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RE: Toyota tough.......not

Looks like a great candidate for a flatbed conversion. Those little trucks are tough as nails. There are several still driving around here now. I am seeing less and less 70's and 80's Ford/Chevy/gmc/Dodge trucks being driven around. Just a casual observation. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/30/15 04:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: f150 versus f250

I've never seen anyone on the forum complain because they had too much truck. Well, you can never say that again. I HATED this truck http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/Truck%20Stuff/IMG_0760_zps48b7320e.jpg width=640 It was TOO much truck for my needs. Best day of my automotive life was when that truck drove off into the sunset with its new owners. 9 mpg.. hot floor boards...uncomfortable seats..handled terribly. Wrong truck for me and my families needs. Sure did look good though. Must admit that the 05 and up Superduties handle much nicer. OP My next truck will likely be a "Half ton" with 1500-1900 lbs of payload...I'm a Ford guy traditionally. I have owned half a dozen Ford trucks and two Ram's. I've had two motors fail on me in my life so far and they were both GM's. That being said... The 2015 F150 doesn't appeal to me right now. I just can't get accustomed to that front end. Seems I am in a minority here because they are selling like hot cakes around here. My previous dually was an example of over-trucking... I would have been much better served by a truck that met ALL my automotive needs. Not just pulling a trailer. I would often have to park in four spaces like the F450 above. Just not an easy vehicle to live with when not towing... now that's just for ME.. different people have different needs. A half ton with 400 lb ft of tq, 360-400 hp is more than enough for me, if the payload can get up to 1500 ish lbs plus. These are much more truck than many of the 3/4 tons of the past. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/29/15 11:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Indeed, as another poster pointed out, Amsoil has almost a cult like following. I have a buddy that has used it for years. For a long time her was a "dealer" of it. Something that I find noteworthy ( although it may not be related to his used of that brand of oil ) is that he has a twin turbo Audi sitting in his workshop with both turbos failed. Inadequate oil ? I have no idea. Personally, I never have use Amsoil, and would not. I use Mobil One in my Nissan truck and in my motorcycle. I use Motorcraft ( which is semi-synthetic ) in all the Fords here. I also use Motocraft oil 5-20 in my Ford Modular Motors as well as Motocraft filters. The Modular motors seem to run best with Motocraft oil and filters so I just leave well enough alone. I tried this Amsoil because I got what I felt was a great deal and it met the certification for Chrysler. I paid about 7 or 8 bucks more than a Mobile 1 oil...I also went with the Wix oil filter recommended by Amsoil. I wanted to move to Synthetic oil and Mobile 1 was not an option. The reason I went with Amsoil vs Mobile 1 is because Mobile 1 Does NOT carry the Chrysler certification. I have since found that Pennzoil synthetic also carries the Chrysler certification my Pentastar needs. So there are other options out there. I am anxious to see what the labs come back to say. I hope that the clear oil is an indication that my motor is running clean and the oil filter is doing a great job and the oil is doing what it needs to do. If everything comes back peachy I see no reason to change from Amsoil. If the reports come back bad then I have bigger problems than Amsoil. LOL Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/29/15 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Page 3 shows a few pictures of the bottle...it indeed says API Certified. The labs will tell the tale. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/29/15 10:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Thanks for the feedback folks...and yes. I know that the oil color has zero to do with how well the motor is being protected. Just for clarity sake..this Amsoil OE carries the Chrysler Certification needed for my van. I am also anxious to see how the Lab results come back. It's going to be interesting for sure!! I am going to opt for the extra test that will show how the additives in the oil are holding up too. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/29/15 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Just a quick update. I am well pleased with this oil. I am at 8k miles on this Amsoil OE oil and it looks like I just poured it into the crankcase. Not only is the oil clear it still has the amber color to it. I know its superficial... but this is a first for me. I have NEVER had an oil look this good... even Mobil 1 looked like black soot at 5k miles in my wifes former gasser VW Jetta. I've ordered a Oil Analysis kit from Blackstone Labs and look forward to seeing what the actual health of my wonderful Pentastar V6 is along with the actual data of the performance of the Amsoil OE. I'll post the results of the analysis here too if you all are interested. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/29/15 12:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: ready for a better hitch...B&W or Anderson Ultimate

They are both great hitches. I'd be inclined to go with the B&W.
jerem0621 06/29/15 12:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Calculated tow capability... Disappointed

wow, I kmow I am in trouble, just bear with me please. need to find a bigger truck. 24ft trailer GVRW 7600 and I just weighed it at 7200. wife packs everything. only have 2009 GMC 1/2 5.3 3.73 loaded the back down also. carry 2 kayak on top. weight is 7300. GVWR for truck is 13000 overage by 1500 took short 80 mile trip and it DID handle ok. tried emergency stopping , did OK did not want to take trip over weight. drained water, took out gear and kayak. now OK. I do want my toys, is it safe to use my truck, or is there a 1/2 ton out there with better cargo capability. Or can someone suggest another truck. am I to far under to really need a diesel. thanks Yep.. you are over by about 400 ish lbs on your truck. It may be time to up truck. There is a 1500 Silverado with the NHT trailering package... this will get you about 1900 lbs of payload. 2500 Silverado with the 6.0 will be a great match for your rig and you won't have to worry about payload with this trailer. A diesel may be overkill... but there is nothing wrong with a little overkill... Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/28/15 11:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "EASY" Cummins 6.7 2013+ oil change!

Thanks for the pics! On My Chrysler T&C I pull the intake tube to get to the oil canister... I really enjoy the canister style oil filter on top of the engine. The canister drains with the oil drain and is a snap to change. I haven't got to where I don't miss a single drop of oil... but its pretty clean change. BTW... I have 8,000 miles on my Amzoil OE on this Chrysler... the oil is still clear and looks like I just put it in the crank case. I have NEVER had oil visually hold up like this oil has. I expect the OLM to go off any day now. I am well pleased with the oil. Anyway.. sorry for the hijack. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/28/15 10:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: tundra 1/2 ton

Many tow fivers with a Tundra and nearly all of them are overloaded. The owner is either unaware or has made mods to deal with the overload situation. Thanks! Jeremiah Is it possible to do mods to deal with overloaded situation. Are there mods that can reduce the weight of the trailer? Yea, people do these mods all the time.. Overload springs, airbags, Timbrens... pick your option. Add LT tires and you have done about all you can do to help the vehicle deal with the load. Nothing changes the payload sticker.... no airbag, no air shock, no tire, no nothing changes that payload sticker. I counted 6 Tundra's towing Big Fivers and TT's today alone. I see them ALL THE TIME towing big trailers travling on I24 and I75. I see "half tons" towing fivers on a daily basis... literally... a daily basis... These suspension and tire mods do not do anything to save component wear... nothing changes the fact that towing at max and hauling over max wear stuff out faster. I still recommend a TT and to stay within payload. Just saying that people blow past that payload sticker all the time. One fiver I saw today being towed by a CREWMAX Tundra had four bikes on the back of the fiver. Yep.. A family in the Truck plug a 30 plus ft Couger Half Ton... my guess is that he was 500-1000 lbs over payload. Was towing level with no noticeable sag. Probably had airbags. LOL Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/28/15 09:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevy confirms 2016 Suburban HD with new engine for fleets

Here is the GM Fleet Guide for 2016... says its the final... not sure if it is actually the final or not. Fleet Guide Says 11,000 GVWR... and Designed to accommodate up-armor applications. Here is a screen shot... BTW.. maybe the first for the new 8 lug Suburban :D http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/2016%20Suburban%202500_zpsvimtopo2.png width=640 Here is a Link to the print book page where you can print off the specs of the 3500 Suburban. 11,000 GVWR and only 3,000 lbs towing.. this Suburban is not a TV... this is an armored vehicle/VIP Hauler. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/28/15 09:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: tundra 1/2 ton

Well, I'm now old enough to have heard that 381 HP is not enough to tow a 9000 lb GVW trailer. How did we ever manage 20 years ago. LOL OP... I do agree that you will likely overload the tires and the axles. LT tires and airbags are a good option if you go with a fiver. I Personally recommend a TT for a half ton though. Its a heck of a tow vehicle.. it's just got the typical 1500 lb limitation on payload. There are may large and lightweight TT's that put the tongue weight around 700 ish lbs. Many tow fivers with a Tundra and nearly all of them are overloaded. The owner is either unaware or has made mods to deal with the overload situation. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/28/15 08:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2015 Ford V-6 Ecoboost vs V8

One other positive of a heavy half with the ecoboost is forced induction. To get forced induction on a 3/4 ton truck you have to get a Diesel. Now, is a Diesel 3/4 ton truck more expensive than an Ecoboost with the max payload? Maybe.. Depends on how they are optioned. Right now our local Ram dealership has 2500 Ram Tradesmen crew cabs with the 6.7 in the low $40k range. I have seen a lot of loaded up 2015 F150's selling for 50k plus. Just wanted to mention that because the disparity in price for the class of truck isn't really that much. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/28/15 04:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I really hate to admit this......grey tank overflow

Two things... 1) The insurance company already knows about this incident... if you do nothing then find rot in the future you could be looking at a claim denial. There is flood damage... which you have now.. and there is negligence and subsequent rot.. something that is generally not covered. 2) if water got under the linoleum it will NEVER dry out... I'm not really going to give you advice on what to do as I wasn't there and didn't see how much water your talking about. My dad flooded his fiver by accident in the middle of the night (toilet was left running somehow.. just a bit) He took similar action like you did and everything was fine, but he dried out everything he could. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/27/15 12:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Hard numbers on MPG.

Lots of people fix the gasser MPG by spending 10's of thousands on a diesel that gets 2-3 MPG more. That being said.. I would have LOVED for my v10 to get 10 MPG EMPTY.. LOL.. It consistantly got 9.5 empty and 7-7.5 MPG towing our 32 ft TT. Now, I get 15-18 MPG towing the PUP :) Happy Camper! Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/26/15 11:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Chevy Malibu towing.

If the fwd Malibu towing 1400 lbs is a danger then my fwd Minivan pulling 2,900 lbs is surely going to kill somebody any moment now. Some of these cars with measly 1,000 lb tow ratings would actually make amazing Tow Vehicles within reason. Lots of these cars make more power now and have superior brakes than HD trucks of just 20-25 years ago. The pic below is not doctored but each vehicle was customized to improve towing capability. Tranny coolers added if necessary, hitches reinforced to withstand WD, etc. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/Can%20Am%20Awesome/misctowingpics.jpg width=640 Lots of non-trucks towing safely every single day in the U.S. and Canada. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/26/15 05:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ordered Pop Up Gizmo's today...Updated with PICS

Great! Thanks for the clarification on the PUGs for winter camping...I'll edit my post as to not lead someone in the incorrect procedure. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/26/15 06:43am Folding Trailers
RE: Ordered Pop Up Gizmo's today...Updated with PICS

Installed my PUG's today. The PUP was already up so it wasn't the best install. Still made an incredible difference. I turned the AC on in the pup and its 95 degrees outside and the AC was actually cooling the PUP.. Woo Hoo Anyhow... here are some pics Here is the PUG that is going on the slide out laying on the ground. One corner is folded over so you can see that one side is the reflective surface, the other side is dark green. Reflective side out ... Pretty simple http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/RVing/2D93820F-2913-4BB3-B637-58363601D01C_zpsmcw6a5tc.jpg width=640 Here is a shot of the PUP.. It was already up, so I didn't get them installed 100% correctly. You are supposed to stuff the pug way under the roof close to where the canvas attaches to the roof. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/RVing/316329AD-EEC5-478C-A3BB-DD4F62923684_zpsjbukm7v5.jpg width=640 Here is the PUG installed on the slide out with the clamps (included BTW) http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/RVing/F9150674-F8C6-4E98-99E9-06E9D1D97317_zpsfccvhphd.jpg width=640 Here is a shot of the king size bed PUG installed. You can see where I didn't get the PUG tucked up and under the roof as much as I should have. I should have taken the shepherds poles down to tuck them in better. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/RVing/65E514FC-ED48-4FCC-9303-A63CCD4C52DA_zpsmqlouvzd.jpg width=640 But they are up and make a HUGE difference. The reflectex mod is going to get done on the PUP as well. I am probably going to buy some more clamps just to make sure they stay put. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/25/15 09:56pm Folding Trailers
RE: Upgrading from Tent trailer to TT. Input on brands

We went the other way....TT to a tent trailer. One thing we found was the Flagstaff and Rockwood TT's and PUP's just seem to be better built...they have a great feel to them. Something I appreciate. When we go back to a TT (if) we will consider Flagstaff And Rockwood first. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/25/15 12:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: And the hits, they just keep coming....fan clutch issue

Did they "flash" your computer with new software when it was in the shop last time? If so, there could be a new cooling strategy loaded that is causing this. Ben.. His rig is an 07 5.4... no EcoBoost on this bad boy. My 5.4 F150 was a 97 model... it 'never' did as this truck is doing... not so loud that it overcomes everything else. I do agree..something is out of kilter. I rented an 2012 or 2013 5.4 E350 passenger and it did roar from the fan as described... Very loud.. this makes me think that there could have been a reflash of the ECM. Just some thoughts.. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/24/15 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
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