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RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

Well it depends on whose definition you use I suppose. EPA defines 8500 or less as Light, 8501-10000 as Light-Heavy. But apparently a Class 8 is considered a Medium by some definitions as the tires they take are classified as Medium Truck Tires.
Gene K 2 04/03/21 08:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: CAT Scale Weights

Yes you could put a little more pressure on the weight bars to get more weight to the front but it is not critical unless you are experiencing handling problems. I agree. I know the '14 trucks were a good bit heavier but my '18 only has a 3450 FAWR so it's not like 3500 lb is ridiculously light. Less FALR also reduces problems with oversteer in an emergency avoidance maneuver which is the reason Ford only recommends 25% on the newer trucks.
Gene K 2 04/03/21 06:57pm Towing
RE: The Unicorn has almost landed!!

Mostly been posting over on the f150gen14 forums lately, but thought I'd share my good news. My 2021 F-150 HDPP has now been built and in transit, set for an Apr/26 delivery. The fancy new Ford VIN/Payload site confirms my yellow sticker will be 2536 lbs, about 30lbs over what I thought based on the order guide. We'll see if that holds true. Might be a bit tight to do the break in and get it all setup for my first trip in May. It will be painful to use the old truck, but that's life. I have been unable to find a truck who's yellow sticker payload doesn't match the VIN Specific Calculator. It appears highly unlikely that yours will not match.
Gene K 2 04/03/21 06:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

First saw this I thought he was talking about a Kei Truck as that's the Japanese Light Truck. Of course anything other than a tiny pop up would be a stretch for one of those. Not to mention Feds have been cracking down on the states that would register them for street use. US definition of Light Duty Truck is 8500 lb Gross and 6,000 lb Empty.
Gene K 2 04/02/21 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Unicorn has almost landed!!

Mostly been posting over on the f150gen14 forums lately, but thought I'd share my good news. My 2021 F-150 HDPP has now been built and in transit, set for an Apr/26 delivery. The fancy new Ford VIN/Payload site confirms my yellow sticker will be 2536 lbs, about 30lbs over what I thought based on the order guide. We'll see if that holds true. Might be a bit tight to do the break in and get it all setup for my first trip in May. It will be painful to use the old truck, but that's life. My '18 says 1907 on the Yellow Sticker and 1907 on the Ford Fleet Live VIN Specific Calculator so I suspect it's likely correct.
Gene K 2 04/01/21 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GCWR - Can't Be Changed?

In 2019, a Max Tow came with the 3.55. HD Towing package only came with the 3.31. HDPP came with the 3.73. In 2018 the 3.55 was available on any 3.5EB unless the model came standard with 3.73 or 4.10. I was unaware of the restriction in 2019. The RV&TT Guide still showed them as an qavailable combo. Thankfully in 2021 you can order the 3.55 on any 3.5EB except models that come standard with 3.73. Not a restriction, just what comes with that option package. You can always pay extra for a better axle, like I did, with certain limitations. Okay, I thought when you said HD Tow only came with 3.31 in '19 you meant exclusively. I think the only thing that was required in '18 was Elocker and $100.
Gene K 2 04/01/21 01:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GCWR - Can't Be Changed?

In 2019, a Max Tow came with the 3.55. HD Towing package only came with the 3.31. HDPP came with the 3.73. In 2018 the 3.55 was available on any 3.5EB unless the model came standard with 3.73 or 4.10. I was unaware of the restriction in 2019. The RV&TT Guide still showed them as an qavailable combo. Thankfully in 2021 you can order the 3.55 on any 3.5EB except models that come standard with 3.73.
Gene K 2 03/31/21 01:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GCWR - Can't Be Changed?

You get to keep the GCWR but the 3.55 axle means that you don't have Max Payload Package and that means that you likely don't have the GVWR to handle the tongue weight associated with a trailer heavy enough to get you to your GCWR. For a travel trailer, yes. I have trailers I can get to 18100 GCW without busting Truck GVWR. I have a little over 1900 Payload.
Gene K 2 03/31/21 09:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: GCWR - Can't Be Changed?

Your gcwr/gvwr us a warranty item only. Most states you get the gvw/gcw you pay for. Here in Wa st, you would have an 8k registration, that is legal max you can have on your four truck tires. If you wanted to buy a 10 or 12k or up to around a 20k plate, you would be legal to that amount. Of course their are some other rules and regs you would not meet running down the road at 20k lbs. I can't recommend you do so, but you would be legal from a weight standpoint, but illegal from a braking standpoint. THAT law will hurt you way the heck more than the weight law ever will! Marty Here for private or farm use you only have to register pickups for their empty weight without trailer. Pickup is defined as 14,000 GVWR or less.
Gene K 2 03/31/21 08:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: GCWR - Can't Be Changed?

Double.
Gene K 2 03/31/21 08:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: GCWR - Can't Be Changed?

Maybe it's because he has 18" wheels, and the GCWR is supposedly for trucks with 20" wheels? 18100 = Max Tow + 20" Wheels I have neither. Apparently that's what's in Ford's Records assigned to my truck even though it's 2,000 lb higher than it should be for my equipment.
Gene K 2 03/31/21 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: GCWR - Can't Be Changed?

Oh, I see your thread below, regarding the Ford VIN decoder having a bug. So now I say, since you never had that GCWR in the first place, it was never yours to keep. I thought it was a bug. The response I got from Ford Fleer says it wasn't a bug. It's what is assigned to my VIN.
Gene K 2 03/31/21 08:16am Tow Vehicles
GCWR - Can't Be Changed?

I've read repeatedly that GVWR/GCWR is assigned at the time of production and can't be changed. So the question is, do I get to keep my GCWR? I have a.. 2018 F150 SuperCrew 145 4x4 Engine: 3.5 Ecoboost Axle: 3.55 E-Locker Wheels: 18" Towing Package - Class IV Hitch Ford has assigned my VIN an 18100 GCWR (Which is supposed to be for the Max Tow with 20" Wheel Option). So the question is , since it can't be changed do I get to keep it?
Gene K 2 03/31/21 07:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Fleet VIN Calculator

It appears to only work for 2018+ Trucks. It appears rather than a programming flaw Ford may have assigned the wrong GCWR to my truck.
Gene K 2 03/31/21 07:07am Tow Vehicles
Ford Fleet VIN Calculator

Is anyone else having a problem with the Ford Fleet VIN Calculator on GCWR? It's accurate on my GVWR, Tow Package and Tow Rating but seems to default to the highest available GCWR for a given Cab/Wheelbase/Engine/Drivetrain/Gear. My F150 is a 3.5EB 3.55 but not Max Tow Equipped and yet shows 18100 GCWR. https://fordfleetlive.com/#/VinCalculator
Gene K 2 03/28/21 07:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which E rated ties have the most weight capacity?

They'll be within a hundred pounds of each other....or they will be rated higher. That's kind of odd. Same size should have the same load rating. I just looked up some representative tires and the only difference I could find in LT245/75R16 E was the 3042 vs 3086 which I believe is simply the difference between. TRA and ETRTO rating system. I believe they are in the process of harmonizing the two systems and right now you see a slight differential based on the different air pressure charts. It doesn't really mean anything. It's just an artifact.
Gene K 2 03/27/21 10:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cargo Rating

Cargo Rating is usually what they use for specifying truck campers but as far as I know it's officially a cargo rating. I've often wondered if something wouldn't work to minimize the misconception that payload was the amount you can put in the bed (without regard to occupant weight). Like anything else that's been tried (like "tow rating" instead of just GCWR and GVWR) it would likely just create more problems.
Gene K 2 03/26/21 03:45pm Towing
RE: Suburban Diesel Fuel Mileage Test

$1k upcharge for the diesel on the Suburban is the lowest of any diesel in the US market today. I bet that option costs more in a few years. Also, resale and the driving experience of the diesel is different than the 5.3L. 4WD EPA estimates are 20mpg city, 26mpg highway. That's almost exactly the same as my Subaru Outback at 20/27. I cannot imaging getting 22mpg in a full sized SUV as a daily driver. I had a diesel(gate) Passat. No mathematical analysis could justify the upcharge in that car. But I loved driving it for 80k miles which was better than almost every mid size 6-cyl car I had before (and my current Outback 3.6).. Why? My old 5.9L 12V 5-spd Cummins 3/4 Ton Dodge Reg Cab weighed 5400 lb curb and averaged 21.5 mpg with or without the boat in town or out. The only thing that would drop it was a high frontal area trailer. I wouldn't think the Suburban was that much heavier and they have had 25 years to offset the emissions rules losses and it runs a lot smaller engine and passenger tires.
Gene K 2 03/26/21 12:53pm Tow Vehicles
Cargo Rating

I've wondered if a truck's cargo rating wouldn't be more useful to people shopping for travel trailers than payload. For those unfamiliar Cargo Rating = Payload minus 150 lb per available seating position. For instance a 2,000 lb Payload Regular Cab would have a 1550 lb Cargo Rating and a Bench Seat Crew Cab an 1100 lb Cargo Rating. Seems like it would help people who often think Payload is Cargo Rating (ie how much can I carry in the bed).
Gene K 2 03/26/21 12:38pm Towing
RE: 1/2 Ton Limit

I've pulled 11,000 before behind a 1/2 ton but I suspect a 36'+ Flagstaff might be an entirely different experience than a relatively short low profile load.
Gene K 2 03/23/21 08:35pm Towing
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