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RE: Dodge pickup towing 141,000lbs uphill

I would guess the guy pulling didn't want to be in front on the way down. I'd like to see that chain but don't think I'd want to carry it. Mark
MARKW8 04/29/14 08:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Banks Speedbrake on a Duramax

Thanks for the replys. Went to Summit Racing this evening and ordered it. $608.00 plus tax. Just got the speedbrake with no extras. Mark
MARKW8 04/28/14 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Banks Speedbrake on a Duramax

Another alternative is the BD Diesel VVT turbo brake. It is a pretty easy plug and play set up. I've had mine for almost a year and love the thing. I will admit, I don't have alot of miles on it, but what little I have used it I've been extremely pleased. Thanks, I just heard of this a couple of days ago. It sounds good but is $80 or so more than Banks. Mark
MARKW8 04/28/14 10:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Banks Speedbrake on a Duramax

I have used the Banks SpeedBrake for the last 4 years and tow above the OP's weight by a good bit. It has performed flawlessly and I wouldn't want to tow without it. It is a module mounted in the engine compartment and intercepts the OEM computer's signal and modifies it. It will not over rev the engine, no more so than the stock grade braking feature will over rev the engine; stock it will go to 4800 rpm in grade braking mode. With or with out the Banks the computer won't let you downshift if the result would be to over rev the engine. I have tried to downshift and it wouldn't do it until my speed was slow enough to not over rev then it would downshift. I would also recommend the IQ monitor and a thermocouple to monitor EGT's. I have found that setting the SpeedBrake in Auto mode where through the IQ I can adjust the target speed up or down by either 1 mph or 5 mph at a time works best for me. When I exceed the set speed and ease up on the accelerator the SpeedBrake takes over and starts to adjust the VVT and engage the grade braking feature. It will adjust these 2 parameters to maintain speed; usually never reaching the same high rpms that just the grade braking would get to. I tow at a touch over 27K GCW and going down a 6-7% grade I can keep a constant speed for as many miles as needed and if necessary lower the set speed through the IQ and it will slowly reduce speed. It is simple to install and is worth the money. Best bought through Banks; warranty questions and help goes through the reseller first but if bought through Banks they deal with warranty issues directly. Costs when I was buying wasn't better through resellers. Thanks, (also to Lenny K) this is info I was looking for. I'm not at all interested in a tune. Mark.
MARKW8 04/28/14 10:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Banks Speedbrake on a Duramax

Just wondering why you want to go with a Banks Speedbrake on your 08 Duramax. Why not just use Tow Haul and the Grade Braking feature. It sure works great for me. Needs a little more with 15,500#s pushing. New models have them as oem. GCW is 23,400. Mark
MARKW8 04/27/14 06:44pm Tow Vehicles
Banks Speedbrake on a Duramax

Anyone here using one? Any problems? How do you like it? Thanks, Mark.
MARKW8 04/27/14 06:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Whats wrong with Windows 8.1?

What's the difference between win8 and 8.1? It keeps asking me to upgrade. Mark
MARKW8 04/26/14 09:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Towing with Full Water Tank?

My first trip was 600 miles. 100 gal. tank was full so that I could weigh it. For me, I was good on all my weights. Mark
MARKW8 04/24/14 04:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ball bearings!!

Had to replace to transmission pan on my Jeep because of rust. Surface rust formed and went up over the flange and it started leaking. Mark
MARKW8 04/19/14 08:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help identify plug on roof of lance 825

It is a connection for solar. My 920 has it. There was a matching pigtail included when mine was new. Mark
MARKW8 04/02/14 09:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Weighed the truck and 5er today

I don't see a worry. Mark
MARKW8 03/21/14 07:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: emergency brake cable

I suspect also you'll have to start at the rear. Mark
MARKW8 03/15/14 08:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Heat strip in Polar Cub?

I was happy with mine. Also have it in our trailer. Mark
MARKW8 02/15/14 09:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying EC1160 - having weight anxiety ...

I don't know how that camper could weigh 7500#. Unless he was hauling gravel inside at the time. 4500# would be a real stretch. Mark
MARKW8 02/15/14 10:44am Truck Campers
RE: redwood

My 2013 36RE fully loaded and a full water tank. 15,500#, 12,200 on the axles and 3300 on the pin. 200# less than my TC. Adam Ant, Do you have a washer/dryer and a genny in yours? Mark
MARKW8 02/08/14 09:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel Pin Weight on 2500HD Chevy HELP!!!

Let me say this first, I wouldn't want to pull my 5er,15,500# on the scale, with anything less than the DWR truck I have. That said, after owning a TC now for 14yrs and carrying it for 9yrs on a 2500 srw, I wouldn't hesitate to pull that Cougar with one. My camper loaded,2 people, the dog, full water tank was right at 3500#. For sure over gvwr but within the oem tire and axle rating. Never did we think it was unsafe. Mark
MARKW8 02/02/14 06:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Prince Rupert

Occasionally once in a while the fog actually lifts so you can see the place! 100% of my Rupert trips I have never seen the place. The fog has been so thick that the visibility was very poor. Maybe you will have more luck than me. No fog at all when we were there. Mark
MARKW8 01/27/14 08:27am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Prince Rupert

We liked it in 08. Took a float plane ride and IIRC that's where they have an old cannery complex you can go thru. Mark
MARKW8 01/26/14 06:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tow! All four, or Trailer?

I can't imagine using a trailer. Mark
MARKW8 01/21/14 09:41pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Craised side walls

I will no longer buy Michelins because of this. No other tire I've owned has done this. Mark
MARKW8 01/21/14 09:38pm Tow Vehicles
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