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RE: F250 3.73 to 4.30 axle ratio

Most diff gear ratios are about 10% from the one higher and lower So the torque multiplication is around 10% more or less A 3.73 is about 10% lower (numerically) than a 4.1...therefore about 10% less torque multiplication Truck labels only tell what it left the factory with. Some folks like me, have changed the gear set to a different gear ratio The string method doesn't care what the label says... 3 year old truck that the guy probably bought new so the door label is probably accurate. The OP didn't ask how to determine his axle ratio anyway. The string method would be invaluable if there were no other way to find out, but observing engine rpm at 60 mph (on GPS, not speedo) and doing a little math is probably more accurate. And if one doesn't want to do math there are many online calculators that do the math for them.
rjstractor 05/30/20 06:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle question

The newer truck has another 40 hp but with the taller axle ratio it will probably pull about the same. IIRC the 2013 and 2018 use the same 6 speed transmission.
rjstractor 05/30/20 06:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Heavy Chevy!

I have to disagree on the Dodge's. There is a pretty obvious difference between a 1993 and a 1972. I owned two 1985's and the place I worked in the mid '70's had early 70's Dodges. They were horrible trucks. Then they upgraded one to a 1980 Dodge. What a difference! They were so much nicer than the 70's and that's what made me buy the '85's. From 1980-1993 almost no difference. Sure, the late '80s-early '90s trucks were much nicer than the early '70s, but the basic body style was the same, and that was my point.
rjstractor 05/22/20 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Heavy Chevy!

Over here in the US, old trucks, tend to climb in value. Actually low mod, farm fresh trucks especially C/K Chevys do really well. Older Certain Fords also gain in value. He’s got some nice mods on the truck though, I like it, it’s not really dated, just right..... Yes, the Chevys of that era do well- that body style ran for well over 15 years if you include the 3500 DRW trucks that kept the old body style through 1991. Ford made a major update to its trucks for the 1980 model year so the mid '80s Fords don't seem nearly as "classic" as the same vintage Chevy. And Dodge, well a 1993 model could be confused with a 1972 by the casual observer who doesn't know trucks well.
rjstractor 05/21/20 07:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Advice For Newbie

Stay away from a few bad apples (Ford 6.0 for example). What makes the ford 6.0 a bad apple? I found this one. Its 6k over my budget though. https://www.carmax.com/car/18638151 The truck in the link is a 6.2 gas. Looks like a really nice, clean low mileage plain-Janeish truck. The older 6.0 diesel is inexpensive (to buy), readily available engine with a great snarly sound and is a strong puller. I wish my stock 7.3 pulled like one. However, they are also a ticking time bomb of a money pit and probably the least reliable truck diesel engine out there. Do a little Google research and steer clear of them unless you like to spend time under the hood (or with the cab removed). ;)
rjstractor 05/08/20 09:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Advice For Newbie

I like the 5.4 V8 tundra but the price is a lot higher and their payload is significantly less than the F150. On the plus side it has a 4.41 rear end. Just a comment on the rear axle ratio, the Tundra has a low (numerically high) rear axle ratio because the transmission has relatively high (numerically low) ratios. It's been a while since I've done the research and math, but IIRC the overall gearing of the Toyota with a 4.41 axle ratio is very close to that of the Ford with 3.73.
rjstractor 05/07/20 07:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

A simple Google search reveals dozens of articles from various time periods about Musk tweeting and making Tesla's stock price react. He's been investigated by the SEC several times for this. Recently he tweeted that Tesla's stock price is too high and the price then dropped 10%. I could not find anything specifically on another SEC investigation, but I can't imagine they would let this go.
rjstractor 05/02/20 01:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2003 Jamboree slide out not working

Good that you noticed that the parking brake light did not come on-that makes it highly likely that your slide not operating is related to the parking brake and its interlock. I'd check to see if other lights or instruments are not working, this might point to a fuse. I would suspect the switch that detects when the parking brake pedal is pushed, I would think that the slide interlock gets its signal from there.
rjstractor 04/27/20 07:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What To Tow?

Thanks for those replies. Those are some thoughtful responses. As for the hitch rating, I haven't eyeballed the rating, but the brochure says it's 5,000/500. This is a Class A 2020 Winnebago Intent. It is built on the Ford F-53 gas motor chassis (not a bus chassis) so I call it an A Minor (music humor). A 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited weighs around 4,500 from what I've read so I would be near the tow limit, and I still need to weigh this loaded to be sure I'm under GAWR and GCWR limits. I was thinking maybe a 2-door Wrangler due to weight limits, but I do like the 4-door. As for the motorcycle I hadn't thought about how a road bike performs off road. That's important to know. I had also thought of towing a 4X4 truck with a motorcycle in the bed, but that's probably over my weight limit. Most true road bikes are pretty sketchy off the pavement. I mean you can ride a Harley on a gravel road but why would you? There are some pretty nice large dual sport type bikes that perform very well on the road and will handle "mild" off roading. Those big 600-1000cc dual sports are not for beginners. A smaller dual sport type bike (250-350cc range) would be good for forest service roads or secondary roads, but not suitable for interstate highway travel, especially two-up.
rjstractor 04/25/20 07:29pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Down hill grade

Relatively new to RVing. My question is while driving down a steep grade road the engine will rev high. Should I gear down? And best way to do this while driving? Thanks for any help. Stay Safe...Paul I read your question carefully... it says "while driving down a steep grade road the engine will rev high." If that is the case, then you ARE gearing down, whether you are doing it manually or the vehicle is doing it on its own. You don't say what year, make and model your RV is. Most newer ones with "tow-haul" mode will downshift automatically on downgrades. Even my VW wagon when on cruise control will downshift to try to maintain a constant speed going down hill. But like others have said, whether you are downshifting or not you don't want to brake continually on a downgrade.
rjstractor 04/23/20 08:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Solar Firm Claims It Has An Electric 700-mile SUV

Doesn’t pass the sniff test for me. The efficiency numbers seem, “dreamy”. Here is some additional reading. https://electrek.co/2020/04/20/electric-suv-triton-deposit-dubious-700-mile-range-claim/ We are a two EV family. One for commuting and one for commuting and long road trips. Neither has efficiency/weight numbers close to those required to do what this one claims to do. Then again, maybe some new expensive tech. Our EV’s are a fraction of the price of that thing. And saying that neither can tow what they say this one can tow. It’s a beast if it can do it. Tesla look out. More than double the price of a cybertruck though. Just sayin. Agreed, those numbers are awfully optimistic for just a 200 kw/h battery. It might tow 15K very well, but not very far! For comparison, a Tesla Model X towing a 3800 lb R-pod consumed between 600 and 1200 wh/mile. Real world numbers are preferable to manufacturer claims. IMO a heavy duty electric tow vehicle capable of pulling a 10K or more high profile trailer will need at least a 300 kw/h battery to have decent range.
rjstractor 04/20/20 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Car trailer questions

Rofl rjs! I’d hope you could get better mileage driving 55 with a tailwind! I mean I probably get better mileage coming down a mountain grade with a trailer than up the same grade bobtail. And even better mpg driving it off a cliff! :B
rjstractor 04/14/20 07:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Car trailer questions

I meant to, but also forgot to answer the MPG part... I take about a 1 MPG penalty pulling a car trailer. But pulling my Fiesta on a dolly, I'd gain half an mpg over many trips. I think the fiesta helped clean up the air coming off the back of the van, possibly some subconscious driving a little easier. OMG, getting deeper in here.... Me and the rest of the world must be doing it wrong.....pulling any trailer and getting better mileage? Funniest thing I've never heard! Was someone driving the fiesta, pushing your van? Lol Weird but certainly possible... I used to have a 2005 Chevy 2500HD, 2WD regular cab work truck with 6.0 gas engine. I had a Maxidump insert installed. Great little landscaping truck but rarely saw over 12 mpg, usually less than 10. I had a 6x12 enclosed trailer that I took to California to pick up some furniture. On the way down, stuck in the right lane doing 55 most of the way, with a strong tailwind, got 15.9 mpg. Best mpg that truck ever got.
rjstractor 04/13/20 07:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Convert your old Class C to a custom cargo carrier

I think the mods should make this a sticky, it was a much more informative, comprehensive analysis of which type of motorhome is best than most threads I've seen on here.... ;)
rjstractor 04/12/20 07:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1974 Chevy Truck Comparison to Ford

That video certainly had me convinced to buy the '74 Chevy over the Ford... but I'm surprised the video didn't show that standard pre-rusted body! :) The rust in those years was unbelieveably bad! The video also reminded me of how long a particular generation of truck was manufactured back then... my '84 was almost identical to that '74 except for a few minor details.
rjstractor 04/12/20 08:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Car trailer questions

2nd page and a couple of us are just answering the question.... I would guess 1-2 mpg. The aerodynamic penalty is minimal since your motorhome already is pushing a lot of air out of the way. You would be pulling more weight than I used to, but when I towed a 3K toad 4 down the mpg penalty was .5 to 1 mpg.
rjstractor 04/11/20 08:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking to purchase used class c rv - first time buyer

great info. now do what ron showed you ,read it couple times. heck print it and take it rv shopping. x2. Ron's analysis is probably the most comprehensive and non-biased I've seen on this forum, and this is a topic that has been cussed and discussed many times!
rjstractor 04/10/20 09:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Destroying a truck

It's pretty impressive that the hydraulic suspension still worked and the truck still drove ok afterward. Also impressive that those spindly looking wheels didn't collapse like paper plates with upwards of 14K on the rear axle.
rjstractor 04/04/20 07:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Used tow vehicles

The 7.3 was a great motor in its day, but you’re now looking at a nearly 20 year old truck and technology. Compared to today’s trucks the 7.3 is pretty anemic. I’m sure a new Ram 6.4 or Ford 7.3 gas with the 8 and 10 speed trans would leave the ole stock 7.3 in the dust. Talking about prices, there is a dealer in the Sacramento area who has clean low mileage older diesel trucks and I’ve seen 7.3s as high as mid $30k. That is all very true. My dad's new F350 will beat the 2000 F250 that he sold me in every respect except fuel economy. But my 2000 F250 with 167,000 miles is still a pretty decent driver and shows how far trucks have come over the years. When I was a youngster I bought a 20 year old truck- a 1964 Chevy Fleetside. That thing was so ancient and beat up even in 1985 that you could barely trust it to drive around the block. My current truck I could jump in it and drive anywhere in decent comfort. Hopefully my dad's 2019 will still be a nice, drivable truck in 2040. It should be, provided that the computers required to make everything work right are still functioning.
rjstractor 04/03/20 08:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Destroying a truck

That whole thing from start to finish is remarkably stupid. Agreed, and yet we all watched it from start to finish along with thousands of other people. :) Pure, silly entertainment, just what we need right now!
rjstractor 04/03/20 10:04am Tow Vehicles
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