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RE: Survey says... 1T for 5th wheel & 3/4T for BP Toyhauler

That link by shinerbock says what I thought it would. No reference to manufacture ratings. Similar wording to here in WaSt 're RCW45. That this states weight laws and how enforced etc. All pickups be them used commercial or personal only pay/buy tonnage in 2000 lb increments. Base amount is tare time 150 percent to next higher ton. If your rig empty is 7000-7500 lbs, that is 10500-11250, rounded up to 12,000 registered gvw. You are legal to that give assuming you paid the tonnage, and your tire widths times 500 lbs is greater than you weigh. Or 20k for a single axle, 34000 for tandem as noted. There are a few other exceptions per say. Also as noted, if you do as I have with my C2500, my paid for registration is 8000 lbs. If I run down the road at good sticker 8600 gvw, I am overweight by 600 lbs. I've been pulled over in rigs 150 percent of manufacturers gvwr, but under FBL limits and paid for registration. I have no overweight tickets in my name, or company name. Gcwr or its many variations, is not a legal number of any sort. Only in that the axles will be added up for max you can run down the road at, using formulas mentioned for max enforced loads. The loads enforced by leo/cveo types, is max point load the road cab handle before road is damaged. THIS is the weight law enforced. Not the manufacture warranty/performance ratings. Marty
blt2ski 06/22/17 09:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Survey says... 1T for 5th wheel & 3/4T for BP Toyhauler

I'm also waiting for someone to.show me in both federal and state laws etc, where I have to follow the numbers on my door sticker. Marty
blt2ski 06/22/17 01:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Large family tow vehicle

Ford has had 7 lug axles on the 8400gvw badged 25/35 series rigs and up for a few years
blt2ski 06/22/17 01:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Frontal area for travel trailers

I believe, do not quote me, but the new tow specs are probably 30 square ft per sae, 60 for full sized rigs. Reality is, if this is the case, EVERYONE is over ratings! Martu
blt2ski 06/20/17 07:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Frontal area for travel trailers

How much HP? Trans? And gear ratio do you have. My son has pulled upwards of 5k with his Toyota 4 banger. It has 175HP. 5 so manual. Not sue if gears, std, taller than would like. It gets job done. Not fastest.on road. Does have to let.motor rev to get proper HP. Marty
blt2ski 06/20/17 03:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Frontal area for travel trailers

SOmething to think about... At 60 mph, adding 3 sq ft of frontal area, needs the same HP increase as adding 1000 lbs of weight driving on a level ground. Adding 30 sq ft, is the same additional HP as around 10000 lbs of weight! Weight is not the ONLY enemy you have for HP needs. I've gotten better MPG's pulling an equipment trailer at 18K gcw than I did pulling my TT at 15K lbs. TT had 90sqft total frontal area, ET was less than 60 sq ft. The TT needed the same HP at 60 mph as a 25K rig with 60 sq ft. Hills the additional HP per 1 percent grade was more for the heavier rig, as that is HP that is needed. Wieght in this case is more important number to know for final HP needed to go up said grade. Marty
blt2ski 06/20/17 07:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: How much wind is dangerous?

I don't need to know the wind speed....I can feel when it's too much through my hands on the steering wheel. X10 The first time I 'feel' any push from any type of wind I pull off the road. IMHO There is no sense to the attitude to prove that one can drive thru anything. It simply is just not safe for you AND others around you on the road. So do you quite driving in winds above 20 mph? I've felt those winds driving......Then again, not sure what the cross winds were going over the columbia river on I205 many years ago, other than most of us moved a half of a lane to the left/west. Cars, semi's, myself with a 24' travel trailer.....I moved as one unit with a sway/wd system attached... As noted by many, how strong will depend upon many things, going into, with, sidways, gusty vs steady. Some places like in the mid west, it seems to be ALWAYS blowing 20-30 mph! You feel it too! Should I quit driving because I feel it? or keep going at a slower pace so that it does not effect me as much..... No right or wrong answer to this question. For me, over 50-60 mph steady, will be stopped, hopefully someplace quieter than not. Marty
blt2ski 06/15/17 08:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Right size truck ???

One can be safe in an undersized rated truck, just as one can be unsafe per say in an over rated truck. Depending upon how you drive, how the loads are placed. Are the loads balanced or not. I've seen tandem Axel trucks not handling swaying trailers behind them because the trailer was loaded asset heavy! The trailers appeared within ratings. I've had my 12k empty MDT dump truck get tossed around by my equipment trailer loaded to 8k of its total 12 gvw. Because a bobcat was loaded too far aft. Being under a rating(s) does NOT mean you are safe! Marty
blt2ski 06/15/17 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Right size truck ???

Must be the same reason in gusty winds you see 18 wheelers on there sides in gusty cross winds! Marty
blt2ski 06/14/17 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Payloads- Seriously|||

Cummins, Yes you could just the fronts, assuming the rim width is within spec for a wider tire. I ran 245-75-16s on the front of my GM dually, with the stock 215-85-16s on the rear. Drove better IMHO too. I had 6.5" rims iirc. I would not go to a 265 or wider with that rim. You need a 7, better yet 7.5" rim for 265s. My rig was 4ad too. Tire Siam difference was the same at 30.6" iirc. Marty
blt2ski 06/12/17 08:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel mpg's

Lighter and more aerodynamic you can make it, the better off you are. That includes as smooth of sidewalls etc you can get. Look at what some of the semi's are doing right now, many are gaining upwards of 10 percent with some of the items they add to the base truck, to make the aerodynamics better. Will this pay off for some of all of us as RV users.....maybe......one needs to figure out how much fuel you save, over a given amount of time, and will the cost make a savings in the miles I drive. I personally would look for a 2-3 maybe a 4 year ROI on the item added. If it does not return all of the $$ spent, and then some. not worth it. Speed is usually the best factor, ie 60-62 in as low of rpm reasonable nets best mpg. ALso tires and type can add mpg's. I would suggest checking out articles from some of the medium to heavy duty truck sites, magazines etc to see what is working best, getting the best roi etc. With this in mind, these drivers/trucks are usually doing 70-100K miles a year. So the ROI is way sooner than some RV'rs that might do 10-20K max per year. Marty
blt2ski 06/11/17 06:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3500 single axle or 2500? Any difference?

If you are like any and ALL other scapers I know of.....One is best off getting the heaviest chassis you can for the job or task. Do not ask HOW or WHY I know this. Especially since you will be putting an insert in the bed. That usually removes 1000-1500 lbs of payload. Of course you could just make the standard bed into a dump too! This works to a point for maintenance work. But if you do construction, a load of gravel, rockery rock, soil etc on the heavier side, will destroy the dump unit and bed it self. Flat beds are better options from this standpoint. Especially some of the recent designs using Starboard for the bed. That is a plastic lumber. Lighter and stronger than wood, will not rot etc. Altho a steel bed has advantages too! IIRC from pricing out both models recently, you have one axel ratio option, 4.10, 4.10, or 4.10. With or with out the Eaton locker. Not sure why one would want one with out......that is another story. 4.33's would be my preferred option,even with the newer 6 sp with a 4.10 first gear vs 2.48 for the POS 4L80E derivatives. From an RA standpoint itself.....frankly, either the 10.5 or 11.5 will work just fine. Have had both, no issues with either. Have blown up the 9.5 semi floating once. Have yet to blow up a 10.5 or 11.5! My 02 from 40 years scaping! Marty
blt2ski 06/11/17 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 F450

Tom, You are correct in the.general thinking of do not go over an axle weight per lowest denominator, be it rims, tires, springs, axle tube itself. Those numbers from a pickup standpoint, will be less than max legal limits as noted. Also, what is paid for can trump too. My C2500 has a door sticker of 8600, axles total around 10,000, tire width measurement gives me around 9500 an axle, but paid for license is 8000 lbs. Reality is, any.time I am over 8000 lbs on. My four tires, I am over weight and illegally running down the road. Choose poison on how to do things. Keep all of the how and what you have to follow in mind. So you are both safe, and legal! Marty
blt2ski 06/05/17 10:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 F450

Nineback, Prudence is one thing, legal is another. Just about any rig with.a single due Axelrod is legal to 20,000 on that Axel. Not saying smart in the case of most 35 series trucks...... A sing tire pickup with typically 9-12" tires, will be over weight in the 9,000-12,000 lb range. Again, the weight cops enforce max load the road can handle, is designed for etc. They do not enforce manufacture warranty performance specs. I've been pled over in most with 17000-19000 on manufacture capacity of 12000 on rear axel, no over weight ticket, as y tire widths totaled more than 20000, I was under 20000, and paid for licence was higher than I weighed. I was paying my.share of road tax for the.damage I was doing to the road. That is what is enforced! Marty
blt2ski 06/05/17 08:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Required diesel additive for all new trucks

And it may be on the way out to be replaced by something else! The scientist are starting to think the disappearing bee population " may" be a result of DEF usage. Only a theory for now but the timing kinda fits? Yep "the disappearing bee population" doesn't have anything to do with the pesticides and weed killers we spray on our lawns and have been for the last 40 years right? Reduced food for the bees and pesticides are to blame not DEF. But I'm sure if you looked at the funding for this so called science you will find names like DuPont, Monsanto, Scott's and the like. I grew up on a farm and the farmer (we didn't farm) behind us would have his field crops dusted. Killed the five honey bee hives that he had alongside his field. This happened three years in a row until he stopped having his fields dusted. Don Don, What is kinda funny about your post, is how many folks I run into upon occasion wish DDT was still available as an insecticide! While not a farmer as you mention, more of an urban farmer horticulturist for the last 40 years, I have seen the damage by pesticides. DDT is one that I am personally glad is not around. We have bald eagles, herrons, and many other larger birds that were being killed via DDT, as they were eating insects sprayed with, not dead, smaller animals that ate the insects etc that had been sprayed with DDT. That went into system, mad their egg shells too thin, young did not live/survive in the egg stage. I realize I am using the term funny about post, reality is, it is not funny ha ha! To more funny that you are saying the same basic thing I am saying....... Then there was the client that was mad I would not put diazanon on his lawn because some crane flies were flying around having sex, laying eggs........contact insecticides do not work on the ground when adults are in the air! lost a client over that one! Marty
blt2ski 06/04/17 11:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 F450

You're right Chris, as you know, base license is tare wt time 1.5 to the next highest ton. Manufactures warranty rating is just that, a warranty rating. Or in the case of the tow specs, a performance spec as to if it will climb a given percent grade in first and revers, hold a given percent grade with ebrake on, how fast on a given freeway grade percentage and not go below X mph...... Yep, all one has to do to not get an overweight ticket on the highway, is have enough paid for license tag. Along with meeting the items I mentioned above. You will not get an overweight ticket from someone in a scale house, portable rig, who've I've had the most pullovers from, weighed etc. Marty
blt2ski 06/04/17 11:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 F450

If you are over on your rear axle then I think that would be reason for concern if you were ever checked. I understand the "checkers" look at tire ratings and axle ratings. Tom the way things are going in Ma I wont be sureprised when they require people to have their RV's inspected along with the truck. Once they start doing that do you think it is so far away that they start weighing them? I almost got failed this year because my truck didn't have wheel chocks. As long as you have the tonnage to cover the weight on your 4 or 6 tires you will be fine. I need 16K to be "legal" with my actual scale weight. I am under FAWR slightly over RAWR and under my GCWR. http://i.imgur.com/jfk1DkYl.jpg The scale folks due.check tire and axle capacities. 500 lbs per inch width of tire, up to 20k per ax with enough tire width, and 34k if the axles are closer than around 10' iirc. They do not look at tire sidewalls, as they can not see the sidewall spec from inside weigh scale shacks. They enforce the road bed design max load spec, NOT the engineer design spec from the manufacture. Cummins 12v is legal, would not get an overweight ticket as loaded that day.at the cat scale. I've been pulled over at 150 percent of manufacture give, I have yet to get an overweight ticket as I was under paid for license weight. Marty
blt2ski 06/04/17 06:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Correct Truck

Jim who!?!?!????:b:b
blt2ski 06/03/17 07:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bison electric truck

THe max tow specs have a max of 12percent grade. 21 is pretty good. My 6.5 TD would out pull mydmax my 5 percent at 20K lbs. All due to better gearing in the trans, rear axel, and torque multiplication! My navistar with a similar sized HP/Torque motor to the 6.5, can do 30K up a low 30 percent grade. The Dmax on the other hand, up a 3 percent freeway grade, due to 150+ percent more HP, would go faster. But if there was a 30 percent grade at the end, the 6.5, and navistar would make it to the camp ground if all three were loaded to 20K GVW or GCW! The dmax would stall out before getting there. marty
blt2ski 06/02/17 09:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Correct Truck

GROUP HUG!!! Jim Good to see you back Jim.... Who's Jim?!?!?!?!????? marty I KNOW you haven't forgotten laid back, introverted me Marty;) Jim :b:b
blt2ski 06/02/17 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
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