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RE: Hellcat Powered 2021 Ram 1500 TRX debut

In an EV you can still hear tire noise and wind noise as it gets faster, which happens VERY VERY fast in an EV, or at least in a Tesla. I get that, EVs are ridiculously fast for the most part. More acceleration than is really even practical. I'm close to buying a motorcycle, a Harley Heritage Softail. Harley's Livewire electric motorcycle is MUCH faster, yet has zero appeal to me. No shifting, no sound, no feel, no soul. Doesn't mean I wouldn't want to test ride one, but have no interest in buying one. And if the Rebel TRX were to appeal to me, Tesla's truck certainly would not even if it were much faster. Now, if Tesla made a $30,000 small package delivery van (like a Ford Transit Connect) and I did short haul package delivery than an EV would appeal to me very much.
rjstractor 08/20/20 07:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hellcat Powered 2021 Ram 1500 TRX debut

2021 Tesla Cybertruck crew cab 6 1/2 ft bed with 14,000 lb tow rating does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds for $69,900 and has a 500 mile range. :R And it probably sounds like a vacuum cleaner.... ELON MUSK, JAY LENO AND THE 2021 CYBERTRUCK I stand corrected. It doesn't sound like anything... :R:R
rjstractor 08/19/20 10:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hellcat Powered 2021 Ram 1500 TRX debut

2021 Tesla Cybertruck crew cab 6 1/2 ft bed with 14,000 lb tow rating does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds for $69,900 and has a 500 mile range. :R And it probably sounds like a vacuum cleaner....
rjstractor 08/18/20 08:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford E 450 Class C with 5.4 V8

The 5.4L is adequate IMO for not-towing. But anything larger than 24' will be E450 anyways. I would opt for the V10 in a short coach if you want to tow. "Adequate" for driving the flat. It would struggle going up hill. If I had one, I would check into installing a 4.10 rear axle, but that would kill any fuel economy improvement. A people complain how much a V10 revs. Wait until that combination of a 5.4L and a 4.10 hits a steep hill ! :? Check into installing 4.10s? IIRC the gas E350s all had 4.10s and the 450s either 4.63 or 4.56, depending on year. There were no taller gear ratios with the gas engines.
rjstractor 08/17/20 07:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dodge RAM payload

To the OP, you mentioned in your post that the main reason you were looking for a truck to replace your Armada was because you want a bigger trailer. As you've probably realized, the capability of a 150/1500 pickup is only incrementally better than your Armada. It sounds like you still would prefer an SUV. The Ford Expedition EL with the HD towing package offers similar payload and towing to most (but not all) pickups in the 150/1500 segment and arguably the best-performing towing engine in the segment.
rjstractor 08/16/20 02:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Suggest a 'C'

The 31' Cs with slides often have serious payload issues. I could not find listed empty weights for the Jayco 31FS, but I seem to remember they sit around 13,000 empty. I used to have a 30' C Gulfstream bunkhouse model with two dinettes and no slides. It's listed empty weight was 11,500, but fully loaded for camping it was difficult to not overload the rear axle. And it had a wheelbase of over 200 inches, so for a coach of its size there was not a great deal of overhang. My point is that you will very likely run overloaded in this rig.
rjstractor 08/16/20 10:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

Mike, between you, me and 12V, we should stop posting pics of rust free 20-40 year old vehicles from up here, or all the Rust Belt residents may start coming and snatching up our gems! Lol. FWIW, having lived in many parts of our great country, the coastal PNW IS the best area in the country for preserving old cars. Enough that I’d barely consider desert SW and southern vehicles , in general, compared to up here. While the south and southwest is rust free, the vehicles from here also benefit for the serious lack of UV degradation for 2/3 of each year AND they receive complimentary fresh water undercarriage washes each day they’re driven during the same time of year! And based on the tire life I get out of tires here compared to other areas of the country, there is a component of decreased drivetrain wear on vehicles operated in the rain the majority of the year. You generally accelerate, corner and brake a bit lighter in wet roads compared to dry and the simple objective proof is Tires last longer. Even if it’s rust free, it’s almost unheard of for a 20+ year old vehicle to have good factory paint, Anywhere else, unless it was a garage queen, in which case the climate doesn’t matter. I’m not helping our cause by bragging about it......lol Having lived here all my life, a lot of those things I've never really thought of. We get a little bit of snow and ice, and while they use deicer they don't use salt. And there's always rain following up snow to wash it away. I agree that rust is rare around here... except for right on the coast. Down in Long Beach or Ocean Shores live some seriously rusty cars!
rjstractor 08/15/20 06:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric vehicle mandate in California

California has a mandate for electric vehicles in the future. Just read with the extreme heat PG&E will have rolling blackouts because of power shortage. Noticed this in previous years as well. Do you think requiring electric vehicles is putting the cart before the horse in not having a updated power grid to handle the increased demand of charging electric vehicles? I think mandating any type of technology is dangerous. It stifles development of competing and perhaps better technologies. Requiring a maximum emission output is one thing. Stating how you "must" get there seems illogical. This was a little different situation, but an example of how a "blind squirrel can find a nut". Several years ago the Port of Seattle (operators of SeaTac Airport) mandated that taxi operators servicing the airport start switching their fleet to hybrid vehicles to reduce emissions. Up until then nearly all of the taxi operators used worn out police cars as taxis because they could buy them for practically nothing. Well, after switching to the Prius, the taxi operators discovered that they were saving about $500 a month per taxi, since the old junk Crown Vics used four times as much gas and constantly needed repairs. Today you can't throw a rock without hitting a Prius taxi. Thanks to that overreaching government mandate, the cab operators are now making more money. This was definitely the exception and not the rule, but I thought it an interesting example.
rjstractor 08/15/20 09:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dinghy Towing

Most brake systems only operate in emergency braking situations. Normal braking and they don’t activate. So yes the coach brakes are doing all the stopping and are rated at the full GCWR. my brake system did not only operate in emergency braking situations. on "normal" braking situations they do in fact operate. I also think it is criminal to tow a toad without a break away system. bumpy That's very likely the case when towing with a class C motorhome or a light duty A. Those coaches basically have the same brakes as 1 ton pickup trucks. Their relative weight is also much less in relation to a toad. The OP has a 30,000 coach with air brakes and his toad weighs less than 10% of that. It will affect his stopping distance about as much as a big teenage boy in the back seat of his Fit. The weight difference is so much that any attempt to get the Fit brakes to engage and effect stopping distance on such a heavy combination would likely result in excessive wear on the Fit's brakes. A breakaway system, however is smart and makes sense.
rjstractor 08/12/20 07:47pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

We know someone(friend of a friend) who bought a salvage Tesla. Got it for a song. Model S. The problem is once it is written off Tesla removes supercharger privileges and he can only charge L2 or use a Chademo adapter at non Tesla fast chargers. For the most part he and she use it for commuting but like to do road trips as well and have to put up with the slower Chademo chargers. Good thing the Chademo network is getting better but would still suck without Supercharger access. Tesla won't budge on their position. That's a shame. I imagine that Tesla would no longer support that car with updates either. Might be fun to get a salvage titled Tesla to swap into an old car to make a really cool restomod. :)
rjstractor 08/09/20 07:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is there a weight limit on cabover bed?

Does anyone have a opinion of whether or not it's bad for my camper to haul the heavier mattress on the cabover camper? Even if the new mattress outweighed the old one by 50 pounds, with that weight distributed evenly over the cabover the extra weight won't matter at all.
rjstractor 08/09/20 09:19am Truck Campers
RE: Towing 2020 Chevy Colorado

If the owner's manual states what to do, that's what you do.
rjstractor 08/07/20 07:56pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 2000 F350 7.3 diesel mileage

That is really good mpg, my 2000 F250 7.3/6MT gets around 14 towing whether I'm towing a 3000 lb 6x12 enclosed trailer or a 14' dump trailer full of firewood. I've never towed an RV with it but I imagine it would get worse. I did average an honest 20 mpg running empty on many miles of 60 mph two-lane. It's only got 170K on the clock so hopefully just getting broken in.
rjstractor 08/06/20 08:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Options are limted

You seem to have done your homework pretty well as far as weights go, but remember you only have to count tongue weight once as part of your GCWR calculation. Your tow vehicle carries the tongue weight, but it is part of your trailer weight. Weight distribution plays a part as well, since it transfers some load off the TV rear axle onto the front as well as some load back onto the trailer axles.
rjstractor 08/06/20 08:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: best ever fuel mileage 2009 6.4L

From what I have read that engine Love’s to drink Diesel. They sure do. My fire department's rescue team has one, an F550 sitting at about 18,000, plus towing a 7K trailer. It's got plenty of power, but 5-6 mpg is typical.
rjstractor 08/04/20 07:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Hummer has crazy good specs. 1000 HP and 1150 torque.

I don’t think they have published any towing distances for the Cybertruck. Regardless. Sooner or later there will be EV’s that can tow 300 miles. Why??? Cause there is a market for it. I'm sure there will be as battery tech improves. Based on my wild guesses from watching various EV towing videos, it's going to take about 1-1.2 kWh per mile to tow a large travel trailer. (I noticed that like most EV "teaser" video there was no mention of battery specs) At that number will never improve, physics are physics, and EVs are already much better than ICE vehicles at utilizing energy efficiently. There's just not much efficiency left to gain. What will (and needs to) improve is the stored energy density of batteries, as well as how quickly said batteries can be charged, which will in turn push the limits of electric utility infrastructure. A lot of people mistakenly think that EV technology will follow the exponential growth of efficiency that data processing and storage have experience. But there is a huge difference between the virtual and real.
rjstractor 07/30/20 07:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: flat tow

I have a F-150 EcoBoost 2wd my manual says you cannot flat tow a 2 wheel drive F-150 IIRC nearly all 2WD pickups can't be towed four down without a driveshaft disconnect. Many 4WD can if equipped with a means to shift the transfer case to neutral.
rjstractor 07/26/20 07:01pm Dinghy Towing
RE: '07 Lincoln Town Car Towing

Thanks for the good comments folks! I have a lot of experience towing with 'Burbs, and big vans, but the laat time I tried a sedan I got my arse whooped. A guy in Canada advise I could tow my Airstream Flying CLoud 25 with a Chrysler 300 V6. Spent a bucket load of money on a custom hitch, and the rig almost killed me on our first outing when it over heated up a 4% grade and then the brakes wouldn't stop the whole rig on the way down. My wife brained me over that fiasco. Being careful this time. Sounds like good old Andy T at Can-Am RV, trying to convince people that the best tow vehicle for a 3 axle Airstream was not an F250, but rather a front wheel drive V6 sedan. I don't care if I can do a slalom course at 80 mph, I'd much rather be able to back up a hill without smoking the transmission.
rjstractor 07/26/20 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Model X Towing 5,000-lb Camper: 600-Mile Road Trip

I did my post as I was impressed with the Tesla. I compared it to my Outback to show the Tesla was getting about the equivalent of 22 mpg towing a 5000 lb trailer at 60-70 mph average. Not sure if a diesel pick-up will do any better with a 5000 lb trailer. Range is the major problem but as they put in larger batteries the economy will suffer due to the extra weight. Unlike diesel or gas the weight does not decrease as the miles add up on a trip. The "fuel economy" of EVs is great, even after factoring the higher initial cost. A diesel pickup won't get 22 mpg empty, the exception being the newer 150/1500 series diesels. Some claim to get that kind of mpg with their 2500/3500 diesels empty, but I call "shenanigans". At a steady 60 mph empty I can get 20 with my 7.3 Ford diesel. 17-18 is more typical. Towing a trailer like that one the Tesla was pulling, 12-15 mpg would be expected for a diesel, and 8-12 for a gas engine. I once got 7 mpg towing a 4000 lb ultralite travel trailer with a Ford Expedition. Again, some will claim better, but the single best way to improve mpg is to simply lie about it. The newer EVs on the market have terrific performance towing. The couple in the video stated that their Tesla did not strain at all on grades, and I believe it. The main Achilles' heel for towing an RV a significant distance with an EV is range, and it will take significant improvements in battery capacity and charging infrastructure to overcome it.
rjstractor 07/25/20 07:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fords new 7.3 Godzilla

I’m curious to see how it does in real world driving. It doesn’t sound any better on paper than the outgoing V-10! An additional 68 horsepower and 18 ft./lb. torque sounds pretty good on paper to me!
rjstractor 07/24/20 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
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