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RE: Toyota Tundra vs Ford F150 Hybrid Fuel Economy Tests

I'd say for the vast majority of truck buyers, from light duty to heavy duty (Class 8), fuel consumption is the number 1 priority. If that wasn't the case all OEMs would stick a supercharged big block crate engine and call it a day... Fuel economy is a very distant priority for me, and always has been. I buy trucks for performance and capability, first and foremost. I wouldn't say I don't care, but it's barely on my radar... and the same goes for most people I know. The last few trucks I've bought don't even provide EPA estimates, and I'm sure that goes for a lot of people's trucks on here. Most HD pickup diesels are already optimized for fuel economy, and fairly even across the 3. It's reasonable to use capability / comfort as the next metric. I use extreme examples to illustrate a point: If Ram modified a Hellcat/TRX engine for commercial duty (extensive cooling, etc.), shoved it in a 5500, and upped GCW to 50k lbs. Gets 1.7 mpg towing uphill. What's the take rate? I bet less than 5% would pick that over a lower performance Cummins.
RoyJ 02/02/22 03:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota Tundra vs Ford F150 Hybrid Fuel Economy Tests

I'd say for the vast majority of truck buyers, from light duty to heavy duty (Class 8), fuel consumption is the number 1 priority. If that wasn't the case all OEMs would stick a supercharged big block crate engine and call it a day...
RoyJ 02/01/22 12:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian Electric Truck takes on the Ike Gauntlet

EVs are not JUST about saving the planet, it's saving the planet while not willing to give up our high performance luxury (i.e. having our cake and eat it). If we truly JUST want to save the planet - drive 3rd world country 50cc scooters, 3 cyl subcompacts. In Asia they have 350cc motorcycle powered tricycle trucks with 3 ton payload. But if governments forced that on us it'll be political career suicide. Thus the push for 500 - 1000 hp EVs to "save the planet". Volvo estimated 100k miles breakeven vs similar powered (high hp) IC SUV, this is cradle to grave, including mining for batteries. If we compared to a Toyota Yaris the break-even point may never come.
RoyJ 02/01/22 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looks like we got ourselves a Convoy

As a double vaxxed Canadian, I'm not against vaccination. But... Trucking is one of THE most socially distant and isolated jobs, and at the moment, plays a huge role in a fragile supply chain. It's the wrong time to enforce. The chances of a viral spread during grocery shopping is much higher than sitting weeks on end in a sleeper, talking to maybe a few shippers and forklift drivers in an entire month.
RoyJ 01/27/22 02:35pm Around the Campfire
RE: My new ride

Turbos last a lot longer now than they did when on a Ford Probe..... There're always those that doubt new technology. When Toyota puts turbos on their most reliable and iconic truck - Land Cruiser, that implies OEM turbos are a matured technology. Not to mentioned every diesel vehicle runs turbos.
RoyJ 01/24/22 01:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla with a generator on a hitch haul

Is that an AWD Tesla with chains on the back? Almost all AWD/4WD with independent front suspension can only be chained in the back, due to clearance with the front strut. Maybe ultra-low profile cable chains would fit in the front, but those aren't really effective. Only my live front axles trucks can fit bulky chains up front. Judging by the BMW i3's performance with range extender, even if we could charge an EV on the move, it'll take at least a 15 - 20 kW generator to propel a Model X safely at highway speeds. Lifetime average kWh / distance doesn't factor short term elevated averages over mountain terrain.
RoyJ 01/24/22 01:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Shocking the TRX

In sprints, EVs pretty much takes the crown everywhere. Their current (pun intended) challenge is still sustained power. I'd love to see an EV dually or even medium duty towing 35k lbs up the Ike. I don't believe current packs can sustain 400hp continuous, but I could be wrong. EV supercars (Model S plaid) are also significantly slower than equivalent power IC cars (Veyron) at the extreme top end, due to battery / motor limitations.
RoyJ 01/20/22 04:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: AGM battery

Usually you don't want to exceed 14.7V with AGM, as it may increase pressure beyond value safety settings, and outgas. That's a permanent loss of electrolyte. Other than that, there's no reason why AGM can't be used in a specific vehicle. They're better than flooded in every way except cost.
RoyJ 01/20/22 04:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Wagoneer vs RAM 1500

Now that I do agree with - when's the last time we saw Gates and Bezos in a Rolls? Real success needs no symbol. Bezos literally just flew to space in what looked like a giant [email protected] He's way beyond a Rolls. He didn't do it to show his wealth, he did it because he could. The difference between the uber-rich and just made it rich.
RoyJ 01/20/22 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Wagoneer vs RAM 1500

Maybe. The point was that overwhelmingly reviews will state that in terms of luxury, the GW will stand up to any vehicle out there. And, FWIW, data shows that most ultra high income individuals don't buy based on status symbol. The top two vehicles for those making over $200k/year are the F150 followed by the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The top 3 brands are Toyota, Honda, Ford. Now that I do agree with - when's the last time we saw Gates and Bezos in a Rolls? Real success needs no symbol. Status symbols cater to the shallower market of new money, think Vancouver high end real estate agents, start-up companies, etc. I have zero doubt the GW is every bit as luxurious, just like a Track Hawk can hang with Euro's best hyper-SUVs. I just doubt they'll be run-away sales success due to their family background...
RoyJ 01/20/22 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Wagoneer vs RAM 1500

Have you looked at one? Or read any of the reviews? It sure doesn't sound like it. I'll save you some time. Here is a MotorTrend comparison where it bests the Escalade MotorTrend Vs Navigator AutoGuide Comparison Reviews alone don't sell vehicles at this price bracket; Badge and status symbol is a BIG part of it. Many Range Rover and Mercedes buyers don't even know what an engine is, but need to buy them for the social meetup after the board meeting. A VW CC, Audi A8, Bentley Flying Spur are all modifications of one chassis. A CC drives every bit as nice as the Bentley, just rides firmer. One's a junior manager's car, another for the junior VP, and the last one for senior board member / chair.
RoyJ 01/19/22 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

You beat me to it! Would be nice to have all three tow 30k with each using their lowest gearing to see how they do on LONG STEEP grades. I too want to see - Ike in summer. Read somewhere the PSD will de-throttle under continuous duty cycle. Not sure if it's true. Does seem too good to be true based on cooling capacity. A class 8 running continuous 475hp requires much larger coolers, and they're likely running higher efficiency than a PSD @ 475hp.
RoyJ 12/23/21 05:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

How I like to put it: ultimately, HP gets a load up a hill (as per Newton). Torque is simply a way of making hp, via rpm. But if an engine ONLY has torque (2000 lb-ft @ 150rpm), it's getting nowhere fast. Another law of physics: you can always CREATE torque with gearing, but you cannot create more power. You just made two opposing statements, first is Torque is a way making HP through RPM. The second, you can create Torque through RPM and gearing. The second is true. Which part is opposing? Torque must have rpm to generate hp. Torque alone is a measurement of force. HP is a measurement of power. Power = force x velocity (speed) To climb a hill, you need a certain force at a given speed, which equals power. Torque is not part of the equation.
RoyJ 12/23/21 05:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

That's sort of a flawed perspective. Businesses that need a diesel will buy a diesel. All the hot shotters are using diesels. You do not see guys who criss cross the country in pick ups hauling goods using gas powered trucks. Yes guys doing local business may use gas trucks, but in general those trucks are carrying smaller loads and not traveling as far. AS aresult the diesel advantage is less important vs. those that need to maximise performance from thier vehicles Very, very few hot-shotters are fleets. As I said: "Modern diesels are desired for performance, not lower lifetime cost" So nothing contradicts - hot shotting requires performance. Any business that DOESN'T need the performance of diesels are buying a gas. If diesels are cheaper over the lifetime they'd all buy diesel (like they did in the 90s early 2000s)
RoyJ 12/23/21 05:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

All of the cost comparisons are flawed. None take into account the time value of money. I think Internal Rate of Return (aka Discounted Cashflow Rate of Return) is best. Net Present Value, is OK. What you bought it for, what you sold it for, and every last cent you spent on the truck are needed, along with miles and duty cycle. This is the metric that companies use to determine gas or diesel for their fleets. And most light duty trucks are gas and heavy duty are diesel, with a gray area in the middle, for sound money reasons. Nailed it. Modern diesels are desired for performance, not lower lifetime cost. Proof? Look at how many fleet vehicles, from parcel delivery to 30k lbs school buses, are transitioning to gas. A business's only interest is cost, and many business managers have crunched the initial purchase + maintenance + fuel - resale math, gas must have came up on top. We're enthusiasts, and can justify the pleasure of diesel performance against probability of a high pressure fuel system failure or $$$ emissions repair. A business can't.
RoyJ 12/22/21 03:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

Torque is what counts when hauling a load. LOL, I wish you would tell that to my 440ft/lbs of torque 6.5 when I'm doing 25 MPH up a hill and a 5.3 gas rig with 383ft/lbs comes blowing past me like I'm standing still pulling the same or bigger trailer. :R How I like to put it: ultimately, HP gets a load up a hill (as per Newton). Torque is simply a way of making hp, via rpm. But if an engine ONLY has torque (2000 lb-ft @ 150rpm), it's getting nowhere fast. Another law of physics: you can always CREATE torque with gearing, but you cannot create more power.
RoyJ 12/22/21 03:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

"I can see my engine": LOL, ok, you can see your engine. "look I can change my plugs and plug coils because I can see them." Ya, so? Diesels don't have those so why worry about it? And if it's so important to see your engine why not just get an inline? Don't think that was meant in the literal sense. There's no denial modern diesels have much higher repair / maintenance costs than modern gassers. At my current company nearly every fleet truck under 5ton is a gas.
RoyJ 12/20/21 03:53pm Tow Vehicles
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