morning, I realized that it is indeed 245/75/17's that are available, not 245/80/17 as I stated previously. It's been a couple of years since I replaced my tires. :)
blofgren 05/26/23 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: No more training wheels

Congratulations on the new truck; it looks like a beauty! I would be a bit worried if I could say no after trying out a new one too. :B How does the fuel economy compare to your last truck? Was it the DPF that you could not get for your 2012? I am still running stock emissions at this point, but there is no emissions testing in my area (for now at least) so I would probably delete if I had issues. Thank you for your detailed post and experience. I totally agree with a DRW being much more stable when towing after having towed the same trailer with both a SRW and DRW. As long as I have a large fiver I will definitely have a DRW.
blofgren 05/22/23 10:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: '21 RAM Big Horn 3500 DRW CC/LB 4x4 with NEXEN Tire WOES!

My truck came new with the Generals and they were POS's too. They had a vibration that could not be solved even after balancing many times. I too said I would have made Michelins part of the deal had I known how bad the Generals really were. I ran into the same issue as you when looking for new Michelins, in that I wanted the MS2's. I believe the MS2 is only made in LT245/80R17. I ended up going with AT2's which are made in LT235/80R17 because I was a bit concerned that I might have rubbing issues on the rear duals when loaded heavy. It turned out that the Michelins are considerably narrower than the OEM tires were and LT245's would have been just fine. I don't regret going with the AT2's; they look really good and are a super quiet highway tire (my truck doesn't go off road as it's a pavement princess :B), but if you want the MS2's you will need to go to LT24580R17 and they will work just fine. Hope this helps.
blofgren 05/22/23 10:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 6.7 no start

^If he’s been eatin a lot of MREs he could just be really stopped up! Although it’s calming to post while sitting on the throne! (At least from where I’m sitting right now! Lol)Hopefully that's at least 220 Grit... Nothin but John Wayne TP here! I save the 220grit for sanding filler primer! :B :B
blofgren 05/07/23 10:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 6.7 no start

My OEM batteries only lasted 5.5 years. Didn't even get 6, much less 7 out of them. Im firmly on the "it's your batteries" train. It's definitely not a fuse. When my batteries gave up the ghost, it was with no warning. One day worked fine, next day dead. Other powered accessories worked. As others have said, get your batteries tested. Test them individually. Mike My OEM batteries lasted about this same amount of time and my truck acted the same; accessories would work but truck would only click and not start. I noticed just prior that some of the electronics (radio, nav, etc.) were acting a bit screwy and that went away when I put 2 new batteries in.
blofgren 05/07/23 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Valve stem extenders for inner wheels (DRW)

Owned a RAM Dually since 2012. I have the stock valve stems and see no reason to add extenders!!! Use the proper double ended air chuck and life is GOLDEN. X2. I just ensure that the inner stem is accessible through a hole on the outer wheels when installing them. I usually put them at 180 degrees from the outers to keep them consistent on both sides and they are easy to check. My Ram also has the "valve caps" on the inners where I don't need to remove the caps to check pressure or add air; just stick the gauge or chuck on and all is good. It really isn't difficult to do if they are installed correctly.
blofgren 04/28/23 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Toilet leak Around the handle any idea how to replace

Probably the worst high end toilet we have owned for the reason you are asking about. chevman retired from rving. x2. I think I have rebuilt mine around 3 times now. It's by far the worst toilet I have had in any of my RV's.
blofgren 02/22/23 09:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not bad for 11 years and 240,000 miles.

Yes, she looks good! Like others have said, the GM 6.0L is not the most powerful gasser out there, but it is solid as an anvil. I have been watching for one in a CC SB 4x4, but they are hard to find not beat to cr@p and with a million miles on them.
blofgren 11/10/22 06:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ordering a ‘23 Powerstroke

Being able to choose between 35 mph or 55 mph is good. If we were travelling together I think I’d want you behind me. I can tell you that you absolutely do not want to go down many of the mountain passes here in BC while fully loaded at 55 mph.....
blofgren 10/24/22 09:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ordering a ‘23 Powerstroke

To further what Pbutler said, I’ve been shopping for the opposite recently. Need one in 2 months. Shortbed CC half ton. I’ve seen new HD Diesels and high end held tons are back to sticker price (as advertised), and the typical areas of the country with better pricing are now back to offering significant discounts off MSRP on mid level and base model 1/2 tons. Even some newer used 1/2 tons around here are not priced in the stratosphere anymore and they’re not flying off of Craigslist daily like they were. But most dipchits are still trying to get $70-90k for low mile newish diesels. LOL, I'm noticing the same thing here.
blofgren 10/21/22 10:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ordering a ‘23 Powerstroke

I was towing in the mountains on the weekend and found the current Powerstroke’s poor torque rise to contribute to a negative towing experience. The engine looses rpm too quickly in the hills. I’d like to see 1200 lb ft of torque with about 505 HP. The other thing I found very annoying is the way my truck applies the wheel brakes on downhill grades while using cruise control. I found myself having to cancel cruise constantly to allow my truck to coast a bit on the downhill sections of road. The way cruise use to work was better. I had a new 2022 Powerstroke for a few days this spring when my work truck was in for service. The power of the truck was impressive, but the exhaust brake was not even close to being as strong as the one in my Ram/Cummins even when using tow/haul and manually downshifting the transmission. I find myself actually giving the Ram throttle at times going down mountain passes here in BC while towing, and never use the service brakes. I have even had people frantically flag me down on the road to tell me that my trailer brake lights are not working, but they do not realize that I am not using the brakes. :C
blofgren 10/21/22 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 Ram Reveal

I leave my 15 mirrors UP (ANTLERS) because the spot mirrors work best in that position. My 01 I have towing mirrors and the spots work the same up or down so I run down unless towing. Personally I really like my 15 mirrors. x2; I leave my mirrors up too because they suck in the down position. Although they are pretty good like that, the towing mirrors on my 2012 F-150 are much better overall.
blofgren 10/10/22 10:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: B&W Companion question

X2 on pinning the handle open. It will release even though the jaws are still wrapped around the pin; I just had to do this on this past weekend when camping. I also agree with removing the pin right away afterwards; when hooking up to leave my hitch wouldn't latch until I realized that it was still pinned open....:S
blofgren 10/03/22 09:11pm Fifth-Wheels
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