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RE: GM Admits Fudging Payload Ratings

GM Admits Fudging Payload Ratings :E:E:E Burb, thanks for bringing this up. But note the text in the story indicates that both Ford and GM are doing this kind of thing. Your thread headline need to reflect that. Les
Lessmore 08/28/14 10:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Admits Fudging Payload Ratings

I feel sorry for the honest GM employees. You need to amend that to include both GM and Ford.
Lessmore 08/28/14 10:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Admits Fudging Payload Ratings

Ford and GM both seem guilty as charged. As BenK says , the stripper model truck has been used for years to maximize cargo capacity/trailer towing capacity. But removing bumpers, etc....hmmmnn. I guess that's why it's always wise to not tow and /or load, at maximum rated capacity.
Lessmore 08/28/14 10:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 3500 DRW 6.4L Hemi "Game Changer"

8-9 mpg. I checked every tank individually (smart phone app) and did the overall average for my last trip. Best tank towing was 9.1 and avg was 8.7 mpg. That included mountain grades, rainstorms, wind, and some flat terrain towing over 1900 miles. Basically a mix of everything. For comparison, my last truck (5.9L Cummins) got around 10 - 11 mpg pulling the same RV in the same types of conditions. More often 11 than 10. So I lost 2 mpg across the board - empty and towing. Empty hwy the Hemi will do 16 - 18 where the diesel would do 19 - 21. I think I know the answer.....but in case I'm assuming wrong...are your MPG figures as per Canadian gallon (British Imperial) or the smaller (by 20%) U.S. gallon. I'm assuming your MPG figures you provided are as per, U.S. gallon.
Lessmore 08/27/14 10:38pm Tow Vehicles
Which Pickup, to first generate over 1000 ft. lbs. torque ?

Which pickup truck make, will have the first engine generating over 1000 ft. lbs. of torque and over 900 HP ? To be honest by now, I would of thought the torque and HP wars for pickup trucks would have been finished. But no sign of it. Cars too, seem to have ever increasing power levels....witness the new Dodge Hellcat....with a 707 hp, supercharged Hemi V8. As in trucks....I'm sure Ford will up the ante....hp/torque wise...then GM....then Dodge once again. The oneupmanship cycle will continue. It's gotta stop somewhere, I think. Where do you think the maximum HP/torque ratings, of pickup trucks...and cars... will be in ...5 years...10 years ? Do you think it will stop....somewhere....some time ?
Lessmore 08/25/14 05:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

I must correct you. The Hellcat does the 1/4 in the low 10's...quite a bit quicker than the Nissan....which is around 10.8, 10.9 seconds. I'm seeing several runs made by various groups. From 10.8 to 11.2 for the Hellcat. Most reports are showing the 11.2 time including Dodge. Nissan reports 10.8 for the GTR. Where did you see official times under 10.8 for the Hellcat? Motortrend Magazine shows 0-60mph 2.7s for GTR, 3.5s for Hellcat. Wilber, CatfishMontana and Mileshuff, I was in error. I checked again. Hot Rod's times for the Hellcat with drag radials was 10.8 seconds. Not sure how I got that mixed up. I'll blame it on brain fade.:B Les
Lessmore 08/21/14 08:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

The hellcat twins are low 11 second cars, reportedly high 10's with drag radials. The difference between a low eleven second car and a low ten second car is huge. Read Hot Rod magazine with the figures in the 10.20's with drag radials.
Lessmore 08/20/14 07:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

I really like the Challenger myself. However, the Nissan GTR is faster with less HP and smaller engine. I must correct you. The Hellcat does the 1/4 in the low 10's...quite a bit quicker than the Nissan....which is around 10.8, 10.9 seconds.
Lessmore 08/20/14 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

707 HP....with the Red fob ignition key. But the black fob key down rates the engine power significantly. It's called the valet key and the one you give to your 16 year old son. The HP to weight ratio with the red fob, must be tremendous and I understand the 1/4 mile time is in the low 10's @ over 120 mph. Think that's with drag radials. Now that's performance. BTW, got my info from Hot Rod magazine.
Lessmore 08/20/14 04:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Depressing Depreciation

I buy new. I buy what I want and if possible try to factory order, so I get what I want, not just what's there. I pay cash, unless there's a good deal, like 0 % interest over a good number of years. I think carefully what exactly I want, in a vehicle....as I plan to have them for a long time. No impulse buying. I buy extended warranties. I rust proof with Ziebart. I maintain by the book. I drive my vehicles for years. One vehicle for 21 years, another for 14, another for 10 years. I usually have anywhere from 2-3 vehicles in my parking lot / garage at any one time. When I'm finished with them, I feel I've got my money out of them. I don't worry about depreciation as the way I do things, it's not much of a factor.
Lessmore 08/19/14 02:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Torque converter does not unlock-update #2 8-25

I would check it out with a reputable transmission shop.
Lessmore 08/16/14 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Ram 3500 without Aisin Tranny

From my experience the 68 RFE is a great transmission. I would have no qualms taking that truck. As long as it is a dually! X2. The tranny is a non issue. It's funny. Most of the people around here demand a dually but a lot of the big rigs are going super singles. :h Around here...super singles on big rigs are not so common. Concerns seem to be...if super single goes...there's no tire....unlike a DRW...that still has one tire left. I've seen one or two big rigs with the super single....but that's it. Up here....currently.... the super single doesn't seem to be getting any traction. :B Not saying that won't change, though. Les
Lessmore 08/15/14 03:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Ford Superduty Looks Hot!

I'm not a metallurgist or a chemical engineer....but in watching those series of pictures as the fire evolves in the new Ford pickup, does cause me concern. There is definitely what appears to be an explosion... showers of white sparks spraying around the middle frame, of the pictures series. I don't know if a truck of regular construction (non aluminum-alloy body) would burn as fiercely as this truck did. I would be interested in knowing if this is the case. It does make me wonder if the aluminum alloy mix used in this prototype truck is more of a fire concern, than typical material (no aluminum-alloy) used in other trucks. Again, I don't know, but I would certainly want to know. I think it would be valuable for Ford, to provide a public report, developed and presented by an independent engineering firm. If the burn that took place in the prototype is no different than what would happen in non aluminum alloy vehicles...then that would be important consumer info. If not..... Just MO. Part of any development program in developing vehicles....is thorough testing of prototypes...to see if there are any issues, that needed to be corrected, before regular production. I'm assuming that this is the process Ford will follow.
Lessmore 08/13/14 04:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 90-Year Old Veteran And Fellow RVer Running Across America

Good for that 90 year old veteran. Hope I make it to his age and in the same condition and with similar enthusiasm for life, as this gentleman.
Lessmore 08/08/14 02:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: UPDATE! Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

Congrats Don, I think the Dodge 1500 with the 3.0 liter turbo diesel is one of the possibly most significant trucks on the market. I say significant, because a full size half ton, with a smaller turbo diesel is something many have been clamoring for...for a number of years. Myself included. Like others I'm interested in finding out what the real world MPG, acceleration is....solo and at maximum tow rating. Trucks with turbo powered, smaller gas engines are also interesting. But I do think the future may possibly be, with the small turbo diesel in 150/1500 series light trucks. Reason I think this, is the greater potential for better MPG with a turbodiesel, as opposed to a similar displacement turbo gas engine. Issues such as engine durability...diesel vs gas...I don't think are as relevant as they once were. My view is that both gas and diesel engines...durability wise... in today's trucks are not that different. They're both real good. For most driver's if you can get 150-200K + miles, relatively trouble free life on a new pickup....well for most driver's of new trucks...that's more than enough. Second and third owner/drivers would have a different opinion, I'm sure. Another reason I'm pro small turbo diesel vs small gas-turbo engine is that in Europe, the small diesel turbo engine seems to dominate sales in vehicles. Of course Europe has much higher fuel prices then we in North America enjoy. As North American fuel costs continue to spiral upward, I think it's just a matter of time before the market starts looking for more fuel efficient....but also...powerful engine choices. In NA, where we have vast distances to cover, lot's of rural compared to urban areas...compare to Europe... we need and want power. Particularly when towing. Anyways, Don let us know how your new turbo diesel does, during your ownership. Les
Lessmore 08/08/14 02:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 HD shootout pickuptrucks.com

Comparison tests can be good info for a prospective buyer to check out. They can provide an opportunity to compare one vs another on the potential purchase list. Comparing different criteria, looking at pictures of similar features and reviewing comparative performance numbers, for example acceleration,braking, mpg with load, solo can be of value. It's not the end all, but comparison testing is an important tool to consider when determining which product makes most sense for the purchaser. There is that element of 'gettin' ammo' for brand wars, that is for sure. Unfortunately that mentality among some, will always be there, it appears. But the brand war deal should be of little significance for the wise consumer. Fanboys after all...usually don't want facts to get in the way of their blind loyalties. Their opinion has little credibility.
Lessmore 08/08/14 12:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Peter Principle & companies & orgs the seem poorly run

I'm convinced that private enterprise has suffered due to the increasing numbers of accountants and those with MBA's, taking over the reins of many companies. I've always thought that GM for instance during it's heyday in the '50's and '60's was run by engineers, not CA's and MBA's.
Lessmore 08/04/14 07:06pm Around the Campfire
RE: Sorry GM, I switched to RAM

I recommend no towing for 500 miles like you are going to do. Some say it is not necessary. But there is no way it can possibly do any harm. But if you have one of those 1 in 1000 rear end gear sets that is a little off the 500 miles will allow the gears to wear in with no damage. Also if you go easy on the engine it is much less to burn oil. No steady state cruising and no cruise control for 500 miles. Vary the engine rpms when cruising. With my new engines I also change the engine oil at 500 miles the first time. I will get flak for saying this but again there is only one thing it can hurt and that is my pocketbook. But with a $40,000+ vehicle I do not take chances. I agree with most of what you say. One additional thing I recall with a GM truck I bought new a few years ago. In addition to no towing for the first 500 miles, my manual also indicated that the first towing 500 miles...I should not exceed a speed of 50 mph...to allow the powertrain to bed in....while towing under load. I observed this condition when we first towed our trailer. I planned our route out carefully and drove down B roads...less traffic...during the first 500 miles towing. Our tow vehicle already had about 5000 miles of non towing activity on it, before we hitched up. Think GM was referring to the break in in of the drive axle. But that's just my guess.
Lessmore 08/03/14 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sorry GM, I switched to RAM

Like it. I do like Dodge trucks. If I was in the market I would give thorough consideration to Dodge. The only thing that bugs me about it, is that Chrysler markets it as a Ram, not a Dodge. But that's a small point. It bugs me, because I'm a tradionalist, I suppose. I do think Dodge has the best looking truck out there. The engines....both gas (V6, V8) and diesel (small and Cummins) and transmissions are excellent, IMHO.
Lessmore 08/03/14 07:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: My "new" car. 1963 Nova SS

The 1965 Chevy II never had the 365HP L76 from the factory so they must have been installed by the dealer or owner and not legal in NHRA Stock or Super Stock. I had a discussion with Bill Jenkins in June 1988 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (25th anniversary of Super Stock racers) about the 350HP 327 in the 1965 Chevy II and he said none were built by Chevrolet. Well you and the grump are wrong there as this L76 was ordered for myself through one of the chevy dealers in Tulsa, OK for a 28xx dollars plus freight. In '66 chevy dropped some of the high HP 327 engines in the chevy II's in favor of the 396ci engines. I agree with you Jimlin. Back in the 1960's, some Chevies and other GM products, had some unique engines, equipment, etc. installed by the GM factory, that weren't on the brochures or the order list. If one had connections they could order through the GM COPO system. COPO was short for Central Office Production Order. COPO was used for special production order GM vehicles. Special order cars and trucks could be ordered from the factory, by GM dealers through this system. I would say your car was ordered by your dealer, through the COPO system. Les
Lessmore 08/01/14 06:15pm Around the Campfire
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