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RE: Too much tongue weight

Once I get the Harley on front bumper, she'll be level! Marty Did I really phat thumb this comment from fone?
blt2ski 08/03/15 06:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody regret buying too much truck?

Buy the truck with payload, power, seating capacity etc, to fit YOUR needs. Do not worry about what others think. Ive owned one of the original midget Toyotas, great truck. Up to a visit lopro MDT. Also a great tuck. Worst truck, a 1 ton GM cab and cases. I digress. When all of my trucks have been operated within general design perimeters, they have done well. Otherwise, they sucked. With that, I am glad I do not drive my 05 CC really any more. Now drive a rag cab 25 series red with a sb gas. Works great for what I need a truck to do. Too big can be a hastel. As can too small Marty
blt2ski 08/03/15 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler Ram recall

With this, all can figure out what they want to say, I will agree with HVAC. If they go under, that is bad. As they are big enough, they will take a supplier or two or three with them. we are just recouping from 1929 crash version 2008 sorta kinda....... With that, Ive put in my 02 not that 02 is worth much, time to find lock key. Marty
blt2ski 08/01/15 12:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Three kids, 2 dogs, TT, choices.

WHen these questions come up re dogs in rv trailer. The Dogs WILL let you know there answer. I had 2 malamutes. Usually they rode in the bed in crates. One trip it was 100-105F outside. I put crates over the axel of trailer, put them in there. Checked on them at next rest stop. They were asleep, and did not want out of the crates. Put them there for many more trips. They went into crates without a fuss etc. If they are happy and show it in the trailer, put them there! With four kids, my ext then crew cab trucks were full of people, no room for 120-150 lbs dogs. One does what one will do with them to keep them safe, sound, happy etc. marty
blt2ski 07/31/15 06:51am Towing
RE: Yes I did it, 2015 F-150 and 35 foot TT

Jeremiah, A little incorrect on the 3000+ lbs of payload. You linked the max camper load. Which from most manufactures, you need to add in the number of seat belt times 150 lbs to the max camper load to get actual "payload"! Taking the highest camper load at 2800 lbs for a reg cab 4x4, plus 3 people at 450 lbs equals 3250 lbs of total payload. So 50 lbs shy of the max listed....Close enough for my rear end any how! If ford is not using 150 lbs per person, but say 160-170, we would be in the 3300 lbs ball game. One has to know which numbers to look at, and how they add up etc. marty
blt2ski 07/29/15 10:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Payload capacity: Includes 150 lb driver? Fuel? Or neither?

My 2000 and 05 GM's, the door sticker less gvwr equals this sticker. The glove box sticker, camper load Plus 900 for 05 de cc, and +450 for rag cab 2000 equals door sticker payload. Ive sold the 05. I'm an hour and a ferry.ride across Puget sound to the 2000. To verify numbers. But payload sticker is 38cd lbs. 8600 less this is 4800, which is what all other stuff says truck should weigh, along with me weighing it as such. 05 was base at at 7300, payload sticker was 4100 totalling 11400 gvwr of truck. Marty
blt2ski 07/29/15 06:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 245/70r19.5 on stock f550 wheels

If my figures are correct....you do not drop much. A 4.88 to 4.73 or so. A gear swap in reality might be better option depending upon how much lower you want motor to run at say 60 mph. Along with how tall your highest gear in trans is. a drop to say 4.33's might be better in the long run. Along with the taller tires that I figured was a drop of about 3% vs the 4% in belows post. Editing this to fix phat thums on smart phone and blankety blank blank auto correct! Marty
blt2ski 07/29/15 06:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Now for the "rest of the story"

Poor me is just waking up on the left coast......... Thank you for clarification Don. Hopefully this does not go toooooo crazy. Marty
blt2ski 07/29/15 07:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Yes I did it, 2015 F-150 and 35 foot TT

To the OP, please be safe on the road until you up grade to a 3/4 ton truck. Ken It feels like someone needs to ask "After he gets a 3/4 ton truck does he no longer need to be safe on the road?" The only real potential issue I see with current truck. Is the HW part is the sales brochure amount. Not an actual amount. Which may be higher by 100-200 lbs depending upon how the OP is loaded. Yeah it puts him above gvwr for the truck. but probably not above the axel ratings..... So is he safe or not? I guess that depends upon ones definition. Ive spent many miles over the gvwr, but under axel wt limits, I've spent many miles over gcwr, which if you really look at the J2087 specs, is nothing more than a how fast one can go, accelerate etc, ie performance spec. With that in mind, yeah dad's 350 might pull it better, then again, maybe not! I know my 3/4 ton would pull better than an older one ton I had, better than my mdt.....Handle the trailer wt tho, would be the worst. BUT, any of these rigs could end up in the ditch of the trailer is loaded wrong, some kind of natural occurrence happens...... marty
blt2ski 07/28/15 10:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Good, now I can buy a newer Cummins at a lower price

Three, two, one and bingo, your thread will be gone :B I'm the OP of the 300K truck buyback thread that had a link to an article about the buyback. Last time I looked, the thread had about 50 posts, and then the thread disappeared into thin air. We are not allowed to post important news articles here that may be important to forum members, or did my thread got out of control?
blt2ski 07/28/15 08:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Payload capacity: Includes 150 lb driver? Fuel? Or neither?

The camper load sticker in the glove box on the other hand, should add up to the payload sticker. BUT you need to add # of seat belts times 154lbs to the camper load to get total payload. Marty iirc, on all my trucks the camper # is a little chunk lower than payload #. As noted, my camper has been hoards of 900 lbs lower than payed. Ie 6 seatbelts times 150 = 900. Hence why camper is less than payload by as you say, a Chunk if you have a 6 passenger crew cab. Marty
blt2ski 07/28/15 05:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Payload capacity: Includes 150 lb driver? Fuel? Or neither?

For the ones I have owned, it has been the empty truck of humans etc, but a full tank of fuel and other fluids etc as BUILT in the factory. If you have since added a spray in liner, running guards, hitch if not equiped from factory etc, this will take away from this number. The camper load sticker in the glove box on the other hand, should add up to the payload sticker. BUT you need to add # of seat belts times 154lbs to the camper load to get total payload. Marty
blt2ski 07/27/15 11:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW or DRW??

https://imageshack.com/i/4jk35etrailerj If that photo works, that was one finner driving too. ANd the trailer weighs what the gcwr of the truck is. 12500 lbs! Truck was way under axel limits, trailer is close.......otherwise, pulled straight as an arrow. Marty
blt2ski 07/27/15 10:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW or DRW??

A reg cab sw rig will be with in a few hundred, ie 100-300 lbs of total payload of a crew cab dw setup. So reality is, if one wants a sw rig, you may have to go with a reg or ext cab vs a crew cab so you have the payload one needs. With that in mind, generally speaking, a longer WB will be more comfortless towing than going to a heavier chassis. At the end of the day, it is not about which chassis you get, but one that will handle the the total load you are going to carry, then has the drive train spec to meet your expected ride comfort, speed up hills, ability to handle a given size trailer behind on down hills. Downhill ability is more important to me than how fast up hill! Marty
blt2ski 07/27/15 06:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Transmission struggling

If it is a 4l80e, I am surprised it has that many miles on it doing towing duty. I usually only get 30K with 5-8K mile fluid, and every other change a full flush of the TC. While a lot of folks think that trans is a great towing trans, it is in reality, one of the worst ones out there. It has the tallest first gear of an auto trans, so it really has to work to get a load going. Marty
blt2ski 07/27/15 06:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Passed a Tacoma pulling an approx 26'-27' TT

It's amazing to me the loads people think they can tow. Just because it has a hitch does not mean it can tow anything. When I see one of those, I try to stay far, far away, lest "the big wreck" happen next to me. You mean like the Dodge 2500 I saw a number of years ago with one of the Fummins deezal motors towing a 5w that had the back end swinging from side to side the whole lane width. Front end of trailer was raised up, hence the uncontrolled sway. I've seen a tandem axel flatbed truck, Kenworth that had a tandem axle tip bed that was going haywire down the freeway at speeds more than 55 mph. Incorrect trailer loading on that rig too. It is not just the little rigs that are unsafe with improper loading techniques. Both of the rigs I mentioned, were well under gvwr and gawr's of the rigs in question. Marty
blt2ski 07/27/15 11:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is the risk of exceeding payload?

Here some info from a guy that makes a living giving towing advice. Towing The one false thing about the article, is the legal mumbo jumbo. It is NOT a required law that I or anyone use a WD if over the hitch limit. IE an LEO will not ticket you. On the other hand, if in an accident, nothing illegal is found, a CIVIL case may be brought up, in which case, this can be a hit against you. Marty
blt2ski 07/26/15 09:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Opinions On 2016 Nissan Titan w/5.0 Cummins Diesel?

True half ton per US DOT class 1 trucks, under 6000 lbs DOT clas 22 or 3/4 ton, light duty 8001-8400 lbs, follows same cafe rules as dot 1 DOT HD class 2, 8401-10000 lbs DOT class 3 or 1 ton, 100001-14K DOT class 4, 14001-16500 DOT class 5, 16501-19500 So reality is, MOST half tons on the road with 5 or 6 lugs, are light duty 3/4 tons. Including the almight yota tundra! and my sons 1500 checy with a 7200 gvwr. Even the other sons Toyouta Tacoma, has a gvwr just over 6000 lbs IIRC, so it is a 3/4 ton per the US DOT. Both sons trucks are licensed at 8000 lbs gvw. As Ben said, blurred lines any one?!?!?!?!?!??? marty
blt2ski 07/26/15 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is the risk of exceeding payload?

The question will be, what will be considered overweight? will it me manufacture warranty numbers? or the road bed design limit numbers? if the latter, there are very few pickups near that number, nor will there ever be for the most part. Even those that have no issues at being at the axel limits, but over gvwr will not be close to the road bed limits of 500+ lbs per inch width of tire or max 20K lbs per axel, 34K per tandem. That is 20-22K per pickup with singles, trailers in the 16-20K per tandem for a typical tire width rv. It could also be based on the PAID for license to. IE my C2500 is licensed at 8000 lbs. I am NOT legal to the door sticker of 8600 lbs. I would need to buy a 10K license to do so. THEN I would be legal to 10K also. As the above paragraph points out, with 9.5" tires, I am good to 9500 per axel or 19K total. Not happening any time soon. Marty
blt2ski 07/26/15 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is the risk of exceeding payload?

TP, Too bad your 93 was not an NV4500. GCWR is 2000 lbs lower than a 4l80e equiped truck. the 4l80e Pulls 10 mph slower up a 5-6^ grade, only can go up a 15% grade at 15K, an NV is 30% at 20K. I could pull those 5-6% grades with AC on, most I knew with the 4l80 needed AC off, and the water temp was still some 20F higher than my 96. Not sure what is so special about that 4 spd auto that took some 20 more HP to use vs the NV. The only white knuckle times I had at 15-16K were not caused by weight issues. ie 30 15-20 passenger vans on a site seeing tour coming the opposite direction as me on a 1.5 lane mtn pass in Utah above Redfords ski area. that was fun. A buffalo walking down the middle of the road in yellowstone......realizing his horn would go thru the door and halfway into me!....... I'll still take a slightly under power rig, that can handle the trailer vs an overpowered rig that is too small in payload! Marty
blt2ski 07/25/15 06:38pm Tow Vehicles
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