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Old 01-02-2015, 01:43 PM   #61
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In this mornings paper. "wholesale shipments of travel trailers were at some of the highest levels in decades, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association." Loren
Not sure what that means. "Some of the highest". Writer needs to start over.
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:46 PM   #62
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Not sure what that means. "Some of the highest". Writer needs to start over.
The article covered boats too. Recreational sales are higher than they have been for decades due to increasing consumer confidence. When gas prices took a big jump in the late 70's, Winnebago almost went under. It's a combination of factors. Loren
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Old 01-03-2015, 06:57 PM   #63
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Those are wholesale numbers though. Still gotta sell 'em to consumers. Spin doctors at work there.
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:13 AM   #64
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I read an interesting article about diesel engines designed for passenger vehicles and the ones designed for commercial use . The design criteria is totally different. .The article lead one to believe that the small passenger diesel engines are designed for the lifespan of consumer vehicles that are not constantly operated under full load.and not designed for commercial use . It appears that both the gas and diesel engines used in many passenger vehicles are designed as allways to last their warranty period.
I agree, except that the I would say that both commercial and consumer engines are designed to last for a reasonable service life... and that's a quarter million kilometres for a car and millions of kilometres for a commercial truck. There are costs of longevity - a big truck engine is far heavier, bulkier, and more expensive than a consumer engine in proportion to its power output.

I have never had an engine fail due to defect or simply wearing out in less than a quarter million kilometres, so I don't subscribe to the "just make it out of warranty" theory... but then that's based on mostly my own experience, and only two of my vehicles have been Fords, one of which was totalled in a collision at about 150,000 km and the other of which is only at 30,000 km so far... Sorry, no Ram or other Chrysler/Fiat experience, but is was a Chrysler executive who was quoted in an article I read several years ago as saying that their design life for the for latest engine at the time was 300,000 kilometres.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:13 PM   #65
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The only thing we can be certain of is what a vehicle costs to purchase. Beyond that, the big three... fuel expense, maintenance expenses and the quality of the build of a particular vehicle are unknown.
I understand the point the the purchase price is known and the rest are estimates, but the estimated values are not complete unknowns. Fuel prices are not known, but rough relative values are. For instance
  • in our lifetimes gasoline and diesel will not have radically different prices, and will not be cheaper in the long run than they are now
  • a Ram 1500 EcoBoost will use less fuel in the same service compared to a Ram 1500 Hemi
  • a current diesel will need DEF and SCR system maintenance
  • the turbodiesel EcoBoost engine will always be more complex and thus more expensive to maintain than the non-turbo indirect-injection gasoline engines available in this vehicle

Quantifying the cost differences is to some extent a crystal-ball exercise!
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Old 01-05-2015, 06:26 PM   #66
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I picked up my new 5.0 TA last week in Chilliwack with my RAM. I hardly knew it was there, and could have easily gone 70 mph over the mountain passes, and did at times by accident. My only concern was the mpg while towing, I only averaged 15.0 on the 1750 return miles home. I do believe 17 is obtainable, if I complied with the 55 mph speed limit and didn't have so many mountain passes. Love the trailer and my 2014 5.7 Hemi RAM!
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I picked up my new 5.0 TA last week in Chilliwack with my RAM. I hardly knew it was there, and could have easily gone 70 mph over the mountain passes, and did at times by accident. My only concern was the mpg while towing, I only averaged 15.0 on the 1750 return miles home. I do believe 17 is obtainable, if I complied with the 55 mph speed limit and didn't have so many mountain passes. Love the trailer and my 2014 5.7 Hemi RAM!
Scuba, 15 MPG towing is outstanding in my opinion for such a big engine. I wouldn't feel bad about that at all.
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I picked up my new 5.0 TA last week in Chilliwack with my RAM. I hardly knew it was there, and could have easily gone 70 mph over the mountain passes, and did at times by accident. My only concern was the mpg while towing, I only averaged 15.0 on the 1750 return miles home. I do believe 17 is obtainable, if I complied with the 55 mph speed limit and didn't have so many mountain passes. Love the trailer and my 2014 5.7 Hemi RAM!
Just purchased a 2014 Ram 1500 BH with the 5.7 Hemi . Which rearend ratio does your truck have 3.21 or 3.92 ?
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:19 PM   #69
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I have the 3:21 in my 2014 Ram Sport, getting 15 towing and 18 around town. Still only with 1200 miles it needs broken in, maybe get another 1 mpg improvement. I need to drive it more before heading to Osoyoos.
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Old 01-06-2015, 11:12 AM   #70
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Just purchased a 2014 Ram 1500 BH with the 5.7 Hemi . Which rearend ratio does your truck have 3.21 or 3.92 ?
I believe it's the 3.92, but I'll look it to confirm and get back with you.
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