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RE: Ram Reduces Max Tow Ratings

Well thank god for fish, who can find any negative or potentially negative news about anything Stellantis related....... So, tell me the practical downside of this? Despite internet folklore, I am unaware of any legal implications of the manufacturer tow ratings. And it doesn’t have anything to do with your insurance coverage. MAYBE a manufacturer could deny warranty based on exceeding it, but outside of that stupid photo of the huge camper on a truck with a broken frame (which would be payload, not towing), I don’t know of any instances of this happening. But I am sure that someone here will claim their cousin knew someone who knew someone who had something bad happen to them due to this......
Bionic Man 02/03/23 04:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MPH vs MPG

@Cummins12v98, do you really notice any difference in MPG towing tandem with that little trailer? I tow my 18’, around 3500 pound Ranger boat tandem fairly often, and I don’t notice any difference in MPG vs just one trailer.
Bionic Man 02/01/23 08:57am Towing
RE: Diesel to Gas Power Observation

I watched for 5 minutes, but couldn’t bring myself to waste an entire 20 minutes on this. I’m never one to give much credence to anecdotal statements about what is selling or what isn’t. As I am generally interested, I’d love to see real sales numbers of what the breakdown is of diesel vs gas in HD trucks (as well as 2500 vs 3500 sales). I know you used to be able to find that, but I haven’t seen it in a while. The truck that they bought is a pretty truck. But I really can’t see buying a DRW with a gasser. I hope they are happy with their purchase. I wouldn’t be.
Bionic Man 01/31/23 04:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

My daughter ordered a new Bronco coming up two years ago and we still haven't got a production date. Maybe if you order a new Super Duty today you'll have your 350k miles on the '12 by the time the new one shows up.:) Guess it depends on what you order. Both very small ford dealers in the Murphy NC area have 4 Bronco sports on their lots. 2 with 1.5 Lt and 2 with 2 Lt engines. The Bronco Sports have pretty much always been easily available. Its the Bronco that competes with the Wrangler that has a waiting list.
Bionic Man 01/29/23 09:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New (to us) 2500 Suburban

Looks like a nice rig. There are days I regret selling my 03 2500 Burb.
Bionic Man 01/26/23 07:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

Hard to believe that trucks have doubled in price since I bought my 2014 . Trucks have not doubled since 2014, or even 2004 for that matter. LOL. Have you shopped trucks lately? Prices may have not doubled since 2014 (not far off, but they have more than doubled since 2004. My 2003 RAM 3500 Laramie (top trip at the time) was $35000. A comparable 2023 is around $90,000, with top trim levels above $100k.
Bionic Man 01/26/23 07:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

In before the "RAM doesn't need more gears" comment...... It sure would help with improving fuel economy. And noise level by running lower RPMs. And the simplicity of only having ONE transmission for their HD line. And getting competitive in HP/TQ in the 2500s…..
Bionic Man 01/22/23 11:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

In before the "RAM doesn't need more gears" comment......
Bionic Man 01/22/23 08:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Filtering Our Diesel Storage Tanks For on Road Use

To get back on topic, unlike many here, I would absolutely recommend some sort of filtration to go from your storage tank to your OEM tank. I have a aux tank dumping into my OEM tank. Twice I have had in-tank fuel pump replaced due to failure. While the dealer won't give a definitive cause they say it is possible that debris caused the issue. I now have a diesel safe small inline fuel filter between my tanks. It is clear, and when I changed it after 5000 miles I could see debris. A fuel filter is inexpensive insurance against a $1000 repair.
Bionic Man 01/04/23 08:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Overloaded or wrong truck?

Ram doesn’t make a DRW short bed in a crew cab. And the minimum payload in a DRW in 2020 was over 6800 pounds. I’d like to hear more about what happened leading up to the failure. Do you mean maximum? To get 6,800# payload would need to gas tradesman. My 2016 3500 DRW Laramie has a payload 5,411#. The chart I found in a quick search did in fact limit the trim to Tradesman (although the gas has a higher payload, the CTD Aisin is what I quoted). I can’t find anything for higher trim levels, but regardless, the photo above wouldn’t be caused by just the load of the camper (regardless of brand of modern DRW truck was under it.
Bionic Man 12/15/22 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Overloaded or wrong truck?

Ram doesn’t make a DRW short bed in a crew cab. And the minimum payload in a DRW in 2020 was over 6800 pounds. I’d like to hear more about what happened leading up to the failure.
Bionic Man 12/14/22 11:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

:)There are a few advantages to being old. Seriously, what happened to 36 months and buying within our means? 36 month terms made more sense when vehicles were $20,000 and mostly worn out at 100,000 miles. Considering prices are now 3x - 5x that, and vehicles easily go well beyond 200,000 miles, longer terms make sense. Especially when interest rates are low (and 5% is still very low historically speaking).
Bionic Man 11/15/22 09:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: SoCal to Denver in December?

The main potential problems on that route after Albuquerque would be I25 over Raton, and then between Monument and Castle Rock. While snow could be a issue, more often than not, the roads will be clear and dry. If there is a snowstorm, wait a day or two and you can be on your way.
Bionic Man 11/07/22 04:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Help needed. moving a 5th wheel with badly cracked frame

I lost a wheel assembly on my 5er many years ago. I called around and found a tow service that had a semi and a lowboy trailer they used to move the trailer (and truck) to the nearest repair facility (which was about 60 miles away).
Bionic Man 11/07/22 09:11am Towing
RE: All 2024 GM HDS get the 10 speed Allison.

What difference does it make if the GM tranny is made by Allison or licensed from them? I have never heard anything negative about it’s performance. I can’t say the same about the two antiquated transmissions in the RAM HDs……
Bionic Man 11/03/22 08:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 Ford 40k towing, 500hp, 1200tq

While I agree with the last sentence, I feel as we approach semi-trailer weights, more weight on the driver is needed for traction. At 10% (4k lbs) pin weight, starting on a steep wet hill may be an issue. At 20% / 8k lbs, it'll be much better. A single axle tractor towing a 40k trailer (Pepsi trailer, etc.) would have close to 20k on the drive axle. When bragging about maximum tow capacities, manufacturers are NOT concerned in the least about "real world conditions." All they care is if the truck can move it on a flat dry road. Pretty sure they all follow SAE J2807 towing protocol for ratings….
Bionic Man 11/02/22 10:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

Maybe it’s a regional thing, but our local auto dealerships certainly are still very short of inventory. And I’ll call BS on the 2500 gasser comment. I’ve seen reports in the past from RAM that an astronomical % of their sales were Cummins. And you can see it driving around too. Regardless of brand, if it’s a heavy duty it almost always has a diesel in it. There was a time when almost all Ram HD trucks were cummins powered, but in the last few years I've seen an increasing trend of Ram trucks with the Hemi badge on the truck and there's no denying that and now I see several every day. I spoke with the guy who was driving this cab and chassis truck about his hemi powered truck. He said that his company was transitioning to hemi's. You can call BS but we now know Cummins is coming out with gas engines and it must be for a reason. https://i.imgur.com/HVMhgP8l.jpg His statement wasn't that there are more gasser HDs sold today than in the past. I wouldn't argue that. His statement was that gassers outsell diesel in 2500's "by a long shot". You are going to claim that as well?
Bionic Man 10/31/22 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 Ram Reveal

Does it come with the ZF8 speed Grit has been promising? You must be referring to someone else? It’s 2022 now, almost 2023 and I don’t recall posting anything promising for a couple years now. Or did you mean “hoping” for, not promising? I've actually been hoping you were right.
Bionic Man 10/31/22 10:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

Maybe it’s a regional thing, but our local auto dealerships certainly are still very short of inventory. And I’ll call BS on the 2500 gasser comment. I’ve seen reports in the past from RAM that an astronomical % of their sales were Cummins. And you can see it driving around too. Regardless of brand, if it’s a heavy duty it almost always has a diesel in it.
Bionic Man 10/30/22 03:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 owners…Hemi & 3.92s?

I’ve been on the waiting list for recall on the cam phasers for over a year. Add that to being without the Expedition for 8 1/2 weeks this summer due to no parts to rebuild an axle that failed at 30,000 miles, I’ll take my “chances” with MOPAR problems any day.
Bionic Man 10/28/22 08:56pm Tow Vehicles
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