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Of the three vehicles you listed, the Durango is far and away the best tow vehicle. And I would argue it makes a very good DD as well. Skip the V6, and find a Hemi. This is my feeling as well. A Durango would be a perfect fit as a tow vehicle for the camper you have listed. Either engine will do the job, the 3.6 V6 will need some rpms on the hills though. I would choose the Hemi if I was buying it, but we have the same V6 in our van and it's a good engine. I know the price jumps for the V8. Just make sure it has whatever cooling/tow package they offer. A long time friend of mine is a mechanic at a Nissan dealer. He has replaced a lot of CVT's. I would not buy one for towing. Which is a shame because we have had a lot of good luck with earlier Nissans (Sentra and Xterra).
parker.rowe 12/05/20 03:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Maximum towing

The general feedback for people towing over 8000 pounds loaded with half tons is not positive. How much is your as equipped payload and receiver rating? 8000 pounds loaded means 1000-1200 pounds of tongue weight. How much stuff/people do you put in the vehicle when towing? That Tire and Loading sticker will likely be your limit well under 11,000 pounds for a TT. Just the two of us in the truck and we have always packed with weight in mind. This truck came from the factory with a class 4 hitch which I believe is rated up to #10,000. The larger trailers under consideration have the following specs: 1). UVW of #7050 and hitch weight of #710, 2), UVW of #6500 and hitch weight of #735. It would do fine with either of those trailers. If you have too much squat that is easily remedied without feeling like you are overtaxing the rest of the truck, as Grit Dog mentioned. EDIT: just realized this says UVW, I read GVW. Bigger than I thought, so it will really depend on how loaded up the trailers are when you are "ready to camp".
parker.rowe 10/24/20 12:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

Very true. I still have a 2005 Ford V10 dually, DRW 2WD with 4.30 gears. This truck is bullet proof so I kept it. I also have a 2019 Ram HO dually, DRW 4WD with 3.73 gears (but is it a Fiat or a Peugeot?). I ordered from the factory in Mexico. *snip* You should've got a Dodge instead. Looks like he did?
parker.rowe 10/02/20 12:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Settle this for Sequoia and 4Runner owners...

Most automatics do lock the torque convertor in first gear, so I suspect anyone using that gear for sustained periods of time is building up a lot of heat. If second cannot hold you, you are traveling to fast for the amount weight you are towing. I would suspect that too. Was not able to follow up whether the trailer is pushing his TV beyond the upper most speed range of the 1st gear, then I would imagine he would get a worst tranny problem than just overheating -- although the group has full trust and confidence with the Toyota/Japanese engineering excellence, loll. I don't think the transmission is even going in 1st. The engine would be way overspeed in most situations unless you were going super slow. Most modern transmissions will only downshift as far as the computer deems safe. It wouldn't surprise me if people just slam the lever in 1st thinking that is where the trans is shifting, when really they are in 3rd or second.
parker.rowe 09/25/20 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

That f150 should work well
parker.rowe 09/04/20 06:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

We pulled our similar weight hybrid for about 4 years with a 255hp 1996 Suburban half ton. We have since moved to our "new" 97 3/4 ton Suburban, 290hp big block. Huge improvement, but the old 1500 mostly only struggled on hills. My FIL towed a version of the Roo 235 with his 04 Tahoe 5.3 for years, now they have a similar size/weight hard side with the same truck. Honestly, I think any of the modern half tons properly equipped would do the job. The are vastly superior to our old 1500 Suburban.
parker.rowe 09/03/20 01:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: V10 4R100 lost power on a mountain

It could be a lot of things, unfortunately. Any check engine lights? I would hook up a scan tool and see if you have any stored codes. It could be that the transmission got too hot as well. Most of the time that will force a more aggressive converter lockup, and depending on the truck could reduce power. That might explain why waiting a bit on the side of the road made it go back to normal. Without a scan tool you will really just be guessing (like we are) and throwing parts at it. Engine and Trans may be fine.
parker.rowe 08/21/20 07:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer sway

Is what you are really getting sway, or just getting pushed by passing vehicles? Even if everything is set up correctly I would think you can still get the push. Sometimes I get a push even from cars/vans/pickups passing if they are going substantially faster then me. Bigger the speed difference, more pronounced the push is. If you have a oscillating/back and forth sway after the push, that that is a problem.
parker.rowe 08/18/20 03:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tool kit?

I carry way too much stuff with me in the bed of my truck on trips, but in the end, I don't care... Basically, a full set of wrenches, sockets, ratchets, breaker bar, jack stands, 6 ton bottle jack, an old 2 ton floor jack and so much other stuff, it's insane! ha, ha.. Cardboard, duct tape, zip ties, shovel, battery charger, battery load test thingy, bungee cords, rope, tow strap and on and on... If I have it, I carry it! Never need most of it, but would hate to be on the side of the road and say... Dang... I got that at home... Should have packed it! ha, ha.. Folks don't take WATER with them to what? Save weight.... BFD... I'd rather have it than not if needed and the weight be dammed.. Just what I do and what works for me.. Your mileage may vary. Mitch old wizards kit looks pretty good for an all in one setup. I pack the same as Mitch above, minus the floor jack. I usually don't have the room for that. I also always pack my trusty battery 1/4" impact driver. My family has a long history of things breaking on road trips. I've changed radiators, diff fluid to limp home a a burned up rear, belts and tensioners, replaced 6 pin trailer plug, etc...and thats just on my stuff. All on camping trips hundred of miles from home. :D Always great stories after the fact. Maybe not so much while its happening.
parker.rowe 08/17/20 11:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

Sharp truck, I'm on my 3rd gmt400. Should be able to easily get another 40 to 60K out of it!
parker.rowe 08/12/20 06:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6L V6 2014

Not exactly apples to apples, but TFL did a review of a Jeep Gladiator, powered by the V6, pulling a trailer up Ike. It was heavier than you are suggesting (if I remember right), but probably less wind resistance. Search that video and see if you think you would be happy with that type of performance. Because I don't think I would be. I watched that one, I remember watching the tach and thinking how little fun that would be. I've never owned a diesel so I'm used to letting gassers turn some RPMS up hills...but that was crazy. At least the 3.6 is pretty smooth at high RPM. We have one in our van.
parker.rowe 08/11/20 06:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

Get you some FlexSeal to patch up those door holes, and read your owner's manual to find out what those goofy things are on the top leading edge of the front fenders, and you're good to go!! All kidding aside, a nice effort by Ford. Those goofy things are tie-downs for attaching large things to the roof, plus they give you a good visual exactly where the front corners are. Love to have one! Actually they are for limb risers. When you are driving tight trails they lift tree branches up and over the roof so they don't smack the windshield. height=540 width=953 I think is a good effort and I look forward to the reviews. It seems like Ford really tried instead of phoning it in and slapping the Bronco name on something (Looking at you Chevy Blazer :B ).
parker.rowe 07/15/20 07:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

This is OK and a nice piece of mind, but a truck needs a true 4x4 transfer case. is a true 4x4 transfercase. It's like an evolution of the full-time 4x4 transfercases, with the benefit of only engaging the front axle when it slips via computer controlled clutches, rather then spinning them all the time via a viscous coupler or center differential. Auto=full time 4x4 2H=2WD 4H=4 Lock or 4H 4L=4L
parker.rowe 07/09/20 07:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

My new truck has 4 choices: Auto/AWD, 2WD,4Hi,4 Low Thats what I though. Not what I would consider "AWD" thats any lesser than the old part time cases. Just has the extra feature of automatically engaging the front wheels when slip is detected if you want. If you don't like it, put it in 2WD, and use 4WD when you need it. Put some tape over the Auto button so it doesn't offend.
parker.rowe 07/08/20 07:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

If it applies the brakes to any wheel to transfer the torque then it is weak and is for moderate conditions at best. JMHO I have TrueTrac limited slip front and rear along with the locked low range as needed. Works great for what I need. The brake thing works fine. Not a locker but it works. People have been doing it for years manually. I have had a tire hanging in the air and the brake based torque biasing system worked perfect. Can someone point me to these supposed AWD transfer cases in HD GM trucks? All the ones I see are true 2 speed cases. They may have an Auto Mode with computer controlled clutches, but they also have dedicated 2WD, 4WD, and 4WD low ranges. I know some of the Denali SUV's may have AWD single speed cases, but these are still true, robust transfer cases, that will do the job just fine for 90% of people. They are nothing like what people envision when thinking of the "AWD" mini SUV's.
parker.rowe 07/08/20 01:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is anyone towing with a Chevy/GMC 1/2 ton 3.0L Diesel?

The first of the coveted 7.3 powerstrokes where 250hp and 500ft lbs through a 4 speed auto. 24V Cummins was 235hp and 420ft lbs with a 4 speed auto. 12V Cummins had even less power. 3.0 Duramax is 277hp and 460ft lbs with a 10 speed auto. I think it will do just fine. The chassis may not be a replacement for a 3/4-1ton, but the engine will do the job.
parker.rowe 06/24/20 02:09pm Towing
RE: Hemi Camshaft Failure Mystery Explained

I've built a few engines in my time and this guy makes a whole lot of sense. Ain't no way I'd ever have a modern Hemi, which, BTW needs to be recalled and replaced. The original 426 Hemi was bullet proof. I don't know why Dodge didn't just repeat that design in a smaller engine. Because the original Hemi was terribly inefficient. It would never make it on todays emissions targets. The huge combustion chamber required big piston domes to get decent compression ratio's. Which also required lots of ignition advance to make sure you had enough time for a semi decent burn of the air fuel mixture. It made power because it had tons of cylinder head flow for the time, due to the valve angles created by the hemispherical combustion chamber. These valve angles also created a physically huge engine that had nothing to do with the displacement. Now we have modern engines that can get the same CFM with smaller ports and more efficient combustion chamber designs. All this leads to more power, cleaner burn, and more efficiency.
parker.rowe 06/07/20 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with Hemi 6 speed manuel

5.7. 3.73. 2500 3/4 ton. Not many hemis built with manuels According to trailer life the tow rating for 3.73 manual is 88-8900lbs depending on wether it was a reg cab or quad cab. 11-12000lbs with 4.10 gears. Tow Ratings 2008
parker.rowe 04/05/20 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice on new Gas Tow vehicle

Since you have time, I would wait until the new Ford 7.3L gets 2~3 years of miles on them and then consider one. Give them time to get the bugs worked out and get the inevitable improvements new vehicles always get. One thing that currently seems odd is that the F250 only has 2 axle choices, 3.55 and 4.30. Typically there is a 3.73 in there. The F350 has a choice of 3.73 and 4.30. Max tow rating on F250/F350 7.3L gas are an amazing 18,000-20,000 lbs (5th wheel). That's a heck of a spread. I wonder if they'll bring back the 3.73 if the public keeps asking. I'm cruious what the eng speed is in top gear at 60 with the 4.30? I realize it wont be towing in that gear (?) but we end up doing a fair amount of bob-tailing once we get someplace. The base tire package is around 32". With 4.30's in 10th gear (0.632:1) that puts you at ~1700rpm with the converter locked. Obviously you won't tow in 10th, but unloaded it should cruise around that rpm. That is great, especially for 4.30 gears. I really don't see you gaining much in the way of fuel mileage dropping down to 3.55's...definitely not enough to offset the loss in towing ability.
parker.rowe 04/05/20 12:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Destroying a truck

Well it’s sad to see someone put so much money into a truck just to destroy it... such a wasteful society and or generation. I’m not by any means old.. but grew up poor and had to work for everything that I have.... so what I own I respect and take care of.... some people are just idiots... Wasteful generation? I agree it is stupid and I didn't bother watching the video... However destroying expensive things for entertainment of the masses (edit: and to make money) is nothing new to this generation. The technology has just changed. For 40 Years, Crashing Trains Was One of America’s Favorite Pastimes Link is an article, not a youtube video.
parker.rowe 04/03/20 09:10pm Tow Vehicles
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