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RE: GVWR over 10k on new truck, need commercial plates?

RobENY Emissions issues as youention, only are a problem if you try to register said vehicle in an area requiring something other than what you have. P saying for or not having to pay tonnage is another issue. ALL pickups here have tonnage paid for, be it personal or commercial use. I would still want to know, if you don't have a paid tonnage license, travel into somewhere that does for how your traveling, will it count or not. Louisiana does not allow per say trucks wieghing more than iirc 75000 gvw. Texas does. You pay a $380 fine tax crossing the border for going in over 75000 gvw, even tho you have a reg weight license higher elsewhere. I could see it going the other way around too. Marty
blt2ski 08/20/20 01:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GVWR over 10k on new truck, need commercial plates?

Something to consider, depending upon the other states you travel into, a passenger plate may only allow the truck plus passenger weight! Start pulling a trailer, load of landscape material, ie bark, mulch, soil, lumber etc, you need a truck/commercial plate. If you come into Was St, no payed for tonnage on that truck, you would be considered overweight. Paying fines, plus putting tonnage on you truck. In reality you probably won't get pulled over here in Wa St for wieght per say, but if pulled over for speed, lights are out etc, they may notice passenger plate, fine accordingly. Your call gamble. At least here, everyone buys tags in even 2000 lb increments, your legal to that wieght. Marty
blt2ski 08/20/20 07:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric vehicle mandate in California

I can't imagine why red is illegal in a generator. Yes if you get mandated into an EV you may need to buy another generator. It depends on the state. Some do, some don't. I live in Texas where there are not a lot of progressives that like to use law to force their ideology down other peoples throat regardless if they can afford it or not. Well, it happens in some of the cities like Austin, but it is not state wide. Also, our pollution is not as bad as southern California since we have more land and less people. BEV's is not the best for everything just like ICE is not the best for everything. You need both since they have their pros/cons and especially so if the carbon to fuel technology becomes more prevalent to pay for reducing the carbon that is already in the air. However, the progressives are just too narcissistic to realize that and believe their idea of forcing BEV's on everyone is lthe only way. That's is a serious messed up regulation if you cannot use off road fuel in all off road equipment in Texas. Shiner did say some state! I don't think Texas is one of them. Washington red fuel in off road is no an issue....UNLESS it's high sulfer, then it's an issue in cruise ships that come thru here. They have to have low sulpher in Wa state burning, the can use high sulpher once north into Canada and I believe Alaska, since that where most go to and from during summer months. Red vs clear is mostly all low sulpher in pumps.....generally speaking mind you. Marty
blt2ski 08/18/20 04:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

Same body as I had for my 88 K3500 ext cab, and 96 k3500 crew cab. 2000 was last year of that body for 8 lug trucks. I'm recalling the 6 luggers stopped in 98 or 99. As the 8 lugs with dmax, 8.1 Allison combos started crying omjng out in early 2000 as 2001s. They did build a few reg cabs like I have in base and LS models for construction trade. As far as power goes on this motor. It's not bad, at 255/355 specs. I've gone down the road at 20,000 and it did better than my TBI and 4bbl 454s with higher gcwr's etc my 6.5td was better for the most part, except top speed, with 70 less HP, one should expect that. Having the nv manual gave it a better gearing spread to work with. I do find that using 1999 as it's year gets better parts options. Marty
blt2ski 08/17/20 10:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

My 2000 has a vortec 350 in it. It's the last year the body style starting in 88 was made Marty
blt2ski 08/16/20 12:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

Probably the best truck platform GM has produced. my favorite truck of the 88, 96 and 2000 I've owned is the 96 CC 6.5td with an nv4500 emanual trans. I did see the 88 around a bit after I sold it, new owner put a new trans, 454 sucked a valve in the 225K range. Front axel iirc too. ALtho it was probably the funky valve/solinoid GM used to turn the 4x on..... The 2000, even tho a 350, is probably the most powerfull of the three due to the vortec vs TBI 454 and the 6.5....well what can we say. Good motor for what it was ment to be. Try to do more with it.... it sucked....I did ok due to the manual vs the supposidly higher rated towing with the 4L80 auto.....now that setup sucked! marty
blt2ski 08/15/20 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

CVRA and ACTM stickers will probably be mandatory on the F450, as will stopping at scales in California. realistically, The OP is at 30K lbs operating GVW no matter the truck model. ASSUMING like most states, it is based on total gvw of the setup, one has to stop at scales with either any badging on the truck itself. Then if it is based on say the empty truck with say a 14K gvw, then even my old GM3500 dw had to stop with a registered gvw of 16000. REAL weight cops dont care about the door sticker! Only the weight cops on RV.net worry about door sticker numbers. Marty
blt2ski 08/11/20 07:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

Scooby, Good point. Kinda like a motorcycle/bike helmet (s) in general. Hit the ground with one, replace it. Not saying van in grits case should have been or not totaled. You would think new cars would be reasonably repairable from factory. Never studied sir bags and how they work, I would think you could get replacements..... Marty
blt2ski 08/09/20 12:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Chevy 1500 WT opinions?

If it has a hitch, you hopefully have the factory tow PKG, which includes a locking rear. Look in glove box for G80 in option code sticker. The Eaton locker in many cases is better than an open diffed 4x. Marty
blt2ski 08/03/20 10:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Chevy 1500 WT opinions?

I would avoid that truck. 2014 first model year of that design. 4.3L - fine unloaded, skip for hauling or towing. At close to 300hp, 300 lb ft of torque, a 4.10 first gear, ok so a tallish 3.23 AR.......still has more torque to rear wheels, and HP available than the first BB 454 I had in the late 80s! My son's 1500 with a 4.8 V8, 4 so auto, 3.42 gears pulls a 7000 lb equipment trailer better than the 454s I had did, I would suspect this V6 will do fine pulling 7000 lbs also. No it will not be fastest rig on planet. It will pull it fine. Payload wise, trucks like that wieghs 4700-4800 empty, with 7500 lbs of axle ratings, 6800 warranty rating, should be able to handle a ton of stuff in the bed. 3000 for shorter distances. I have yet to hear of any issues with this motor. Even the previous versions basically ran and ran! This will not be like buying the VT365/6.ohno in a frod. I've considered trading in my C2500 for a 14-18 version. Altho thing more of a 4x dual can. BIG issue on this model is 6.5' bed.....a reg cab may have to do. 4x versions are few and far between in the reg cabs. Marty
blt2ski 08/02/20 11:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How much weight is too much?

Goeboy, while true, let a jury answer the question as to what is safe per distances 4x quoted. Issue still becomes, which is safer? A ln Leo or cveo only enforces what the law specs. Not what a civil trial will allow!
blt2ski 08/01/20 01:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: truck/trailer sway

Agree with grit Total trailer is at 5700, 1000 lbs of hitch wieght. A bit over 15%,I woul like to see less. Should be max about 850-900. I would also like to see a bit less weight transfer back to front axles. Aroun 2900 us my swag. Since you don't list base axle difference, this is hard to say. My swag is you've transfered too much wieght to FA. Could be wrong. Marty
blt2ski 07/30/20 12:01am Towing
RE: Tire choice

Be careful running too low on HD "E" tires, if you do, the sidewalls might crack and come apart while driving. I run mine at 65 empty and 75 hauling the TC. That seems to work fine, and I get a nice ride at both pressures. My truck wears BFG 285/70 "E" shoes ... :) This might be true for the xx.5" tires. Not sure about even inch tires.the bead is shaped different on xx.5" tired. So running low psi effects them more than even inch tires. Maryy
blt2ski 07/29/20 11:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire choice

You might even be able to run as little as 40-50 lbs in the rear. Wieght what your rear wieghs empty, pressure up tires accordingly. I've run many tread designs on rears of trucks, ride quality is based on correct psi for load. I currently have Cooper ATP3, son just put a second set on his now lifted GM 1500. I've had very few issues running Cooper's since late 80s. A popular M brand.....only XDE M+S in a 19.5 on dump truck are worth the $$$, first born, arm, leg and ALL the money in my pocket! Marty
blt2ski 07/28/20 08:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: truck/trailer sway

TT = Travel Trailer TV Tow vehicle WD weight distribution SC sway control Does the trailer move side to side like a fish tail? that to me is bad sway. If the trailer and truck rock side to side in crosswinds, while some may say sway, I consider this normal! Normal because if you are getting hit by wind, you will lean in or get pushed back initially when hit. Your truck will do the same. I do find that my rig rocks more with no WD or sway bars. Less with a WD only, and when I put a combo version on, I had less side to side rocking in side winds or trucks going by etc. I never had side to side issues with ANY trailer, unless i had too little hitch weight. Of course one time, when hit with a 60-90 mph side gust that was coming from Easter Wa/Or west into Portland on a bridge crossing the columbia river, I moved a half a lane west as I was hit by a very big gust from the east. Most cars and semi's around me also moved a half a lane too. DO NOT go into a scale on the side of the freeway UNLESS closed. Then you can use the scale to measure your setup. You may have to get out of your rig to see the numbers on the scale, as they may be inside the shack. But usually the last CVEO in it, will make it so you can see the numbers from the outside. Marty
blt2ski 07/25/20 08:16pm Towing
RE: Biggish dog in pick up truck?

Generally big dogs travel better in crates, as they do not have to fight to retain their balance in a moving vehicle. As they do not have hands to grip with, motions, expecially quick or hard stops, can cause them to fall or have to scrabble to keep their balance. In our motor home, our two, (50 and 80 pounds) wantyed their crates back on the back bed, usually with the doors open, where they could lay down, curl up, and be safe. They liked the security of the smaller space. No dog should ever be in a crate! As I said earlier, there is not right or wrong, only what the dog feels is correct...... With that said, if you have to plane travel, unless you have a tiny lap dog, you WILL be required to crate your dog to go on a plane in most cases. My sister who has one that has finished 2nd at Westminster, flies her sheepdogs all around the states, and sometimes other parts of the world in a crate frequently. You can choose how you want to travel, Many of us will choose preferably a tied down one over a loose crate vs no crate and loose! Marty
blt2ski 07/25/20 08:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: Towing

aren't we talking about a 6 mile tow here? bumpy Yes......... Not sure what keeps this truck at 13K lbs max trailer vs something heavier. Small V8 vs larger V8 vs diesel? If so, the truck is more than capable of towing the 5w in question, assuming the truck is set up correctly. May go a bit slower, start slower.....it will and can get there safe and sanely. Of course the human part comes into play too! which is the wild card part! Marty
blt2ski 07/25/20 07:53pm Towing
RE: Towing

Let's look at this another way. Assuming like most 8 lug SW trucks out there. You have typically 11900-2400 lbs empty on ra. If hitch is really 3000 lbs, you have a total of max 5400 LS on an axle rated at minimum 6000 to 7500 or so depending upon if you have an older 25 series truck like me, or on out I last 5 years or so. Springs and actual carry capacity of truck is not the issue. I would do this with my 2000 GM 2500. For 2 miles, level, speeds of what less than 25-35 mph....if everything that needs to work works. No brainier. I've got a truck with a 13500 gcwr! I've moved a few 12k trailers with it. Only issues are steeper grades where I don't have enough low gear in auto trans. That is 10%or greater grade. Marty
blt2ski 07/24/20 07:38am Towing
RE: Payload Rating vs Tongue Weight

The typical issue you are talking about, is related to the hitch itself! Put a stronger higher capacity hitch on your truck, you can then pull a heavier trailer. Assuming the rating is based on a hitch provided my the manufacture. I also figure max tow capacity the way you do. If you have no payload left after loading with people etc for hitch weight, you actual two rating is not manufactures max rating, it is ZERO, nothing, nada, squat..... marty
blt2ski 07/23/20 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing

"IF" I had the proper set up to pull said trailer. There were not any steep grades that would tax or stall the setup going from point A to B, All my lights, brakes etc worked. I would do it! Only real issue you have to worry about, is the warranty rating of your truck, where Ford could deny coverage if something broke due to pulling over it warranty rating. From a legal prospective. Assuming you have enough paid for tonnage for going down the road at the gross wt you will be at, not over a legal load per axel per the Federal Bridge Law's, you can stop the rig per local state laws in the given length at a given speed, again, no issues. This is how I follow local laws etc. Marty
blt2ski 07/23/20 07:48am Towing
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