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RE: LT vs ST's - Canadian Tires cries "Illegal!".

Got the same song and dance when I tried to buy two snow tires for wifes car from CT,Four not two or we can't mount them. See ya. Don't know about the legality but if your wife's car is front wheel drive, I agree with CT.
wilber1 09/15/14 09:57pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: LT vs ST's - Canadian Tires cries "Illegal!".

I got the same speel ftom our local Costco.
wilber1 09/14/14 08:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Diesel Tuners

"On a diesel engine the turbo is on there to just keep EGT and emissions in check."This is the first time I have ever seen a statement like this. Turbos have been used on diesels since forever to boost HP - John Deere tractors, semi's, etc. Long before there were any emissions standards at all. In fact, possibly the coolest diesel car in existance - the Audi R18 Le Mans racer, gets approx 500 HP from a 3.7L turbo V-6. I doubt that the turbo is on there for emissions reasons. I'm really not trying to be argumentative as I assume there's a little more to your statement. I'd really like to know what you mean. Tim You missed the EGT part Tim. Let me try to explain: I can add a lot of fuel to a diesel to make a lot of power. Past a certain point the combustion chamber and everything in it will get too hot and fail. Pistons melt, rings get red hot and head gaskets burn. The turbo is there to prevent that and it adds air to clean up emissions. The more boost you add the cooler the EGT will become because you are adding air to cool things off. Here is a discussion about turbo boost on diesels. It does a better job of explaining it. My point is, there is a big difference between a turbo on a gasoline engine and a diesel engine. While it is true excess boost can cool exhaust gasses and a diesel doesn't need the precise mixture control of a gas engine, both need more fuel to make more power and more fuel doesn't burn without more air.
wilber1 09/13/14 08:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Tuners

"On a diesel engine the turbo is on there to just keep EGT and emissions in check." This is the first time I have ever seen a statement like this. Turbos have been used on diesels since forever to boost HP - John Deere tractors, semi's, etc. Long before there were any emissions standards at all. In fact, possibly the coolest diesel car in existance - the Audi R18 Le Mans racer, gets approx 500 HP from a 3.7L turbo V-6. I doubt that the turbo is on there for emissions reasons. I'm really not trying to be argumentative as I assume there's a little more to your statement. I'd really like to know what you mean. Tim More boost will reduce EGT if you don't add more fuel but they are there so you can add more fuel and make more power.
wilber1 09/13/14 04:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM - 0-60, mpg, and tow test (pt 3) Hemi vs Cummins

The Allison uses ratios of . 1st 3.10 2nd 1.81 3rd 1.41 4th 1.00 5th 0.71 6th 0.61 Its ratios are closer to the 68RFE than the Aisin or the Ford. Regardless, they all have their biggest ratio gap between 1st and 2nd.
wilber1 09/12/14 10:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM - 0-60, mpg, and tow test (pt 3) Hemi vs Cummins

Enjoyed the videos.... Comments: This is the first I heard of and was very surprised at the Hemi rpms drop way down and the engine seamed to bog down during that 1st to 2nd shift. Does this happen when running at WOT or does it happen at partial throttle? Perhaps the tranny engineers need to rethink the gear spacing since a 6 speed should have very small incremental gear changes. Again... Enjoyed the videos and the tests by both members... Good job! :B 3.23 to 1.84 is a big jump, looked like around a 2000 RPM drop when it shifted so no wonder it bogged a bit. 1st is a low, get it moving gear and 2nd on up are the normal driving ratios. Probably better suited to the diesels bigger, fatter low RPM torque curve as well. These 6 speeds are really 4 speeds with double overdrives so their ratios aren't that close and these trucks aren't set up for WOT 0-60 runs. You will never see OD on a WOT 0-60 run in any vehicle and the hemi never even got out of second. You would think by having the luxury of 6 gears the engineers would have the ratios more evenly spaced so there are more options to select the right ratio for a given speed, throttle position and load. But like you said the gears may have been selected for the Cummins power band. The gearing on my Ford seams to be similar to Chryslers setup in the 1st to 2nd gears. 1st is only used to get the thing moving, that is why there is no torque converter lock up in 1st. All the driving is then done with 2nd through 6th which are evenly spaced. So, do you go with a ridiculously low final drive ratio to get the truck moving and have all 6 gears spaced evenly just so you can get better acceleration off the line, or do you go with a lower first gear and a final drive ratio that will best suit actual driving needs the rest of the time? By going with a lower 1st gear, the remaining 5 can be spaced closer together and those are the ones you are using except when starting out from a dead stop. Ford obviously gets that as well.
wilber1 09/12/14 07:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM - 0-60, mpg, and tow test (pt 3) Hemi vs Cummins

Our 2001 8.1 gas engine with the Allison would not lose any power going up the gears and this was advertised to be a good thing. It is odd the Chrysler trannie built to tow would be different. chevman If you look at the 68RFE ratios, it is quite easy to see what they have done. As I said in the previous post, 1st is much lower to get all that weight moving. Once you shift into 2nd, you won't use 1st again until you come to a stop. If you look at 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th, the ratio changes are evenly spaced and so are the changes from 4th to 5th and 5th to 6th. These ratios are set up for towing, not drag racing from a standing start.
wilber1 09/12/14 10:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM - 0-60, mpg, and tow test (pt 3) Hemi vs Cummins

Enjoyed the videos.... Comments: This is the first I heard of and was very surprised at the Hemi rpms drop way down and the engine seamed to bog down during that 1st to 2nd shift. Does this happen when running at WOT or does it happen at partial throttle? Perhaps the tranny engineers need to rethink the gear spacing since a 6 speed should have very small incremental gear changes. Again... Enjoyed the videos and the tests by both members... Good job! :B 3.23 to 1.84 is a big jump, looked like around a 2000 RPM drop when it shifted so no wonder it bogged a bit. 1st is a low, get it moving gear and 2nd on up are the normal driving ratios. Probably better suited to the diesels bigger, fatter low RPM torque curve as well. These 6 speeds are really 4 speeds with double overdrives so their ratios aren't that close and these trucks aren't set up for WOT 0-60 runs. You will never see OD on a WOT 0-60 run in any vehicle and the hemi never even got out of second.
wilber1 09/12/14 10:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Earliest snowfall since 1888 in SD

There are glaciers in South Dakota?
wilber1 09/11/14 06:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: RAM - 0-60, mpg, and tow test (pt 3) Hemi vs Cummins

LOL, we live in the flats. The nearest grade is 30 miles away in a river valley. I agree though, the diesel would have a significant advantage in the grade speed holding - that's where that extra (almost double) torque would shine. Peak torque rating has nothing to do with how the engine will hold speed on a grade. The engine that can put down the most horsepower is what will determine the outcome. That will be determined by which engine has the best gear match to allow the engine to operate at its peak horsepower rpm. The fact the hemi has to be wound up to twice the RPM to make its max HP will make a difference in real world towing but the hemi was pretty impressive with that much weight behind it. Wonder if there is much torque managing going on with the Aisin transmission models. Good videos, much appreciated. Only comment would be that it would have been nice to see the Cummins tach as well.
wilber1 09/11/14 04:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone noticed an increase in the rate of climate change?

Yes, I have noticed a change in climate. This summer has be the coldest I have seen here in the Rockies in the last 64 yrs. and this past winter was one of the coldest and longest. It is definitely not in a warming trend. We are having the warmest summer in years. Record high temperatures in some parts of the province just yesterday.
wilber1 09/08/14 10:56am Around the Campfire
RE: how bad are 6 gallon gas/elec water heaters?

We went from a 10 gal Attwood gas/elec to a 6 gal Attwood gas/elec. I was worried about having enough hot water but so far no problems.
wilber1 09/07/14 08:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2013 RAM Cruise Control Problems

I had that problem on my 01 and it was the switch stuck on, but I also had a brake system warning light.
wilber1 09/06/14 06:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: locking the jaws on the hitch

If the trailer isn't pushing or pulling on the truck, the handle is easy to pull, hence the number of people who unhook before they lower the landing gear. I padlock my handle and also hook the break away cable to the same padlock. You may want to reconsider locking the emergency brake cable to the padlock.If the hitch comes off your truck, the padlock goes with it and it is possible that the trailer brakes won't get engaged. I attach my cable to a cargo tiedown on the bed. That way if the hitch goes with the trailer, the brakes will engage. A possibility I suppose but a remote one considering how hitch is constructed. I often carry a lot of stuff in the bed including an inflatable boat in a bag behind the hitch. Finding a place for the cable where it won't be interfered with is quite a challenge. I once had the cable get hung up and pulled, luckily it was on a low speed corner in a camp ground.
wilber1 09/03/14 01:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: locking the jaws on the hitch

I have not tried to pull my B&W handle with 4,500# sitting on it! IMHO that would be a BAD idea. I can have weight off the hitch and not be able to pull the handle. When that happens I need to slightly back the truck to release the tension on the jaws. Really curious why would someone pull the handle with the RV weight on the hitch??????? I can't see anyone doing it intentionally but people get distracted or in a rush and stuff happens.
wilber1 09/03/14 11:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Backing up a 5'ver.

Practice, thats about it. As others have said, try and make your turns on the driver's side if possible. Like JesLookin, I focus on the wheels. It can help to put down a target to aim for like a chock. When it comes to spotters, the best thing we ever did was buy a pair of walkie talkies.
wilber1 09/03/14 09:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: locking the jaws on the hitch

If people unhitch before lowering the landing gear don't they risk the trailer sliding backward. Even if you lower the gear to where it is just above the ground, it seems to me that is a lot of stress on the landing gear if if falls down onto it. I will just stay with watching me raise the trailer until the hitches separate a bit. The very first thing you should do is chock the trailer wheels so it won't roll away. I didn't say they did it intentionally. They forget to put the landing gear down, pull the handle and drive away. The next thing they know the 5er is sitting on the bed rails. It does happen. Yes, you want to raise the trailer until they separate a little.
wilber1 09/03/14 08:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: locking the jaws on the hitch

If the trailer isn't pushing or pulling on the truck, the handle is easy to pull, hence the number of people who unhook before they lower the landing gear. I padlock my handle and also hook the break away cable to the same padlock.
wilber1 09/02/14 06:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Use 30 AMP in 50 Post?

I just bought a 50-30 adapter. I now use it when 50A is available. nice to have! One question I have and I can`t find anywhere....is the one leg of the adapter dead or did they tie the 2 legs together when they go from 50A to 30A? One leg not used. Be aware that the 30 amp wiring all the way from the plug to the breaker in the trailer is not properly protected. Probably a dumb question but what do you mean by not properly protected? Thanks, Glen The 50 amp outlet is protected by a 50 amp circuit breaker. You will be using a 30 amp cord between the outlet and your trailers circuit panel. Your trailer circuits will be protected by its own main breaker but the line between the pedestal and trailer's main breaker is not. It shouldn't be a problem load wise but could be if the cable is damaged and a short occurs.
wilber1 08/30/14 12:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Canadian currency melts?

I have heard the old saying that money just burns a hole in the pocket of some people. Probably true. But never had any problem with Canadian currency melting. LOL But I have had some issues with it cracking. Most of the time I don't carry a wallet, just fold my money, stuff my driver's license, a credit card and a debit card inside, all secured with a money clip. I suspect it is the lower/lesser rag content of the Canadian bills that will cause them to crack at the fold, at times. Then when I go to pull one out of the money clip, at times I only get half of the bill and have to tape it back together. Wouldn't be a problem, I guess if I carried them in a wallet and not folded with the fold pressed tight. Anyway with that slight difference, the main problem I have with Canadian money, even before the switch over to the new bills, is that it tends to disappear on me, too quickly. Just gone in a few days. Wonder how long a person will have to save their Canadian pennies, before they become rare and valuable? Or perhaps the US could buy all the unused Canadian pennies from the Canadian mint at face value. I understand it now costs more to make a penny than the face value of it. May be time for the US to drop the penny as well. I can't believe you are still using dollar bills.
wilber1 08/29/14 10:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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