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RE: EcoDiesel vs Hemi up IKE

I'm watching these (Eco Diesels) to eventually replace my Ram3500. Before that happens, they need to add the exhaust brake and I would like to see a better, clutch type cooling fan. If available, I would go for the 3.92 diff. It looks like they finally have the payload I need though. I’m a bit surprised to read this; you aren’t thinking about going with a new Cummins? The price of these new diesel half tons isn’t a whole lot less than a new 3500 Cummins.
blofgren 10/13/19 04:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.7L 1050 ft lbs TQ at 1,600 rpm, 475 HP at 2,800 rpm

Except when it comes time for repairs; the 7.3L will cost much less than most everything on the 6.7L.....;)
blofgren 10/09/19 08:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ST Tires ???

Thats the good part when one of those G614 blows out . It’s ugly what they do in damage. Do you know another tire manufacturer that will pay for the trailer damage or ones insurance deductible? No, because the higher cost is the "insurance policy" you're buying with the tire. Simple. Pay the higher cost as "insurance" on the chance that you'll 1) have a failure that causes damage and 2) GY chooses to cover the damage (always a [email protected]) OR buy a ~30% cheaper tire, that has a history of far fewer failures for =any= reason and bank the difference. Lyle X2. And when I was looking for tires 4 years ago the GY would have cost me close to double what the Sailun S637’s did. I’m sorry, but that’s a lot of $ that could be used for something else and I’m already paying for insurance on my fiver. I have absolutely no regrets going with the Sailuns; they still look perfect and have performed flawlessly in all types of hot weather. I would recommend them to anyone and will definitely go with them again if I still own my fiver when it’s due again.
blofgren 10/08/19 08:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford 6.7L 1050 ft lbs TQ at 1,600 rpm, 475 HP at 2,800 rpm

I’m beyond caring anymore which brand of new pickup has the highest numbers. If I could buy a brand new 1997 F350 7.3 or a brand new 1998 12-valve Dodge Cummins, I’d take it. It gets your stuff where you want it to go and it keeps doing it reliably for a long time. The way I look at it is, it’s like there’s only so much power and engine can make in its life. You can either do it all at once or slowly. I agree except I would buy a Super Duty with the 7.3L because they were much more comfortable trucks than the OBS but still super reliable, especially with the ZF6 manual transmission.
blofgren 10/07/19 08:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires Date

Mmmmm, nothing like the smell of fresh tires! Or was that donuts? The smell is great but not so much the greenbacks that go to get them. :(
blofgren 10/04/19 10:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3 Million Cummins for Ram

think about this How many engines has Cummins made for their customers not just Ram? chevman Very good point! Very many more than 3M! And most of them with a very good reliability record. :)
blofgren 10/04/19 10:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Winter Cover

I have yet to see a truly waterproof cover which is the only reason that I want a cover. Do any exist? Not that I’m aware of. I stored my trailer over the winter with an Adco cover a few years ago and the many times I looked underneath the cover, the inside was nearly as wet as the outside, mostly from condensation I think. We live in quite a wet climate here so it may be fine in a drier climate. Now I pony up and pay for indoor storage from mid October to mid April.....
blofgren 10/04/19 06:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford 6.7L 1050 ft lbs TQ at 1,600 rpm, 475 HP at 2,800 rpm

^ The not quite granny low first gear in the G56 is the perfect ratio for coming off the line with a heavy load and nice for creeping around at an idle on rough roads, etc. 2nd through 5th are also a good spread (at least with the power I have with a tune) for most any trailer. Never pulled more than 16-18k with it though and only a couple times, but the gear splits were "good enough" to keep in the power band. Where the G lacks is it desperately needs a 7th gear, at least with the 3.73s or deeper gears. Never drove a 3.42/G56 truck. 6th could be geared just a bit lower and 7th for empty road trips across Montana. Over 10 years and 170k miles later, I still randomly reach for 7th gear after hours of bombing down the highway at 2500-2600rpms! Still haven't found it.... Most of the time the gear splits are fine to keep mine in the power band too, but there is the odd time on a really tough pull where I get caught in the middle (I think it’s only happened twice). Once I upgrade the clutch I’m thinking off adding a towing tune so maybe that will help. I agree that a 7th gear would be nice for the highway. Overall I still really like the stick, though. My wife doesn’t like driving it either but she gets by the very odd time it’s required....:B
blofgren 10/04/19 06:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.7L 1050 ft lbs TQ at 1,600 rpm, 475 HP at 2,800 rpm

^True statement, but pursuant to ksss post, the Cummins has a smaller rpm range and more cogs would help the option and ability to pick the operating characteristics. My G56 is a glorified 5 speed with granny gear and I can run 85-90 mph all day but she's screaming. And loaded heavy, I sometimes have to settle on a particular speed that I can pull and keep egts in check vs picking the speed I want and having a gear to accommodate it. The low rpm range of the C will benefit greatly from more cogs. Moreso than the higher revving V8s in this respect, IMO. More IS better in this case. For everyone. Agreed. I too have had issues when loaded heavy on steep grades with no ability to get a run at it where I’m caught between 3rd and 4th gear on the G56; lots of power in 3rd but can’t quite hold 4th. Oh well, the old girl is reliable and paid for! :B
blofgren 10/03/19 09:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3 Million Cummins for Ram

I’m quite certain that Ram/Cummins is the best selling diesel truck in Canada; I can’t recall where I’ve read that but it’s been more than once. As for Alberta, I sure have seen a lot of new Cummins trucks around the Edmonton area every time I’ve been there......:B Today I seen a cool Alberta license plate that stated "Support our Troops" at the bottom of the plate. I think those are Veterans plates; BC has them as well.
blofgren 10/03/19 08:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3 Million Cummins for Ram

I’m quite certain that Ram/Cummins is the best selling diesel truck in Canada; I can’t recall where I’ve read that but it’s been more than once. As for Alberta, I sure have seen a lot of new Cummins trucks around the Edmonton area every time I’ve been there......:B
blofgren 10/02/19 06:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3 Million Cummins for Ram

Thanks for sharing! Congratulations Cummins and Ram!
blofgren 09/30/19 09:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Strike

I'd like to think that the days of needing unions have passed us by . However I'm simply not naive enough to believe big corporations will do the right thing. We have start ups that can't decide that people who work for them everyday are employees. We have GM that thinks it's OK to have an employee work as a temp for multiple years with no real policy in place to become a full employee. Unfortunately I believe unions still have their place. Just as unfortunate, unions bring their own bureaucracy,greed and corruption to the table. Very well said.
blofgren 09/26/19 10:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.7L 1050 ft lbs TQ at 1,600 rpm, 475 HP at 2,800 rpm

The numbers stated by Ford are certainly impressive but we’ll see how they compare to the Ram and GM in the real world soon.....:B And the internals on the Ford 6.7L are improved once again; must be about Job 14! :B
blofgren 09/26/19 08:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Got one on my wish list today

I’ve had to use an extension cord many times over the years too. I got tired of fighting the stiff 50A cords as well and also went the SOOW route a couple of years ago and have never looked back! :B
blofgren 09/24/19 09:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: US Border agent gave my passport to.....??

:E
blofgren 09/24/19 09:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Coiled outside shower

They are difficult to get connected properly; to make it worse the last time I used mine I got soaked anyway because the hose developed a bunch of small cracks. :M
blofgren 09/24/19 09:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Diesel truck issues - thinking of going to gas

Got rid of my '02F350 7.3L back in the summer for a new '19 F350 6.2L w/ 4.30 gearing...pull a 5th wheel that I've weighed just under 12K pounds. I absolutely love towing with this new truck; it outperforms my old truck in every way with the exception of mpg. Got 10-11 before and now getting right at 8. I know I"m not comparing apples to apples since I never towed with a new diesel so yeah I don't know what I'm missing out on in terms of the power now available in diesel but I'm not concerned about being the first one to the top of the hill. When I figured out $/mile in gas vs diesel it was an easy decision for me once seeing it would take over 100K miles to break even on the upfront cost of the diesel. Have pulled the trailer up some pretty steep hills this summer and the truck has never once lacked for power or made me think it was struggling. Glad to hear you’re happy with the 6.2L; there are many of them at my work and they have been very durable. One thing that you may be overlooking is resale value which I’ll bet was excellent on your 7.3L if it was in good condition.....good used diesels almost always are worth considerably more than their gas counterparts.
blofgren 09/24/19 09:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will fifth wheel front hit truck back window?

OP, I have the exact combo you are speaking of, although I don’t have a B&W hitch, but rather the Ram 20k slider, which is actually a Curt. Going forward is not a problem, as is backing up for the majority of the time. There was a time when I was backing the trailer into my back yard, which is quite tight with poor visibility due to a large hedge. I was cut a bit sharper than normal when I heard this strange noise; I pulled ahead real quick when I realized that the front cap on the fiver was touching the back window of the truck! It does take quite a sharp cut to do this, so I try to avoid cutting that sharp not only for that reason, but it is also quite hard on the trailer’s undercarriage. I do have the slider hitch so I have slid it back a couple of times as a precaution, but I try to avoid it because it is a PITA to do. I hope that answers your question; if you have any more let me know. :)
blofgren 09/19/19 08:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dodge RAM flywheel

DONT keep driving it! It's beating the krap out of your transmission. Dual Mass setups that fail are notorious for serious trans damage. I’ve heard this as well. I plan on replacing mine in the next year or so to avoid having any issues far from home.
blofgren 09/12/19 07:07pm Tow Vehicles
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