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RE: What do you think about this set up?

Quite a few years ago I had a very similar set up with a Chevy Tahoe, 350 CI engine and 3:42 gears. I did tow a 19' Wilderness and did two things. Ran out of power in the hills and burned up the rear diff. You will find out it is driving you and you are not driving it at the end of the day. The gearing is not right for the load you want to tow in my opinion. Curly 350, meaning at best you had a 4-speed transmission, a glorified TH400 with overdrive. In 2013 there's a good chance that the OP's Tahoe has the 6-speed, which has a much deeper 1st gear, and two additional gears between first and direct. This allows you to have the low grunt of a 4.10 and the good unloaded mileage of the 3.42, using transmission gears instead of differential gears. "Gotta have a 4.10" is outdated 1970's thinking. You're right, I drive 2011 and 2009 Tahoes at work and they both have six speeds. I think they went to the trans about 2007ish? They run well but they can never decide which gear to be in unless you use manual mode, and that's running empty. Not sure if towing heavy with one would be fun although I'm sure they would do the job.
rjstractor 08/03/21 08:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Downside to lower CO alarm?

CO poisoning is still not well explained to general public, but available knowledge is that it mix with most of the air, that is why sensor is recommended in mid-level. I still think that it doesn't matter that much. I am against combining the alarms as propane sensors work for long years (I tested 20 yo still working) when CO sensor has 10 years efficient life and should be replaced. So if you keep the camper long, you will have dilemma in few years. I also like the idea about 10 years batteries no matter what. CO poisoning is "by absorption" what is another hard to figure out feature. In my old house I had fireplace, that I was using heavy. At the time I had CO detector who would display value of 500, what is consider deadly, but for short time it lasted the detector did not start alarm. Lastly I camped for almost 20 years before CO detectors become available and am still alive. Just don't use range oven for comfort heating and make sure your furnace is in good condition. Lot of owners use furnace heavily in cold climates, while never cleaning the burner. For generator use, you suppose to have exhaust gas alarm, but those are still hard to get. I have no clue what you mean by CO poisoning is "by absorption". It's inhaled, and as it accumulates in your blood it binds more readily to the hemoglobin than oxygen, so your cells slowly starve of oxygen. The phenomenon you describe with your CO detector sounds about right, a fairly high level of CO for a short time might not cause an alarm where a lower level for a long time might. I've never heard of an exhaust gas alarm specifically for generator use, and CO is the gas in generator exhaust that is most dangerous.
rjstractor 08/03/21 08:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Ultimate payload monster?

I ain't much smarter than a box of rocks, but I would guess there might be other components that limit GWR? BTW, I don't think I have ever seen a weight tag where the total of axle weights is not greater than GVWR. On a pickup you won't see that but on commercial trucks you likely will. My former motorhome, a 1998 E450 based C had a RGAWR of 9450 and a FGAWR of 4600 and a GVWR of..... 14050. Those axle weight ratings are lower than those of a 350/3500 series dually pickup yet the GVWR is just over 14K, probably to put it into the class 4 truck group and reduce the emission requirements. Fast forward to today. The new E450 has axles of 9600/5000 and a GVWR of 14500, again lower axle ratings than a new F450 dually, which can be as high as 9900/6000. Yet the GVWR of said truck is only 14000. If this isn't evidence of the OEMs artificially lowering GVWRs of pickup trucks to keep them in a given DOT weight class, I can't imagine what is. If Ford used the same criteria for the F450 pickup (not cab and chassis) as the E450 cutaway its GVWR would be 15,500 or more.
rjstractor 07/29/21 08:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultimate payload monster?

GVWR is a JOKE!!! Someone please tell me how I can stay at or under 14k when my RAWR is 9,750# and my unloaded front axle weight is 5,250# when they add up to 15k. My solution is to have tonnage enough to cover my 6 tires load. Even worse with my 2000 F250 diesel, to get to its 6100 lb or so RGAWR without exceeding its 8800 GVWR, I would have to pile all the weight behind the rear axle to unload the front axle from its 4500 lb or so empty weight to under 2800 pounds. Far safer to load the truck at 5500 on the rear, 4500 on the front even though at those weights I'm exceeding the GVWR by 1200 lbs.
rjstractor 07/28/21 07:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thank Heavens for Our Motorhome

Many years ago we lost power for 4 days after an ice storm. I kept the house warm and lit by running a cord inside from the motorhome generator. I spliced a 3 prong plug into the natural gas furnace so it would run from the generator. Probably not code legal but it worked!
rjstractor 07/25/21 09:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tag axle for truck camper rigs

Do you detractors run up to every tag/pusher axle equipped heavy truck you see and help save them from the disaster equipment that’s about to fail them? Explanations of how more axles with brakes under a load is a hazard are welcome. For the record, I think this is a pretty cool invention for some applications and the inventor seems to have done his homework. However, the example you cite of commercial trucks with drop or tag axles isn't really relevant to this product. Commercial trucks use drop or tag axles to meet axle or bridge weight laws, not because the truck itself can't handle the load otherwise. Most drop axle trucks are designed to be within design limits for all components fully loaded even with the drop axles up. The drop axles are just to make the truck legal.
rjstractor 07/23/21 08:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Air Pump to Cat 1991 Ford 460 Question

If it's running good I wouldn't be too inclined to mess with it much as long as you don't have emission testing or inspections. It's pre-OBD2 so taking it to an auto parts store for a free code reading won't help. Checking the code involves some combination of jumping terminals and counting flashes- do some research on the internet on how to do this or get your hands on a repair manual.
rjstractor 07/20/21 07:39pm Class C Motorhomes

When did you make the claim? It's been 60 months since you bought those batteries, so the warranty is now up.
rjstractor 07/18/21 07:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trade-in sweet spot

I traded a 2003 Prowler Lynx TT that I bought brand new back in 2002 for $14k out the door. Used it every year since then and never had any major repairs.. Just the usual little stuff and wear items. It was a great little trailer. Summer of 2019, we start thinking about a new rig. Truck just got paid off and the TT was paid off a decade earlier.. Find our local RV dealer about 3 miles away had the exact model and floorplan we wanted and worked out a deal. They offered me $6500 trade in for the Prowler, sight unseen! I was only expecting around $3000.. I would have taken that too! I did NOT wish to go thru the hassle of trying to private sell the thing... Just too many ding-dongs out there! Anyway, trading worked out well for me. I cleaned up the Prowler and looked **** good for a 16 year old TT and I found out they sold it 1 week later for $9000!! Didn't bother me a bit.. I was just glad all I had to do was clean it up (which I would have had to do anyway) and then just sign the title and them putting $6500 trade in value on the new trailers invoice! Plus the $5000 additional I put down, made the bottom line and loan amount a great deal for me. Good luck! Mitch And on top of that you saved about $650 in sales tax since you only pay tax on the difference in sales vs trade in price.
rjstractor 07/18/21 02:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Kimbo or Lance for the Cybertruck?

I long ago stop questioning people on how they spend their hard money -- whether buying ugly, yuge or impractical. One due gave up his luxurious 5er resulting into an unhappy wife because he said he gone sick and tired lugging that monstrous rig. He settled on a cramped truck camper as he said for being able to park on trail head, being able to take a nap before hitting the trails and have hot meal on return.' Just don't know if that worth though the cost of divorce proceedings, lol. Anyways, younger generations seems to be the market for Kimbo and Cybertruck in the belief for zero impact life style and camping. And willing to sacrifice some inconveniences of cramped living quarters and having to pump their muscles to operate a few gadgets here and there. I'm not the market for Kimbo unless they can make it like the Lancce 1172 -- you know, for a happy wife and divorce being more inconvenient. If by the Lance 1172 you mean 11 feet long and a dry weight of 4200 lbs, that's a little much for a 6 1/2 foot bed and 3000 lb rated payload. You might want to shoot for something in between. ;)
rjstractor 07/17/21 11:18am Truck Campers
RE: [SOLVED] Work truck with service bed to tow a fifth wheel?

Full disclosure- I'm not a fifth wheel guy myself. One potential issue I see is that the sides of the utility body look taller than a typical pickup bed which could lead to clearance issues with the trailer. Raising the hitch itself could allow for clearance, but that then creates problems with the hitch being too high to keep the trailer reasonably level while towing. But if the truck in question is clean, reasonably priced and otherwise capable, removing the utility body and replacing it with a flatbed or fifth wheel towing type body might be an option.
rjstractor 07/13/21 07:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New F-150 Electric P/U

Curious What if I carried my 200lb, 7200W, 240V/30A generator in the truck bed. Taking that same 350 mile trip, and say a realistic distance is 250 miles per charge. Let's say I travel 200 miles and stop at an out of the way location to take a lunch break. Out of the way meaning generator noise doesn't offend anyone. How long will I need to recharge at 7200W before I can reliably make the last 150 miles? Ford hasn't officially listed the battery size but based on charging estimates from Ford, it's around 150kwh of usable battery bank. That's about 2 miles per kwh to get 300 mile range. A 7.2kw generator running for an hour might add 14miles (might be a little less depending on efficiency). This presumes the generator is rated for 7.2kw continuous output and the onboard charger won't be limited to some lower charging rate. So if you crank up the generator and plug it in just before pulling out of the driveway...assuming you are running at 65mph, 350miles will take 5.4 hours. Assuming the generator is in the back running the whole time at max output, that will give you the 300mile battery range plus an extra 75miles from the generator for a total of 375mile you have 25 miles left when you arrive. There are probably some errors due to efficiency losses, so figure you will be limping in on the proverbial fumes. Keep in mind 7.2kw is roughly 10hp. A full size pickup at freeway speeds is likely drawing 60-80hp to keep up the speed. Umm, I think the biggest error in your calculation is the fact that EVs can't be driven and charged at the same time....
rjstractor 06/29/21 07:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Onan 4K generator

Won't turn over or won't run? If it won't turn over at all, either it's a starter/electrical problem or it's completely seized.
rjstractor 06/29/21 07:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New F-150 Electric P/U

I guess you haven't done any research on electric vehicles. They only take overnight to charge if you plug them into a standard outlet. Commercial fast chargers take far less time- an hour or so. Still much longer than filling up with gas, of course. If you had an electric truck, you would only need to make a lunch stop to charge up, not an overnight stop. If you were towing your trailer it would be a different story- you would have to charge every 100 miles or thereabouts.
rjstractor 06/29/21 12:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.2L

I imagine it does great, but anymore there's nothing "monstrous" about 420hp/450 torque these days. Fords best F150 offering beats those figures handily. I suppose the Ram TRX smokes them both, but that's more of a racer boy truck than a serious tow vehicle.
rjstractor 06/28/21 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Remove/replace onboard generator

You've got 110F in Spokane?? I moved to Las Vegas 4 years ago, but took me 2 years to learn how to work in 110F. First you need to make a shade. There is no way without it. Than put your swimwear on and work for 20 minutes, or till you start dripping the sweat. Then dive in the pool for 10 laps and dry off over good and cold beer. Than you are ready for another 20 minutes of work. I live on the "wet" side of the state where it should be raining and 65 today. My forecast high is 109 today and 111 tomorrow!
rjstractor 06/27/21 08:29am Truck Campers
RE: Help with choosing our 5th wheel (and truck)

This may fall under "unsolicited advice", but have you or your husband ever driven a large vehicle or towed a large trailer? If so, you'll adapt fairly quickly and easily, but if neither of you have ever driven anything bigger than a car, getting into a 55 foot long combination weighing well over 20,000 pounds might be a little daunting at first. If I were in your situation I'd consider taking a few lessons at an RV driving school, there should be several in the area where you plan to buy your rig.
rjstractor 06/26/21 06:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: F550 based class C?

As was mentioned, there were some that size built on the F350 chassis, but the F550 has about 5K of extra GVWR that would go unused in a 25' motorhome unless you fill all the storage compartments with concrete blocks. I'm curious, why so much GVWR for such a small motorhome?
rjstractor 06/16/21 08:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ram 2500 CTD and GM 2500 Dmax up the Ike.

Forget the IKE it's a non event. What you want is the real SAE trailer tow grade comparisons. Davis Dam. Idk, its about the same grade-wise, hot in the summer but no elevation to speak of. Just 3600 feet at the top, which even normally aspirated engines will barely notice. If they could somehow heat the Ike up to over 100 degrees it might get interesting. I've only been through there once or twice but I imagine at that elevation even in the summer it doesn't get super hot.
rjstractor 06/14/21 07:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

^^^ impressive video, in less than four years Tesla has gone from rolling one out on stage to driving one bobtail around a track, showing a couple of clips of one pulling a 53' van around the block, and a really cool shot of a Tesla tractor sitting on a lowboy being hauled by a diesel tractor. I'm not a marketing genius, but shouldn't it be the other way around? Maybe Tesla will be a player in the class 8 trucking world by 2030, maybe not. In other news, the Freightliner eCascadia is approaching 1,000,000 miles of real world testing. So how much cost that Freightliner truck? Whats the range? How many did they built and sold? If its sucesful so much the better,Tesla cant do it all alone,the gigafactories take time to build,while other companies already have many,so whats the hold up ? Start building ev trucks already ! Tesla real world towing Click on the link I provided, it answers many of your questions. I don't know what the cost is. Production to start next year. What's the holdup? Diesel trucks are still much cheaper to operate per mile. When electric trucks become more cost effective, and with time they will, they will dominate the market. My point to this post was, while Tesla is still showing little video clips about its small handful of prototypes after almost 4 years, another manufacturer actually has electric trucks out on the road working and ready to go into production. I hope Tesla does soon.
rjstractor 06/13/21 10:40am Tow Vehicles
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