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RE: Hurricane coming

Start it up, put it in "drive", drive away from the hurricane 24 hours prior to landfall.
rjstractor 09/24/22 07:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Flat Tow 2017 GMC Sierra 2x4

You likely had a transmission pump, not a cooler, on your front wheel drive Impala that allowed flat towing. Your Sierra is rear wheel drive, and I don't believe such a pump is available for your transmission. Your only options for flat towing would be driveshaft removal, or a driveshaft disconnect kit.
rjstractor 09/24/22 09:25am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla semi w full load 600 mile range,that was 2019. Driver should take a rest and recharge anyway by then. I know I would. Lol Many long distance OTR trucks run driver teams, those trucks are most profitable when wheels are turning 16+ hours a day. The Semi has a rated 500 mile range, which will make OTR operations less profitable even with the reduced cost of fuel. On the other hand, those electric rigs should shine in short haul and pickup/delivery operations.
rjstractor 08/30/22 07:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is this cat scale telling me?

So my rig weighs 2760 gross with 11.59% tongue weight at 320lbs or 11.59%, right? From an unbraked trailer standpoint, I am 1765lbs over the gvwr. The vehicle is rated for 1000lbs unbraked and 3500 braked. Recognizing there is a decent amount of cushion in the unbraked manufacture recommendation, I am probably still too heavy, even though I’ve towed like this several times without issue. It is the emergency braking where I could have an issue I suppose, though the braking does feel pretty good even when a hit them fairly hard. Agree? No. Your tongue weight is 420 lbs. You have to account for the 100 lbs transferred from the front to the rear axle. On the braking issue, your best move would be to add electric brakes to the trailer.
rjstractor 08/26/22 08:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tongue weight limits and wdh

The function of a wdh is to take weight off the tongue, right? How would you even measure the tongue weight with the wdh in place? Well, sort of. A wdh transfers load from the hitch ball itself onto the front axle of the tow vehicle and also the trailer axles. Without a bunch of crazy, indecipherable calculations, the only way to really know for sure is to weigh truck and trailer axles before and after wdh hookup. I don't know if the 650 lbs for the Taco is with or without wdh, but it does seem like although Toyota makes tough trucks, the US market ones have soft, squishy springs that probably just about bottom out with 650 pounds right on the hitch.
rjstractor 08/25/22 07:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1981 Chevy Truck vs Ford Truck

The 4.3 carb versions were 2bbls. approx 180hp. the TBI was 195 or so, the vortec 210'ish. That motor was designed for the pickups and Astro vans. 85-86 or so was first year, replaced the 250 I6 in the 1500. I had a '92 K1500 with the TBI 4.3, IIRC it was only 160 hp or so. But it pulled a 4K trailer OK with 3.42 gears and a 5 speed manual, although getting it rolling was not great. Later I had an '84 C20 with the aformentioned 4 barrel 5.0, and it was a gas-guzzling gutless turd. The TBI 4.3 would pull the same weight better, as would my 4.0 Exploder.
rjstractor 08/18/22 08:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Godzilla" Ford V 8

From what I understand it has to do with how horsepower is rated in the commercial chassis over 14K GVWR. I looked on Ford's website, and all of the cab and chassis F series, even the F350, had 7.3 ratings of 335-350 hp. Interestingly, there were 2WD F350s listed with GVWRs of upwards of 16K. Maybe someone more knowledgeable will chime in, but I seem to remember the real-world output of the engines in the commercial chassis is the same as the consumer-marketed pickups, the only difference is due to how the engines are rated.
rjstractor 08/18/22 08:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gas Class A

As was said earlier find the floor plan you like and then if its a gasser fine if a diesel fine. I have a 36' gasser and it has more storage than many diesels of the same size. Only one thing that wasn't mentioned regarding the diesel MH is the Air brakes. You will require an endorsement on your driver's license for the air brakes. This involves taking and passing air brake course before you can legally drive it. Which may or may not delay being able to drive it. In addition if you become sick etc.. (heaven forbid) while you're out and about does your significant other have the endorsement as well to be able to drive it home or to a safe location while on the road. This unfortunately never gets mentioned in any of the diesel vs gas MH debates. This never gets mentioned because it's not an issue in the US. I don't know of any state that requires a CDL with the air brake restriction removed to drive a motorhome with air brakes, UNLESS it's for commercial purposes. Maybe it's different where you're from.
rjstractor 08/12/22 01:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anybody tow an F-250 Super Duty

How "good" that motorhome would tow the truck is pretty subjective, especially considering that your motorhome is down nearly 100 hp on the vehicle it's towing. You probably already have a good idea having towed your F150, the F250 is not much heavier considering the overall weight of the combination.
rjstractor 08/10/22 07:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Gotta hand it to ole 8.1. If nothing else, he’s consistent. Sad but consistent. I think his account has been hacked by a Tesla shill/fanboy. He used to contribute relatively intelligent, relevant content to this forum.
rjstractor 08/08/22 07:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: tow a rwd car on a tow dolly

From seeing your other post it seems to be a pretty cool little car with very low miles. I suppose you could tow it backwards on a dolly, but two potential problems I see are low ground clearance- smacking the air dam on the ground, etc, and that car might have directional tires that are designed to spin in only one direction. I would trailer a car like that.
rjstractor 08/05/22 10:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Stalls While Driving

Before throwing parts at it, some basic troubleshooting is in order. If you are able to duplicate the problem (often the hardest part), when it stalls carefully give it a brief shot of starting fluid into the intake to see if it starts or pops. Some will say you should never use starting fluid on a fuel injected engine, but a very brief shot for diagnostic purposes should not be harmful. If there's still no action, it's likely an ignition problem.
rjstractor 08/05/22 09:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2023 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon

Too bad about the diesel, although I imagine the take rate wasn't super high. We'll see what Stellantis or whatever they are calling themselves this week will do. They introduced the first American midsize pickup in the 80s with the Dakota (the old Toyota Stout IMO was the first true midsize pickup sold in the US). In the 80's the S10 and Ranger were just barely bigger than the more refined and reliable Japanese compacts. It seemed like Dodge discontinued the Dakota at a time where they could have really taken the market by storm with it. It will also be interesting to see if GM or Stellantis have an answer to Ford's wildly successful Maverick pickup.
rjstractor 08/04/22 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

Epic Fail... What I don't like is Ford offers a tow package, but can only muster 90 miles towing ~8k lbs. I can't believe the auto industry is going full bore with these EV trucks. Here's another fail by International truck. Link I agree that the Lightning is a fail since it fails to be effective at what its marketed for. But I watched the International video and I didn't see the "epic fail" you mentioned. I think the largely mythical Tesla Semi will be a failure because its been marketed as a replacement for a diesel over the road heavy truck, and it's pretty obvious it won't work in that application with current technology. But I think commercial EVs can be very successful in the right application- short haul, lots of stop and go- busses, dump trucks, delivery vans, etc. OTR or applications that have to run 24/7 to be profitable, not so much.
rjstractor 08/02/22 07:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jump Statt Battery Pack

I already have a charge line from the RV to the towed car. While I have not tried it yet, that will probably keep the towed battery charged I really think you are overthinking this and trying to make something very simple much more complicated than it is. That charge line you have is designed specifically to keep the toad battery charged, and if correctly wired will do just that.
rjstractor 08/01/22 10:19pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Selling 2018 F150 to upgrade to 2022 F150 - worth it or not?

Trying to raise cash by moving up to a newer vehicle is a losing proposition. I'm not trying to be preachy, it's just that I've been there and done that and it ends up costing you big time in the long run. IMO, switching from a 2018 to a 2022 isn't really much of an upgrade, the increase in capability is minimal at best.
rjstractor 07/26/22 08:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox battery dyeing

This is what I use. TOAD CHARGE It's a little bit of wiring but it works. That seems a bit unnecessary if one's charge line in a standard 7 pin connector is sized and wired correctly. The last time I wired a 7 pin connector I used #10 wire with the appropriate fuse for the charge line and it kept my travel trailer battery fully charged. #12 wire on a 60 foot run like this product has sounds kinda small to do much good charging a battery that has any load on it.
rjstractor 07/25/22 07:46pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I'm pretty sure that Musk expects that we will colonize Mars in the next five years. I think it's hilarious that there is an ownership club for a truck that literally no one owns! I think Tesla is really missing the boat on the continual delays of both the Semi and Cybertruck, since there are competitors in both segments that already have their products in production. If Tesla had delayed production of their very successful sedans like they have these trucks, they would not exist today.
rjstractor 07/25/22 07:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1967 Travco 270 440 to Cummins 8.3 Upgrade

So absolutely no way the M300 or whatever will hold up? beef up the front end / add stiffer springs? The motor will not be working anywhere nears its full capability/quite the opposite.. cummins 5.9 is a common swap, and the 8.3 is only 500 lbs more.. tranny is 150 lbs extra.. 8.1 Chevy/GM engine-- yes. Cummins 8.3/ Allison transmission-- NO WAY. Would way overload the front suspension. And, enough torque to do real damage (more than twice OE torque). Beef up the springs and go for it! Besides, according to another thread on this forum, the switch to diesel fuel will make the rig handle better! ;)
rjstractor 07/24/22 06:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Let's talk Dana 80 axle temps

As Grit Dog said earlier, DANA 80s are lubricated from the differential. Are you sure it is a DANA 80 and not a DANA 60? A Dana 60 rated to carry 9450 lbs?:E
rjstractor 07/23/22 06:47pm Tech Issues
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