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RE: Buying 2019 RAM 3500 DRW - discount expectations?

You may want to compare prices here just to get an idea of what you could get that truck for.... https://www.dennisdillonchryslerjeepdodge.com/inventory/new-2019-ram-3500-laramie-4x4-crew-cab-3c63rrjl7kg575900
librty02 12/03/19 04:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dutchmen Atlas or Keystone Cougar

I would stick with the cougar as they are now warrantied for full time living as of this year...not sure if the Dutchman carries that same warranty. I would say the tank heaters over none would def help you out too in colder climates. I am also curious what the R value rating is on the units as neither state what they are. I know grand design has high R values of 40 roof 30 floor and 9 for the walls with some up to 11 on the walls....my passport if I remember correctly is only R11 ceiling and floor and 7 for the walls...being full time this could make a big difference in heating and cooling your rig. Sorry I don't know much at all about the in-command system.
librty02 11/26/19 07:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Ford 7.3 V8

A turbo big block 7.3 would require a huge fuel tank, a big fuel line, and some big radiators. The owner would need deep pockets. I fail to understand your logic. Back in the day some trucks where sold with the same displacement diesel with and without turbos. Over time, and really a short time, the non-turbo was pretty much gone because of more power and better fuel mileage. And doesn't Ford advertise their smaller turbo/gas engines as "Econo"? Diesel is a bit of a different animal, although it's a misnomer that the turbo engines get better mileage. Some of the early non turbo diesel pickups could get well over 20 mpg on the highway, but they had no power. Yes, Ford does brand their gas turbo engines as "Eco", but they really don't get significantly better mileage than N/A gas engines of similar power. Towing, they burn just as much fuel. A 7.3 turbo would probably be overkill. I could see an "Eco" engine of maybe 4.5-5 liters, but engineering one that can handle the same towing duty cycle as the new 7.3 gas or other large gas pickup engines hasn't been figured out yet. Had an 11 5.0 V8 N/A regular driving it got 14mpg towing 8.2 if I was lucky after 6 months of that **** traded it in on a 11 3.5 eco regular driving it gets 16mpg towing it gets 10mpg 18 3.5 eco regular driving 17.6mpg towing it gets 10.7mpg I would say the 3.5 eco does significantly better than the N/A engine everyday anyday :D Prior to that had a 08 350 dually that pulled a 14k 5th wheel that got 14mpg regular driving and 8.5mpgs towing the 5th
librty02 11/11/19 11:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Difficulty Reducing Tongue Weight

I still don't know what your problem *IS* to even make a recommendation. "Tows poorly" is meaningless, and you *are* driving scared even if you don't think so. It's subconscious. You mentioned the accident and how it affected you. I would gladly make a recommendation, if only there was even a halfway concise description of a problem. Too much tongue weight isn't your problem, and trying to reduce it with ballast... You'll have over 2000lbs in the back of your trailer before you see an appreciable change in tongue weight. The axles are simply too far back for that to work. I still think his problem is that he is running "P" tires on his truck as I mentioned on page one. Needs to put at least LT tires on the truck. I tell you what, I filled my P tires to max and I could tell the difference. It seems like a pretty decent tire as well, has 2 ply in the sidewall. Hankook dynapro at-m, 275/55/20. You have found your problem, or at least the biggest problem. Load range E tires are a ten ply rating, they are much stiffer than a P tire. Load range E tires are not needed with the 275/55/20s with that short sidewall as I have the same exact tires on my 2018 truck...They work very well towing my trailer and have done so on this truck for 8k worth of towing so far...My 2011 has 275/65/18s on it and I put Load E tires on it because of the larger sidewall and the 2018 with the P rated is just as firm as the E rated tires on my 2011...the key is having the P rated tires aired to the max like he has changed too now. I air mine cold the rears 50 and fronts 47...when they heat up they get to 50 in the front and 53 in the rear while towing...
librty02 11/07/19 09:53am Towing
RE: New Tires - too many options

With the age/miles on your truck, you're still under warranty, I'd go back to the dealer and inquire on warranty replacements. It may not do any good, but it certainly wouldn't hurt. From my experience a dealer will not warranty the tires from a new car nor the tires they would like to sell you either. My 11 150 came with goodyears and were almost bald within 12k. Talked to the dealer and they basically laughed at me....so I left there and went to a actual Goodyear shop and they prorated the tires on my truck that came from the factory. I got a new set for $360 which would of been close to $1000. So depending on the brand it may be worth the try.
librty02 10/30/19 11:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Short queen mattress at CW

I would not purchase a mattress from CW I would look into like stated above someone like Original Mattress Factory or the online store mattressinsider.com who has all sizes of mattresses you would ever need for an RV.
librty02 10/29/19 01:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question around Cold Temps

If temps are only dipping below freezing for 6 to 8 hours and above freezing the rest of the day I would not concern myself with it. I have never winterized any of my trailers until temps are consistently around freezing or below for 24 hour periods and I have never had an issue.
librty02 10/29/19 01:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gm 2500HD GAS VS DIESEL

According to AAA,US gov and Gasbuddy, the state average fuel costs for PA is $2.74 for regular gas and $3.38 for diesel. You must be in a very remote area at $3.69 for diesel. Nope just outside of Pittsburgh and fuel costs are high in this part of the state...head to the eastern part east of Harrisburg and the fuel costs drop significantly The closest 15 stations to me range from 2.85 to 3.05 per gallon regular right now and diesel is anywhere from 3.69 to 3.99 all within 3 miles of my house I looked at Pittsburgh on Gasbuddy and did not see $3.69 either. Looking at over 100 fuel stations in Pittsburgh, the lowest for diesel was $3.39 and the highest was $3.59 with most being in the $3.45 +/- $.05 range. Gasbuddy -Pittsburgh-Diesel Its ok that's what my local stations are want a pic of them later? Will that Appease you?!?!? I can take pics of about 10 different stations at those prices if you like
librty02 10/28/19 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gm 2500HD GAS VS DIESEL

According to AAA,US gov and Gasbuddy, the state average fuel costs for PA is $2.74 for regular gas and $3.38 for diesel. You must be in a very remote area at $3.69 for diesel. Nope just outside of Pittsburgh and fuel costs are high in this part of the state...head to the eastern part east of Harrisburg and the fuel costs drop significantly The closest 15 stations to me range from 2.85 to 3.05 per gallon regular right now and diesel is anywhere from 3.69 to 3.99 all within 3 miles of my house
librty02 10/28/19 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gm 2500HD GAS VS DIESEL

Assumption of 15k a yr driven 8k being regular driving 7k being towing using my local fuel cost: GAS Truck Cost 45k + tax = $47700 $47700 @ 3% for 60 months is $857 Fuel Cost: 2.89 a gallon regular 8k @ 16mpg = $1445 7k @ 6.9mpg = $2931 Total of $4376/year in regular gasoline cost @ 2.89 per gallon Cost to own per month is $1222 DIESEL Truck Cost 55k + tax = $58300 $58300 @ 3% for 60 months is $1048 Fuel Cost: 3.69 a gallon Diesel Fuel 8k @ 19.9mpg = $1484 7k @ 10mpg = $2583 Total of $4067/year in Diesel cost @ 3.69 per gallon Cost to own per month is $1387 Monthly Cost to own Diesel truck per month payment and fuel = $1387 Monthly Cost to own Gas truck per month payment and fuel = $1222 Difference of $165 per month for 1st 5 years to own a Diesel over Gasoline... After the 5 years of payments is up the cost to own difference is $309 in favor of the Diesel truck but none of these numbers include maintenance or reliability factor at all just payment and fuel cost...
librty02 10/28/19 09:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie towing question

Honestly, I am a bit embarrassed to say (as a newbie) that I hadn't checked. The truck is all of three weeks old and I put a brand new set of General Grabber ATX tires on the rear for traction if I ever encounter mud etc. So, the tires were running at whatever pressure the dealership and the tire dealer set them at. Now I know better. I stopped by a 4x4 shop this AM and they said, as I have heard from others, that it might be a good idea to put a set of "helper springs" on the rear as that could address some of the squat and make the ride feel more solid and the steering a bit more sure. Since we want to eventually get a camper once we downsize from the fiver, and special rear springs are what is included in the Ford "camper package" upgrade, it strikes me as a reasonable modification and one that isn't too expensive. Certainly won't hurt. You have 3800lbs of payload capacity. I would think you don't need helper springs as you have more capacity than most 1 ton SRW diesels do.That camper you talk of what type are you talking about most here consider a 5th or TT or pop up to be a camper
librty02 10/28/19 09:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gm 2500HD GAS VS DIESEL

Just a couple things, When we sold our 2001 Ram 2500 with 315,000 miles, I got just shy of $10,000 for it. We had bought it eight years earlier for $14,000 with 234,000 miles. So for a 18 year old truck with 314,000 miles don't think that is too bad. A gasser would have gotten maybe $1,500. Just a couple more things. By the logic in this thread a 10 yr old gasser comparable to the 10 yr old diesel would have only been worth $6,000 8 years later. $14,000 less $10,000 = $4,000 diff $ 6,000 less $1,500. = $4,500 diff Oh goody, $500 more. Lets not forget during most of that eight years I was towing 12,000#. I doubt that many would pay $6,000 for a 10 year old gaser with 234,000 miles. If you purchased a 10 yr old diesel truck with 234,000 miles, a 10 yr old gasser with comparable options, trim, and condition would fetch $6000.00. That is unless a lot of this thread is BS. I am getting my numbers from your post and other posts in this thread, they're not my numbers. $14,000.00 less 80% of the original diesel option cost = $8000.00. $6000.00 More math since you were towing for most of those miles. $14,000 less $10,000 = $4,000 diff $ 6,000 less $1,500. = $4,500 diff You're $500 ahead. But in my neck of the woods diesel runs on average $0.57 more per gallon. 80,000 miles / 18 mpg (being generous) = 4444 gallons X $0.57 = $2533.08 extra spent in fuel costs. You're now $2033.08 in the hole. Man I love traveling in and through West Virginia those fuel prices are far less than the ones here in Pa...here we have paid on avg $1 per gallon more for diesel than we have gasoline...gotta love the keystone state..but our diesel fuel right now is the cheapest it has been for years at a .80 cent per gallon difference. I remember back in 08 09 10 when gasoline creeped above $4 a gallon that diesel fuel was 5.50 per gallon...I didn't keep my dually to long when that happened.
librty02 10/28/19 07:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

Yep I've been doing it all wrong for the past 50000 miles with a half ton towing a 7200lb trailer :S You guys crack me up lol...
librty02 10/28/19 05:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

This is going as usual. What we have here is different perception as to what performance is acceptable. Some of us have higher standards than others. Some of us started with 1/2 tons, and thought they did fine..... Until they experienced the difference a HD truck makes. Once that occurs, most won't go back to a 1/2 ton. As always, your money, your choice. Hmmm I went from a 08 F350 dually and 38ft 5th wheel to a half ton and 30ft 7200lb GVWR Travel trailer and the half ton handles the TT just as well as the dually did that 5th wheel...:h
librty02 10/25/19 02:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

You could easily be close to max payload on a 3/4 ton diesel also as some of the loaded f250s I have seen have a 1700lb payload the same as my 1/2 ton. Let's do this again, guys! Again and again and again... But do you believe that librty, or just stirring the pot? That's the real question. Yes again and again and again because with most of you there is NO option of towing with a half ton period and it can be done and is being done by many within specs...a HD is NOT always the answer and most of you think it is....I've towed with them too my previous to this trailer was a 38ft 5th towed with a dually...my HALF TON set up towing my 7200lb GVWR trailer is all within specs per the CAT scales also not just by paper...and is just as solid as that dually pulling that 5th wheel....**** the HD push around here is like a cancer and you people love to spread it
librty02 10/25/19 07:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

If you stay at or under that 7500lb GVWR and around a 30ft long trailer you will be fine. I have been towing my 7200lb GVWR trailer with 2 different F150 4x4 ecos for years now and over 40k miles without any issue at all and all within all specs of the truck including gvwr and payload. You say you're looking at a 2wd truck that will put you near the 2000lb payload capacity with a properly equipped half ton. Mine has 1700 and change with the 4x4 crew long bed. It just all depends on what all you have in the truck and passengers too. You could easily be close to max payload on a 3/4 ton diesel also as some of the loaded f250s I have seen have a 1700lb payload the same as my 1/2 ton. My 150's hitch is rated for 1320lbs of hitch weight when using a WDH which is a necessity. Find the trailer 1st then buy the truck that will fit you and your trailers needs.Well that would be comparing a stripped 1/2 ton to a loaded 3/4 ton.... I would rather drive the loaded truck. Point is, your comparison should be stripped vs stripped. or loaded vs loaded. Otherwise you are just twisting the subject to win a debate point... Should go into politics. Umm not stripped whatsoever...I have every option available in my truck but the leather heated wheel and cooled/massaging seats but then again the 1700lb payload 3/4 ton I was quoting wouldn't have massaging seats either...soooo not many differences other than those 3 ;) And politics...you wanna talk about politics how about 90% of the members on here who push for a HD truck every time someone wants to tow anything over 5k....and then there are some of us who say it can be done within limits but those people like yourself have a rebuttal for every single time a half ton would be within all of its limits....maybe YOU sir should get into politics :)
librty02 10/25/19 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

You could easily be close to max payload on a 3/4 ton diesel also as some of the loaded f250s I have seen have a 1700lb payload the same as my 1/2 ton. Let's do this again, guys! Again and again and again...
librty02 10/24/19 01:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

If you stay at or under that 7500lb GVWR and around a 30ft long trailer you will be fine. I have been towing my 7200lb GVWR trailer with 2 different F150 4x4 ecos for years now and over 40k miles without any issue at all and all within all specs of the truck including gvwr and payload. You say you're looking at a 2wd truck that will put you near the 2000lb payload capacity with a properly equipped half ton. Mine has 1700 and change with the 4x4 crew long bed. It just all depends on what all you have in the truck and passengers too. You could easily be close to max payload on a 3/4 ton diesel also as some of the loaded f250s I have seen have a 1700lb payload the same as my 1/2 ton. My 150's hitch is rated for 1320lbs of hitch weight when using a WDH which is a necessity. Find the trailer 1st then buy the truck that will fit you and your trailers needs.
librty02 10/24/19 01:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fun at the CAT Scales - Kind a Surprised at the result.

What were the drive axles weights at each weigh? What truck and trailer do you have?
librty02 10/14/19 05:41am Towing
RE: Trying to find this floorplan

So nobody knows of any other floorplan around this weight that has the dinette, couch, and separate bedroom? There are but all are heavier and as previously stated the one you're looking at is too much for your vehicle. Your suv may have a 5k tow capacity but when not able to utilize a WDH it is not a 5k tow capacity for a travel trailer...it is 5k for like stated above maybe a boat or a utility trailer that is about it. I will def agree with the 10ft pop up statement as I wouldn't tow anything bigger with that SUV as you NEED a WDH to properly control the SUV and trailer that is 5k...without the WDH you will be in a world of hurt....sorry but it's the truth
librty02 10/14/19 05:37am Travel Trailers
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