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Old 10-29-2013, 08:14 PM   #43
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If you're asking about the inches part (since that's what you put in all-caps) "inches of mercury" is a common unit of measure of pressure for medium-pressure systems (low-pressure systems like our propane system in Airstreams use inches of water.)

1 atmosphere = 14.696 psi = 29.92 inches of mercury = 100 kilopascals
Not used on truck boost gauges-just simple lbs
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:17 PM   #44
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Factory sensors provides the boost and fuel rail pressure data to the Edge Insight. We added a temp probe into the exhaust manifold, transmission housing and both differentail covers.
Just teasing you about the inches of boost.......I have an edge on one of my trucks too for monitoring.It's going t- up so I may be going back to old school gauges if I ever get time to work on my own
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:13 AM   #45
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Question for my fellow Riveters:

I am thinking about the 1500 Diesel. Dealer says I can order Jan. 3rd. I use currently a 2009 Chevy Suburban and have 140k on it. I avg. tow 15k a year with plenty of back road and mountain usage. Suburban is used by the wife as a daily driver with the kids. Pulling at 9 to 11 mpg is understandable, but it is the daily driving that is killing me on the gas.

With a 2009 23' International will a 1500 Ram Diesel do me well? I understand its not out yet. A little smaller rig than most of the above commenters. Just wanted to see some thoughts. I also tend to have a good amount of gear and family along.

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Old 11-20-2013, 10:21 AM   #46
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I visited the build page for the 2014 Dodge trucks. The payload numbers on the Ram 1/2 ton trucks are very low. The literature tongue weight of the International 23D is 720 pounds and in the real world will probably be closer to 800 pounds or higher depending on the hitch selected.

On some of the configurations, the payload was below 1,300 pounds, so that would leave 500 pounds for the wife's weight plus any accessories (like a camper shell) and generators and ....

Before pulling the trigger, take your trailer to the scales ready for camping and determine the true tongue weight. Then you can make a truck purchase decision based upon a the real number bite out of the payload. Also get it in writing what the payload will be on the new truck and if it comes in lower, have the option to refuse the truck.
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Question for my fellow Riveters:

I am thinking about the 1500 Diesel. Dealer says I can order Jan. 3rd. I use currently a 2009 Chevy Suburban and have 140k on it. I avg. tow 15k a year with plenty of back road and mountain usage. Suburban is used by the wife as a daily driver with the kids. Pulling at 9 to 11 mpg is understandable, but it is the daily driving that is killing me on the gas.

With a 2009 23' International will a 1500 Ram Diesel do me well? I understand its not out yet. A little smaller rig than most of the above commenters. Just wanted to see some thoughts. I also tend to have a good amount of gear and family along.

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Another thing to keep in mind is the V-6 is a light duty diesel-it will not perform the duties the Cummins can
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:34 AM   #48
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We presently use a 2012 Ram 1/2 ton with a ProPride hitch to travel cross-country and tour every year. Really nice to tow with, handles good, and decent ride when not towing.

It's just the two of us but we apparently travel extremely light, very little in the pickup bed (hoses, cords, two Zipdee chairs). The solar install eliminated the generator thank God, and the Airstream bike rack put them on the back.

Not everyone needs big payload numbers. The little diesel engine/8 speed transmission sounds terrific for Airstream towing. Excellent match for many of us.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:39 PM   #49
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Maybe they fixed the tie rod problem.

Chrysler recalls 1.2 million Ram pickup trucks - Autoblog
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Maybe they fixed the tie rod problem.

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Since that recall is for mostly previous-generation HD pickups, it probably doesn't affect the new-gen half-ton.
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Wrong thread, this is for late model 1500 Ram trucks.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:34 PM   #52
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So after further input from switz it does not seem to make sense for the Ram 1500 Oil Burner. To get the Longhorn Limited it goes to only 1050 lbs Payload.
At 1539 lbs Payload with a Suburban with a cap on it if you think of it that way. I put two canoes on top and sometimes one inside. So even with the 1500 Suburban I am pushing it. Thanks for everyones help. Going to keep it going till the wheels fall off.

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Real world comparison Ram 1500 vs Ram 2500

The current issue of Diesel Power magazine has a writeup comparing two equivalently equipped 2014 Ram diesel powered trucks. The 1500 has the new v6 Italian engine while the 2500 continues with the Cummins straight 6.

As has been mentioned time and time again, the ton truck's achilles heel is payload which was 1,140 pounds versus the 2500's payload of 2,180 pounds.

What was interesting is that on the towing test, there was not enough power in the Ram 1500 to maintain speed going up a 7% grade to 5,000 feet with a 7.020 pound trailer behind and the engine temperature red lined at 244 degrees. That test trailer weight is less than the GVW of any current 25' or longer Airstream and less than the empty weight of both 31' Classic models.

So on the flat terrain, the mileage was really great, just don't get into steep hills and try to maintain speed....
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These trucks should finally reach dealers soon, but apparently the entire first run is already sold.

Autoblog says that the first order allotment was filled in 3 days.
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I think John Deere uses VM diesels in some of their smaller compact tractors.
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