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  1. Bob V

    Tech II

    I have a Snap On MODIS with 2013 software, it SHOULD be able to do what you are looking for, but I do not know if I have the "KEY" that you will need.
  2. Bob V

    2006 3500 SRW LOW MILES! $26,500

    If your brother is looking for a dually I recommend at least driving a newer F450, he would love the tighter turning, about 7 FOOT tighter circle than this truck, and they have a lot of nice features. Not saying to not buy another Ram, just saying good decisions come from good information, take a look at all the options before making one.
  3. Bob V

    Assessing condition of 68rfe

    Color of the fluid is not longer a good indicator. Several oils will turn brown with age. But smell always is one good indicator that it is bad, but may not be accurate that the trans is good. Shift quality after its warmed up is another, but you need to know what a good trans shifts like, they do have a differnt shift than most transmissions
  4. Bob V

    4th gen tricks

    I have a electric heater that comes on to heat the cab on cold days.
  5. Bob V

    Stock overload springs vs airbags

    The key to are bags is to have them work WITH the rest of the suspention. Too much air in them causes problems, . Also individual fill ports are important. I have used air bags in every truck I have owned for the last 40 years. I like them, and probably always use them, they are infinitely tunable for load and road conditions. All they are is an air spring, when you add another spring to a system, you will increase the overall spring rate, higher spring rates are good for heaverier loads. Too much spring rate makes for a crappy ride.
  6. In 1979, one of my friends bought new Chevy pickup,1/2 ton long bed standard cab 4x4. Radio and heater, no power anything. 3 speed auto, no overdrive, no lock up converter. 350 engine 170 hp. Minimum wage was $2.75 an hour. To replace that now with a Ram tradesmen, the closest thing to a base model, would be about $40k. Min wage is over $12.00 an hour most places now. So if you look just at what min wage hours it would take to buy a truck it ×is better today, and you get a 8 speed trans, twice as much hp with close to twice the mpg. Most likely aluminum wheels and AC and meny other features that we all take for granted now. With sale pricing I can pick up a simular truck than my 1997 2500 for around $50k, about twice the cost of the 97, I make about twice as much per hour as I did in 97, so its really close to the same price. And like I said, meny standard features where not even options in 97. I think part of what the big three do is price the base truck low enough to get fleet sales to spread out the manufacturing costs, then make a charge a lot to make good profit on the options that everyone wants. With all the options available now you can more than double the cost of a base level truck
  7. To keep thing even, those $80k+ trucks have options and features that where not available 20 years ago. If you look at just a base truck it has close to the ssme features as a top level truck in the 90s. With my 2018 F450 Platinum most of the stuff is new technology. 360 cameras, lane departure. Collision avoidance, adaptive stearing, adaptive cruise, blind spot radar and such. Then heated and cooled seats. Heated steering wheel massaging seats. Satalite radio, HUGE sunroof and a lot of other comforts. To get a truck that matches my 1997 Ram2500 I would be at the XLT trim on the ford, those can be had for under 50k. It would also have a 6 speed transmission, twice the hp and torque. And more standard features. A lot of what is driving up the prices is the new technology options. The diesel options are also driving up the price, over $10k to get a diesel. In short if you wanted a new truck you could find them for under $40k, but it wont have the latest gadgets.
  8. Bob V

    New to campers

    No, it's on a 2018 F450. Compressor is mounted under the bed, passenger side
  9. Bob V

    New to campers

    This is the kit I bought. https://www.amazon.com/72000-Wireless-Air-Leveling-Compressor/dp/B001OMVCN2/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?adgrpid=60117440310&gclid=Cj0KCQjwivbsBRDsARIsADyISJ8OQH7YC1FvU578ljUs9Ggw8CrCC3kkxzB-yyg1oz6UuoIQ79Xqw8saArcaEALw_wcB&hvadid=274748446267&hvdev=m&hvlocphy=9033589&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t3&hvqmt=e&hvrand=3535751887122761033&hvtargid=kwd-432902732574&hydadcr=25137_9900383&keywords=air+lift+wireless+air+72000&qid=1570659427&sr=8-3
  10. Bob V

    New to campers

    To make mine work with a seperate air system you just replace to air systems air compressor with a 2 way NC 12vdc air valve. The way the system works is when aire was needed the compressor would turn on till the needed pressure was met. The stock controller can also control up to 4 individual bags.
  11. Bob V

    New to campers

    I have the auto system, that is set up with a seperate compressor. The nice thing about the auto is you set a pressure ant it maintains that pressure, so slow leaks dont matter. Next you can have two set points, I use an empty and loaded, so just press one ot two and it goes to that preset.
  12. Bob V

    We are starting our 2 week trip today!

    Have a great time, I wish we whrre on the road. We just had to cancel our last trip, so it looks like spring time before our next trip.
  13. Bob V

    1000ftlbs of torque

    My 2018 F450 pickup Max GCVWR is 42,800lbs. More than a F550 C&C (40,000lbs) That is getting up there.
  14. Bob V

    1000ftlbs of torque

    Austin, I have looked at that J standard before, it is interesting that the trucks are NOT tested and the GIVEN a GVWR or GCVWR. The GCVWR is first established, then a series of tests are done with minimum or maximums set. It doesn't matter if the truck blows away all the standard min/max, it only get approved for the numbers set before the test was taken. Likewise, it can pass every test with flying colors, but fail one minor one and no certification. So the GVWR/GCVWR my or my not be it's TRUE capacity, it is just what the manufacturer wanted to number to be. Also that the acceleration numbers for a DRW are much slower than a SRW. I SRW could have passed the test for a DRW, and failed the test.
  15. Bob V

    set of wheels from Bend OR

    I might be heading to Bend on the 20th of Sept. Not sure if I will have extra room or not.