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RE: Ford 7.3 v8

Here are 6 pages of discussions of the old gas heavy duty truck motors. I think this is the model for the new (?) 7.3. Us old timers remember when diesel heavy duty trucks were the minority, my FIL hauled freight on the eastern seaboard with a gas tractor. My father bought the first diesel Ford 9000 (the gas job would be a 900) dump truck where we worked in about 1971. Do you guys remember when the truck islands had the same number of gas and diesel pumps? In the oilfield the first frac pumpers were surplus Allison aircraft engines. They were followed by turbine (international solar) jet engines, because diesels were too heavy to produce 1,000 hydraulic horsepower on a standard tandem truck. A Dowell B902 (I think) pumper was my first piece of frac equipment, that turboshaft on a cold day would break the power end of the pump before it ran out of power. Later came the two stage inter and after cooled diesel piston engines.
thomas201 09/09/20 01:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4x4 roll over and recovery

Second vote for the In Reach Explorer, in either flavor. We used them at work. Also the same sat system for remote oil and gas well data. You might have to wait, but at least once a day you will get a direct overhead pass and your message will get out. Deep,steep hollers, trees, whatever. Walk or crawl 100 yards to an open area, and she will probably latch up in less than 10 minutes. Not perfect, but the best. There is also the Spot, EPRIB (PLB), Sat phones, and other stuff I don't know about. Think of these gadgets as your ace in the hole, boot knife or that .32 down in your shorts. Still the In Reach is my favorite, because of the 2 way texting, at a cheap price, in a small easy to carry package.
thomas201 09/05/20 07:44am Truck Campers
RE: 4 maybe 5 weeks....

I'll assume that Canada, is like the US and that public land must be managed for multiple use. So if you get lemons, make lemonade. The taking of natural resources can be combined with views, wildlife management, hiking, fire control and so on. On a personal note, in both Michigan and Virginia National Forests, we completed oil and gas wells, on 2 to 5 acre clear cuts, in cellars and covered the wellheads with a steel plate painted green. All lines were buried and only a few above ground tanks, painted green, were used in a large field. Then we planted the locations as wildlife food plots, as directed by Ricky the Ranger. Boom! Oil and gas production, sediment control, increased deer and associated animal populations, roads used by us, hikers, medical evacuation, and fire control. Everybody wins. Didn't cost us much money to do it this way and we probably came out ahead on legal fees and fines. Near my home town, a lumber and mining company, had about 30,000 acres at 3,500 to 4,000 feet. The virgin timber was Red Spruce. But, that was cut 100 years ago. They continued to lumber the second growth hardwoods, and strip mine the area. Then they sold it to the National Forest. Well, by natural succession we would still have another 150 to 200 years to get the Red Spruce forest back. With a little dozer work and by planting Red Spruce on the strip mines we will have a fairly nice spruce forest in 50-75 years. Also a chain of small lakes, hiking trails, fire brakes, and eventually we will cut the timber. Make that lemonade. Future generations will think it is natural. The pros will know better. It is all about using your brains, and working together.
thomas201 08/27/20 08:20am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Electric vehicle mandate in California

I shouldn't do this, but I spent a work lifetime beating the snot out of optimists, and I just have to keep doing it. Look at the graph on page 10 again, really look: World Energy Usage 1. We continue to use more energy each year. 2. Renewables are only a tiny slice. 3. Coal, oil, gas, renewables, all increased, and 4. We humans used it ALL. The caption from the bottom of the Graph: Global energy consumption increased by 2.9% in 2018. Growth was the strongest since 2010 and almost double the 10-year average. The demand for all fuels increased but growth was particularly strong in the case of gas (168 mtoe, accounting for 43% of the global increase) and renewables (71 mtoe, 18% of the global increase). In the OECD, energy demand increased by 82 mtoe on the back of strong gas demand growth (70 mtoe). In the non-OECD, energy demand growth (308 mtoe) was more evenly distributed with gas (98 mtoe), coal (85 mtoe) and oil (47 mtoe) accounting for most of the growth. Do what you want, as Asia and Africa follow our examples, more energy demand is sure to follow. See Michael Moore and Jeff Gibbs, Planet of the Humans: Planet of the Humans Maybe you can believe the enviros, if not a Petroleum Engineer. Now you see my nightmare, I feel better, you?
thomas201 08/15/20 02:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric vehicle mandate in California

In 2018 we hit our peak energy usage again: US Energy Usage and Production The decreased energy usage was caused by the recession. You can see all of our recessions since 1950 are reflected by lower energy usage. It takes years to recover each time. We have also outsourced some energy intensive businesses to other countries, such as primary steel. More honest to look at the world's energy use. Further from this same source, US energy production has never been higher, that energy is going somewhere. So for the world: World Energy Consumption Take a close look at pages 8 and 10. As Asia and Africa continue to modernize energy use will climb. After all, they have TV and can see how we live. They just want the same life as you and me. By the way, if you read the report, there is lots of wishful thinking about reducing the rate of increase (not decreasing usage), but that is just wishing. Mam, just the facts Mam.
thomas201 08/15/20 01:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Firearms to Alaska

Sorry pa12 I wasn't clear. I was going to drive the first 5,000 miles and spend a couple of months before hunting season. Then I am looking to fly the last 100 miles to get away from the crowds. The right boat can work too.
thomas201 08/07/20 05:21am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Firearms to Alaska

A birdie told me that pre covid, Whitehorse Rifle and Pistol Club did 3 gun shoots. Maybe, the competition route is not as closed as I believed. I checked on the net, yep, they used to. Maybe wrangle an invite for southern cooking and beer? Hey PA12DRVER, I'm retired and drive when I can to enjoy the journey. Drove to a moose hunt in Newfoundland last year, and we made meat. How about early caribou in August next year, if my African hunt is canceled? My boss (darling wife) might let me go, if I don't get my "fix" this year. Big hunting trips are every other year, but I got an exception for a special moose hunt with our son in 19. You like floats or wheels, do you do commercial, or just fun??
thomas201 08/06/20 06:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Firearms to Alaska Canada will allow US citizens to transport up to 5,000 rounds of ammo, I could search again, but I think 5,000 primers and several pounds of powder are also OK. I think 5,000 rounds is darn generous. Always do your own research, and print out the regs to take with you. I know from work that a radioactive source can be transferred to Canada. I also know we can bring one up from Mexico. High explosives can also be moved between our countries (oil field perforation charges). All kinds of stuff are legal, do you research, ask questions, have contacts on both sides of the border. It is all about paperwork and signatures. It ain't right and wrong, its legal and illegal.
thomas201 08/05/20 10:18am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Honda on propane.

Be aware, if you have a heavy duty cycle on your engine, that a gasoline engine has a shorted life when converted to propane. In a gasoline engine the heat that evaporates the gasoline was taken into account when the engine was designed. So, they do not have enough cooling in the head and you get valve problems. We junked a bunch of Hondas running on casing head gas before we learned this lesson. For heavy duty, get a propane engine.
thomas201 08/05/20 05:09am Truck Campers
Firearms to Alaska

Well we have time right now, the new 4457 forms are out and customs is not that busy. So, planning for next year, why not get the 4457 done? Form fill and call up your local, or not so local, customs man/woman and make an appointment. Help me investigate the possibilities: Long guns: Take them with you, US and for Canada , at $25 Canadian this is a great deal. The rules are on the form. Based on a 2019 moose hunt it is smooth and professional at the border. This is my favorite and the lowest cost option. You can also mail or ship from you to you with love, with or without the help of an FFL holder. However, it will cost you more. Take your time and do your research. Pistols and revolvers: Now we have crossed the Rubicon. From what I can read, forget taking it with you. It’s legal, but unless you are a competitive shooter and can line up a match in Yukon, not likely. So you can ship it with the help of an FFL on the far end, find a pro on the net, and follow their directions exactly. You might save some money using an FFL on both ends and shipping US mail, however without the FFL on the lower 48 end you must use a private shipper and premium service. Fairly expensive, unless you get a discount!! The last way, just to be contrary and save money. Buy an 80% frame, suitable for your needs. The 80% frame, jig, end mill, bits, slide, barrel, mags, (they will sell it all in a kit), bullets (not cartridges), brass, Lee hand press, dies, and all go into a medium, or large flat rate box. Mail it to yourself, or have a friend drop it in the mail. It is not a gun, until you touch the frame with a tool. The catch, you need a table top drill press and a cross slide vice and a rainy afternoon. However, since I have room in the basement and I am at 17% on my pin, this is a viable option. According to the Canadian border folks I spoke with and their website, you may import limited amounts of power and primers; I would expect a search however. You could also buy the ammo in Alaska. Before you leave Alaska, cut the frame up with the end mill in the press, or just burn it. You will pay for the flat rate box, both ways and $100 to $150 for the frame. The rest of the parts go back home by mail for reuse. Whatever, you do, do not take the 80% frame into Canada, or any of the gun parts. I don’t know about Canadian law, but you will learn all about an acronym “ITAR” the hard way from the US. The window for this option may soon close, if “Ghost Guns” become forbidden. However, with the 2,000,000 Winchester 37 shotguns and all the other firearms made without serial numbers, I do not see them as a real problem. As always, do your research, before you go. Plus my advice is worth what you paid for it. Now anyone have better ideas? Always remember, if your mind is too open, your brain will fall out.
thomas201 08/04/20 07:02pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Reminder About the Rules

Pity we don't have a political forum. Call it Freedom or Liberty Hall, where "you can spit on the stove and call the cat a bas***". You know, where everybody can tell me how stupid I really am. A good picture caption would be of two gentlemen with dueling pistols. Make all who enter, click that they understand they are entering uncharted territory without moderation. Then you can just dump all the political stuff in there.
thomas201 08/03/20 05:35am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tesla Model X Towing 5,000-lb Camper: 600-Mile Road Trip

Be careful driving that beautiful rig above. No ground clearance. A humped RR crossing will high center you for sure. Ouch!
thomas201 07/30/20 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: rockies or smokey's

I like cruise and use it a lot. But, it is a dumb robot and it cannot think ahead. On secondary roads, that are twisty turny, that I have driven for years, I know what is coming next. Why let cruise top a mountain at 55, just so I can stand on the brakes for the 25 mph turn on the far side? Those big, long multi mile grades out west, cruise is great. Appropriate Technology for the task at hand. Now, if cruise could be slaved to GPS, and interpolate elevation change, and the customer could do a little programing, yes, then we could almost use it all the time. Might as well get self driving too!!!
thomas201 07/30/20 06:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Buy a 2020 Ram diesel?

Thank you to Cummins12V98 and rjstractor for the website:)
thomas201 07/24/20 01:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buy a 2020 Ram diesel?

The OP here. Steady down, read only the words on the page, don't plug in your own thoughts and read between the lines. I am looking for a long term relationship with a truck. I come from a mining and oilfield background so 5 years and 100k are not big intervals. It will be kept bone stock, but in case of a major failure, rod through the side, oil pump failure, whatever; what junkyard/rebuilt engines are bolt ins? I include all the electronics in the transplant. Still, what is a good Ram truck website??? Equal to the Ford Truck forums?
thomas201 07/24/20 05:06am Tow Vehicles
Buy a 2020 Ram diesel?

Two questions for the Ram fans: 1. If the worst happens, can I put an older junk yard, say 2010 and up, Cummins in the new trucks? No emissions testing where I live, and my first Cummins was in a 1971 Ford dump, I know that one would not fit. 2. What is the best forum for the Ram diesels? Thanks for the help.
thomas201 07/23/20 05:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wilderness camping and gun safety

Another vote for formal schooling. Also consider dual purpose, big 4 legged animals, not just the 2 legged. Invest money and time in practice. The bullet does the work, you have to put it in the right place.
thomas201 07/15/20 06:20am Truck Campers
RE: Adding an A/C

There are also trim products (wood or plastic) with a wire channel. You can also use a router and roll your own.
thomas201 07/11/20 05:33am Truck Campers
RE: Volkswagen completes first non Tesla cross US charge network

The only thing that bothers me is that the chargers are empty, as shown in your pics and my experience. Maybe, it is due to the ability to fill up at home. Maybe they are building for the future. But unused assets always bug me.
thomas201 07/06/20 05:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cybertruck has 400 horses

OK time to hit the reset button, this is a towing forum, so: 1. How much will it tow under SAE J2807? (modified for EVs) 2. How far will it tow it, before recharging? The two most important questions!! The rest is all fru fru.
thomas201 06/23/20 06:35am Tow Vehicles
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