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Old 01-11-2013, 09:40 PM   #127
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Congrats it's always a great feeling to get a new vehicle .You will love it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:44 PM   #128
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OK, here's a picture of the new(er) truck, and the flaps that I built for it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #129
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Great Choice, Great Truck....

... and some very sound decision-making. You will be very happy and your decision will be affirmed every time you tow.
Congratulations and happy trails!
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:57 PM   #130
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Wow,looks nice.i bet it pulls like a dream.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:03 PM   #131
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Beautiful truck Steve. I like your flaps too. I think you made the right decision.

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Old 01-23-2013, 07:23 AM   #132
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Thanks everyone. Yesterday I hooked up the trailer, and went for a spin around the neighborhood, and the truck does well. I wanted to get the rig out on a level section of road to see if I had the stinger adjusted right, but as usual with the first attempt, it was off a bit. I had set it at the height I thought would work, reference what worked well on the GMC, but it was too low. Anyway, raised it a notch, and it should be good now.

I've found that the comercial built flaps like the Rocktamers that mount on the hitch drawbar make the combination too heavy for my bad back, so like the last set I had on the GMC, these bolt onto the truck, and do not have to be removed with the hitch drawbar. One of the things I don't like about the ProPride hitch is the length of the drawbar when not hooked up, so I always take it off to protect what is left of my chins.

We're going to our first rally of the year this weekend, and even though it's not a long trip, it will be far enough to find out how well the Cummins equipped Ram truck does towing.

Edit: To the person who e-mailed me about the truck cover, it is a Leer. I could not return your e-mail because of the way you have your settings here.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:30 PM   #133
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Nice; you will enjoy!
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:29 AM   #134
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:49 PM   #135
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Ford includes gas in curb weight

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Using the information from the current loaded TV and TT and adding in the gasoline, there remains about 400 pounds of payload available before hitting the upper number limits.
You don't have to add gas and remove it from payload, at least for Ford. See Pic from Ford F150 manual "base weight includes a full tank of fuel (see underlined):

That said, your new truck is NICE!!!
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:10 PM   #136
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Thanks everyone.

And by the way, the trip to the rally and back last weekend went very well. This Ram has TORQUE!

I think the GMC was a little snappier, if a Diesel can be snappy, but the Cummins is REALLY torquie, torquy, or however it's spelled.

The ride is not too harsh, on the contrary, it seems a little floppy from side to side. Maybe some really good shocks are in order????
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:43 PM   #137
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torquie, torquy, or however it's spelled.
Torquistic? Torkish? Torqualoony? Torkaboom?

For shocks, steal some Bilsteins off a Tundra.

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Thanks everyone.

And by the way, the trip to the rally and back last weekend went very well. This Ram has TORQUE!

I think the GMC was a little snappier, if a Diesel can be snappy, but the Cummins is REALLY torquie, torquy, or however it's spelled.

The ride is not too harsh, on the contrary, it seems a little floppy from side to side. Maybe some really good shocks are in order????
Long-stroke 6 has always been real-world torquier than a short-stroke V8 of comparable displacement. My dad was a diesel mechanic, and literally paid the mortgage rebuilding mostly-v-config Detroit Diesels in the 60s and 70s, and he always said an inline-6 Cummins was the best truck engine in the world. He was talking about engines that weighed closer to what your whole truck weighs than what your little Cummins does, but after Dodge put the 5.9 in their trucks his next service truck was a Dodge.
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Thanks everyone.

And by the way, the trip to the rally and back last weekend went very well. This Ram has TORQUE!

I think the GMC was a little snappier, if a Diesel can be snappy, but the Cummins is REALLY torquie, torquy, or however it's spelled.

The ride is not too harsh, on the contrary, it seems a little floppy from side to side. Maybe some really good shocks are in order????
Gets us torqued off!
To Torque or not to torque ... that is the question. Smiling!
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:31 AM   #140
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KONI FSD shock absorbers are the ones to have, IMO.

HENDERSONS LINEUP has them.

And, polyurethane bushings for the anti-roll bars. ENERGY SUSPENSION has greaseable ones.

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