By the time you read this, Christmas will have come and gone. I hope that you had a blessed holiday season with family and/or friends.
I still haven't pulled the trailer on significant, long grades, but I was very pleased to see how it did with the hill east of Yuma. It pulled the hill at speed with no change in temperatures.
All in all, I'm very pleased. It would be nice to have more useful load. With the hitch and all my additional options in place, full (32 gallons) fuel and me, we have 1000 pounds left for tongue weight and extra bodies. Not a lot, but adequate for us. We're WAY under the combined gross weight rating, and comfortably under both front and rear axle ratings.
We took a towing mileage hit of about 10% compared to the Tacoma, it seems, but it's a much more relaxed experience. Meanwhile, the optional 32 gallon tank gives me just about twice the towing range of the Tacoma.
I went with the 3.92 gear ratio in order to get the maximum certified trailer towing weight. I certainly didn't need that for the Scamp and it may be overkill but I wouldn't know without towing with the stock 3.21 or optional 3.55 ratios. Similarly, the 3.6 liter gas V6 engine may have been adequate (and lighter) but the Hemi doesn't break a sweat. I seriously considered the 3.0 diesel engine but took it off my list because of the 300 pounds of extra weight. Now, I'm glad I did. They still haven't started delivering the 2017 EcoDiesel trucks - some hangup in the EPA certification.
Speaking of weight, I could have saved about 300 pounds by not ordering the 4WD option but ...
I picked it because of the physical fit, but it turned out to be much more. It's a keeper!
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The real reason for this picture is the power lines. Abundant overhead lines is one of the obvious signs that you've crossed the border.
Dr. Maria Fonseca had been recommended by friends and friends of friends. I also looked into another dentist in a nearby town that was recommended, but that dentist didn't respond to an e-mail query while Dr. Fonseca did.
My local dentist had recommended an extraction, bone graft, and then a bridge. The only problem was that the price they wanted did not include a deed to the Brooklyn bridge, but should have given their prices.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The truck settled about 2.5 inches with the 700 pound tongue load.
15K Reese hitch was super easy. Just pulled the pin that held the original fifth wheel and replaced it with a piece of 3/8" steel bolted to the structure using existing holes.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
shocks on the trailer. They made a big difference in the ride - I was an immediate fan. Last summer, the left side shock mount failed when we were in Cheyenne on our way home. I called Orbital Machine Works and they sent out a new pair of lower brackets of an improved design.
It's a poor picture and a misleading angle, but you get the idea.
I can't say enough good stuff about the folks at Orbital Machine/Perfect Casita. They replaced the shock brackets without question. I was super surprised to see the original break, but the updated bracket is clearly a stronger design. I'm looking forward to testing it this summer.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The next one may be a more complex jail themed structure.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Antique Archaeology store. I love the History Channel's American Pickers TV show and wanted to see their store. I recognized some pieces that had been featured on the show, but was very surprised by the small space. Loved seeing the creative re-use of the old Marathon auto factory.
Millers Grocery in Christiana for lunch. Of course, I had to check out their home delivery vehicle.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Westin side steps and the Draw-Tite front receiver from eTrailer. Could have ordered steps from Ram, but I'm a cheap skate. In both cases, they bolted on with little extra effort.
TufTruck TTC1210L spring kit included the shorter (but thicker) springs and slightly shorter KYB shocks. I was concerned with this project, but it turns out the toughest thing was accessing the upper shock retaining bolts. I'm real pleased with the change in stance while retaining a good ride.
The last step was to install clear paint protection film on the forward 18" of the hood and fenders as well as the headlights.
One of these days soon, we'll drag the Scamp out and see if all the measurements were correct!
For those that want the details: 2017 RAM 1500 Tradesman 4X4, 5.7L Hemi V8 with 8HP70 8 Speed Automatic Transmission. 3.92 Anti-spin rear axle, Popular Equipment Group, Chrome Appearance Group, Trailer Tow Mirrors & Brake Controller Group, LT Tires, 32 Gallon tank, Uconnect 5.0
Friday, September 23, 2016
Meanwhile, if FCA's plans are on track, the new truck is supposed to be built today.