What does 7.3 mean?liter engine.
I appreciate the answers you all have given me. And 2Oldman made me realize I made a typo. The batteries were almost 5 years old, not 6.
Ford used the Navistar International 7.3 liter diesel under the trade name Power Stroke from 1993 to 2003 when government regs killed it. It's known even today as a bulletproof wonder. Mine turned 114,100 miles on its way to get new batteries today. History
The batteries took a charge and the engine started. I've replaced the original batteries with Walmart 65Ns twice before, and after researching reviews, decided to stick with them. $220 plus tax, installed. I was considering Costco for $90 each, no installation available there, but they no longer carry the house branded ones. It's now an Interstate branded battery that isn't giving the service of the Costco brand according to my research.
My information is there are three manufacturers, Delphi, Exide, with Johnson Controls making most. So I expect the differences would be in the specs the brands ask for.
I think I know the answer, but I always thought I knew which stocks were safe buy too.
My 7.3's 6 year old batteries wouldn't warm the glow plugs yesterday, having sat for quite a while. I'll get new ones as soon as I get the truck started up.
Do two batteries require twice the charging time that a single one would? And just to be sure, does charging the one battery charge both of them? :@ Thanks.
You don't give us much information, but with that large a fiver, I'm guessing you'd have a TV capable of any grades you'd encounter on that trip. If you're concerned, as a full time mountain driver, I'd suggest slowing down on the long pulls and dropping into a lower gear. Keep your RPMs up to relieve stress on the transmission.
I'm not familiar with that brand/model, but in the campers I'm aware of the furnace and a/c share fans. You should expect the fan to come on when you turn on the furnace. These trailer furnaces run on propane. The fan comes on to assure that any propane that may be lurking is blown away before igniting the furnace. That is a very good thing for you and yours. This is the opposite of a home furnace, where the fire comes on, heats the bonnet to a given temperature, and then the blower comes on. I'm betting you'll get a better answer from some of the technical oriented members.
Appreciate the answers. My battery switch is faulty, needs replacing. It doesn't shut power off in either position.
I don't leave it plugged in because in the winter I like to leave the tractor's heater plugged in. Both it and the TT are on the same circuit down at the barns and stalls. But the switch on the side of the garage is nearby, so I leave it off until I want to warm up the tractor for snow plowing. Saves a long 75 yard walk through the snow just to plug it in every time I need to. Gettin' old and lazy.
It gets cold where we live, below last night. I've left my battery on the TT with no problems for all but one winter. Every couple of weeks I'll plug in to shore power to bring it up to full charge. At least that's my intent, and I guess it works because the stock battery lasted over four years and still was working when I replaced it last summer.
The TT converter was replaced with an equivilent OEM this summer, but I can't tell you just what model it is.
I'd like to have an idea of how long is the proper time to leave it on shore power, assuming it's still capable of operating jack, lights, etc., when I turn on the SP switch. Is 48 hours about right?
Maybe it's just me, but what are you asking? What part of the country to rewinterize, or where to take it to have it done for you?
It's a pretty easy job that almost anyone with a trailer would be happy to help you with if you don't know how. If you've got a water heater bypass, you can probably do it in 15 minutes with a couple of gallons of $4 RV antifreeze. The dealers will probably charge a hundred bucks, and Lord knows when they'll get to it.
BenK said "One of my filters...anyone recommending and/or referencing CR is not worth my time to discuss anything with them on..."
Well, my time isn't as valuable any more, but I don't think much of their opinions on many things because the staff is so biased towards more government being the solution for every problem, real or imagined. And they don't mind at all if clothes and dishes don't get clean or toilets don't do the flush job, so long as they save a cup of water.
However, if I have to buy something I know nothing about, they can prove useful as one of a number of sources.
I don't put much faith in road tests, reliability stats and the like. Consumer Reports rated the Expedition near the bottom for years. We're on our fourth and had only one major problem and that was fixed in one warranty visit.
And that CR glowing report on the Tesla a while back? They've now put a Not Recommended sign in its window!
I might be completely wrong, but I was considering that the diesel is getting turbo boost all the time, whereas the gas has to crank up when full power is applied, and that this would give an advantage to the ED over this very short distance, maybe an eight of a mile. But then you guys are probably the experts on the subject.
I brought each of these home last week for an overnight. On the return to town I punched each as soon as they were straightened out after turning onto the highway at about 20 mph and ran to a speed limit sign a short distance away. The ED was a bit faster as I passed the sign but not by much. Elevation, 8550' so the EB was at a distinct disadvantage. Disclaimer: Runs were judged by totally best looks and guesses.
The recent posts are amusing to these old eyes, having come to age during the great engine wars of the '60s with 406s, 409s, 421s, 426 hemis/wedges, 429s, 440s running 6 and 14 to 60/quarter. And now reading about 180s and 210s running not too much off those numbers (well, Ecoboost 9 to 60, but who's counting?) Huge differences in technologies but similar outcomes. :C
Just a closing post on this. I was so put off by the dealer's closer that I left without buying the 2014s or a new one. But mileage was great for the roughly 125 miles I drove, which was a fair representation of my usual driving.
And those mirrors are HUGE! Way too wide to not have electric folding.
Good news is, I didn't spend any of the kids' inheritance! :B
Good luck. Think most of our response was in response to your original post where you said you wanted to be able to maybe tow 4-5K and also use it as a replacement when your 350 wasn't available. That need (as originally stated) and this need are totally different.
Fair enough. What I was asked was, is the rating 7000 or 4000. Since then it's clear the rating is the higher of what I'd seen talked about, which raised the original question. I just wanted to make sure that if we needed to haul 6 or 7000# with DW driving and me using the 350 ahead of her towing our TT, it could be done.
I got the truck yesterday for an overnight. The ride seems okay, a bit rougher than the F150 I drove, but okay. Noisier on our rough road than the 150 but the mpg is nice, 23+ for around 125 miles. Since most of that was up hill, from 6000' to 9500 at Wilkerson Pass, it will improve when I return it to the dealer, as that will be down hill.
My biggest complaint are those hideous side mirrors. They make it through the garage door with just an inch or so on each side. With all the goofy gadgetry you'd think Ram would have had electric collapsing standard.
Not sure what the draw is here when one is looking for a capable TV. Comfy grocery getter with decent mileage.NET would be the place for the Ram lol.
Lot's of truck options, lot's of great tech, no reason to be hung up on one brand or fuel type.
I guess I wasn't clear. I'm not looking for a capable TV, just a replacement for an older Expedition and old F250. Light truck fits the bill. Spent three days shopping Ford, one day shopping Toyota, another shopping Nissan, stopped by a Chevy dealer and yesterday looking at a Ram. Hardly hung up on one brand, but prefer a diesel as I've had several.
Bottom line, this is what I want. But not if I have to pay more than it's worth to me. Been doing this for well over 50 years. The only mistake was my first new one, and that was because I was a 21 year old kid who couldn't wait two days for the dealer to come around to my price to get the 426 wedge I wanted and settled for an Impala SS I never liked.
I am leaning towards buying it. Payload isn't important and tow capacity is 8450 if I remember right, and that's plenty as DW tows around 5k.
I've got just over #1900 payload on my 13 F150 and I'm within #600 of that towing a #5000 TT.. Oh, it has over #11,000 "tow rating"..
But, I'm also only #400 from the rear axle rating..
Only 2 people in the truck and stuff in the bed, but still... ;)
900# is the payload from my reading, not much at all is left after deducting TW. But DW's a lightweight, and I don't let her have much more than a quarter tank of fuel - Don't want her getting away! :B
I drove into town and drove one today. The dealership had a 2014 with 30k on it that had been owned, actually titled, by their finance guy. I've requested an info sheet be emailed so I can know exactly what's what. I haven't rec'd it yet, but I have to say, the young guy who showed me the truck really knew his stuff. That's a very rare these days. It's a mid-line with cloth, 4WD, nav. Not as loaded as I had wanted but more than I need. They asked $36k plus all the pluses, tax, etc. I saw the MSRP sticker in the glove box, it was right at $50k. So two years old, 30,000 miles. If they'll get real on price and my research is positive, I am leaning towards buying it. Payload isn't important and tow capacity is 8450 if I remember right, and that's plenty as DW tows around 5k. Big obstacle right now is they don't want me to take it overnight, as all the other dealers I've talked to encouraged! I'll follow up later.
INFO CAME AS I WROTE THIS.
2014 RAM 1500 Crew Cab SLT 4WD
3.0L V6, Diesel, 4WD, automatic, Crew Cab, 29k miles, Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat, stock # 7307P2, pre-owned, BIG HORN! ECODIESEL! 8.4"" TOUCHSCREEN RADIO! ADJUSTABLE AIR SUSPENSION! BUCKET SEATS! TRAILER BRAKE CONTROLLER! TOW PAC... view details
• Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 27 and EPA city (mpg): 19
• Bed Length - 67.4 "
• Four-wheel drive
• Automatic Transmission
• 4 Doors
• Transmission hill holder
• 4-wheel ABS brakes
• Dusk sensing headlights
• Head airbags - Curtain 1st and 2nd row
• Passenger Airbag
• Stability control
• Traction control - ABS and driveline
• Engine hour meter
• Intermittent window wipers
• Pickup Bed Type - Regular
• Privacy/tinted glass
• Air conditioning
• Clock - In-radio display
• Cruise control
• External temperature display
• Multi-function remote - Trunk/hatch/door/tailgate
• Overhead console - Mini
• Power heated mirrors
• Power steering
• Power windows with 2 one-touch
• Remote power door locks
• Tilt steering wheel
• Transmission controls on steering wheel - Gear shift controls
• Trip computer
• Video Monitor Location - Front
• 3 liter V6 DOHC engine