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RE: Mistaken ideas about how a diesel engine works

I had a 97 grand marquis that had no problem getting 26 mpg on the highway it had 2.73's. I also had a 93 mustang with the 5.0 and auto with 3.27 gears that would do 25 on the highway. Yes, these aren't trucks but a very modern V-8 or should not have a problem with low 20's in a truck! Even a diesel should be knocking down upper 20's by now. That is of course if they focused on mileage instead of power! They do. The Ecodiesel makes about the same(if not more) horsepower and more torque than the diesels in 1997 and gets upper 20s mpg. While the diesels with same displacement grew in power to more than double of what they used to back then. This goes back to what I stated earlier. As technology allows a big liter 6.6/6.7L diesels to gain more energy out of a drop of fuel, its power will increase along with a moderate increase in efficiency. If you want to keep the power the same while having a greater increase in fuel economy, then you would have to go to a smaller displacement engine as fuel efficiency technology improves(i.e. the more energy you are able to get out of a drop of fuel). I see your point. I'm just thinking of what hey could do with the current motors!
dodge guy 09/30/16 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Last outing for the season

Columbus Day weekend is our last weekend. Then it gets put away! Then we can get ready for Jamaica! And then......Mother Nature willing, a lot of snow for snowmobiling!
dodge guy 09/30/16 05:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mistaken ideas about how a diesel engine works

I think the big thing that some of us are saying is too stop with the HP wars, hold them where they are at and work on mileage instead. I see no reason why the new crop of diesels can't get at least 3+ more MPG! If they they put the effort into that instead of power lots more people would sit up and take notice. Years ago they said a gas V-8 would never get better than 20 mpg. Guess what mid 20's is what they are now getting! I agree with most everything you said accept the modern v-8 getting over 20. There's a website that tracks user uploaded mpg by vehicle and year (fuelly.com) and from what I've seen most on average are worse than diesels. Usually around 15-16 combined. I could be wrong but I spent a lot of time looking around on there and talking to guys at work with halftons a couple years ago when I was truck shopping I had a 97 grand marquis that had no problem getting 26 mpg on the highway it had 2.73's. I also had a 93 mustang with the 5.0 and auto with 3.27 gears that would do 25 on the highway. Yes, these aren't trucks but a very modern V-8 or should not have a problem with low 20's in a truck! Even a diesel should be knocking down upper 20's by now. That is of course if they focused on mileage instead of power!
dodge guy 09/30/16 02:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Recommendations for Minocqua WI

I know this doesn't help you out but we will be there this winter snowmobiling. It is a beautiful area! You should be happy anywhere you stay.
dodge guy 09/30/16 07:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Truck - But I'm not happy about it....

You do realize that the factory puts on spacers for the dually wheels? (front only). sounds like you have your priorities backwards!
dodge guy 09/30/16 05:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mistaken ideas about how a diesel engine works

I think the big thing that some of us are saying is too stop with the HP wars, hold them where they are at and work on mileage instead. I see no reason why the new crop of diesels can't get at least 3+ more MPG! If they they put the effort into that instead of power lots more people would sit up and take notice. Years ago they said a gas V-8 would never get better than 20 mpg. Guess what mid 20's is what they are now getting!
dodge guy 09/29/16 02:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 Ram w/Hood Scoop

I'm just courious what people that have done all the deletes on their trucks are going to do when they bring back emission inspections in all states. Well, at least they'll be able to drive them there!
dodge guy 09/29/16 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Figured I would join the new truck club.

Nice looking truck! Congrats on the new rig... Curious to how these black rims hold up to the guys who slap on the new tires? With the new tire machines the arms to put on the tires don`t even touch the rim! so they should last just as long as any other type of finish on a wheel.
dodge guy 09/29/16 05:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Loose Shackle Bolts From Factory??? *PICS*

This was my install from 2 years ago. As you can see from the pics the quality leaves a lot to be desired! I copied and pasted this from the sticky at the top of the page. The trailer has always had a creek to it from the suspension, I'm sure this is why. These bolts were supposed to have been pressed into the one shackle. As you can see they were loose and flexing, wearing into the shackle. All 4 shackles were like this! http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/gustafson/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsajbzjrrq.jpg width=600 http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/gustafson/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsreonqikw.jpg width=600 This is the factory Equalizer. The plastic bushings are just as worn. I caught all this just in time. Nothing had yet worn into any metal, just the squeeking. http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/gustafson/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsvtptis9l.jpg width=600 http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/gustafson/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsrdcyxtkf.jpg width=600 Here are the new shackles compared to the old ones. As you can see there is a bit of a difference! http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/gustafson/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsx2xcgyss.jpg width=600 And the new bushings! http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/gustafson/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsdueinjbk.jpg width=600 Everything was worn out. I have almost 12k miles on it so this is extremely worn to me. I've always felt that the trailer walked around behind my Excursion, no sway just not very stable! Now just from the short tow back to the storage lot it seemed much more stable. And the other nice thing isn't more creaky suspension! I don't have any after pics because I didn't take any and enough were posted already. I did all of it in approx. 4 hours.
dodge guy 09/28/16 03:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maine's Ocean Wood Campground to Re-Open

Great! One of these years I want to get to the Maine coast. The pictures I always see are perfect!
dodge guy 09/28/16 09:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Duramax is king of the mountain again

I locked one of these threads the other day due to someone fishing......or is that trolling.......Will this be number 2?!?!?!? Marty Well we are talking about GM......so I say it's a number "2"! :B
dodge guy 09/28/16 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Loose Shackle Bolts From Factory??? *PICS*

I don`t care if they are shouldered bolts. a suspension with that much slop will roll around on the springs and hangers. My trailer had shoulder bolts, but they were fitted to the size (width) of the spring. and when tightened down there was only about .020 clearance on each side of the spring. the suspension in the picture is not assembled properly. And you can see the angle of the hanger shackles compared to the nuts/bolts. I really can`t believe the number of people that are calling it OK!!!!! I agree that is way too much slop, and is not OK. As I mentioned before, my trailer came with cheap metric steel shackles. To elaborate on that, it was 5 mm thick steel (.196") but the bolts and springs are sized for 1/4" (.250") thick shackles. The result is .108" excess clearance, that is nearly 1/8 inch and might be what we see here. Cheap junk for sure, but that is the junk they are selling. Note also that the holes in the shackles are punched in and will wear quickly. I made my own. I found mine worn out from use, not from a poor installation. I also did the Dexter EZ flex with wetbolts and bronze sleeves. I also made note of how thick the new shackles were. The difference in how the trailer handled was astonishing! Just the tighter suspension alone made towing much more pleasant. And the EZ flex Equalizers made you not feel the trailer going over every little dip or crevice in the road. It also got rid of the obnoxious squeaking from the suspension. Yes, OP, get that fixed ASAP.
dodge guy 09/27/16 04:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: True, but scary, hitch story

Reason #42 why I hate balls.. http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t161/prioronetime/Camper/DSCN0804_zpsg7bptvff.jpg No questions; it's latched or it's not. Glad it worked out well for you... What is that contraption? I know what a pintle hitch is but that looks sketchy at best!
dodge guy 09/27/16 05:24am Travel Trailers
RE: 2018 Ram w/Hood Scoop

WOW! did they raise the mileage? Do we really need Class 8 tractor level power in a 3/4 ton truck? Is someone seriously considering towing 35,000 lbs with a 3/4 ton truck! Give us more mileage at respectable power levels and then I`ll be impressed! Now, for serious power.... I wonder if Ram can squeeze the 8.3L Cummins in there????? Sure it would only have 400HP, but the 1400 lbft of TQ would more than make up for it! the only issue I know of would be attaching an armrest and cupholder to the rear valve cover, because that's about where the rear of the engine would sit!
dodge guy 09/26/16 08:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Loose Shackle Bolts From Factory??? *PICS*

I don`t care if they are shouldered bolts. a suspension with that much slop will roll around on the springs and hangers. My trailer had shoulder bolts, but they were fitted to the size (width) of the spring. and when tightened down there was only about .020 clearance on each side of the spring. the suspension in the picture is not assembled properly. And you can see the angle of the hanger shackles compared to the nuts/bolts. I really can`t believe the number of people that are calling it OK!!!!!
dodge guy 09/26/16 08:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Loose Shackle Bolts From Factory??? *PICS*

Send your pics and complaints to the manuf. then send another one to the NHTSA. They need to be made aware of what is heading out the door and onto our highways! If more people did this then maybe they would get the message. Auto manuf. would have it recalled as soon as something like this is found, so why shouldn't trailer manuf! I also don't like those hangers, but that is how it was built. If you can make and weld in some gussets then that would be a good idea!
dodge guy 09/26/16 02:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: TV upgrade?

What are the white knuckles you are experiencing on a steep grade? What exactly is it doing in crossswinds? any problems may be covered up by a 3/4 ton. I`m thinking your not setup properly!
dodge guy 09/26/16 05:28am Travel Trailers
RE: New Duramax Power Specs

WOW! How much better mileage are they getting over the old motor?
dodge guy 09/24/16 05:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Super duty

Didn't know if I would like the white gold, but that is niceeeeee. Look forward to seeing one in person. I wouldn't advise looking at one unless you're prepared to pull out your wallet. :B These new '17 are very impressive trucks. Your '17 must be nice for you to make that claim!
dodge guy 09/24/16 08:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sway/Reece dual cam issue with a F250

Sorry to bring up an old thread but I bought a new truck and will be pulling again after a 3 year hiatus (seasonal site) and it seems I'm having the same issues with this hitch. I towed it home from the seasonal campsite about 30 miles with the new truck without the weight bars hooked up just on the ball and it towed perfectly. The was some rear sag on the truck but the BBQ grill and all the cinder blocks in the bed of the truck didn't help. Once home and unloaded I spent a few hours dialing in the new set up with included a new 8 1/2 drop to get the trailer level. Once set up I took it for a spin and was getting the same uneasiness I was getting with the F-250. The bars are sitting in the cams correctly but it feels like it is fighting itself all the time even on straight smooth highway. Then there is the banging noise that is so incredibly loud it's scary. You can actually feel it when it pops. So I am ready to scrap the Reece DC and go with the Blue Ox Sway Pro. I think the Jayco under slung coupler has a lot to do with my issues and Blue Ox make a specific model for those type of trailers. I'm tempted to just run the spring bars without the cams and maybe add a friction sway control unit. That wound probably be the cheapest fix. Anyway you guys are the experts what are your thoughts.??? Check your tongue weight!
dodge guy 09/24/16 08:02am Towing
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