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RE: Towing to Julian from Pauma - Best Route?

79 to Santa Ysabel, stop in the big parking lot, go get a Big Fat Julian pie. Then 79/78 up the hill to Julian. Impatient drivers who don’t want to catch up to you need to leave earlier :)
noteven 09/17/20 03:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: Need Suspension Mods

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noteven 09/15/20 09:49pm Truck Campers
RE: GM 6.6 gas

Is there something wrong with the Allison transmission in GM pickups? Other than it doesn't have 4 overdrive speeds mostly useless for towing? Other than the gasser trucks haven’t had the Allison option since the 8.1L days, nothing is wrong with the Allison. GM calls Allison: "We need more speeds... consumers want speeds!" Allison: "Why?" GM: "Because Ford has more speeds..." Allison: "But Ford uses 140 cubic inch engines..."
noteven 09/15/20 07:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6.6 gas

Is there something wrong with the Allison transmission in GM pickups? Other than it doesn't have 4 overdrive speeds mostly useless for towing?
noteven 09/13/20 09:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1995 Bounder 36' increasing towing cap 3500 to 5,000 lbs

Actually drilled or slotted rotors release the gasses and plasma that form between the friction pads and the rotor material. This layer causes fade and eventual brake failure.
noteven 09/12/20 12:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Effect of weight on braking for trucks.

Let's see, 85-62 is 23. Is it your opinion that most drivers can not miss a stopped car on a 4 lane road when driving 23 MPH? And the fault is the slow drivers? It’s not about fault. It’s about increasing the chance of being in an accident. https://sites.psu.edu/siowfa15/2015/09/18/is-driving-faster-safer/ According to state and federal studies, drivers that are driving significantly below the average speed are the ones that are most likely to get involved in an accident. Studies show that the most accidents occur when the driver is driving at 10 mph slower than the speed limit. So someone going 45 in a 55 has a bigger chance of getting into an accident than someone driving at 65-70 mph. The main problem on roads that causes accidents is the differences in speed, rather than speed itself. While some people are going faster than other, some go slower which causes the traffic to flow unevenly. If the speeds limits are raised to comply with the actual travel speeds, the roads become safer, because the traffic now flows more evenly and people start going to the same speeds. This actually shows that drivers are not affected by the speed limits that much, but rather slow drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Says that only 30% of the accidents that are fatal are accidents in which the driver was speeding. This does not mean that the speeding actually is the cause of the accident. A study conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation says that accidents that were caused by speeding is actually 2.2%. This shows that if people drive faster all together it is actually safer than driving slow. This is of zero surprise to me. Additionally, people driving too slow cause frustration for others resulting in loss of attention and more aggressive driving, particularly on single lane roads. Also, when driving faster, IMO, you pay even more attention and are more focused on what's going on around you. Poor road way design contribute to this with merging in on the left, turn lanes on the left side of highways and zero enforcement of not using the left lane for traveling. And if yo do want to go slow, then there's nothing wrong with that. Adjust your route or at least have the courtesy to pull over. Absolutely loved seeing the signs in WA that stated you must pull off if you have more then 5 vehicles behind you. And they even provide short, right side slow down lanes so you can, safely. Bloodee brilliant. Now Bert if we could just edumacate western Canadian drivers that where "passing lanes" are built on 2 lane routes, you don't floor it to 140 klicks so the line of 30 eleventeen vehicles that has been following you for an hour now cannot safely pass...
noteven 09/11/20 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: Effect of weight on braking for trucks.

What I notice about 80mph speed limits is pretty much no one is speeding. Where's the revenue opportunity in that?
noteven 09/11/20 09:45am Truck Campers
RE: Effect of weight on braking for trucks.

So heavy trucks should be designed and powered to maintain 75mph up any interstate grade when loaded at GCW for safety?
noteven 09/10/20 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: GM 6.6 gas

Gas engine automatics head for whatever speed is direct once pulling power is needed. Multiple overdrives are great for empty truck, downhill, and downhill with tailwind. 4.30 rear ratio and normally aspirated gasohol engine would likely make a nice combination. The Fast Lane Truck channel ran a 7.3 gas Ford loaner with 4.30 ratio up “The Ike Gauntlet” - he towed pretty good compared to other higher geared trucks.
noteven 09/10/20 03:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RPMs dropping uphill, Ford f-450

A 9000 lbs truck plus 15000 lbs trailer will feel a 5% grade due to gravity. The adaptive transmission takes a bit if time to relearn the truck is hauling something vs idling around in double overdrive in empty bob tail mode.
noteven 09/10/20 07:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

"using both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells..." He's a hybrid, like the Toyota fuel cell powered Kenworth that has been hauling containers out of Long Beach CA for years... Fuel cell vehicles are electric, They convert hydrogen directly into electricity, the only byproduct is water.. Correct - I should have said “not a battery electric ...” So does it collect its own H2O emissions and electrolysis it back into H for the fuel cell when you leave it parked in the sun? Remember the Hindenburg
noteven 09/10/20 07:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane gennie maintenance in cold winter

Slymer - Compression, fuel & air in roughly the correct ratio, spark, and sufficient cranking speed and the engine will start. Propane mixture in cylinder has a higher resistance to ignition than liquid droplet fuel (gasoline) One thing to check is the plug gap is in spec for propane. This is more of an issue under heavy load. I still suspect fuel starvation.... if you give the engine a little whiff of starting fluid does it fire and try to run?
noteven 09/10/20 07:20am Truck Campers
RE: End of Trailer Life and MotorHome magazines

bukhrn - our truck campers fit lotsa places the other ones don’t :)
noteven 09/08/20 03:53pm Good Sam Club
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

"using both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells..." He's a hybrid, like the Toyota fuel cell powered Kenworth that has been hauling containers out of Long Beach CA for years...
noteven 09/08/20 09:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane gennie maintenance in cold winter

Isn't generator exercising recommended for the generator itself not the engine? I'm not sure why this would be important for a brushless generator but...? Anyways I do know people who start a $35,000.00 diesel engine and cold idle it to "charge up the batteries..." Anyways - one thing that was sure with propane fuelled vehicles back in the day ... anything that malfunctioned under the hood was attributed to "that propane you got on there..." Like every diesel hiccup is "an injector..."
noteven 09/08/20 09:25am Truck Campers
RE: Propane gennie maintenance in cold winter

Slymer - if a propane engine will not start even after sitting for weeks something is amiss. Our propane fueled motor vehicles back in the day had vacuum actuated and electrically actuated fuel shut off valves to stop the flow of fuel if the engine stopped turning or ignition power was disconnected - not sure if generators have such safety devices?
noteven 09/07/20 07:27am Truck Campers
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

So is the posted 75mph a “mandated cruising speed”? What’s a rolling roadblock on the open multi lane highway is pilots who do the 5 mile cruise control pass at .08576 mph faster than the double 53ft trailer road train...
noteven 09/06/20 02:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Advantages of diesel pushers

Anyone building a gas pusher using a Ford 7.3 V8 flex fuel engine yet?
noteven 09/06/20 08:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel Engine Runaway - 2005 Cummins

You need positive air shut off to stop a diesel engine in runaway. Example: Roda Deaco All diesels come with a fuel shut off that is how you stop the engine in normal operation.
noteven 08/23/20 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Engine Runaway - 2005 Cummins

A diesel is an auto or compression ignition engine. It only needs sorta vaporized or gaseous fuel and air in approx 15:1 ratio to run... Nowadays this is usually the engine aspirating lube oil through a failed turbo. A positive air shutdown can save the engine and also prevent a fire or explosion if the engine is breathing external vapour or gas. These can be automatic or manually operated. They are also a great theft deterrent. It no start with the shutdown valve closed. Used on pretty much ever Diesel engine in the oil and gas industry.
noteven 08/23/20 02:29pm Tow Vehicles
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