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RE: 4 down dinghy towing

Towing an Explorer is also very easy!
dodge guy 01/08/21 08:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

We just returned from a trip with our F-250 FX4 7.3L 10spd 3.55 towing our TT in sig. More than plenty of power. Backing into the side yard through grass and soft ground with plenty of grunt just above idle. In 4 Lo, I have to ride the brake. The only thing 4.30 gears would do is reduce fuel efficiency and make it sound like I needed another gear at the top end. what gear is the truck running in at 65-70 both towing and non-towing?
dodge guy 01/08/21 08:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

The OP didn't ask for opinions concerning the hitch brand. Bashing the hitch brand or its the brand products sure doesn't help the OP with his question. I would look at a new hitch with the same part number and see if it looks the same. This website needs a no brand bashing rule like one of my non rv forums that is ham radio/electronic Communication devices/etc. They have a no tolerance policy. One bash and your history. Its a great forum to learn without the "my brand is best and the other brand is junk" that is a fact of life on the website. from reading this thread, it appears to me that this was operator error. started out as "bashing" if this meets the definition, but after discussion, operator error. bumpy It doesn't matter what it is! If someone comes along and finds this thread then all he bashing is good to keep someone else from making a dangerous mistake.
dodge guy 01/06/21 05:58am Towing
RE: How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

Seeing as how they are using thin stamped steel and not forged like all others I can see why it would bend. There are some things I would buy cheap/harbor freight, and other things you buy the best. A hitch (or any type of safety item) is not one of them I would skimp on
dodge guy 01/06/21 05:56am Towing
RE: I just got the new RV Magazine

I sure hope they bing back the Q and A and the area where they go to bat for the owner with a manuf. Why would they have an interest in going to bat for you with a manufacturer? When Camping World took over it went from being a magazine about trailers and owners to being a magazine published by the same folks that are trying to sell you the junk product. They would be going to bat for you with the manufacturer/s they are in bed with. Yep, that's where I was going. It's too bad, because they helped out quite a bit of people.
dodge guy 01/04/21 06:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

Bought my 7.3 gas strictly for towing our 30 ft trailer and the 3.55 gears doesn't acknowledge a trailer is in tow. 4.30, 3.73, 3.55....10spd makes them feel the same. Tremor sitting on 35" tires, maybe 4.30 is justified. Imo But how do you know different gears won't make a difference towing your trailer? It would be marginal towing at only half the trucks capacity. Exactly! But if towing more weight that’s when the deeper gears make a difference! With 8 / 10 spd transmissions, the only places it makes a difference is starting out in 1st, and ability to use top gear. Other than that, in gears 2 - 9, with such close ratio, there's enough overlap your towing experience is identical. i.e. the 4.30 truck in 6th would be within a few hundred rpm of a 3.55 truck in 5th, and a given road speed. There seems to be a common misconception about these higher gear transmissions. People seem to think these transmissions row through every gear sequentially under all circumstances. The big advantage is the ability to use different gear patterns based on load requirements. It is not just the bookend gears that make the difference. It is the ability to maximize fuel economy and performance under widely different acceleration and load scenarios. I agree, with Chryslers 8 and 9 speed transmissions you will never use all the gears. In fact the 9 speed trans in the Cherokee withnthe 3.2 V-6 doesn't even use first gear in normal driving, and you will never see 8 and 9 unless you get the car up to 90-100-120mph! First gear is only used when you put the 4WD shift dial in low gear, then it will use Frits gear in the transmission as your low range. Knowing the ins and outs is why I still say deeper gears when towing heavy is still necessary with the new multi speed transmissions.
dodge guy 01/03/21 04:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Throttle enhancement

That dead pedal is extremely irritating, especially when towing heavy. Very! Driving my wife's car is an excersize in patience. Pressing on the pedal to merge onto a highway is a problem, press the pedal and wait about 3 seconds then you'll get the kick down. The 14 Explorer naturally aspirated has about 300HP, ihowever it only feels like maybe 150!
dodge guy 01/03/21 04:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I just got the new RV Magazine

I just went through it agin. I'm missing the installs and how to articles. I sure hope they bing back the Q and A and the area where they go to bat for the owner with a manuf. I also like the food articles and the places and destinations.
dodge guy 01/03/21 04:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: disappointing info for Jeep Trailhawk flat tow

We purchased a new Jeep Trailhawk in 2014.Suggestion - If you want help then post relevant information like model and drivetrain. What model do you have? My understanding is that Trailhawk is a trim level used on multiple models but that could be different for your 2014. \ Purchased 6-7 years ago and posting now - what is the point to this post? I own a 2014 Cherokee and have always heard all Trailhawks were towable 4 downThe 2014 FMCA towing guide has information on what can be towed and doesn't mention Trailhawk. And certainly FMCA is not the authourity but it does indicated model and drivetrain dependency. Look it up. TrailHawk is a trim pkg on Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Compass and Renegade. Only the TrailHawk Grand Cherokee or Cherokee is towable 4 down. The other 2 cannot be towed 4 down. All Wranglers are 4 down towable, but there is no TrailHawk Wrangler.
dodge guy 01/02/21 11:55pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Throttle enhancement

I’ve driven vehicles at work with it in them. They are a completely different vehicle! My wife’s Explorer is one of the drive by wire vehicles that is completely crippled by Fords over intrusive programming! Same with our 12 MH with the V-10. However that will be getting a tuner from 5 start this year.
dodge guy 01/02/21 11:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

Bought my 7.3 gas strictly for towing our 30 ft trailer and the 3.55 gears doesn't acknowledge a trailer is in tow. 4.30, 3.73, 3.55....10spd makes them feel the same. Tremor sitting on 35" tires, maybe 4.30 is justified. Imo But how do you know different gears won't make a difference towing your trailer? It would be marginal towing at only half the trucks capacity. Exactly! But if towing more weight that’s when the deeper gears make a difference! With 8 / 10 spd transmissions, the only places it makes a difference is starting out in 1st, and ability to use top gear. Other than that, in gears 2 - 9, with such close ratio, there's enough overlap your towing experience is identical. i.e. the 4.30 truck in 6th would be within a few hundred rpm of a 3.55 truck in 5th, and a given road speed. If that’s the case then why do the manuf’s offer different ratios. I know for a fact that a few hundred RPM makes a difference when towing. 300 lower in one gear can really help.
dodge guy 01/02/21 11:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I just got the new RV Magazine

I miss the tech articles. They took out the one on one feeling of the magazine and made it feel Cold, like it’s just something else. If I don’t see any changes by June I will also not be renewing!
dodge guy 01/02/21 11:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: disappointing info for Jeep Trailhawk flat tow

Is this a Cherokee or Grand Cherokee? Or a Compass/Renegade? The Cherokee needs to have Active Drive II for it to be flat towable. And being a Trail Hawk it does indeed have it and the N position in the T-case for it to be flat towable. A Grand a Cherokee needs to have Quadra Trac/Quadra Drive II (these will have the N button on the shifter dial) to be able to be flat towed. If you have the Compass or Renegade with the Trail Hawk pkg then those cannot be flat towed or put on a dolly, they need to go on a trailer.
dodge guy 01/02/21 08:11am Dinghy Towing
RE: Electric Van hool coach. Predecessor to first elec cls A?

Maybe I missed it, but does it have solar panels to help it charge during the day driving. For RV use this would be great, for transportation I don’t see it working out, especially stop and go. Let's say you managed to load 3kw of solar panels on the roof...you would expect maybe 12kwh into the batteries per day if there are no house loads...it would only take 56 days to charge the battery bank or a little over 5 miles of range per day. Assuming you are running pair of air/con Not saying solar on an RV is bad but really for propulsion it's not really viable. The opposite is more viable...assume you leave home on a full battery bank and go out 100miles to boondock. That will eat up around 225kwh and assuming a return trip propulsion will be around 450kwh for the weekend. That leaves around 225kwh in the battery bank unused. If you can redirect that to house loads, you can pull 3kw for 3 days continuous. That's generally going to be enough to keep a pair of air/con units going 24/7 for a long weekend with no generator usage. Of course, we still don't know the assumptions for the 311mile range. It could be drastically less at freeway speeds and how much higher is the price compared to the equivalent diesel bus. If it's equal cost and 311 miles is based on freeway speeds, it will likely be a winner...but I'm betting this is not the case. I am talking strictly the driveline portion of the MH. Leaving the house side out of it, I would think some strong panels on the roof would give you extended range. I’m not talking 300 more miles, but maybe another 150? Go back and read my response. If you cover the roof, you might get 3000w of panels which should generate about 12kwh into a 676kwh battery bank. 150miles? Assuming the 311mile range is realistic, 12kwh translates to maybe 5 miles. It sound like we are on the same page, I just am not an electric junkie, so explaining what I am thinking may not be coming out right. Although I have been researching solar for our class A, and am learning a lot reading and watching you tube videos/tutorials. I've also learned a lot from the You tube guy 'DIY solar with will pro use'. That's the extent of my solar/electric knowledge. Other than I am trained on Hybrid cars, but that's only the repair end, not th intricacies of its operation!
dodge guy 12/31/20 06:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electric Van hool coach. Predecessor to first elec cls A?

Maybe I missed it, but does it have solar panels to help it charge during the day driving. For RV use this would be great, for transportation I don’t see it working out, especially stop and go. Let's say you managed to load 3kw of solar panels on the roof...you would expect maybe 12kwh into the batteries per day if there are no house loads...it would only take 56 days to charge the battery bank or a little over 5 miles of range per day. Assuming you are running pair of air/con Not saying solar on an RV is bad but really for propulsion it's not really viable. The opposite is more viable...assume you leave home on a full battery bank and go out 100miles to boondock. That will eat up around 225kwh and assuming a return trip propulsion will be around 450kwh for the weekend. That leaves around 225kwh in the battery bank unused. If you can redirect that to house loads, you can pull 3kw for 3 days continuous. That's generally going to be enough to keep a pair of air/con units going 24/7 for a long weekend with no generator usage. Of course, we still don't know the assumptions for the 311mile range. It could be drastically less at freeway speeds and how much higher is the price compared to the equivalent diesel bus. If it's equal cost and 311 miles is based on freeway speeds, it will likely be a winner...but I'm betting this is not the case. I am talking strictly the driveline portion of the MH. Leaving the house side out of it, I would think some strong panels on the roof would give you extended range. I’m not talking 300 more miles, but maybe another 150? Sorry, but I don’t see it being viable for use in buses. Buses run all day and night, they would have to be parked for multiple hours to get a full charge. That isn’t going to work in the transportation world!
dodge guy 12/30/20 03:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: house battery leaking

At 3 years old and going from your use and storage it sounds like the batteries are done! The on board charger, unless it’s a smart charger can over charge and boil them this will cause it to leak out the top. And being this is an 03 I doubt it has a smart charger. For your use I would buy 2 AGM batteries and use a battery tender to keep them charged. These are far better than the on board battery charger.
dodge guy 12/30/20 03:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Quarantine for Florida trip?

Everyone will eventually be exposed to it or be vaccinated. The only stat that really matters is how many hospital beds are occupied by COIVID patients. The mask and social distancing are to SLOW it down so the medical community can keep up. In many places hospitals and staff are maxed out. A couple weeks ago in Mexico City it was reported people are on their hands and knees begging to be admitted, don't think we want that here, so do the right thing. Remember, you can't believe everything you hear/read.
dodge guy 12/30/20 05:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Quarantine for Florida trip?

We were in Navarre FL in Oct. no issues anywhere. we ate out. wore our masks where needed (not everywhere) and enjoyed ourselves. we were also in CO. Granby just outside RMNP. in July. again no issues going out to eat. everyone for the most part wears their mask. I don't like it and don't want to wear it, but unfortunately people have been scared into thinking they work! We are also planning 2 weeks on the east coast next summer, and then again to FL in October.
dodge guy 12/29/20 08:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford Triton V-10 Info Request

Let's not forget the spark plug issues of the 2V & 3V. The 2V heads have limited threads - be sure to use a torque wrench and not "guttentight". I replaced mine at 130k miles when the engine started running a little rough. I also replaced the coil-over-plug boots. It still has a slight stumble at low load around 1500 rpm. Kinda weird, actually. The 3V plugs like to carbon up and stick, breaking the porcelain from the metal with the plug dropping into the cylinder (the plug is a very strange design). There's a kit to remove the dropped plug but it's expensive (relative term). Still better than pulling the head off. A buddy mechanic likes to hit the 3V plugs with short bursts of an impact wrench. Best, - bob As has been said the V-10 spitting the plugs was fixed in 03 (late 02 on my late build Excursion). so basically 02-current 2 valve V-10`s dont have the issue. the early 3 valve Tritons had the plug breaking problem. again that was fixed in 2010 with a new design plug.
dodge guy 12/29/20 08:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electric Van hool coach. Predecessor to first elec cls A?

Maybe I missed it, but does it have solar panels to help it charge during the day driving. For RV use this would be great, for transportation I don’t see it working out, especially stop and go.
dodge guy 12/29/20 01:21pm Class A Motorhomes
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