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RE: Survey - who has had a citation for RV overweight?

The only one I've seen was down in NC leaving ZMAX dragway and wasn't the normal trailer/fifth wheel. I was following a friend pulling a 30Ft racecar trailer with living quarters and he was pulled over and weighed. He was over his registered GVWR and received a fined which was $150 I think. They told him he was considered commercial because he received money and or products for competing. He also had the usual product stickers all over the side of the trailer. Over the years I've also read more than a handful of first hand posts usually from Pa concerning weight and or registration fines with these race car trailers with all the advertising and even some where because they could win $$$ they were considered commercial rigs. Larry The most common test of this I have heard of is: If you are guaranteed money for showing up at the event - then you would be considered commercial. You are being paid as a performer. Now some states interpret these rules to their own likes. The 10,000 lb trailer rule is one. Some states have it worded as a trailer over 10000 and GVW over 26000. Others use a trailer over 10000 or GVW over 26000. I run around to motorsports events in the summer, if I ever get accused of being commercial, I am going to start filing my expenses on my taxes. I bet the IRS will claim its a hobby! Those numbers are the determining factor that requires one to have a CDL. To be considered commercial your GVWR or combined truck and trailer GVWR will be 10,001# and up. Our F150's and Tundra's are considered commercial as soon as one is hooked to any of our trailers. Our lightest duty trailer has a GVWR of 7'000#.
transamz9 02/16/17 03:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need tow vehicle advice

We were and still have fords, 6.0, 6.4 and now 6.7. The 6.7 appears to be a good engine so far. We don't have any dodges in the fleet but I have seen other counties use them in ambulances. So far the gm 6.0 have been holding up in ambulance use. We had a problem with the alternators not keeping up with the power demand, but I see they fixed that issue now. You just proved my point.......
transamz9 02/15/17 12:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Survey - who has had a citation for RV overweight?

Ancient history but - Eons ago dad (RIP) was pulled over in NY state in his pickup truck (IIRR he had commercial plates on it.) He had a track trencher in the bed and it did squat a bit. Weight was OK on his axles and tires but he was over on his registration weight. Seems I remember the fine was $1000 or so. He drove 10-wheelers and equipment trailers for years and this was his only overweight ticket. So yes they will pull a pickup over. Your dad (RIP) was hauling commercially. Whole different set of rules. GVWR of truck is 10,001 or combined GVWR of truck and trailer combined is 10,001 and over is considered a commercial vehicle if you are in commerce (making profit from it). At this time the operator has to have a medical card on file.
transamz9 02/15/17 12:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need tow vehicle advice

No problem, we are now running Chevy series with 6.0 engines. They now are running natural gas with the conversion. We still have Ford diesels and have also purchased a few more of them. So far the Gm trucks are lasting very well with ambulance use. What brand diesels did they run to cause them to change to gas? We were running Fords and got hold of the 6.0's and they put a bad taste in our prez mouth so he started burning gas trucks for the next few. I warned him.....we are now buying Ram Cummins. Weird thing is, he is a GM man but will not buy a GM truck. Dont make sense.
transamz9 02/14/17 06:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need tow vehicle advice

I cant agree with diesel and gas jobs maintenance being a wash. From owing both, and watching various fleets changing back over to gas, speaks about overall cost/ownership. Others may not agree and I get it, but newer diesel trucks with the emissions will cost you more in maintenance than a gas job. That's my take, you buy a diesel cause you want to. The load that the OP has can be easily moved by the newer gas engines with 6 speed autos regardless of brand. I'm sure this post will set some fires out there. Its not intended to, but overall cost of ownership, the gas job is cheaper. I have personally been in contact with our fleet manager and that's why a lot of our newer trucks are gas. Even if the engine dies, its always cheaper to replace the gas verse the diesel. Now resale is different. Everyone jumps on the fact that diesels are worth more as you sell them. True, but the rest of the truck will still have issues period. Its all about what you want and what your really willing to take a risk on. Both have advantages/disadvantages like anything else. There is no single cure all in trucks, not one size will fit all. I have pulled with both and choose gas. My parents still have diesel, and one day I may go back to one. But not anytime soon, emission issues and potential fuel issues have simply pushed me away. Good luck on your decision. If I may ask, what brand vehicle does your fleet run?
transamz9 02/14/17 03:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you determine how much to spend on a truck?

I did it like this.............I drove crummy vehicles(well, not all of them) for my whole life struggling up the hills since I got our first trailer when I was 22. At 55, I could see retirement in the future so I buckled down and shelled out the cash since I can finally afford it. I really don't know how anyone can buy their dream tow vehicle and be raising a family and then keep replacing the dream vehicle with new ones. Pretty sure I'll have the current one for 20 years. Just how I roll................ It's called living pay check to pay check. I dont live pay check to pay check. We buy something new about every 1-2 years. I think if I was buying every 2 years or less I would quit buying and just lease. We don't trade out the same vehicle every time. Other than the wife's car we will probably keep everything we have now though so my trading will probably slow way down after this last truck. I really like this one almost as much as I like the 2005 I have. The 2005 I leased with intentions of trading like you said but at the end of the lease I bought it out. I love that truck. We have done a lot of things together. LOL I told it Happy Valentines this morning on the way out as I past the DW........she thought I was talking to her so she's good. HAHAHA!!!!
transamz9 02/14/17 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you determine how much to spend on a truck?

I did it like this.............I drove crummy vehicles(well, not all of them) for my whole life struggling up the hills since I got our first trailer when I was 22. At 55, I could see retirement in the future so I buckled down and shelled out the cash since I can finally afford it. I really don't know how anyone can buy their dream tow vehicle and be raising a family and then keep replacing the dream vehicle with new ones. Pretty sure I'll have the current one for 20 years. Just how I roll................ It's called living pay check to pay check. I dont live pay check to pay check. We buy something new about every 1-2 years.
transamz9 02/14/17 04:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7 Powerstroke "3" year report

I am glad that the OP is happy with his Ford Diesel. But to be fair 3 years and 88k is not a profound statement on a diesels life or dependability. It is really just beginning it's life and is now completely broken in. These should be 500 thousand mile engines. and to be honest Ford has had many many problems with it's diesels over the years. One year would be great the next would require changes for emissions and it would be terrible. They seemed for years to have no long range engine design planning for future emissions and power requirements. The overwhelming number of really older diesels I come across are either the 7.3 Ford which was the International Harvester Bus engine, or old Dodge Cummins. Dodge did the only smart thing. They teamed up with a real dependable diesel engine maker and put that badge on the truck. Ford (and for that matter Chevy) would be smart to follow suit. Instead they fiddled around the edges trying to reinvent the wheel. and mostly failed. Ford should get CAT to source one of their smaller diesels for them and off you go to the races. And GM who once owned the biggest diesel manufacturer in the US Detroit Diesel could do the same. I cant wait for MACK to make a pickup. Daniel, some people have no interest in driving a vehicle 500K miles, and you can put me in that group. If a vehicle can go 200K miles without many problems, I consider that a win, and OP is closing in on half way there, Fish is more than 1/2 way. I personally don't give a flip what the reliability is from 250K to 500+K. I've driven/ridden in Ford and GM's with 300K on them, and the truck is pretty shot at that point. I've ridden in older Dodges with 150K on them and they are shot. I've heard the new interiors are much nicer, so maybe they hold up better than the 90's and early 2000 models. That's what I have been saying. Claims of a non-commercial truck being on the road for a half-million miles is "macho talk". The truck (even with a diesel motor) is pretty much junk after 300,000 miles. When I sold my 5 year old 2011 F350, which was used for farm work, it ran, drove and looked like new after 100,000 miles. Not a single, scratch, rattle or air leak. In fact while I was selling it potential buyers made comments such as "this truck seems absolutely like new" or "your wife obviously never let you wear your shoes in this truck" or another fellow said "When I drove up I got an ______ as soon as i saw the truck". Other than wear on the driver's seat (King Ranch leather) the truck was extremely difficult to distinguish from one on the showroom floor. The truck (even with a diesel motor) is pretty much junk after 300,000 miles. Maybe one that is owned by someone that don't take care of it. I personally wont see 200,000 on any of my personal trucks just because of the miles I drive them but my company truck is clicking on 250k. Its even a 11 year old 6.0 Pstroke. Not a thing wrong with it and far from being junk. We've sold two of the same trucks with 300k on their clocks. They weren't junk either. My vice president drives an 05 6.0 that is coming up on 325k and still a very good truck. Have we spent money getting them there? Sure we have. They're all 6.0's. We also have two 06 Cummins . One is over 200k and the other is at 350k. Both still really good trucks that are in great shape for what they are used for and that is crew trucks in construction.
transamz9 02/09/17 06:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: towing capacity

Initial costs are higher but you'll recover that when you sell the vehicle. This is also a myth. If you hypothetically spend $8000 more for a diesel up front, you will NOT get $8000 more at resale time. You will get a proportionally reduced amount based on the overall value of the vehicle. If you figure in the maintenance if done by the book it will be real close. Sure the cost of a service for a diesel is a little more than it's gas counterpart but by the book intervals the diesel will go longer in between services not to mention full savings. In the long run they cost no different to operate.
transamz9 02/07/17 03:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2006 F-250SD - Electrical Qauestion

I have a faulty (damaged) 12v power point outlet in a small panel in the dash of my 2006 F-250 that needs replacing. Has anyone removed this approximately 3" x 3" panel that holds the outlet in the dash? Do I have to remove the entire dash panel to get it out or does it just snap in? want to make sure before I ruin anything. If it's the power point top right of the radio the whole panel comes off. You just have to pull it out far enough to get to the plug though. It won't be a bad project.
transamz9 02/06/17 12:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What can I tow with a full ton SRW?

At this point I'm pretty sold on a SRW full ton towing a travel trailer, maybe a small fifth wheel but really doubt I need that much space. I might get a pop up camper for when just two of us want to off road for a few days. Sounds like a great choice. The CCSB 3500 4x4 SRWs are wonderful trucks. Spacious inside and out but also wheel-able off road. Again, you will not need to upgrade or modify anything on a new 1-ton SRW. Tires, wheels, suspension are all really stout. Just decide how long you plan to keep the truck for- if it's long term then don't skimp on options like the Aisin. Buy it exactly how you want it as it's pennies over 10 years to add an option or too. I know it's childish, but 900 lb/ft is nice to have :) Just avoid the Limited with that ugly grille. I've grown to like my Limited grill......:B
transamz9 02/06/17 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What can I tow with a full ton SRW?

You get a 12,300 GVWR with the latest Ram 3500 SRW 4x4 CTD 8' bed. I'd recommend adding the Aisin. You can tow or haul a whole lot. 15k of tire capacity and an 11.5"AAM rear rend. Is that the 300mm rear axle? Thtat was what I was looking at (though maybe the short bed) as it seems like I would be able to carry a decent TC and tow nearly any TT. If I got the LB I could handle a big fifth wheel but I would lose some maneuverability esp off road, so I was thinking SB. So I'd have to upgrade the tires from OEM - what kind would I be looking for? And would I still get the factory rear air suspension option? No, I believe the SRWs have the 292mm rear end, which is the same as Chevy and bigger than Ford. 300mm is just for the Aisin dually's. the 6.4" bed trucks are the same exact specs as the long bed trucks (axles etc) except I believe they are limited to 11,500 GVWR. I've heard good things about air ride, if you're often towing it's probably worth the outlay but not essential. You don't need to upgrade the tires from OEM as far as I know. E range and I think they're rated at 3750 lbs each, and that gives you a tire restricted GVWR of 15k, 2,700 more than the official GVWR. Check the sidewall though to be sure. But for off road tires that are good on road I'd recommend Nitto Terra Grapplers. Superb and in range E a high weight rating. Short bed trucks are 11,700# gvwr
transamz9 02/03/17 06:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What can I tow with a full ton SRW?

Air bags and off road may not be a great combination. One of the reasons I installed Timbrens on my truck rather than airbags is that they are only attached at one end so I don't have to worry about tearing a bag with too much axle droop. The shocks limit the travel before the bags are hurt just like on the steel sprung trucks.
transamz9 02/03/17 06:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What can I tow with a full ton SRW?

OP, just curious if you would consider the gas engine rather than diesel. That will buy you another 800+ lbs of payload. Not in the Ram SRW 3500. The GVWR is upped on the diesel to account for it's weight. Depending on how the truck is configured you can get a diesel with more payload than the gas version.
transamz9 02/03/17 02:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing two trailer at one time

Came across this triple setup in Utah, the first we've ever seen. Owner said it was 81' overall and no problem to tow. Man, until you see one in person, you can't appreciate how long these things are! :E Wonder how you get into and out of gas stations? We pulled out onto the interstate before them and a few minutes later they came flying past at warp speed at what seemed like over 100 mph. He was outa sight in seconds. Crazy! http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt26/zippyfiat/DSCF0141.jpg height=200 width=300 I use to be 82' long with my old rig. I bout a longer rig and truck since then.
transamz9 01/26/17 11:10am Towing
RE: Should I get airbags

OK, assuming your numbers. Truck empty except normal stuff RAW 3500 +/- plus his mystical 2300 pin plus 150 pound generator, plus 250 pund hitch, plus what ever else the OP loads onto the truck equals what? Over his RAWR by a significant amount. I realize not all the weight I indicated will land on the rear axle. But enough will to put him over even his RAWR not to mentiion his tire/wheel ratings. To this all you still have to add his real world pin weight. My Mega Cab 3500 with Aisin don't weigh 3500#. Leave the man alone please or just answer the question he asked.
transamz9 01/26/17 10:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nerf bars that will not rust

Well, hard to explain why me and transamz9 had such different experiences, but sounds like the OP should go with Westin - checking on the availability of the lifetime warranty, and then keeping the receipt. The ones I replaced the Westins with are lifetime warranty also and IMO much stronger feeling. I also like the step pads 100X better because they are rubber not slick plastic.The Step pads sound nice - can you share a link? Chrome Step Bars
transamz9 01/26/17 07:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nerf bars that will not rust

Well, hard to explain why me and transamz9 had such different experiences, but sounds like the OP should go with Westin - checking on the availability of the lifetime warranty, and then keeping the receipt. The ones I replaced the Westins with are lifetime warranty also and IMO much stronger feeling. I also like the step pads 100X better because they are rubber not slick plastic.
transamz9 01/25/17 06:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nerf bars that will not rust

I've had powder coated Westin bars like this since 2003. No rust issues. Available at Auto Anything linked in a previous post on this thread. http://i.imgur.com/ePDiOm9l.png I had the ones you have on my 2005 and replaced them with the one I linked on Auto Anything. The reason was they rusted....from the inside out. They still looked great on the outside but you could literally just about push your finger through them in places. The problem with them is that they are open on the end mounts allowing water inside. They are not powder coated inside.Sorry to hear that. Mine are connected to a flat plate at the ends which in turn is connected to the frame - so no open ends. I didn't get them at Auto Anything - got them at one of those truck accessory places. They have held up well. http://i.imgur.com/qoeXZYml.jpg Yes, exactly like mine were. That plate is not sealed to the end of the tube. The tube has a flat bar welded in the end of it which is threaded for the bolt. That flat bar is not as big as the tube and allows water intrusion. Yours are exactly like mine were that rusted from the inside out. Mine were put on by the dealer when the truck was new in 2005. Funny thing is my truck is only driven in the rain when I am caught in the rain while driving. If the roads are wet we will take the wife's car. LOL
transamz9 01/24/17 03:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nerf bars that will not rust

I've had powder coated Westin bars like this since 2003. No rust issues. Available at Auto Anything linked in a previous post on this thread. http://i.imgur.com/ePDiOm9l.png I had the ones you have on my 2005 and replaced them with the one I linked on Auto Anything. The reason was they rusted....from the inside out. They still looked great on the outside but you could literally just about push your finger through them in places. The problem with them is that they are open on the end mounts allowing water inside. They are not powder coated inside.
transamz9 01/24/17 07:14am Tow Vehicles
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