Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tow Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Ford F-150

Source: Ford Motor Company

  • 2017 F-150 is the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever, aided by a new powertrain featuring second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and all-new 10-speed transmission
  • All-new EcoBoost V6 engine delivers 50 lb.-ft. more torque for a best-in-class 470 lb.-ft. and adds 10 horsepower over the previous engine
  • Advanced 10-speed transmission optimizes power and torque curves for improved performance and efficiency

Ford F-150, part of Ford F-Series – America’s best-selling truck for 39 years – continues to innovate for 2017 with a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine and all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. The combination delivers more torque and horsepower and an improved driving experience to make the 2017 F-150 the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever.

The all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost leverages the best attributes of the first-generation design – power, reliability and efficiency – and improves it in almost every aspect. This includes a new twin port and direct injection fuel strategy, lighter and stronger crank and valvetrain components, redesigned turbocharger system with electronic wastegate, and redesigned valvetrain and variable-displacement oil pump.

Further F-150 powertrain improvements include the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission available for both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models. Manufactured by Ford for maximum power delivery and efficiency, the transmission optimizes engine power and torque ranges with closer ratios between gears and patented hydraulic controls. Other improvements include an Auto Start-Stop e-pump, enhanced kinematics for minimal internal friction losses and a unique high-speed one-way clutch that allows for nonsequential shifting.

Additional transmission innovations include driver-select trailer/tow mode, adaptive learning for improved shift modulation, high-efficiency filtration system that extends fluid life, and a compact package that is only 25 millimeters longer than the previous six-speed transmission.

The results are a powertrain that delivers 50 lb.-ft. more torque for a class-leading 470 lb.-ft. and 10 extra horsepower to make towing and hauling even more effortless, while improving overall driveability, efficiency and emissions compliance.

Additional changes for the 2017 Ford F-150 include an available STX Appearance Package and available SYNC® Connect for XLT series and higher trucks. Lightning Blue, Avalanche and White Gold are new color offerings.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tow Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 GMC Sierra / Chevrolet Silverado

Source: GMC

NEW FOR 2017
  • Segment-best 12,500-lb. max trailering rating for crew cabs.
  • Standard Teen Driver feature. It encourages safe driving habits with teenagers, enabling parents to view the vehicle’s maximum speed, distance driven and the number of times active safety features were engaged during a drive
  • Active aero shutters are standard on all models
  • Available tri-mode power steps
  • Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking added to the available Enhanced Driver Alert Package
  • Capless fuel fill
  • Exterior colors: Dark Slate Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic
  • Sierra 1500 range includes regular cab, double cab and crew cab body styles, all offered with 4WD
  • Trim levels include the base model, SLE, SLT and Denali – with regular cab offered only in standard and SLE trims; and Denali offered exclusively as a crew cab.
  • Regular cab models are offered with a 6’6” box or an 8’ box. Double cab models are available exclusively with the 6’6” box, while crew cabs are available with a 5’8” box or the 6’6” box.
  • Elevation Edition package is available on base and SLE trims, with content that includes 20-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, body-color grille surround and bumpers and more
  • All Terrain package is available on 4WD SLT models and includes 18-inch bright-machined aluminum wheels, unique exterior cues, Z71 Off Road suspension with Rancho monotube shocks, underbody shield and more 
  • Available NHT max trailering package features a 9.76-inch rear axle, heavy-duty rear springs, unique shock tuning, enhanced cooling and an integrated trailer brake controller to optimize capability and comfort when trailering
  • Available automatic locking rear differential reacts almost immediately in low-traction situations to improve safety and confidence on wet, snowy or muddy surfaces
  • Duralife™ brake rotors protect against corrosion, offering up to double the service life vs. conventional rotors
  • Available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate makes it easier to access the box. An internal torsion bar reduces the effort to raise and lower it, while a rotary damper allows for a controlled and more gradual lowering motion when opening it
  • Available 8-inch-diagonal color touch screen with enhanced GMC IntelliLink, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection capability; available navigation
  • 4G Wi-Fi hotspot (includes three-month/3GB data trial)
  • Six standard air bags, including frontal air bags, head-curtain side air bags for outboard passengers in all rows and seat-mounted side air bags for the driver and front outboard passenger
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control and hill-start assist
  • Rear-vision camera is available on base and standard on SLT and SLE
  • Enhanced Driver Alert Package is available on SLE and SLT. Content includes Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Driver Seat, IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic high-beam control, Lane Keep Assist, Front and Rear Park Assist and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • 4.3L V-6 VVT DI with Active Fuel Management. Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 285 / 212 @ 5300 (SAE certified). Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm): 305 / 413 @ 3900 (SAE certified)
  • 5.3L V-8 VVT DI with Active Fuel Management. Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 355 / 265 @ 5600 (SAE certified). Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm): 383 / 519 @ 4100 (SAE certified)
  • 6.2L V-8 VVT DI with Active Fuel Management. Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 420 / 313 @ 5600 (SAE certified). Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm): 460 / 623 @ 4100 (SAE certified)
  • Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic (4.3L and 5.3L)
  • Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic (5.3L and 6.2L)
  • Final Drive Ratio:
  • 3.08, 3.23 or 3.42; 3.73 with 5.3L/six-speed and Max Trailering Pkg.
  • Front Suspension: Independent coil-over-shock with twin-tube shock absorbers. Monotube shocks with Z71 pkg.
  • Rear Suspension: Solid axle with semi-elliptic, variable-rate, two-stage multileaf springs, splayed twin-tube shock absorbers. Monotube shocks with Z71 pkg.
Base curb weight (lb / kg):
  • Regular Cab: 4510 / 2045 (2WD) — 4785 / 2170 (4WD)
  • Double Cab: 4979 / 2258 (2WD) — 5231 / 2373 (4WD)
  • Crew Cab: 5035 / 2284 (2WD) — 5299 / 2403 (4WD)
Max GVWR (lb / kg):
  • Regular Cab:  6800 / 3084 (2WD) — 7000 / 3175 (4WD)
  • Double Cab:  7400 / 3356 (2WD) — 7600 / 3447 (4WD)
  • Crew Cab: 7400 / 3356 (2WD) — 7600 / 3447 (4WD)
Max payload (lb / kg):
  • Regular Cab:  1980 / 898 (2WD) — 1930 / 875 (4WD)
  • Double Cab: 2250 / 1020 (2WD) — 2230 / 1011 (4WD)
  • Crew Cab: 2180 / 989 (2WD) — 2120 / 961 (4WD)
Max trailering (lb / kg):
  • Regular Cab:  9800 / 4445 (2WD) — 9500 / 4309 (4WD)
  • Double Cab:  12500 / 5670 (2WD) — 11800 / 5352 (4WD)
  • Crew Cab: 12500 / 5670 (2WD) — 11700 / 5307 (4WD)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tow Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty

Source: Ford Motor Company
  • All-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever – raises the bar with best-in-class towing, hauling and engine power, and adds class-exclusive technologies that improve driver confidence and ease of towing
  • New high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body combined with all-new fully boxed frame that uses more than 95 percent high-strength steel cuts nearly 350 pounds of weight while increasing chassis strength by 24 times over the previous frame
  • Powered by optional 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V8 producing best-in-class 925 lb.-ft. of torque and 440 horsepower, Super Duty delivers maximum gooseneck towing of 32,500 pounds for F-450, class-leading 27,500-pound fifth-wheel towing and class-leading conventional towing of 21,000 pounds; maximum payload rated at up to a best-in-class 7,630 pounds

With its first-ever major redesign, the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty – America’s best-selling heavy-duty pickup truck – further raises the bar with multiple new chassis, powertrain and technology features that make it the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.

Super Duty’s enhanced capability starts with high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy and high-strength steel that help reduce weight up to 350 pounds. Ford reinvested weight savings into more robust components that provide more towing and hauling capability than ever.

Foundational improvements for Super Duty include an all-new, fully boxed frame that is more than 95 percent high-strength steel and up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame to support improved towing and hauling performance. The all-new high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body is more dent and ding resistant than the previous steel body.

As the undisputed tow leader, the 2017 Super Duty has available best-in-class performance in all towing categories, plus smart technology no other competitor has to enable greater confidence when towing.

The F-450 SuperCrew 4x4 truck now features maximum gooseneck towing of 32,500 pounds – 1,290 pounds more than its nearest competitor, a regular cab two-door pickup. Maximum fifth-wheel towing increases to 27,500 pounds – 2,500 pounds better than the nearest competitor. Gross combined weight rating for F-450 Super Duty is a class-leading 41,800 pounds.

Maximum conventional towing increases to 21,000 pounds – 1,000 pounds better than the nearest competitor truck without the need for a weight-distributing hitch. Maximum conventional towing for F-250 with all-new trailer tow package and single-rear-wheel F-350 increases to a class-leading 18,000 pounds.

Maximum gross combined weight rating for truck and trailer now tops out at a class-leading 41,800 pounds. That’s more than half the maximum weight of an 18-wheeler semi-tractor trailer combination on most federal highways.

This industry-defining capability is matched by never-before-seen towing technology. Super Duty is the first truck to offer adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support for heavy trailers, allowing drivers to traverse steep mountain grades while maintaining speed – even with a trailer weighing 32,500 pounds.

F-350 delivers maximum gooseneck towing capacity of 32,000 pounds, fifth-wheel towing capacity of 27,500 pounds and a gross combined weight rating of up to 40,000 pounds.

The optional Ford-designed, Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V8 produces best-in-class 925 lb.-ft. of torque and 440 horsepower. The standard 6.2-liter V8 engine produces best-in-class 430 lb.-ft. of torque and 385 horsepower.

Both diesel and gas engines are backed by a TorqShift six-speed automatic with SelectShift® for reliable and efficient cross-country towing. F-250 with 6.2-liter V8 and all-new TorqShift-G six-speed automatic delivers more responsive shifting for three-quarter-ton Super Duty customers.

Additional changes for the 2017 F-Series Super Duty include:
  • Center high-mounted stop lamp camera provides visibility into the cargo box, which is especially helpful when hooking up gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers. Ultimate trailer tow camera system uses four digital, high-definition cameras to give the driver a 360-degree bird’s-eye view surrounding Super Duty
  • Trailer Reverse Guidance provides visual cues and tips to help ease backing up a trailer; first-ever factory-available trailer camera can be custom-placed on a trailer to improve visibility backing up
  • Trailer towing customers benefit from segment-first in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system, accessible from the comfort of the cab while stopped or on the highway
  • Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow is optimized for Super Duty to include the length of the trailer up to 33 feet long; BLIS® uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tow Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Nissan Titan

Source; Nissan

2017 Nissan TITAN Crew Cab V8 Set To Compete In The Heart Of The Full-Size Pickup Truck Segment

  • All-new Nissan challenges full-size pickup segment with bold new design
  • New half-ton model projected to be the highest volume TITAN; joins flagship TITAN XD model, which is on sale now
  • New 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 gasoline engine standard, along with 7-speed automatic transmission
  • TITAN's legendary innovation leadership continues with cutting-edge towing, utility and driving aids

In 2016, the Nissan TITAN XD shook up the highly competitive full-size pickup segment in the United States and Canada with a bold design and capabilities that staked out a unique position in the segment between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty entries. Now, for the 2017 model year, the Nissan full-size pickup lineup expands with the arrival of the all-new TITAN half-ton. Powered by Nissan's new 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine, the TITAN half-ton will initially be offered in a roomy Crew Cab body in both 4x4 and 4x2 configurations and in five well-equipped grade levels: S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. Single Cab and King Cab variants, along with a V6 engine, will follow at later dates.

Like the TITAN XD, the new TITAN half-ton was developed with core Nissan planning, design, engineering and manufacturing teams contributing from Tennessee, California, Michigan, Arizona and Mississippi. The TITAN half-ton is assembled in Canton, Mississippi, with its V8 engines built in Decherd, Tennessee.

Aggressive Style, Smart Utility
The new TITAN half-ton builds on the foundation of design innovation established by the original Titan full-size pickup, including bed and cab features that are now industry standard, and the rugged workhorse sensibility of the new TITAN XD.

The TITAN half-ton has the same aggressive style of the TITAN XD, but is built on a completely separate chassis and is about a foot shorter in wheelbase (139.8 inches versus XD's 151.6 inches). At 228.1 inches in length, it is 14.7 inches shorter than the larger TITAN XD (242.8 inches). TITAN and TITAN XD share the same cabs, and both offer similar ruggedness, durability and innovative interior, bed and driving aid features.

The TITAN half-ton's exterior design was created at Nissan Design America in La Jolla, Calif. The design's focus on improved aerodynamics (an approximate 10 percent reduction versus the previous-generation TITAN) incorporates a front spoiler, roof and tailgate spoilers, front tow hook hole cover, underbody covers, rear tire wind deflectors and a seal between the cab and bed.

The TITAN half-ton also includes an Active Grille Shutter, which helps reduce drag by closing the grille opening behind the radiator when a large amount of airflow is not needed (based on coolant temperature, vehicle speed and air conditioning system pressure). Available exterior features include LED headlights and taillights, signature Daytime Running Lights, puddle lamps, and step rails for cabin and bed entry/exit.

The 2017 TITAN Crew Cab half-ton's standard 5.5-foot bed is designed to work hard and play hard, with a wide range of available functionality features. Nissan's popular Utili-track® Bed Channel System, which made its industry-first debut on the original TITAN, features four heavy-duty aluminum alloy cleats that move and lock anywhere along the walls, as well as bed floor and header tracks that give the user endless tie-down possibilities.

The new TITAN adds available dual lockable in-bed "TITAN Box" storage boxes that sit sight-unseen at street level and can hold a wide range of essential work and recreational equipment. Unlike other pickup bed storage boxes, the TITAN XD units are accessible from inside the bed without having to remove a camper top or tonneau cover. The boxes are watertight (and drainable) and can be used as a cooler for picnics or tailgating. They are also easily removable for times when extra bed capacity is required.

Other TITAN XD bed features include the popular spray-on bedliner, flush-mounted LED bedrail lighting, cargo and tailgate lamps, 120-volt in-bed access and a damped tailgate that is light to lift and smoothly damped when lowering.

A Full-Feature, Multi-Functional Interior
The TITAN half-ton's designers focused on enhancing utility and on making the interior easy to use through an improved layout of switched, driver control and storage spaces. The interior offers enhanced storage versus the previous generation Titan – front storage has been increased 33 percent and rear storage 28 percent – and new 2nd row underseat storage includes a locking lid for added security, along with an integrated foldout flat floor. Relocating the shift lever to the steering column (from the previous center console location) puts controls within easy reach and creates a huge center console that is large enough to hold a computer tablet with case or a 15-inch laptop without giving up rear cupholders and 2nd row climate control vents.

The standard front and rear Zero Gravity seats help maximize posture positioning for enhanced comfort during long distance driving. Heating and cooling front seats are also available, along with a choice of water-repellant fabric or durable leather-appointments. Heated front and rear seats are available in both cloth and leather trim levels.

All switches are now grouped by function type and location is based on frequency of use. Other convenient interior design features include seven assist grips, console-side map pockets, 12-volt and 120-volt power outlets (in addition to the bed), remote start* with climate control function, and Rockford Fosgate premium 12-speaker audio system. The special attention to detail even includes moving the glove compartment handle to the left hand side for easier access by the driver.

The premium grade instrument panel includes a combination of analog and digital gauges, along with a 5.0-inch color display, unique diesel monitoring and maintenance displays, and available NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services with 7.0-inch color monitor (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).

Special attention was also paid to reducing the intrusion of noise and vibration into the cabin. Like the TITAN XD, the TITAN half-ton utilizes laminated front side glass. Engine noise isolation and body sealing was also improved versus the previous generation TITAN design.

Available technology features include NissanConnect with Navigation, a 7.0-inch color touch-screen display, SiriusXM® Traffic and Sirius Travel LinkTM (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Siri® Eyes Free, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and RearView Monitor.

New Smooth, Efficient 5.6L Endurance V8
While the 2017 TITAN half-ton's new 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine shares its displacement with the previous-generation V8, that is where the similarities end. The new engine features 390 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm (up 73 hp from the previous 317 hp) and 394 lb-ft of torque (up from the previous 385). The new engine utilizes Nissan's advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology, which combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to provide high performance and crisp response. Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve, rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake with a throttle valve, and valve timing and opening with non-variable camshafts.

The Endurance V8 also features Direct Injection Gas (DIG™) technology, which provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance (versus a non-direct-injection system) by reducing engine knock, improving combustion stability and offering precise injection control. An 11.2:1 compression ratio is provided by a new piston design, aiding overall engine efficiency and performance (previous TITAN: 9.8:1), and a Multi Control Valve (MCV) assists in managing the engine's thermal efficiency better than a traditional thermostat.

Helping handle the engine's power and torque is a heavy-duty 7-speed automatic transmission tuned exclusively for TITAN.

Nissan TITAN XD 4x4 models feature a new transfer case designed to ensure maximum power distribution in every gear. It distributes torque to both ends and provides four-wheel drive when added traction is needed on snow, ice, sand, mud, muck, dirt, water, gravel – whatever the job site presents.

Durable off-road performance has also been emphasized, with features such as Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Brake Limited-Slip Differential (BLSD) and electronic locking rear differential. A new off-road gauge uses accelerometer data to calculate the vehicle's pitch and roll angles.

Every TITAN half-ton also utilizes a durable chassis design, starting with the fully boxed, full-length ladder frame. The front suspension is a double-wishbone design, while a rigid rear axle suspension utilizes hefty leaf springs and leaf bushings, along with twin-tube shock absorbers. Hefty stabilizer bars are utilized front and rear. PRO-4X models feature Bilstein mono-tube off-road shocks. Also available is an Electronic Locking Rear Differential. Hydraulic cab-mounts help isolate occupants from the chassis.

The new TITAN half-ton rides on 18-inch steel or aluminum-alloy wheels or 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 265/75R18, 265/70R18, 275/60R20 all-season or 275/70R18 all-terrain tires.

Braking is provided by a 4-wheel disc system with 13.78 x 1.2-inch front/13.58 x 0.8-inch rear ventilated discs front and rear with hydraulic power assist. The high brake fluid pressure generated by an electric pump assists brake pedal force for a confident feel. Responsive steering is provided by a rack-and-pinion steering system.

Towing and Hauling – Informed and In Control
Like the TITAN XD, the TITAN half-ton offers cutting-edge available towing, utility features and driving aids, including an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights. It offers an available maximum towing capacity of 9,390 pounds and maximum payload capacity of 1,610 pounds when properly equipped.

Also assisting trailer hook-ups is the TITAN half-ton's RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides. The available Around View® Monitor (AVM) provides a unique "bird's eye" view of the surrounding area from front, rear and side cameras to help with parking and pulling in and out of tight spaces. The system also includes Moving Object Detection (MOD), which helps the driver detect moving objects such as vehicles, shopping carts or other large objects behind the vehicle when backing out via an on-screen notification and warning chime.

The new TITAN XD also includes a range of available advanced driving aids in addition to RearView Monitor and Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Front and Rear Sonar System and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

2017 TITAN Crew Cab V8 Model Lineup
The 2017 Nissan TITAN half-ton is available in five well-equipped trim levels – S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. All are offered with a choice of 4x2 or 4x4 drive configurations, except for the PRO-4X model, which is available exclusively as a 4x4.

TITAN S models are equipped with a front manual split bench seat (40/20/40), flip-down center seat with armrest, dual cupholders and storage in the seat back and bottom. A total of six cupholders, plus eight bottle holders can be found throughout the truck. Audio and entertainment is provided via a 5.0-inch color display with AM/FM, CD player, AUX, USB, MP3 and RDS along with a USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices. Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, NissanConnect with Mobile Apps and a 6-speaker audio system also come standard.

Features aimed at fleet and commercial customers include an easy-clean vinyl floor and stain-resistant cloth seats with vinyl bolsters.

TITAN SV models add cloth seats (without vinyl bolster), standard floor carpeting, meter display control in the steering wheel, analog Fine Vision Meters, an off-road indicator and off-road menu in the Advanced Drive-Assist® Display, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), an overhead console with sunglass holder, grocery hooks on the cushion backside, a customizable maintenance interval reminder, front sun visor with an illuminated vanity mirror with extension, glove box lamp and mood lighting.

SV grade exterior upgrades include a chrome/mesh grille with premium metallic paint, chrome outside door handles, side mirror turn signal lamps, LED lighting with Joule-type bulbs in the rear combination lamp, front tow hooks and power adjustable heated outside mirrors. Standard Trailer Sway Control helps make towing heavy loads more stable and less burdensome to the driver.

The off-road-oriented TITAN PRO-4X model comes trail-ready with 275/70R18 OSW all-terrain off-road tires, 18x8.0-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a painted finish, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, electronic locking rear differential, lower radiator skid plate with powder-coated silver paint and Hill Descent Control.

A trailer harness that can handle both 4-pin and 7-pin connectors is mounted on the rear bumper. A receiver hitch and hitch member also come standard with the PRO-4X trim.

PRO-4X exterior features include front fog lamps, automatic on-off headlights, LED projector headlamps with LED signature and halogen high-beam lights, manual headlamp levelizer, Nissan Intelligent Key™ with door handle request switch, black front tow hooks, two-tone paint on the bodyside, gloss metallic black paint on the grille surround and mesh grille, high-gloss gray front lower fascia and rear bumpers, and a bedside decal.

Interior features include front driver and passenger Captain's seats, driver 8-way power seat, driver power lumbar support, stain-resistant seat covering with a vinyl bolster and "PRO-4X" embroidery, leather-wrapped steering wheel with unique contrast stitching, metallic instrument panel finishers, PRO-4X-branded floor mats, contrast stitching on the center console lid, arm rest and instrument panel, dual zone auto air conditioner plus a digital display in the HVAC control, rear A/C vents, large center console box with soft-touch topped armrest, side pockets and rear cupholders – plus a configurable center console that encompasses a cell phone box, purse holder and removable cupholders with a chrome ring. The back of the console features a 110V power outlet, with a 12V power outlet located inside the console box. The PRO-4X model's rear seats, which can be folded flat, also contain tie-down hooks and a storage box with a removable divider and lockable lid.

PRO-4X also includes a wealth of technology, such as a "Follow Me Home" function, NissanConnect with Navigation, a 7.0-inch color touch-screen display, SiriusXM® Traffic and Sirius Travel LinkTM (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Siri® Eyes Free, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), RearView Monitor and rain-sensing wipers.

In addition, PRO-4X includes standard tow mirrors (manually extending and folding, with puddle lamps), convex spotter mirror, Trailer Brake Controller, proximity activation for the puddle lamps, LED signature headlamps and cargo lamp and Trailer Light Check function (included on the key fob).

The premium TITAN SL trim level features an interior distinguished by leather-appointed seats, heated driver and passenger seats, passenger-side 4-way power seat, power tilt and telescopic steering, memory function for both the seat and the tilt/telescoping steering wheel and wood in-mold film instrument panel finishers.

The SL grade exterior offers auto dimming outside mirrors, 265/60R20 BSW tires and 20x8.0-inch painted aluminum-alloy wheels, chrome outside mirrors and door handles, removable aero front bumper spoiler, gloss chrome grille surround, satin chrome mesh grille, chrome front and lower fascias, chrome rear bumpers, four front and four rear parking sensors, power-sliding back glass, proximity-activated puddle lamps and LED signature headlights. Step rails are also available as an accessory.

SL technology features include a Rockford Fosgate Premium 12-speaker audio system, remote engine start*, NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM® (automatic collision notification with emergency call and stolen vehicle locator, remote services including lock/unlock, "flash lights" and "sound horn," customizable alerts including drive zone, valet, curfew and speed, dealer service scheduling and maintenance alerts) (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), a compass on the NAVI display and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver. The SL trim level also comes equipped with a range of standard bed features, including the Utili-track® cargo channel system with tie-down cleats, tailgate lighting, spray-in bedliner, and 110V outlet in the bed.

The top-of-the-line Platinum Reserve is distinguished by its premium leather-appointed seats with "Platinum Reserve" branding on the seat backs, "Platinum Reserve" exterior badging, heated steering wheel, chrome exhaust tailpipe finishers, 20x7.5-inch dark chrome-like wheels, driver and passenger heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Light Check function, dark chrome tailgate finisher, two-tone painted front and rear fascia, two-tone paint on the body sides, two-tone painted over-fender molding, dark chrome outside door handles and outside mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel with a wood insert, premium open-pore wood instrument panel finishers with metallic "Platinum Reserve" badging, leather-wrapped shift knob with a dark-painted trim ring, and dark chrome-accented vent knobs and cup holder trim.

Also standard are Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), tow mirrors with a dark chrome cap, front and rear metallic kickplate finishers with "Platinum Reserve" logos and pre-wiring for the DVD Family Entertainment System. "Platinum Reserve"-branded floor mats and TITAN box bed storage units are also available as accessories.

A Range of Equipment Packages
In addition to the wealth of standard features offered across the various TITAN Crew Cab models, many different equipment packages are available.

The S Convenience & Utility Package features a front overhead console, spray-on bedliner and receiver hitch with a wiring harness connector on the rear bumper. The SV Tow Convenience Package includes tow mirrors (manually extending with heat and puddle lamp functions), Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Light Check function (included on the key fob) receiver hitch with 4-pin/7-pin wiring harness connector on the rear bumper, integrated gooseneck hitch and front tow hooks for 2WD models.

The SV Comfort and Convenience Package adds Nissan Intelligent Key™ with driver and passenger request switches, cloth Captain's seats with center console, 110V outlet in the back of the center console and 12V outlet in the center console, an 8-way power driver's seat, driver's seat power lumbar, rear HVAC vents, leather-wrapped steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, RearView Monitor, power slide rear window with defogger, auto on/off headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver and compass.

The package also includes Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), painted rear bumper, Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, fog lamps, chrome interior door locks, rain-sensing wipers, NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, Siri® Eyes Free and heated front driver and passenger seats. It also includes step rails, 7.0-inch color touch screen display, receiver hitch with 4-pin/7-pin wiring harness connector on the rear bumper, and convex spotter mirror.

The SV Utility Package includes the Utili-track® system with four tie-down cleats, tailgate area illumination, a 110V outlet in the bed, LED under-rail bed lighting and a spray-on bedliner, while the SV Leather Package adds leather-appointed front and rear seats and 4-way power-assist seat.

The PRO-4X Utility and Tow Package includes front and rear parking sensors, the Utili-track® system with four tie-down cleats, tailgate area illumination, a 110V outlet in the bed, LED under-rail bed lighting, power sliding rear window with defogger, 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system with an amplifier, underseat subwoofer, center channel speaker and front and rear tweeters. Also included are the electronic locking tailgate, Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Light Check Function (included on key fob), tow mirrors (manually extending/folding w/puddle lamps), Proximity Activation (puddle lamps, LED signature headlights, cargo lamp) and rear utility bed step.

The PRO-4X Convenience Package contains leather-appointed seats with contrasting stitching (unique for the PRO-4X), "PRO-4X" embroidery, 4-way power-assisted seat, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel with memory, a compass on the NAVI display, NissanConnect Navigation, NissanConnect Services (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), remote engine start*, driver's side auto-dimming outside mirror, heated driver and passenger seats, memory driver's seat and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The PRO-4X Luxury Package includes driver and passenger ventilated seats, Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), Reverse Auto Tilt and memory outside mirrors.

Two packages are offered for TITAN half-ton SL grade models – the SL Towing Convenience Package with tow mirrors, Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Light Function Check and front tow hooks; and the SL Chrome Package with 20-inch chrome wheels and kick plates. The TITAN SL is also available with 20-inch accessory wheels and an accessory grille.

The Platinum Reserve trim level is available with the Platinum Reserve Rear DVD Entertainment System, which includes a headrest-mounted DVD Entertainment System, plus a pair of wireless headphones; and Platinum Reserve Bed Utility Package with TITAN Box, electronic locking tailgate, rear utility bed step.

Finally, a Monotone Paint Package with body color front bumper, rear bumper and over fenders is offered with PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve grades, as is an Off-Road Package with dark-finish 18-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers and deleted front spoiler/air dam with SL 4x4 and Platinum 4x4 grades.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tow Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Toyota Tundra

Source: Toyota

As Big as Texas, the Toyota Tundra is Brawny Everywhere, but Brainy and Comfortable Where It Counts

  • More than Four Dozen Configurations Available
  • Tried and Tested V8-Only Engine Lineup
  • New Standard Power Front Seats for Limited
  • Updated Exterior Color Range Includes Quicksand, Inferno, and Barcelona Red Metallic
  • Up to 10,500-lb. Towing Capacity with Standard Tow Hitch Receivers
  • Assembled Exclusively in San Antonio, Texas

With more than four dozen possible configurations and a towing capacity of up to 10,500 pounds, the 2017 Toyota Tundra doesn’t do anything in a small way. Such is the case for this full-size pickup truck assembled exclusively in San Antonio, Texas. For 2017, the Texas-bred Tundra’s color palette includes Barcelona Red Metallic, Super White, Black, Inferno, and Quicksand. The Limited grade adds two new standard amenities: a 4-way power passenger seat to compliment the 10-way power driver’s seat.

The Tundra is powered by a V8-exclusive engine lineup and is offered in three cab styles: two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab, and the super-sized four-door CrewMax. Within those configurations are six model grades: the high-value, hard-working SR; volume-leading SR5; comfort-focused Limited; two premium grades, the luxurious Platinum and unique 1794 Edition; and the off-road-astute TRD Pro.

The Tundra Regular Cab models, popular as work trucks, come exclusively with an 8.1-foot long-bed. Double Cab models, offered with either a 6.5-foot standard-bed or long-bed configurations, use forward-hinged rear doors, and offer 34.7 inches of rear seat legroom.

As its name suggests, the CrewMax prioritizes room for people. Its longer cab, larger rear doors, and shorter 5.5-foot bed make for a limo-like 42.3 inches of rear seat legroom. Limited trim Double Cab models come standard with a power sliding horizontal rear window, while all CrewMax models have a power vertical sliding rear window.

All Tundra beds are 22.2 inches deep and, when properly equipped, offer a payload capacity of up to 2,080 pounds. The lockable easy-lower-and-lift tailgate lowers slowly with no slam and can easily be removed. Carrying larger items is made easy with the available deck rail system and a spray-in bed liner. A potential money-saver down the road, the front and rear bumpers use three-piece construction for reduced repair costs.

Two V8 Choices
The Tundra can be powered by one of two available i-Force V8 engines. The standard 4.6-liter i-Force V8 produces 310 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 327 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,400 rpm. It is the 5.7-liter sibling, however, that’s the most popular, and ups the horsepower ante to 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. For 2017, 21 of those with the 5.7-liter V8 are certified Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) that can use up to E85 blend fuel (available in select markets).

Both i-Force V8s utilize an aluminum cylinder block, double overhead-cam heads with four valves per cylinder, Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), and an Acoustic Control Induction System for a broad torque curve. All Tundra models are equipped with a 6-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission.

The SR and SR5 grades feature a 26.4-gallon fuel tank, while the Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and TRD Pro models up that capacity to a stout 38 gallons. The 38-gallon tank is also available as part of an upgrade package on SR5 models.

Strength Everywhere
The foundation of Tundra’s strength and 10,500-lb. towing capacity (SAE J2807 towing standard compliant) is its TripleTech frame. “Triple” refers to the wide, full-boxed rails for the front portion, a reinforced C-channel under the cab and an open C-channel beneath the bed for strength, ride quality, and durability.

The double A-arm front suspension uses coil-over spring shock units, and a front-mounted steering rack enhances steering feel and response, while decreasing the overall turning diameter. In the rear suspension, staggered shocks mounted outboard of the trapezoidal-mounted leaf springs help improve dampening efficiency to better control the rear axle. Spring rates are tuned to provide a flat vehicle stance when fully loaded.

The Tundra SR and SR5 grades ride on 18-inch styled steel wheels, while the Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition feature 20-inch alloy wheels, each grade with its own design. Naturally, the Tundra has big braking power. The 4-wheel disc brakes use massive ventilated rotors front and rear: 13.9 inches front with segment-exclusive 4-piston calipers, and 13.6-inch rear rotors.

2WD or 4x4, Traction Galore
On Tundra 2WD models, the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system integrates traction control (TRAC) that enhances grip on or off-road. The system also incorporates Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto-LSD), which provides better performance in deep sand or mud and on mixed-friction surfaces because it doesn’t restrict engine power. Compared to a conventional mechanical limited slip differential, the Auto-LSD system is often more responsive and has better wear characteristics, since it utilizes the vehicles brakes to limit wheelspin.

Tundra 4X4 models use the on-demand, electronically controlled 4WDemand part-time 4WD system featuring a six-pinion planetary reduction gear set to provide 4x2, 4x4 Hi, and 4x4 Lo ranges. The driver selects the drive mode using a dial located on the dash. With 4WDemand, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) operates like Auto-LSD, allowing full, unrestricted engine output, transferring power to the wheel with the most traction on both the front and rear axles.

Tundra puts more control in the driver’s hands – or, more accurately, at the driver’s fingertips, via the mode selector. In normal mode, VSC and TRAC function to help enable traction and control capability. TRAC Off and Auto-LSD modes activate Auto-LSD to help extricate the Tundra from extreme conditions by allowing full, unrestricted engine output and transferring power to the wheel with the most traction. The VSC Off mode turns off all three systems.

Built to Tow
Towing claims can vary in the pickup truck realm. Yet one towing standard certification – called the SAE J2807 – stands out among the rest. The Toyota Tundra was the first to adopt this standard in 2011. With its standard Tow Hitch Receiver (new for 2017) and Tow Package (available on all grades), the 5.7-liter V8 Tundra offers a maximum certified tow capacity of up to 10,500 pounds (4x2 Regular Cab).

So equipped, the Tundra uses a one-piece towing receiver that utilizes 12 high-strength bolts, integrating it into the frame. The 5.7-liter’s Tow Package upgrades Tundra’s cooling and electrical systems as well. Integrated engine and transmission oil coolers, in conjunction with an added heavy-duty battery and alternator, help the powertrain handle the strenuous demands of towing under a full load. The 7- and 4-pin towing hitch connectors sit above the hitch to help avoid damage during high-departure-angle driving.

The Tow Package’s selectable TOW/HAUL mode adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission shift control, favoring and holding lower gears when accelerating or decelerating to help enhance control and safety.

A function of Vehicle Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control can counteract handling forces that can cause trailer sway to help make towing safe. The Tundra also comes with an integrated Trailer Brake Controller, and the driver can view its status on the multi-information display screen.

All Tundra models come standard with a backup camera (viewed from the Entune™ Audio display screen or available navigation screen). On select 5.7-liter models, heated and power outside tow mirrors with turn signal indicators and manual-extend feature are available.

Big and Tough, and Soft Where It Counts
Even with all of its inherent toughness, the Tundra treats its occupants with the sort of smooth ride and quite cabin that is most often associated with luxury sedans, not full-size pickup trucks, thanks in part to extensive noise-control measures. Soft-touch surfaces, high-granulated paint on the center cluster, and unique seat stitching enhance interior quality and durability. Standard High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA) glass helps to filter out solar heat and UV light energy that could potentially damage cabin materials’.

Gauges are grouped in a clear, easy-to-see design, and there’s a center-mounted multi-information display screen. The dash’s large knobs can be operated while wearing gloves, and the console offers multiple storage areas for personal items and electronics.

Double Cab and CrewMax models are available with bench or bucket seats for the front row, and rear seats in both cab styles can be folded up for additional cargo carrying resourcefulness. All Tundra models come with standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming. All have a standard windshield wiper de-icer, front and rear mudguards, power windows and door locks, and heated and power outside mirrors.

The Limited grade adds leather-trimmed seating surfaces in Black, Sand Beige, or Graphite, with matching soft-touch door and console surfaces and wood-style interior trim. Amenities include dual zone air conditioning, a 10-way power driver seat and, new for 2017, 4-way power passenger seat, and available power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade (CrewMax only). The exterior wears chrome door handles and side mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a versatile deck rail system.

Standard Entune® Multimedia
The Tundra’s quiet cabin is an ideal setting for enjoying the sound quality of the standard and available Entune™ Audio systems. The SR grade comes with Entune™ Audio featuring a 6.1-inch touchscreen display; AM/FM CD Player with MP3/WMA playback capability; aux jack; USB 2.0 port with increased charging capability and iPod® connectivity and control; hands-free phone capability; Siri® Eyes Free; advanced voice recognition, plus phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth.

The SR5 steps up to Entune™ Audio Plus with the Connected Navigation Scout® GPS Link App and includes the Entune Multimedia Bundle with hi-res 7.0-inch touch-screen display; HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging and HD Radio™ Traffic and Weather (metro areas only), and SiriusXM® satellite radio (3 month complimentary trial).

Standard on the Limited and TRD Pro grades, and available on the SR5, is Entune™ Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite that uses a paired smartphone to provide access to apps including Slacker, iHeartRadio,, Open Table®, Pandora®, Yelp and Facebook Places, as well as real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports, and stocks – all through the Tundra’s touch screen.

The Platinum and 1794 Edition CrewMax models get the works: the Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio with Navigation and Entune App Suite. This package is optional for the Limited CrewMax.

Toyota’s STAR Safety System and Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
The standard Toyota Star Safety System™ includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop (SST) brake override technology.

The eight standard airbags include driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, front and rear Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags, driver and front outboard passenger airbags with an Advanced Airbag System, and the segment’s first standard driver and front outboard passenger knee airbags.

A Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (available SR5 and Limited; standard on Platinum and 1794 Edition) is designed to detect vehicles in the Tundra’s blind spot. The Cross Traffic Alert feature warns drivers of cross traffic via indicator lights in the side-view mirrors, along with an audible warning buzzer.

American Roots
The current-generation Toyota Tundra was primarily designed by Toyota’s Calty Design Research centers in Newport Beach, Calif., and Ann Arbor, Mich., with some engineering by Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in San Antonio, Tex. Its V8 engines are assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc., and transmissions for the 5.7-liter V8 are manufactured in North Carolina.

Limited Warranty and Toyota Care
Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. Toyota dealers have complete details on the limited warranty. Tundra also comes standard with Toyota Care, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tow Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Editor's note: The GMC Sierra is essentially the same as the Chevy Silverado.

Source: Chevrolet
  • All-new Intake System Feeds Duramax Diesel on 2017 Silverado HD
  • Cool, dry air delivers lower engine temperatures, maximum performance

New for 2017, Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks feature a patented air intake system that drives cool, dry air into the engine for sustained performance and cooler engine temperatures during difficult driving conditions. The intake system underwent extensive testing based on the most challenging real-world driving conditions to ensure capable performance no matter the weather.

Marked by a dramatic hood scoop, the all-new air intake system provides 60 percent of the air to the Duramax diesel engine from an inlet at the front of the hood. The air provided to the engine is very close to the outside ambient temperature and much cooler than the air under the hood.

Cooler air helps the engine run better under load, especially in conditions where engine and transmission temperatures can rise quickly. Running cooler allows the Duramax diesel to maintain full power and vehicle speed for capable trailering in even the toughest conditions.

There’s also a ram-air effect from the incoming air at highway speed that helps pack more air into the engine. The air filter housing also draws 40 percent additional air from a dry location in one of the front fenders. It blends with the cooler air from the hood inlet before funneling into the Duramax’s combustion chambers. This assures the engine can breathe even if the hood is completely blocked.

“The 2017 Silverado HD was engineered to provide maximum utility for our customers in even the most extreme situations,” said Eric Stanczak, chief engineer, Silverado HD. “While developing this all-new induction system, we considered our customers towing a maximum-weight trailer through the Eisenhower Tunnel on a hot, rainy summer day.”

At more than 11,000 feet above sea level, the Eisenhower Tunnel, is the highest vehicle tunnel in the world and one of the highest elevations for any roadway in North America.

Maximized engine performance requires more than cool air; the air must also be clean and dry. Accordingly, the functional hood scoop includes a unique air/water separator to ensure only combustion-enhancing dry air is drawn into the engine. The air charge enters an expansion chamber containing a sharp, 180-degree turn on its way to the air filter housing. That creates a velocity change that causes humidity or mist to form larger, heavier droplets that are flung centrifugally against the outside wall of the housing. The collected water drains through a valve, while the air charge continues on to the filter housing and into the engine.

Testing the effectiveness of the system was rooted in real-world driving conditions of every degree — from misty rains to monsoon-level downpours; from powdery snow to wind-driven ice pellets; from desert dust to arctic cold.

Surprisingly, torrential downpours do not necessarily pose the biggest challenge, according to Kevin Dunn, global vehicle performance for splash engineering:  “Big, heavy raindrops from a thunderstorm are relatively easy to eliminate from air. The more challenging issue comes from the mist-like spray generated by semitrucks on wet highways. Those very fine water droplets prove more challenging to separate from the air. The air intake is an elegant solution that works well with water droplets of all sizes. For customers, the results delivers maximum engine performance and even greater towing confidence.”

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tow Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Ram 2500/3500

Source: Ram

  • America’s off-road truck leader adds to its lineup with new Power Wagon and new Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package
  • 2017 Ram Power Wagon design includes new interior, wheels, grille, bumpers and legacy graphics, taking cues from 1979-80 “Macho Power Wagon”
  • Ram 2500 4x4 Off-road Package features a list of essential components available on 2500 Crew and Mega Cab 4x4 models:
    • Hill-descent Control
    • Tow hooks
    • Transfer case skid plate
    • Bilstein shocks
    • Limited-slip Differential
    • On-/Off-road tires (18-inch or optional 20-inch)
    • Wheel flares
    • Off Road decal
  • Standard 6.4-liter HEMI® on Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims
  • Bilstein monotube shocks standard on Laramie Longhorn and Limited 4x4 models, enhancing already best-in-class ride and handling
  • All Ram trucks receive a new five micron cabin air filter

Ram Truck builds America's longest-lasting pickups. In the heavy-duty pickup segment, that also equates to the most capability, highest towing and most power. For 2017, Ram continues to offer the most capable three-quarter and one-ton pickups in the segment with 31,210 pounds of towing, 7,390 pounds of payload and 900 lb.-ft. of torque. Ram owns the titles, which are most important to HD buyers. Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks also offer more innovative features and better ride quality than competitors’ trucks, including a five-link coil suspension with optional air suspension on Ram 2500 and a supplemental air bag suspension option on Ram 3500.


  • Ram delivers on customers’ top “why buys:”
    • Towing – Up to 31,210 pounds with Ram 3500
    • Towing – Up to 17,980 pounds with Ram 2500
    • Payload – Up to 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
    • Power – 900 lb.-ft. of torque with 6.7-liter Cummins engine
    • Power – 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque with 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine
  • The Ram 2500 offers two segment-exclusive rear suspensions: a five-link coil system or air suspension system. The Ram 3500 continues to utilize the rear Hotchkiss leaf spring system and offers a supplemental air suspension system
  • Industry’s leading infotainment system with Uconnect 8.4
  • The Ram Power Wagon comes standard with the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine and unique suspension system, both contributing to its title: the most capable production off-road pickup
  • Engine options include:
  • 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine delivering 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, and features VVT for greater efficiency and performance
  • 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 delivers best-in-class gas engine, 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 429 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, and features variable-valve timing (VVT) with Fuel Saver Technology cylinder deactivation
  • 6.7-liter Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel produces up to 385 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 900 lb.-ft. of torque depending on application

Configurations in 2WD or 4WD

  • Regular Cab long bed
  • Crew Cab short bed
  • Crew Cab long bed
  • Mega Cab short bed

Model Lineup
The Ram Heavy Duty line is available in eight trim levels:

  • Tradesman
  • SLT
  • Big Horn
  • Lone Star
  • Power Wagon
  • Laramie
  • Laramie Longhorn
  • Limited

About Ram Truck Brand
Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with America’s longest-lasting line of pickups.

Creating a distinct identity for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and the features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day-in and day-out, a hard-working Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.

In order to be the best, it takes a commitment to innovation, capability, efficiency and durability. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.

Ram continues to beat the competition in the most sought-after titles:

  • Longest-lasting line of pickups
  • Best-in-class ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Best-in-class fuel economy and longest range with exclusive EcoDiesel – 29 mpg and 754 miles with Ram 1500
  • Best-in-class gas towing – 16,320 pounds with Ram 2500
  • Highest snow plow rating – Ram 2500 and 3500
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable fullsize off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon

Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rollin' on TV: A Closer Look at Austin, Texas, and a Vintage Trailer Rally in Oregon

On this week's program (#2017-01), Jeff Johnston visits Austin, Texas, the first of the program's 2017 RV destinations. Jeff shows us places to visit, things to do, where to eat and checks out a few of the areas RV parks and campgrounds. Also, the crew heads north to Oregon for a Vintage Trailer rally and get a close look at some of the restored units at the rally.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit

Friday, January 13, 2017

RV Education 101: Tips on MAXAIR Vent Lid, Dicor Corner Molding, Noco Battery Jump Starter & More

RV Education 101 e-book series
As I've said many times, Mark Polk is my favorite RV expert. I'm pleased he and his wife, Dawn, have allowed me to sell his RV e-book series. E-books (electronic books) are immediately downloaded to your computer after you make the purchase. The RV Education 101 e-book series includes:
  • "The Original Checklist for RVers"
  • "The RV Book"
  • "RV Campground Basics"
  • "101 Tips for RVers"
  • "RV Care and Maintenance"
  • "Insiders Guide to Buying an RV"
  • "Winterizing & Storing your RV"
  • "RV Awning Use & Care"
  • "Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance"
  • "RV Buyers Survival Guide"
  • "Complete Guide To: RV Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing"
  • "Pop-Up Basics 101"
  • "Dinghy Towing"

Thursday, January 12, 2017

UPDATED: Michigan DNR to resume camping reservations at F.J. McLain State Park

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will resume acceptance of online and call center reservations beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 for camping at F.J. McLain State Park in Houghton County.

“This allows the park to start taking reservations sooner so that campers can plan their camping stays,” said Christa Sturtevant-Good, a DNR department specialist.

(DNR photos)
Over the past few years, storms produced erosion at the park which forced the closure of a dozen lakefront campsites. Another 18 lakefront campsites, six mini-cabins and the park’s toilet and shower buildings remain threatened because of the continued erosion.

Repairs at the 443-acre park, which is situated along the shoreline of Lake Superior between Calumet and Hancock, are scheduled to begin this spring.

“Reservations were put on hold while staff planned for an anticipated loss of restroom and shower facilities,” said Jamie Metheringham, unit supervisor for McLain and Twin Lakes State Parks. “Due to the continued threat of shoreline erosion, facility and campsite maintenance is necessary.”

During the upcoming camping season, park officials anticipate the unavailability of flush toilets and showers at the park. Because of the temporary loss of those services, campers will be charged semi-modern rates for campsites and mini-cabins.

Water, electric, and the sanitation station will be available, however short term utility interruptions may occur during construction activities throughout the 2017 camping season.

“We appreciate your patience during this transition period and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” Metheringham said.

When reservation service resumes Tuesday, there will be a period of time when the full nightly camping rate will be charged to online customers, as DNR staff works to update fees in the state’s reservation system.

During this period, those making online reservations will initially be charged the full price ($28 for a campsite per night / $49 for a mini cabin per night) and then refunded the difference ($10 per night).

“Adjustments will be processed daily,” said Christa Sturtevant-Good, a DNR department specialist.

Reservations made by contacting the call center will not be affected and the discounted nightly rates will be charged at that time.

Fees to camp in the park’s Rustic Cabin ($65) and the Main, Breakies and Beach House shelters ($50) will not be discounted.

In August 2016, park staff held an open house to present park master plan options in response to the continued loss of infrastructure by Lake Superior wave action. The approved plan will provide a template for future development and infrastructure replacement over the next 60 years.

Visitors to F.J. McLain State Park can enjoy a variety of activities in the park ranging from fishing, windsurfing, berry picking and beachcombing to camping, rock hounding, sight-seeing and hunting. The sunsets at McLain State Park are spectacular and the view of the lighthouse is magnificent.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Love Your RV videos: Winegard ConnecT, HepVo Valve, 10 Must Have RV Gadgets, SeeLevel II RV Tank Monitor & More

About Love Your RV
Three and one half years ago Ray and Anne Burr sold their home in Victoria, British Columbia, and bought a brand new fifth wheel trailer. They set off on an amazing one-year journey traveling all around the U.S. and Canada. About three months into it, they knew this was the life for them and became full timers traveling south in the winters and retreating to the north for the summers. They regularly update their blogsite of their travels and adventures.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Airstream Partners with Tommy Bahama for Special Edition Travel Trailer and Interstate Touring Coach

Editor's note: I first saw these models at the National RV Trade Show at the beginning of December and immediately fell in love with the travel trailer. Exactly my kind of style: contemporary with a tropical vibe. As soon as I hit the Lotto I'll be buying one.

Two of America's iconic lifestyle brands, Airstream, the most widely recognized and time-honored RV manufacturer in America, and Tommy Bahama, the premier island-inspired lifestyle brand, collaborated to create The Airstream Tommy Bahama Special Edition Travel Trailer and Interstate Touring Coach.

Inspired by a mutual appreciation for freedom, comfort, style, and relaxation, these two legendary lifestyle brands have joined together to pay tribute to the great American weekend, time spent with family and friends, spirit of adventure and of course, relaxing.

"Airstream founder Wally Byam was an innovator and a lover of the outdoors, who believed in an enduring promise of adventure, new experiences and faraway lands," said Airstream CEO Bob Wheeler. "That same freedom-loving spirit is also deeply woven into the essence of Tommy Bahama, and together we are on a mission to inspire travelers to get out there and experience all the road has to offer."

"When it comes to relaxed attitudes, you'd be hard pressed to find two brands that exemplify those qualities better than Tommy Bahama and Airstream," said Rob Goldberg, EVP of Marketing for Tommy Bahama. "Traveling in timeless style is a cornerstone of living the island life so a partnership with Airstream is truly a perfect fit. Tommy Bahama believes that an Airstream is the ideal way to make life one long weekend. We're excited to load up our gear and hit the road."

Each of these special edition Airstream Travel Trailers and Interstate Coaches includes features that enhance the outdoor adventure experience. Roomy living spaces designed with an island-inspired aesthetic incorporate signature Tommy Bahama print designs used on the separation wall and bathroom walls, custom fabric in the seating area and a built-in bar fitted to hold Tommy Bahama double old-fashioned and stemless wine glasses. For comfort and ease, the trailer's rear sport hatch provides expansive panoramic views and trouble-free loading/unloading of oversized equipment such as surfboards or golf clubs.

The 28-foot trailer can sleep up to four people, and its queen size bed comes with Tommy Bahama bedding to provide total comfort at the end of an adventurous day. The Interstate touring coach is also richly appointed to reflect the Tommy Bahama coastal-inspired lifestyle. The coach is available in two floor plans; the Lounge EXT with seating for 8 or 9 people and the Grand Tour EXT with seating for 6 or 7 people.

The Airstream Tommy Bahama Special Edition Travel Trailer has an MSRP of $114,600. The Airstream Interstate Tommy Bahama Special Edition Touring Coach will be offered at an MSRP of $156,611. Both are now available at dealers nationwide.

About Airstream, Inc.
Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic "silver bullet" travel trailer, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America. Following founder Wally Byam's credo, "Let's not make any changes, let's make only improvements," Airstream has remained a timeless classic. Byam's vision for Airstream trailers was to use these design- and quality-driven products to allow people to dream, travel and explore the open road. A subsidiary of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio, where a team of craftsmen remains dedicated to preserving the brand's legendary reputation for quality and innovation. For more information, please visit

About Tommy Bahama
Tommy Bahama is part of Tommy Bahama Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Industries, Inc. Established in August 1992, with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Tommy Bahama is an island-inspired lifestyle brand that defines relaxed, sophisticated style in men's and women's sportswear, swimwear, accessories, footwear and a complete home furnishings collection. The company owns and operates over 170 Tommy Bahama retail locations worldwide, 16 of which offer a Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. The Tommy Bahama collection is available on and at the finest U.S. retailers, including Nordstrom and other specialty retailers. For more information, please visit

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Foot and Ankle Surgeons Offer Safety Tips for Hikers

In the United States, more than 38 million people go hiking annually, and with touted health benefits and scenic views, it is no wonder why there has been an increase in both competitive and extreme forms. This fall season, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) reminds all hikers, whether avid or recreational, that injuries are common, but careful planning is essential to reducing the likelihood of an injury or complication from occurring.

"We've all seen hikers accomplishing great feats such as completing the Pacific Crest or Appalachian Trails and these stories inspire us to undertake more challenging or longer hikes," says Gregory Catalano, DPM, FACFAS, a Massachusetts-based foot and ankle surgeon and Fellow Member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. "As the number of people hiking increases and they take on more challenging terrain, we are seeing an increase in injuries of all levels of hikers, from Achilles tendon and heel pain to more traumatic injuries including sprains and fractures of the foot and ankle."

Hiking-related injuries range from minor concerns, such as blisters and bruises, to more serious conditions, including stress fractures and ankle sprains. These complex hiking injuries may initially be assessed as less serious or even overlooked as an overuse injury that will repair itself. Some hikers first attempt to treat pain by modifying their walk or pace, or by switching shoes. While these kinds of modifications seem straightforward, they can actually contribute to complications and further injury.

"It is critical hikers know the signs and continually monitor for complex injuries, as not seeking treatment may result in additional damage that can lead to longer, more involved treatments and recovery periods," continues Dr. Catalano.

Careful preparation can help reduce the chance of injury and make it easier for professionals to treat when problems occur. ACFAS advises hikers to take a few key steps that can make an important difference:

  • Protect toes from blisters and toenails from bruises by wearing proper fitting footwear.
  • Select material for socks that wick away moisture and protect from the cold.
  • Condition boots before setting out on a hike.
  • Know the hiking route and options for accessing medical assistance.
  • Carry supplies, such as bandages and wraps, to help immediately protect and stabilize injured feet and ankles.

For more on hiking safety and other foot and ankle health information, visit ACFAS' patient education website at