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RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

So you anticipate nearly 300 million vehicles to just disappear? And that is assuming fully autonomous vehicles will be the norm not the exception in the next couple decades. Not to mention it would take 16 years at current annual sales to replace all vehicles and that is if 100% of all vehicle sales were fully autonomous every year. Once it becomes standard, it will take about 20yrs for the vast majority off the existing fleet to be in the junk yard. At some point though, you can expect insurance for non-self driving cars to be so high that for all practical purposes, you can't afford to drive yourself. That is a huge assumption on insurance with no facts or data to suggest that would happen. You also assume 100% of vehicle sales are self driving for your time estimate. Can’t speak for other insurance companies but as of last year when sitting down with an insurance agent one of the first things they ask us wether the car has a driver assist systym like propilot or autopilot. Rates are lower if you do. My insurance doesn't ask me any questions except for how many miles I drive a year, whether for pleasure or work, what type coverage I want, my age and the vin number. The vin number tells them exactly what the car is and what options it has and the premium is decided from this information.
danrclem 01/24/20 02:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

I have an F250 and we all know that they will get the job done. I haven't owned a late model F150 so I can't give you any advice on those other than what I have read. Listen to the people who have actually pulled with the F150. Their views are the ones that count.
danrclem 01/19/20 10:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

Quote; OMG DOES IT EVER END ?!?!? Doesn't look like it does it. LOL I figured the 7.3 Ike test would have been done by now with all the interest in the engine. No matter how it turns out I won't buy one but I can see other manufacturers setting the bar higher in the future.
danrclem 01/16/20 11:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

I think it's human nature for us to justify our actions. I'd say that everybody has done it because I know I have. I bought a car today and there are reasons why I bought it but I don't think everybody would agree with me because if they did there would be only one type of car on the road. If the government isn't paying for part of the purchase price I really don't care who buys what or what reason they're buying it for. People are gonna be people.
danrclem 01/03/20 09:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

I have a 6.2 and it tows my 10,000 GVWR 5th wheel just fine. In a normal year I'll put less than 2,000 miles on it so I couldn't justify buying a diesel just for the fuel mileage. I haven't been through the Rocky Mountains with it but I've been up some pretty steep hills. It will sometimes but not often drop down to 3rd gear on some of the big hills but I never lose speed. There's seems to be a big gap between 3rd and 4th gear so I think the 6.2 with a 10 speed would be fantastic for my use. I'm pretty excited about the 7.3 but I might not ever own one. I'd like to have one but since I have a good truck there's no need to. If I did buy another truck down the road it probably would be a used 7.3 gas if it does get better fuel mileage than the 6.2. It would pull anything I would ever want to pull with ease and no more miles than I'd put on it buying a diesel wouldn't make sense. If I were going to put big miles on one then it would make more sense to buy the diesel.
danrclem 01/02/20 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

If you buy one right now you're sure to pay a premium. Depending on the demand it might take a while for them to back off of the prices.
danrclem 12/31/19 02:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Zero emissions trucks, California?

California is making their own rope.
danrclem 12/19/19 09:01am Around the Campfire
RE: Zero emissions trucks, California?

I'm sure that not too many truck drivers from other states are going to buy an electric truck just to deliver goods to California. Things had better advance a whole lot in the next 10 years for them to be useable. How long would it take to charge a battery big enough to carry those huge loads.
danrclem 12/18/19 04:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: So many closed topics!

I've noticed that the majority of all the rude and belligerent comments come from one group of people and they all have one thing in common. I won't say what the common denominator is but it isn't too hard to figure out. Are they all a fan of a particular electric vehicle brand? I ain't gonna say. You'll have to come to your own conclusion. :B
danrclem 12/13/19 06:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: So many closed topics!

I've noticed that the majority of all the rude and belligerent comments come from one group of people and they all have one thing in common. I won't say what the common denominator is but it isn't too hard to figure out.
danrclem 12/13/19 12:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Big Boys have Just Arrived

I can’t remember the last time I had new truck fever. I have a 2001 Powerstroke with a 6 speed standard, I bet this new motor will tow circles around mine. Maybe in about 5 years I’ll have enough of my pennies saved up to to buy one. I am more excited to see that 7.3 go up the Ike than I am about Christmas. I'm hoping we won't be disappointed when we see an actual test but I don't think we will be. I've read that it should have more HP and torque than it does but it has the numbers down low where it counts. Another engine could have higher numbers and still not outperform it unless those numbers are in the right place.
danrclem 12/12/19 07:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Big Boys have Just Arrived

I'm in the pretty excited camp just wanting to see what the 7.3 will do. I'm not going to buy one but I hope it does well.
danrclem 12/09/19 08:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No more full size cars from GM

I'm going to buy a vehicle soon and the Taurus is on the short list. The majority of my driving would be short trips without many traffic light stops. To the guys that have them what do you think the mileage would be on three mile trips? I've been considering a mid-size just because of the mileage but really don't want to.
danrclem 12/06/19 09:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why Tesla's are bad at towing!

OK there are roughly 50,000 miles of interstate. I'm sure you'd want to add in all those miles of state thruways and such so lets call the total 70,000 miles. These are all multi-lane so let make a guess and call them 6 lanes, 3 each way, on average. Those will be more expensive to electrify so lets call that $1,000,000 a mile which works out to $70,000,000,000. Who is going to pay for that? I vote electric car owners should foot the bill. Plus the O&M costs.Not going to happen ever. But really do you think the first 1% would pay for all infrastructure and then the remaining 99% just come along and enjoy the ride. You mean like the EV owners are doing right now?
danrclem 12/05/19 07:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why Tesla's are bad at towing!

Funny part is, he is an actual Tesla owner and has made many pro-Tesla videos in the past. I guess he and the guys at TFL are right, the Tesla fanboys are fanatical and will go after you if you say anything that they perceive as a negative about Tesla regardless if it is true or not. Almost like a cult. Just, almost like a cult? LOL
danrclem 12/05/19 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

The Mustang isn't completely about speed. To me it's about a small sporty car that can be used for anything from getting groceries to racing down the 1320. A lot of the early Mustangs had a 170 cid inline six and that certainly wasn't a fast car. The Mustang didn't lead drag racing until 1968 1/2 when they released the 428 Cobra Jet. Most of the 1964 1/2 thru 1973 Mustangs either had six bangers or small V8s. They may put the Mustang tag on the EV but it won't be considered a Mustang by many. Carroll Shelby took used Mustangs, rebuilt them and called them a Shelby. To me they aren't a Shelby and never will be a Shelby. They originally went down the assembly line and had a Mustang vin stamped on them and not a Shelby. I tried to make the point about the economy roots earlier. As for the Shelby, IIRC Shelby bought new cars without engines, and the engines, and built the cars with his name on them. Not sure about Ford, but any A body GM car before model year 1970 with over 400 CID was built by a 3rd party. It is correct that that 1965 thru 1970 Shelbys were built out of new Mustangs. I don't recall the time period but it was much later than the originals were made. They bought used Mustangs and rebuilt them and put a Shelby tag on them. It was all about the money and to me the only real Shelby Mustangs were built during the 1965 to 1970 time period. I think the 1970 models were actually leftover 1969 models and they made a few cosmetic changes.
danrclem 11/20/19 04:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

This would’ve been better off as an Explorer with the Mach E name. This is not and never will be a Mustang. Ford tried to kill the Mustang back in the 90’s and we said no. We were fine for 25+ years! Now they are trying again. Trying to pass off an all electric crossover as a Mustang to the Hipster crowd. This is going to be deadly to the Mustang. Don’t do it Ford! You’ll be sorry. Can't have a Explorer that's faster than the Mustang. Anyways this name will not do any harm to the Mustang car, but perhaps Ford is anticipating a decline in car sales as we now know the Camaro will most likely get the axe and the future of the Dodge Charger is questionable. The Mustang isn't completely about speed. To me it's about a small sporty car that can be used for anything from getting groceries to racing down the 1320. A lot of the early Mustangs had a 170 cid inline six and that certainly wasn't a fast car. The Mustang didn't lead drag racing until 1968 1/2 when they released the 428 Cobra Jet. Most of the 1964 1/2 thru 1973 Mustangs either had six bangers or small V8s. They may put the Mustang tag on the EV but it won't be considered a Mustang by many. Carroll Shelby took used Mustangs, rebuilt them and called them a Shelby. To me they aren't a Shelby and never will be a Shelby. They originally went down the assembly line and had a Mustang vin stamped on them and not a Shelby.
danrclem 11/20/19 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

I wonder how many EV naysayers on here are going to suddenly think EV's are the best thing since sliced bread because it has "Ford" in it's name? I can assure you that it won't be me. Most of the vehicles that I have owned have been Ford and I have been a fan of the Mustang ever since it came out. I have a 66 Fastback Mustang and a 69 Cougar convertible in my garage. If they go to all electric vehicles I'd rather see the Mustang name die rather than be electric. If it has an electric motor in it it's not a Mustang to me and I bet a lot of other diehard Mustang fans will feel the same way. Not disrespecting your opinion and you are certainly not the only one, but out of curiosity what is it about electrification that turns you off. An E mustang has better performance, handling, reliability, lower maintenance, better ergonomics, better safety etc than an ICE equivalent. Again, no disrespect here. Just curious on people’s perceptions. Cheers. The closest way I can get to explaining it was at one time Ford wanted to make the Mustang a front wheel drive and the fans showed their displeasure with it so Ford kept the Mustang a rear wheel drive. To people like me it just wouldn't be a Mustang if the general concept of the car was changed. It really goes much deeper than that but I just don't know how to put it into words. There are just so many other names that they could give it without using the name of a legend.
danrclem 11/18/19 04:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

I wonder how many EV naysayers on here are going to suddenly think EV's are the best thing since sliced bread because it has "Ford" in it's name? I can assure you that it won't be me. Most of the vehicles that I have owned have been Ford and I have been a fan of the Mustang ever since it came out. I have a 66 Fastback Mustang and a 69 Cougar convertible in my garage. If they go to all electric vehicles I'd rather see the Mustang name die rather than be electric. If it has an electric motor in it it's not a Mustang to me and I bet a lot of other diehard Mustang fans will feel the same way.
danrclem 11/18/19 08:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ford 7.3 V8

^Yeah GM is still sucking wind in the gas HD truck engines, even with the new 6.6. Maybe they'll be under rated, hopefully. As to old engines, what about 351M Ford big blocks, 360 GM truck motors and old 360 Chrysler big blocks. LS7 is a really big small block too.....Ford had two 351 engines a Windsor and a Cleveland one a small block the other a big block. Wasn't the original GM big block a 348 porcupine? I thought both the W and C engines were small blocks and the M was a big block, but I don't know Fords very well. I do know parts aren't interchangeable worth a [email protected] between an old 302 and a 351 though. Ha, didn't know the 348 was the predecessor to the 409. Makes sense as the 348 was the big engine before the 409. Learn something new every day! The 351 Windsor is basically the same block as a 302 with a taller deck. The 351 heads will fit on the 221, 260, 289 and 302 but the compression will be low unless you make other changes. The intake and rotating assembly won't interchange without modifications. The 351 Cleveland is a 335 series engine and it's physically larger than the 351 Windsor. Don't know if it would be considered a big block or not but I doubt it. The 385 series (429, 460) was considered a big block. The Boss 302 was a hybrid. It had the Windsor style block with Cleveland heads. There were some modifications made to make it work. The original Ford (FE-Ford Edsel) big block started out with a 332 and I think the 352 may have been made the first year too but not sure. They also made a 360, 390, 406, 410, 427 and 428 FE engines. I think there were also some different displacement engines made just for bigger trucks. They had another big block engine that was only put into Mercury, Edsels and Lincolns called the MEL. MEL stood for Mercury, Edsel and Lincoln. Not sure about all of the displacements of them but one was a 383.I don't know if the Cleveland was actually considered a big block but it was physically larger then the Windsor so we always referred to it as a big block. I remember GM had a V-6 made out of a big block motor in the GMC trucks mid sixties vintage, don't remember the displacement. I also remember mid seventies when Dodge put a non turbo Diesel Mitsubishi in a pickup long before the Cummins. Yeah I definitely wouldn't consider a Cleveland a small block but the reason that I wouldn't think it would be considered a big block is because the 429 came out at the same time or about the same time and it was bigger than the Cleveland. Might be a tweener. ;) I'm really anxious to see what the 7.3 can do in real world tests. I think I'd like to have one if they'll do what I think they will but if I ever do it won't be anytime soon.
danrclem 11/12/19 09:45pm Tow Vehicles
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