I wonder what kind of law suit he was trying to bring against GM - if you
repeatedly over heat your engine trying to keep up with a Dodge CTD it
enters "leap home mode?" Obviously Dodge is the superior product, but what
kind of damage did this fool do to his own truck? Also, the idiot should
get out of the left hand lane if he can't keep up with traffic!
Thanks for the post, I was considering a Duramax for a while.
I think so. He said during the video he was 300 lbs. under max weight
rating? I think Ford is claiming close to or over 25,000 with their "tow
boss" package? My '96 3500 club cab automatic 4x4 3.54 gears was max
trailer rated at 9,700 lbs. My '01 3500 quad cab six speed 4x4 4.10 gears
is rated at 14,300.
The first time I watched it I missed the part about 300 lbs under the GCWR
(I was getting bored with the idiot). Maybe it just demonstrates that if
one tows near the maximum capicity of one's truck one shouldn't keep the
accelerator floored - especially going up hill. I too liked that the AC
stopped working (is 91 degrees hot?) and there was an audible warning about
the coolant temperature.
I searched for Keystone Cougar 5th wheel campers and found that they can go
from 5740-8500 lbs dry weight up to 12,300 lbs fully loaded. If my memory
serves, that jeep weighs about 3500 lbs. Therefore, the Dodge was towing
between 9200 and 15,800 lbs. Pretty impressive if the hills were as steep
as the guy suggests.
I just looked on the Ford site. It is listing 26,000 with an outrageous 4.30
rear axle ratio, but the trailer max weights are still nearly the same as my
2000 Dodge. Except Dodge then listed trailer at 16k not 15k as Ford. So it
seems their marketing is not all that truthful. They call it "Tow Boss," but
tow capacities are the same even without that package only the GCVW is
If you know what the 1920's vehicles looked like, they're a bit similar in
profile to the U-Haul box truck he was pulling. Studies showed they were
MORE aerodynamic in reverse! Seems counter intuitive? Anyway, that led to
the Chryler AirFlow and Desoto AirStream. Two awful looking cars with good
aerodynamics and awful sales.
We think alike. If I caught him driving my truck that way he'd be
seriously injured. I've pushed my equipment pretty doggone hard but that
240 ~ 260 degree stuff was just abuse. It's not illegal to slow down and
downshift to cool it off. You don't HAVE to run with the big dogs all day.
I was impressed with the computer management system protecting the truck
from stupidity. Cutting the A/C off on him was pretty amusing.
I've also had thoughts about a Duramax. 360 hp and 650 ft/lbs is pretty
darn sweet with a six speed Alison. I went looking around a little, as near
as I could determine, running hot is common, overheating much less common.
But let's put this in perspective. Medium duty trucks are pretty well
limited to 300 hp unless it's to be an RV hauler or fire truck, then it's
350 hp. The 300 hp medium duty trucks come with 860 to 1000 sq. inch
radiators. How do you get that capacity in a pick up? And the weight
ratings (tow) are into the medium duty categories as well. I smell
I wonder how well the new Ford 6.4 is going to do? I hear there's stacks
and stacks of turbos at the Ford dealers due to the vanes seizing up. I
heard NO idling and don't let it sit for 2 weeks or more? That's all I've
heard and only from one source.
It was interesting to note (as his D-max fell behind and ran hotter) the
driver's declining opinion of the D-max... and his increasing regard for the
D'ya think (whether or not he gets any settlement out of his suit), he'll
dump the D-max and buy a CTD?
I like my "old 24 valve Dodge". I just sent this to a friend that tows a
camper and horses with a D-max. I wonder what she'll have to say about it.
Same tug, different video can be found here:
It's a Chevy forum. It's kind of funny how those guys thought the Chevy won.
Until JimDDD sets them straight. Reputable source? I think so.
Thanks again to TDR posters I have a little more information, check it out:
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