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RE: 2015 Chevy Colorado hands on impression

Yes, they are a hit. Just picked mine up this week. Extended cab 4x4 with 4cyl 6spd auto. Transfer case shifts into neutral - 4100lbs to tow a mid-size 4wd pickup. Super stoked!! Traded in my '13 Subaru Crosstrek. Interesting. I just looked at a crew cab 4 cyl at our local dealer. I wish I would have driven it. I want to drive one. I really do. Maybe, I will go drive one this weekend. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/28/15 09:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Friction anti-sway device use in rain or wet roads

In a word...no, it shouldn't be required to safely tow. I almost never see professional TT movers with sway control. What a friction bar does is dampen movement. They do make the ride more comfortable. I run two on my trailer and it makes everything feel rock solid. As you are passed and as the wind blows against the trailer there is some independent "wiggle" between the truck and trailer. The sway bars take this wiggle out and make the rig feel like one. On my F150 the benefits of the sway bars were much more pronounced than they were when I upgraded to a dually. I still ran the sway bars but the rig was solid without them. Run them, they help make the ride more comfy. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/28/15 04:41pm Towing
RE: Friction anti-sway device use in rain or wet roads

But even going more slowly in the rain, say 55mph on the Interstate, avoiding steep grades, 10% tongue weight, balanced load, and properly-inflated tires, I could still potentially experience sway and an out-of-control condition? Correct, as you can with any other sway control hitch. I saw a 18 wheeler swaying yesterday. There are too many variables out there. Heck you can experience a sway event on a perfect day with no wind on flat ground at 45 MpH given the right variables. The beauty of the Friction bar hitches is you can adapt your hitch for conditions. What if you are caught in a snow event and forced to drive in snow. You can remove you sway bar and still have all the benefits of WD. The trailer being properly set up will not sway...the friction bar will not stop a damaged trailer or out of control situation. It's not designed too. (No hitch will stop an out of control situation) The operator loading the trailer correctly and running properly maintained equipment will. Relying on any type of sway control hitch to keep you in control means you don't have enough truck or your trailer isn't loaded correctly. WD does help prevent an out of control situation by restoring weight to the front axle which allows the operator to maintain control. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/28/15 04:02pm Towing
RE: 6.0 Powerstroke question

OP Here, still not 100% decided one way or another. I am not scared of the Diesel as I do most (all) of my own wrenching in my driveway. Biggest issue is cost of parts for me as I will install them myself. I would prefer not to spend 12k on a 6.0 truck, But this truck is beautiful. I would most likely purchase a BPD EGR cooler and a new Motocraft Oil Cooler and install them proactively when I cleaned the coolant system and install the coolant filters. No biggie really there. Just need to keep weighing my options and needs. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/27/15 09:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 V6 truck comparison

Love me some v6 action here. I wish they would have included the base V6 on the F150
jerem0621 01/26/15 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 F-150 with 300 miles - is this a good deal?

Great truck Margaret. With a GVWR of 7,800 lbs does it have the Max Tow package? I believe the receivers are all the same on the F150 from the Factory. Should handle 1000 ish lbs with weight distribution. Sounds like the truck to make your towing experience much better. Should do much better than 13 mpg that your old SUV was getting. The F150's IMHO... drive great and are the most nimble of the half tons IMHO Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/26/15 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Private deal looks way too good? - how to not get taken?

No way on the Club Cab...rode in the back of one for about 100 miles and I was really happy to get out. Crew cab gets my vote. Also, I am going to recommend a 2500 Short Bed for your use. You get a much better TV and you may actually be able to buy a lesser trim 2500 Ram New with the 6.4 in your budget. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/25/15 05:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.0 Powerstroke question

It definitely took more than 2-3 seconds to start. But we were pulling from two booster packs. This is one of the reasons that I post questions here. I never would have thought twice about cranking time being more than three seconds from cold being a problem. Yea, it kind of alarmed me that the batteries would be flat dead in 4 days too...could be as simple as someone left the interior light on...it had upfitter switches on it and I did notice wear on one of the switches. I couldn't determine what they were running though. Nothing activated when I flipped the switch. As great as this truck is body and interior wise I think I will pass on it for $11,900.00. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/25/15 05:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.0 Powerstroke question

Thanks for the feedback. It's a trade in at a Chevy Dealership. I couldn't find any service record in the truck. The truck had been sitting for about four days so it was dead cold and it started within 3-5 seconds once I hit the starter. I was pretty suprised how quickly it started. The EGR cooler appears to be intact. The no records thing concerns me. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/25/15 04:00pm Tow Vehicles
6.0 Powerstroke question

Looked at a 05 PSD with 185k miles Motor starts great from cold without any misses or hiccups... No smoke boiling out of the tailpipe. Degas bottle looked clean and the coolant looked good. Truck ran good... Batteries were dead as it has been pretty cold so they had to be jumped off before I could start it. FICM concern there I suppose. Drivers side TTY bolts had lines on them indicating that the driver side head had been removed and reinstalled at some point. These lines were not on the passenger side TTY bolts. I have a decent understanding of these motors but I can't figure out why only one head would be pulled at some time. I thought if a 6.0 popped a HG you pulled both heads and did both at the same time. Any idea why ford would have replaced just one HG? Mostly just curious... I'm a gasser at heart but for $11,900 for a crew cab XLT F250 Short Bed 2wd... With a perfect body and interior...I'm at least curious... Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/25/15 03:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: std bed.....long bed

You do adapt to the long bed...my last truck was a Dually long bed. I never had an issue with the Dually part...but the long bed part did get me in trouble from time to time. Mostly when it came to parking while using the truck for commuter/grocery getter/ family rig situations. The most memorable incident for me was when we took the Dually to the movies. We parked in the boonies all by ourselves and went in to watch the flick. after the movies the parking lot was totally full and there were cars parked all around my truck. Took me....literally...13 pull up and turn, back up and turn cycles before I could get out. In my works parking garage the Dually had 3/4 front clip in the parking lane past any other vehicles. I seriously expected a call from security that someone hit my truck. We are looking at Tow Vehicles again. The crew cab is staying...but the next truck will have a 6 ft short bed. JMHO Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/24/15 03:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: lucky to be alive

Old Guy, so very glad you are still here. I'm going to be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
jerem0621 01/24/15 12:15am Around the Campfire
RE: towing with v6 Ram

Low grear and 4 way flashers on the big hills. Just get used to the slow lane. If not over any weights go for it. Just don't expect to be king of the hills. And when getting onto the interstates plan your merging carefully cause you won't get up to speed as fast. So inaccurate... It's a 305 HP Pentastar V6... Not a 2.8 S10 v6 with 115 hp..it's not a Hemi but it's not a weakling by any stretch. If it's in the slow lane crawling around its because the driver is slow... The truck is powerful and will pull its rating with zero problem. Op, let it rev and it will be fine. Thanks, Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/23/15 11:55pm Towing
RE: Who's towing with a F-150 5.0 Liter

TIFWIW...the 2015 5.0 has more HP than the 2015 EcoBoost. 385 HP IIRC. You may or may not be able to deal on the 2015 yet. Also I would get the deepest rear end possible. 3.73 would be great. Either way, 2014 or 2015 5.0 will handle your rig with no problem. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/22/15 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Another Diesel vs. Gas topic...

Depends on your use. If you want another diesel then there is nothing else to convince you otherwise. For me, a truck would mostly serve as a commuter, family car, deer hunting truck, and heavy hauler on vacation. I would spring for the gasser. It really depends on what you want to do with the truck and your expectations. The 6.0 gasser has 90% of its available 380 lb/ft of TQ at 2,000 rpm, 360 HP is nothing to sneeze at. As long as your not RPM adverse then the gasser could work. But if you have it in your mind that you want another diesel... The gasser will not work... Even if it has 500 hp. Thanks! Jeremiah I want my TV/Daily Driver to tow Heavy very well, and being a soft riding DD, I will put up with a little harshness in my daily drive and some noise for a TV that is FULLY capable of pulling it's load at speed on the two lane roads to the Coast. You may not mind going 35 mph up a grade, but the 15 cars behind you sure might. I did once pull a steep grade (I cant remember how steep the 4 mile grade was) at 35 mph at the top in my 235 hp 5.4 V8 f150... I was pulling a 7700 lb trailer with 3.55 gears. I kept the motor revving in the powerband but 235 HP can only do so much when coupled with 3.55gears. The new Chevy 6.0 with 4.10 gears would fly up a grade. 360 HP with the right gear and an operator not afraid to let it rev where the motor makes power. No problem. My dad has an 03 Cummins ram...he pulled Monteagle...foot to the floor at about 45-50 MPH with a 14k lb load. Said that he thought something was wrong...because "it's a diesel". I am not hating on diesels...just giving options and my .02. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/22/15 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Another Diesel vs. Gas topic...

Depends on your use. If you want another diesel then there is nothing else to convince you otherwise. For me, a truck would mostly serve as a commuter, family car, deer hunting truck, and heavy hauler on vacation. I would spring for the gasser. It really depends on what you want to do with the truck and your expectations. The 6.0 gasser has 90% of its available 380 lb/ft of TQ at 2,000 rpm, 360 HP is nothing to sneeze at. As long as your not RPM adverse then the gasser could work. But if you have it in your mind that you want another diesel... The gasser will not work... Even if it has 500 hp. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/21/15 10:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: This is Scary

We hear it at the dealership all the time when we tell them they have to pay attention to weights. "I have a dually, I can put anything on this truck and still pull a horse trailer" https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3898/15226318145_6a7dae65eb_z.jpg Can somebody tell me what has actually happened here? The springs broke? The frame? It seems to me that the transmission would have given out before the frame. The major weight of the horse trailer would have been on the trailer tires, right?Thanks,MM. No...it would be 4 horses or even more at 1,200 lbs.each inside scrambling. :W This cargo moves! I often pull a four place slant horse trailer with my MH. You KNOW it's back there when they start moving around. I.E. scrambling. My question is not answered.... what has happened to the truck? Thanks, MM. This trucks frame broke... The frame is not bent it sheared....IIRC this is a F450 and the owner had a local frame shop repair the frame and he hit the road again... Pretty huge thread in the TC forum about six months ago.. 4500 lb TC plus heavy tongue weight on the trailer plus a receiver extension was too much for the F450. Frame breaks are not as uncommon as you might think in a TC. Big heavy TC plus hard off-roading can and does break frames. The SportTrac has a noodle for a receiver. I'm suprised that this receiver has held up. I can't tell if the SportTrac's frame is bent... The pseudo truck needs a stronger receiver and WD at minimum. The Blazer (not the gooseneck monstrosity) can have a 5500 lb tow rating... Probably needs WD dialed in. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/21/15 09:49pm General RVing Issues

The Tire loading chart also specifies a set PSI that the payload of the truck is set at. Most half tons payload is calculated around 36psi on the door sticker. This is the problem I have with the silly payload sticker. Once you change the variables (modify) then the capability changes. No the payload sticker doesn't change but who really tows a TT at 36 PSI? I'm airing the tires up to the Max PSI on a half ton. What if I put P XL tires on my half ton with a max PSI of 51 psi and a max tire load of over 2300 lbs each? What if I fill my tires to 51 PSI...the tire is fully capable of carrying the stated weight at the stated PSI on the tire sidewall. Now we get into the operators ability to know the equipment and operate sensibly. Reminds me of a loaded Ram 2500 4x4 Mega Cab I looked at recently...awesome truck...but had less than 2,000 lbs payload. I think it was actually less than 1,800 lbs. I pointed this horrible payload rating out here on a thread and someone made the truthful comment..."put 1700 lbs in the bed of that MegaCab and it won't hardly even squat." TIFWIW...use your noggin and operate sensibly...I don't care if it's a half ton or a HD truck...load and operate sensibly. If you don't know how...learn how to load a truck and trailer..don't just stare at a computer and read ratings numbers. Go rent a small UHAUL trailer and lead how loading impacts handling...spend time pulling that little trailer and learn how to properly load. Clueless Newb with a huge trailer under all ratings with zero experience In a truck, loading a truck and trailer, and COMFORTED by the fact that they are under all ratings is more of a danger than the experience operator running a little over that silly sticker on the door. Thanks, Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/21/15 04:11pm Travel Trailers

I can't find it now,but there used to be a video of a Suburban 2500 that lost trailer brakes get pushed through an intersection. Scary... I've always chuckled at the whole losing brakes argument. A HD truck's brakes are rated to stop GVWR of the truck, not the GCWR of the combo. Sorry if your heading down Monteagle and you lose trailer brakes and overheat a Dually's brakes...you will end up in the runaway truck ramp praying it stops you. Okay...a little dramatic I know...but it does happen. Lost my brakes in my 7700 lb GVWR TT with my overloaded 97 F150...no panic stop..geared down and let the motor slow me down. When I hit the truck brakes I stopped. This was an emergency once I realized I lost trailer brakes... f150 handled it just fine. Once again...the operator makes the equipment safe. Not the other way around. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/21/15 02:58pm Travel Trailers

One thing has puzzled me since I started reading this forum. There is a huge gap between what RV'ers (in general I am speaking) in the US think they can tow with a given type of truck and what the folks in Europe and Australia and South Africa feel they need to tow a trailer of the same size. I have mentioned this before on this forum: our parents and in some cases grandparents towed long HEAVY trailers clear across this country with the average American Sedan. If you look at the advertisements from the immediate post WWII era travel trailers they all are being shown pulled by family sedans...and that is what people used. These trailers were LONG, HEAVY (by todays standards) and their axles were much farther rearward with higher tongue weights. (with the exception of the Airstreams) Is it possible the American RV'ing public has been sold a bill of goods by the Auto Manufacturers leading us to believe we NEED ever Larger, Heavier Duty, Trucks with ever increasing huge engines to pull the average 30 ft travel trailer? As I posted before my Grandmother towed a 28ft travel trailer from Michigan to California with a '32 ford coupe. By all accounts she had a few flats on the trailer (not unusual for those days) but otherwise no problems. My parents towed their trailer to calif the same way. (I dont remember the car)We took vacations to the Mountains in Southern Calif with it. All over the world people are towing much heavier loads with much "less" vehicle than we do. Any of our manufacturers could make their SUV's and "1/2 ton" pickups perfectly acceptable for towing our loads with a few spec changes. But I think it's in their financial interest to continue to sell the big 3/4 ton $50 thousand dollar pickups instead. And so we are propagandized via all sorts of sources that this is what is REQUIRED. I also think there is just a wee bit of "mine is bigger than yours" psychology in this whole thing on the part of a lot of men. They want the biggest, loudest, "toughest" truck out there. Just look at the Truck advertising where this is played on constantly. Maybe the RV Mfg's have this right maybe you can do just fine with that "1/2" tonner. Agree 100% Take the new Colorado for example. In Europe and Austrailia a truck this size would be equipped with a heavier frame and a turbo diesel putting down 400 plus lbs ft of Tq. It's COMMON for a truck like this to pull fivers in the land down under. For the US market GM intentionally made the frame lighter and kept payload to 1600 ish lbs. The 1500 trucks are so large now it's not uncommon to see payloads in the sub 1,000 lb mark for some of the higher trim levels. What I would like to see in the US is a Colorado sized crew cab truck with 2500 lbs of payload and a 250/400 turbo diesel. These trucks would be a huge hit and would make the manufacturers a lot of money. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/21/15 08:22am Travel Trailers
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