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RE: Ford Flex TV - ecoboost or no?

Having driven them both at elevations over 10,000 feet, I see no difference from almost sea level (600-700 feet) when not towing. The fuel injection, computer control, and variable cam timing on todays modern cars takes care of the previous AFR altitude problem inherent with carbureted engines. The turbocharging (NOT supercharging, big difference) is just the icing on the cake. If I was buying a Flex, I'd opt for the Ecoboost if you're going to tow often. What? :h :S OP, you don't have to worry about the AFR. You have to worry about the lack of O2 at 10,000. You will lose about 3% of power/1000' of altitude because of that fact. BTW a turbocharger is a supercharger. A turbo just describes on how the compressor is connected to the engine to power it. Is that like all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares. :)
mich800 08/30/14 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Brakes -- At What Size/Weight

Travel trailers are required to have a, "brake away," system...to stop it if it comes un-connected from the tow vehicle while underway. To have this system, the trailer needs brakes and a battery to operate these brakes. Not true everywhere. I will need to check again but it was if it was required to have brakes then the emergency brake was also required. I know for a fact that most open two place trailers have no brakes.
mich800 08/28/14 01:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Map on your dining table?

How do you prevent the glass from sliding during your travels?
mich800 08/28/14 12:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: What they loved. HD Challange

I guess there are other things just as important as 0-60 times :B Don't tell Howie and GM.
mich800 08/26/14 02:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: US DOT Numbers

1. You are out of state. 2. You have a "ladder rack" on the truck. 3. Sounds like you "carry a ladder to the work site for work" 4. Toolbox in the back. 5. 5th wheel hitch in back. And, you think the cop is stupid for stopping you? Looks to me like he was doing his job! Looks to me like you need DOT numbers! Ladder rack, with a ladder used for work, out of state, going to a job. Sure sounds like a work vehicle to me, EVEN if it is registered as a private vehicle. The USE of the vehicle is what is important, NOT how it is registered or owned. It wouldn`t matter if he was collecting ladders for a personal ladder collection. if the truck is registered to a private person and used as transportation it is not commercial. So some of you are saying that anyone that goes to work with a briefcase and laptop in their car is considered commercial and needs a DOT#....don`t think so! If that vehicle belongs to the company and has a GVWR of 10,001# or a combo with combined GVWR of 10,001# then yes. The gray area the judge has to decide is if the truck being in his name and not his company's name warrants it to be considered Commercial. IDK how the pro fisherman have their trucks titled but the are commercial trucks because they use them for profit. The OP was possibly using his truck for his company that makes money for it's services. If our suit and ties at my work were driving an F350 company truck then they would have to have the numbers and all the other stuff even though they just haul pins and laptops.;)Exactly. We aren't talking about a Ford Fusion, we are talking about a F350. So pretty much any RV'r that is in a skilled trade is screwed. Hardly seems like the intention unless revenue at all costs is the desired outcome.
mich800 08/26/14 02:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram takes the lead.

Really TravelNutz? Lets see, the Ram beat the F-450 in the King of Beasts tests and that was a 2013 Ram 3500 verses a 2013 F450. The 2014 Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge had GM first Ram second and Ford last. I would say that's not a bad showing for the Ram as it was a 2014 not a 2015 like GM and Ford. BTW why doesn't GM use the SAE towing standards for ALL of their trucks like Ram does there buddy, talk about getting and F for misleading. Both Ford and GM strip things off their trucks then do their tow rating tests. Shameful just plain shameful. LOL Don From a pure performance standpoint Ram was last. And why so much weight on the SAE standard. Using the transitive property if GM and Ford beat the Ram that is SAE certified don't the other two also pass? With the SAE tests they have to repeat several times to prove it is not a one time thing. Who would be in the lead if they kept going up and down the same grades for 24 hours?????? Probably no different. I suppose the Ram would eventually be first before it was lapped. :)
mich800 08/25/14 08:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: US DOT Numbers

When you go to court, you will need to make the case your vehicle is not used in commercial operations. Show that the ladder rake is for your personal use and is not used to further some business interest. Make that case effectively and you will be mostly out of the woods. I am not sure if this is a fine or misdemeanor. If it is a misdemeanor you will have the option of a court hearing or an actual jury. I would pick the court, simply because it is much easier for a judge to understand the particulars of the law than it would be to educate a jury. I would spend some time on the probable cause for the stop. Having out of state plates with a ladder rack sounds pretty weak as basis for the stop. Commercial cops have a lot of latitude, but if you don't have signage on your pickup, I don't understand his leap to judging you as a commercial business operating in his State. If you work for someone else as a contractor in your home State which is why you have the ladder rack, I would bring pay stubs showing your employment for the contractor, along with perhaps the contractors corporate structure that shows you are not an owner, just an employee who was on your personal time in Iowa. I see a potential problem based on your last sentence. I do get paid from an LLC that I own and he had access to that info somehow. The truck is still a personal vehicle and the ladder is a tool that I take to and from my work locations. So they are searching corporate records from different states? Are you a W2 employee in the LLC? Yes, a W2 employee with the LLC. Am I saved? I don't know I was just curious. As a W2 employee you could argue you are not paid for travel time. I am just surprised they were searching other states corporate records.
mich800 08/25/14 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram takes the lead.

Really TravelNutz? Lets see, the Ram beat the F-450 in the King of Beasts tests and that was a 2013 Ram 3500 verses a 2013 F450. The 2014 Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge had GM first Ram second and Ford last. I would say that's not a bad showing for the Ram as it was a 2014 not a 2015 like GM and Ford. BTW why doesn't GM use the SAE towing standards for ALL of their trucks like Ram does there buddy, talk about getting and F for misleading. Both Ford and GM strip things off their trucks then do their tow rating tests. Shameful just plain shameful. LOL Don From a pure performance standpoint Ram was last. And why so much weight on the SAE standard. Using the transitive property if GM and Ford beat the Ram that is SAE certified don't the other two also pass?
mich800 08/25/14 05:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: US DOT Numbers

When you go to court, you will need to make the case your vehicle is not used in commercial operations. Show that the ladder rake is for your personal use and is not used to further some business interest. Make that case effectively and you will be mostly out of the woods. I am not sure if this is a fine or misdemeanor. If it is a misdemeanor you will have the option of a court hearing or an actual jury. I would pick the court, simply because it is much easier for a judge to understand the particulars of the law than it would be to educate a jury. I would spend some time on the probable cause for the stop. Having out of state plates with a ladder rack sounds pretty weak as basis for the stop. Commercial cops have a lot of latitude, but if you don't have signage on your pickup, I don't understand his leap to judging you as a commercial business operating in his State. If you work for someone else as a contractor in your home State which is why you have the ladder rack, I would bring pay stubs showing your employment for the contractor, along with perhaps the contractors corporate structure that shows you are not an owner, just an employee who was on your personal time in Iowa. I see a potential problem based on your last sentence. I do get paid from an LLC that I own and he had access to that info somehow. The truck is still a personal vehicle and the ladder is a tool that I take to and from my work locations. So they are searching corporate records from different states? Are you a W2 employee in the LLC?
mich800 08/25/14 05:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram takes the lead.

A few ft lbs of torque means nothing. If that's so great, why are they still a very distant third in sales? Fiat/Ram trucks just don't seem able to get anywhere near Chevy's sales figures, or even half of what Ford sells. That's not to say Ram doesn't make a good truck, their 2500/3500 trucks are pretty decent. Can't say so much for their lightweight 1500 trucks though, which, like Ford and Chevy, are the bread-and-butter trucks. That is a conundrum. They make a good product but have had their fair share of financial troubles throughout the years. Poorly executed business model. Hopefully they are on the way up for good. Too bad it took foreign ownership to get there. But I wouldn't count them out if they keep up their current momentum.
mich800 08/25/14 04:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Got to laugh at this phishing email

People that fall for these scams won't notice. I'm willing to bet that if someone sent out an email that read "Please click here to install the lastest virus to your system", several million people world wide would click on it. Do you remember the virus around 10 years ago. I cannot remember the name but it was a Trojan that installed with a program. The end user agreement you had to click agree actually stated the program would install the virus.
mich800 08/25/14 04:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Financing Survey

The borrowers always try to justify taking out a loan. I have never heard anyone making excuses for paying cash. You shouldn't look down on those who took out a loan. You paid cash because you are risk adverse. Nothing wrong with that. Many risk adverse individuals "invest" in products with very low risk to principal. But you are still taking risk. You may not lose principal but inflation adjusted returns are often negative. Your way is no better than someone that takes out a loan. But I will add; providing they have a systematic savings/investment plan in place and are not leveraging every future dollar they may earn.
mich800 08/25/14 01:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: New Ram 3500 DRW Megacab rear ended by Semi

Same thing happened to my wife but it was a Chevy Dmax that did the hitting. What did you get pushed into? My wife was pushed into a pontoon boat. Did you see it coming to brace yourself? Is that your truck? I thought yours was SRW?
mich800 08/25/14 09:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jackknife with Hensley

Some pretty impressive speculation. You only need to look at the picture to ascertain the vehicle went in the ditch and the trailer at some point was in a jackknife position. So the only scenario a trailer jackknifes is due to brakes? The vehicle could have just as easily hit the ditch and the damage occurred trying to pull back onto the roadway with no braking. I have seen many double duallies in the ditch jackknifed so I don't see the validity of that statement.
mich800 08/24/14 09:44pm Towing
RE: Trailer Life helps perpetuate the 1/2 ton towable myth

I don't know any safe drivers with experience, professional or recreational, that will deliberately tow an overweight unit. Some will argue that it is done all the time with no problems. Those drivers are not safe. Just luckier than others. Over weight by who's definition. By the engineers who designed and tested everything from concept to completion. You know the type, bends it or beats on it until it breaks and then calculates a safe limit to operate under. Don't say they don't know what there doing because they are involved in everything you come in contact with everyday and you can't fault everything. So you are stating that you KNOW the engineers are the ones who set the capacities we see. There was no input with marketing, warranty, legal, etc.
mich800 08/24/14 07:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New F350, Dually, Black and Gold stolen last night !

did you call onsta...oh, nevermind Nice :( Nothing new for him. He is just jealous because no one wants to steal a GM. I heard the thieves are waiting for the 2015's to come out.
mich800 08/24/14 05:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: getting paid to drive a motorhome

Edit: I made a mistake on the self employment tax as you can shield some of it. So it is close but no wiggle room in expenses to make his threshold. If the assumption of fuel costs are $.50 per mile and self employment taxes at 7.5%. That is $333-$610 per 1,000 miles with no other expenses. So it fails the first pass for the gross revenue.
mich800 08/24/14 02:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: Jackknife with Hensley

Again, no article or cause. They could have swerved to miss a squirrel in the road. There a many drivers that make poor decisions in a panic situation. How we can interject the adequacy of an Expeditions brakes at this point just seems odd. I cannot count the number of big rigs in the ditch I have seen. If I took pictures of each and posted here would the first response be not enough brakes on the tractor to control the trailer.
mich800 08/24/14 01:52pm Towing
RE: New F350, Dually, Black and Gold stolen last night !

Wow. Are they easy to steal? They all are if you are a pro. Could have drove off or towed it.
mich800 08/24/14 01:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jackknife with Hensley

Not enough truck to control the trailer when the trailer brakes fail. Towing is not about how much you can pull or carry. It is all about how much you can stop in a panic. Just my humble opinion after nearly 50 years of towing. I didn't see the article. Where did you read that?
mich800 08/24/14 01:16pm Towing
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