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RE: 2 Q's: Turning Radius & Tongue Weight

Hitch weight is imho, not part of gcw per say. That is counted towards payload of tv. Yes total trailer weight includes hitch and axle loads. Taking gcw led truck weight and passengers, does not give you a true what you can tow per gcw. If tow rig is at max gvw, you have no tow capacity, assuming you want the trailer to have a minimum 10%. Reality is, a lb of weight added to the tow rig, takes away 10 lbs of trailer capacity. If you have 1000 lbs of payload, you have up to 10,000 lbs of max trailer total weight with 10% hitch weight. 1000 lbs on hitch, 9000 on trailer axles. If you need 25% hw, like on a 5w, and you have 1000 lbs of payload.left. you have a whopping 4000 lbs of maximum trailer weight! 1000 on hitch, 3000 on axles. Pretty simple math if you do it right. If not, you're screwed. I never use manufactures gcwr to figure out my.max trailer capacity. "Remaining payload, divided by hw% I need" 1000/.10= 10,000 or 1000/.25 = 4000 Marty
blt2ski 01/16/18 08:36pm Towing
RE: 2019 Ford Ranger Reveal

Sounds like the use of alcohol in gas! I burn a combo of more gas plus alcohol mixed, than straight gas. Granted having been in what many call a green industry for years, I should like the use of this stuff, because it is cleaner burning..... I have a client that works at the EPA, you can probably guess his view of current fuels. Same as mine, gas/alcohol mixes suck! Marty
blt2ski 01/16/18 05:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unmasked 2019 Ram 1500

Vern, I'm used to.putting 2 3600 lb pallets of wall block in the. Back of an 8 lug pickup for 20 or less miles. Some times daily, pulling out pallet block by block. Or whole with a bobcat. Even 8 luggers are not built like they used to be. I'll take the little diesel in my 2500! Do NOT need 400 ponies for what I do. Mostly hauling. The 175hp I do v8 in my navigator works fine for gvw/gcw's to 30k lbs. I also don't spend hours on the freeway either. Marty
blt2ski 01/15/18 08:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Unmasked 2019 Ram 1500

I've bent up my share of single opening tailgates, not sure that dual one would last a day with a 1-2 man rockery rock in the bed! much less a pallet of concrete that weighs 2000-3600 lbs or so resting on it! oh wait, the new reg sized beds will not handle a 4'x4' pallet in them....... Oh thats right, these twucks are not for work! only play toys! grrrrrrrrrrr. marty
blt2ski 01/14/18 09:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Guys that know duramax

Considering tow ratings are not legal ratings, only warranty ratings......probably not a LOT of difference. Unless a gear change, many HP change, or some other MAJOR drive train difference occurred. It will more more of a , did the newer versions bells and whistles suit your rear end! I'd pull 15-20K with my 05, it was not rated for that! It had not issues running down the road at 25K total, gcwr was 23500 for the dually models at the time. 30K total would not have been too bad, other than lack of low gearing for steeper grades at slower speeds...ie camp grounds, 18+% grades here in the seattle area I go up! I'd be stalled out blowing up the allison transmission! marty
blt2ski 01/14/18 09:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What’s the most a 07 Trailblazer 5.3 AWD can tow/stop safely

Grit dog. Here in Washington St where you are, he WILL need brakes to be legal on both axles. 3000 lbs is over 40% of his gvw. But with that said, OP has not stated where he is at. If in Texas, iirc, he WILL need brakes on one axle. Marty
blt2ski 01/14/18 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What’s the most a 07 Trailblazer 5.3 AWD can tow/stop safely

I prefer have brakes on trailers where trailer is grossed out beyond payload of tow rig. Not sure where you are at. But will swag, a dual axle trailer with out brakes on at least one axle is illegal. Here in Washington state, ALL 4 tires need working brakes. If total trailer is owner 1509-4500 lbs, or over 40% of tow rigs registration gvw, you need brakes on towed vehicle. Be it a trailer, towed car behind a motor home or equal... I would not pull your trailer behind my class 6 navistar with out brakes, much less your trailblazer! Marty
blt2ski 01/12/18 11:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck 2500hd Silverado 6.0 or diesel, 6.6 or 8' bed ?

Wowens, With the 6 sp trans, you would have been in 2nd gear, probably 5 mph faster with you motor due to better gear splits. With a newer higher HP motor an additional 5mph or so. The 4l80 trans is not a good towing transmission. Marty
blt2ski 01/10/18 07:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

Here's a video of the new diesel.... Again I'm not seeing a worthwhile investment over the price of a 2.7EB. Link Proof is in the pudding. See what the uptake is first. I know people on many US sites were not great fans of the "Euro" Transit. It is now breaking Van records for Ford. Have you driven one of these FROD POS vans?!?!?!? I want the semi dilapidated sprinter van I had with 170K miles at work back! Fuel mileage with the gas motor is 1/3 that of the MB. The 14' interior versions, the WB is longer on the MB, so you can carry 3 4' pallets and have a balance ride on the front and rear axels. With the FROD, the back pallet is ALL behind the RA. You can not even put a single 2000 lbs pallet in the very back, push it forward some and still have decent driving ability....... The only reason folks are buying these things, is the 5-10K less cost! Otherwise, they suck! NOBODY at work likes the FROD vans! Marty
blt2ski 01/08/18 09:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck 2500hd Silverado 6.0 or diesel, 6.6 or 8' bed ?

Beds are.made shorter than 8' I also.prefer to keep my trucks out of the garage. That usually means something broke, which costs me time and money! :-) Marty
blt2ski 01/07/18 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is a weight distribution hitch needed on dually?

I doubt Bryan has things mixed up. IIRC he has a LOT of custom made items on his Van. I would personally not be surprised if it does not have a 6K HW rating. I also doubt his van would handle 6000 lbs too. As he notes. once you remove X lbs off the FA< your steering, braking etc does not function as it should. Hence why he would need a WD to fix these issues, Assuming he did put a trailer with HW over IMHO about 1500-2000 lbs. This is an amount of HW, I have found on my 168-175" WB crew cab pickups where I notice the need for a WD vs not,as I described above. There are also many of us, that pull loads over the typical hitch one can find aftermarket, or from the dealer/manufacture, that go to custom shops to have hitch's etc welded up to handle the loads we know we will put on them. I've done the same in the past with pickups, and cab and chassis rigs I have owned. Marty
blt2ski 01/07/18 01:23pm Towing
RE: Will You Be Watching The Nat'l Championship Mon?

Football......round ball with few assorted octagonal black patchs with in a bunch of white ones?!?!?!? Kick ball around with feet, can not put hands on the ball or a foul is called.......watch upon occasion.....not too often! Marty
blt2ski 01/07/18 12:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: Is a weight distribution hitch needed on dually?

THen for what it is worth....... I've towed my old TT with nothing, WD bars, and a Dual cam. The trailer dead weighted did not take but 60-80 lbs off the FA. Overall no handling issues. BUT with above said. THere were minor differences. IE when there were higher mph sidewinds, The trailer would sometimes rock side to side while towing. This rocking was more pronounced with no bars, less with a WD, and lessor with the dual cam. I did not have any issues with uncontrolled fishtail sway in ANY of the ways pulled! At the end of the day, I did prefer the dual cam over the other options. BUT, like one trip when I lost a WD bar, there was not real issues in towing. I did not notice the bars gone for over 75 miles, including pulling locally HWY 2 stevens pass with it snowing lightly, then down the east side which can be a semi turny pass. marty
blt2ski 01/07/18 11:22am Towing
RE: NW Gathering, June 5-7, 2015, Richland WA

I like the one in Port Townsend a few years back......I can float back there!...... marty
blt2ski 01/05/18 09:16pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Safe towing limits for Ram 1500 3.6L v6

My swag, if it has a 300HP motor, an 8 sp trans, you are willing to let the motor rev to where it is making the HP to move the setup. you will be good to around 6000 lbs of trailer. 12-13K total lbs would be my max for your rig. Looks like your swag is right on since the GCWR of the 3.6/3.55 with the 8 speed is 12,900. That's right about the same towing specs the small block V8s of 20 years ago had. The V6 would probably offer similar performance to a mid-90s 5.9 Magnum V8, although with very different characteristics, like revving MUCH higher. The super deep gearing of the 8 speed transmission would make up for the relative lack of torque when launching. Thats about the max I would put behind any typical 15 series. I use a max trailer per chassis at the GRAWR times 2. Max GCWR time 2 of GVWR.....That is how it was down back in the really old days before current engineer ratings. Then one would have to setup the drivetrain based on how you would use the setup. So with that in mind.....I swag'd as good as them "En Ga Neers" in Deetroit.......Are there any left there? Marty
blt2ski 01/05/18 09:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Long Bed TV as a Daily Driver???

8' std bed, 10+' is long bed Leads than 8' short bed I'll take long beds.. Marty Because they make 10’ bed Pickups......lol That was totally sarcastic, but I think there would be a market for longer than 8’ bed pickups. Long bed work trucks get pretty short as soon as you put a slip tank and a big toolbox in the back. I think the construction and landscaping market would buy em. Pilot project with an ext cab 9’+ bed on a cclb chassis or reg cab 10’+ bed on a eclb chassis. Cheap easy pilot project for the 2 mfgs still making ext cabs. And maybe some business from recreational activities like truck campers and hauling toys. My midget twuck has a short bed that is 14' long......well, its midget from a Navistar manufacture basis. Turn tighter and quicker, easier to drive than either of the CC 35 series trucks I've had. Turned tighter than the 12' bed and ext cab 8' bed on the same 155" WB too! I suppose many ways to look at this. BUT YES!!!! I would buy a pickup with a 10' bed. I would then have 8' in the bed to work with AFTER adding the cross bed tool box etc into it. Plus, the lumber/ladder/pipe rack could hold them 20' sticks easier than the 8' bed versions do too! Even with the cab over extension! Kinda like keeping your truck in a garage......last three times my rigs have been in garages, it cost me a B.O.A.T. buck or two per trip! Marty
blt2ski 01/05/18 09:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Watching Penn State vs Washingtin PAC 12...and..

I went out sailing that day. Much more fun than watching football at times..... Marty
blt2ski 01/04/18 10:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: Safe towing limits for Ram 1500 3.6L v6

Safe and can it do it are two different meanings in my book. Safe is the trailer not swaying, able to go at least minimum posted speeds on interstates in mountain area's. NOTE< the new JSEA tow specs put that minimum speed 5-10 mph BELOW most states minimums! Meeting the new tow ratings barely, means you may be unsafe based on MY safe feelings........yours may vary! Stopping per field tests the SP may put your thru if they choose to see if your brakes work etc. All my lights are working etc. Can it do it......that is ALL per the drivers butt! What is doing it per me, might be different per the folks that make up the towing specs, vs BenK's minimum it can do it performance wise, vs any other poster on here. My swag, if it has a 300HP motor, an 8 sp trans, you are willing to let the motor rev to where it is making the HP to move the setup. you will be good to around 6000 lbs of trailer. 12-13K total lbs would be my max for your rig. Of course, if you have a large family as I have, or did. When I had 4 adult size teenagers, we weighed in the 1200-1300 lbs range. MANY of not MOST 15 series trucks, have barely 1300-1500 lbs of total payload. so said truck is at GVWR with out a trailer behind it. SO its REAL tow capacity for my family is ZILCH! NADA! NOTHING! , said in my best Sgt Shultz "NOTHING" voice! Your mileage may vary! Marty
blt2ski 01/04/18 10:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cleanup of 5th wheel accident in California

IF, the real weight police thought something was over weight per the paid for registered GVW, or over one of the axle(s) weights per the Federal Bridge Laws, then yes, they would have collected parts and pieces and attempted to get an actual weight of the rig. The door sticker would mean nothing. Even in a wreck where one was killed. TO me, it comes back to who quoted the driver. Yellow light was too short, someone came thru the green light from a 90, hit this rig......problems occured. No one was hurt. Let insurance companies argue it out! Pretty typical accident! This truck and trailer from my eye, says legal in all ways I know how the laws read. Now if you want to talk from a civil court lawsuit......all bets are off as to what is legal. Now that door sticker potentially means something.......then again....mebbe not! Marty
blt2ski 01/04/18 10:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Long Bed TV as a Daily Driver???

8' std bed, 10+' is long bed Leads than 8' short bed I'll take long beds.. Marty
blt2ski 01/03/18 10:23am Tow Vehicles
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