2013 Dodge Ram, 25mpg - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-08-2013, 06:46 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
Name: Eddie
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21
Virginia
Posts: 1,545
Thanks Steve. I bought a Saturn Vue the first year it came out and had quite a few first model year issues. I guess I will wait and see how the issues are resolved. This is the info. I was looking for.
Eddie
__________________

__________________
Eddie Longest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2013, 07:06 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Name: Steven
Trailer: Casita SD 2013
NW Wisconsin
Posts: 2,624
8 speed transmission

The 8 speed transmission is a German design and is a proven component
The trouble is linking the transmission shift points to the Pentar V6 engine power curve. The transmission was designed for a different engine and Ram is trying thru the the vehicle computer to make the V6 mesh with the 8 speed
transmission.. Look on the internet there are 3 or 4 websites devoted to Ram trucks IE "ramforumz.com"
__________________

__________________
steve dunham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2013, 08:37 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
I think that the basic rule of thumb about higher MPG vehicles as of late has been that anytime you add any load the MPG's head for the toilet. With that gearing they are planning on the engine turning slow most of the time and you may have to lock in a lower gear just to keep going ala some GMC's rule about locking out the overdrive when towing.
__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2013, 09:24 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
Name: Eddie
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21
Virginia
Posts: 1,545
I have 2011 Outback CVT that gets about 31 MPG. It drops to 22.5 mpg pulling a 13 Scamp and 21 mpg pulling a stripped down Scamp 16. If a truck the size of a Ram towing would get 19-20 MPG that would be great. But I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon. An older 2wd cummings with steep gearing may have a better chance of reaching that kind of mileage figures.
Eddie
__________________
Eddie Longest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 12:17 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Night Sailor's Avatar
 
Name: Conrad
Trailer: Bigfoot 3000 & Barth "slide-in" truck camper
Connecticut
Posts: 963
Send a message via Skype™ to Night Sailor
Quote:
Originally Posted by Donna D.
yeah, but then you have to take everything with you and basically vacate your camping spot when all you want to do is go on a bit of a siteseeing excursion.
I see your point. Many people revolve strictly around campgrounds. I avoid campgrounds mostly because they require too much planning; the ones I like are booked months in advance. As a sailor I find the same sort of hassles around marinas. Everyone wants to be close to town for restaurants and bars. I think most people are fearful of being alone. I like anchoring in secluded harbors, cooking my own food, just as I like private places while camping. People drive by these wonderful spots in their rush to get to a campground with hookups just as sailor motor to get the last mooring.

I could remove my camper--many people do remove slide in campers at their destinations. I suppose if you plan to stay there for a long time it might be worth it. If I wanted to stay for long periods, I'd buy a big camper. In any event, I plan to leave my camper loaded for each trip and the jacks at home to save weight.

To me camping is about exploring new places and being able to stop when I'm tired of driving. I hate hunting for a place to stay when I'm tired and I don't want to stop if I am not. I drive long distances. I want to be able to leave at night and if I get tired after only three hours, pull over and rest for a while. No planning required.

I plotted a route to Alaska recently. My uncle wants to go one more time before he dies, and I want to see it. My 20 year old want to do a trip with me too.

For covering ground, only a van camper is better than a Pickup camper. I don't usually stop in one place for long--although I hope to change that.

I will be carrying my bike and a kayak and perhaps towing a Sunfish. I do a lot of bike riding. I can tow a boat, motorcycle, horse, or utility trailer full of supplies with my camper in place. As it is made of metal, fire is less of a concern and I can install a wood stove.

I still like the idea composite camper, as I do big trailers, and van campers. As a boater I like how egg campers are made. I have given some thought to manufacturing an egg campers or simply for my own use. It is facinating. i like the idea of the longevity of these things. With my boating experience I could build one lighter than anyone. I'd think about find an old one to use as a mold and build one on an aluminum or galvanized frame.
__________________
Night Sailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 12:19 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
Night Sailor's Avatar
 
Name: Conrad
Trailer: Bigfoot 3000 & Barth "slide-in" truck camper
Connecticut
Posts: 963
Send a message via Skype™ to Night Sailor
I would seriously wait for the 3 liter diesel half ton. It will be pricey though.
__________________
Night Sailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 07:12 AM   #21
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
The "Egg" camper already exists.
Look for a 1972-1979 Sunrader slide in camper. All molded fiberglass, excellent floorplan and the worlds largest camper bed (It's a CA King) They came in three models for mini-trucks and for full size pick-ups. Usually less than $1000 for restorable units, I have even seen a couple for free over the years.
__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 07:27 AM   #22
Senior Member
 
Brian B-P's Avatar
 
Name: Brian
Trailer: Boler (B1700RGH) 1979
Alberta
Posts: 5,000
If this is becoming about campers to slide into the Dodge...
although the current Bigfoot RV company builds only trailers, previous incarnations built truck campers in both conventional and moulded fiberglass construction. The moulded units were the 1500 series and 2500 series, just like the moulded travel trailers of the same era. Northern Lite still builds moulded campers (and has produced a few trailers). They are not light.
__________________
1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
Information is good. Lack of information is not so good, but misinformation is much worse. Check facts, and apply common sense liberally.
STATUS: No longer active in forum.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013, 07:42 AM   #23
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
Yep on the Bigfoots as well. But if you look at the design and construction of the BigFoot Campers you can't help but think that they must have seen the Sunraders before they started building. AND you can't buy a Bigfoot for $1000 and it weighs a lot more. But we love our Lil' Bigfoot.
__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 03:31 PM   #24
Member
 
Name: Rob
Trailer: Scamp 19
California
Posts: 48
The Edsel had the buttons in the center of the steering wheel. ask old Rob
__________________
Rob in Vista is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 03:53 PM   #25
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
We saw a Northern Lite slide in camper in ZION N.P. this last week and darn if it dosn't look exactly like the molded fiberglass BigFoot campers I have seen. Does anyone know the story on that???
__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 06:48 PM   #26
Senior Member
 
Brian B-P's Avatar
 
Name: Brian
Trailer: Boler (B1700RGH) 1979
Alberta
Posts: 5,000
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Miller View Post
We saw a Northern Lite slide in camper in ZION N.P. this last week and darn if it dosn't look exactly like the molded fiberglass BigFoot campers I have seen. Does anyone know the story on that???
Northern Lite has been making campers for a long time; Bigfoot has for a long time too, with interruptions due to bankruptcy. They are located reasonably close together - Kelowna and Armstrong, B.C. - so it seems reasonable to assume that there is a connection.

In a previous discussion (Northern Lite, New to me name) Kent said:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kent I View Post
Northern-Lite is made in Kelowna B.C. in the Okanagan valley. there is a long history of fiberglass manufacture in the area including R.V.'s Winfield which is only a few minutes to the north is where Bolers where made at one time in their long history. Armstrong about an hour north is the home of the recently closed Bigfoot. There are several fiberglass boat manufacturers in the valley and manufacturers of fiberglass and acrylic bath fixtures.

If any one has questions about Northern-Lite I have some personal connections. they would love to have a chance to talk to you. They have focused on producing a high quality product and I believe they would be flexibile about personal preferences.
Although Kent has not been active for over a year, it may still be possible to contact him.
__________________
1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
Information is good. Lack of information is not so good, but misinformation is much worse. Check facts, and apply common sense liberally.
STATUS: No longer active in forum.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 08:02 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
Radar1's Avatar
 
Name: Dave (and/or John)
Trailer: Scamp 16 SD std layout 6
Georgia
Posts: 757
Registry
I'm interested in that Dodge Pentastar V6 mileage and tow capacity too. It seems everything is bigger on the Ram 1500 compared to my Dakota Quadcab (height, length, width, bed length, mileage, horsepower) although the torque is less than my Dakota. My biggest concern is that there would be a lot of shifting going on due to the low torque and multiple gears, so that might be rough on the tranny.
Eddie, your newer Outback gets better than my 08 Outback both empty and towing. I usually get about 18 towing, although I have hit 31 solo, it's usually about 28.
Here's our Outbacks side by side.
Attached Thumbnails
100_1715 (600 x 450).jpg  
__________________
John-Dave and Marilyn
Sharpsburg, GA
04 Dodge Dakota V-8 and 17 Dodge Durango V-6
radar1-scamping.blogspot.com
Radar1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 08:54 PM   #28
Senior Member
 
Name: Eddie
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21
Virginia
Posts: 1,545
John
Nice picture. I got about 22.5 mpg pulling the S13. I pulled a S16 to Md. last month and we got about 21 mpg. I think I will wait a while on the RAM, looks like Dodge may have more options next year.
Eddie
__________________

__________________
Eddie Longest is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
OR | 2013, Oct. 10-13: Fall NOG – Northern Oregon Gathering Donna D. Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 117 10-16-2013 11:24 AM
OR | April 25-28, 2013: Spring NOG 2013 – Northern Oregon Gathering Donna D. Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 192 04-30-2013 10:12 AM
Dodge Ram 2500 4x2 CTD Regular Cab, Long Box Rene Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 2 03-03-2013 09:27 AM
Have Dodge Caravan... looking for advice Joe Delaronde Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 2 03-08-2009 06:32 PM
Dodge Dakota Greg A Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 11 10-29-2008 03:32 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.