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RE: All New 2019 Silverado Reveal

C Now I'm curios about the GM 6.0. They just mentioned the 5.3 and 6.2 only as a refresh. The 6.2 has been around for awhile but is not used in the HD because its not considered a heavy duty engine. (aluminum block) . I have heard this statement before, but I really question the logic of it not being a heavy duty engine. The 6.2 is very common in boat engines now (mine has it). The surf boats spend their life turning high RPMs pushing around 10,000 pounds through the water. And will go for thousands of hours doing so. Sounds like more than most HD trucks will ever be put through. A 6.2 in a boat is built by Mercury. It's based on the GM design but has a cast iron block that Mercury has made specifically for the application. A boat requires a whole different design than a truck for a whole host of reasons. The 6.2 used in the 1500 is an aluminum block L86 Ecotec which has cylinder deactivation, why would you want that in a boat or heavy duty truck. GM also has/had a lot of different designs of the 6.2. LT1 and LT4 in Vettes and Camaros, LS3 crate, L94 etc. If GM wanted, or more importantly saw the need or benefit to, they could engineer a 6.2 version for a HD truck application but they haven't. It all has to do with bottom end. I've heard the reason it's not used on an internet forum LOL.......always true. I also sat around a campfire with the same GM transmission engineer at a rally that made the post I referenced. I tend to believe him. I am not talking about stern drives. I am talking about V-Drive tow boats. My Malibu uses an LS3, which is an aluminum block. Nautique and Master Craft use the same engines as options. Mercury Marine has nothing to do with it (and, in fact is discontinuing the use of GM motors and is going with their own in-house design).
Bionic Man 01/17/18 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Ram Reveal

I know this is a commercial, but he says the run the Hemi at WOT @ 5600 RPM for 200 hrs at a time....and people here worry about climbing a grade at WOT and high RPM for a few seconds or minutes. 5.7L Hemi Dyno testing I agree nothing to worry about ..... but I STILL dont want to listen to it. not even for 5 minutes I used to never understand that thought process. Now I know that is because the majority of my towing has been done with a diesel. Now, probably 50% of the time, I tow my 7000 pound boat with a GM 6.2 (still use my diesel all the time with the RV, and quite a bit with the boat. The GM has plenty of power for that job, but I will say that the higher RPMs take some getting used to. I know from plenty of reading, and looking at HP/TQ charts, that the higher RPM is nothing to worry about. But even though I know that is the case, I still find myself trying to force the engine back into a higher gear when it downshifts to 4th on what seems like only a gradual hill. All else being equal, I would likely prefer some sort of forced induction on a gas engine. To me, lower RPMs does equal a more pleasant driving experience. Especially when you are on a longer haul.
Bionic Man 01/17/18 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Ram Reveal

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Bionic Man 01/17/18 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: All New 2019 Silverado Reveal

C Now I'm curios about the GM 6.0. They just mentioned the 5.3 and 6.2 only as a refresh. The 6.2 has been around for awhile but is not used in the HD because its not considered a heavy duty engine. (aluminum block) . I have heard this statement before, but I really question the logic of it not being a heavy duty engine. The 6.2 is very common in boat engines now (mine has it). The surf boats spend their life turning high RPMs pushing around 10,000 pounds through the water. And will go for thousands of hours doing so. Sounds like more than most HD trucks will ever be put through.
Bionic Man 01/16/18 08:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Ford Ranger Reveal

What I want to know is simple. Can a person of average height reach over the siderails and get stuff out of the bed. If not, I will be looking for an older truck or maybe a flat bed. I will be surprised if I can reach the bottom of the bed though. I have read that Ford is making all of the trucks tall for some reason. I read some info on the new RAM where they stated they are raising the bedrails for both more space as well as more fuel efficiency. I am sure the other manufactures will do it for the same reason.
Bionic Man 01/15/18 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Ford Ranger Reveal

I think it is a good looking truck. Between GM and Toyota, I think there are over 400,000 mid sized trucks sold every year, so there obviously is a market. I am sure this will be a winner for Ford.
Bionic Man 01/14/18 06:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All New 2019 Silverado Reveal

Lots of other improvements including longer wheel bases and larger cabs as well. Looks like a winner.
Bionic Man 01/14/18 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Renew SiriusXM

I use an old ipod with several hundred hours of music on it, I don't want nor need Sirius, they can keep their 5 dollar a month plan iPods certainly have their place. I have one as well. But it doesn't work if you want to hear some sort of talk radio. Or sports. Not important to all, but it is important to me.
Bionic Man 01/13/18 11:34am Technology Corner
RE: Minimum door height required for RV storage garage

14' high door. Yes, you want it wide enough to open the slides. Every time we get home, we open the slides so we can clean inside the RV. I would say 14' interior width is ok, but the wider the door the better. Especially if you are unable to make it a straight shot into the garage.
Bionic Man 01/12/18 03:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Renew SiriusXM

If you tell them not to keep your credit card on file, they will not auto renew.
Bionic Man 01/12/18 12:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

For someone whose time is so valuable that they would rather trade $'s for one minute, you sure have an awful lot of time to argue on the internet.
Bionic Man 01/12/18 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

40 MPH is still faster than the vast majority of semis going up the passes (at least it is in Colorado). Beating a dead horse here, but for years, the Powerstroke and Cummins put out similar HP and TQ numbers, and people sang their praises as towing beasts. You don't have to look far on this forum before you will hear many owners talk about how the 7.3 was the best diesel Ford ever used, or talking about how great the 12 and 24 valve Cummins are. For 3 years, I myself used a 2000 2500 CTD to tow a 12,000 pound trailer through the Rockies, among other places. It did fine. Now, you have a truck that likely weighs 1000 pounds less than those trucks, and somewhere between 5-6 more gears, and those same output numbers aren't enough to get the job done. I love the idea of having more power. And I don't think that those power ratings (or a 150/1500 truck) are what I would personally want for towing 11,000 + pounds. But it isn't like you are an accident waiting to happen with it.
Bionic Man 01/11/18 10:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

Also, these diesels won’t win a towing race with an ecoboost but they are very capable trucks performance wise within there specs. So do you believe a 250 hp/440 lb-ft diesel is capable performance wise to tow 11,400 lbs both in flat land and in mountains? Did they not meet the SAE protocol? Or is Ford no longer following that?
Bionic Man 01/11/18 09:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Renew SiriusXM

I am looking at buying a 2010 car with XM and was wondering is you can get these deal on what would be a new service or do i have to bite the bullet and go for the year or 6 months and then call to cancel to get them. I would call and tell them you want the service, and you will pay the promo price of $25 for 5 months. If they won't give you that (or something better), tell them never mind. You will get the promo price.
Bionic Man 01/11/18 07:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

$40 for spark plugs? I seem to remember paying around $500 to have them changed on the Hemi in my wife’s 300C and my Hemi Grand Cherokee.
Bionic Man 01/11/18 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

In regard to your earlier post about putting this engine in the Expedition EL (which I would love to see) I am curious why you might support/be interested in that when you have clearly stated you don’t like it in a truck. I didn't say I didn't like it in in a truck. I said it is a bit under powered for me in the truck it is going in and the 11k tow rating. A lower tow rating like the numbers I stated earlier in this thread or maybe like the tow rating the Expedition EL currently has then I can see, but not over 11k with that little of power. I guess I must have misunderstood. It seems that you have regularly stated that this engine (wether in this flavor, or in the RAM with nearly identical output) is unsuited for a truck - too little HP. Is that not your position? I don't understand what you are saying about the 11k tow rating? For the record, my stance is this is a great option for the vast majority of 150/1500 owners that will never tow much, if anything. Or for the many that tow a boat or small horse trailer. I would gladly trade the towing power of the 6.2 in my Denali to get a significant increase in MPG. This engine would be ideal to tow my 7000ish pound boat.
Bionic Man 01/10/18 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

auto guide.com released an article today saying they believe the new Powerstroke will exceed 30 mpg because when an automobile company announces their estimate of fuel economy before the EPA does that they will be conservative. Autoguide said you might see 32 or 33 mpg. That sounds very optimistic. Not really. Diesel engines generally get higher than EPA estimates in the real world depending on how much highway driving you do. The way the EPA certification tests are designed, gas engine generally post higher EPA numbers than the real world mileage while diesels will general post lower EPA numbers than what you get in the real world. I think this was very true prior to the VW emissions cheat. I don’t know if it will still hold true now. In regard to your earlier post about putting this engine in the Expedition EL (which I would love to see) I am curious why you might support/be interested in that when you have clearly stated you don’t like it in a truck.
Bionic Man 01/10/18 02:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

It sounds like Ford is only going to sell the diesel on the Lariat and higher trims except for fleet buyers. Lame. That is incredibly stupid. I remember when I was researching trucks back in 2008 and 2009 and GM refused to offer the 6.2 V8 in their lower trim half ton trucks. I found the 5.3 to be lacking in power for me and I refused to pay thousands of dollars for upgraded features (and weight) that I didn't want. It makes perfect sense if they actually can sell all they can build. Why put them in lower trim levels with less profit margin if they don't have to?
Bionic Man 01/08/18 05:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

Ford will sell every one of these trucks that they make, probably 10% will ever tow anything and maybe 3% will tow up to their capacity. Most will be commuters, grocery getters and occasional trip to the hardware store. Spot on. So many here have blinders and think everyone tows and cares about ratings. The truth is very few 150/1500 care about either.
Bionic Man 01/07/18 09:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

I think this will be a winner for Ford. Adequate power for the vast majority of 150 owners, and likely to have significantly better MPG than any of the EcoBoost engines offer. And I agree with the other poster - I hope they put it in the Expedition EL. I've said for a few years - I'd love to have a diesel in my Yukon - plenty of power to tow my boat, and get good MPG while doing it. I am sure it won't be long until GM follows with a small diesel in their 1500s.
Bionic Man 01/07/18 11:44am Tow Vehicles
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