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RE: F350 Super Duty vs 3500 Denali vs The Ike Pulling 30k lbs

I think it makes sense to increase perfect score to 10 minutes when towing the loads that the dualies are now capable of towing. It also falls in line with SAE towing standards that have slower speed requirements for DRW pickups.
rjstractor 01/25/20 07:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3x3" receiver hitch!

Also impressive is the 21,200 lb towing/2120 lb tongue weight rating on the hitch, the full capacity of the truck, without requiring WD. A far cry from the stock hitches of 15-20 years ago that only had a 5,000 lb weight carrying rating.
rjstractor 01/25/20 04:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

Human drivers kill thousands every year, but we somehow live with that. We'll all be dead before this technology really takes hold, so it doesn't matter. All part of human nature. Yes, human error kills tens of thousands per year, but if self driving cars malfunction and kill 100 per year they will be branded unsafe. Case in point- a software problem with the 737 Max caused two crashes, killing around 350 people. Despite transporting 6.5 million passengers safely in one year, the aircraft is grounded indefinitely. For some reason we find it acceptable for human error to cause accidents and kill people, but unacceptable for a tech malfunction to cause accidents, even at a much lower rate.
rjstractor 01/21/20 05:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Winch Option with the Tremor Package

"It pulls it like it's nothing". I like the videos these guys do but this demo was kind of dumb. A 15K rolling load isn't a test at all, especially since you could put that Kenworth on a gooseneck flatbed and pull it up the Ike with that F250 diesel with no trouble at all. I'm pretty sure my ATV winch can pull a 15K rolling load on flat terrain, although I would have to anchor the ATV to something.
rjstractor 01/18/20 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

There have been a few instances of crashes that have occurred when cars were in Autopilot mode. Like an airplane, the car will pretty much drive itself, but yet requires the driver to pay attention to what is happening. The problem is that it's human nature for us to only pay as much attention as we have to. It's easy to get lulled into a routine of reading a magazine or playing with a phone while you should be watching the road, and in the extremely rare instance where your can cannot differentiate between the sky and the side of a semi truck a crash occurs. We as a society tend to be much more accepting of human error than machine error (even when that results in death), and that along with the fact that humans only pay as much attention as they think they need to will make the transition to fully autonomous cars problematic and messy.
rjstractor 01/16/20 08:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing a vintage car?

Haven't bought yet, not looking for a show car. Probably buy a nice driver condition so dings, etc. won't be a problem for me. I do use a Readybrake now for my truck and Tahoe. Great towbar. I nice driver condition vintage car might not cost the $100K plus you see on Barrett Jackson, but will still cost a pretty penny to get one in decent shape. The modifications you will need to do will likely reduce the car's value by more than the cost of a trailer, but it's your money. :) $100K? I guess it depends on your definition of "vintage car". I have seen "daily driver" capable cars from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s around here for less than $10K. In fact, I have a 1966 Chevelle 4 door sedan (needs transmission work, Powerglide) That I don't really want to sell, but if somebody offered 4 or 5K for it, I would just have to let it go (it has the 230CID inline 6). 1950s cars will be in the $15K to $25K range in driveable condition, a great deal more if restored, but never in the $100K range. I think you misunderstood my reply. My point is that the $100K cars are the rare, perfect cars you see on TV. But having said that, a nice, clean, running and driving vintage car from the early '60s can easily be $15K or more. Hack it up by welding a tow bar on the front would cut the value in half.
rjstractor 01/15/20 08:32pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a vintage car?

Haven't bought yet, not looking for a show car. Probably buy a nice driver condition so dings, etc. won't be a problem for me. I do use a Readybrake now for my truck and Tahoe. Great towbar. I nice driver condition vintage car might not cost the $100K plus you see on Barrett Jackson, but will still cost a pretty penny to get one in decent shape. The modifications you will need to do will likely reduce the car's value by more than the cost of a trailer, but it's your money. :)
rjstractor 01/12/20 06:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Chevy 8.1 truck with low miles?

^^^ Agreed, although Ford phased out the lousy 4R100 for the 2003 model year.
rjstractor 01/11/20 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: How To Calculate Tow Capacity

Yes, there is usually a sticker that lists the UVW (unladen vehicle weight). But even those are not always accurate, since it will not include anything installed after the coach left the factory. The dealer probably won't have a scale, but as part of a test drive if you are serious about buying you can take it to a truck stop where they will have a certified scale. And 2,000 pounds of minimum payload is just my personal preference, many have gotten by with less and some need more.
rjstractor 01/10/20 07:55pm Dinghy Towing
RE: How To Calculate Tow Capacity

Rich Thanks for the reply, but I'm still confused. Is the GVWR (16,000) the empty weight and GCWR (23,000) the maximum load including the toad? So if I weigh the motorhome and it's at 17,000 then I have 6,000 load left (23,000 - 17,000), right? But since the hitch max is 5,000 I still can only tow 5,000 (if I have a tow bar rated at least 5,000), right? So if the Jeep loaded is under 5,000 I'm OK? But if the motorme loaded was 18,500 my max load remaining is only 4,500 (23,000 - 18,500) and that would be the limit that I could pull as a toad, right? But then my confusion is how does the front and rear GAWR figure into this? In this case they total 17,500 (6,500 + 11,000). Can somebody please explain? This weight questions are actually pretty simple and often overthought. Your GVWR (stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of 16000 pounds is the maximum loaded weight, not the empty weight, of the motorhome by itself. The GCWR is the maximum weight of the motorhome and trailer (or tow vehicle) combined. So doing the math, when fully loaded the motorhome can still tow 8000 pounds. But all of this math is basically irrelevant, because the motorhome hitch is only rated at 5,000 pounds. That's the maximum weight the motorhome can tow because in this case the hitch is the "weakest link". Tongue or hitch weight does not really factor into the equation in the case of four-down towing because the motorhome only carries half the weight of the tow bar itself, probably 50 pounds or less. So, as far as towing a toad goes, this motorhome can handle any that weighs less than 5,000 pounds. But a bit of unsolicited advice, make sure that the motorhome itself has enough payload capacity to handle the weight of passengers, water, food, beer, and anything else you plan on loading into the motorhome. Personally I'd look for a motorhome with at least 2,000 pounds of payload capacity.
rjstractor 01/10/20 12:18pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep Ecodiesel, vs Pentastar, vs Ram Hemi, vs Ford Godzilla

Impressive that the little diesel was overall the fastest, although when in 4WD the big Ford was pretty much an even match. I'm surprised that no one has commented on the Ram Rebel getting beat by the diesel Wrangler. Even with the elevation, on paper I would have picked the Hemi to smoke them all in a drag race. I think that the Ecodiesel in the Gladiator will make a sweet little towing machine. Too bad it will cost as much as a comparably equipped Ram 2500 CTD....
rjstractor 01/07/20 08:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing a 2640lb 16ft TT with a Ford Ranger 4.0L?

A 4.0 Ranger with an automatic and 3.73 gears should handle that trailer adequately, although a little slow by today's standards. As a point of reference I used to tow a 21' ultralight (3100 lbs dry, 4000 lbs road-ready) with a 1994 Aerostar with the 4.0/3.73. It maintained 60-65 mph easily on the freeway, pulled passes at 45-50 and averaged about 12-13 mpg towing a heavier but a little more aerodynamic trailer. I would expect similar results in your situation. The only caveat is that I wouldn't want to tow long distance with no trailer brakes.
rjstractor 01/03/20 07:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

I think Ford's reasoning for the new 7.3 goes a lot deeper than a bunch of guys arguing about diesel versus gas. Ford wanted to continue to offer a gas engine that could really handle a commercial duty cycle and they are discontinuing the Triton V10. The E series does not have a diesel option, and the 6.2 just doesn't have the "beans" of the V10 (despite more HP) as evidenced by a considerably lower GCWR, and was not offered at all in the F650/750 or class A motorhomes. The 7.3 gas fills that role with better power specs in a more compact package than the V10- any fuel economy advantage remains to be seen. The diesel guys will still buy a diesel.
rjstractor 01/02/20 08:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

To speak to someone other comments: The trip will be between St. Johns Arizona and a remote site out in the sticks. The trailer carries about 1500 gallons of water. I don't know if I mentioned it before but this is a gooseneck trailer with two 10k axles. Thanks again Everyone for the input. I think your loaded weight will be closer to 20K with that much water but I would still do it without any worries.
rjstractor 01/01/20 05:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Class C vs Class A - Length

Comparing a C and an A of equal length, they are about the same height and width. An A typically has more usable living space, since the front two seats usually swivel backwards and are on about the same level as the floor of the coach area. C seats are much lower and set apart from the living area. However, if the overhang in a C is configured as a bed, then the C offers more sleeping space. A lot of folks will say it's easier to drive a C, but I think an A of the same length is easier to drive due to better visibility and a tighter cramp (turning) angle on the front axle.
rjstractor 12/29/19 09:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago Fuse

Ford has upped their game with the 2020 Transit: The 11,000lb GVW and 15,000lb GCWR are real specs. Bigger news is a heavier duty cycle 3.5 EcoBoost is available with 310hp and 400ft-lbs of torque. That's just about V10 numbers, and also AWD is an available option across the line up, including the 178" WB DRW chassis. That is going to make for a nice platform to carry a small Class C. That's a game changer for sure, previously you could choose a wheezy gas V6 with very little low end torque or a diesel with decent low end torque but low horsepower. Now you can have both, and it should perform great.
rjstractor 12/27/19 08:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 4bt water pump part #

Can someone give me a Cummins part # for the water pump on my 4BT? It's a VE motor, cpl 767, 105hp. I picked up one at the parts store but it has different shaped fins that are plastic and exposed. I want to stick with the non exposed metal ones if possible. Thanks. What rig is the motor in, and what are the details (and pics)? Closet gearhead nerd wants to know. :)
rjstractor 12/26/19 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Big Boys have Just Arrived

I can’t remember the last time I had new truck fever. I have a 2001 Powerstroke with a 6 speed standard, I bet this new motor will tow circles around mine. Maybe in about 5 years I’ll have enough of my pennies saved up to to buy one. I am more excited to see that 7.3 go up the Ike than I am about Christmas. I've got the same truck except it's a 2000 so has a bit less power. You're right, just about anything new will pull way faster. I'm not sure my truck will run up the Ike at 60 mph by itself let alone towing anything. But it's reliable as a Swiss watch and paid for!
rjstractor 12/12/19 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All battery/electric bus fleet

I would thing school buses would be a good fit. Charge overnight, then if needed, some charge in the daytime between runs. Maybe solar on the roof of bus to do a little daytime charge? Electric school buses are already on the market. With a 155 kwh battery they might offer enough range for typical school district usage. When I drove bus many years ago a typical bus would do about 7 or 8 runs a day, with a total distance of 80-100 miles per day. The claimed 120 mile range would work on a good day, but during cold, rainy weather power use would climb. There's a couple hours of down time during the day where buses could get a little "bump" to their batteries. A 200 kwh battery might give enough range to make the buses a little more practical. Upgrading the electrical systems at the bus barns would be a significant expense that school districts might be reluctant to invest in.
rjstractor 12/11/19 07:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Have our trucks got too much power yet?

Too much power I'm sure the turbos are still good. :E The driver's shorts, not so much....
rjstractor 12/08/19 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
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