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RE: Off Roading with the 2021 Bronco

The articulation shot was a great example of solid axles vs independent suspension. Rear flexed great, front flexed almost none. 99% of buyers won't care, of course. Not much flexing needed to run to Costco. I read somewhere that about 3% of Jeep owners actually take them off road other than just down a dirt road. I'm sure the numbers for the new Bronco will be about the same. There is a two year back order for a new Bronco already. And I bet that percent is much lower for people that own a sports car and go to a track.
mich800 03/04/21 06:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: New post on bike carriers

Three bikes is a lot; we carry two and they bounce around on our front receiver of our Suburban. If you haven't yet bought the bikes I'd suggest looking into foldup bikes. We used Dahon's for years folded up in our sailboat. They are adjustable for almost any age group. Already have the bikes and have been carrying them for years on Yakima roof top carriers. They are light weight road bikes with 700 x 23 wheels. We would be laughed out of the senior games time trials if we showed up with fold up bikes Guy A quality carrier will not break a sweat with 3-4 bikes.
mich800 03/01/21 01:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: New post on bike carriers

Was never a fan of racks that attach to the bike's top tube and hang. They bang into one another and wear the paint and cables. They allow the bikes to swing and puts the weight high on the rack which exacerbates a bouncing effect, especially with more than 2 bikes. Heininger is a brand I have never heard of. I would stick to trusted brands like Thule, Yakima, Swagman etc with a tire mounted design and a threaded pin to mitigate play in the receiver. You will spend more money, but you get what you pay for. Here is an example of the rack I have. Had it for almost 10 years and never an issue. Swagman XC I second that. Used to be that was the only option. But with modern racks I definitely would go with a tray type mount. Less possibility of damaging a bike, no worry about frame geometry, and just easier to use and secure.
mich800 03/01/21 11:14am General RVing Issues
RE: The Future of Chryslers SRT Division

At some point they are going to have to electrify the charger and challenger if they are going to stay relevant. Haven’t seen much on their plans for EV versions other than some concept chatter. Even if they don't repurpose the nameplate I think everyone realizes the strategy of just stuffing a supercharged 6.2 in everything was not a long term plan. Ironically, the Wrangler with the 6.4 gets better fuel economy than the v6 in Rubicon trim.
mich800 02/26/21 07:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas Credit Cards

20 points means nothing. My score is 900 and never carry a balance. Use other people’s money!!! LOL. Somehow you're 50 points better than a perfect score? Extra credit, for driving a Dodge Cummins probably...I should check mine! Hope they didn't deduct any points because I got a new Chevy...I can prove that I don't own it so it shouldn't go against my credit score! Hahaha I am thinking hyperbole. Or a mix up with SAT scores. :B
mich800 02/22/21 04:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2020 sales

Ram doesn't need a 10 speed tra:Bnsmission until cummins12V98 buy's one and then the raves begin. You know the drill! :B He is waiting for Ram to come out with SuperDuty style mirrors, before he gets a new truck. Then he'll say those Ram antlers are for hanging on the wall! :B So, anyone else want to join the entertainment?? :C Jerry I just booked a plant tour. I will report back on all the top secret plans the tour guide discloses. :B
mich800 02/20/21 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

New Tesla Model 2 = Game OVER for Gas https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50959766876_9972574c40_o.png Wont hapen any time soon Why make cheap Tesla when they cant meet demand for their expensive models? Want cheap get Chevy Bolt Yes. That is the elephant in the room. They haven't produced the base Model 3 they promised so why would they make this low margin car when they are a capacity with the higher profit vehicles. They need to keep perfecting the middle/higher level product and branch out to new markets later. Tesla did produce their base model for awhile. It didn’t sell well and for the extra 3000 bucks the plus model seemed like a worthwhile upgrade for many. At 36900 they’ll still sell a ton of cars and it’s actually pretty good bang for the buck. Jmho. It did not sell because they were not trying to sell it. In fact doing their best to discourage it. I don't blame them. But if you think it was due to lack of market interest I don't believe that to be true. This is a car company trying to survive and become the leader in the electric vehicle market. Don't take that as a negative as that is not what I am suggesting.
mich800 02/20/21 10:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

New Tesla Model 2 = Game OVER for Gas https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50959766876_9972574c40_o.png Wont hapen any time soon Why make cheap Tesla when they cant meet demand for their expensive models? Want cheap get Chevy Bolt Yes. That is the elephant in the room. They haven't produced the base Model 3 they promised so why would they make this low margin car when they are a capacity with the higher profit vehicles. They need to keep perfecting the middle/higher level product and branch out to new markets later.
mich800 02/20/21 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas Credit Cards

I "earn" much more than $250 per yr on just 200 shares of stocks that pays a min of $.40 dividends per share per quarter.. That IS real "earnings" unlike the "cash back" credit card scam and I DIDN'T "spend" or lose money in the process. You don't even have to buy individual stocks, there are "money markets" that also offer quarterly dividends. CC cash back programs encourage spending, they encourage folks to pile on more on the cards than they would typically spend.. It is a "carrot" being dangled.. $250 per yr boils down to a "reward" of a measly $20 per month and to get that you will have to put $12,000-$36,000 in charges to get it depending on percentage back offered.. Granted, you could put rent, mortgage, car, electric, phone, gas and more bills on it, but now you get slapped around with a single $1,000-$3,000 CC "payment" every month.. Without ever seeing exactly what you spent and on what or knowing exactly where your money goes is a dangerous place to go.. It is too little, too late and too low of a "hanging fruit" to be of any "savings value". You want real money, there ARE better ways to earn it that can substantially be more than any measly 1%-5% cash back CC. I have a family member that used the zero percent "transfers" thing for many yrs, hasn't worked out well.. Can't afford to sell his home and move to a better place due to continual remortgaging to cover his bills and has more owed than the value of his home, can't afford a new vehicle, CCs are maxed out all the time, barely able to pay the min payment due so he barely gets by. He is older than I and yet I have retired as of last yr at the ripe age of 55.. He is out of luck unless some "rich aunt" that I am not aware of dies and leaves here entire estate to him.. I guess I have done things all wrong.. CC cash backs are nothing but a toy, not worth bothering with.. You clearly do not understand the conversation or lack the self control to use a credit card as a financial tool. For someone talking big of your investing options you are willing to forgo 2-5% income on cash that will be spent regardless of payment method. Some of us take entire vacations for free based on rewards points or cash back and pay zero interest. If your total budget is a couple hundred dollars per month probably does not make a difference. But if it is several thousand that is a pretty big lost opportunity cost. And when I spend $36k on my card it is over $1k in benefits, not $250. Not sure where you came up with that number.
mich800 02/19/21 06:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing with F150 Poweboost

Hello, Does anyone have any experience towing with a new F150 Powerboost? We bought one recently and towed a 7000 lbs trailer in a mix of hills and flats. Plenty of power up the hill but dismal mpg. Really, really bad. I came from a 2006 Titan and that thing did 9-10 mpg average, which was to be expected. This Powerboost does 4 mpg going up hill and barely hits 9 mpg on flat. My trip average on 300 miles wa 7.5 mpg. Running at 2k rpms, the truck sucks gas like there is no tomorrow. We are driving 60-65mph on 60 degree weather. The gas tank is 30g, which give us a range of 150-200 miles. Any feedback will be appreciated. Mike Probably should be more specific for someone to help with advice. What year, engine, transmission, rear axle ratio?
mich800 02/12/21 06:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Death wobble

seems like any front end that needs work could do a wobble. chevman Eh not really. A solid axle develops the harmonics or whatever it is from one wheel to the other because no only are they tied together by steering but physically through the axle so whatever 1 wheel does pushes the opposite one the other way. An ifs can shake or rattle but generally won’t get out of control. That's the truth. Typically it is from something worn but not exclusively. We had a few Gladiators develop it during pre production testing.
mich800 02/08/21 04:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 F150 Raptor Reveal

Here's the 2021 Raptor for your viewing entertainment. Raptor Wrong forum. All you will get here is the whiney, it cannot tow, it only has 450 hp, tires are too big, only has 6 cylinders, excuses for those that cannot afford or lack the talent to drive off road.
mich800 02/08/21 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Liability Insurance

Progressive will drop you at renewal time if you have any claims. All companies look at the frequency of claims, not the total dollar amount. Try State Farm. They are in every state, whereas some of the companies mentioned above are not. Any insurance company can drop you for any reason. I guarantee every single insurance company has no shortage of bad stories from policy holders. I have the same story except it was State Farm that screwed me. Had our snowmobiles stolen and got the insurance payoff and replaced them. On the way up on our first ride we got a call from our agent that State Farm dropped us. How's that for customer service.
mich800 02/05/21 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: You have 13 yrs 11 mths left to buy a GM gas or dsl vehicle

I just wish they would keep this "carbon neutral" bs out of the discussion. Just because you purchase credits that allow pollution what is really being solved? I bet if I kicked someone in the [email protected]@#'s but had a ball kicking credit the recipient would not consider that neutral.
mich800 01/30/21 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: iPhone AT&T Watch TV App - Cast Without Internet??

Not sure about the watch. But you should be able to use Chromecast on your TV to cast from any compatible app on your phone as long as you are on the same wifi router/connection.
mich800 01/21/21 11:29am Technology Corner
RE: Where to put generator in 21' travel trailer

Shorter trailers will have much less bounce back there. I think you can do it. I put a rack on the tongue of my trailer for the generator and decided it was just too much work to get the generator all the way up there, not to mention the extra noise from it being so elevated. As long as it's secured firmly to the frame and doesn't offset the tongue weight too much, it sounds like a good option to me. I think the bigger issue with such a relatively short trailer will be the axle placement. The weight of the generator could easily upset the handling characteristics.
mich800 01/21/21 11:19am Tech Issues
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

From what I can tell, it's only available as option on the F150's. Any news or info on availability for the Super Duty range? It is part of the hybrid package. Ford has publicly stated no superduty hybrid in the works. But that does not mean they are not actually developing something.
mich800 01/11/21 09:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Built-in Genset on 2021 F-150

$1,900 is a whole lot less than an inverter drive standalone generator of that capacity, if you can even find one. The closest Honda makes 2,000 less watts and costs $3k more. Thanks for the info but I'm not sure where you are getting pricing. A 2400w honda isn't $4900 (7500w is way overkill for a 30amp RV so not really relevant). Heck helped friends pick out a 3100w Champion last year for $550. That will handle pretty much anything a 1/2ton truck can pull. So far the only real advantage is you save some bed space. If all you want is 2,000 watts, which is all that the Honda put out continuously, you can get that option on almost all of the 2021 F150's for $995. And that is less than the comparable Honda also. Plus, no fuel to mess with, it is always there and it is a lot harder to walk away with. The only thing I would add it the Honda cannot put out 2000 watts continuously. I have tried, it cannot it will overload.
mich800 01/10/21 08:14am 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. 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.
mich800 01/03/21 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 new truck sales

Ford sells more trucks just like McDonalds sells more burgers. Doesn’t mean they’re the best burgers....or trucks! LOL I was hoping someone would bring this analogy up. :) Now if Ford would just put the Cummins engine in their hd line that would be great. Should be easy because they own Cummins. :B Cummins is not owned by Ford. That’s not what I read on the internet. ;)
mich800 12/30/20 12:05pm Tow Vehicles
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