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RE: Updated Duramax numbers released

I locked one of these threads the other day due to someone fishing......or is that trolling.......Will this be number 2?!?!?!? Marty
blt2ski 09/28/16 07:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax is king of the mountain again

I locked one of these threads the other day due to someone fishing......or is that trolling.......Will this be number 2?!?!?!? Marty
blt2ski 09/28/16 07:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Life Article about GCWR...etc.

For those that want to discuss braking. LEO's have a way of testing the brakking system of you truck and trailer in the field. Fail ANY of the perimeters, you are impounded on the side of the road, or towed off the road on a flatbed etc to a repair yard. Then the WSP has to come to the site and verify repairs have been done correctly. You may want to have seperate house and brake batteries. If your house batteries are below 11.8V after spending the night somewhere, you will have a failed braking system! You then sit there idling the batteries with your truck motor, or a genset until they reach a min of 11.8V. Along with a fine for having the braking battery being too low. If you cannot stop the whole combo from 10mph on a level with in IIRC 25', Your braking system is in failure. You get a fine! no driving the unit until properly braked and or fixed! From a start in 1st gear, with the ebrake cord pulled on the trailer, you need to start moving. If the trailer does not hold the TV, or ALL the tires are not locked up while moving, your trailer has a failed braking system. You get a fine, trailer is red tagged impounded on the side of the road where it sits. If you have a trailer that is moving side to side more than 12", an leo can pull you over for a safety infraction, impound you on the side of the road until the sway issue is fixed/solved. Trust me, LEO/CVEO's can get you off the road if you are a safety issue! Weight/manufactures ratings are NOT the thing that will pull you off the road! some of the other things I have mentioned will. Even the over the axel ratings that I mentioned earlier, you could go over them by paying a non-moving violation fine, ie what the damage to the road will be tax, and keep moving...... LOOK UP the rules in your state. I have done this, been to numerous class's put on by WSP CVEO's to make sure my business trucks, person use etc is legal! Manufacture limits are ONLY a warranty item only as far as the LEO/CVEO's in Washington state are concerned! Wadcutter, a poster on here that is a retired CVEO, will also tell you, manufacture limits mean nothing from a weight standpoint. As will other LEO's and CVEO's that have posted here. CIVIL court, again, all bets are off! Marty
blt2ski 09/13/16 08:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Life Article about GCWR...etc.

As noted by Chris, Washington state patrol does not follow manufactures ratings when enforcing weight limits. Many other states are the same! Been pulled over at 150% of the "GVWR" per manufacture, weighed, no overweight ticket, as I was under the Federal Bridge laws for tire axel capacities that the "ROAD BED" was designed to handle. Weight laws from an LEO standpoint ONLY protect the engineer designed road bed limitation from a lbs per inch/foot standpoint, Hence the wording of "Bridge" in the law. Ie spreading the load across a given area so road and literal bridges will not buckle under due to the vehicle point loading from the tires. The LEO ONLY cares if you have enough "PAID FOR" tax to use the roads from the damage your load is doing to the road bed. This is the generally speaking "LEGAL" aspect. If you want to talk from a civil court case......as many people know, Including BenK has mentioned in many posts, ANYTHING can go! the what is convictable has a lower bar to cross over. Might be willing to say a MUCH lower bar! NONE of you from an rv perspective has to worry about the LEO enforced limits, ASSUMING you are following manufactures limits......again, generally speaking. If you put 25K on an axel rated at 25K lbs, then weighed, you will probably get an over load ticket of 5000 lbs, since the FBL's has a axel limit of 20K lbs per axel, or if less than IIRC 10 to 12' distance center to center, it is 34K lbs. There are some other max wt per axel etc limitations, but from an RV standpoint, again, no one will have to deal with those limits. Remember the OJ case, not guilty in legal court, guilty in civil court. IMHO, should have been guilty in both! Marty
blt2ski 09/13/16 08:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Regrets

Murderator says OP is asking the WRONG questions, it trolling.....does not know real deal...... SO, with this in mind, OP can ask it in a legitimate manner, ie Ram 3500 with Cummins and aisin tranny. Even this GM dude will say it is a good combo. Some senses better than the Dodge built 6 sp. Others, the dodge might be better. Otherwise yes by a GM! marty
blt2ski 09/07/16 07:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Planning to tow 7500 pounds with Ram 6.4...ok??

Hell I pull 10000 with my 5.7 Ram and have no problems maintaining 70 on all but the steepest hills. No one has said anything about maintaining a given speed. Just no issues. Slowing down for some of us on 3-5% freeway grades and shifting out of OD to direct or the gear below is a common and expected outcome from towing a trailer, depending upon the size. For me, this is no issues! Yes I can pull 12K with my truck. But on a 3% grade, I am going 45 mph or so in 2nd, ie gear below direct in the 4000 rpm relm. Sons truck was also in the 4000-5000 rpm relm doing mid 50's. For some, said rpm relm is out of the question. Others, truck/engine is doing what it is supposed to do/react etc. So no issues! marty
blt2ski 09/02/16 12:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1956 F100 what can it pull?

Towing heavy vs light depends upon the class/gvw of the truck. A 4000 gvwr truck, towing heavy might be a 6000 lb trailer, where as light might be 1000 lbs. A class 3 or 1 ton, light might be a 6000 lb trailer, heavy 15-20K trailer! A class 8 light might be said 15-20K trailer, heavy is over 100K lbs of trailer...... Heavy to a corvette, might literally be a 1000 lb trailer, or a Harley/Honda goldwing! Marty
blt2ski 09/02/16 12:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Planning to tow 7500 pounds with Ram 6.4...ok??

I've pulled 12K with my 2000 GM C2500 with a 255HP 5.7! If I can do that.....a 6.4 with what, 50% more hp, more torque........ Then my son pulled my truck a week or so ago sunday 60 miles when I lost the fuel pump on a car hauler. Total 7500 lbs. He has 1500 with 3.42 gears and a 290hp or so 4.8L V8! Your worried about this because Y?!?!?!?!?!? Marty
blt2ski 09/01/16 06:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Still can't decide between DRW or SRW?

Here the Puget sound region, I am seeing more and more OTR rigs with SS tires than years past. Still low compared to duals, but in high single digit percentages. If I could have gotten a SS equal for my 05 GM dually, or my 92 navistar with dual 225 19.5s in the rear, I would! But from running lr h 245s on the front, I've had 10-11k on front axle with no issues. Assuming at max psi of iirc 120 lbs. No real sidewall squat etc. Marty
blt2ski 08/30/16 10:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1956 F100 what can it pull?

The BIG reason for a turbo even if a smaller one, is elevation loss, or lack of. A turbo can keep your sea level HP to around 10K', then it starts to lose the typical 2-3%hp per 1000' elevation gain as a NA setup does from the get go. You're down some 20-30% at 10K with out a turbo. Not saying what is right or wrong, but a turbo makes sense if you will be at higher elevations. As does the gear vender for the reasons posted by many. Marty
blt2ski 08/30/16 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Still can't decide between DRW or SRW?

"IF" I can get a sw with the same gawr as a dw, I will take the single ALL the time. In reality, it has more net cargo capacity, generally speaking better mpg's, traction, braking ability etc. I've noticed no difference in towing when I have had a DW and a single with the same rating. Otherwise, take the one that suits you best! Marty
blt2ski 08/30/16 07:12am 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 08/26/16 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
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