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RE: Threshold for Pain: How much can your diesel take?

A year or so before...I had a '67 Camaro coupe, RS, red line tires, Muncie, 327 V8, rally wheels, Marina Blue...still think it was a very sharp looking car. I had a debadged SS350 Camaro. Wish I still had it. It was a 10.25 to 1 compression ratio 295HP fun car with the Bose sound system and Muncie 4 speed and tall 3:23 gears if I remember correctly. Mono leaf rear springs were a short fall that was fixed in 68. http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj53/snoking1127/USCG%20and%20Loran/ce24b162-a792-4cf0-9c0f-895d769fe59c_zps41b0y5p0.jpg Very nice SS 350. First year of the 350 and first car with the Chevy 350 V8, I do believe. I think you're right that GM dumped that single mono leaf suspension for '68. It didn't take much to get that mono leaf rear suspension to hop around like jackhammer, in my experience. :D
Lessmore 11/20/17 11:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Threshold for Pain: How much can your diesel take?

But for some guy driving around in a street truck...I do not know why. I guess we are on opposite ends of the spectrum. You ask why someone would even add more power to their truck and I ask why someone would even care what someone else does to their own truck with their own money. I mean, I can see me wondering why if I payed their vehicle payment and all, but I couldn't care less if some guy wants to buy an $80k Corvette just to drive on roads that he can never go over 75 mph on..... or a Jeep that they will never take off road...... or a truck to only haul groceries. I guess we will both be forever wonder why. I don't think we are at opposite ends of the spectrum. I was talking about why someone would take their street car/truck...and would soup up the engine to the absolute 'race' max, essentially rendering it barely streetable ....and where it's always on the edge of grenading. I don't have an issue with someone building up their engine for more 'streetable' power, improving the cooling, brakes, suspension, associated powertrain (drive axles, drive shafts, transmission, etc.) to handle the extra punch of the engine. In fact I have an old English motorcycle, a 750cc Scrambler. My plan if I ever get around to it, is to build up the engine with strong street performance parts, uprate the rear shocks, slap modern tires on it, uprate the brakes to discs from drums, etc. I agree with you, I don't care how much someone spends on anything they have...to me, who cares...if they have the bucks...spend all they want. As you say...it's their money...not mine.
Lessmore 11/20/17 11:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Threshold for Pain: How much can your diesel take?

Interesting piece. Not surprising though, every mechanical device has a destructo limit. I must add, that I don't for the life of me know why some guys just have to soup up their engines to the point of quick and eventual no return, given that diesel engines in modern HD pickups offer tremendous power in their stock form. I can understand that those in the racing industry...would extend their engines as far or farther then they can handle...it's racing and that's a factor in winning...after all that's the bizness they're in. But for some guy driving around in a street truck...I do not know why. In 1970 you could order a Chevelle with a basic 350 4blr carb or you could order a Chevelle SS with a LS6 454. I owned the later and it was a pure joy to drive. It's what floats your boat.... And mine was HP with good looks to top it off. :B You could order a '70 Chevelle with a straight six too. That 4 barrel 350 with 300 hp moved out nicely. A buddy back then had a '70 Chevelle SS454 with the LS6..450 hp, 4 speed Muncie. I got the occasional ride in it...twice I think...both times in bumper to bumper traffic...he never got it out of first...dang it !! :( A year or so before...I had a '67 Camaro coupe, RS, red line tires, Muncie, 327 V8, rally wheels, Marina Blue...still think it was a very sharp looking car.
Lessmore 11/20/17 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Threshold for Pain: How much can your diesel take?

Interesting piece. Not surprising though, every mechanical device has a destructo limit. I must add, that I don't for the life of me know why some guys just have to soup up their engines to the point of quick and eventual no return, given that diesel engines in modern HD pickups offer tremendous power in their stock form. I can understand that those in the racing industry...would extend their engines as far or farther then they can handle...it's racing and that's a factor in winning...after all that's the bizness they're in. But for some guy driving around in a street truck...I do not know why.
Lessmore 11/20/17 06:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Minivan vs Suburban for road trip?

Last time I was in a minivan was May of 2017. It was a company vehicle, a Toyota Sienna and I got stuck in the rear seats. I'm over 6'3" and 245 lbs...so I'm probably bigger than any of the girls. The back seat was excruciating, very uncomfortable, thinly padded, small, no leg room and I felt like I was on a explorer's trek just getting in and out out of the back seat. My recommendation...is figure out how many seats are going to be used and try the actual vehicle's seats...all of them... at the rental before you rent. Nothing worse than being uncomfortable on a long ride.
Lessmore 11/20/17 01:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

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Lessmore 11/19/17 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

An issue that seems to be avoided is the fact that in North America we have heavily populated urban areas and we also have vast spaces that don't have a lot of intensely populated regions. Electric power, because of it's necessary infrastructure, such as charging stations located on a regular basis within relatively short distances is necessary...and this does't translate well in the largely rural areas where towns and cities are far apart. New York city for example every workday morning has over 700 trains streaming into grand central city, with approx. 1200 passengers apiece...from various areas throughout the eastern seaboard. This is one train every 47 seconds for a total of more than 750,000 people...each morning...coming into work and for other business. My source, a current PBS show on trains in America. Mass transit makes, sense, makes profit and makes electric power a very good idea....in large urban centers like NYC, etc. Is this situation similar in Fargo North Dakota, Butte, Montana, Regina, Saskatchewan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Western Ontario, etc. ?. Smaller centers, located in regions bereft of huge populations still have many people who have to get around from place to place and travel, in many cases long distances to get there. Many of these regions experience long, hard, cold winters where batteries don't work so well at retaining power when they have to drive significant distances in cold winter weather...where there is no 'handy' infrastructure...along the way... to charge up their battery power. In these areas the internal combustion engine makes great sense and has an excellent and long, proven...successful... track record. Electric power makes some sense in heavily populated areas, where distances are relatively shorter, where infrastructure is available to charge up batteries. But this does not reflect a lot of regions in both Canada and the USA. Decisions that affect everybody, too often...in both countries are more reflective of needs or perceived needs in large urban centers. In other words, what's good for L.A or NYC...or Vancouver...or Toronto...is not necessarily good or practical for the rest of the country(s). When it comes to any large system change...all areas of countries need to be heard from...not just certain, large population areas...or advocacy groups. All area(s) needs, information and facts have to be considered by looking at facts not just 'spins' proposed by lobbyists and advocacy groups.
Lessmore 11/19/17 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

One of the problems with electric vehicles is that the batteries are subject to being affected by cold temps., where their power goes down. I would say the maximum miles for battery power retention figures are dependent on warm temps...say somewhere in the 60 to 75 F range. Now this is good and fine in southern California or southern BC..around the Vancouver area, but doesn't work too well on say the Canadian Prairies or north western states...such as Montana, North Dakota and many other areas....during the depths of winter In my province (Manitoba) it is not uncommon to experience periods in the winter where the temps plunge to -25, -30 and colder....and that's just the southern part of the province. In the northern part of the province, temps can get much colder. To get an idea of what I mean , check out the TV show, Ice Road trucker, it's filmed in this province and NW Ontario. I add, that while this show is about temporary ice roads...winter trucking in general in these regions I mentioned, can experience similar weather conditions and distances between towns. On top of that towns, etc....are not just 10 miles apart, but much further. Driving an electric vehicle, wholly dependent on electric power during 30 below, with a nasty winter north wind blowing and having to drive about 100 to 300 miles before the next town...which has an electrical hookup to charge up,...ain't my idea of good sense. Maybe in the distant future we will have electric vehicles that can 'manage' extreme cold, resource and electric charging infrastructure in sparsely populated regions of North America...but they are not there yet. I realize the importance of idealism and the perception of being progressive and I have no issue with that, as long as it's blended with the reality of ...all.. driving transportation situations, practicality and safety. In fact, did I not read somewhere that the electric power truck market is regarded by the manufacturer, as a city delivery vehicle rather than a highway / rural system of transportation ?
Lessmore 11/18/17 12:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uber expensive pickups...how much of a trend ?

I think there are better things in life to spend money on than a $70K truck...like booze, gambling and loose women for example. But since my wife won't let me have those, guess I'm stuck with a truck. Yes and I need to also have money for motorcycles, guns, and motorcycles. I used to say in my 20's that I spent my money on motorcycles and cars...the rest I wasted. :D
Lessmore 11/14/17 10:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Turbo or supercharge and NA gas engine

Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the main benefit for forcing air into an engine for towing is the fact that it will give it a significant boost in torque at a lower RPM range. All you guys are thinking about is HP. You could tune the engine to produce the same amount of peak HP but could get a significant amount more peak Torque or at least lower the peak torque in the RPM range to make the towing experience more relaxing. The Fuel mileage wouldn't really change that much. The energy used to move the load won't change much you'll just be able to do it at a lower RPM more often. If anything the fuel mileage may increase a tad. I agree. I drove my first turbo gas engine a short while ago. It was a new Honda CRV with the Honda 1.5 liter 4 banger, turbo'd. I have driven older CRV's before with I believe the 2.4 four, non tubo'd engine and with them I felt I had to wring their little neck to get ok acceleration to get up to speed on the highway. With the Honda Turbo 1.5 liter...it was much easier having that well of low end torque to move the CRV up to highway speeds. More relaxing as you say, and I don't think the turbo engine was really working as hard as the non forced air 2.4 liter engine. But it wasn’t towing a trailer up a hill. It wasn't. But I think the driving characteristics of the engines would be the same pulling a trailer (lightweight due to the size of CRVs) ....as they would be, going solo...only in both engine cases...pulling slower with a trailer.
Lessmore 11/13/17 04:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Turbo or supercharge and NA gas engine

Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the main benefit for forcing air into an engine for towing is the fact that it will give it a significant boost in torque at a lower RPM range. All you guys are thinking about is HP. You could tune the engine to produce the same amount of peak HP but could get a significant amount more peak Torque or at least lower the peak torque in the RPM range to make the towing experience more relaxing. The Fuel mileage wouldn't really change that much. The energy used to move the load won't change much you'll just be able to do it at a lower RPM more often. If anything the fuel mileage may increase a tad. Any time you add air to an engine (supercharging) you will have to add fuel. It doesn't matter at what RPM. Remember, gasoline engines, unlike diesels need to run in stoichiometry ratios. If you run twice the air (around 14 psi) you will need twice the fuel because you just made your engine twice as big. Anytime you supercharge an engine you will use more fuel. It takes energy to turn the rotors or impellers and like I said above you need more fuel to go with the air you just added. I have often hear people say that turbo chargers are free power. LOL, I wish! I've even seen this written in well know books written by people that should know better. Another problem with supercharging is you have to over fuel to keep things cool and detonation away. This is one of the reasons the Ecoboost gets really bad mileage when towing when it's hot out. Ford over fuels to cool the whole system off...............or they try too. Sometimes it doesn't work and the engine de-rates to save itself. As far as the big block goes. Sure you can do a CD on a big block but then you have 4 big old heavy pistons you are dragging up and down the bores causing a bunch of friction. And then you have the smog problem with the big bore. That's why Ford went to a V10. Small bore but big CI. It was a good idea and it worked. Good post. Also good point on why Ford went from the 460 cube V8. My understanding was exactly as you have stated here .." And then you have the smog problem with the big bore. That's why Ford went to a V10. Small bore but big CI. It was a good idea and it worked. " I drove a Ford 460 (7.5 liter) V8 for many thousands of miles in an E 350 cab and DRW chassis...with a commercial box. Previously I had driven an E 300 SRW, C & C with a smaller box and the 302 V8. The big 460 with a heavier truck was an absolute pleasure to drive. Never seemed to work hard like the relatively little 302 cube (5 liter) and always had power to spare. Too bad about the emmissions...same thing killed the Lawn Boy lawn mower 2 stroke...another good engine, but ;):B at the other end of the size scale from the 460.
Lessmore 11/13/17 02:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Turbo or supercharge and NA gas engine

Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the main benefit for forcing air into an engine for towing is the fact that it will give it a significant boost in torque at a lower RPM range. All you guys are thinking about is HP. You could tune the engine to produce the same amount of peak HP but could get a significant amount more peak Torque or at least lower the peak torque in the RPM range to make the towing experience more relaxing. The Fuel mileage wouldn't really change that much. The energy used to move the load won't change much you'll just be able to do it at a lower RPM more often. If anything the fuel mileage may increase a tad. I agree. I drove my first turbo gas engine a short while ago. It was a new Honda CRV with the Honda 1.5 liter 4 banger, turbo'd. I have driven older CRV's before with I believe the 2.4 four, non tubo'd engine and with them I felt I had to wring their little neck to get ok acceleration to get up to speed on the highway. With the Honda Turbo 1.5 liter...it was much easier having that well of low end torque to move the CRV up to highway speeds. More relaxing as you say, and I don't think the turbo engine was really working as hard as the non forced air 2.4 liter engine.
Lessmore 11/13/17 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Off Road Mashup: ZR2 vs Raptor vs Power Wagon

Civics are good in snow. On topic, here's a different perspective. http://www.motortrend.com/cars/ram/2500/2017/chevrolet-colorado-zr2-vs-ford-f-150-raptor-vs-ram-2500-power-wagon/ Civics are no better and no worse than any other small front wheel drive car. They don't have a lot of ground clearance like most other sedans, although they do have one advantage...they're relatively light weight, which is a big advantage when it comes to pushing them out of being stuck in a snow drift. If a Civic has good winter...or good all weather tires on that will make the difference in their ability to get around in heavy winter conditions. It's about the effectiveness of the tires in snow.
Lessmore 11/11/17 08:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Off Road Mashup: ZR2 vs Raptor vs Power Wagon

I think the video showed why FCA engineers are reluctant to put the Cummins in the Power Wagon. It's already too heavy to compete in steep, loose rock crawling and adding all that weight to the front end would make it worse. Good point.
Lessmore 11/10/17 10:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Off Road Mashup: ZR2 vs Raptor vs Power Wagon

Thanks for posting. All good trucks. The Colorado ZR2 and the Raptor completed the runs with no incident. The Raptor has the power with it's twin turbo 3.5 V6, the ZR2 does well with it's non turbo V6, but I wonder if GM is going to install one of their LF4, turbo 3.6 v6 rated at 464 hp @ 5850 rpm and 445 lb·ft @ 3500 rpm in an upcoming ZR2. The light weight of the ZR2 (compared to the Raptor) with an LF4 (464 hp) turbo 3.6 V6...would absolutely fly. Chevy has a winner with the ZR2 and it's current two available engines..turbo diesel and non turbo V6. A turbo V6 would be something else. Interesting to note that in the video it was mentioned that the Power Wagon doesn't offer a diesel. Given it's weight of over 7000 lbs, I dunno...maybe a torque rich 6.7 Cummins is in order. Anyways all good trucks and as the British would say...with these three...anyone would be spoiled for choice. I know, I would mind having any of the three.
Lessmore 11/09/17 10:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I guess I will be driving a new Ford tomorrow

My 2013 6.8 L V10 at work swallowed a valve when it was 2 years old. Was just a few hundred miles over warrantee and Ford refused any goodwill offer. We installed a new ford crate motor, and not even 2 years later that one also swallowed a valve. Closer inspection revealed that one of the rocker arms had side to side play, and caused it to damage the valve retaining mechanism. Third motor is so far so good. We run our work trucks hard at my job, but use Motorcraft semi synthetic and Motorcraft filters once a month. On a sidenote, our 2009 Ram 6.7 Cummins just put a rod through the block toward the back on the driver side, but it ran 490,000 miles in those 8 years! Does your company still buy Ford trucks after this pattern valve issue and Ford's response to provide some financial support ? Not trying to start a range war, just curious as we have considered buying a new Ford vehicle.
Lessmore 11/07/17 03:57pm Tow Vehicles
All weather tires

Looking at replacing my all season tires. I live in a snowy, cold area that has long winter. We have ice, snow for about 5 + months of the year. I wonder if anyone has Nokian WRG3 All Weather tires and if so how are they in driving conditions all year...winter, hot summers, etc. They are All Weather tires, not all season tires. They also have the snow certification badge on the sidewall, indicating they are certified to meet the standards of a snow tire. Anyone have them ?
Lessmore 11/05/17 08:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

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Lessmore 11/05/17 06:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dodge Durango SRT vs Ford Raptor Super Ike

That little Ecoboost is simply one amazing engine. It is, but nowadays it's just one example of small turbo engines that are used in all sorts of applications. Never thought I would consider a turbo gas/ diesel, but after having driven a new Honda CRV with the 1.5 liter turbo gas, 4 banger...I'm open to them. Part of my conversion is that the turbocharger seems to last the lifetime of the other engine components, where it used to seem to have a more limited service life.
Lessmore 11/04/17 11:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How is the Eco Boost in the western mountains?

Where in SD is your campground? I'll be in the Black Hills area next year. Also, will be going through Wall, SD and the Bad Lands NP> I see it a lot in my park, trucks and trailers about your size. They have climbed and gone down long 6% grages to get to us, so its certainly doable. It will take patience to climb and learning to reduce speed at the top, downshift to use the engine braking you have use trailer brakes, so more patience going down. Watch your temperatures keep your trailer brakes adjusted tight Stop off at Wall Drugs in Wall, SD. Best donuts around...like the old fashioned ones of the '50's.
Lessmore 11/03/17 09:03pm Tow Vehicles
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