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RE: Tahoe vs Q7 - which is a better tow vehicle?

I know which one I would prefer as a daily driver. If you buy the Audi Care package, all maintenance for the first five years is covered. It cost less than $800 for my 2013 Q5. Since I bought it, the car has not been back to the dealer for anything other than its annual scheduled service.
wilber1 06/28/16 10:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: going into Canada with treated wood steps

Firewood is a no no but never had a problem with taking finished lumber across the border.
wilber1 06/28/16 09:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: singing at soccer games

Wouldn't call the All Blacks a football team if I were you. Just the most successful rugby team on the planet. Daughter just posted on Instagram that our oldest granddaughter's team just won the provincial U16 girls rugby championship.
wilber1 06/26/16 08:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: 3rd gen Dodge exhaust brake with auto trans

Diesel Truck Resource This is one good place to find out.
wilber1 06/25/16 10:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Downshifting of automatic transmission on 2002 Dodge

When the automatic transmission of our 2002 Dodge 3500 diesel downshifts, it drops down two gears and immediately up one gear. Is this normal? When the transmission shifts, the torque converter unlocks to protect the transmission. When it locks up again it feels like a shift but it isn't.
wilber1 06/24/16 09:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 vehicle quality ratings released

Our son just bought a loaded Kia Sorrento. Very impressive.
wilber1 06/23/16 05:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: little surprise every time we dump the tanks

I've used a twist on gate valve for years. Cable operated remote valves aren't the most reliable things in the world and the gate valve prevents surprises if one of them decides not to seal completely.
wilber1 06/23/16 10:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: singing at soccer games

Tiny Iceland qualifies for final 16 at Euro. Not bad for a country of 330,000 of which nearly 10% of whom are in France to watch them play.
wilber1 06/23/16 08:28am Around the Campfire
RE: "Keen "to replace V6 with inline Gas engines

Back in the day when flat heads and two valve wedge heads were the norm, intake and exhausts on the same side was the most common setup with inline engines. Now such engines are rare if they exist at all. When the great majority of inlines use some combination of pent roof or hemispherical chambers, double overhead cams with two or four valves (sometimes 5 valves) per cylinder, they have to be cross flow heads. Even my 24 valve I6 Cummins has a cross flow head.
wilber1 06/22/16 06:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I should'a got a bigger trailer

When I bought our present 5er the salesman asked what I was going to tow it with. I told him and he knew the numbers for my truck without even looking them up. I was quite surprised.
wilber1 06/22/16 11:47am General RVing Issues
RE: "Keen "to replace V6 with inline Gas engines

How many normally aspirated engines do you know of using carburetors that are producing over 300 HP per litre displacement on gasoline and can run two, two hour races without a teardown? EFI can even be programmed to deliver more fuel to cylinders that run hotter (like in the middle of a bank) reducing risk of pre ignition and detonation.
wilber1 06/22/16 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: "Keen "to replace V6 with inline Gas engines

Does anyone think that a normally aspirated 3 litre V10, F1 engine of 2005 could crank out over 900 HP at 19,000 RPM on gasoline, using something as crude as a carburetor to delver fuel?
wilber1 06/21/16 01:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Keen "to replace V6 with inline Gas engines

No brainer. EFI is much more precise and can tailor its delivery according to the needs of each individual cylinder at different air temperatures and densities. A carburetor is just a dumb system that only reacts to manifold pressure and has to use a restricting venturi to dump bunch of fuel in at a single point way upstream of the cylinder. It can't compensate for temperature and has to be re jetted for density changes. Carburetors have done really well when it just comes to just producing power in normally aspirated engines considering they are an over century old technology, but there are reasons why every racing formula in the world runs FI and it isn't because it makes less power. NASCAR and drag racing are finally entering the 80's when it comes to fuel systems.
wilber1 06/21/16 12:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: So what are folks average MPG when towing

11ish, give or take.
wilber1 06/21/16 10:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: "Keen "to replace V6 with inline Gas engines

Modern EFI production engines make a lot more power than the old carbureted engines. DI engines, even more. Sure they do. But it has next to nothing to do with electronics or EFI and the new PS rules have proved that. They made more power with 100 YO technology. The rule change didn't prove anything of the sort. To make a true comparison you would have to compare both fuel systems using the same induction system. When you change both at once, you don't know how much of a change is due to the fuel system change or the induction system change. It isn't an apples to apples comparison.
wilber1 06/21/16 09:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: "Keen "to replace V6 with inline Gas engines

In other words...determining power, power bands is more often than not, now controlled by electronic management. I was with you until you said ^^^^^. That's not true at all. You have to look no further than the new NHRA ProStock class to see that's not true. These are some of the most sophisticated engines in the world. 5 HP can make the difference between making the field and putting your car back on the trailer. Last year they were all carbureted. This year NHRA mandated they go EFI and no hood scoop. Same cubic inch, same bore, same stroke. The cars lost a lot of HP. This shows that the EFI did nothing for power gain and the air intake made the engine lose a bunch of power. Pretty amazing that the lowly carb that was invented over 100 years ago can not only compete with modern EFI but beat it power wise in a modern engine. With no ram induction you can't get as much air into it so you can't burn as much fuel. Doesn't matter if it is injected or carbureted. Modern EFI production engines make a lot more power than the old carbureted engines. DI engines, even more.
wilber1 06/21/16 08:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: US Pickup Trucks trying to copy VW?

How would they be imitating VW? Ford can't be the only ones in this boat when it comes to their trucks. Just because pickup manufacturers are having trouble meeting the proposed standards, that isn't the same as cheating to make it look like they are. Trucks are too much of the market. If the standards are so tight they can't be attained with current technology, the standards will have to be changed so they will. What is important is that manufacturers do their best to improve.
wilber1 06/20/16 06:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Keen "to replace V6 with inline Gas engines

As others pointed out the torque is due to the longer stroke of many in lines rather than the angles between the pistons. Audi/VW used to run their 4-cylinder length wise in the engine bay even when they had a transaxle FWD. They eventually went transverse and even upped it to 5 cylinders but I think the nose would to long to do this with an in line five or six (as pointed out, it is too long to mount transversely) in FWD. Opposing cylinders are pretty smooth if you could fit a flat 8... Audi still does run all their engines length wise including the 4 cylinders, except for the A3 and Q3 which are based on Golf platforms.
wilber1 06/20/16 06:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Keen "to replace V6 with inline Gas engines

An inline six has always had inherently better torque compared To a V-6. How do you know ? I'm curious. I doesn't matter if it's I, V pancake or other as long as the bore stroke ratio is the same it makes no difference which way the pistons go. One has to look no further than the 6.7 Powerstroke and the 6.7 Cummins to see you can build the same or more torque with a V than an I. With diesels it's just a matter of cranking up the boost and adding fuel until it can't handle any more. No worries about detonation and octane ratings that go with gas engines.
wilber1 06/20/16 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Keen "to replace V6 with inline Gas engines

Better fuel economy and emissions? I dunno. Easier to work on? Should be. An inline six is a better balanced configuration but I'm not sure a 50% longer crankshaft adds up to better reving. Current F1 engines are V6's limited to 15,000 RPM for fuel consumption and cost, not engineering limitations.
wilber1 06/19/16 07:38pm Tow Vehicles
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