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RE: Supercharged 7.3 gasohol F-250 4x4 towing 15K trailer etc

It must just be the irresistible need for antagonism speaking. It's a custom hot rod and a cool one at that...that will also tow well. Nailed it! Always fun to stir the pot a little. It would also be super fun to run around in that big sleeper, giving the occasional big surprise to various V8 muscle cars and tuner boys in imports!
rjstractor 01/24/21 09:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Supercharged 7.3 gasohol F-250 4x4 towing 15K trailer etc

Having ran huffers on a couple of old tech built for towing 454/460 one ton drw trucks in commercial service in the '70s heat was a engine killer. This is 40+ year newer tech but I would like to see a actual towing test up the IKe and see how the belt driven huffer and other mods deals with excess heat through the engine/tranny. See what actual temps are like working heavy rather than a drag race. I was wondering the same, was thinking that motor would really heat up from a long hard pull. With that much power it should easily complete a "full pull" with the 15K trailer up the Ike (60 mph the whole way) but could the cooling system exchange that much heat? And it would be fun to snicker at the abysmal mpg.
rjstractor 01/21/21 07:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: V6 Silverados

Is it the 4.3 Typhoon/Cyclone V6? No. The new 4.3 is a completely different engine than he old 4.3! x2. The Typhoon/Syclone engine was a turbocharged and specially built older generation 4.3. Ironically it was rated at 5 hp LESS than the new 4.3, just 280 hp. I think that it was drastically underrated as evidenced by its 0-60 and 1/4 times. 4.3 seconds 0-60 and a mid 13 second 1/4 in an almost 4000 lb vehicle takes a lot more than just 280 flywheel horsepower, probably at least 350 according to online calculators.
rjstractor 01/12/21 08:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

If the oil companies were smart they would adopt the adage, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." Maybe to some extent they already have. Somebody with a clue will start seriously pushing the concept of standardized level 3 charging. Superchargers for Teslas are great, but the idea of brand-specific charging will seem as silly in 50 years as the idea of having to take your Chevy to a GM gas station does now. Granted, people will do the vast majority of charging at home, but for EVs to go mainstream and make ICE cars obsolete, charging on the road will need to be as quick and convenient as filling up your car with gas.
rjstractor 01/05/21 07:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Small Class C on Truck Chassis?

“Small Class C on Truck Chassis?” One truck + truck camper = small class C on truck chassis. Had a friend that we would meet in the desert in the 80's that had one of these.It was built on a crew cab and he made it 4WD,454 and was bullet proof. Sometimes we had to use our Jeeps to find him. He said that it was the original Class "C" CHASSIS MOUNTED CAMPER. That I couldn't dispute.It was an amazing rig. height=330 Looks like an amazing rig, but certainly not original...
rjstractor 01/03/21 09:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What are your opinions on the new Ekko ?

Is it as low to the ground in the front as it appears from the picture? I was wondering the same thing. On Ford's website it appears that the AWD option does not add anything to ground clearance or ride height. This might make this motorhome a great ski rig with the AWD, but not so much for offroading. Anytime I took my C down a bad road, ground clearance was always a concern but never had traction issues.
rjstractor 12/31/20 02:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Conflicting information tow dolly

Call the dealer back and ask if your particular vehicle has any type of rear wheel drive. Or take to any mechanic (the dealer, the corner gas station, a brake and tire shop) and ask if the rear wheels have any power applied to them like in rear wheel drive or all wheel drive. The Ford Fiesta is front wheel drive. No need to call the dealer or have a mechanic look at it. If the OP really had doubts, a 10 second look under the back of the would confirm that there is no rear drive axle.
rjstractor 12/31/20 09:00am Dinghy Towing
RE: Lifting my class C

I added a single roller which fits the hitch. I did the same. From what I understand, the castors can easily overstress the rear of a frame rail if one contacts the ground. The downside to either the roller or the castors is that when they contact the ground it starts to unload the rear axle, which can lead to losing traction if the surface is at all slippery. Your rig seems to have a really lousy wheelbase to length ratio. I wonder how it will handle with a trailer in tow.
rjstractor 12/31/20 08:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: V6 Silverados

Can the new Chevy Silverados with the 4.3L V6 really how over 9000 pounds? Anyone with practical experience in one case to arrest to that? I'm not sure where that number comes from, because with that engine the max towing is 7800 lbs. GCWR is 12,800, which sounds reasonable for the hp/torque of that motor. With a truck GVWR of 7000ish, a GCWR of 12,800 gives a realistic towing capacity of 6000 lbs or so. Interestingly, the 2.7 turbo 4 has a significantly higher towing capacity, and with its far superior low end torque would make a much better towing motor. If I were in the market for a GM 1500 series truck I would consider that motor even over the 5.3 V8.
rjstractor 12/29/20 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing Spare Tire

On my to buy list is a breaker bar, extension, socket and jack. I have a 1/2 electric rattle wrench but I doubt it would crack the wheel nuts. A halfway decent cordless impact should be able to loosen the lugs-provided they are not too tight. 140 ft/lbs is not really that tight, just a 70 pound pull at the end of a 2 foot tire iron. Many guys would have you think that you need to stand on the end of a four foot breaker bar to get them loose. If that's the case, then they were WAY overtightened to begin with and possibly damaged.
rjstractor 12/28/20 07:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Edmunds half ton drag race

If the 0-60 and 1/4 mile times are accurate, any of these trucks would give many 1960's muscle cars a run for the money and in many cases be showing their tail lights to the muscle cars. amazing progress. Like I have posted, our 2020 Ford Edge ST with the 2.7L twin turbo V6 with 335/380 HP/Torque and weighs 4500 lbs does 0-60 in 5.7 and 1/4 mile in 14.1 at 97. This modern SUV would run away and hide from my 1967 SS/RS 350 Camaro with 295HP, which weighed 3300 lbs. Which they say had 0-60 mph in 8.0 sec, with the quarter mile coming up in 15.4 sec at 90 mph. Yep, I remember when I was in high school a 15 second car was FAST! My little VW Alltrack wagon IIRC runs 0-60 in the mid 7s and mid to high 15s in the 1/4 which is considered to be a little on the gutless side today, and way behind your Edge.
rjstractor 12/25/20 05:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Edmunds half ton drag race

To me it looked like the F150s poor launches were due to the driver being slow on the gas. The electric motor boost from the hybrid system should more than make up for any turbo lag. To alleviate that they should have rotated drivers. The F150 catching up to the lighter truck as the race progressed is proof that it puts more HP to the ground. The roll on race indicated that as well. The OPs question as to whether that extra HP is available continuously, it stands to reason that once the battery is depleted that extra HP is no longer there. We won't know for sure until we see an Ike shootout with these trucks. The challenge lately seems to be putting a heavy enough trailer behind the trucks that TFL tests to actually make it a contest.
rjstractor 12/24/20 06:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Hummer updates on prices, availability, etc.

Where are you going to get ALL the electric for 300,000 electric vehicles? That's a lot of Amp Hours. KEN It takes 27 kwh to go 100 miles in a Bev. On a 30 amp service that is 7.5 hours of consumption. On a 50 amp RV service it is 2.25 hours. How often do you drive 100 miles in a day in your car? I think the impact on the power grid caused by electric passenger vehicles will be phased in pretty gradually since most people drive 50 miles or less a day. Large commercial vehicles that draw 1 kwh or more per mile driven and travel 200+ miles per day might be a challenge to charge daily, especially if an outfit has 100+ vehicles to be charged.
rjstractor 12/23/20 06:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How will my new F350 behave in cold temps?

All diesels have glow plugs like gassers have spark plugs Really? Are you sure? ;)
rjstractor 12/19/20 09:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: New version of Ford's 9.75" axle?

Looking at F150 fleet Ford specs shows the 4800 rawr has been around since the '00s Those specs also show the F150 with a 8200 gvwr and 4800 rated rear axle as a 7 lug 9.75" in 2014. Then in 2015 Ford dropped to a 7850 gvwr with a same 4800 rawr and a 6 lug 9.75HD rear axle assy. Six larger diameter lugs no doubt will carry same weight as 7 smaller diameter lugs...just assuming here. Good assumption, since there are six lug axles in commercial trucks that are rated at 14K+ pounds. Obviously those are full floating axles.
rjstractor 12/16/20 07:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian E 1/2 ton charging net for more remote campy spots.

It certainly is a well thought out device. How many watt-hours can it harvest in a day? I look forward to purchasing an EV some day and am not an EV hater. But I'm a realist, and I get annoyed at the worthless figures published by EV companies in regards to range and charging. Saying that a charging station provides up to 'X' range is of little value when there are myriad factors that determine that. (the individual car for one) So, the internet tells me a ballpark output for a solar panel is 20W per square foot in optimum conditions. The panel appears to be slightly wider than a normal parking spot, so call it 12 feet wide and 20 feet long. 240 square feet gives you 4800 watts output maximum. Not quite true level 2 capability but not too shabby if you're only trying to charge 1 car. Showing several cars connected at once is pretty silly, it's like trying to fill a car's gas tank with a turkey baster.
rjstractor 12/13/20 09:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

That was part of my question what is the lot more work or other difficulties that I am not seeing? Several things- a trailer takes more skill to back and park than a motorhome. Not an issue once you've done it a few times. You have to get out and disconnect the trailer from the truck when you set up (unless you're overnighting in a parking lot or something) The big one is leveling, especially if you had automatic levelers in your motorhome. I've done both types of RVing. With a motorhome, if it's late, cold and pouring rain when you arrive at your site, you can literally throw it in park and go to bed. (assuming you have enough propane and battery of course) With a trailer, you're gonna get wet. Setting up a TT is not bad, but it is a bit more work.
rjstractor 12/13/20 09:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Worth the effort?

I think the OP might have been contemplating a switch to DRW or 19.5s, not both.
rjstractor 12/12/20 09:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Haul Mode

My 03 silverado would shift really rough on Tow Haul mode. Buddy with the same truck noticed the same thing. Shifted hard enough to make you think it was better to leave it off for that particular truck. Currently have an 02 7.3 and all it has is a button to ditch 4th gear. Not sure if it adjusts shifting and torque converter slippage. The transmissions of almost 20 years ago were different animals. The 2005 Chevy I used to have acted similarly. Yes, the button in your Ford just turns off the overdrive.
rjstractor 12/09/20 07:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Surge breaks on a dolly

Class A motorhomes come in a vast range of weights and braking abilities. A small 12000 lb motorhome towing 4000 lbs of unbraked load will take a lot longer to stop. On a 50000 lb tandem axle motorhome, the weight difference and the stopping distance difference will be much less. It's never a bad idea to have brakes on the towed load, but it becomes a much better idea as the weight differential increases. Brakes on any vehicle are designed to stop the GVWR, with a margin for safety. If the 50,000 lb MH in your example has a GVWR of 52,000 lbs, and you hang a 4,000 lbs un-braked on the back you are 2000 lbs into that safety margin. You would not want your kid in front of that rig. Why would you want to put somebodies else's kids there? I don't disagree. But my point stands- a 4000 lb unbraked load will have a much greater effect on a 12000 lb tow vehicle versus a 50000 lb tow vehicle. IMO, it would be almost impossible to dial in a toad braking system on a 4K load behind a 50K motorhome to have a substantial effect on stopping distance without frying the toad vehicle brakes. It would be like putting electric brakes on an 800 lb Harbor Freight trailer behind a 1 ton pickup- you would probably fry the tires and brakes on the trailer before you would significantly shorten the stopping distance of the combination. Now , granted the breakaway protection makes a toad braking system a good addition to any toad, regardless of weight.
rjstractor 12/07/20 08:26pm Dinghy Towing
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