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RE: RV.net problems????

Many times this site crashes on me, especially when trying to reply to a message. Are there issues with the site or are the problems on my end? Nope, I also have problems with this site, that I don't with others. Often I have written a post and the site crashes. It's not common...but neither has it been uncommon with this site. I'm not a computer expert, so don't know why.
Lessmore 08/29/16 09:26pm Around the Campfire
RE: 1956 F100 what can it pull?

The motor came out of a 1973 Thunderbird, which at the time used leaded gas. Ford did not use this motor in trucks, they used a 390 or a 460. My motor will be rebuilt to accept unleaded gas, with all new internals. It will have fuel injection throttle body and will be turbo charged to help with towing. So why not use Gear Vendors? Sounds like it would improve gas mileage and towing regardless of motor use. Actually Ford did use the 429 in trucks. They were used in Ford medium duties. The 370 and 429 were referred to by Ford as Lima engines. They replaced the Ford 361 and 391 in medium duties. One of our farm trucks had a 370 Lima. I would of preferred the 429 Lima option back then, more power to move a load of grain. Post edit: I've been thinking about this post and in the case of light duty trucks, such as pickups you would be correct. the 429 was not used, but the 390 and 460 were. I tend to think of trucks, more in terms of medium duty terms, than light duties. That comes from my grain farm experience.
Lessmore 08/29/16 09:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Spray clean tow vehicles

Thank you to all with suggestions, things that work for them and alternate products. I will give them a shot. You are a resourceful group. Thank you.
Lessmore 08/28/16 03:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Spray clean tow vehicles

What's wrong with using something in a Yamaha labeled can on a GM vehicle? or read the label on the Yamaha product and see what the active ingredient is. It's not rocket surgery or brain science. bumpy The label does not have a list of ingredients, in fact no ingredients are listed at all on the label. It may have an ingredient list on the US market label, but unfortunately the Canadian market does not have that requirement, for this type of product. Too bad, because that would be a great idea and as you say, easy to check other product labels, using the same active ingredient, when it comes to making alternate choice. Now if it was brain science I could ask my cousin who has a Phd in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins to do a detailed analysis of Yamaclean for me. I was going to add one of those smiling icons after my 'funny' comment (last sentence, preceding)....but I can't get it to work. Ahh well, thanks again for the idea, a good one.
Lessmore 08/28/16 03:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Afraid of "chemicals?"

I'm trying to figure out where the laff riot is....
Lessmore 08/27/16 08:57pm Around the Campfire
Spray clean tow vehicles

The guys on this particular RV forum, I figure would be the most knowledgeable when it comes to cleaning tow vehicles. We all get bug splatter on the front panels of our tow vehicles and to make matters worse, the tow vehicle sometimes can be parked in a series of RV parks...while the dead bug remains...bake into the finish. Last September we were on a long run through Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Dakota's, Montana and Wyoming...prime bug territory. Anyway to make a long story short (too late, I know) our tow vehicle front was caked with bugs. I couldn't get to hose them off on a regular basis and to just a couple of days ago was still trying to get the shadows of dead bugs removed. My son recently traded in his Yamaha on a BMW motorcycle and we cleaned up the Yamaha before it went to be appraised for trade in. I picked up some Yamaclean in a spray bottle from the bike dealership and it worked quite well. It's billed as a ready to use wash. Anyway, I don't want to use the Yamaha product on my GM vehicle and I'm wondering if anyone knows of a similar product made by GM...or failing that what product do you use ?
Lessmore 08/27/16 06:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is it still a Dodge???

Ours is a Fargo. Canada you know. They were called that here in Australia Think back then they were made in Canada for Australia...or sent over there in knock down kits.
Lessmore 08/26/16 04:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is it still a Dodge???

As far as I'm concerned a Ram is a Dodge truck. Think the Ram moniker is probably some silly idea dreamed up by some new to the truck division...marketing or PR guy at Chrysler. I do think that within the next 5-10 years the Ram name will be discontinued and Mopar will go back to their traditional name...Dodge trucks. I recall many years ago that GM decided in their wisdom that Chevrolet was to be Chevrolet and that the name 'Chevy' was not to be used at GM. Well that didn't last long did it.
Lessmore 08/26/16 08:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: 500 miles under 50 mph

All the replies will be anecdotal. One person saying they always do what the manual says and has no issue proves nothing. Just like one person posting they never do what the manual says and never have issues. It's all opinion. Following what the manufacturer's manual says...is not opinion...it's direct instruction from the company engineers who developed and tested the machine. The OP was asking for an OPINION on whether to follow the recommendation or not. No one is questioning if the recommendation is there or not. LOL. Try again... I see.
Lessmore 08/25/16 08:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 500 miles under 50 mph

All the replies will be anecdotal. One person saying they always do what the manual says and has no issue proves nothing. Just like one person posting they never do what the manual says and never have issues. It's all opinion. Following what the manufacturer's manual says...is not opinion...it's direct instruction from the company engineers who developed and tested the machine.
Lessmore 08/25/16 02:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 500 miles under 50 mph

I would do what they say, and change the rear axle oil after the break-in period. X 2.
Lessmore 08/25/16 11:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: 500 miles under 50 mph

Not a big deal. The GM I used for towing had the same instruction. I followed it, just took the tow vehicle and trailer on a low traffic secondary highway for the 500 miles. We were going camping at the spot which was a bit more than 500 miles away. By the first day it was broken in for towing. My view is follow the manufacturer's instructions. I always break in my vehicles according to what the maker says and then some. So did my dad. I also don't run the vehicle at a constant speed while breaking it in, and back off the throttle every so often to change rpm. It pays off in the long run.
Lessmore 08/25/16 11:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gm Trucks

:) Changing to a Ford won't fix your problems; Sure it will. :B I know...your post was meant in jest and it did raise a smile and provided a chuckle. :) But as we all know, there will be different problems with a Ford. All vehicles, including Ford, GM, Toyota, Nissan, Mopar, etc. have problems, some pattern to the manufacturer, some not.
Lessmore 08/24/16 10:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with Ford Explorer

What engine are you thinking of getting ?
Lessmore 08/22/16 07:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Letting truck idle

I've oftened wondered about idling. My neighbor has a 90s Duramax, I think it idles more than it drives. He'll come home for an hour lunch, truck sits running in the driveway the entire time. Getting set to take the boat out, he starts in an hour before he leaves, coming home from the lake, it'll sit there running at least an hour when he gets home. I doubt it has an emissions equipment, as loud as it it, it's probably heavily modified Must be awfully annoying for you, as a neighbour.
Lessmore 08/22/16 05:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Letting truck idle

I've seen some let their diesel idle while filling up at a gas station. Signs at service stations say to shut off while refueling. I note that the big tanker trucks that fill up the service station tanks, shut off while at the stations. I don't know why some drivers in diesel pickups let their trucks idle...everywhere.
Lessmore 08/22/16 01:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1956 F100 what can it pull?

Great stuff that you've done, the 385 series engine (429) is an excellent engine IMO. I've had experience with two 385 series...a 429 and a 460...and when I think of it a 370 Ford medium duty truck engine that was also a 385 series. But one thing to think of and I'm basing this opinion on a few buddies that are very adept mechanically, do things themselves and very good vehicle builders. An older rod/resto etc...because of it's age and modifications a lot of times more than not, can be a vehicle that suffers more breakdowns...some small, some not than a newer vehicle. Just saying...something to consider when you adding some load/stress to it, while traveling. But if you're handy and knowledgeable, carry some tools...it could be a lot more fun than traveling with a newer vehicle.
Lessmore 08/22/16 11:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Manual

You'll be going over the Rockies, my concerns would be keeping it in the right gear for engine braking down hill and being careful where you start up...re; steep inclines. But having 6 speeds, lots of low end torque and a low first gear, I would think you'll be fine.
Lessmore 08/17/16 04:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

I'm not exactly sure when I've the last GM van/ambulance its been so long ago and they were gas powered... Dare I say the 80's. All of the ambulances around this area is either a Ford F350/F450 diesel or a ram 3500/4500 diesel with an occasional F550 diesel rescue truck and on a very rare occasion I'll see a Chevy 3500 ambulance. Ambulances built on the GM 4500 cutaway with the Duramax have been more common now that Ford no longer puts a diesel in the E-series. Tacoma Fire (next door to where I work) has several of them. Our department is doing just what the OP is asking about- switching from diesel to gas in our new ambulances. We considered the GM 4500 but with the diesel engine there wasn't enough front axle capacity to give a good reserve of weight capacity. We are getting E450s with gas V10s. Going with a Ford or Ram 450/4500 diesel cab/chassis adds about $15K to the purchase price and 2 feet to overall length. We take delivery next spring, it will be interesting to see how they do. Think you might be getting some of the last E series vehicles. I think the last E series cab and chassis...E series anything actually... will be gone at the end of the 2017 production run. I could be wrong, but my understanding is that Ford will revert completely to the big Euro Transit by then. But this may not be such a bad thing when I think about it. In Europe a lot of ambulances seem to be based on the Mercedes Sprinter and big Ford Transit. I think this is where we in North America are heading too. Think this will be, because of not much choice. I spoke to a driver salesman of a delivery Transit, at a national park recently. He was driving a big Transit cab and chassis (DRW)with a large box attached. I asked him how he liked it and he was enthused about it's capacity and his driving experience. The Transit had a diesel engine, he said he found it had more get up and go and better handling than his previous E 450 Cab and chassis with a diesel, DRW and a similar sized box. I think a big Transit DRW, with diesel (5 cylinder turbo ?) with an ambulance box mounted, should be very good as an emergency package, with all appropriate emerg. vehicle package upgrades. I like the Econoline very much. Drove many from commercial one ton van to cab and chassis DRW, with delivery box and reefer unit. Great, versatile trucks, but I think their time has come.
Lessmore 08/17/16 10:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

The 6.4 here at work just don't hold up. We have switched over to gas for the city trucks and some of our county fleet is gas now. We have ordered some new 6.7 Fords so we will see how they do. Now according to our fleet shop.... And no doubt this will raise eye brows... They are going with the gas models because they are overall cheaper in the long term. Now I don't have specifics in front of me. So I'm only going by what the fleet manger told me, cause we just bought several more ambulances that are Chevy with the 6.0. So far the ones we purchased a few years ago are still running well and doing the job. I'm sure this post may create some stir... It's not meant to. Just stating the facts here at work that I'm seeing now. I know we got burned with the 6.0 and 6.4 ambulances so I'm curious how the 6.7 will do over long term. Btw several FDs in Florida are now running gas rescues or ambulances now. I've have seen both the Dodge and Chevy models in the FD forums. In my jurisdiction for years, the ambulances were Ford E series DRW cab and chassis with diesels. In the past 5 years the majority have been Chevy Express DRW cab and chassis with gas engines. I think it was the same issues that triggered the change.
Lessmore 08/15/16 08:01am Tow Vehicles
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