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RE: Ram Goes to Stunning 900 lb-ft of torque

Then where I am at, it is illegals to do over 60 mph with a trailer in tow, and or if you weigh.over 10000 lbs be over you how or gcw! If you are towing at 85, you have a BIG ticket, reckless endangerment, and possibly a trip to local jail house. At 15000 over and 90 sq ft of frontal are it takes ~135up to go 60 mph. Add an additional 40 or so hp per 1% grade. So 60 on a 5% is a minimum 335hp. If you are at 25k lbs try 175 at 60, US an additional 60 or so per 1%, or almost 500 ponies!. No one for the most part has that hp. J2087 or what ever spec, to achieve the gcwr, min speed is 35 or 40 on a 5% grade. No where near 60 mph, much less 85 mph! Min speed in Washington is 40 mph. So the 15k+ 35 minimum, is 5 mph under min speed. Not that too many leo's will ticket one if you are in right hand lane. In BC, if under 40, there are signs on the interstate that state, Oliver off freeway, or you will be escorted OFF the freeway. Along with a BIG ticket. One should be reasonable with expectations on some roads. 60 is not always reasonable. Marty
blt2ski 07/03/15 10:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford superduty inventory ?

Could also be that diesel owners only drive there rigs 2-3 years, trade off, where as a gas owner drives them into the ground after 10-15 yrs. Not that I have not driven a few diesels into the ground after 10 yrs with 200+K miles, body is shot etc...... Gas owners may be more of the non carpet leather pkg option setups too, ie contractor specials, where payload is king, not towing power. Those that want towing power are RV oriented folks, so they want a nicer interior....... Lots of ways and reasons to look at what is available on dealer lots. Marty
blt2ski 07/01/15 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Goes to Stunning 900 lb-ft of torque

I was waiting for this, and wondering where it will all stop. Have the big three manufacturers reached a point where the engines are more capable than the trucks they are putting them in? I think that happened a decade ago. The engines haven't been a limiting factor regarding what you can tow in a long time. True, but the newer trucks are far stronger (frame, axles, brakes) than they were a decade ago so payload and towing has been able to increase. The massive power is more of a bonus safety feature. How is more power a safety feature? Ever here of some one say in a wreck they wished they had more HP? probably not. Usually more braking, could not see around a corner, going too fast for conditions etc. running a red light, not paying attention......... There are right hand lanes for going slower than the rest of the folks on hills etc. I've run out of low gearing and stalled rigs on too steep of hills. But never had too little HP, including rigs with as little as 105HP std in a C2500 with a BIG 6 cyl. Out pulled a 454 up a steeper grade! Including pulling up the 12k loaded 3500 dually up said hill as it did not have the correct gearing. Marty
blt2ski 07/01/15 08:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: f150 versus f250

Bob, You have what the Federal DOT calls a light duty class 2 truck, as do a lot of others on here. Class one is up to 6000 gvwr, or what at one time was a common half ton Class 2 is 6001-10000 lbs. Split up into the LD which is 6001-8400. These fall into the cafe stds etc or fake half ton as Ben calls them. Your rig falls into this catagory. HD class 2, non cafe std rigs, 8401-1000 lbs, what I would also call the 8lug 3/4's. MANY 35's also fall into this category, as do 25 series trucks, and many 35 duallies of old days had 10K gvwr's so really a 3/4 ton or class 2 rig! Class 3 is 10001-14000, might be 13500, not remembering this split off the top of my head. class 4 is 14001-16500 class 5 16501-19500 class 6 19501-26000 It would be better for all of use to use these DOT terms, but doubt that will happen any time soon! Marty
blt2ski 06/30/15 07:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: f150 versus f250

Wonder if the OP is comparing a 250 to a SW 350 or dually version. That would make more sense from the towing capacity standpoint. I personally do not like to tow more than 2x the GRAWR of the vehicle I am using. So as noted, even some of the 25/35 series trucks with ratings to 6800 are shy of doing 15K IMHO! marty
blt2ski 06/30/15 12:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Calculated tow capability... Disappointed

Tom, Newer trucks are a lot heavier than older ones......so yes, a crew cab diesel will be in the 7-7500 lbs range. A reg cab depending upon the options, as little as 5000 like mine. I only have 3 chargable options, auto, tow pkg and trim rings, hence the really low wt. The 96 was not a leather option setup, otherwise that one would have been 200-400 lbs more. A crew cab gas would be in the mid 6K lbs range if someone went that way. Marty
blt2ski 06/29/15 08:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Calculated tow capability... Disappointed

Mike, I may have replied too soon. Thought I saw the gvwr for the truck was 7600, he was at 7200. Looking back over, this is probably the trailer wt. Now the question would be, is that 7200 ONLY on the axels, or axels and hitch! latter total would be better, as that trailer size typically has twin 3500 lbs axels. So 7000 max there. He may be over gvwr on the truck. But could be under the axel limits. With out now I am realizing we do not have the gvwr, nor front and rear axle limits, hard to say where he stands on the truck part of the equation. Marty
blt2ski 06/29/15 08:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Calculated tow capability... Disappointed

....snip......... A 25 series truck more than likely would be better, but if that trailer decides to fishtail sway on you, you will be no better off with a SW 25/35 series or a dually for that matter. The trailer will sway, you will end up in a ditch. Marty A 7,000 pound 2500 series tow vehicle will maintain control over a 5,000 pound trailer better than a much lighter 1500 series pickup. Been there many times. WHere did someone state a 25 series would weigh 7000 lbs? My 96 3500SW Crew cab with a diesel only weigh 6600! My current 2000 C2500 reg cab weighs all of 4700 lbs! Granted the 96 with family on board, hitch wt etc was usually 9000-9500 lbs with a 9200 gvwr....... I've also had an 8K trailer dang near take out a 12k truck, And a 4000 lbs trailer take out a 9000 lbs truck. If a trailer lets loose, you're screwed! in most cases. UNLESS you have a truck that seriously out weighs the trailer. And even then damage will occur. Marty
blt2ski 06/29/15 07:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Goes to Stunning 900 lb-ft of torque

I was waiting for this, and wondering where it will all stop. Have the big three manufacturers reached a point where the engines are more capable than the trucks they are putting them in? Just for fun take a look under a 2012 RAM 3500 then look at a 2015 RAM 3500. Amazing difference! They are making the trucks and engines more capable and backing up their claims with SAE J2807. MOST if not ALL three 3500 duallies are more powerful, and have the same suspension as 20 yr ago class 4 trucks had. Reality is, the 35's are class 4's, not true class 3's. The J2087 tow specs, depending upon the how you tow, and where, are no better specs than days gone by. It only gives one a 12% max grade to have to pull up in reverse or first gear. Well below the 15-20% grades contractors have to pull locally on side roads. Or possibly that side road you have to get to to get home. So you may stall out on the side of the road, with lots of HP/Torque, and no way to use it to get up the hill to fetch a pail of water! I've seen that with 18wheelers locally. Kind of funny actually! At some point in time, yes, the HP/Torque wars will go too far per say.
blt2ski 06/29/15 06:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Calculated tow capability... Disappointed

When you say trailer swayed. Are you saying uncontrolled side to side? if only for a short time, much like a test for a shock absorber, 1-2 swings that is it, while I do not want to say normal. It can be some what expected, where as a sway control would stop this. Being as you hit the trailer brakes, i would assume uncontrolled and did not want to stop. A 1 ton would have the same issue. So time to make sure the trailer is balanced side to side, for and aft in a 60 front 40 rear stand point, ie at least 10% to 15% in hitch wt. Tongue is not too high etc. ANY or all of these being out of spec, will cause uncontrolled sway, but it you have your current truck, or I have had issues with an improperly loaded equipmet trailer behind my dump truck! Marty
blt2ski 06/29/15 03:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Calculated tow capability... Disappointed

wow, I kmow I am in trouble, just bear with me please. need to find a bigger truck. 24ft trailer GVRW 7600 and I just weighed it at 7200. wife packs everything. only have 2009 GMC 1/2 5.3 3.73 loaded the back down also. carry 2 kayak on top. weight is 7300. GVWR for truck is 13000 overage by 1500 took short 80 mile trip and it DID handle ok. tried emergency stopping , did OK did not want to take trip over weight. drained water, took out gear and kayak. now OK. I do want my toys, is it safe to use my truck, or is there a 1/2 ton out there with better cargo capability. Or can someone suggest another truck. am I to far under to really need a diesel. thanks Now that I am relooking at this....You are under your gvwr. Assuming you are under axel limits for the truck. so no issues here. BUT, it appears as tho you are over your GCWR, ie gross combined rating. Which for all intents and purposes is a warranty and performance factor. Same rig if you could get 4.10 would be rated some 1000-2000lbs more. An axel ratio does not give you safety as some would like to hint. So reality is, if the truck handles the trailer, stops, goes etc. I do not personally see the issue, having been there done that for many miles. A 25 series truck more than likely would be better, but if that trailer decides to fishtail sway on you, you will be no better off with a SW 25/35 series or a dually for that matter. The trailer will sway, you will end up in a ditch. Marty
blt2ski 06/29/15 02:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Calculated tow capability... Disappointed

Thanks i have looked at the 6.0. just looked at dodge diesel, they are having 10,000 off. might have more weight ability with the 6.0 because the diesel is heavy???? If you look strictly from a payload standpoint, the gas will always be lighter by 600-800 lbs or so vs a diesel version. Also remember, a leather setup will weigh 600-1000 lbs heavier than a stripped model depending upon the number of doors etc. If you can find a stripped reg cab, my 2000 C2500 has the same payload as my now sold moderate equiped dually diesel crew cab. both 2 tons over base weight per the door sticker. Marty
blt2ski 06/29/15 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford superduty inventory ?

I know that but do you think when it's time for me to trade in 5 or 6 years, my truck will be undesirable because it is a one ton with a gas engine and not a diesel? This really depends on what the price of gas vs diesel will be in 5-6 years. I doubt you'll have any problems with resale. Also 16 weeks does sound excessive, but perhaps the dealer is just covering worst case since delays in shipping seams to be the norm these days. You are also dealing with either a just ending, or potentially starting 2-4 week shut down for the model year change out of the assembly line. WHICH could be adding some time to the issue. Marty
blt2ski 06/28/15 08:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Goes to Stunning 900 lb-ft of torque

I'd like to see it hitched up to it's max and taken to the grade. This truck did a fine job with 17k lbs in my opinion but, I'd like to see if it lives up to it's hype. Now with even more tow capacity, lets see what it does with that much weight. 44mph at 2800rpm with foot to floor is nowhere near the claims here of easing up the grades at the speed limit in O/D at less than 2k rpm at half the truck's tow rating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I_BTKOTCFQ I agree steve. The new spec is gcwr at a minimum of 35 or 40 mph on a 5% grade! Yeah i 100F temps, with AC on. but none the less, slower than the minimum speed limit here in washington state, which is 45! so while it may meet the SAE towing spec, it does not meet the legal spec of some of the local hwys! I doubt a judge will buy the,"it meets jxxxx spec" so I must be legal! A min in first gear 12%, pretty shallow grade actually. When here in seattle I have been up and down a few 24% grades. At max gcwr NONE of the newest and greates deezals would make that spec! So one will be sitting at the bottom of said hill blowing up there almighty 6 spd auto trans, as I have done with other previous supposidly bullet proof auto transmissions........ At the end of the day, if the seats fit your butdinsky, you like the color, shape, has the power etc you need. Buy the blinken truck! Opions are like rear ends, we all have them, at some point in time, they all let out a stinky one.....except my wife of course...... Marty Do they allow vehicles longer than 25ft on those 24% grades? No sign at bottom or top that says a vehicle of a given size is not allowed on them grades. Had a client with 33% grade driveway off of lake washington. We had a 3 axel dump trucks "BACK" down, do a 90* turn, dump a 1/2 truck length back, then drive up the driveway. If the brakes failed, truck would go thru the garage, kitchen and 30' later end up in Lk Washington. There is a blocl f Queen Anne ave on the north side of Queen Anne hill that is 24%. Built a block wall on the side of it. My sister has an 18% grade in the front of her house east of Lake Washington. Lots of roads around here with 15+% grade signs on them, no length or weight limits for the most part. A few do, but less than 5% of them have restrictions. marty
blt2ski 06/28/15 10:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford superduty inventory ?

Hedgehog if you get down to ordering the SRW 350 with the 6.2 consider this. For the limited towing you do you could tow in 5th with the 3.73 and be about the same as the 4.30 gears. Then you have the lower rpm cruising empty. I have tan F250 6.2 with 4.30 and wish i had went with the 3.73 and towed one gear down. If the exact same truck has a lower tow rating with the 3.73 I could give a flip. With all those gears to choose from i don't see why the 4.30 ratio converts to higher tow rating, except maybe CYA for the manufacturer. :h Initial take off power is the key here. IE a lower overall ratio to start with, equals a heavier load on a given grade to get going, OR, a steeper grade before stalling out with a given load. Some of us tow on side roads which is where this occurs, Here in the greater Seattle area, I have been on city roads and driveways upwards of 33% in grade. Those 4.30s would come in real handy! BUT, from a person that might be on at best local roads in the 15% range, drives 60 towing, 70 unladen, then the 3.73 is the better ratio. BUT for me, doing the lower speed driving on steeper roads, I can not drive locally but 100 miles away north and south above 60 mph, the extra high gear the 3.73 offers is a useless gear in trans to work with. Marty
blt2ski 06/28/15 09:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Goes to Stunning 900 lb-ft of torque

I'd like to see it hitched up to it's max and taken to the grade. This truck did a fine job with 17k lbs in my opinion but, I'd like to see if it lives up to it's hype. Now with even more tow capacity, lets see what it does with that much weight. 44mph at 2800rpm with foot to floor is nowhere near the claims here of easing up the grades at the speed limit in O/D at less than 2k rpm at half the truck's tow rating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I_BTKOTCFQ I agree steve. The new spec is gcwr at a minimum of 35 or 40 mph on a 5% grade! Yeah i 100F temps, with AC on. but none the less, slower than the minimum speed limit here in washington state, which is 45! so while it may meet the SAE towing spec, it does not meet the legal spec of some of the local hwys! I doubt a judge will buy the,"it meets jxxxx spec" so I must be legal! A min in first gear 12%, pretty shallow grade actually. When here in seattle I have been up and down a few 24% grades. At max gcwr NONE of the newest and greates deezals would make that spec! So one will be sitting at the bottom of said hill blowing up there almighty 6 spd auto trans, as I have done with other previous supposidly bullet proof auto transmissions........ At the end of the day, if the seats fit your butdinsky, you like the color, shape, has the power etc you need. Buy the blinken truck! Opions are like rear ends, we all have them, at some point in time, they all let out a stinky one.....except my wife of course...... Marty
blt2ski 06/27/15 08:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Use WD setup with 3/4 ton?

No you do not need a WD for that trailer with the new truck. BUT, what I have noticed with nothing..... the trailer rocks more side to side without, vs less with a basic WD system, even less with a dual cam. As far as sway goes. Every trailer I have owned that did a true fishtail sway, was loaded incorrectly. Hence why I and a few others will make sure a trailer will tow straight behind a given truck without bars, then add the bars as an additional safety item. I personally will not depend upon bars to control a trailer that wants to sway with out them. To me, this is a lot like using a bandaid when I need a tourniquet to stop the bleeding! Marty
blt2ski 06/27/15 12:03pm Towing
RE: 4 door 41 -46 truck

if you have a link, just post link without trying to do a hyper link. something is probably off in it. Someone else may be able to get a link to work. Not me as I am about as dumb as can be when it comes to stuff like this. Others here are a bit more computer savvy and will help you out. Sounds like a cool looking truck none the less. Marty
blt2ski 06/24/15 07:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Calculated tow capability... Disappointed

Reality Ben, half tons only go to 6000 lbs. Light duty 3/4 or DOT class 2 trucks are from 6001-8400 lbs. He 3/4 or DOT class hd2's are from 8401-10,000. So even some 1 tons are really 3/4 tons, many half's are 3/4 tons....... Folks should go by dot classification, or just use gvwr be it a reduced sum of axle totals, or the sum as I would prefer it to be. Marty
blt2ski 06/20/15 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Calculated tow capability... Disappointed

Then again, go to larger MDT and hdt trucks, the sum of the axles less rare IS payload you have per manufacture engineers. So why the deduct of upwards of 15-20% for ldtrucks. Marty
blt2ski 06/20/15 09:16am Tow Vehicles
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