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RE: Big Three road tests

Buddylam, unfortunately you lost me in your explanation. The Ford is rated at 440 hp and ran 16.5, GM 397 hp and ran 16. and ram at 370 hp and ran 16.9. From a straight drag racing perspective the general rule has always been 100 pounds equals about .1 seconds in the quarter. So without knowing the curb weights you can not draw any hard conclusions. The results seem to bear out the specs. Ram was slowest with the least Hp (not a bad thing), and Ford has always been known as a little heavy compared with the others so the GM / Ford results don't jump out as odd. But of course I could be completly missing your point. Wouldn't be the first time I was confused about something.
mich800 10/31/14 06:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Turbo small displacement - displacement on demand- a winner?

A TSB and recall are not interchangeable. If the govt determined a safety issue warrants a recall than the mfg issuing a TSB does not correct that problem. A TSB is simply a repair/diagnostic used if someone brings in a vehicle exhibiting specific symptoms. A recall is mandatory and owners of affected vehicles are notified.
mich800 10/31/14 04:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Big Three road tests

Something seems amiss. First the fact that there was a quarter mile test. And then looking at the results, the two with the highest power ratings score near equal times. Yet the Lowest rated truck bests the other two by 3/4 second empty and .9 seconds loaded They seem to say it was the Alison that was the difference. I just don't accept that unless the Alison had a much lower 1st gear. If that is the case/ does the GM fall flat on it's face in a 30 to 70 MPH test. I would accept the 30 to 70 mph test as a test experienced by most people that tow. Hu?? :h Since when does Ram have more power then GM? GM makes 397 HP and Ram makes 370 HP. And before anybody starts; torque is not horsepower and never will be. As far as Fords HP numbers; test after test has shown they are cheating like %@%*(*@!!!! Plus you cannot take HP out of context or look it as the only variable. Vehicle weight, gearing, traction, etc all play vital rolls in a drag race.
mich800 10/31/14 02:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Recalls

If you are waiting to buy a truck or car model that has not had a recall at some point you may want to consider riding a bike :) I would not let that impact your purchasing decision too much.
mich800 10/29/14 01:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Turbo small displacement - displacement on demand- a winner?

Fordlover Maybe I should clarify a bit. I am having a hard time figuring what the 2.7 market is. The normal 3.7 v6 is cheaper to buy. And has decent mpg. The 3.5 has great HP. Where does the 2.7 fit into this lineup? More power, better performance and similar or better MPG. Plus I would venture a guess the 2.7 can be packaged in other model lines easier than the base v6 we see in the F150. If the 2.7 becomes the base or a variant for other models the 3.7 will eventually go away.
mich800 10/29/14 12:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2.7 eco boost gets 18.5 mpg average according to Motor Trend

Mich, What is the premium for the 2.7? It looks like the 2.0 eco boost on the Escape is about a 1500 dollar option. Now if your not paying cash then there is the added interest. After the warranty there is going to be a much higher repair cost if you are planning to keep it for a while. Of course I say that because of the complexity of a turbo engine. Also when used under hard driving the 3.5 is recommended to use premium fuel. I would suspect the same will be true for the 2.7. Taking all that into consideration why not take the more capable and just as efficient 3.5 eco boost? It has about the same premium at purchase. I was not trying to suggest that there is not a premium for a premium engine. Whether it is the ecodiesel, ecoboost or one of the cylinder deactivation engines. Just to illustrate that a 20-30% improvement in mpg is significant. Lets face it, simple pushrod carbureted no emissions engines are long gone. Even the simple base engines can be expensive to repair or diagnose due to all the electronics.
mich800 10/28/14 05:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2.7 eco boost gets 18.5 mpg average according to Motor Trend

I paid 2.99 per gallon yesterday. 3 mpg is going to be a real hard sell. I drive 15-20k per year. So that is $500-$700 per year savings. That would almost cover the auto insurance policy for the year.
mich800 10/28/14 05:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2.7 eco boost gets 18.5 mpg average according to Motor Trend

It sounds like a good review. But I am not impressed by the MPG. If the 3.5 eco numbers are indeed steel body numbers. It should just about equal the 2.7 when outfitted in the aluminum body. The comfort and drivability I am speaking of is that with more horse power and torque I would expect an engine such as the 3.5 eco or even the 5.3 would pull with a lot less RPM. That is fair. I don't think the 2.7 will be marketed to the towing crowd. The city mpg is much greater (almost 30%) than the v8. That is where the gain will be. Does not fit what I need a truck for but most of my driving is city so there can be considerable fuel cost savings if you were not pulling every weekend.
mich800 10/28/14 02:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2.7 eco boost gets 18.5 mpg average according to Motor Trend

I'm not sure why you think those are not good gains. The article seems to indicate that the truck performed well. Did you read that they did not like the comfort and drivability of the 2.7? It sounded like a good review to me.
mich800 10/28/14 02:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2.7 eco boost gets 18.5 mpg average according to Motor Trend

Dang topic heading was supposed to say 2.7 eco boost. Sorry can't figure out how to fix it yet. That's horrible. Not much better than 5.3 last year with a steel body Link According to the article 20% better than the 5.3. Seems like an improvement to me. City Hwy Combined 2.7 eco 16.6 21.5 18.5 5.3 gm 13 19 15.2 Change 3.6 2.5 3.3 % 28% 13% 22% Tried fixing the formatting no luck. Hopefully it is legible.
mich800 10/28/14 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs.....

I'm not fond of school zones where there isn't a student in sight. I'm even less fond when there no sign saying 'end school zone.' Plus the Slow Children signs at least here in Michigan. Not every kid can be athletic but do we need to call them out in a sign? :)
mich800 10/25/14 03:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cash or Credit

In my case all the stations that had a cut off it WAS the gas station limiting their losses. The first time it happened I immediately called my bank and it was not my credit card. During the first time I hit the road full time I quickly learned it is prudent to tell you bank BEFORE you embark on extensive RV traveling! :W The first time I crossed state lines within a day buying gas, rv supplies, food all that activity sent up red flags to my bank and they shut down my card. And then once again when I encountered the limit on the pumps when gas was so high I needed 3 times running the card to fill the MH! The second time was 'activating' one of my cards on the road 4 states away from home and on the same day hitting the grocery store, RV supplies, gas, and 2 fast food stores! I called to tell them it was me and the bank said boy you must have been really hungry! :B It is not the bank that dictates the limit. It is the sellers merchant bank terms. These are two completely different things. Calling your bank will tell you nothing about the business agreements the gas station or seller has entered into.
mich800 10/25/14 07:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Cash or Credit

Must be the station that sets the limit. I've run my card 3 times at some stations and only once at others. There are probably as many merchant agreements/plans as there are gas stations. If you have a merchant account you know. I get calls every week with some servicing company trying to get me to switch plans/provider.
mich800 10/24/14 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Warranty Claim Denied

Check fuses? Wouldn't that be a kick in the pants. Also, I found out they will not fold unless the mirror switch is in the middle. If it is turned to either side mirror it will not fold.
mich800 10/24/14 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cash or Credit

I have mostly run the card 2 times. But a few words of caution. 1. I ran into one station that wouldn't take the card inside, as someone or more had left a bad CC card. Now for them it is either cash inside before pumping or CC at the pump. 2. Gas stations are the most likely to have one of those phishing inserts left overnight. Be aware when traveling. You do not need to leave the card. Just have them run some number higher than you think you need say $200. Go pump, if you do not want the receipt just leave and your card will be charged for the actual amount. Or go back in and finalize the transaction. This is what I do when I fill my transfer tank. I have never had an issue getting large amounts of fuel this way. In merchant bank speak this is delayed capture.
mich800 10/24/14 08:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Urgent!! Brand new furnace not working

From your post you state that the furnace works when electrical is plugged in but furnace does not work when on 12 V. When you are plugged in I am thinking your converter is supplying 12 volts+ and that allows the furnace to run. It seems that when you unplug you no longer have the 12+ volts needed to run you furnace. If you are going to a store to get a heater then it means you are plugged in somewhere. Does the furnace not work when plugged in. Get a vot meter and learn or know how to use it this will answer your question. And yes it is possible to have lights etc... at something less that 12V I think they said is worked on shore once and now nothing plugged in or on battery only.
mich800 10/24/14 06:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Warranty Claim Denied

First they have to prove they were damaged by something other than normal failure. If they aren`t hanging off the truck or have physical damage to them they can`t deny a claim based on that. and even if they were, they are designed to be manually folded! Make a call to Ford! Aaaaaaa they most certainly can deny a claim; and they did in this case. Just ask the OP! :S All Ford has to do is say, "claim denied" next in line please. I've heard of it happening many times. :) Yes, but they have to have a good reason other than "because we said so!" While that is true and also with the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. But they have all the leverage. Now the ball is in your court to prove otherwise shifting the financial burden on you.
mich800 10/24/14 06:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Warranty Claim Denied

Both mirrors failed at the same time ???....odd. I imagine the switch has been ruled out. You may call the Factory Rep and work a deal where you pay labor. We had 3 Power Door Locks go out on our 2008 Saturn Aura (48,000 miles)......estimate of $750, got GM to replace all three for $100 That's a good point. I wonder if you had a half you know what diagnosis? I would at least want to try and jumper the motor to confirm it does not work.
mich800 10/24/14 05:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Locked in by entry door handle I found the fix?

Lots of travel handles can not be flipped opposite direction due to slide outs, awning arms etc being located on opposite side of door. Handles can only be flipped across door when in transit for those rigs. Besides......most folks have found hat the handle does not prevent door from being pushed open. And if it does..just round off top of 'U' on bracket so handle is easy to move from travel position I also like K.I.S.S. vs reinventing. I agree knocking that edge off would make a big difference. Probably the ones that can get locked in have the handle mounted too close to the door increasing the leverage required to over come the spring.
mich800 10/24/14 04:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Cash or Credit

That is just for no sign at the pump. You can always go in and get as much as your credit limit or swipe your card twice at the pump.
mich800 10/24/14 04:42am General RVing Issues
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