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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: https://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/transit-chassis/models/cutaway/ 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
RE: Creative Towing

The 13L is soffered in the US, but it cannot compete with the Cummins offerings. Some of our 140+ dealerships throughout the US are also Ud And Isuzu dealers and we are in constant worh their corporate offices all the time as their largest dealer network in NORTH America. The reason why they don't offer ther bigger trucks offered elsewhere is because they don't sell well compared to the current competition from the domestic brands since it has less power and capability than what is already offered in the US.  The 13litre is not avaiable in the US, Only the 8.8 ltre. HinoUS XL class 8 with 9 litre Diesel Well seeing NA has a complete aversion to Cabovers, I find it not surprising they do not sell well in the US. As it stands all Japanese and European OEM's are very busy with Global Sales On the other hand US HDT's are mainly rextrited to NA and what I gather a pretty nasty turn down in sales for 2019 I wouldn't say NA has a "complete aversion" to cabovers. There are lots and lots of the small Isuzu and Fuso cabovers around my area. They are very popular in landscaping applications and small box trucks. The medium to large cabovers (with up to 24') box used to be popular about 20 years but not any more. I drove one a few times, they were very nice trucks, much nicer and well built than what Ford, GM and International had to offer.
rjstractor 12/08/19 07:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why Tesla's are bad at towing!

I've ordered a Cybertruck to pull my RV and if I get 150 to 200 miles between charge, I'll be happy because that my normal stop for gas, lunch and toilet breaks anyways. You might get close to 150-200 miles depending on how big your RV is. IIRC the Model X consumes about 700-900 w/hr per mile on the flat and up to 1800 w/hr per mile on a steep grade towing a 4500 lb horse trailer. I'm assuming the bigger, heavier Cybertruck towing a bigger, heavier trailer will consume more power, say 1 kwh per mile depending on speed and terrain. The 200 kwh battery in the Trimotor Cybertruck might get you close. As battery tech improves, so will capacity. If an electric pickup could get up over 300 kwh in battery capacity it would seriously be in business for RV towing. Of course, the more juice a battery holds the longer it takes to charge. You're looking at two hours for a full charge on a battery that big.
rjstractor 12/06/19 07:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Have our trucks got too much power yet?

"I live in a place that has the highest gas prices in North America but relatively cheap electricity. I am seriously considering a PHEV as my next vehicle." YEA but think about all the Salmon you will be killing. Why? the two main salmon rivers are the Skeena and Fraser. They don't now, nor will they ever have dams on them. BC gets about 90% of its power from hydroelectric-from the Columbia and Peace rivers. The BC power from the Columbia doesn't harm any salmon- because the dams downstream in the states take care of that... all joking aside, it's too bad we can't (or won't) develop hydroelectric technology that allows for fish passage. Hydro power is literally solar energy.
rjstractor 12/03/19 08:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

^^ This is an issue that many EV proponents refuse to acknowledge. They assume that EVs will experience the same 30-50% reduction in range as an ICE powered vehicle. I have a theory on why this is not accurate. I'm not an engineer, but here's my theory. EVs are much more effcient than ICE vehicles. They move a vehicle with a lot less wasted heat (energy) than a comparable ICE vehicle. However, a trailer takes the same amount of extra energy to move it down the road, regardless of what it's hitched to. So, say that an unladen ICE powered pickup takes 100 units of energy to move it from point A to point B. A much more efficient EV takes only 50 units of energy to move it from A to B. Add a high profile trailer, and say that takes an additional 100 units of energy to move from A to B. The ICE pickup now takes a total of 200 units to go from A to B, a doubling of energy required or a halving of range. The EV now takes 150 units of energy, still more efficient overall, but instead of a 400 mile range it's range towing is just 133 miles since it's energy requirement has tripled over an unladen vehicle. TFL's real world testing has shown this, and even towing a lightweight, low profile trailer cut the Tesla Model X's range in half.
rjstractor 11/30/19 10:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Some more food for thought The tug o war between Tesla and Ford 150 was not fair I admit. Not only Tesla weights more it also has way MORE power aka Torque. How much is unknown, however Ive seen EvWest vids with their race car BMW Which uses Tesla drivetrain and baterys and it puts 4000 lbs of torque to the wheels,yes 4 THOUSAND Id think Tesla truck has at least that maybe more,so even with bigest 4x4 and diesel Ford or anyone else has no chance to outpull Tesla Will see https://electrek.co/2019/11/29/tesla-cybertruck-becomes-underdog-ford-f150-tug-of-war-challenge/ Tug of wars between trucks are just silly publicity stunts that prove nothing, although they could have at least put the Ford in 4WD. My AWD VW Golf wagon could beat an empty 2WD pickup in a tug of war as long as nothing broke. Put 2000 lbs in the bed of the pickup and the result is different even though HP and torque are the same. The winner is the truck with the most traction, as long as it has enough power to use it.
rjstractor 11/30/19 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Have our trucks got too much power yet?

Interesting idea, would seem to have an application for the trucking industry. Sounds expensive though. You would also have to figure that the weight of the system would count againt the amount of available cargo capacity, but maybe the math would work out. Although I haven't seen one in use yet, there are companies manufacturing electric trailer axles for the trucking industry. I believe there is government policy in place that allows the GVWR of the trailer to be raised by the additional axle/battery weight so the payload is not affected. Bosch has one in development but not yet in production. It really sounded like well thought out technology until I read the bit about using the electric axle to move the trailer by itself. Uhh, they should figure out the part about a trailer only having wheels on one end, and you need something to support the other end and steer it. Joking aside, the estimated 4% fuel savings might make it viable in the trucking industry, which generally doesn't seem to be interested in flashy, sexy tech unless it can reduce per-mile operating costs.
rjstractor 11/30/19 08:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane Question

Thanks all for the responses! I plan to take our trailer up the mountain to our local ski area, they have power hookups but want to prepare for worse case scenario and have enough propane to make it through a cold night. Thanks! Brian If you're on a good 30A power hookup, you can supplement your furnace with a ceramic or radiator-type electric heater. This can save you a lot of propane.
rjstractor 11/29/19 10:35am Travel Trailers
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