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RE: Danica's Pit Crew Changes

Not real familiar with NASCAR but don't the individual teams decide who drives, as long as they are qualified to be there? It was that way once, but since NA$CAR is now more about personality and entertainment, not so much. Patrick was signed because she can attract sponsor money.....for now. Even my wife doesn't get NA$CAR and the media's slobbering obsession with her. Famous for being famous I guess............... Is NASCAR paying her to drive and putting up the money to build and run her car?
wilber1 02/07/16 09:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: Danica's Pit Crew Changes

Dosent really matter if she wins. She is popular and brings in the big bucks. Following that rationale, I guess it does fit with NAS$CAR's vision, which appears to be defining the quality of the 'product' downward. A field filler IMHO, only well financed unlike the other fillers. Not real familiar with NASCAR but don't the individual teams decide who drives, as long as they are qualified to be there?
wilber1 02/07/16 08:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Chevrolet towing heavy

Here's how these guys did it. What amazed me is that they could add over 15,000 lbs of ballast and stay with the stock suspension. I wonder. Touareg pulls 747
wilber1 02/07/16 04:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GMs new 4 and 5 class with navistar.

Nice to see this GM/Navistar's trucks are going to be "Made In the USA".... :B Unlike the RAM "Made in Mexico" and the profits' sent overseas. :M Every time you post incorrect info I will correct you. FACT, the RAM HD trucks are "ASSEMBLED" in Mexico NOT made there. As the majority of their content comes from USA. FACT, the Ford PS engine is "MADE in Mexico" Got it? No problem cummins... And to top if off the profits from that Mexico built Ram that sits in your winter time rv park went overseas. :W Just so you know the Ford trucks contain the most US sourced parts, are built in the USA and it's profits help more Americans. BTW... The cummins has a "Made in Mexico" engine block... Just so you know. Hope these facts don't leave a mark :W What I tired old refrain. And if you use any Apple product, it was made in China. The profits (if any) go to the shareholders, wherever they live. Ford builds and sells more vehicles in Europe than anyone other than VW. With Opel Vauxhaul, GM builds and sells more cars in Europe than Fiat. You don't hear Europeans continually whining about profits going to North America. Your location speaks volumes.... :R That's it?
wilber1 02/07/16 03:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GMs new 4 and 5 class with navistar.

Nice to see this GM/Navistar's trucks are going to be "Made In the USA".... :B Unlike the RAM "Made in Mexico" and the profits' sent overseas. :M Every time you post incorrect info I will correct you. FACT, the RAM HD trucks are "ASSEMBLED" in Mexico NOT made there. As the majority of their content comes from USA. FACT, the Ford PS engine is "MADE in Mexico" Got it? No problem cummins... And to top if off the profits from that Mexico built Ram that sits in your winter time rv park went overseas. :W Just so you know the Ford trucks contain the most US sourced parts, are built in the USA and it's profits help more Americans. BTW... The cummins has a "Made in Mexico" engine block... Just so you know. Hope these facts don't leave a mark :W What I tired old refrain. And if you use any Apple product, it was made in China. The profits (if any) go to the shareholders, wherever they live. Ford builds and sells more vehicles in Europe than anyone other than VW. With Opel Vauxhaul, GM builds and sells more cars in Europe than Fiat. You don't hear Europeans continually whining about profits going to North America.
wilber1 02/07/16 12:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM passes FORD in HD sales.

Me Again, "GM 397 Horsepower & 765 lb-ft of torque RAM 385 Horsepower & 900 lb-ft of torque Ford 440 Horsepower & 850 lb-ft of torque" And yet the Duramax with only 765 lb-ft of torque that runs circles in performance around the Ram with its so-claimed 900 lb-ft of torque and the D'max gets much better fuel economy doing so. Gee, I wonder who is exaggerating their actual torque numbers delivered to the drive wheels like they always have? It's only torque that turns the drive wheels and nothing else but maybe you'd forgotten that! Torque is about drivability, HP is about performance. My early 11 Ram makes 650 Lb ft, later models make 800. They both make 350HP at about 3000 RPM. Pulling up a hill at peak power we will both get to the top at the same time but pulling down the highway at 1500 RPM, I will be shifting down earlier when I reach a hill because the 800 is making about 30 more HP at 1500 RPM than the 650.
wilber1 02/07/16 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Any mechanics on here?

path1 From what I understand, the FASS is a great system but if you are just using stock or near stock power, it might be overkill. On my 01.5 I installed a kit that moved my lift pump down to the frame where it wasn't subject to the heat and vibration of the block. The kit basically consisted of some compression fittings, a mounting bracket and wiring harness. I also installed a low pressure switch and LED kit from BD Power that told me if lift pump pressure dropped below 5 PSI. That and the ball **** shutoff I installed between the tank and pump made a pump change about a 1/2 hr job. Not as good as a FASS system but a heck of a lot cheaper. I went through three pumps while I had that truck and the ones I bought from Car Quest lasted as long as OEM and cost less than half as much as the dealer piece. As far as a new truck is concerned, while I liked my 01, I did a bunch of improvements to make it a bit better but it wasn't in the in the same league as my 11 which remains bone stock. I can't imagine what a 16 would be like.
wilber1 02/06/16 09:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Design Reflection 5th wheels

Our problems have been mostly associated with components, Attwood, Lippert etc but so far all have been resolved satisfactorily with GD being involved in the resolution of all of them. I don't know whether GD products are more or less troublesome than any others but I will say their customer service has been first class. In our experience, they get involved and follow things up to make sure problems have been dealt with.
wilber1 02/06/16 08:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any mechanics on here?

Out of curiosity, why does a FASS need a different pickup than the stock pump?
wilber1 02/06/16 02:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Any mechanics on here?

Jumped the gun there, I see you are installing a FASS system.
wilber1 02/06/16 12:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Any mechanics on here?

The 24V lift pump is on the side of the engine block, there is no need to drain the tank. If I remember right, just remove the bolts holding the fuel filter canister in place and move it out of the way. After that it is pretty straight forward. The heat and vibration from being on the side of the block is really hard on these pumps, plus it has to suck fuel up instead of pushing, which is also hard on a pump. Got tired of replacing them on my 01 24V so I got a kit to move it down to the frame and installed a shutoff between the tank and pump. Changing them was dead easy after that. Remember to bump the starter several time before starting the engine. Each time you do it, the pump will run for several seconds to bring fuel up. Same procedure used after changing a fuel filter.
wilber1 02/06/16 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM passes FORD in HD sales.

Don't know why people insist on calling it Fiat, the companies are completely merged. There is no more Fiat and there is no more Chrysler, only Fiat Chrysler. The head office is actually in London.
wilber1 02/06/16 10:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Babyboomer RV'ers Have Experienced it All!

Love it. I'm a boomer, my parents loved the big band music of the 30's and 40's. My Dad thought rock and roll was just four chord c**p and he was right, most of it was but there was also some really great stuff as well. Most pop music is c**p but every generation's good stuff will be played for decades. The cars were also c**p compared to today's, but they are still cool and simple enough that just about anyone can work on them. That's what I like about them.
wilber1 02/05/16 12:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: truck and trailer total loss due to black ice

As far as the Four wheel drive issue. Older four wheel drive you should not. Drive on dry paved roads. As explained, in those older units, the front diff, locked and the steering wheels would rub hard against the pavement putting a lot of stress on the components. Newer, four wheel drives have two options, either high, or low. Four wheel high, is like AWD, in that all four wheels are turning, but the front Differential performs exactly as the rear one and eliminates the stress'. In four wheel low, it locks the front differential, and both front wheels are applying load. That is where you will have problems unless on loose pavement. But as mentioned, on black ice weather in 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive would not make a difference! I'm sorry, but this is wrong. 4wd is mechanical linkage between front and rear axles. You are correct that the differential allows for wheels to turn at different speeds, but the problem is that each of the 4 tires travels a different distance while turning. Contact between tires and pavement keeps the differential from being able to do what you are saying. AWD had a viscous coupling that allows the front axle to too soon at a different rate than the rear axle, preventing the frontline bind. 4 low is differet than 4H, only the gearing is different. OH, I learn something new! Now explain how that is different from Front Wheel drive? With Front Wheel Drive, the engine, Transmission and differential are incorporated into one unit, but there function remains identical to the separate parts of a four wheel system. The function remains the same as a rear two wheel drive system with independent rear suspension, except there is no drive shaft between the transmission and differential, plus constant velocity joints in the half shafts to allow the wheels to steer.
wilber1 02/04/16 05:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: truck and trailer total loss due to black ice

Did you have cruise control engaged ? It's possible it could cause a problem if the rear wheels break loose even just a little bit on ice, or in freezing rain. eye. . Tim my vehicle shuts down the cruise control when it senses this difference. bumpy If he was on ice and not traveling in an exact straight line (even a slight curve), I could still understand why auto disengagement of the cruise control could have caused his problem. Power to the rear wheels would suddenly be cut off. You would have a heavy fifth wheel suddenly pushing the tow vehicle at 65 mph - even just for a moment. On ice. Tail wagging the dog. Seems like a loss of control could result. I agree. The key to driving in slippery conditions is to be smooth. Any abrupt control movement or power change can be a recipe for disaster and once you lose traction on ice, you pretty much become a projectile. Many of our highways have signs advising not to use cruise control in slippery conditions. Same goes for the exhaust brake.
wilber1 02/04/16 12:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is J2807 worthless?

Question. Why do RV'rs think they should be able to tow anything up any hill within 5 mph of the speed limit? If so, all the 18 wheelers I pass going over the Siskiyous on my way home shouldn't be on the road
wilber1 02/03/16 09:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is J2807 worthless?

To me, that chart says the truck will meet J2807 performance criteria towing those weights. Of course you will have to weigh your particular truck and adjust them for your actual base weight but how is that not useful? Sure its useful. Where are the other manufacture's J2807 complaint charts? I'm not interested in getting into the usual, "my truck is better than your truck" which goes on here. The thread title was "Is J2807 worthless?" I say no, it is not worthless because it is a baseline for performance, not intended to give anyone bragging rights other than to say their weights comply.
wilber1 02/03/16 04:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is J2807 worthless?

To me, that chart says the truck will meet J2807 performance criteria towing those weights. Of course you will have to weigh your particular truck and adjust them for your actual base weight but how is that not useful?
wilber1 02/03/16 10:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Awnings pooling on SlideOuts

We just let them pool and they dump when the slide is retracted. Just make sure you aren't standing beside the slide when it is being retracted.
wilber1 02/02/16 08:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is J2807 worthless?

J2807 also takes into account things like cooling system performance on long grades, braking, handling, hitch capacity and structure. Just because a truck can maintain a higher speed up a grade doesn't automatically mean it will get a higher rating.
wilber1 02/02/16 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
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