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RE: Nokian Rockproof tires?

For those looking for a bit less aggressive tire. There are two others with what appears to be the same casing tech. "Rotiiva" AT and AT Plus. These two fit what I would call mid level AT traction option. Definitely more than an LTX, which to me is an aggressive HT to very mild AT tread pattern. Worth looking at all three options depending upon your traction needs. Marty
blt2ski 04/22/21 04:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nokian Rockproof tires?

Interesting looking tire. Has a size for my new to me 1500. BUT would prefer something a bit more mild for how I drive. One review I just read had many good things to say about it. I guess while waiting for 350 bainbridge to seattle ferry. I'll have to see if a typical AT tread is offered in that casing. Marty
blt2ski 04/22/21 04:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: can a ford ranger tow trailer on steep mtns rds?

Scooby Something to think about on gears. The 6, 8 and 10 so transmissions have a 4, 4.3 and 4.5-1 1st gear ratios. With a 3.42 in pumpkins they are lower geared than the majority of older 3 and 4 sp auto rigs with 1st being in the 2.48 to 3.1 range. I have better engine braking in my 2014 1500 with a V6, than ANY of my SB/BB setups in 25/35 setups in past years. Better starting abilities too. Along with an overall taller ratio for better mpg's. As the article mentions, the newer transmissions are what generally makes the newer trucks better overall from a driving experience. Hence my feelings the OPs truck will do fine! Marty
blt2ski 04/22/21 07:42am Towing
RE: can a ford ranger tow trailer on steep mtns rds?

My diesel in my dump truck hits it's 3000 rpm redline holding it down some of our local 15-20% grades at 26,000 gvw. I've never had it scream holding going down a typical 3-4% freeway grade. None of my trucks scream at redline on the steepest 6% freeway grades unless I'm trying to hold less than 35-40 mph due to switchbacks etc. I've gone 15mph up the 15%grades in yellowstone pulling my Tt with a BB 454 at its 15000 gcw. Same trailer 10 yrs later with a 6.5td at 16000 lbs, 4000 OVER its gcwr, doing 35-50 up those grades, because of the turbo not losing HP at 9-10k ft elevation. If I would have had an auto, same rig was rated to 14500. The auto was lower in performance all around vs the NV 4500 trans set ups. Current Rangers a bigger than previous models. Way more HP and heard to work with. Besides, if murderstor Barney can tow a big gooseneck trailer with his Harley, I'm sure OPs truck will tow a 4500-6000 lb rv trailer just fine. Some think you need a tandem axle Kenworth or equal to tote 5000 lbs of trailer. Yeah right! Marty
blt2ski 04/21/21 07:37am Towing
RE: can a ford ranger tow trailer on steep mtns rds?

Shaving cream! Hook it and go! I bought a 285/305 rated V6 in a full size half ton a couple if months ago. Granted I have yet to be above 700', I've had no issues towing a 6500 and a swag 8000 lbs of concrete mixer trailer behind me. It does every bit as well or better than my BB 454s pulling the 6500 lb trailer. You have a turbo as noted, so you have sea level HP up to 8000-10000' if elevation. Said V10, 454s, and my V6 lose 3% per 1000' gained. In yellowstone at 10,000', you still have potentially 100% of your HP, those others have lost 30%! Get w rounded trailer body, keep frontal are to 60-80 sq ft, I'm having a hard time thinking you're going to have issues. I probably would have bout the 300HP turbo I4 gm has in their1500s if anew truck was in my budget. Alasit was not, so a used truck it is. I would have no issues towing a 4-6000 lb trailer aerodynamically designed with ANY of the current model turbo 4 banger or the V6 like I have. Marty
blt2ski 04/20/21 06:26pm Towing
RE: Question on changing legal GCWR

Another to consider about gears. If you go from a stock 30.5" tire, to next generally speaking diam of 31.5 or 32.5" diam tire. Your 4.10 gear setup just went to an effective 3.95 or 3.73. So if you go to a say 285-75-16 @ 32.5", you would need to go to a 4.33 or there about to keep your effective ratio at 4.10.... More to this than tow rating per a gear ratio chart like Ben is showing. Tire diameter also needs to be taken I to account, along with what that bigger diam tire weighs, taking HP away from getting to the ground turning said bigger heavier diam tire.... Marty
blt2ski 04/19/21 12:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question on changing legal GCWR

BUT the springs are at 6400. If going with lower of ratings....keep this in mind too. As far a axle ratios. If like me, more off the beaten path, lower gears are better. If you stay on main roads like the interstates, you can pull just fine the same load as a rig with lower gears. Hence my I would prefer 4.33s in a previous post vs don saying 4.10s. personal choice for how he pulls etc vs me. Marty
blt2ski 04/19/21 11:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question on changing legal GCWR

If you're going to change out gears, go to a 4.33. You're looking at $2g per pumpkin, you'll get more take off power which you lack with the trans in that rig. Marty
blt2ski 04/19/21 07:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Uneven Dually tire wear

Another way to solve fix, I've used. A bit old school, as I'm not suremost recent designed tires have this issue like bias and early radial design treads. Is deflate fast wearing tire by 2 psi, OR increase lessor by 2psi. Marty You are going backwards. It is the smaller tire that will slip, and wear faster. Ok fine, I knew it was one way or the other. As I've done that on an older R3500 dump flatbed I had in 90s. Had to do that with tires I had in 90 to mod ott's wi navistar. No issues wi 05 dually pickup. That's not to say issue could not be occuring with OPs rig. Marty
blt2ski 04/13/21 10:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uneven Dually tire wear

Another way to solve fix, I've used. A bit old school, as I'm not suremost recent designed tires have this issue like bias and early radial design treads. Is deflate fast wearing tire by 2 psi, OR increase lessor by 2psi. Marty
blt2ski 04/13/21 01:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uneven Dually tire wear

Have some one follow you driving. Look to see if on a corner if the inside turns faster or slower than outside. I noticed the inside right of my Navistar turning faster than outside left, fur to the Detroit locker not breaking free empty. I consequently wear out right rears a bit soo we than left. Yes, I'm grabbing at straws.....but you could have a similar but opposite problem than I have depending upon if you do or do not have a locking limited flip rear. Marty
blt2ski 04/13/21 11:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Real life Hybrid towing experiences

I have/had an older sister that towed an older Cub Cadet from the 50s with two different Toyota's. One iirc was a smaller chassis, 3500 tow rating, other a bit bigger with a 5k rating. She upgraded to larger as the smaller was capable power wise etc, bigger was better overall. She was typically the only one in vehicle. Based on a few comments, never followed my advice, she needed trailer brakes on trailer. If the trailer is over 1000-1500 lbs, I will HIGHLY suggest installing brakes. She went through vehicle brakes quickly, and had a few what I would call white knuckle braking experiences. Trailer dealer may not say you need brakes, legal in yours or my states may not say you need brakes, same with Toyota warranty.....out them on! Unfortunately she passed on 3-1 so I'm not able to get a y more specifics. While a lovely sister for 50yrs, unlike her father who was a brilliant engineer at Boeing, she was a librarian, not too mechanical. Even at that, not real smart from what and how she needed to tow properly or correctly. With above said, an areodybamic trailer should be towable with a hybrid. Like a non hybrid vehicle, the one with the larger motor, more fears in transmission etc will tow up hills etc faster. Good luck with choice. Marty
blt2ski 04/13/21 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

Impotent!? Hmm.. is that not when little guy does not work?!?!? I'm going sailing in some 15-25 knot winds, 2-4'waved here in puget sound, I'll deal with collateral damage after words! But, the ford base weights if like GM, final weight hast be plus minus 5 or 10 lbs of ALL options added at the end. This is tighter than most scales troops,or other local scales use at 20 lb increments. Reality, at least where I'm at, got new registration for my new to me 1500, I'm legal to 8000 lbs. Door sticker is 7000 or so. My navistar is good to 26000, door sticker and axl ratings give me 18200. Been pulled over at 27000. No over weight ticket. Just a 10 day up registration to 28000. $15 or so. ooohhhh, that hurt me pocket book! In real world, door sticker means squat! Marty
blt2ski 04/12/21 05:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sports chassis and similar units becoming obsolete?

It's also illegal in most states to tow anything over 4500 lb with out brakes. So the tow truck pulling that 17k trailer in reality was illegal. With that said, it is true most true full size mdt's will outlast a pickup by 2-3x as many miles etc. You can set them up nicely. BUT as noted, with current power specs of the 35dw pickups, getting an MDT with at one time power specs double to triple pickups, no need to step up to an mdt in the rv world. To say they will be obsolete! ROTFLMAO ?? a 35 series rig does not have the power and payload to do as I do, look up a 12-15 k trailer, and haul 3-6 tons of my case topsoil, bark, plants or some combo legally, safely etc. Or 6-8 tons of cargo only! Commercially speaking, the MDT is a better unit in most cases from experience than a 35DW rig. Current 35's, as are any pickup in ANY class 1-3 realm, better than the last 70s when I first started driving pickups. Marty
blt2ski 04/08/21 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended tow bar

I've extended the tongue on a few trailers that I needed more turning length, ie dually flatbeds where the typical 36-42" trailer body to ball spacing does not work or the trailer hits the corners of the 8' wide flatbed. So extending the tongue another 12-18" works well in this situation. Even an extension like the torklift will not allow one to 90 degree jack knife the trailer on a wider truck. Either may work depending upon multiple issues you have vs what I have or someone else may have. Choose poison carefully. Marty
blt2ski 04/07/21 10:28pm Towing
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

Gene, Your up to 8500 covers class 1 to 6000, 2a 6001-8500 does not include 2b 8501-10000 class 3 10001-14000 medium is 14,000 to 33000 heavy is 33000 on up. marty
blt2ski 04/03/21 09:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

Gene False on US definition of light duty truck. ANY truck meeting USDOT class 1-3 us a light duty vehicle. This is about 14,000 and light gvw. Marty
blt2ski 04/02/21 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Debating another tow vehicle

I was legal with a 12K total equipment trailer, 1500 lbs of hitch wt with my 8 lug single wheel trucks. Thats going back to my 88, 96 and 2000 trucks. Not to mention my 05 DW 3500, and my 82 IHC class 6. WD systems have no requirement in laws, at least here where I am in Wa st. Same with sway control. Altho having a trailer that goes IIRC 12 if not 18" side to side will net you a moving violation, along with getting red tagged so You can not move the rig until you show the trailer with not go sideways uncontrolled. If that takes a sway bar, great. If you can do it shifting weight etc with in the trailer, great. If not, you can find a low boy or tilt deck to get the trailer off the road! marty
blt2ski 04/01/21 09:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GCWR - Can't Be Changed?

Gene, ALL you have to worry about is warranty. With what you said re up to 14000 have, you're legal if pulled over to 14000 on your two axles. As far as legal gcw goes, again, legal us max your registered for. Probably upwards of 80,000 lbs. Assuming you have enough axles etc under you to carry the weight from the road bed engineer specs. But, if you blow your tranny up at 20k miles, doing 80k lbs, ford will deny warranty as you're over 18000 gcw. Yes, I've been pulled over at 150%of manufactures ratings, I have YET to get an aver weight ticket, as I've always been under registered weight/tax paid for damage I'm doing to roads at that weight! That's ALL an leo/cveo cares about from a weight perspective. I have had warranty denied due to above and beyond GM spec for what should or could have been under warranty. Marty
blt2ski 03/31/21 09:53am 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
blt2ski 03/31/21 08:16am Tow Vehicles
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