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RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

This is a fairly well thought out option, with enough power to actually be useful (in all 3 configurations) and not prohibitively expensive (that's relative, of course, to the cost of the truck). But the marketing to "contractors" and "pros" is just that. Marketing. Anyone who thinks different, isn't a contractor or a "pro." It is, however, a cool option for the weekend warrior, boondocker and home handyman. Good job Ford for thinking out of the box, but let's don't blow this too out of proportion either way, rvnetters! BTW, a real contractor wouldn't park his truck that close to the work. I've actually fired people who repeatedly couldn't keep their truck out of the line of fire! Big no no in real work. I would agree. We boondock more often than not and it would be handy to not have to lug my cheapo genny out for the limited times we actually need a little juice like a hot afternoon or to run an electric coffee pot or whatever. Or even better the Honda that I leave home a lot because it weighs a metric ton, even though it's a lot nicer to use. I bet on an average 3 or 4 day camping trip we probably run one for a collective two or three hours, if that, and for that type of usage this would be perfect. Unfortunately an F150 wouldn't cut it for us, so It would be nice if this migrated into the HD models. In theory, anyway - I'll probably keep my truck for another decade. I'm cheap like that.
IdaD 01/09/21 11:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3 vs GM 6.6 fuel economy TFL video

Yikes, it sounds like it is a decent performer but that is pretty dismal fuel economy....:E It's a HD gas truck. There's no new tech here, they're all gas hogs.
IdaD 12/23/20 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Confirmed 2021 RAM Cummins no CP4.2

I'm happy with my '15 but this would put the Ram back on my list of diesel trucks. For the '19 or '20 model years, I'd have gone with Dmax.
IdaD 12/23/20 09:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: How will my new F350 behave in cold temps?

Teen temps are no issue. Generally when you travel to areas that need winter blend diesel, the stations have winter blend diesel. For your glow plugs, just turn your ignition to run until the light goes off and then start it up.
IdaD 12/19/20 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Going back to gasser based on needs (need advice)

I think Ford makes really good trucks, possibly the best in general, but I trust their diesels as far as I could throw one. If you're going to switch to gas I wouldn't be afraid of buying the 7.3, it looks good on paper. Just understand you will be dropping down in performance and fuel mileage, but I do think it would be sufficient for what you're trying to do. I think the Ram and GM gas trucks would be sufficient too. That said I'm a guy who doesn't necessarily "need" a diesel but I wanted one and don't regret the purchase at all. Even when I'm not towing I think all that torque makes for a nicer driving truck.
IdaD 12/17/20 01:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

If I were shopping for a new diesel truck right now it would almost certainly be a GM because they switched to a Denso pump. Ditto. In fact this very issue was one of the big reasons I bought a Ram in 2015. While it's great that the CP4 has improved since it was first introduced, it's still a flaming turd as far as I'm concerned.
IdaD 12/15/20 09:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Haul Mode

I run TH and EB most of the time, although I don't generally run EB this time of year because I don't want to be in the habit of putting it on when it's below freezing every night. EB and ice isn't a good combo.
IdaD 12/08/20 09:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 B6.7L maintenance intervals

The new oil change interval for the medium duty trucks is... 18 months with the 19 quart pan. This is the most intriguing for me. I've never understood the 6 months aspect of oil changes. I get the mileage or engine hours, because that's actual usage of the engine and degradation of the oil. The time period seems very arbitrary to me. I drive my truck 8-10,000 miles a year. Ram rates the engine for 15K mile OCI... or 6 months. So I am wasting 3 gallons of oil and a filter every 6 months, even though its essentially new. The argument has always been made that its the additive package that breaks down in time. If that is the case, why are the new MDT 6.7 engines rated for 18 month OCI? I change my oil, oil filter and fuel filters out every spring. I average around 14k miles a year. The truck doesn't burn any oil and it doesn't seem bad when I switch it out. YMMV.
IdaD 12/06/20 03:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When is weight distribution needed?

Just my two cents but having one of the big diesels hanging over the front axle goes a long way to eliminating the need for weight distribution. Will 1400 lbs reduce the the front axle weight on that truck? Sure. Enough to matter...eh, not so sure. Even loaded up you still have more weight on the front axle than an empty gas version of the same truck does. I'd at least try it out before you go spend money.
IdaD 12/03/20 04:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: E rated tire with max psi of 65?

I wouldn't get rid of them. I have the Ridge Grapplers on one of my trucks, not one I use to pull or carry a camper, and they've actually been great tires. I would, however, not air them up so much unloaded. Check your door panel for what the original tires used for pressure and back that down some. 35-40 psi is probably more than enough. The door panel on OP's truck should say 60 front, 80 rear. That's what mine says. I don't generally run at 80 on the rears unless I'm towing or hauling something heavy, though.
IdaD 12/01/20 02:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch reccomendations

I like the Anderson but I grew up on a farm and am more familiar with gooseneck type setups. I have a short bed and with it flipped back, I've not had any issues.
IdaD 11/27/20 09:57pm Towing
RE: DEF Math

I think it's beyond dumb to not have a DEF gauge, or at least a way to check the level in the EVIC. Anytime I'm leaving for a longer trip I like to have my DEF tank topped off so I don't have to screw around with it until I get back home. A warning at 30% at the beginning of a trip is something I would have to deal with while on said trip.
IdaD 11/25/20 04:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: DEF Math

Blue is $10 at Costco and that's what I've been buying lately because it's the most convenient. It's only a buck a gallon more than buying it at the pump.
IdaD 11/25/20 10:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: New mall crawler!

Congratulations, that’s a nice looking truck. It has more lift than I’d want but the truck is big enough to pull it off without looking silly. I haven’t even put bigger tires on mine because it barely fits in the garage as it is, No way that thing would go in.
IdaD 11/18/20 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at '17 3500 Ram

The CP4 issue has been way overblown in my opinion. Call your local dealer and ask them how many they have had to replace vs how many trucks they have sold. Also all HO trucks built after July 2020 have a revised symmetrical CP4 pump that may be a fix for those CP4 problems that did arise. Probably, but it's a known issue that can be really significant. It was certainly a factor when I picked a Ram back in 2015. The current Duramax doesn't have one. They're all good trucks, I'd personally lean towards the one without the known issue. Buying used that might make me lean Ram, new probably Duramax.
IdaD 11/12/20 06:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

I run 5w40 synthetic but I think 15w40 is fine in most climates. I just tend to run into cold weather in the winter months so I like the colder weather protection. Rotella T6 is what I generally use. FWIW my father lives in a similar climate and has run conventional 15w40 for years in his 7.3 with no issues so either is probably fine for most applications.
IdaD 10/31/20 09:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fiat/Chrysler says they will be making an Electric Ram.

A Chrysler with complicated electrical components? I don't see what could possibly go wrong.
IdaD 10/30/20 08:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can this weight be right?!?!

They aren't lightweights...
IdaD 10/29/20 11:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I get a new Tow Vehicle or a Bigger Gas Tank?

I'd get a bigger truck. The Nissan works but a half ton would be much more comfortable. Personally if I were buying a half ton today I think it would probably come down to an F150 with the bigger Ecoboost or the Tundra with the bigger V8.
IdaD 10/29/20 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

I don't see what the problem is, he's wearing his high viz.
IdaD 10/12/20 09:30am Tow Vehicles
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