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RE: iOS 14

I updated my phone yesterday. There are some differences. Depending on how you use the device, the changes may be unnoticeable. I have mostly noticed the home screen widgets and Compact UI for phone calls
APT 09/18/20 10:17am Technology Corner
RE: Dodge 1500b van

I never liked that 5.2L, or the transmission used in that era. Can you afford a GM 5.3 or 6.0l van from early/mid 2000s?
APT 09/18/20 10:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: FORD F-150 AXLE RATIO CHOICE

I agree the 10-spd trans (I have a vehicle with 9-spd) makes a huge difference and final drive means less. Axle ratio makes a difference for 6spds in RV owner experiences. But there is no justification for a lower axle ratio. It certainly isn't fuel economy for anything except the US Government fuel rating drive cycle. If you are compromising for something on a lot that you have to get in under a month - maybe. I also agree payload is more important than axle ratio for this truck. I also recommend getting the largest fuel tank available.
APT 09/18/20 07:21am Travel Trailers
RE: FORD F-150 AXLE RATIO CHOICE

Only 6600 pounds dry will be 7200-8000 pounds loaded. Combine that with pulling two sheets of plywood through the air at 65-70mph. That is a 7% difference in gearing. You'll never notice a measurable difference in fuel consumption. You will feel a 7% difference in wheel torque. I recommend 3.55 (or whatever the highest numerical axle availible).
APT 09/17/20 07:05am Travel Trailers
RE: 5.3 vs 6.2

IF you did a blind towing test of same year and geared truck, I think you'll notice the difference. You'll be able to hold a gear longer on slight inclines or maybe cruise at a lower gear. I highly recommend the 10-spd with either engine more importantly than the engine. I believe the 6.2L got the 10-spd standard before the 5.3L, so it may depend on which year you are looking. What year/axle is your current Silverado?
APT 09/16/20 07:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tongue height

Trailer frame should be parallel to slightly front down on a flat surface. Front axle of the TV should have most of the weight (or suspension height) restored.
APT 09/16/20 06:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Assistance for 2019 Subaru Outback Fuse needed

I think the fuse is in distribution box. There is a wiring harness in my Outback under the rear floor. See these pics for some good clues. I purchased one one of those harnesses and plugged in there. I keep the wiring under the floor when not towing. When I connect the trailer, I just run through the hatch door between weatherstripping.
APT 09/15/20 09:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cracked Dash

Mine has been cracked on 2011 Suburban for a couple years. I have a DashSkin in my Amazon Wish list, but have not ordered or installed one yet. Pay attention to your interior color RPO code and center speaker cutout option.
APT 09/11/20 07:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Teaching Your Spouse How to Pull a Trailer

I have towed trailers for 35 years. We have had current TT for 10y. My wife has towed our TT exactly once for about 3 hours on a long (15h) drive. No need to push the topic if your spouse is not interested in learning. Let her help where the risk is low and value (AKA offloading your time) is high.
APT 09/03/20 01:16pm Towing
RE: roof joint sealing

I am using Eternabond for similar spots on roof.
APT 09/02/20 08:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Map App for Phone...?

Way2, I thought the same thing. But real time traffic and crowd source hazard tagging is helpful even on short, familiar, local drives! Also, I have one of these mounts in one car and different brand in other vehichles. I have the phone just off the 2 o'clock hand position. No blocking windshield, quick glance when needed, all while charging wirelessly.
APT 09/01/20 11:56am Technology Corner
RE: Travel trailer recommendation

6000 dry means 6500-7500 pounds loaded for a long weekend with 850-1000 pounds of TW. The SUV will likely be at or slightly over GVWR, but with a quality and well adjusted WDH, will be stable and comfortable to tow. You have plenty of power.
APT 09/01/20 11:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Map App for Phone...?

I like Google Maps for finding things at locations (restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions). I prefer Waze for navigation.
APT 09/01/20 07:20am Technology Corner
RE: need tow mirrors

I am pretty happy with these Grand Aero 3 mirrors which should work for you as well.
APT 09/01/20 07:17am Towing
RE: Travel trailer recommendation

I recommend sticking to around 6000 pounds dry or less. Get a WDH with integrated sway control and learn how to adjust it.
APT 09/01/20 07:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow/haul mode

Don't over-think this. If you are towing any high waled trailer, or any trailer over say 3000 pounds, I recommend trans Tow/Haul mode. If you want to slow down, apply the brakes with enough pressure to get your target speed. As wing_zealot said, the downshift feature is to assist you, not take over decelerating. I have not heard of any automatic transmissions have caused the engine to go over redline and caused damage in vehicles made in the last 20 years. The computers will simply not allow the downshift to happen under any operator inputs.
APT 08/31/20 11:25am Towing
RE: Storing ball hitch

I must be the exception here I like to take mine out of the way.Its always well greased and keeps the kids from cracking their shins.Makes it easier to load and unload the truck Same here. I have one ball mount dedicated for the TT with WDH. It says in the camper whenever the TV and TT are disconnected. I keep my TT @ storage away from home, so it is always right where I need it. I don't want to hit it, get grease on my body or clothes, or let dirt and salt accumulate on it. I have one other adjustable height ball mount for all my other towing needs. It stays in my garage when not needed. It worked on two of my current vehicles, or I have loaned it to friends. Again, in my garage right where I need it to tow my smaller trailer which is in my yard.
APT 08/28/20 06:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help choosing tow vehicle

I highly recommend something with forced induction which has both more torque at lower engine speeds (<3000rpm) as well as losing less power at higher altitudes. The 2.7L Ford Ecoboost would be great, but so would something smaller if you do not want a full sized pickup. Some of the mid-sized SUVs with turbocharged 4-cly would work well, like Subaru Ascent.
APT 08/28/20 07:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help Deciphering CAT Scale Weights

Good analysis so far. I agree that more WD force to take more weight off the rear axle should get you really close to the rear axle rating.
APT 08/28/20 06:57am Towing
RE: Wheelbase factors

I would not chose the bed length based on towing stability. Marginally different all else (equipment, payload) equal.
APT 08/28/20 06:53am Towing
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