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RE: 2014 Sales totals

If you take out the 1/2 ton pickup trucks, Ram is the sales leader and they sell more 1-ton trucks than Ford and Chevy/GM combined, for what it's worth. For now all the innovation is with the 1/2 ton pickups from all three manufacturers. Maybe some of it will trickle up to the next class. So based on the second chart this would mean Ram does not sell any 2500 series trucks? Or Ford sells very few 350.
mich800 01/29/15 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Be aware of this FCC ruling

Fine should have been much more...like a couple million.The FCC often has a very tough time making a reasonably technical case against a judge that simply doesnt understand the ramifications of the charges, and they are often reduced or tossed out, so they get what they can get. Doesn't really matter at this point, they've been found guilty of jamming, and that is a federal offence. The next time around wont be pretty for them at all. At the end of the day there is nothing preventing them (Marriot or anyone else) from constructing screen rooms around any room or facility they choose and theres nothing the FCC could do about it because thats not considered jamming in their eyes and involves no active electronics. They dont oversee construction techniques. That is so true. One of the reasons that white collar crime or fraud is often difficult to get a conviction. We have been involved in some pretty sophisticated frauds that are hard to understand if you are trained for it much less convince a jury how it happened.
mich800 01/29/15 04:01pm Technology Corner
RE: I just cant get with this program...

I'm not sure I get this truck, either. The engine seems like overkill in a 1/2 ton, especially in light of what Ford and RAM are getting out of their 3.5 and 3l V-6's. It would seem to fit in a 3/4 ton package, but if Nissan is 'bragging' about a 10k gooseneck, the ratings probably aren't there. I hate to admit it, as I am vocal about being not brand loyal at all, but I also would like to see this in an American truck. I really couldn't see myself buying a Nissan truck, no matter what it could do. Of course, 4 or 5 years ago, I couldn't have seen myself buying and loving a V6 truck, either, so I guess you never know ... Would you buy the Ram if it had the v8 cummins? They are a foreign company. Would you buy the Nissan if Ford purchased the company? I know it has been stated before. But pretty much all the auto manufacturers are public corporations. You can put as many American dollars as you want into their stock and buy something from a company YOU own not a foreign entity.
mich800 01/27/15 01:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Sales totals

U.S. sales correct.
mich800 01/27/15 01:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Win 7 Paint, Digital Camera and Carpenter Level

A square and a ruler would not work? For sure, here is the data from Win Paint: For example, using Win Paint, find the two x,y coordinates: 1024, 1189px 1530, 1190px Notice they both fall on the top of a parallel redish/orange banner in the center of the picture. TANGENT = OPPOSITE / ADJACENT OPPOSITE = 1190 - 1189 = 1 pixel ADJACENT = 1530 - 1024 = 506 pixels TANGENT = 0.001976284 ARCTAN 0.001976284 = 0.1132 Degrees. So I have a 1 in 506 resolution. I meant more from an actual measurement with a carpenters square from the ground and using simple geometry. Trig is not my strong suit. I guess you would need to deal with the tire bulge so maybe us some sort of standoff on the wheel to make the measurements.
mich800 01/27/15 12:06pm Technology Corner
RE: Win 7 Paint, Digital Camera and Carpenter Level

A square and a ruler would not work?
mich800 01/27/15 11:05am Technology Corner
RE: Hitting an F150 with a sledgehammer

Part 2 $887.25 for a tail light? :E Looks like the sledge hammer wasn't the only tool in the first video. Maybe he would have realized the tail light also houses the blind-spot monitoring system as stated in the article.
mich800 01/26/15 08:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Florida Cell Phone Taxes/Charges

I use an AT&T Go Phone with unlimited talk, text and data. It has an upstate NY area code where I use it in the summer months and in SC in the winter. Other than my one total monthly usage fee, I don't see any state taxes anywhere. My old cell was a GoPhone registered in Wisconsin and it had city, county, usage taxes you name it added on. :R GoPhone/ATT told me each state taxes where the number originates was different. No matter where I bought the prepaid card when I loaded it I always was charged the Wisconsin tax. I.E. load a 25.00 card and would get only 23.00 applied. My question of Straight Talk is if I am traveling and buy a prepaid card in another state then I pay THAT states tax charge? They can't go by my cell phone number because the card when purchased does not include it. So the assumption being the 'card' itself is being taxed by each Walmart? Simply as a money maker? Maybe for the taxing authority but not for Walmart in your scenario. Remember, sales taxes charged by retailers is a strong arm technique to make the business the tax collector and administrator for the state, city etc. I would much rather NOT have to collect the tax, file the returns, and remit the tax back to the state but that is just the way it is.
mich800 01/26/15 07:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hitting an F150 with a sledgehammer

Worthless without a data point and that is to the exact same thing to a steel bed and have it repaired at the exact same body shop Then compare the finished product and the invoice. Might also include the details of that invoice I agree. And there is one other potential pitfall. Will any body shops be padding their quote simply because they can? Now that the public perception is it will be significantly higher in price to fix.
mich800 01/26/15 02:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 V6 truck comparison

Interesting read. The price of the 3.5 EB is shocking. MSRP of $61,000 for a 150/1500 blows my mind. Does Ford not offer a NA V6 to compete with the 4.3 and 3.6? Sounds like there really isn't a bad truck in the bunch. At the Houston Auto Show this past weekend, there was a 2015 F150 4WD Ecoboost that had a MSRP just over $62,000. The numbers are interesting. One thing that stands out to me is the weight. Silverado 1500 crew cab 4.3 V6 2WD weighs 4980 lb F150 crew cab 2WD 2.7 V6 weighs 4680 lb Ram 1500 crew cab 2WD 3.6 V6 weighs 4920 lb So, the aluminum F150 weighs approximately 240-300 lb less than the others. I thought the weight savings was going to be 700-800 lb. That figure I believe was maximum reduction in weight year over year. Not comparing the competition. Just out of curiosity. I looked at the 2014 model trucks and it appears the F150 was about 400 pounds heavier than the others.
mich800 01/26/15 11:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: The mysteries of Horsepower and other things explained

They prefer the lower rpm to increase duty cycle. So to have the same hp at a lower rpm will equate to higher torque. Not necessarily that they are targeting the higher torque. Their advertising absolutely targets higher torque. It is a torque war, much more than a HP war between the big three. And amazingly there is no 'duty cycle' war among the light diesel trucks. The advertising one upmanship war is really all about how much the truck can tow; and all three bring it back to torque values. In the days of the Cummins 5.9 and now 6.7 in the Rams, the early ones had 400 foot pounds of torque; today that is 865 with the Aisin MDT transmission. We may soon see Ford or GM up the ante with 900 foot pounds. The new ram 6.4 gas engine has about 400 HP and 429 foot pounds torque. It does not pull hills towing 10,000-12,000 pounds like the diesel even though it has about the same HP. At that weight the 6.4 is close to it's max tow rating (depending on rear end ratios), the diesel not even halfway to it's max rating. There is lots more to all this than HP. So it is the advertising department that drives the engineering and technology? Or maybe it is the advertising department's role to manipulate public perception to generate sales.
mich800 01/25/15 11:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: The mysteries of Horsepower and other things explained

and without either one, you got nuttin... You got half that right.... Without torque you can't have hp Without RPM you can't have hp You can't have RPM without torque You CAN have torque without hp or RPM. And what will you do with torque and no hp or rpm? When you put your truck in park on a hill what's holding it still? Friction. HAHAHAHA!!! Friction is heat. The parking pawl in the transmission does not create heat, friction, or HP. It creates torque that is being applied opposite of the force the hill is creating which is torque applied. If the parking pawl does not hold and the truck starts rolling down the hill then the hill is making more hp than the parking pawl because then you bring in torque the hill is applying and adding RPM from the truck rolling. The hill is not making horsepower. That is gravity.
mich800 01/25/15 09:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: The mysteries of Horsepower and other things explained

Just because it's a diesel doesn't mean it's more powerful. Just because it's a gas engine does not mean it can’t be faster up a hill than a diesel with a lois more torque. As I indicated when you posted this same material on another thread earlier this week; pass this on to Ford, GM and Dodge Ram because they are not enlightened like you on this subject and they think that torque values are far better for towing larger loads. Their towing guides always seem to favor higher torque for heavier towing. And industry says the same thing with ships, construction equipment, train locomotives, over the road trucks, etc. Lower HP and higher torque wins the heavy towing industry sales. Most over the road trucks have about 500-600 HP diesels; and put out 1600-1800 foot pounds of torque. And they are moving 80,000 pounds up and over the Rockies and Sierras. There is certainly more to it than just HP. Next time cite a video towing gas vs diesel up to the Eisenhower tunnel in Colorado on the interstate and watch what a turbo charged diesel can do to a normally aspired gas engine at higher altitudes. The diesel loses virtually none of it's sea level power; the gasser loses about two percent per 1000 feet according to Ford. At 10,000 feet elevation that is one fifth of the gas engines power lost just to altitude. All that matters is seat of the pants experiences of RVers, not textbook stuff. Real world trumps textbook material every day for RVers. Without HP and Torque combined nothing moves, except perhaps sailboats. This is a towing forum not a motorcycle or car racing forum where HP is more important, vehicles are light, speeds are high, fast accelleration important. They are not towing fifth wheels up the mountains. A 60 HP motorcycle with 40 foot pounds of torque can easily out accellerate and beat any over the road truck with 1800 foot pounds of diesel torque every time, but what is the point? The motorcycle is not doing much work moving itself and a rider; the truck is hauling 80,000 pounds. Torque equals work. Not everything is about how fast you can race your RV to the top of the mountain. They prefer the lower rpm to increase duty cycle. So to have the same hp at a lower rpm will equate to higher torque. Not necessarily that they are targeting the higher torque.
mich800 01/25/15 09:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cell phone plan advice

I am in the same boat. I have the hot spot that we only need very occasionally and hate paying for it. The phone hot spot is appealing but with the verizon iphone it drops the data if you receive or make a call. But I think the androids can do both simultaneously.
mich800 01/24/15 01:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Extremely Close Call

He used water due to no other choice. If the fire had got behind the wall the camper would have been totaled. Go to you tube and do a search for 5th wheel fire. There is a video of a unit pulling into either Cabelas or Bass Pro Shop. In 6 min it was down to the frame. This is a good point that may get lost in this discussion. The fire extinguisher in our RV is small and in an aggressive fire may not do the job. Something to think about.
mich800 01/24/15 11:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Which GVWR on a New Pickup in California???

What's wrong with the 11400Ib sticker to keep you out of the Kalifornia legal hassle? This is only a token below the actual 11500Ib. If you take the 10000Ib then you are limiting yourself on what you can tow. Right? Effectively the 10k GVWR can tow exactly the same. Frame/drivetrain/axles/springs/GCWR are all the same. But this will allow you to park in the many neighborhoods that restrict trucks over 10,000 GVWR, and even driving on some local streets. The question is how does the parking enforcement know the truck is regular F350 or one with the 10k GVWR sticker option? Just give the ticket and it is up to the person receiving it to fight it?
mich800 01/23/15 12:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Which GVWR on a New Pickup in California???

"and an unladen weight of less than 8,001 pounds" What about this part? I don't remember the actual weight of my F250 but it is heavy.
mich800 01/23/15 04:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tune Up

Bad spark plug, only missed intermittently, was a bear to find which one. All fixed, thanks. Yep, the garbage K & N filter has only lasted 110,000 miles so far. I will be sure to trash it. Was it a new plug that was bad. The code did not identify which cylinder was misfiring?
mich800 01/22/15 01:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014s best selling vehicles

Looks like GM was the sales winner. chevman Dream, Dream, Dream. All you got to do is dream. I guess I was watching the liar on tv as I was reading what Ib had showed about the sales and I did not get to the bottom for the ford sales so at this point "what difference does it make" sorry for the mess up. chevman All in good fun. I thought maybe is was some sort of inside comment that I didn't understand. The pickup market is strong. All three(four) had their 1/2 tons in the top ten.
mich800 01/21/15 11:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014s best selling vehicles

Looks like GM was the sales winner. chevman ???
mich800 01/20/15 10:04pm Tow Vehicles
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