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RE: Auxiliary Tank Combo

RDS 60 gallon with the tool box combo. One of the best upgrades I have ever done to a vehicle.
Bionic Man 06/24/22 11:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Tow Vehicle brand?

Looks like a nice truck. I’d guess north of $60k in this market. Who cares what badges the owner puts on it?
Bionic Man 06/16/22 05:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: thoughts on Ecoboost

I drive a 2011 3.5L ecoboost with 164K miles on it without any problems YET. It tows my 9400lb FW great on mostly flatlands. Towing anything at 75mph will render you horrible gas mileage I’ve towed with a 3.0 diesel, a couple of 5.7 Hemi, a 318 5.2, 360 5.9, a 5.9 CTD, a 6.2 GM and a 6.7 CTD. None of them returned that poor of fuel economy towing a light weight boat.
Bionic Man 06/08/22 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: thoughts on Ecoboost

I have a 2019 Expedition MAX as a secondary tow vehicle for my 7000 pound boat. Power has never been a concern. Actually is nothing short of impressive. MPG solo is bette than the 6.2 Yukon XL Denali it replaced. A couple of real complaints. It gets REALLY hot towing through the mountains in Colorado. Like 245* hot. Both engine and tranny. It sucks fuel when towing. Coming home from the lake this weekend was 8 MPG on flat ground with no wind at 75 MPH. Towed a very light 17’ fishing boat back from North Dakota a few weeks back. 75 mph with some wind and I was at 9 mpg. There really doesn’t seem to be a huge difference in MPG when towing regardless of weight. And pretty much all the 3.5 right now have the recall for the cam shaft phasers. Mine sounds terrible at start up and it’s been on the parts list since September.
Bionic Man 06/06/22 09:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How long has your AC run ?

We bought our Sea Hawk new in 2002. Still on the original AC. The trailer lives in the garage when it’s not in use. Not sure if that makes a difference.
Bionic Man 06/04/22 05:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Chevy 3.0 first tow.

I am a big proponent of the small diesels. My EcoDiesel Grand Cherokee was one of my favorite vehicles I have had. If I were buying a 1500 today, it would be a diesel. One question. Why so slow on the speeds? And your comparisons of being happy it’s 10 MPG, were those at the same speeds? The 3.0 in the Fords is all but gone and the 3.0 Eco Diesel in the Rams is probably not far behind. I recall predicting these engines will probably not last long in the market and with the next round of emissions standards and diesel fuel prices at a premium that maybe the last straw. The EcoDiesel has been around for nearly 10 years.....
Bionic Man 06/01/22 09:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 3.0 first tow.

I am a big proponent of the small diesels. My EcoDiesel Grand Cherokee was one of my favorite vehicles I have had. If I were buying a 1500 today, it would be a diesel. One question. Why so slow on the speeds? And your comparisons of being happy it’s 10 MPG, were those at the same speeds?
Bionic Man 05/31/22 09:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivan truck tow vehicle

Just a heads up re charging stations. No one actually has to “look for a charge station”. The truck knows where they are and all the driver does is select the station he wants to go to and it will navigate there. The driver will know things like, Wether the station is occupied or not, What the power is What the vehicles battery level will be when he/she arrives What amenities are in the area etc etc. What the reviews are. What method of payment will be required. In the case of some manufacturers the driver just selects the final destination of the trip and the vehicle figures out all the stops along the way. It will compensate for wind, temperature, elevation change etc. it’s pretty accurate. It will also compensate for trailer load, but at least with our EV it takes 10 or 15 minutes of travelling with the trailer load to come up with a more accurate estimate. As well there are about a half dozen apps that will do most of the above. Hope that was informative. Safe travels all. Have you been successful finding charge stations that were accommodating to a vehicle and large trailer? From what I have seen, that is where it would be more challenging. And, cards on the table, I have concluded I will be a late adopter to electric vehicle technology.
Bionic Man 05/31/22 09:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: My new (rarely used as a) tow vehicle

Congrats on the nice ride. Looks like Jeep no longer designs the GC for offroad use like my parents '96 GC they used to own many years ago. The Trail Hawk and the Overland are still “trail rated”. Other than snow and an occasional forest service road, this will be a pavement queen. It drives much better without the off road options.
Bionic Man 05/25/22 06:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: My new (rarely used as a) tow vehicle

Very nice! Did you look at the new Wagoneer (no longer a Jeep LOL) when you bought this? Just curious how it compares, it's been getting good reviews. That Hemi is nice, it moves along nicely :) My wife has a Expedition MAX that will likely be replaced by a Wagoneer. That’s the main reason I didn’t choose it. I don’t want two huge SUVs in the family. And honestly that night even be tough after driving this. I can’t get the same equipment in a Wagoneer, and to get the same level in a Grand Wagoneer it’s going to be $40k more than I spent on this.
Bionic Man 05/25/22 06:01pm Tow Vehicles
My new (rarely used as a) tow vehicle

Ordered a Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Hemi Thanksgiving week. It took 6 full months, but it finally got here. Luckily it was built with every option I requested. I have to say, so far it greatly exceeds my expectations. Super luxurious, comfortable, quiet, powerful. I love the massaging seats, and the night vision is pretty cool. This will be my 3rd string tow vehicle for my 7000 pound boat, and a primary tow vehicle for my boat. But mainly, as most "tow vehicles" here, it will be a daily driver. And a very nice one at that.
Bionic Man 05/24/22 09:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Starlink for RV's Just Released Announcement

I got the same email. Wondering why I couldn’t use this for both home and RV use?
Bionic Man 05/23/22 06:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Ford Trailer Backup Assist

As others stated, the way that the back up assist “works” is based on the distance from the rear view camera to a sticker on the trailer. And there is both minimum and maximum distances required, so you would have to find a way to make that work if you somehow re-positioned the camera. Have you ever tried using the assist in the first place? I set it up on my Expedition MAX on both my wake boat and my fishing boat. And my personal experience is that neither of them work very well. First, it is very finicky to pick up the sticker at all. I find mine has to be in complete sun for it to work. Not at night, and not if it is in the shade. Second, it isn’t unusual for it to lose the sticker once you start backing up. Third, it won’t make a very sharp turn. For example, turning 90* from my street into my driveway isn’t possible with the assist. Maybe Ford has made significant improvements since my 2019. And maybe I’m just not patient enough to fiddle with it as I am competent in my backing skills. But I personally wouldn’t want to rely on that as a system to back up my own trailers.
Bionic Man 05/18/22 09:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Can 19 Silverado 1500 pull 23rslw jayco with just a ball

Burman I noticed that you didn't dispute that lawyers will have a field day. Also show us all one case where it was debunked. No shame on you for encouraging someone to do something that is contrary to safe towing practices. Pretty simple. If a peril isn’t covered on your insurance policy, it has to be listed in the policy exclusions. So, for what you claim to be true, the policy would have to have a stated exclusion of “towing weight in excess of the tow vehicles published maximums”. I’ve never seen or heard of such a exclusion, but the OP is welcome to to check their policy (as are you). And as far as “lawyers having a field day”, isn’t that what lawyers do? People can sue for anything. That doesn’t mean they will win. Please stop perpetuating this false claim.
Bionic Man 05/18/22 09:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

...5. A van is the best option for Hauling the booger eaters and still being able to tow albeit with an inferior drivetrain compared to about any other option. But sucks for everything else. And who the F wants to drive a short bus around town and to the grocery store and park it in the winter because traction sux? Vans are for people with too many kids and/or not enough money... I would not say that the Express has inferior drivetrain. The 6.6 or 6.0 gas engine with 6 sp transmission and 3.42 is not inferior. I personally appreciate the 3.42 for the balance of fuel economy and capability. Driving it around town is not much different than an HD crew cab. Way easier to load things into, like the slushie machine we take camping (or deliver for party rentals). Easy to get PVC pipe or 12 ft boards. A couple bags of salt in the back, good snow rated tires, and no issues in the winter. Of course, Grit will never see the advantages. One of the best snow vehicles I ever had was a 15 passenger E350. It was a "company car" that I drove around to sell medical equipment. I put studded snows on it, and it was an absolute beast in the snow. I remember going over Ike in a blizzard with the traction law in place without any trouble. I should also say that is the least favorite vehicle I have ever owned. Personally, I will never have another.
Bionic Man 05/16/22 05:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trans coolers

As others stated, I wouldn’t even blink an eye at 220. Speaking from experience, I had a 6.2 pulling much more weight, concerned about trans temps (which were much higher) and I changed to a larger tranny cooler which blocked more of the radiator which caused significantly higher engine temps. Moral of the story. I wouldn’t change anything if I were you.
Bionic Man 05/12/22 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ride

Nice ride. New builds are sure taking a long time right now.
Bionic Man 05/08/22 09:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cummins 6.7L Gasoline Engine in a Ram?

I wouldn't count on the end of the Hemi in trucks just yet. If you build a Grand Wagoneer online, the only option for the heavy duty towing package is the 6.4. If for some reason the Hurricane isn't duty rated for towing, the Hemi will need to soldier on.
Bionic Man 05/06/22 04:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: One Day Entry Fee Increase - RMNP

Well when they get rid of the timed entry fee on top of the regular entry fee, then I’ll go back to the NP’s! Isn't it a $2 fee?......
Bionic Man 05/03/22 09:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: '22 Powerstroke seems a little thirstier than the '21 was.

Prior to changing the calibration constant the Lie-O-Meter on my 21 was about 8% generous with the mileage it displayed. With very limited data I’m thinking my ‘22 is accurate. How do you change the calibration?
Bionic Man 05/03/22 01:46pm Tow Vehicles
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