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RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

Is it just me or has this board gone a little crazy lately? It used to be someone had a question about towing limits they would be educated on how to determine for their specific vehicle. Usually the first question by the board would be; what is your gvwr, payload, sticker on the door etc. They would then be shown the nice diagrams on how to calculate if they are under those weights. Even some nice threads on how to get weighed. But now it seems the tide has shifted and this is no longer the case. But, if we cannot use the mfg's ratings who are we supposed to trust to let us know what what those ratings should be?
mich800 10/22/14 04:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

There are still those attempting to justify their position that under the mfg's specs is safer and those at the mfg's specs are intentionally playing Russian roulette with their family. The argument about emergency situations lose sight of what really matters (what is under your hat) is what will get you out of those situations. Stating someone is risking their family using the vehicle as intended is no different than saying you are unpatriotic because you are a democrat.
mich800 10/19/14 04:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody consider a semi for a tow vehicle?

We are looking at class 8 because of these highly suspect economics: 2015 Ram 3500 Laramie DRW 6.4 gas - $58,000? Diesel $66,000? ciphers inta "bi weekly payments" of $340 for only 8 years according to the build and price website. Add depreciation over 8 years of RV towing 10,000 miles a year of say $32,000 for easy figgering? So pay back $58,000 and absorb $32,000 = $90,000 minus the residual value of the truck of $25,000 = $65,000 spent before the fixing. Not to mention the lost opportunity value on the $65,000 paid out. Compare to a fleet maintained $20,000 Class 8 tractor that has more brakes in one front wheel than the above pickup, and own it over 8 years and put 80,000 miles on it. How much less is it going to be worth? Please note we live in a place with room to park and store it, and a province that allows class 8 trucks to be registered as personal trucks like a pickup if that is what you use it for. You do not add depreciation to costs. It is solely an accounting number. Your cost is the purchase price plus interest minus residual only if you sell it. There is no opportunity cost on $65k as in your example you are financing it.
mich800 10/19/14 08:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

Thanks, I pretty much thought the half tons were c-clip. From what I have read the old 9 inch was expensive to build so they changed to the 8.8 and the 9.75. I wonder about the ford and dodge trucks. Yes, the 9.75 in the F150's are c-clipped. The 8.8 is also lighter and a little more efficient for lighter and/or lower HP vehicles.
mich800 10/18/14 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

I will be looking new. Both 2014 and 2015 The Ford F250 on up are full floating. I am sure others will chime in with the other brands. 2014 Specs
mich800 10/18/14 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

mich800 If I stay off the road I won't get run over. But I am not trying to eliminate all problems. I just don't want a c-clip semi floater. I don't want to right off any truck. I just want to know which ones have a c-clip axle. I would think there must still be a tapered bearing semi floating axle out there somewhere. I may be wrong, I have looked hard to find one. That's why I came here. Looking for help and information. You don't have to go up to the one tons to get a full floating axle. All the 3/4 tons have full floaters at least as a option. Are you looking new or do you need the info for multiple model years?
mich800 10/18/14 05:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

And if you have a tie rod end or ball joint fail you lose steering. If you have a front drive shaft u-joint fail maybe it bounces up though the tunnel and takes out your feet. I have seen far more vehicles on the side of the road with the drive shaft hanging or front wheels pointed in different directions. If the c-clip is a deal breaker look at 350/3500 and larger trucks and be done with it. You will sleep better but if are under the mfgs ratings statistically no safer.
mich800 10/18/14 04:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

Well, there is barely safe, barely under the maximum specs of a 1500/150 ... then there is very safe, right into the middle of the maximum specs of a 2500 / 250. SO, when you're carting around your family, which truck would you rather drive with three of your kids in the back seat? And, I'd say brakes is one of the major factors -- not weight capacity. Could you explain how operating under the mfgs specs is barely safe? Or is this just hyperbole? Is that like driving the speed limit is mostly negligent? If you really cared about your family and others on the road you would drive at least 10 under the speed limit.
mich800 10/18/14 04:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

I buy all the half ton claims as long as you include all the parameters and the fine print. Problems arise when we focus on only some of the parameters, ignore a few parameters and disregard the fine print and other disclaimers. Marketing departments loudly boast of the tow rating, in some cases promote payload and smother all other parameters and disclaimers leading to lots of confusion and improperly matched combos That is the case with ALL trucks. From the compact mini truck all the way to the one ton and beyond. The bigger trucks are no more immune to fine print than any other. I agree there is a line and a debate between SRW trucks and DRW trucks. There is also a debate between duallies and MDT's. Nevertheless this thread referred to 1/2 ton trucks. My comments apply to all size light duty trucks. Stay within all of your parameters and you can trust/believe the ratings. When you fudge and ignore some of the ratings, disregard the fine print and disclaimers you set yourself up for a towing experience that is less than optimal. I agree. I just do not know why some post about half tons and imply the specs are inaccurate but if you put some arbitrary and outdated title on it like one ton you can just toss the manual because it is all good. I find it hypocritical some will maintain you must stay within the manufactures specs but not if it is a half ton because the manufacturers specs are wrong.
mich800 10/18/14 03:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

I buy all the half ton claims as long as you include all the parameters and the fine print. Problems arise when we focus on only some of the parameters, ignore a few parameters and disregard the fine print and other disclaimers. Marketing departments loudly boast of the tow rating, in some cases promote payload and smother all other parameters and disclaimers leading to lots of confusion and improperly matched combos That is the case with ALL trucks. From the compact mini truck all the way to the one ton and beyond. The bigger trucks are no more immune to fine print than any other.
mich800 10/18/14 02:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Silverada Beats F250 In Frame Twist Test

Then, is this a one time thing where it would damage like that Ford? Are you referring to a different video or test. There was no reported damage unless I missed it.
mich800 10/16/14 01:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Silverada Beats F250 In Frame Twist Test

Maybe there is merit to that test. But it doesn't apply to how I use my truck. I do have one question. Is this a problem that needs to be solved? I.E. do contractors or others that use their truck in the field park them in a situation where one or two wheels are off the ground and need to unload? It seems if you are in that precarious of a position it would not be a safe place to load/unload.
mich800 10/16/14 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5,000,000 Super Duty's Produced at Kentucky Truck Plant

"Made in the USA" means a lot to me and I will go out of my way and pay more for a product with this label! :C Me too, that's why I bought the Tundra =)! Spoon059, most of the money you spent purchasing your Tundra went straight to Japan. About 80% of it, as a matter of fact. Look up Kogod and Level field institute.The U.S. has a yearly trade deficit of almost 100 BILLION dollars with Japan alone. Trade surpluses are a good thing. Trade deficits are a bad thing. Every Nation that America does trade with has a trade surplus with America. America has a trade deficit with every Nation it does trade with. This is unsustainable, and will eventually result in the total collapse of the U.S. economy. Vehicles are where the biggest part of the deficits come from. Other Nations place tariffs equal to around 100% of sticker price on vehicles from foreign manufacturers. In addition to this, they also place a 10% of total market share quota on foreign vehicle sales. They all do that, and it keeps their economies strong. America has no quotas, and no tariffs on foreign manufacturers vehicles. Trade needs to be accomplished on a level field, which is not happening. The foreign manufacturers pay zero taxes to the U.S. Government. The big three automakers do pay taxes to the Government. Chrysler still pays taxes here, but that may change as the percentage of ownership by Fiat increases. We all like having nice roads, bridges, and infrastructure. Supporting American companies supports the tax base, buying from foreign companies hurts it. The few parts made here for the foreign cars are in factories that are owned by the manufacturer. So virtually all of that money returns to the home country also. Just from an intuitive standpoint that stat does not smell right. So Toyota makes at least 80% profit on each vehicle to send back. Who built it, where were the raw materials purchased, what vendors are used, etc? It seems unlikely that a foreign vehicle manufactured/assembled in the USA does not consume at least 20% in costs associated with domestic vendors including local labor.
mich800 10/15/14 07:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Manslaughter charges for improper towing equipment.

OK, so how did the trailer get loose without a failure? One way it happens is the person lowers the coupler onto the ball but it does not go down all the way and closes the latch. Now the coupler is sitting on top the ball and not connected. It is just a matter of time before it bounces off.
mich800 10/15/14 04:48am General RVing Issues
RE: 5,000,000 Super Duty's Produced at Kentucky Truck Plant

I was camping next to a guy with a new F350 DRW 6.7l Diesel. The body work was the worse quality I have ever seen. The door was wide at the top and touching at the bottom. The gap between the cab and box was over 2.5 inches. The F350 is a dead man walking. MM49 What do you expect from the McDonalds of trucks? But I guess it is pick your poison. Uneven door reveals, Rams with treated lumber bumbers and dragging exhaust, or GM with the mysterious missing paint. :) There, I am an equal opportunity offender. Except for Toyota. But no point rubbing it in, they know their mistake.
mich800 10/13/14 06:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is left when a new Aluminum Ford Burns Down ?

I got ripped for saying this "From the video posted a while back the aluminum did not do well in a fire!" on the Ford gets an all aluminum body post. Seemed some got a bit defensive over such a non threatening statement. Looked like easy cleanup at the end! I don't remember you getting ripped. But saying aluminum does not do well in a fire is like saying a mobile home does not do well in a tornado. While both true, not necessarily a profound statement. In much the same way a steel bodied vehicle fares in a fire or brick farmhouse does in a tornado.
mich800 10/09/14 07:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM overstates 2014 tow ratings by almost 25%

Could it be so simple that the OP wanted to use a typo In the manual to pressure GM into a sweetheart deal on a Denali or help purchasing a lighter trailer? Apparently it worked. Maybe. But I would bet money the dealer made out on the positive side. Some of my higher margins have been when the other side thought they had me bent over on the deal. (not automotive related)
mich800 10/07/14 06:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: pet fees?

Just because you are responsible and clean up after your pet does not mean without a trace. There are will always be some sort of "wear and tear" plus I am sure all the number 1's are not cleaned up. I am a dog owner and don't know if I would pass on a campground if they charged a pet fee. But I surely understand the fee. Do you expect to get a discount on a hotel because you made the bed before you left?
mich800 10/07/14 12:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Someone please explain

Other factors are at work here. One tons are banned from certain roads and neighborhoods. Insurance can be tricky with some companies as they will try to insure them at commercial rates....... insurance and banned roads? Bull.... nonsense... etc. etc. Where I live, 1 tons under certain circumstances need annual safety inspections, and are not permitted in general to be parked overnight on residential streets. The will also not fit down all alleys, and most drive-thrus. They are also a problem on mini-roundabouts. And they look stupid, ride rough, and are awkward to drive. Other than that, they're great. PS - I drove 3 different new 1 tons for work over a span of 7 years..... Look stupid? You can't tell a F-250 from a F-350 unless you look at the side at what it says, unless it is dually. I suspect some sarcasm going on here. I am guessing he knows the 3/4 and one ton have identical dimensions so "The will also not fit down all alleys, and most drive-thrus. They are also a problem on mini-roundabouts" does not apply.
mich800 10/04/14 06:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Water Police

WoW !! the guy asks why, and you guys jump all over him. I'd want to know why too, specially when there is no apparent reason. The way I read the story is, it was not so much he asked but wanted to escalate it up the chain of command. Nothing wrong with asking.
mich800 10/04/14 06:23am General RVing Issues
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