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Drivin' a Real Man's Vehicle

Postby Rope-Pusher » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:25 pm

...and I hope that man doesn't find out about it and beat the snot out of me.
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1st is too low to be practical for my unloaded driving (6-sumpin ta one).

2nd is 3-sumpin ta one and a better choice for starting from rest.

70 mph comes at 2100 rpm in 6th.

Fuel mileage in town is about 15 mpg.

The special towing mirrors each stick out about a foot past the doorskin.

The transfer case is shift by wire, using a rotary dial.

I've backed it up into my driveway about 5 times now and, despite it's size, the process is easier than with my Liberty. The back-up alarm gets perturbed when I get within 6 feet of the closed garage door.

It's been a while since I've driven a pick-m-up, but I felt at-ease on the freeway and in traffic on surface streets.

Sticker price is......$52,330
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Re: Drivin' a Real Man's Vehicle

Postby camera_man » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:34 pm

Pic doesn't work. Dually?
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Re: Drivin' a Real Man's Vehicle

Postby Rope-Pusher » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:39 pm

camera_man wrote:Pic doesn't work. Dually?

Sadly, no. Then the bed would have been as wide as the mirrors. When I drive it, I just feel like pulling trees from the ground and towing buildings to new locations.

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Re: Drivin' a Real Man's Vehicle

Postby theholycow » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:03 pm

Meh, doesn't take a 3500 with a big-displacement diesel to do those things...my 1500 has pulled a couple large stumps (one struck back, once it came out it tipped over and dinged my tailgate) and straightened a building that was leaning (not a huge building, but not a Home Depot tool shed either).

Ok, so "back in the position where it belongs" isn't really a "new location"...
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Re: Drivin' a Real Man's Vehicle

Postby watkins » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:52 pm

That aint no Real Man's truck. The Long-Hauler is a Real Man's truck!

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Re: Drivin' a Real Man's Vehicle

Postby Rope-Pusher » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:22 pm

watkins wrote:That aint no Real Man's truck. The Long-Hauler is a Real Man's truck!

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Well, sure, the real man who owns a long hauler could beat up the real man who beat me up for drivin' his pick-m-up.
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Re: Drivin' a Real Man's Vehicle

Postby Shadow » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:56 pm

theholycow wrote:Meh, doesn't take a 3500 with a big-displacement diesel to do those things...my 1500 has pulled a couple large stumps (one struck back, once it came out it tipped over and dinged my tailgate) and straightened a building that was leaning (not a huge building, but not a Home Depot tool shed either).



Hell, I've pulled more than one stump right out of the ground with my 4Runner. Put it in 4LO and it has enough grunt to rip a decent size stump right out by the roots.
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Re: Drivin' a Real Man's Vehicle

Postby Tups » Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:05 am

If I wanted a big truck, I would buy a freaking KrAZ-255B instead of an American toy truck. Now THAT is a real man's vehicle ;)
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Re: Drivin' a Real Man's Vehicle

Postby Rope-Pusher » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:51 pm

Tups wrote:If I wanted a big truck, I would buy a freaking KrAZ-255B instead of an American toy truck. Now THAT is a real man's vehicle ;)

Don't be ridiculous. You don't need a truck THAT big.
You do know that American pick-m-ups are classified as "Light-Duty Trucks", right? No special licenses and no special training. Any 16-year-old can drive one.

The Ram will tow this:
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Which is like towing your dormitory. Anything with a higher towing capacity is superfluous. They would never give you permission to tow your dormitory down to Florida for the winter, would they?
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Re: Drivin' a Real Man's Vehicle

Postby Tups » Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:35 am

Rope-Pusher, it's not about the size, it's about labeling the Ram as "a real man's vehicle". If your 16-year-old daughter can drive it, then it's not a real man's vehicle :D

Also, the KrAZ can tow this:

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Re: Drivin' a Real Man's Vehicle

Postby Rope-Pusher » Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:06 am

Tups wrote:Rope-Pusher, it's not about the size, it's about labeling the Ram as "a real man's vehicle". If your 16-year-old daughter can drive it, then it's not a real man's vehicle :D

Also, the KrAZ can tow this:

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...but they would tax you so much for every meter you pulled it that it would be cost-prohibitive, and they would make you take classes and get certified in Castle Relocation.

I should have had my camera turned on so you could see that my tongue was not in my cheek when I called it "A Real Man's Vehicle"
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I was stuck for an hour in stop-n-go traffic this morning - some tractor-trailer accident a few miles up the road virtually stopped traffic in all lanes. After the wrecker towed the carcass away, it was as if someone had flushed a toilet. All lanes went from a standstill to 60 mph very quickly. It took a few more miles until normal speeds were reached. When I got out of the Ram at work, my clutch leg was so buff that I began to walk in clockwise circles.
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