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RE: F250 Towing capacities?

Payload and hitch weight. You use 1000-1500 lbs of payload for a 10,000 lb ball mount trailer. A 5w needs 2000-2500 for a 10,000 lb trailer. In a nutshell, one needs a truck with twice the payload to haul equal sized trailers. Been saying this this since I joined forum, no one takes it seriously. Marty
blt2ski 08/18/17 08:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Friction sway control for 30'er?

Jeremiah, Try losing a bar at 60 mph! been there done that. Did not notice for over 100 miles! Hence why I say, one should be able to tow with out issues at 60-65 mph with no sway! If a bar breaks on ANY of the systems, you trailer wants to sway due to too low hitch weight, nose high, v'd axels, too much weight on one side, too little air in tires on one side, among many issues that can cause sway......Lose a bar, you're screwed! I've been able to pull ALL of my trailers with out bars of any sort. Only time I had issues, is when they had too little hitch wt! BIG TRUCKS, ie a 12K empty truck with an 8K trailer behind it, loses the battle! I had to stay under 50. I've seen tandem flatbeds pulling tandem axel trailers with the trailer going side to side! too little hitch wt, and nose high! Very apparent. I'm not going to go taking a spare bar with me. If I need them that bad, I should not be towing that trailer! My 02 marty
blt2ski 08/14/17 10:29pm Towing
RE: Towing options now?

In the burbs, I've towed many miles with my old travel trailer and no sway too, altho most with a WD setup. I could tow it straight with no fishtail sway. Trucks and side winds pushed me sideways, as a unit mind you. Did that whether I had no bars, WD or at the end, I had a dual cam. I did notice no bars, in side winds, the trailer would rock side to side a bit more than just a WD setup, which was more than the dual cam. Other than that, if one can not tow ones rig at 60 mph, but has fishtail sway, or the trailer operates like a dog tail with a dog coming straight at you......you got problems! A sway control helps, but does not FIX the actual problem, It only hides or masks the issue. Glad you enjoyed the trip! Marty
blt2ski 08/14/17 10:18pm Towing
RE: Friction sway control for 30'er?

Make sure your weights ie hitch to axel weight % is good. Along with, is the trailer level to nose down etc. ALso, make sure the weights side to side are as close to equal as possible. ie no more than 200-300 maybe 500 max. More than 500 and pulled over in Wa st, that is a fine for incorrect loading. Also, if the trailer wants to sway no matter what you do, it could be V'd axels. That is not correctable with a sway system. Well, it might stop the sway per say, tires will rub, scrub, screw up mpgs etc. If the sway system breaks, your trailer will still sway. So get all the sway issues fixed before installing the sway system. Otherwise, no matter the trailer they have a tendency to sway. Including that equipment trailer with a bobcat, or add in the mini trackhoe on my ET at 12K total. Even a 12K empty Navistar dumptruck can get pushed around if the ET starts to sway due to incorrect loading. Marty
blt2ski 08/13/17 09:25pm Towing
RE: Pickup and trailer on scale

Thanks for the info!!! I think it's crazy in Washington, over 10k GVW being only 60mph. That means all new SRW 1 tons are limited to 60. It's also a question on truck speed limit with a small trailer. Some of what I have read says any vehicle with any trailer is limited to 60. That's nonsensical. Look it up, RCW46.xx.xx has those words. If pulling one of the passes, and it says rigs over 10K chains required. you're required to have chains on the truck and trailer if pulling one. If pulling a trailer, i believe you need chains, even if under 10K. Does not matter if the truck is a 4x or not. Its this way in many of the states surrounding us too. At least Idaho, Oregon and California have the same basic laws. with a few tweaks here and there. Marty
blt2ski 08/13/17 09:19pm Towing
RE: Pickup and trailer on scale

You should be paying tonnage now on your truck. Look to see what the green registration paper says under GVW. If it says 8000, that is ALL you are legal too. If 10000, again all you are legal too. To change it, next time you pay for you yearly tag, ask to have a 10K plate registration if you have 8000. About $15 more than you pay in tonnage now. Same going from 10-12K. Going from 12-14K, you get hit with a $75 or so DOT tax. Wouls suggest you not do that unless you really need too! The basic tonnage you have to pay for is tare/empty weight times 1.5, then go to the next higher ton. If you weigh 4700 like my reg cab C2500, I can register at 8000 lbs. My 96 crew cab was 6600, so it needed to be at 10K. IIRC I had it at 12K. Door sticker gvwr means squat here. Other than it being a performance warranty standard at dealership. Go over, they "COULD" deny you warranty coverage. Been pulled over in my Navistar dumptruck at 150% of door sticker wt, no over weight ticket. I did get a up my gvw by 2000 lbs with in 10 days, as I was 800 or so lbs over my 26K paid for registration. If you were to get pulled over in the 10,xxx lbs relm, my suspicion is, the same would happen to you, get a 12K plate if you had a 10K plate. Maybe the same if you have an 8K plate. The WSP enforces the Federal Bridge Law road bed design limit standards. Which is max 20K per axel, with at least 40" of tire width, or 500 lbs per inch width of tire. This is the engineered point load spec of the road, that LEO/CVEO's have to enforce. Door sticker means squat! Now if you were to run down the road at 20K lbs with current truck, about the max you could be with singles on a typical 25 series truck, or any pickup.....you would get taken off the road by a violation. It would not be weight driven per say. more like your brakes do not stop you within 25-30' from 25mph. That fine is WAY worst than an overweight ticket, along with it follows you on your driving record. Along with your truck gets red tagged and can not be driven to the nearest service facility. It gets flatbed hauled, or fixed at that site......not fun. Look up RCW 45.xx.xx for weight laws of Washington state. RCW 46 will relate to the speeds you can go with a trailer or over 10K gvw. Max of 60 mph no matter where you are! Reality is, going over the manufacture gvwr is legal.......remember, there are OTHER laws that might get you pulled off the road that hurt you worst! Marty
blt2ski 08/13/17 07:34pm Towing
RE: Pickup and trailer on scale

Yawn......did that for many miles in a 96 crew cab I had. i was usually loaded to around 9400-10000 lbs towing a 7000 lb travel trailer, with 4 kids, rack, canoe, cross bed tool box. Did not have any white knuckle issues, including coming down the pass from govenrment camp in 30-50 mph winds, with chains on truck and trailer. Timerline to Government camp was worst, 10% grade with the road being really slick! Make sure you have at least a 10K plate from Wa St, being as you are technically ove 10K, you should get a 12K plate, and you would be legal to 12K gvw. You do not really need a SW3500, but if you want one........ Marty
blt2ski 08/12/17 10:58am Towing
RE: Towing options now?

I did over 100K miles with an ext cab, then crew cab with my family of 6. Including when the 4 kids were adult size teens and we weighed in the 1100-1300 lbs range between the 6 of us! My twin sons are over 6' tall, daughtes at 5'9" and 5'10"........ Did I mention the crew cab had a 5 sp emanual tranny too! Having grown up in burb type rigs, family had a IHC Travel All, that back seat is not too comfortable! I do know another family that had 2 of there kids back there. Once 3 of the 4 kids got above 6'.......it worked, but was not great. Frankly, a 4x converted van would be best. You can get payload, towing power etc. Especially if you can get a Dmax in the van. Not sure Ford has a van with a decent towing motor in it any more. ALtho the Frod matchbox former U-Haul cargo van I have at work, has just under 4000 lbs of payload. So that chassis would handle a family of 6, with 600-900 or so lbs of hitch weight. Not sure the motors offered would let you get over a 6-7000 lbs trailer with family loaded. Marty
blt2ski 08/12/17 10:52am Towing
RE: Overweight Again....

IS THAT ALL! I was at 11,xxx coming out of a scale a year or so ago in my 2000 C2500.......drove not quite right......but, I got back to job site.... I weigh in truck about 5300-5400 lbs or so. 4800 literally empty! no rack etc. MartyThis self admitted blatant lawlessness and you're still permitted to be a moderator???:E :B Who.said I was illegal? The REAL weight police here in Washington st would allow me upwards of 19000 lbs properly distributed before getting an overweight citation, assuming I have a paid for 20k gvw plate. I would get a citation or two due to other violations, but from an over weight standpoint. NOT! Marty
blt2ski 08/08/17 03:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mountain Towing Advice

Imagine back in the day, with 3 at best trans gears, 200hp, maybe 350 lb ft of torque.......we got up and down them mountains...... At elevation, one loses 2-3% of the base HP your motor has if running a non turbo super charged motor. So if in Yellowstone at its highet point of 10,000', you are down some 20-30%. So you WILL go slower. The interstate grades are legally speaking, no more than 6 to a max for short stretches of 8%. Local roads on the other hand, Forest service roads are worst yet. These can get into the 20+% relm. Most new tow ratings only test to 12% max. so potentially, at max gcwr, you could stall out. probably not.....but then again. I personally would not trade in your truck on a diesel because you will go a bit slower. You will and can get to the higher elevations, ie above 6000' just fine with what you have. Safely and sanely no less. Many have done it before, at or over gcwr. As I was with my 88 K3500 ext cab, about 500 lbs over, and 2500 lbs over with my 96 K3500 with a TD. It outperformed the 454 BB in the 88, pulling the same trailer, 10 years later, kids were not adult in size......Same truck with a vortec 454 would have been under its ratings, same if it would have had an auto, the emanual was deducted 2000 lbs or so.....but I out performed everyone I knew with the POS 4L80E! With that in mind, enjoy the trip! Marty
blt2ski 08/07/17 10:24pm Towing
RE: Overweight Again....

IS THAT ALL! I was at 11,xxx coming out of a scale a year or so ago in my 2000 C2500.......drove not quite right......but, I got back to job site.... I weigh in truck about 5300-5400 lbs or so. 4800 literally empty! no rack etc. Marty
blt2ski 08/07/17 09:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Firestone Transforce GT tires

I got 70K on a work van driving on interstates and 2 lane state hwys mostly. Not much city type driving. did pretty good on dry, rain wetted roads. not great for snow, slush or wet dirt/mud type environments. Doubt the AT version is much better. Don, which Cooper did you have? I've had a number of the AT Coopers, no issues, a set of CTD's before they quit making that style. Not impressed with the 19.5" traction on my dumptruck a number of years back......otherwise, I am happy with that brand of tires. Had 40 on different trucks, trailers etc when I had a few more running down the road than I do now. marty
blt2ski 08/06/17 11:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best type/brand/size tire on your tow vehicle??

Make sure the tires are round, have the tread pattern that suits you needs and wants..........make sure they are not michiblows! My 02 to this subject........ marty
blt2ski 08/06/17 11:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is it just me, or is something wrong with my truck?

Nutz, You know as well as I know, reality is, you need both torque and HP to get a load going etc. The formula's I have that tell me how fast one can go, are HP based. While I am sure I could use torque per say......I do not know that formula. That formula has factors for tire type, tread type, tire active radius, road bed type, frontal area, along with a factor for aerodynamics etc. Plug all these numbers into the formula, it tells you HP needed! On the other hand, if you want to do how steep of a grade I can pull, that is torque multiplication oriented. Again, I need the tire type and tread, road surface, trans gear(s) and axel ratio. Then if one has one, a transfer case ratio. Using these formulas, lets me know if I have steep grade somewhere, and need to move 20K plus lbs, I use the Navistar dumptruck, with its whopping 330 lb ft of torque vs my now sold dmax with 620 lb ft of torque. The gearing behind the Dmax sucked. I could only pull a 24-25% grade at 20K lbs, yet the Navistar could do 30K up a 30+% grade. A 4% freeway grade, the 320HP dmax left the navistar with 175hp behind assuming equal weight! You probably know a few things, maybe even a lot on some things I do not know. Figuring out what a truck will or will not do, is not to hard from the formulas I have to work with, along with a few rigs that stalled out on grades when reality, they should not have. Oh, the new towing specs suck! Better to not have them, than now with them. They still do not let me know if I can pull the local 20-30% grade side roads and driveways I pull at what weight! 12% yes, 20+ no. Marty
blt2ski 08/06/17 08:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is it just me, or is something wrong with my truck?

Some HP needed numbers I figure out a few years back. at 15K gcw, one needs about 100-150 hp to go 60 mph down the freeway on a level. Specifically 115 if you have 70 sqft of frontal area, and 135 if you have 90 sq ft. These numbers can vary as high as 30% depending upon the aerodynamics of the unit, along with tire type, tread etc. Change the wt to 25K, and 70 sq ft, you need the same 135hp as the 15K 90 sw ft setup! Going up hills, to hold that 60 mph, one needs and additional 40-45hp per percent slope. So to pull a 6% grade, you need not only the 100-150 hp mentioned for the level. But an additional 240-270 hp to pull the grade. So 340-420hp. As much or more than most of us have. Reality is, on the steeper interstate 5-8% grade, holding 60 which is typical over 10K/pulling a trailer speed limit, you will probably be going less than 60. not by much if geared correctly, but still slower. I also used to get better mileage pulling my equipment trailer which was around 18K total and 70 sw ft, vs the travel trailer at 15K/90 sq ft. Pulled my ET with a mini trackhoe at 15K to eastern Washington, pulled the grades over I90 snoqualmie usually a gear tall and 5-7 mph faster due to lower wind resistance. Not to mention 1.5 mpg better! TO say weight is an issue is true, but as noted, aerodynamics can be a bigger factor, NOT taken into account by most tow ratings. Or people on here. As far as OP goes, I' guessing something is not operating as it should. I can accelerate as well or better than you with my C2500 4.10's and a 4L80E 4 spd trans and a 255HP vortec 350. Granted my truck weighs 4800 lbs out the factory door. But I did get an 18K load going up a 2-3% grade from a stop to 45 in the gear below direct at 45mph or so. about 4000 rpm. Took half a mile......not sure to many of us would be doing that much better.......... Marty
blt2ski 08/06/17 10:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is it just me, or is something wrong with my truck?

If 2500 is a long box crew cab, figure base at of truck is a minimum 1000 to 1500 lbs heavier. So it may very well have a lower HP per ton ratio. So it could be slower. My navigator dump truck is was slow vs my pickups. It was lower in HP. But the gearing and torque multiplication allowed it to go up steeper grades without stalling vs pickups. The new truck is probably overall a better truck. Acceleration, may be lower, the rest of its abilities are better. Marty
blt2ski 08/05/17 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Receives Certification for EcoDiesel

Bionic man, I can understand your point. But, to tote a light medium to light trailer, add in a family, you need 2000 lbs with a 7000 lb trailer. Doable with a heavy DOT left class 2 truck. IE 6001-8400 lbs. A regular cab that is 4800-5200 tare could carry the 2-3000 lbs I mentioned, yet pull what is a heavy light to medium trailer in today's world of 6-10,000 lbs. I've noticed at least looking at GMs, the basic reg cab truck is in the upper 5000 lb range, vs my 2000 @ 4800 tare. Yeah they have 1000 lbs more gvwr.....but still about 2 tons of payload. Frankly, for what I am needing, a 7500-8000 gvwr rig with the 4.3 V8 gm has, 6 so trans, at least 3.73 or 4.10 gears, I'm in great shape. The eco boost/diesel options would also be good motors for me pulling 6-8000 lb trailers. No not the fastest rig around, I would get places safe and sanely. Hence why I was asking. Marty
blt2ski 08/04/17 02:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Receives Certification for EcoDiesel

Can one get this motor in a reg cab 1500 work truck interior? with a reasonable higher payload 2-3000 lbs? Marty
blt2ski 08/04/17 11:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Digging Into the Timeless Question, “Which Oil is Better?”

My only comment is, oil then (when you were in high school) and now are 2 different animals. Back then it was mostly base oil stocks, now it's synthetics with a much more advanced additive package. Most lawnmower engine bun oil as thy age because they have no cylinder liners. Pot metal blocks and parts don't equal longevity. Briggs (like the Rv industry) uses the cheapest available components. Why I like Pred motors. Cheaply built but cheap to buy too. Living in a disposa-society, it's just as easy to replace than repair. I could tell you horror stories about what Fiat-Chrysler does to build their automotive engines, but that is another story for another time. Lets just say the everything is lowest cost and heat treat technology works wonders for junk metal. Back out of HS, and when I started in the landscape maintenance biz, I would agree on Brigs motors. THey soon had to compete with Honda, Suzuki, to name two I have switched off too. Todays Brigs motors are better than before, just as a car/truck engine is better than back in the late 70's to early 80's. Oil and filtration is better too! Marty
blt2ski 07/28/17 10:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Back into a truck

Ian, My c2500 w 410 gears, 245 75-16 rubber does 2600 @60mph tc locked. 3000 unlocked in direct. Assuming you have 265-70-17 rubber, you should be about 300 or 600 r's below me depending on 3.73 or 3.42 gears. I'm at 1800 in od final drive 3.08. Also assuming you have a 4l80. 6l90 screws things up a bit. As 4th is a 105 or some such thing. Not direct.
blt2ski 07/22/17 04:06pm Tow Vehicles
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