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RE: GM and navistars new 4500 to 6500 trucks.

So why isn't GM building their own trucks? The same reason dodge will no longer be building the Dart and 200? Seeing GM just dropped Opel/ Vauxhall and Mary Barra wants to chop slow selling lines , you could be waiting a long time for these MDT pickups
RobertRyan 03/14/17 04:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultimate Off Road Pickup Truck Race #1

I've driven the Power Wagon, I know it's not that slow. And besides....that's not an off-road race! Drag race across sand
RobertRyan 03/11/17 08:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Most popular vehicle for people making over $200k annually

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/03/americans-earning-over-200000-a-year-prefer-this-vehicle.html At least we have an idea of who is pushing up the price of new trucks. Click here for the link. Slightly old news, the second article about the Mercedes X-Class. Updated news since that article, it will defintely not be coming to the US. Preproduction deposits have been extraordinary in Australia. To the point they are taking the concept around the country http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpstx5je5np.jpg
RobertRyan 03/11/17 03:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hybrid like Folding Trailers still popular in Australia

Interesting design. I wonder what they sell for? Not that I like the white interiors, though. Prices in Australia and the US are not really comparable. No kidding. My BIL lives in NSW and recently bought a used Jayco popup similar to this Jayco Swan. I don't know exactly what he ended up paying for it but I got the impression it was in that 20K Aus$ price range, or about $15,000 US$ ... still a lot for a used ~ 10' popup. :E Market is not as big as the US,so prices are naturally higher. On the other hand a lot more variety for the relatively small size of the market
RobertRyan 03/11/17 03:24pm Folding Trailers
RE: Remember the 1960's Hippie VW vans? No more!

Sportsmobile can build a better unit using Promaster, Transit or Sprinter vans.Rb 150 Sportsmobile VW itself builds much better versions( Transporter and Crafter) . Here we have lot more choice to choose from. Renault Master is much more popular than the Transit. Japanese/ Korean Vans are a good choice Older VW Crafter http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsukeqyzwi.jpg
RobertRyan 03/11/17 03:07pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Buffalo at Old Faithful

No buffaloes today. It is 6:20 PM Yellowstone Time on 3/10 and there are 12 Buffalo there right now. Tim I did not see any Bison there when we visited in 2007. Maybe they go too the Geyser when it is freezing cold for warmth
RobertRyan 03/11/17 06:15am Around the Campfire
RE: Ultimate Off Road Pickup Truck Race #1

That really goes to show what torque actually does even in a race not towing. The heaviest truck on the track and the only diesel snagged 2nd place. I would have liked to seen the 6.2 F250 in there also just for comparison. A 6.2 in the mix would have been interesting. Instead running across just sand, add some typical problems you would find off road
RobertRyan 03/11/17 06:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: To Slide or Not

The 13' slide on our 5th wheel made it open up to almost "hotel-room size" - but we couldn't use the furnace unless the slide was open because it covered the floor vents! Our former Class C was a no-slide model - and that made it perfect for traveling. We could pull into our overnite spot, toss out the electric cord - and go to sleep. We didn't need to worry about being particularly level. Packing up in the morning meant we pulled the electric cord back in ;-) In Australia slides have become fairly generic, but many manufacturers of Caravans do not offer them. In Europe they are rare as their Caravans are fairly light and a slide would add too much weight. Strangely their mainly Class C Motorhomes do not have them, although the same vehicle base(Ducato, IVECO, Sprinter, Renault Master) do in Australia. All Japanese Truck based C's have slides Never to be seen in the US, a Renault Master with a small rear slide http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsw4rfquyj.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsyljddtxh.jpg
RobertRyan 03/09/17 01:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hybrid like Folding Trailers still popular in Australia

I would love to see those "pop top" trailers in person. Why not just go with a regular height TT? Is saving that 2 feet that big of a deal? The style of having the sleeping pop out UNDER the end cap is great. Helps to protect the canvas from sun and rain. Basically ease of towing on a road, storage.
RobertRyan 03/08/17 12:50pm Folding Trailers
RE: Hybrid like Folding Trailers still popular in Australia

Folding Off Road Pop Top Caravans , only some of the avalanche of new non motorised RV's in Australia. Last photo belongs to a small well built Campertrailer manufacturer, now doing small Off Road Caravans http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsbjtpvrp1.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpshfdslit7.jpg
RobertRyan 03/07/17 10:34pm Folding Trailers
RE: Hybrid like Folding Trailers still popular in Australia

Interesting design. I wonder what they sell for? Not that I like the white interiors, though. Prices in Australia and the US are not really comparable. Quite a few folding trailer designs appearing though.White shiny interiors compliment the Australian countryside and are easy to clean out fine red or white dust
RobertRyan 03/07/17 09:46pm Folding Trailers
RE: CAFE stds on the chopping block

I remember the smog in Tampa Fl back in the 60's. I wouldn't want to go back to that. From my memory of Los Angeles in 2007, it was pretty awful. Disappearing Hills at 5pm :(
RobertRyan 03/07/17 02:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: CAFE stds on the chopping block

40 years ago the auto companies complained they couldn't meet standards. Then 30 years ago they complained they couldn't meet standards. Then 20 years ago they complained they couldn't meet standards. Guess what? They met them and they are still here. Yes but do you think that auto manufacturers can continue to sell Pickups, especially HD Pickups and other large SUV type vehicles and still achieve a 54 miles per gallon fleet average. It's not physically possible. They'd have to drop large vehicles from their product list. And how many small vehicles today come remotely close to 54 mpg? I think the diesel Rabbit was up there but did VW do it honestly? VW Diesel defintely got those sort of numbers. Still do outside the US. Transporter Van gets 37mpg US
RobertRyan 03/07/17 01:54pm Tow Vehicles
Hybrid like Folding Trailers still popular in Australia

I notice very little activity on this section, but new RV's and makers are still appearing here. A Titan Blackhawk http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps8i8dcbza.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsh89u9wrf.jpg
RobertRyan 03/06/17 11:10pm Folding Trailers
RE: German Resolution to ban ICE engines by 2030 passes

I hope it works out as well. Electric vehicles are such a superior drive I would hate to think they have come this far to fail. I doubt they will though as the demand is definitely there. They very well could. As I have posted before a lot of work on newer diesels and other types of Engines in Europe. Mercedes Benz estimates by 2025 , 25% of all MB cars will be EV's. It also means that 75% will be running on Petrol, Diesel or other types of combustible fuel Daimler's (DAIGn.DE) Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands will launch more than 10 electric cars by 2025, and zero-emission vehicles will make up between 15 percent and 25 percent of overall Mercedes sales by then, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said.
RobertRyan 02/27/17 12:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Future of the diesel?

Maybe I missed something, but in the article I didn't see anything about electrics replacing diesels for heavy towing requirements. Lots was said about the decline in small diesels in cars. And I didn't see anything about the death of diesels for commercial vehicle bigger than HD trucks. So how does the article relate to tow vehicles? What am I missing? But while on the topic it seems to me that diesel locomotives don't have weight limitations and railroads can use multiple locomotives at steep grades only. Over the road is a different situation. Weight (and cost) of traction motors, small diesel and batteries must be lower than existing diesel solutions for both HD pickups and bigger commercial rigs. And a single tow vehicle must work over a wider range of conditions than a single locomotive. Seems to be alternative Universe outside NA. More diesels are coming in trucks, vans, SUV's and cars. They do have congestion tax in some Cities, London. , Paris and Madrid. They have EV's and Hybrids, but they are in a tiny minority. Vans, Cab Chassis Vans and Trucks are all diesel.
RobertRyan 02/27/17 12:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chicago RV show- 1/2 tons can tow 8500lb 5th wheels.

I visit this show yearly. I hate that it's hard to find anything, but enjoy looking at the campers nonetheless. Lot of 5th wheels there this year, seemed quite a bit more than previous years. Walked by the General RV section and all their 5th wheels had pictures of half ton trucks with "your truck can tow this" wording, followed by the dry weights of the campers. 7500, 8000, 8500lbs :E I can only imagine what the pin weight of a 31' 5th wheel ready to camp is. Scary advertising out there. Not a problem, if the hitch weight( pin weight) is reasonable, but the 3 litre Diesel below going nowhere if it is too heavy. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsnvnz3sd5.jpg Again a 3 litre Diesel but hitch weight vastly greater. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsu7tjjncg.jpg
RobertRyan 02/21/17 02:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Importing an RV from Europe to the US

Buying on the Transit doesn't help much, as the U.S. Transit does not have engines and transmissions in common with most overseas versions. Many European Transits are built with smaller 4-cylinder diesel engines, or a 2.3 liter gasoline engines, while U.S. Transits share gas drivetrains with the F-150; the 3.2 l Duratorq is the only engine in common, but comes with different emi European Transits do have automatics, we have them on ours.Emission requirements are the major issues in both the European and US Transits. 3.2 engine cannot be used in Europe due to Euro 6 regulations 2.3 Petrol engine would be extremely rare, as 99.9'% of Transits are diesels in Europe. Ducato Diesel is not the same engine as used in the RAM( VM Motori one), but is used in the Promaster, but tuned for US Tier emissions. Same engine surprisingly is used in the Mitsubishi Fuso truck in the US. Only Japanese vehicle to have a European designed engine. Fuso is also a misnomer, as all the various Mitsubishi Trucks are part of the Fuso series, including HDT's A US Van meeting FMVSS standards will not necessarily meet European ENCAP standards, glaring example the latest Mustang, that had a miserable 2 rating under ENCAP. It had certain structural problems that are not that easy to fix
RobertRyan 02/17/17 03:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 13 mpg semi

Volvo's European HQ is doing the same with a Cabover Volvo fuel saving Concept( Cabover) Mercedes is doing the same, do not know if their division Freightliner has a development? Mercedes fuel saving truck
RobertRyan 02/17/17 04:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Importing an RV from Europe to the US

Making it EPA compliant would be nearly impossible and very expensive. Even the the motors are the same, the fueling and aftertreatment systems are very different. Also under the skin is different structurally too, since FMVSS standards are different as well. Although, I believe the standards are much lower for cutaways, but you'd still have to crash test one first. Probably a much easier path is to export a North America Transit to Europe for the camper build. You can send the Transit to Europe for 1-year under a carnet and avoid and import duties. I don't think the different interior systems are a deal breaker. They should have no problem installing 120-volt components, or leave those components out for install when you get the US. If it is a petrol engine no problem,but not a diesel
RobertRyan 02/17/17 04:24am Class C Motorhomes
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