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RE: Hyundi Santa Cruz

Toyota tacoma 6800 lbs towing starts at $27000. It appears the Santa Cruz is no bargain as a tow vehicle. Gotta read the fine print on Toyota's website. The unicorn $27K Tacoma can only tow 3500 lbs. A Tacoma that can tow over 6K starts at closer to $40K. As far as towing with a DI turbocharged engine, there seems to be a feeling that a little tiny high-strung turbocharged engine will wind itself to pieces even trying to tow a little popup. Look at the specs on this motor- 2.5 liter, 281 hp/311 torque with max torque at 1700 rpm. Don't see any issues here- this motor's actually a little bigger than the Ranger's. Heck, GM uses a motor that's hardly any bigger in a FULL size truck- 2.7 liters (still 4 cylinder) with 310 hp/348 torque, so that motor's even more high strung! 5700 lb GVWR and 1600 payload, don't see any problems here towing a smallish TT. My main concern would be the DCT in a towing application. I don't know how well these take abuse trying to launch on a steep hill. I'd prefer one over a CVT any day though. Really, in the OP's situation, the only thing that would steer me away from the Santa Cruz is how it looks-:E and that only matters to me, no one else.
rjstractor 05/20/22 11:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Extending Camper Tounge?

I think we might need a little bit of clarification. You're posting in the Class C motorhome forum, you mention a pickup, and taking a "camper". When I see "camper" I think a slide in camper that goes on a pickup. Do you have a motorhome? If so, just use a hitch extension. That little boat doesn't weigh enough to make any difference. If you were towing something heavy you'd want to rethink that. No need to cut the RV frame. Or are you going to carry the boat on the back of the RV? Or are you towing a trailer with the boat in the back of your truck?
rjstractor 05/19/22 09:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: I am the truck killer!

3 GMs 3 problems. Time for a different brand. Lol I was thinking same thing!
rjstractor 05/18/22 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

The Transit is now available with all-wheel drive if traction is an issue. That Wagoneer looks like it may be a good choice too The Transit is not an option for any real towing, with the max tow rating for a passenger van at under 5000 lbs. It's too bad, what with factory AWD available and pretty good payload. It's good to see that Stellantis or whatever they are calling themselves this week finally has a full size SUV to compete with Ford and GM, but on paper the Wagoneer is no more capable in terms of GVWR or GCWR.
rjstractor 05/17/22 07:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

We were thinking of a Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon or Toyota Sequoia, rather than a truck. Thoughts on that for towing? The full size SUVs listed share many of the same components as full size pickups. I would look at a Suburban or Expedition Max for the extra space and wheelbase. The Sequoia's max tow rating is under the GVWR of your trailer. Also, payload can be an issue with any of the full size SUVs. Hitch weight on your trailer will be over 1000 lbs which eats up much of either a 1500 series pickup or full size SUVs payload.
rjstractor 05/15/22 09:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can Tow providers mount new tire to wheel ?

Because I want to carry the tire on my ladder , I don't want to burden the ladder mounting any more than necessary..... Tire is 25-30 pounds. With wheel about double. Thinking of carrying the spare primarily for long trip to Alaska.... very hard to find this Hankook tire up there. IMO all the more reason to have a spare ready to bolt on... is carrying a spare on a receiver-mounted rack an option? I understand not wanting to carry a mounted spare on the ladder.
rjstractor 05/12/22 07:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can Tow providers mount new tire to wheel ?

Just wondering: We have a 24 foot diesel class C with somewhat difficult to find tires = Hankook DynaPro RH12 195/75R16C . I am considering carrying a spare tire only ( no wheel ) due to weight issues. My question: Do most tow truck operators have the capability to dismount and mount a new tire onto a wheel? No, you would need to request a service truck from a tire company to remount your spare. Depending on where you were this could add lots of time and expense. In your situation, I would find a way to transport a mounted spare tire.
rjstractor 05/11/22 08:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2022 Ford Ranger Flat Towing?

Per the 2022 Ford Towing Guide the 2022 Ranger 4WD is flat towable.
rjstractor 05/08/22 07:01pm Dinghy Towing
RE: cricket golf cart for a rv

I looked at the specs briefly. At 400-480 pounds it might be a little heavy, that depends on the weight capacity of your hitch and vehicle. The class C I used to have had a hitch weight capacity of just 300 lbs, yours might be more.
rjstractor 05/08/22 08:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cummins 6.7L Gasoline Engine in a Ram?

How would it not burn more fuel when it has twice the displacement? When I mentioned "naturally aspirated engines in pickups", I was referring to the V8s used in HD pickups produced by Ford, Stellantis and GM. Those engines are all roughly the same size as the 6.7L B-series Cummins, not twice the displacement. A modern engine's fuel usage is based more on power output, not displacement, especially under high loading. We'll have to wait and see what the specs end up being on these new engines. If they are less fuel efficient than the current gas pickup engines they will fail. That still doesn’t make sense to me. Adding a turbo effectively increases displacement. When the turbo is spooling it would absolutely use more fuel than a NA similarly sized engine. I guess the Cummins engineers will have to sort that out if they want this engine to succeed. ;)
rjstractor 05/01/22 09:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cummins 6.7L Gasoline Engine in a Ram?

How would it not burn more fuel when it has twice the displacement? When I mentioned "naturally aspirated engines in pickups", I was referring to the V8s used in HD pickups produced by Ford, Stellantis and GM. Those engines are all roughly the same size as the 6.7L B-series Cummins, not twice the displacement. A modern engine's fuel usage is based more on power output, not displacement, especially under high loading. We'll have to wait and see what the specs end up being on these new engines. If they are less fuel efficient than the current gas pickup engines they will fail.
rjstractor 04/30/22 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cummins 6.7L Gasoline Engine in a Ram?

Wouldn’t the fuel economy of a 6.7 turbo gas engine make almost unaffordable? Maybe it doesn't have a turbo. I would think it would have to be turbocharged to achieve power levels comparable to current naturally aspirated gas engines used in pickups. Otherwise it will have to be able to run at 5500 rpm or more. Maybe a Cummins B can do that but I doubt it. JMO, but I think it will be direct-injected and have smallish twin turbos. It will rev higher and have less torque than the diesel version, but have the same HP at lower RPM (more torque) compared with current normally aspirated gas V8s. There's no reason it should burn more gas than today's gas engines unless they crank up the boost to try and get 600 hp out of it.
rjstractor 04/30/22 01:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cummins 6.7L Gasoline Engine in a Ram?

Sounds really interesting! It's early in the morning, but Ima gonna go pop up some popcorn....
rjstractor 04/29/22 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cruise control

OP here. We are part timers, and last outing was in January, and it worked fine. However, the windshield washer pump failed, which I replaced, and now works. Don't know if there's anything in that area of the motor that I might have disturbed. Also, this is a 2014 Tiffin Allegro gasser. Thanks guys. Skip I'm not familiar with where exactly the WW pump is in relation to the master cylinder or other parts are located, but logically it makes sense that the two could be related if the CC failed immediately after you did the work. As was mentioned earlier, there are no vacuum lines or any type of mechanical linkage that operate your cruise control. Ford has used a drive by wire system for several years, so there is no mechanical connection between your foot and the engine. A possible failure point is a faulty speed sensor, but when that happened to me in a different model Ford motorhome, I also got an ABS warning light.
rjstractor 04/29/22 07:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dual hitch, flat tow and motorbike?

That's a pretty light bike. It's not like you're carrying a Harley or Gold Wing. If the CRV drives fine hauling the Honda, it should tow just fine too.
rjstractor 04/27/22 07:48pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Small Class C on a Ford 350 vs Transit chassis

Newer Transits can be upgraded to swivel seat since they moved the parking brake. IMHO, Transits need a wider rear axle. The factory passenger van comes standard with a rear A/C unit. Does that mean you have to run the roof A/C on a Class C while you are on the road ? Since a class C is built on a cab and chassis and not a passenger van, the class C probably doesn't have rear A/C while driving.
rjstractor 04/26/22 07:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford's Coolest Electric Truck is from 1978!

Very cool restomod build using Ford's electric crate motor. Too bad Ford doesn't supply everything else needed to make it work- the battery, inverter and other electronics.
rjstractor 04/22/22 08:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Another silly stunt that has no real practical value IMO. It takes 18 of those rolled up panels to charge the car, each one nearly 60 feet long. Cut six feet of the end and you could put two on top of a 53 foot trailer. Is the driver going to stop and roll out the other 16 in the middle of the parking lot when its time for a charge? The way to solve the Tesla Semi's range problem and make it productive for OTR trucking lies in figuring out how to pack enough battery on board to give it an honest 1000 mile range without sacrificing payload. That, or engineer a battery system that can be rapidly swapped.
rjstractor 04/21/22 07:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for power?

Movigng up to the +8K GVWR class has duty cycle come into play with these ICE's Agreed, this is likely why we still haven't seen a gas engine with forced induction in a 2500/3500 series pickup yet. Ford has put the Ecoboost V6 in the Transit for some time, even the 11K GVWR version. So it's not impossible, although the Transit's GCWR is much lower than the pickup. It will be interesting to see if Stellantis uses the Hurricane engine for its 2500/3500 trucks, keeps the 6.4 Hemi, or drops the gas engine altogether.
rjstractor 04/17/22 09:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for power?

Best in class towing? Isn’t the ford with the 7.3/4.30 rated higher than that? Or is this a half ton? I believe it is for 1500 series trucks, GM's new 2500/3500 series gas engine is a 6.6. I did notice the caveat in "Best in class V8 towing". Among the big 3, it does have the best V8 tow rating, by a very small margin. What they left out is that the best overall 150/1500 series tow rating (only 400 lbs more) is held by a V6 with slightly more than half the displacement of the GM L87 V8.
rjstractor 04/16/22 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
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