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RE: Larger replacement fuel tanks for gas trucks

My insurance broker says he can NOT insure a larger aftermarket gasoline tank anymore. Company rules. Just a few aftermarket OEM's and only diesel He did insure my 1973 Blazer's 54 gallon after market main tank, but that was then Was just curious if there was a larger after market for my Suburban's OEM 42 gallon Interesting. I have never had an insurance company ask me if I had an aftermarket gas tank. I have looked into adding a Tahoe side mount tank to my Suburban. It should mount up fine, but I haven't decided how I would like the filler and transfer system to work. A larger stock tank would be easy for 92-99 Suburbans, but no-one makes one. It is simple square, they could just extend it down if you aren't worried about it hanging a little lower. That said, 42 gallons usually gets me further than we want to go without a break, so it works fine. And if I am traveling with the in-laws, they have to stop way before we do so gas is never a problem.
parker.rowe 03/27/20 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004 Duraburb

Just $35000 for a second generation GMC/Chevy Yukon/Tahoe/Suburban. Ninth generation. Suburbans have been around since the 30's. :B
parker.rowe 02/27/20 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Coast on the uphills accelerate on the downhills

Great thread. Just to add more real world experience, my old 96 burb, similar to your old one, never exceeded 200F trans temp pulling hills. It had the factory external trans cooler and the in radiator one in series. Same trailer as in my signature. It would lock up in third, and OD, although when pulling it was always in 3rd. It would not hold OD at all with the factory 3.73 gears. My camper is very similar in weight to yours...slightly heavier when we are loaded up. When going up hills, I would try to ride the converter as much as I could, keeping it locked while in third gear...however some hills required 2nd gear with my foot to the floor. No lockup there. Our new suburban has a 4l80, which also locks up in 3rd. You have to be over a certain speed and under a certain % of throttle position for it to do so (just like the old 4l60). I'm not 100% on the criteria for the gmt800 trucks, but I was under the impression that in tow/haul it would try to keep the converter locked longer. Forcing it into 3rd might not be needed, but it should not prevent the convertor from locking up. If the computer was commanding lockup, and not getting it, you would get a check engine light. I agree with everyone, you truck, with 4.10s and a 6.0, should have no issues with that camper. Sounds like an inspection of the cooling system is in order. How big is your factory external cooler? I would service the transmission, after heating the fluid up like that a few times. Check that fan clutch too. It doesn't make sense since the engine stays cool, but installing and HD clutch in my old truck made a noticeable difference, even though the old one seemed good. Love these suburbans, our old half ton was a great truck. But once we started doing long 2-3k trips and hitting steeper grades, I was worried about sending it to an earlier grave. So we sold it and got our "new to us" 2500 burb like you did (I've always wanted a big block suburban), and unfortunately have to work out all the kinks we already addressed in the first truck. But I think it will be worth it in the end.
parker.rowe 02/07/20 06:19am Towing
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

It was rumored that the 7.3 would be mod friendly, but I didn't expect the better part of 200hp with mostly bolt on parts. That's seriously cool! Pushrod engines aren't dead! And they're not 4' wide like OHC motors. Not a lot of horsepower gain for a large capacity and presumably heavy engine. This was not designed as a hotrodders engine. 6 bolt mains, steel crank, ~300cfm heads, roller cam and rockers, canted valves, dimensionally smaller than any old school big block, roughly 30lbs more than an aluminum headed 351W and almost 100ci larger in displacement... That sounds like a hotrodders wet dream. I also read it has the mod motor bell housing pattern, so manual transmissions should be doable without one off parts. I know this is off topic but so far it looks like this is going to be a good engine for Ford, both as a workhorse and for enthusiasts.
parker.rowe 02/06/20 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

It didn't take hotrodders very long to start working on this engine. It was rumored that the 7.3 would be mod friendly, but I didn't expect the better part of 200hp with mostly bolt on parts. That's seriously cool! Pushrod engines aren't dead! And they're not 4' wide like OHC motors. I've seen dyno tunes of GM 6.0 2500's picking up around 50hp to the wheels....those HD truck tunes are REAL conservative. Once you start looking for power with 93 octane or e85, instead of pulling 16K up a hill on 87 can pick up some power for sure. As a car guy who I'm really excited for this engine to start showing up in the junkyards...a cam and a tune and you have a hot street engine similar in size to a 351W, but better in every way. Maybe we'll see less Fords with GM LSx swaps!
parker.rowe 02/04/20 02:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

It didn't take hotrodders very long to start working on this engine. LINK Watch the videos linked in this article if you have any mechanical interest in the engine. They have both a top and bottom end teardown video, plus some dyno stuff and measurements to compare it to the 351W and Coyote. Lots of great info for us gear heads who have been dying to see what Ford built.
parker.rowe 02/04/20 05:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

Although it's strayed pretty far from that by now. Of course. Any thread subject that contains "Can I tow" or "half ton" in the title tends to do that. :D
parker.rowe 01/24/20 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

Hence why I do not trust tow specs from manufactures. Even the new everybody is supposed to meet tow specs, are too easy to meet in some ways. A min 12%grade pull in first gear! I can name multiple roads steeper than this that one would stall out on! Min speed of 40mph on a 5% freeway grade, 35moh if over 15000gvwr truck. Some on here would poop bricks going that slow. If I can't go up a 30% grade and start on a 30% grade I poop bricks. Know what ratings mean, how they effect you, and reduce accordingly! Narty I'm guessing most people will never pull their camper up a 30% grade. Shiners post about doing away with the old 1/2-3/4-1ton ratings is spot on. Nothing fits those molds anymore. The axle and weight ratings are really where it's at to figure out what meets your needs.
parker.rowe 01/24/20 08:25am Tow Vehicles
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
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