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Old 04-07-2016, 02:41 PM   #85
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Truck with heavier duty ratings needs to be "slower" to avoid heat spikes in fluids, thus against gears. While a PW isn't a highway tow rig, per se, a soft surface and a heavy load would want to see less chance of hot spots forming in closed systems for longevity.

It's relatively easy to trust Dodge. The 32k GVW loads we moved in the South Texas oilfields with one tons is the kind of feedback GM and Ford never got. Their drive trains weren't up to commercial service until quite recently.

And, as beer drinking and hell raisin' have nothing to do with off-roading, a conservative application of power may be the perfect thing. I sure as hell have to be careful letting out the clutch on this big Cummins I'm sitting behind, both axles engaged or not.
Yup. That's why I thought it must have to do with the use of the HD vehicle compared to a 1500. Was having a discussion with some other ram owners and it came up that more folks buy half tons for daily drivers. It makes more sense to make them feel like cars, wherein an HD truck, that's not a priority, the priority is duty use and longevity, that's what you want.
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Old 04-07-2016, 06:36 PM   #86
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I love that with my Power Wagon, once I unhitch the Airstream I can pretty much go anywhere. The only other stock vehicles that can say that (although they can't pull my 30 Classic) are the Rubicon Wrangler and the G-Wagon.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:11 PM   #87
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I love that with my Power Wagon, once I unhitch the Airstream I can pretty much go anywhere. The only other stock vehicles that can say that (although they can't pull my 30 Classic) are the Rubicon Wrangler and the G-Wagon.
Yup, that's why I love mine. On the road comfort. Drove to Zion yesterday, love this truck.



And then, when the road ends, more capability than any other 3/4 ton on the market.









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Old 04-09-2016, 11:24 AM   #88
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It sounds like the settings on the transmission need to be changed so that when towing it finds the right gear sooner with throttle movement. The down side to this would be gear hunting. Maybe if there was a delay shifting to the next higher gear would help? That's why I drive a stick, I can always keep the engine in the power and torque band.
The last time I was in for regular service with my '13 PW, I was complaining to them about the shift points not only while towing, but everyday driving as well.
I was told that the computer that controls the transmission is self learning and can be adjusted to suit a particular drivers "style". Said he'd download the info & reprogram while it was in getting some warranty items replaced. Two days later when I picked it up, it drove like a different truck! ( a good thing) We've since only made one trip hooked to the Airstream, but the "gear hunting" on the uphill climbs seemed considerably better and non existent on the long straightaways.
Whether what he told me was true, I don't really know. I'm by no means really sure about really what they can do with new vehicles these days. But the proof is in the pudding, whatever they changed,I like it!
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Old 04-09-2016, 11:40 AM   #89
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Like someone told me before, it ain't 1999 anymore! I am glad a flash update increased drive ability for you to such a large degree. If the system is self learning maybe Mike can give us an update to this as he continues his travels. I'm always concerned about computer updates here in California. The "Smog Tech's" (I use this term lightly) will fail you for changing anything to do with computer controls. Since the dealer did the flash maybe this is approved. Let us know if the truck unlearns what it has learned!
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Put the winch on the PowerWagon to good use today. Family pulled over to the side of the road to grab a picture and couldn't get back out - kept sliding further into the ditch. Good test of our gear and teamwork with the wife.

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Old 04-10-2016, 07:23 PM   #91
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Put the winch on the PowerWagon to good use today. Family pulled over to the side of the road to grab a picture and couldn't get back out - kept sliding further into the ditch. Good test of our gear and teamwork with the wife.

Nice. Love all the photos you're posting in this thread. What a truck!
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Thanks, and here is even more. I think the reason to own a winch is to help friends in need.

Three weeks of ownership and we used our winch twice in one weekend now!

A full-timing family who we follow on Instagram got their truck, and 5th wheel stuck in some pretty gnarly mud down near Lake Mead. We hadn't met them yet, but decided since they were only 2hrs away to head down and help them out.

This is how stuck they were:



First, I winched out his truck. Which was easy enough.



Then had him come back at an angle and try to keep the front tires on as much solid ground as possible. This way he could hitch up and drive forward. But the weight was still to much.

I hooked up the winch line and got it nice and tight. Then I had him drive forward on a thumbs up while I pulled in reverse using 4Low to keep the line tight. I figured this would keep his truck and rig from sliding back into the mud. And it all worked out.



Not an ideal winching situation in the second round. Would have preferred to use a strap (if I had one at the time). That's a lot of stress to place on the winch brake. But it was only for a few brief seconds. And all appears well.

You can see video proof here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BEB4tdNqvdY/
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:04 PM   #93
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Two wheel drive pickup trucks, bad for towing in anything but perfect conditions...
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Old 04-10-2016, 10:31 PM   #94
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Bold, glad to hear that you are truly enjoying your Power Wagon! You definitely have some nice pictures. I should take more.
Took the Airstream out this weekend. The Wagon did just fine as usual. For the round trip the average mpg was 11.8. Still pretty darn good in my opinion. This time around I watched the temps on the other fluids. Tranny stayed at 170. Coolant was at 208 like Bold's was. The engine oil stayed in the 220's. I guess that is good. Speeds were between 60 and 65 with lots of hills. Elevations topped out at a little over 9500 feet.

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Bold, looks like you putting the Ram to good use helping folks out and exploring.

I'll return to my desk work now.

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Old 05-30-2016, 08:55 PM   #96
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Choose the tool for the mission. That includes the choice of both tow vehicle and trailer.
Great advice!

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Nice Diff covers Bold.

Like the one of you with the truck on the redstone.
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