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RE: 2023 GM HD 505hp/1085tq

My 300/600 dmax did ok pulling what I pulled. Max around 23-24,000 gcw. We need thatuch HP/torque in class 3 and under truck because why?!?!? I know I know Testosterone!!!! ?? ?? ?? Marty Spend some time out at elevation where the grades are steep and you might feel different. I would welcome more power than the 350/800 my truck has when pulling through the Rockies.
Bionic Man 09/16/21 05:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 GM HD 505hp/1085tq

Gotta love improvements. Remember when the 1989 Dodge Cummins with 3 speed trans and a whopping 160 Hp/400ft/lbs was the cats meow? Right?? But a couple turns of the fuel screw and some 3k springs would wipe the sleep out of its eyes! And destroy the transmission….
Bionic Man 09/15/21 07:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow capabilities

I had a 2011 Yukon Denali XL, and used it to tow a 7000 pound boat. Engine and transmission temps always ran high (would go over 240* in the mountains), and I never felt comfortable with the stability of the rig (read as the boat would push the SUV around). It was ok to tow at 65 MPH, but at 70, it would wander some. I never felt safe above 70 (which can make it tough to pass on a 2-lane road). If you don't have mountains, and are using a WDH, you will likely be ok, but not ideal.
Bionic Man 09/14/21 09:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 GM HD 505hp/1085tq

It is just a matter of time until the 500 HP barrier is broken. I am sure it won't take Ford long to match/best that number. And I truly laugh out loud at those that lament the "fake Allison" transmission. I'd be willing to venture a guess that the vast majority of those who are interested in the truck have no idea (or probably care) how accurate the name brand of the transmission is. The fact is, it performs well, which is what really matters.
Bionic Man 09/14/21 09:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford 150 3.5 EcoBoost

So not exactly what you are asking about, but I’ll still throw in my experience because some of it will still be relevant for you. I use a 2019 Expedition MAX as a secondary tow vehicle for my boats. My Malibu is right at 7000 pounds. Also use it to tow a 18’ fiberglass Ranger, probably 3000-3500 pounds. The good: power is never lacking. Pretty impressive here. The 10 speed transmission is one of the better ones that I have driven. Shifts smooth and doesn’t really hunt for gears. When running empty, MPG is better than the competitive V8s. The bad: my biggest complaint with the set up is the transmission (and I assume coolant, but there really isn’t a good gauge available for that) temps. Running I70 through the passes of Colorado it will get up to about 235* for transmission temps. My Ex does have the tow package, and maybe the truck has a better cooling system than the SUV, but I would never feel comfortable towing more weight than 7000 pounds. Fuel economy towing is simply bad. Towing the bigger boat at 70 MPH, the last few trips it gets around 9 mpg hand calculated. The worst I’ve seen was about 7 MPG with cruise at 70 with some decent grades. We are on vacation right now with the little boat, and with cruise set 70-75, my last tank was 11.1 mpg. Is be shocked if anyone towing a high walled RV could pull down 10 MPG on a regular basis. I am not impressed at all with the grade braking. I would also attribute that to the small engine. The 6.2 I had before was much better there. The EcoBoost is a good engine, but like anything else, it has its limitations. Personally, I’ve moved into the camp of if you are going to tow decent weight with any frequency, a HD pickup is simply a better tool for the job. I wouldn’t want to be stuck with my Ex MAX as a primary tow vehicle.
Bionic Man 09/09/21 07:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

Look at the average price listed for SUVs. Seems way low to me. Which makes me question the overall data. And the top 4 colors listed for cars are all ones I wouldn’t buy. I don’t believe the data.
Bionic Man 09/01/21 07:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

On an older vehicle, I look for the best combo of value and options. Color isn't a driving factor. On a new or newer (like you are suggesting), EVERYTHING matters, because of the higher price point. While I might consider brown or red in an otherwise cherry 10 year old truck, it would be an absolute no-go on a 1 year old truck. My advice for you is to order white or silver, as they sure seem to appeal to a larger group of people. And to comment on the economics side (the question you didn't ask), I'd be worried about resale, even buying at true employee purchase price (which I can do as well).
Bionic Man 08/31/21 09:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Porsche as a tow vehicle? Depends on the trailer . . .

The consultant would determine the weights and if over would recommend denying insurance. Speaks for itself. Absolutely false. Insurance covers accidents. Even if a law was broken. And the manufacturer tow ratings hold no legal standing.I posted what was in the link and not about insurance coverage which was also in the link. Just curiours - Did you read the linked article? Yes I did. The statement is false.
Bionic Man 08/26/21 09:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hot water tank drain plug

Open the vent on the hot water heater and your low point water drains. The water will then drain from the heater. Or at least mine does.
Bionic Man 08/26/21 07:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford F250 7.3L

I travel for work, renting cars weekly. And all 4 of my personal vehicles have Nav. I never use the built in Nav, always use Waze or google maps. Real time traffic reports, accident alerts, up to date maps and road conditions, and will tell you about police activity. Yes, you need phone service when you begin your journey, but never after that. In traveling everything west of the Mississippi the only place I’ve had any trouble was Alaska. For me, lack of cell service has been a non issue.
Bionic Man 08/25/21 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Porsche as a tow vehicle? Depends on the trailer . . .

The consultant would determine the weights and if over would recommend denying insurance. Speaks for itself. Absolutely false. Insurance covers accidents. Even if a law was broken. And the manufacturer tow ratings hold no legal standing.
Bionic Man 08/25/21 12:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: black tank wont drain

I was worried about that problem on my last trip. Nothing wanted to come out. I tried back filling, and that didn't help. Finally had the dump valve open, and dumped a 8 gallon water container into the toilet, which flushed everything out. If that doesn't work, and you have matter in the holding tank, and it isn't a matter of the valve being broken, I'd consider trying some Rid-X.
Bionic Man 08/23/21 10:02pm Tech Issues
RE: We had to go to Kalispell....

I was just in Montana for business a few weeks back. I couldn't find a Marriott or Hilton property for less than $350/night, and that was with advanced reservations. People coming in without reservations were paying over $500/night for a Fairfield (if there was a room available). Supply and demand, as well as lack of available employees, at work. (The hotels were limiting capacity due to lack of staff).
Bionic Man 08/15/21 03:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2022 Toyota Tundra Reveal

Rumor is Toyota is ditching the V8's and installing a 3.5 twin turbo and perhaps a hybrid configuration. Link That’s ballsy, IMO. I mean, a lot of people like the Ecoboost and it’s definitely a great option, but there are way more “big V8s” sold every year and I think it will hurt tundra sales if the only big engine is a high rpm rice grinder motor. Heck, their 5.7 is powerful and dependable. I’d be slow to take that option off the table Problem with the “big V8” is they are always thirsty (especially true with the Toyota 5.7). Turbo engines are more efficient when not worked and you keep your foot out of it (like during EPA testing). I think it’s a smart move, and an engine they already have in their portfolio on their Lexus line.
Bionic Man 08/14/21 09:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck upgrade?

As others have said, higher RPMs isn’t a bad thing. The engine Is just getting into its power band. It certainly isn’t going to hurt it. If you’re looking for an excuse to upgrade your truck, here is your chance. If you’re concerned about longevity of what you have and you don’t really want to upgrade, there is no reason you have to with your current trailer. If you decide to upgrade and stay in a 1500, I’d skip the 5.3 V8. The perceived work (high RPM will be just as bad in that truck). Go 6.2 if you are staying with GM. If you really want to avoid the high RPM, your best bet is switching to Ford and going with the EcoBoost. I use an Expedition MAX to tow my 7000 pound boat, and it virtually never is running above 4000 RPMs.
Bionic Man 08/10/21 03:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: HWY 50 - From Montrose to Pueblo - In 45 foot 5th Wheel?

Hwy 50 is a piece of cake. The construction between Montrose and Gunnison can cause you problems though.
Bionic Man 07/27/21 08:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing My Boat Behind My Fiver'

The forum really is slow when you have this few of comments on what is always a hot topic that causes many to get their panties in a bunch. I've towed a boat tandem behind my 5er since about 1999. I have not towed through the states that you mention, but I'll share my experiences and you can take them for what they are worth. (SNIPPED) Trailer brakes on that 5000# boat rig? Surge brakes, most likely. Personally, I'd like to know what Bionic Man did to beef up the frame on his FW to handle that trailer load. Lyle 5er frame was reinforced all the way forward of the axles.
Bionic Man 07/26/21 08:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing My Boat Behind My Fiver'

f course there are.
Bionic Man 07/22/21 11:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Colorado, I70 and 160 to 285 advice

Pretty much covered everything else, but keep your eye on I 70 road condition just east of Glenwood Springs. The recent fires up there have caused mud slides when it rains, and that stretch of the interstate has been closed when that happens. There are two detours around it when that happens that will add a couple hours and many miles to your trip if you hit it wrong.
Bionic Man 07/22/21 09:22am Roads and Routes
RE: Towing My Boat Behind My Fiver'

The forum really is slow when you have this few of comments on what is always a hot topic that causes many to get their panties in a bunch. I've towed a boat tandem behind my 5er since about 1999. I have not towed through the states that you mention, but I'll share my experiences and you can take them for what they are worth. Probably goes without saying, but towing tandem isn't for everyone. You really need to think ahead (stopping for fuel can be challenging), backing up is very difficult, and it is very hard on your equipment. I had a hitch custom fabricated to the back of my 5er, and then had it re-enforced later. I am sure I have towed tandem for over 50,000 miles. During that time I had the shackles holding the axles of my first 5er fail, I had the first hitch on the back of my 2nd 5er crack, and the weld on my fold away tongue on my boat crack. Maybe some of that would have happened without towing tandem, maybe not. Moral of the story, keep a close eye on all your components. Towing tandem also degrades the ride within your truck. When you add the boat tongue weight to the back of the trailer you lose some pin weight (which never really was a problem), but you also create a fulcrum, and every bump you hit is magnified. Truck hits a bump, it bounces, then the 5er hits and it bounces, which bounces the truck, then the boat hits which bounces the 5er which bounces the truck. A good bump will go through the train a couple of times. I can pretty comfortably tow the 5er solo 12 hours a day, but add the second trailer, and at the end of a 12 hour day I am really wiped out. I have not towed through any states that prohibit the practice, but I have been over length in most states. What my personal experience is (at least regarding that) is that LEO do not enforce that regulation. The boat that I towed the most was a 21' sterndrive that I kept for about 10 years. It was about 5500 pounds going down the road, and is the most that I personally will tow. To me, the limitation isn't what the truck is capable of towing, it is the limitation of the strength of the frame on the 5er. I sold that boat back in 2014, replaced with a 23' inboard that weighs 7000 pounds, which I towed tandem once, and won't do again. When we go camping at the lake with that boat now, we take two vehicles. I do have a 17' Ranger fishing boat that weighs somewhere around 3000 pounds that I still tow tandem (which really is a LOT easier and much less noticeable). To me, at least with a 5000 pound or less boat, towing tandem is still worth the trade offs of either not taking the boat, or taking a 2nd car. But, like I said, it isn't for everyone. And to those that will tell you that you are at risk in an accident, and your insurance will deny a claim, I simply say read your policy. Insurance is regulated, and if there is a peril that is not covered it needs to be listed as an exclusion. I have never seen a policy exclusion of either towing a trailer tandem, or something that would deny a claim for an accident while breaking a law. Quite simply, insurance covers accidents, and it doesn't matter if you are towing tandem in a state that doesn't allow it, or towing over the weight rating of your truck, or speeding, or drunk (or all the above), an accident will be covered up to your limits of liability. https://i.imgur.com/vEBHEcul.jpg
Bionic Man 07/22/21 09:14am Fifth-Wheels
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