I'm about to take the Arctic Fox down to Crystal Beach down near Galveston, and wondered if any of ya'll happen to live in this area (Houston Texas) and have been there.
Any tips, advice driving experience etc, would be appreciated.
I'll be carrying the AF1150 on my 2008 Sterling 4500, 4wd with 19.5s.
I've never been on the sand, but the beach patrol guys say that it's very hard packed and even cars can get around.
Anyone out here in the tc section ever been there?
Actually, at least in my opinion, if you want to run the tires at 80psi, you should fill to about 70 or 75 cold.
As the tire warms up, the actual pressure will increase.
Often explained as Boyles law, that's actually not correct. Boyles law is more concerned with pressure, though the two are related.
It's actually Charles law which lays out the relationship of temperature and volume, and it can be stated, simply, that most gasses have a direct relationhip between volume and temp.
Increasing temp results in an increase in volume.
If you set the pressure at 80psi, cold, then you can bet it's going to be closer to 90 at actual road temps.
I'd suggest slightly lower, and let them come up to the desired pressure/temp/volume during driving.
Just my humble opinion. My background was engineering, though I don't use it much anymore:)
For the other engineers out there:
Charles's law (also known as the law of volumes) is an experimental gas law which describes how gases tend to expand when heated. A modern statement of Charles's law is:
The volume of a given mass of an ideal gas is directly proportional to its temperature on the absolute temperature scale (in Kelvin) if pressure and the amount of gas remain constant; that is, the volume of the gas increases or decreases by the same factor as its temperature.
This law explains how a gas expands as the temperature increases; conversely, a decrease in temperature will lead to a decrease in volume. For comparing the same substance under two different sets of conditions, the as absolute temperature increases, the volume of the gas also increases in proportion. The law was named after scientist Jacques Charles, who formulated the original law in his unpublished work from the 1780s.
you know, I have to say, for the thousands of dollars you're going to have to put into that, I think you might be better applying those dollars to the ownership of a safer, more structurally stable unit. Sorry:(
Today, I was on the way back from a 2 day trip with the TC on my new truck, and stopped to get some diesel. It was a small country store with an older fueling area and the roof sign said 12 feet.
Having actually measured to the ground while standing on the roof, I was confident that I was clear. Even so, I drove partially under it, then climbed up the ladder to check. All was well, thank God:)
However, a friend of mine sent me this video where a lot of people were not so lucky with a trestle bridge with only 11' 8" clearance.
Amazing how many people just crash into this thing, and the scenes where the the people with campers literally shave the air conditioners right off was astonishing to watch.
Here's a link to the vid, and remember: check your height.
Hey Jumbo, be aware, the Triton V10 is a great engine, but between 1997 and 2003 they had a real problem with spark plugs blowing out out due to almost no thread.
They do sell an insert kit to fix that.
If yours falls into those years, you really should have it checked.
I had one.
I hope you have as much fun as I did with mine.
guys, I hate to disagree, but I actually posted an article from Truck Test digest a while back and the upshot is that the axle ratio has VERY little to do with mileage at cruising speed, and virtually zero at city driving.
The summary is that first of all, the EPA fuel estimates are tested at 48mph!
To quote them:
The reason is aerodynamic drag from the truck’s frontal area, not the gear ratio, is the major contributing factor in fuel economy.
According to the EPA, during the highway test cycle where the average speed is 48 mph, 54% of the engine’s power is used to overcome aerodynamic drag. Drive faster and the engine has to work even harder to push through the air and consumes more fuel in doing so.
“The best fuel economy for the typical truck or SUV is cruising right around 40mph. The EPA test cycle for the highway fuel economy number averages 48mph with a top speed of 60mph,” explains Clark.
“A good example of how drag affects fuel economy is a truck that has a 21mpg highway EPA number. Drive at a 10-percent higher average speed (53mph) and drag causes fuel economy to fall about 1.5mpg. Average 60mph and mileage will drop another 1.5mpg. Run just above70mph and now fuel economy is less than 14mpg instead of 21mpg.”
Anyway, here's the article, from Truck Test Digest and I hope it helps,
hey buzzcut1, I think you're missing a part on your stabil load also.
My kit came with what looks like a small picture frame that says it's specifically for that type of curved plate that you bolt it to. Just thought I'd mention it. It's supposed to keep the stabil load from moving around. If yours are not moving, I guess there's no problem, but I remember installing them on mine.
this is something sold at home depot and is now used by the military.
It's rated to cover a 15x15 foot area, and it's only about 13 bucks.
They even have lantern versions. I'm going to buy the lantern version to hang by the back door of the TC. It says it also repels black flies, gnats, etc.
I just switched from an 07 3500 ram dually, to an 08 4500 and to my surprise, the ride was better in the 4500, even empty, plus it's 4 wheel drive. I have no idea why, it just is.
It also turn in a smaller radius. I'm about to mount the AF1150 to if for the first time, and I'll let you know how it does, but with a GVWR of 16400, it should be fine.
When I brought the truck home, it was a 200 mile plus trip, and hand calculated I averaged about 18mpg at 65mph.
I'm about to do the EGR DPF delete, so I'll keep you posted on the mileage.
The real trick is to keep it under 65. According to the Cummins research paper, 65 point where wind resistance begins to use the majority of the energy, and I believe them.
I finally got some pics.
Please let me know is this going to work.
The gap between the wall of the camper and the wall of the truck is 7 inches, so the bump stops are 4.5 inches from the back wall.
It just looks funny to me because I'm used to seeing it smack up against the wall.
Please take a look and any advice comments would be appreciated.
It's an unusual truck.
It's a 2008 Sterling, essentially a 4500 Ram, with a different tranny and nameplate. This has the 6 speed Aisin transmission (to give you an idea of how durable this is, it comes with a 180,000 mile, zero deductible warranty). It's 4 wheel drive, and the transmission even has a PTO if you want to drive an implement.
What makes it unusual is that the previous owner had it built with a custom Warner Truck body.
Normally they come with just 2 rails, and you upfit it to whatever you want: a wrecker, dump truck, ambulance, etc.
This is is cool because it looks like a 4500 on steroids. (I'll try to post some pics soon)
BUT... the bed is a 9 foot, which, frankly I didn't notice till I got it home.
Also unique is that the bed is above the rails which means there are no wheel wells. The box is a perfect rectangle, 5x9 feet, makes loading easier.
AND, the bed is a solid 7 gauge steel deck and wall system, not sheet metal. I couldn't believe it. VERY strong.
Anyway, I figure some 6inch block spacers will be fine, and I'll have an extra storage area between the cab and the TC.
Again, any input is appreciated and I will try to post some pics when I get back tonight.
I actually weighed the truck on a cat scale and it's about 9000 lbs, with 52 gallons of diesel.
The GCWR is 16,400 !!!
Even with the fully loaded AF1150 coming in at about 5k, I've still got a TON of capacity.
here's a review of the truck, which really explains a lot.
I have to say, they were right, it actually drives SOFTER than my 3500, turns sharper, and is truly a pleasure to drive, even empty.