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European 5th Wheelers of the 1950's

These were built in France for people involved in the Circus On a Ford chassis https://i.postimg.cc/h46ws5md/image.jpg On a Citroen chassis https://i.postimg.cc/4dBGnb21/image.jpg On a Citroen as well https://i.postimg.cc/P5tBv8Z3/image.jpg
RobertRyan 03/19/20 04:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: TinBox Travels of a family of 4 in a Hino towed Caravan

Description of why he bought the Hino and a walk around , fascinating and extensive descriptions Walk around of the Truck... Fascinating More about the Hino, it has a 13,000lb payload. What modifications were made to the Truck Modifications to Hino, what he carries in the tray How does the boat and tyre loader works One of their many travels in their rig and a Kedron Caravan One of many trips with 4 Children on Outback Roads A change through the Rainforests and Waterfalls of Northern Australia Rainforests and Waterfalls of Northern Australia
RobertRyan 03/07/20 12:16am Travel Trailers
TinBox Travels of a family of 4 in a Hino towed Caravan

This family's unusual Truck and Caravan is pretty well explained by them in a series of YouTube Videos ( See below in my other post)they did. Father planned the modifications to the tow vehicle and explains why they picked the Hino. Videos explain how this family with not much money Did what they did https://i.postimg.cc/ZRy998hv/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/MKkWKkTD/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/kg4Y0Gmh/image.jpg
RobertRyan 03/07/20 12:06am Travel Trailers
RE: GM Diesel Development Center sold to European Interests

Can you cite basis for you saying so?  European Pedestrian Safety Laws. Wedge design fairly dangerous to pedestrians I'm so sorry for them then, they'll only have Rivian to choose from, LOL. I am afraid they will have little impact as Europeans are not great fans of Pickups and most European manufacturers have EV derivatives of current vehicles and EV only ones :E
RobertRyan 03/02/20 11:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Diesel Development Center sold to European Interests

GM is seeing the writing on the wall. There are several countries banning diesel cars on cities. No the Company buying it sees the writing on the wall as diesels will be part of the mix up to 2050 even in Europe. They are banning ALL ICE vehicles in some cities, not Diesel in the country As I posted previously this appears to be the huge downsizing by GM to stay afloat, people buying the businesses can see potential for growth.PSA who bought Opel and Vauxhall turned those businesses around quickly. Now PSA is driving FCA into a merger and ironically make it more European I wonder as to their timeline to get a reasonable returns on their investments. In Europe, EV is outselling ICE whenever they can get their hands on. When Cybertruck and Tesla semis hit the European market, that would definitely crowd out and displace their diesel commercial and consumer truck sector. Basically No. Cybetruk is illegal in Europe. Tesla is a bit player like in the US. No EV's are not outselling anything. EV's are not demand driven, they are regulation driven. What is not questioned is why the Punch Group is buying a supposed clunker, if Ev's are everywhere. If Diesels were supposedly unprofiable the Centre would be closed rsther than sold
RobertRyan 03/02/20 03:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Diesel Development Center sold to European Interests

Europe wants diesels out of their large cities. Exacttly, and crazy on everything electric! Actually it isNOT the case. That is why the Centre was quickly sold to the Punch group
RobertRyan 03/02/20 03:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Diesel Development Center sold to European Interests

GM is seeing the writing on the wall. There are several countries banning diesel cars on cities. No the Company buying it sees the writing on the wall as diesels will be part of the mix up to 2050 even in Europe. They are banning ALL ICE vehicles in some cities, not Diesel in the country As I posted previously this appears to be the huge downsizing by GM to stay afloat, people buying the businesses can see potential for growth.PSA who bought Opel and Vauxhall turned those businesses around quickly. Now PSA is driving FCA into a merger and ironically make it more European
RobertRyan 02/29/20 01:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Diesel Development Center sold to European Interests

Is GM giving up on future diesels? This would let them fully concentrate on electric power. Yes, but I think it represents a huge downsizing of GM from a Global player to a NA or regional one
RobertRyan 02/29/20 01:13pm Tow Vehicles
GM Diesel Development Center sold to European Interests

Well it looks like GM Centre that developed the 3 litre Diesel for the Silverado , has been sold to the Belgian Punch Group, who wanted to buy Holden in 2016 but was rejected. "Now we’ll turn our attention back to the Old Continent, namely to the city of Turin in Italy. The Big G is running an engineering center there – General Motors Propulsion Systems, which was formerly known as GM Powertrain Europe. This is the place where the U.S. manufacturer researched and developed the 1.6- and 3.0-liter turbo diesels powering the North American versions of the Chevrolet Equinox, Silverado 1500 pickup truck, as well as the all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade. General Motors’ employees in Turin will soon work for the Punch Group, which has acquired the company for an undisclosed amount of euros. "
RobertRyan 02/28/20 11:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travelling in Stealth Mode

I don't think a single axle does anything better than two. is that two spare tires or one big single looks like it came off a Freightliner. Jay D. One tire. This is more a Dirt Roader than on a true Off Roader Caravan
RobertRyan 02/15/20 02:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travelling in Stealth Mode

Maybe it's single axle to handle off road better?Double axles handle off pavement travel just fine. Do build that. Have spoken to the owner of the business at a Caravan Show, he started the idea of a new business after importing a US Truck Camper, but was not impressed by the quality, so he had a Motorhome Manufacturer build him a replacement one to his specifications. After that he became inspired to build his own Caravans with his family's backing. https://i.postimg.cc/yYL9p5cP/image.jpg
RobertRyan 02/15/20 02:11pm Travel Trailers
Travelling in Stealth Mode

Well at least it is different https://i.postimg.cc/pVF0X9Sj/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/25GwMhVp/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/LsVpWCtH/image.jpg
RobertRyan 02/15/20 02:59am Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

The tanks my company makes can carry both CNG and LPG. However CNG is predominately used in the automotive industry due to how clean it burns, and how quickly it disperses since it is lighter than air. This makes it much safer to use. LPG is heavier than air and poses a greater safety risk in an accident because it will linger towards the ground instead of dissolving into the air quickly. Not the experience elsewhere, LPG is favoured as a long distance fuel. CNG short haul. both are pretty safe The most viable operations for CNG in Australia are currently either back-to-base arrangements, where vehicles return to the same depot each day, such as bus fleets, or point-to-point operations between bases. In these situations, the fleet operator may own or lease CNG refuelling equipment or contract a specialist fuel supplier to supply fuel to the vehicles. Your local gas network operator can help identify how the gas network can be utilised for fleet ope
RobertRyan 02/12/20 04:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

is the part the loyal gas engine folks don't like to acknowledge. Jump back 15-20 years to what is kind of the start of "modern" drivetrains. Big fuel injected gassers, high pressure injected diesels, more than 4 cogs in a transmission.... Gas engines were HP in the mid-high 300s and TQ in the high 3s, low 400s. Diesels were in the 300hp range and 500-600ft lbs. Gas engines are now low to mid 400s HP and low to mid 400s TQ. Diesels are 400-500hp and 900-1000tq. The diesels have almost doubled in what counts for towing, torque, and the gas engines have made great strides in efficiency and notable gains, but nothing earth shattering. They have only started putting some development into Modern Diesel engines compared to Petrol( Gas) engines, so developments will become more dramatic in the future
RobertRyan 02/12/20 02:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

Not here. We are able to get up to 1,000 miles from our largest CNG tanks. Soon we will be able to go 1,100 miles which is not far off from the standard 1,200 miles that most long haul trucks with two 100 gallon tanks can achieve. CNG is a pretty poor alternative, much better LPG if not using Diesel CNG - compressed natural gas storage has a lower energy density than LPG. ... Another difference between CNG and LPG cars is the tank pressure. LPG pressure is less than 2 MPa whilst CNG - compressed natural gas storage is 20 to 25 MPa. This means high pressure CNG tanks are heavier and more expensive than LPG tanks.
RobertRyan 02/12/20 02:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

that is the case then maybe Europe as advanced as we are with CNG/LPG because storage problems and distance is not an issue for the US. Companies like UPS are able to store CNG on at there facilities and our 175 DGE tanks that Momentum Fuel Technologies, a subsidiary of the company I work for, makes gives them a range of 800-1000 miles. That is like traveling from Berlin to Manchester on one tank. Or from Sydney to Adelaide. We are also about to come out with a tank system that can hold even more.  Compared to LPG or AVoGas it is a fairly poor alternative CNG works best in short haul applications NOT long distance
RobertRyan 02/12/20 01:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

This is false. Studies from Cummins and others in the industry show that there is only a 5-10% drop in fuel economy from a diesel powered truck to CNG diesel powered truck. Since the CNG cost much less here thanks to our over abundance of it in the US, the cost per mile is much lower for a CNG powered diesel. Not only that, but since it burns much leaner, there is no need for a DPF or SCR system. The 160 & 175 DGE tanks that my company currently builds allows the truck to go between 800-1,000 miles between fillups. What they do outside of NA regarding CNG is really not my concern, but most of the world does not have the amount of natural gas the US does so this may be a big reason why it has not taken off in other places. You also might be thinking of gas engine CNG conversion which is not the same as a diesel engine CNG conversion.  Got nothing to do with it. Compressed Natural Gas is pretty easy to obtain in places like Europe, LPG is another easily sourced fuel that can be used as a long distance substiute. CNG is more restricted as redult of its storage problems to shorter distances. Historically, CNG has been used onshore for gas supply over short distances and in relatively small volumes. While the cost of delivered CNG depends on project specific conditions such as gas volume, in general CNG can be economically viable for volumes up to around 5 MMscf/d and distances up to 800 km. CNG - compressed natural gas storage has a lower energy density than LPG. ... Another difference between CNG and LPG cars is the tank pressure. LPG pressure is less than 2 MPa whilst CNG - compressed natural gasstorage is 20 to 25 MPa. This means high pressure CNG tanks are heavier and more expensive than LPG tanks
RobertRyan 02/12/20 04:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

That is not true either because they are also using Cummins diesel CNG engines as well in their bigger trucks. Cummins Wesport is also working on a CNG version of the ISV 5.0L V8 because the ISB 6.7L CNG engine is too long to fit into there van trucks. CNG has limitations as a long distance alternative to diesel. That is why it has not taken off outside and inside NA
RobertRyan 02/09/20 09:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

It didn't take hotrodders very long to start working on this engine. https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enthusiasts/fords-73-liter-v-8-can-make-600-naturally-aspirated-horsepower-with-basic-mods/ar-BBZC4PB?ocid=spartandhp It was rumored that the 7.3 would be mod friendly, but I didn't expect the better part of 200hp with mostly bolt on parts. That's seriously cool! Pushrod engines aren't dead! And they're not 4' wide like OHC motors. Yeah, that is a short list of parts for an additional 200hp. Usually it takes forced induction or at least $10k in parts to get that kind of bump out of an N/A engine. I agree. The hp. gain is over 39% and considering that it already has 430 hp. that's a lot. I still say pretty poor overall. Emissions will be your major concern , better pedformance engines around. This was not designed as a performNce engine, but a moderate heavy duty commercial engine
RobertRyan 02/09/20 09:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Well it looks like IVECO part of Fiat Industrial is going to leap frog Tesla and introduce EV and Fuel Cell HDT's The IVECO manufacturing facility in Ulm, Germany, will host the production hub for the Nikola TRE battery electric and fuel-cell electric heavy-duty truck models. London, February 6, 2020 IVECO and FPT Industrial, the commercial vehicle and powertrain brands of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI/ MI: CNHI), and Nikola Motor Company will manufacture, through their European Joint Venture, the Nikola TRE in Ulm, Germany, at the IVECO manufacturing facility. This strategic and exclusive Heavy-Duty Truck partnership saw CNH Industrial taking a $250 million stake in Nikola as the lead Series D investor. The partnership announcement at the CNH Industrial Capital Markets Day in September 2019, was quickly followed in December with the unveiling of the Nikola TRE, a battery electric vehicle (BEV) heavy duty truck, which is the first step towards the fuel-cell electric (FCEV) model.
RobertRyan 02/07/20 12:38am Tow Vehicles
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