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RE: GAS 6.6 GM

I wonder if the "new" 6.6 gasser is similar to the old Pontiac 6.6 ltr. gas engine? Curly Other than the fact that they both have 8 cylinders and 6.6 liters of displacement, they are completely different animals.
parker.rowe 01/15/20 08:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Big Boys have Just Arrived

Has anyone commented so far on the amount of room around the new 7.3 vs the old mod motor? Forget about the 6.7, so much packed in there for that one. That is one thing I never liked about the newer Ford trucks, how far under the cowl the engine was. This one looks like it could be much easier to work on.
parker.rowe 12/12/19 12:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The View from Your Trailer -- let's see 'em!

Santee Lakes KOA, SC height=600 width=800
parker.rowe 10/22/19 07:14am Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 GM/Chevy gas 6.6L max towing test

The funny thing is, the dB on that truck screaming at 5K towing a trailer is lower the the 2k cruising dB on my truck with no trailer. That was impressive.
parker.rowe 10/18/19 04:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GM/Chevy gas 6.6L max towing test

They tested a 2017 2500HD 6.0 6 speed 4.10s with 13,500 2017 2500HD 13,500lbs on the Ike Long story short. 13 brake applications on the way down. 10:20 to get to the top. Thanks. It is hard to get a good idea from their site what trucks and weights they have tested. I know they want you to watch the videos but I really wish they would compile all the information once a year or after a few months for easy comparison.
parker.rowe 10/18/19 12:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GM/Chevy gas 6.6L max towing test

They definitely went all out with the weight. As far as I can tell the last gasser test they did was 11K lbs. 16K is a big trailer for a gas truck at that elevation. I'm not surprised it slowed down as much as it did at the top. Especially since it refused to downshift...they said it held the gear all the way down to 2000rpm. The 6.6 is a little bigger than the 6.0, but the torque peak is still at 4000rpm. I'll be curious to see how the old 6.4 Hemi with the new 8speed does with that kind of weight. Probably not well. Defiantly looking forward to the new Ford 7.3 test as well.
parker.rowe 10/18/19 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: rolled MH onto the side - and the towed

I don't think it shows up on carfax if it isn't run through insurance. At least that use to be the case, it may be different now. Pay out of pocket and it just gets fixed. Run it through insurance, it gets reported. That's why carfax is only half the story.
parker.rowe 10/10/19 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

I'm liking the full-size van suggestion. I hadn't even considered that yet. It helps my numbers a lot: Chevy Express Passenger 2500: 9600 lbs tow capacity - 7600 GVW of trailer - 650 pounds people - 200 pounds misc weight - 100 pound stab hitch = 1050 pounds safety weight. Payload is 2550 pounds - 988 tongue - 650 people - 200 misc - 100 hitch = 612 pounds left over. And a Chevy Express is cheaper new than an expedition to boot. Plus we get tons of space in back that is secured after removing the 4th row. I like this idea... I would run the numbers for the Nissan NV too. I know you where concerned about the lower 8700lb towing capacity, but they have the same 2500lb payload as the Chevy. I think they have a much less spartan interior too. Not sure how the prices compare but it is worth cross shopping. The Chevy/GMC vans have not been updated in YEARS. Either one has enough towing capacity and enough payload for what you are looking at doing. EDIT: As far as I can tell, both the Express 2500 and the NV passenger V8 (with tow package), have a GCVW of 16K lbs. I was having a hard time finding concrete numbers so maybe someone else can clarify. But it that is true, they should really both be able to do the job fine. Same payload, same GCWV GCVW is the max weight of the vehicle, all passengers and cargo, and the trailer when all weighed together. If you are under that, and under payload with tongue weight+vehicle contents, then you are good "by the numbers".
parker.rowe 10/09/19 07:39am Towing
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

Do you need 4wd/awd? I see a lot of people with bigger families towing with the Nissan NV3500 fullsize Vans. It really is a bummer that their are no HD SUV's anymore. Especially since the full-size vans available are terrible out of date for anyone not wanting a full on work truck. I know a bunch of people on this forum say they have no problem stuffing 6 people in a crew cab, but I would never do it unless I REALLY had to. Your payload numbers on the expedition are really close to the edge if not over. Looking at the options in 6 row SUV's though, it is probably the most capable if you are buying new.
parker.rowe 10/08/19 09:47am Towing
RE: Tow vehicle service insurance????

Does Honda approve of four down towing the 2006 Honda Element? Yes. But they limit speed to 65 mph to prevent transmission damage. Interesting. Do the manual transmissions in those have pumps that don't run in neutral? I know some manual's do have pumps but I don't know much about Honda's. I would think you can just throw it in neutral and be good to go. OP said it is a standard/stick trans in the first post.
parker.rowe 10/08/19 09:24am Dinghy Towing
RE: Lowering TV tire pressures

My "new to me" 1997 K2500 Suburban has a second door sticker. Thought it was interesting because I'd never seen one like it before. Option tire pressures: width=600 Regular load sticker: width=600
parker.rowe 10/04/19 02:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Build an a-frame?

For non-nautical types please understand that keeping the water on the outside is a key design goal. Hmm, so if I use a similar font and adorn it with the word "A Li er" rather than "A Liner" can I be accused of anything but poor spelling? Not ideal but it is easier to adjust one's expectations than it is to adjust ones tow rating. Man, you are a treasure trove of one liners. I love it. I don't think you would have any trouble building what you want. It sounds like you have the skills needed. I would think the collapsing roof would be the toughest part to design. A frames fold up flat, right? I've only seen a few in the wild. That said, its not rocket science if you are mechanical and woodworking skills are up to it. Just time consuming and possible more expensive than buying "off the rack". But, you could make it exactly the way you want it! Honestly if you have a polished finished product I don't understand how any campground can complain. But I haven't been to one yet that had limitations on home built or vintage stuff. I would love to see a build thread if you do it.
parker.rowe 09/27/19 08:12am Folding Trailers
RE: Time to place your bets

It'll be interesting to see what it looks like when they put all three up against each other. Historically GM has been able to put the power to the ground better than the other two. Most of the tests throughout the years, they are the first up the hill on pulling tests. The last test between just ram and GM, they were basically equal up the Ike pulling a load but the GM was faster unloaded. UH the RAM was a DRW and GM a lighter SRW. GM should have walked away. They both were basically at the speed limit the entire time. You can't walk away when you are at the speed limit on that test. Yep, unless they load them down enough to slow them down, it just depends on wether a car pull n front of them and shaves a few seconds off or not.
parker.rowe 09/26/19 06:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.7L 1050 ft lbs TQ at 1,600 rpm, 475 HP at 2,800 rpm

Now if you account for inflation, using the holy grail 1997 F350 compared to 2019, sure a new top of the line truck is way over a top of the line 97 (applicable to all models and trims), even accounting for inflation. HOWEVER, the power and features of the old xlt Powerstroke are more akin to a xL base model gasser today. Even though the new truck blows the old one away in tech, features, safety and pretty much everything. Add all the power and features of a new loaded diesel and it should cost waaay more, because it’s twice the truck! Or it’s easier to bitsch about how great the olden days were. Sidecars grampa complained that a 1997 pickup cost as much as his farm too! Well said!
parker.rowe 09/26/19 06:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sound like a good deal?

I called a bunch of banks directly, and none of them would offer me a better interest rate on an RV loan then the dealer got me. I was a bit annoyed by this, as I never had an issue with my banks matching or beating car loan numbers before. My loan is with a bank, the dealer doesn't "hold the papers", the bank does. That said, I don't like the $1k deposit that they keep if you decide you don't like the interest rate they end up getting. That sounds real shady, like they aren't going to try to get you a good rate because you will feel committed to getting it and cave to a worse rate so you don't lose your deposit.
parker.rowe 09/24/19 07:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Which models have factory dog or wolf logo on camper?

She likes dog inspired themes. The name helps. I dont get it. I wanted a toy hauler, so we compromised. At least we didnt get a cat. You may laugh now. Fair enough. You're buying it, so you really don't need a better reason. As suggested here, forest river has the wolf pup, grey wolf, and cherokee lines with lots of different sizes and floor plans. All use a wolf as the "mascot". They seem to be pretty common at RV dealers too. That is probably the best place to start. EDIT: Saw you might be looking for a toy hauler...they have those in the same model lines as well. Changed the link.
parker.rowe 09/24/19 07:02am Travel Trailers
RE: The best mid-size truck for 2019? Honda!

"I bought my 2019 Ridgeline about 6 weeks and 3,000 miles ago and have been nothing but delighted. This is probably due to the fact that I rarely "need" a truck but it sure is nice to have one available. I just returned from a 1,455 mile trip from Tucson to Angel Fire NM and back towing a 10' cargo trailer {14' overall} hauling my Polaris Rzr {Rzr and Trailer weighed in at 2,580#} and I got 16.1 mpg cruising at 65." From what I personally observe typical speed on the interstates today is around 80mph. The difference in mpg between 65 and 80 in my experience is very significant, generally 25 to 30%. Pulling a trailer at 80mph would definitely tank the mileage quite a bit. I pull mine at 60-65 as well though. It's bigger than the OP's, but smaller than what a lot of the people on this site pull.
parker.rowe 09/24/19 06:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 2500HD Gas

Also has a 10 speed transmission? I think the gas truck is still a 6 speed, but with the new 6.6l of course. 10 speed is only for the diesel.
parker.rowe 09/20/19 09:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: 4.10 rear in new Ford F350

For doing truck things, I would always go with more gear. In a 1 ton truck, the difference in mpg would be negligible. You may even gain mileage towing.
parker.rowe 09/19/19 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Laramie 5.7 HEMI towing MGP

between 8 and 9, closer to 8. I agree as well. Just about any gas truck will get these numbers pulling a full height travel trailer. If you get better, then that's great. But expect around 8 going in and you shouldn't be disappointed.
parker.rowe 09/19/19 06:58am Towing
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