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RE: 1956 F100 what can it pull?

An old rule of th thumb I learned years ago before the current advent of gcwr ratings. 2x grawr = max trailer at you want to pull with a given rig. The more hp torque, gears etc, = better performance. If your truck has say 4000 lbs of tires as lowest denominator tween Adele, springs, braking capacity etc to range, then max trailer is 8000 lbs you want behind the truck. Generally speaking. For older half tons like this, 5-6000 lbs is probably about max you want to pull from a chassis standpoint. You may have the engine that can do 10-15k......go for lowest denominator. Marty
blt2ski 08/26/16 11:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1956 F100 what can it pull?

An old rule of th thumb I learned years ago before the current advent of gcwr ratings. 2x grawr = max trailer at you want to pull with a given rig. The more hp torque, gears etc, = better performance. If your truck has say 4000 lbs of tires as lowest denominator tween Adele, springs, braking capacity etc to range, then max trailer is 8000 lbs you want behind the truck. Generally speaking. For older half tons like this, 5-6000 lbs is probably about max you want to pull from a chassis standpoint. You may have the engine that can do 10-15k......go for lowest denominator. Marty
blt2ski 08/25/16 09:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F-450

Humm.. the one I saw them test on that Fast Lane Truck youtube channel had a MSRP of around $80k... Sure, it was a Platinum.. I don't need or want a truck that big or fancy.. I'll never get a trailer that requires that kind of rig, nor want one.. I'm just a long weekend camper, so to me, what I have now is more than enough.. Each to their own of course. Everyone "camps" to their own tune.. Good luck! Mitch It's a little different when your towing your home and everything you own. I got by with a 7x7 tent, a sleeping bag, and a coleman stove and lantern for 30 years but that was then. A tent and a small stove is all you will still get in areas that one.Can not get an rv too! Plenty of places to see where an rv will not go. Top of mount Rainer is not a place an rv goes. One has quite the.view from their. Or Mt Adams, baker, Olympus to name a few places I've been. Marty
blt2ski 08/23/16 09:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a company truck?

I was a sole proprietor for 35 yrs. Insurance agents had my truck on a personal/commercial use policy. Did not worry to much where and what I was doing. Workers trucks was listed somehow different nth. But used them personally if need be, being as they only tool out trucks in am brought back at the.end.of the.day. Marty
blt2ski 08/23/16 03:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

SO are some of you saying a std 8' bed is not made, only 10' long beds and 6' short beds?!?!?!?!?!? I'll take a long over a std or short bed! My dumptruck has a 14' bed.....can be handy, turns tighter than any of my crew cab std bed rigs, and it is 3' longer in wb! That 54 degree front wheel turn angle comes in handy as to how tiny of a radius a rig can turn. MartyIn pickup box beds, a 'long bed' is 8 feet. Commercial beds can be as long as 25 feet... I'm part of the time when the ONLY bed you could buy was an 8' bed, with the occasional 6' stepside on half tons was available. Not sure how good a 6' bed would be frankly. Especially when one puts in a cross bed tool box, that might leave you with 4' at best....barely enough to get a pallet of product in the bed! Plus most of the weight will be behind the RA, making it not real fun to drive........ I'll stick to my version of a std bed, IE an 8' one! anything less is a short bed! Marty
blt2ski 08/22/16 09:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

SO are some of you saying a std 8' bed is not made, only 10' long beds and 6' short beds?!?!?!?!?!? I'll take a long over a std or short bed! My dumptruck has a 14' bed.....can be handy, turns tighter than any of my crew cab std bed rigs, and it is 3' longer in wb! That 54 degree front wheel turn angle comes in handy as to how tiny of a radius a rig can turn. Marty
blt2ski 08/22/16 07:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

A bit off topic are.we all not? Marty
blt2ski 08/20/16 11:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: 265 tires on GM stock wheels

I put 265's on twice to stock 6.5" rims, did not like how they handled vs 7.5" rims. 245's or 235-85s on the stock rims were ok. This was on an 88 and 96 K3500 trucks. Moved the aluminimum rims from the 88 to the 96, then traded on an o5 with 215-85-16 dual tires. Have not seen 225-75's on a dually GM in a number of years, probably the 1990's C/K models frankly. I would not recommend 245's on stock rims. UNLESS, you want some sidewall roll noted in Chris's photo. That is usually ONLY done to rigs going off road, with lower psi etc. NOT with rigs that are carrying/hauling a load. In the load carrying instance, you want a wider rim, that allows the sidewall to be as straight up and down as possible. Off roading the narrower tire is use to protect the rim with low, ie under 30 usually 10-20 psi of air vs 60-80 when on the road. marty
blt2ski 08/18/16 10:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: an interesting tow vehicle for a fiver.

You.have chassis part of.equation. but up part with a.school bus is not there. Many only had 150-200 up motors. All they have to get to speed wise is 50 for the most part. Some of the larger 50 passenger buses ha the 125-135 hp IDI navistar 6.9/7.3 motors in them. If you thought those motors were gutless in a pickup.....imagine at 30-35,000 lbs! Marty
blt2ski 08/15/16 01:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Rig Tires

What size tires are you running? I've noticed when running 235-85-16 vs a 245-75-16, I needed about 10 more lbs in the 235s vs 245s. If you have 265-75-16 tires. I.could run those at 55-60 lbs and be fine for loads in the 5000-5500 lb per axle. Fronts about +5 lbs vs rear. First one HT are a.softer sidewall tire vs.some. I have them on work van. Overall I'm happy. I do not tow, only run empty 5500 empty lbs vs 9-10,000 loaded. I have.an off brand from discount that were 125 per tire with a 60k wear out on them. I.would.call.them.an.aggressive hwy tire vs AT.they.are labeled. They handle.heavy.loads very well. Marty
blt2ski 08/09/16 10:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Rig Tires

There is never a BEST tire for anything. Towing, if like myself, I towed my old TT to the mtns as a ski hut. So the tire choices you mentioned are no good! I went with more of a true traction tire. If you are on hard roads, desert SW, then michilin xps ribs or equal are the best design. If you get more off road, you may find the Cooper AT to be the better design tire. For me, Any brand BUT a michiblow or equal, IE the latter three tires you mentioned. The BFG;s are ok, but the traction is not what they are held up to be imho. The traction version is better. Make sure they are round and balanced frankly. After that, its a **** shoot as to what is best per say, all depending upon driving habits, where etc. Marty
blt2ski 08/09/16 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 F-250 6.2L Gas Towing 7,600 dry camper

I'm not seeing issue. I just towed a 10k trailer with my 2000 C2500, it's rated at 8500......pulled slowest hills at 50 in 2nd gear, about, 4k rpm. Today's motors have better trans gears, more hp....... Marty
blt2ski 08/03/16 06:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F-450 Super Ike Gaunlet

I would like to see a 5th wheel at 20000lbs behind it. Something with 60-70sqft of frontal area. Not knocking it, but test it for the RV user. The truck alone is 50-70 depending upon how out fitted. A BIG 5w with a bedroom slide is typically in the 110-120 total sw ft of frontal area. My old TT was 90! One could notice it vs when i pulled a 9500 lbs bobcat behind it. It took more HP to move the 15K gcw TT than the 18K equipment trailer setup by 20-25HP. But 50HP to hold 60 up ea 1% grade vs 45 with the TT. So after about 3%, i was faster with the tt than the equipment trailer. I also got better mileage with the ET than the TT by about 1mpg. I made a trip across the state of washington with the eT and my small trackhoe. 15K same as TT, made 2 mpg better, pulled most of the grade a gear taller, and 7-10 mph faster. Frontal area does make a difference in how well one will pull. Marty
blt2ski 08/01/16 07:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Service body and flat beds??

One can change out tire/rim sizing, spring pack etc to legally increase gvwr. Stouter springs might keep your bumper off the pavement, but they won't increase the carrying capacity of your axles. Not sure that this is an issue for "most" 25/35 series truck. Adel tube etc is usually 9000-11,000 lbs. A SW 25 series has tires springs etc good to 6500-7000 lbs. This is not an issue generally speaking. Also, if an aftermarket bed installer goes over the manufactures axle rating, the warranty will fall into the bed manufacture lap. They will usually check to verify warrant will still be usable. At least on trucks I've had it has worked this way. Marty
blt2ski 07/30/16 07:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Does any one have a front locking differental on a Dodge??

If you want a locker of some sort in the front, the ONLY option IMHO is to install an ARB locker or the electric Eaton locker. I would not want a locker up front for most conditions I've driven in. Some off road conditions yes. I would suspect something else is not working in the system. If you have a GM, their is an electric solenoid that has a tendency to fail every 100K miles or so. Assuming the fronts are not turning at all! Dodge may have something equivalent up front. marty
blt2ski 07/30/16 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Service body and flat beds??

Its also easier to modify the cab and chassis model vs a pickup bed rig which was sold complete. My Navistar flatbed dump does NOT have one of the gvwr badges in the drivers door that folks like to claim is the max a rig can go down the road at. It is up to the final bed manufacture to certify the gvwr etc of the rig. Hence, why many class C rv's have tag axels, all after market to increase gvwr. Same with drop axels on dump trucks etc. A legal modification to increase GVWR! One can change out tire/rim sizing, spring pack etc to legally increase gvwr. In some circumstances, yes it can be a better option than a pickup with a bed on it from the chassis manufacture. BUT as you note, most will be vinyl or cloth seats, vinyl floor mats, a basic ac system and radio if at all! If you want a really nice interior, you need to look at rigs with RV beds, then most of those were purchased with the leather pkg from the came from the chassis manufacture many times. OR it could have been aftermarket added and changed out. Then again, some of us prefer vinyl floors even if we have leather seats per say, as you can get in with 3" of snow or mud on ones boots and not destroy the carpet. Or no leather like myself, prefer cloth over both leather or vinyl. BOTH of these are too warm on a sunny day, and really cold in winter months. Cloth is much nicer....My .02 thank you very much! Marty
blt2ski 07/29/16 06:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ford Super Duty Tech and Specs Revealed

How is this different in thread specs to other one re HP specs?!?!?!? Marty
blt2ski 07/27/16 10:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and Navistars new trucks .

Lighter.than 4200 chassis. Smaller cab, or at least different looking. Similar to how GM used to be between the 45/55 chassis and 65/75 chassis. Not as many engine granny options. Marty
blt2ski 07/25/16 08:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and Navistars new trucks .

They have a'm line down to 15k or there abouts to compete with.the.450/550's. If I needed to replace my 4600 it would be on the short list. Although I would probably probably still end up.with an equal to what I have a lo-pro class 6. Marty
blt2ski 07/25/16 01:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: time for new shoes...

Sperry has a.nice line up.of shoes.....Also ha e found.the.Asics tiger line to work well too if one needs lightweight shoes. Keeps for.sandals. Timberlands for boots....... Marty
blt2ski 07/25/16 01:00pm Tow Vehicles
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