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RE: 2018 Lincoln Navigator tow reviews

I would still aim for 100% front axle weight restoration for towing a TT. If not, then the rear axle will likely be overloaded and steering a little oversensitive.
APT 06/13/21 10:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mattress Recommendations

We used a 3" topper for 10 years. I just replaced the mattress with one from Costco for about $400. We'll see how the wife likes it...
APT 06/13/21 10:15am Travel Trailers
RE: 2018 Lincoln Navigator tow reviews

Power should be fantastic, better than your 8.1L/4-spd combo! Suspension will not be as great, so I'd stick to about 6k dry and learn how to adjust the WDH for 100% front axle weight restoration.
APT 06/08/21 05:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight of travel trailer

6k dry, assuming you have the HD towing package and either 3.5L Ecoboost or 5.0L V8 engines. Lots of power, but suspension and stability on the highway are the more practical limitations.
APT 06/07/21 07:00am Travel Trailers
RE: First Long Road Trip

If you to get to a scale again, can you get the weights without any WD spring bars? That will provide data to calculate actual TW. Something seems off on the unhitched weights, unless that is with the whole family onboard and full of fuel. My estimates are your TW is around 1150 pounds and TT weighs 8850 pounds loaded. I also believe you are exceeding the receiver, rear axle, and GVWR of the Expy. For the first question: 4 links is as close as you should try to get as you have 100% font axle weight restored.
APT 05/21/21 08:02am Towing
RE: F150 w EcoBoost 2.7

You have a good truck. Use Tow/Haul trans mode, keep that engine spinning over 2200rpm by limiting top gears. The best you can expect is 10mpg. The cost to upgrade trucks will buy a lot of fuel!
APT 05/03/21 09:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford as a tow vehicle

I recommend using Tow/Haul trans mode all the time to disable AFM. :) If that still doe not meet your expectations and want to jump to Ford, then I recommend a 3/4 ton 7.3L if your TT is 7500 pounds dry. If 7500 pounds loaded, then the half ton will handle well. I recommend the 3.5L Ecoboost twin turbo engine, not the regular 3.5L.
APT 04/28/21 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 ton diesel vs. gas

Comparable, no, but more than good enough as long as you accept a little higher engine speeds.
APT 04/27/21 05:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nokian Rockproof tires?

IMHO, the BFG MT KM3 and Goodyear MT3 look great on every vehicle I've seen in person. This Rockproof may have an even better side profile than those 2, but I've never seen IRL.
APT 04/23/21 07:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nokian Rockproof tires?

I love the Michelin LTX M/S tires for all driving! Great grip in rain, snow, dry while quiet and long lasting. But it looks very humble compared to every AT tire. I'm a Nokian fan, have some WRG4s on my Subaru. The Rockproof looks cool and has great reviews too. I'd try them if in the market!
APT 04/22/21 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Questions about Reese straight line setup.

If you have a 3/4+ ton pickup, I wouldn't worry about the 1200 pound bars as I do not think you have to restore 100% front axle weight as I recommend with half tons and smaller TVs. Use those bars until they break!
APT 04/22/21 08:39am Towing
RE: Towing with Auto Leveling

Agree with above, but here is some more detail. Do you remember see-saws or teeter-tooters? Push/sit on one side, other side goes up with a fixed fulcrum in the middle. That is the same physics as dropping a trailer tongue on a tow vehicle ball. The fulcrum is the rear axle, and the "other side" is the front axle. A WDH restores weight removed from the front axle. Here is a typical example: 1000 pounds of TW Drop the tongue on the ball TV rear axle increases by 1400 pounds. TV front axle loses 400 pounds. Air bags or auto leveling suspension does not change those weights. If someone were to adjust a WDH to restore all 400 pounds lost on the TV front axles, the rear axle would only have about 800 pounds more than unhitched with about 200 pounds going to the TT axles. I like what HarleyEnough said about suspension height as "an artifact of the real purpose, a measurable artifact of what it's really doing".
APT 04/13/21 07:03am Towing
RE: 9th Gen 2500 Burb...cooled seat option?

Suburban was not optional for LT, only LTZ. 2500 was not offered with LTZ trim :(. I agree, I prefer the Chevy front end. I added the LTZ chrome grill overlay, and there are similar or Denali-like grills on Ebay for the Yukon.
APT 04/12/21 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: 9th Gen 2500 Burb...cooled seat option?

Option only in the GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLT. If you are looking at pictures online, check out the front doors where the switches are for memory, heat, and cooling.
APT 04/11/21 01:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Docking station with USB C

Wishing you a speedy recovery, philh!
APT 04/10/21 07:18pm Technology Corner
RE: Chevy Tahoe 5.3L as tow vehicle

Any reputable transmission shop should have one in stock. You can order one for under $100, but a local transmission shop should do it for under $300 installed. I agree that brand doesn't matter for this item.
APT 04/09/21 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy Tahoe 5.3L as tow vehicle

Stick to 5k dry. With 3.42 and the 4-spd, please upgrade the trans cooler. Keep it in 2nd and 3rd gears and you should be fine (if not slow at times).
APT 04/09/21 05:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM announces their Electric Silverado half ton.

Thanks for your feedback and personal examples, Dad! I am considering adding a Bolt as well due to relative purchase cost.
APT 04/08/21 06:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Docking station with USB C

It seems that you want something more like a KVM switch so you can use all the inputs and outputs between any 2 computers. Something like this USB-C dock/hub may work for you. It sounds liek your desktop may also need a PCI USB-C card.
APT 04/07/21 05:57am Technology Corner
RE: Docking station with USB C

What are you trying to accomplish by connecting the docking station to the old desktop?
APT 04/06/21 05:55am Technology Corner
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