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RE: Tuner like “5 Star Tune “

Tuners won't do anything for engine output on a normally aspirated gas engine. That's already been maximized by the manufacturer. All tuners do is give your subconscious a lead foot so you stomp on the pedal harder, say, "YEAH! I HAAAAAAVE THE POWERRRRRR!" to yourself, then find out three days later that nothing really changed and there's a hole in your wallet where several hundred dollars used to be. Not true for regular vehicles. Performance can be measured and the tunes increase HP and torque. You get marginal increases at WIDE OPEN THROTTLE. How often do you drive at WOT? Unless you're drag racing, almost never. That is not true. And the manufacturers increase HP and torque all the time with programming year to year. Do you truly believe every tune that leaves the factory has every ounce of safe performance programmed.
mich800 07/05/21 07:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: 7.3 twin turbo Godzilla

This is a towing forum and the comment is based on the manufactures recommended limitations.... Really? The forum is "Tow Vehicles" and the topic is 7.3 twin turbo Godzilla. That's slightly different that "Towing". BTW, turbo lag exists. It just doesn't exist as much as it used to. If the manufacture's were smart, they'd add an electric motor that spools up the turbo when it's needed, which is powered by a battery (making the truck a hybrid). The vast majority of what people perceive as turbo lag on a modern engine is actually drive by wire throttle programming. Unless you have a single purpose design like shoving a huge fixed vane turbo in a racing application, there is not enough lag to use as a justification between the different options.
mich800 06/08/21 12:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 7.3 twin turbo Godzilla

And I remember the towing spec on the Lighting. They were all limited to 5k lbs. So take that for what its worth with respect to the forced induction in that era. LOL. According to your logic, what the manufacture produces is all that it can do. :h did I say that? This is a towing forum and the comment is based on the manufactures recommended limitations. Nothing more. As far as power adders. If given the option I would choose the turbo option. I would rather have the power when it was needed rather than just the rpm the engine happened to be turning. Both types of forced induction are viable options. And with modern technology the turbo lag of yore is as much of an issue as your car stereo spitting out your mixed tape in the middle of your favorite MC Hammer song. :B
mich800 06/08/21 11:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: 7.3 twin turbo Godzilla

^ I believe you found the proverbial needle in the haystack.... How many "other" trucks have besides the Lightning/Harley, which were limited runs of only what 4 years? Cool trucks, but do you have any supposition why they went away, same as the TRD blower upgrade? And I remember the towing spec on the Lighting. They were all limited to 5k lbs. So take that for what its worth with respect to the forced induction in that era.
mich800 06/08/21 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: If you bought your RV on payments from General RV.

Ok people. The numbers (payments months) were changed after the people signed. They signed for 240 months and then after the customer left they changed it to 120 months with a balloon payment after the 120 months. To me it sounds like a salesman and the finance guy had something going. Not sure if General RV is involved, but they cut their own throat when they said “we didn’t do anything wrong”! Sorry, but your name is at the top of the paper work, so you definitely have a big part in it. Hopefully General RV steps up and figures it out and makes it right for their customers. It looks like the contract was altered after it was executed. I am just confused on the end game. Are these cases where the finance department could not get approval without a big balloon payment? Maybe a bigger kick back if it is not a straight amortizing loan. Just curious what the motive was. Are you sure it was altered? The customer's copies show the 119 and 1 payment. Indeed it is stamped over the 240, but why didn't the customers question this? Like I said they changed it after they signed. So they never went back and checked. Correct, you can see the original and then the typed over change on the carbonless copy.
mich800 05/14/21 04:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: If you bought your RV on payments from General RV.

Ok people. The numbers (payments months) were changed after the people signed. They signed for 240 months and then after the customer left they changed it to 120 months with a balloon payment after the 120 months. To me it sounds like a salesman and the finance guy had something going. Not sure if General RV is involved, but they cut their own throat when they said “we didn’t do anything wrong”! Sorry, but your name is at the top of the paper work, so you definitely have a big part in it. Hopefully General RV steps up and figures it out and makes it right for their customers. It looks like the contract was altered after it was executed. I am just confused on the end game. Are these cases where the finance department could not get approval without a big balloon payment? Maybe a bigger kick back if it is not a straight amortizing loan. Just curious what the motive was.
mich800 05/13/21 05:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ram TRX vs Cybertruck

My friends new buddy for his Charger Hellcat. https://i.imgur.com/l4aoejql.jpg Saw my first TRX two weeks ago at the lake. I like that one, but man I REALLY like that blue. It is very tempting. He tried to buy a white one. They would not budge over $1,300. I thought it was bland looking. He drove from DFW, TX to Kansas to pick it up. I thought no he paid 95k then TX tax on top. They had one near Palm Springs, CA for 120k and guaranteed they would get it. The big downside to the TRX is it is so thirsty. You can get really good fuel economy in a hellcat if you want to. Much more difficult in the TRX. But I am guessing most that purchase the TRX will not be daily driving them. I also think the TRX has a much nicer ride than the Raptor. Plus, that exhaust note makes it a winner in my book.
mich800 05/06/21 08:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Typical cost per mile to transport 5th Wheel

I think the standard rate for my 'business miles' that I can claim against my company if I drive my vehicle on/for company business is 56 cents/mile or something like that? (basically 10 miles = $5.60) I have no idea how that computes into a hauling service, but it's a start I guess?? Good luck, Mitch That has nothing to do with transportation rates. That is simply the flat rate the IRS uses for reimbursement on business travel. You can always use actual costs on your taxes if your costs per mile are more than the standard rate.
mich800 05/01/21 07:36pm Towing
RE: Rv-ers prefer Duramax?

I see all of this on the forum with Dodge and Ford. When I go camping, Duramax seem to be the real deal. Yeah, Chevys will Nickle and Dime you but don't blow up, kill the tranny, rust prematurely or beat you to death. Seems like the Duramax just keep going, have the best seats, a comfortable ride and won't screw you with warranty or even out of warranty repairs. I guess that's why I see more of them at campgrounds. I suppose everyone has favorites. How long have you worked at a Chevy dealership?
mich800 04/27/21 03:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to get a loan for RV

So now I have a high income, poor credit and no debt load and no credit history. If the banks will give me a 10K loan, I will take that. Maybe I can buy a compact TT. 40K would be better however. I have spent 100K on rent in the last 5 years so it can't be worse than that. My 1980's Airstream was a money pit but not even in the same dimension. Even buying an 80K RV at a dealership will put me in a better financial situation that renting for the next 4 years. At least I will have an RV at the end of it. You don't have poor credit unless there is something in your file you are not disclosing. A thin credit profile does not equal poor credit. If you are a high income individual you should be working with your current bank, they know your spending and income habits. As far as your credit score you say you cannot get. It should have been provided in the disclosures for all the loans you were declined. Each declined app should be accompanied by a letter stating exactly why they declined your request. There is something that is not adding up that all the financial institutions can see but is eluding your analysis. You need to get a copy of your free credit report from all three reporting agencies. You may need to request it in writing if your challenge questions are messed up. They are free to obtain here
mich800 04/08/21 07:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: How to get a loan for RV

Looking at all the forums, none are a perfect fit so will ask here, my apologies if not the best sub-forum. Trying to figure out how much I can get in a loan. I need some help with loan basics as I've never gotten one before. And how much I get will drive my purchase decision, alternating between B-class and C-class. I full-timed in a 32' TT before but it was bought with cash. Anyway, that's immaterial. I have no debt, no bankruptcies, my credit history is this: TransUnion is 705, Equifax is 630 via CreditKarma. I don't have the FICO score. I am hoping to get at least 40K but where do I go, my bank or maybe Navy Federal Credit Union, or what? Do yourself a favor and get your real fico scores so you have a general idea what tier you would be in for a loan. Credit Karma scores are worthless for anything other than entertainment. Then it generally comes down to debt to income ratios the lender uses.
mich800 04/06/21 05:27pm Beginning RVing
RE: Why do you Cummins guys want more gears

^^^Peak torque to the rear wheels at full throttle would mean the CVT would adjust to keep the engine at 2800 rpm where it makes peak hp and it still wouldn’t keep up to the Powerstroke. I-6 vs V-8 is a race is no contest, the V-8 will win most of the time due to a shorter stroke and less rotating mass. When we bought our RAMs(three of them) it was to tow trailers not race. The v8 has more horsepower which is why it will win a timed race. Many just prefer the drivability and feel of the torque curve the I6 delivers.
mich800 04/05/21 04:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Travel Trailer without WDH from Dealer

That is a long day even if everything goes according to plan. I would probably have a plan B if you attempt without WD and it is white knuckle city.
mich800 03/16/21 04:33pm Towing
RE: 2022 Grand Wagoneer

I would wonder if they ever fixed the camshaft and lifter problems in the hemi engines. Until that is definitely fixed, I wouldn't touch one with a $111,000 pole. Fixed in 2016 engines. They did? Here's a video from Mr Mopar himself on the topic. Link It's fixed. But now they go through more oil between changes than an OPEC exec combs through their hair before a CARB board meeting. :B Haven`t seen one that uses oil. Even the infamous Hemi lifter issue isn`t that much of an issue. I have a 300C with the 5.7 and 75k miles. no problems. I'm just giving a the Dodge guys a hard time. But the Hemi's we are testing running hard do consume oil. But not at a higher rate than other performance engines at similar abuse levels.
mich800 03/13/21 06:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Used “Canadian” trucks

I looked at my truck today. Only shows MPH. I am sure there is a setting I cannot find. I do know the truck came from Canada because the original owner has his name, address and phone number in the owners manual, plus the dealer told me. If it was properly imported it will look the same to the average car person. You should be able to obtain the original Monroney sticker.
mich800 03/13/21 06:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Grand Wagoneer

I would wonder if they ever fixed the camshaft and lifter problems in the hemi engines. Until that is definitely fixed, I wouldn't touch one with a $111,000 pole. Fixed in 2016 engines. They did? Here's a video from Mr Mopar himself on the topic. Link It's fixed. But now they go through more oil between changes than an OPEC exec combs through their hair before a CARB board meeting. :B
mich800 03/13/21 05:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Takata airbag recall

Just received notice from GM that my 2012 Chevy 2500 needs the "passenger" side airbag replaced as it may explode in an accident. No parts available. Now these Takata airbags have been known about for several years on many makes and models. What gives?? Why only for the passenger side airbag? You would think all Takata airbags should be replaced in these particular vehicles. Also my '18 Toyota Highlander has been recalled since the low pressure fuel pump may fail and car will quit and may not restart. That would be a problem on the interstate or in wrong part of town. No parts available! Because GM has been trying to avoid the recall. But recently lost their appeals. That is probably why you are just now getting the recall. Article here
mich800 03/13/21 01:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Used “Canadian” trucks

On the newer trucks, just a button on the dash changes all the readouts from Metric to SAE. the physical speed guage doesnt change though,they have both metric and SAE on them and if its a canadian modle it will have the metric promanant and the sae in small numbers , I dont know if the US models have the opposit or just SAE. for example in my canadin f350 platinum I can switch all my readouts to SAE but that is just for the odomiter, tempature, fuel range and such like that. My spedomiter will still show me both at the same time, just the metric is more prominant. Steve I purchased a 2 year off lease F250 that was a Canada vehicle. They need to be properly imported back to the US. Mine had the mfg warranty still intact. The gauges defaulted to metricl and French language if the battery was disconnected but you just changed the items like normal. Mine had the dash overlay changed so the spedo was in mph in the larger numbers.
mich800 03/11/21 05:38pm Tow Vehicles
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
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