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RE: 2011 F150 Tires

I have been thinking about the cooper at3s they come but load C and E range and the michelin at2s which only come load E I put those exact Michelins on my F150 (LTX A/T2, size 265/70-17). I couldn't be happier with them! They grip like nobody's business in all weather conditions. I've only had them off-road once in their life, but they did quite well. (@ Silver Lake Sand Dunes) ETA: I forgot to mention that I run them about 38psi in the front and 34 in the rear. They seem to have a bit more rolling resistance, but that's what the tire's manufacturer recommends for the weights they're actually bearing.
gijoecam 03/25/15 07:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Front receiver hitch for 30' trailer and steep dirt road

There is one issue that needs some thought. If you push the trailer down a 25% grade with a front hitch the trailer will have no brakes. On dirt or loose gravel you may have problems stopping the trailer and TV. Easy enough to rig up a cord to go from the bumper to the front of the truck... Easy-peasy! I'd either back it down, or figure out a way to turn it around down there...
gijoecam 03/25/15 05:11pm Towing
RE: Approval or Disapproval of setup

gijoecam, thanks. PM sent. There's nothing in my inbox...?? Regarding dropping a notch on the shank, what is the primary purpose? It might help get the front cap down out of the wind a bit? Does it also load more tongue weight? If so, do folks at the limit of tongue weight tend to raise the front a bit to reduce that? The trailer being slightly nose-down helps with the stability. I'm not positive of the dynamics involved or why it works, but the general consensus is that it does. It will *slightly* change the tongue weight, but we're not talking about hundreds of pounds of difference.... The trailer's center of gravity will shift forward a few inches at most, so it's not going to have a huge impact. Adjusting the attitude of the trailer to compensate for changing tongue weight just isn't practical or effective.
gijoecam 03/25/15 06:56am Towing
RE: 2011 F150 Tires

I went from C-range rated Goodyear Wrangler AT/S's to E-range Michelins on my 2000 F150 about 5 years ago. The unloaded ride is a little stiffer than it was originally, but the towing stiffness was noticeably more planted and less 'squishy' as you described it. (It's now my daily-driver, and seldom tows any more) The things are wearing like they're made of iron, but I love 'em! I run them inflated for the load they actually see and the wear is almost dead-straight even across all four tires.
gijoecam 03/24/15 05:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Approval or Disapproval of setup

The quarry scale can work if they can provide individual axle weights. Odds are while they may only display the gross weight, they may be able to provide you with the three axle weights. But personally, I would stick to the CAT scales. To crunch the numbers, I have a spreadsheet I can send you that will do the heavy lifting for you. Plug in the data for your rig and it'll spit out all the important data. PM me your email address and I'll send you the link. :)
gijoecam 03/24/15 04:27pm Towing
RE: Approval or Disapproval of setup

Visually and measurement-wise, I agree that it looks good. Now, finish the job and get your three scale weights: 1 pass as-pictured 1 pass with the WDH spring bars released 1 pass truck-only That will give you all your numbers for all three axles and confirm your setup. If nothing else, it's $11-worth of piece-of-mind that validates your measurements.
gijoecam 03/24/15 01:09pm Towing
RE: Front receiver hitch for 30' trailer and steep dirt road

Backing down is likely the best way IMHO. Have a spotter walk you down and all should be well. After the first couple times, it'll be easy-peasy. Using a front receiver may provide a measure of control and maneuverability, but will also require 4WD to be advantageous. If you get yourself into a pickle while pointing downhill, you may not be able to back up the hill in 2WD. Additionally it would give you the ability to use low range to maintain your speed as the trailer is dragging you down the hill. Here's what I would ask: Is it possible to jack-knife the trailer perpendicular to the road and still drive around it? If so, then there's your answer. Drive it straight down the hill, and when you get to the dead-end, jack-knife the trailer until it's perpendicular to the road. Un-hitch, drive the TV around to the other side of the tongue, re-hitch, and drive out.
gijoecam 03/24/15 01:02pm Towing
RE: Difference of Air Bags over WD hitch?

As has already been mentioned, airbags will help combat the squat... But that's ALL they will do. A WDH will redistribute some portion of the tongue weight from the rear axle to the front and trailer axles. As a result, it will affect the rear end squat of the TV, but that is NOT its primary purpose. Some combinations of tow vehicle and trailer can benefit from both. Most do not need both IMHO. Don't worry about how much the rear end squats. Worry about the loads on the axles.
gijoecam 03/24/15 12:50pm Towing
RE: Ford Explorer Sport with ecoboost

Something else to note: If the minivan felt under-powered, anything without an Ecoboost will feel about the same performance-wise: The current Nissan Quest minivan makes 260HP/240lb*ft in a 118.1" wheelbase. The current Chrysler product makes 283HP/260 lb*ft in a 121.2" wheelbase. THe Explorer (Naturally-aspirated) makes 290hp/255 lb*ft in a 112" wheelbase. The ecoboost Explorer makes 365hp/350lb*ft in the same 112" wheelbase.
gijoecam 03/17/15 07:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Superduty Spied

That's the new Ranger? Man I'm liking the ! out of that. Dark metallic red and we're ready to go. Factory roof rack rails are handy from time to time as well. :BLIke all you want, but if you are in the U.S. or Canada, you will never be able to buy one. Ford says the new Ranger would cut into F-150 sales, which is why the Ranger is no longer offered in the States or the Great White North. That's only one part of the issue... Another is that the entire segment is a relatively small percentage of the total truck market. It's just not cost-effective any more, especially at the volumes (or lack thereof) Ford had with the outgoing product. The other thing to note is that the Global Ranger isn't your old Ranger with a new skin... It's a beefy chassis with a heavy duty Dana-44 rear axle under it to carry the loads. I've seen some (from about 10 years ago) that were warranty issues, but they all turned out to be supplier issues (It always helps if the supplier fills the diff with gear lube before shipping it to the assembly plant!)
gijoecam 03/17/15 06:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Explorer Sport with ecoboost

I don't think fuel economy would be any worse than a minivan towing the same weight... my non-towing economy usually averaged around 28-30 on the freeway between Dearborn and Chicago, 24-26 around town...that's almost double what I got with my 98 Explorer which weighed about a thousand pounds less.
gijoecam 03/16/15 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Superduty Spied

Looks like a cross between an Explorer and a Taurus nose... I've seen a few around work, and didn't care for the black plastic look at first, but it's starting to grow on me...
gijoecam 03/15/15 04:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: tire pressure of SUV while towing boat

No. (And you shouldn't be inflating them to the max on the sidewall on your truck either, unless the tire is seing the max rated load. Inflate the tire for the load they will see per the manufacturer's load vs. inflation pressure chart)
gijoecam 03/15/15 10:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Explorer Sport with ecoboost

Without know what you're towing, I'd say it'll make a great tow vehicle as long as you stay within the limits. I had one for a work vehicle and put about 10K on it in the last 18 months. It was a little firm for highway touring, especially on our awful roads here in the upper midwest, but it ran like a scalded dog!! On-ramps and country roads were a blast!! I wasn't a fan of the flappy-paddles though... It required two hands (one for up and one for down). I prefer the Limited for cruising as the seats are more cushy and the sport (semi-manual) mode is controlled by a switch on the PRNDL stick instead.
gijoecam 03/15/15 10:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Superduty Spied

"Also expect to see the Super Dutys revealed late this year or early next year and released as 2017 model-year vehicles." I think this "model year" business is getting way ahead of itself. :R The designated model year and the actual calendar year are loosing their relationship just as the F-150, 250, etc. series have departed from half ton, three quarter ton, etc. designation. Actually, the model year business is the same as it's ever been... An automobile manufacturer can only sell a particular model year across one January 1st. For example, Ford sold the '97 model year F150 January 2nd of 1996 to somewhere in August or September of 1997, and the 1996 model along-side it from mid-95 to the end of 1996, all while re-tooling all three plants to make the new truck. They did it again with the 2003 model year truck, selling the 2004 'Heritage Edition' along-side the then-new 2004 trucks.
gijoecam 03/15/15 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford ecoboosts

Not a common failure, but as soon as he mentioned the fluxuating boost pressures, I knew what the issue was. I had a friend who experienced a similar boost fluxuation back when we were in high school on his '88 Merkur with a turbo 2.3L. Under boost, there was a split in the boot from the IC to the intake manifold which would bleed off the pressurized air. Surging and bucking under load, lack of power, etc. Fixed the boot with duct tape for a couple weeks while the part was on order, and the new boot eventually solved the problem. :)
gijoecam 03/15/15 10:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Repair Kit

I love those two videos! Classic!
gijoecam 03/12/15 05:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Repair Kit

Found the Local Motors link to the 3D-printed car: https://localmotors.com/3d-printed-car/
gijoecam 03/11/15 06:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Repair Kit

I think the Tacoma or the Ranger had a composite bed at one point. I don't know what ever happened with that... Definitely wasn't the Ranger... I thought it was the Ridgeline, but could certainly be mistaken on that one...
gijoecam 03/11/15 06:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Repair Kit

Ford is being innovative with aluminum. Wait til they start churning them out in plastic on 3D printers.... Oh, the humanity!!!! :B Local Motors already does that (or is capable) and there was another company at the Detroit auto show in January that had the capability, though I don't remember who... Powered by Ford (body by Tupperware)
gijoecam 03/11/15 04:17pm Tow Vehicles
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