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Git er done

So far we are impressed with the new Peninsular 6.5 diesel in the old truck. About 27 mpg (imperial) and very good power. Maybe we need a couple more tires under it though? http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k585/4x4ord/IMG_20141123_140214_zps894d09d4.jpg height=400
4x4ord 11/28/14 11:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question about a rain gauge vs. empty tuna can

This thread is unbelievable. I don't know why the tuna can showed less rain than the gauge but maybe the neighbor's cat had a drink of tuna water?
4x4ord 11/17/14 07:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Is my truck too big?

Weight transfer is only one concern to have when mounting your hitch behind the rear axle. The other concern is trailer sway. When the tow vehicle swerves or turns to the right and the hitch is mounted ahead or over the rear axle the trailer will immediately start in the same direction allowing for nicer handling vs mounting the hitch behind the rear axle. (When the hitch is mounted behind the rear axle the trailer will start out going the opposite direction to the tow vehicle and therefore sway more) Ideal would be to shorten the back of your truck but you can always try it first and if your satisfied with the way it handles you save a little money.
4x4ord 11/13/14 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Tires upgrade

Another silly question. Should I be focusing on load range rating only or should I look at Max Load rating? For example my current Pirelli rated for 2403 lbs max load. Goodrich All-Terrain TA KO2 are 2680 lbs and Nitto Terra Grappler are 2833. I’m not looking to increase my towing capacity instead I’m after more stable and safest ride while towing. Generally speaking for truck tires the following is true (p rated tires especially vary by load index): Max load is determined by a function of the tire size and the tires inflation pressure. Load is always stated @ a certain inflation pressure. A tire designed to carry more weight will be constucted to handle a higher inflation pressure or be a larger tire. Load range or ply rating are synomous terms. The load range tells you only part of the story. Tires with a D range are designed for 60 psi....E range - 80 psi .....G rated tires have a 100 psi max inflation value.
4x4ord 11/11/14 05:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Big Three road tests

Sports 45, You made my point. You said it very well. We should be concerned with power. Not horse power. Horse power is an approximation. It is based on torque and speed/distance. That is power that can be scientifically measured. You don't need hp or power to have torque. But you must have torque to have power or hp. Hp=rpm×torque/5252. The formula says it all. If there is zero rpm. Torque can be 1 million and hp would still be zero. If hp is any number greater than zero. Then neither torque nor rpm can be zero. Torque and rpm are the determining factors. Not hp. Hp is not a measurement it is an approximation dreamed up to sell stream engines. Now I understand. You want to live in your own little world where you compare power by looking at a torque curve and multiplying torque and rpm. That works. The rest of us just use the HP curve where the calculations have already been made. :) But I bet if you compare the power levels of two engines in your world you'll find the one that has 20% more power also has 20% more power in our world. Doesn't matter if you use horsepower (which you seem to dislike), elephant power, or kilowatts. When a big RV is going down the level highway at 70 mph it is mainly the wind resistance on the vehicle that is defining the amount of torque necessary on the rear axle to maintain the vehicle speed. Slow down a bit and the torque requirement drops significantly. When that heavy truck and trailer hit the big twisty hills things are a little different. You will likely be traveling a little slower and wind resistance is not playing nearly as big of role. The incline angle of the hill largely determines the amount of torque on the rear axle to maintain speed. If the engine isn't able to produce the necessary torque the truck slows down. Even though slowing down reduces the power required to maintain speed it makes little difference to the torque requirement which is largely being determined by the incline not wind resistance. So if the engine's torque curve is flat or falling off as the rpms drop the truck will rapidly slow down till a downshifting occurs. With this truck it is the transmission that is responsible for the torque increase. An engine (such as the Cummins) which has a significant torque rise as the rpm drops will have a higher tendency to pull the hill and downshifting will not be as often required. All this can be seen with a quick glance at an engine's torque curve.
4x4ord 11/02/14 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Big Three road tests

anyone that buys a 1 ton crew cab, long bed,4X4 dually, REALLY isn't all that concerned about mpg...you know, like that would be a deal breaker:R When I look at the three 1 ton diesels, they are now so similar that I will likely end up making my decision based on tow mirrors and mpg.
4x4ord 11/01/14 11:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Big Three road tests

For the last time............:R.............or maybe not, {B torque is not power. If it were, the Ram would have beat the hell out of the Bow Tie and Blue Oval. When talking engines that are working at a specific rpm, torque is power as far as I'm concerned. For instance if I know one engine is capable of making 800 lb ft of torque at 1700 rpm and another is capable of making 860 at that same rpm obviously the one capable of 860 is able to produce more power at 1700 rpm. When comparing the engines at 2900 rpm the max power output is a better indicator of power.
4x4ord 11/01/14 05:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Question...

4x4ord, do you really mean the truck depreciates $8,000 per year? That would mean that after about 7 years your truck is worth nothing? I'm not necessarily doubting you, more worried about the depreciation on my GMC. My truck depreciated a little less than 2K a year. I must have got a good one! :B The list price on my truck was 84,000. My BIL bought an identical truck to mine in the Spring of 2010 (a 2011 model). He paid $72,000 for it and traded it in a couple months ago after trying to sell it privately for 32,000. So his depreciation was over 8k per year. He had a few more miles on his than mine has though. Vehicles (and especially full load trucks) depreciate at an incredible rate in Alberta. I cheated and bought mine in Tennessee so my actual depreciation is a lot less.
4x4ord 10/30/14 05:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Question...

Some of the costs of owning a diesel for me over the last 4 years are: Depreciation.....$8000/year Fuel.............$5000/year Tires...,...,....$600/year Oil,filters and repairs......$100/year
4x4ord 10/30/14 08:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: HOT SHOT cattle prod

I think cows are a lot more sensitive to electric current then people. We had a cattle waterer that was not sufficiently grounded. The cows wouldn't drink. I stuck my hand into the muck and my nose into the waterer and only felt a tingle.
4x4ord 10/26/14 09:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Long or short bed for 5th wheel towing?

I am happy with my short bed and nonslider hitch
4x4ord 10/13/14 08:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Banks auto-mind programmer

Fuel quantity kills off the economy. To add power you need to add fuel. So if you use that power you will use more fuel. IOW's a 200 HP diesel will use about twice the fuel as a 100 HP diesel. So if you only had 375 HP and use all that power to pull a hill at 40 MPH and then you add a tuner to give you 450 HP and you now go up the same hill at 55 MPH you will use a LOT more fuel. You have to because you just added 75 HP worth of fuel. If you can get up the hill in 65 seconds using 450 hp instead of 90 seconds using 375 hp. The higher horsepower engine would almost certainly be saving you fuel going up the hill.
4x4ord 10/13/14 07:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone do an owner/builder on a new house?

Around here labor is about 60% the cost of the house. I figure many jobs take me about 4 x as long to do as what it would take someone who really knows what he is doing. So if I can hire it done for $80/hr I only make $20/hr doing it myself. Some jobs I can do as fast as the professionals and those I would consider doing myself.
4x4ord 10/11/14 08:09am Around the Campfire
RE: The Idiocy of Some Companies

When I lost my credit card I didn't bother reporting it. Whoever found it didn't use it nearly as much as DW.
4x4ord 10/09/14 08:17am Around the Campfire
RE: Someone please explain

This age-old debate will not be solved on this thread, but here's my $.02 anyway. I have a dually 350 because it came with the 12.5K fifth wheel. I have never been sorry to have four tires in the back. Could I carry the current fiver with a beefed-up 3/4 ton, maybe, but when I come down from the Rockies, I want the truck having the control not the trailer pushing me or using up my brakes. I have never felt even the slightest whimper when passing a semi at highway speed or being passed by one when they go a little faster. No flaming allowed. Everyone to their own opinion, please!! Haha Yep, I've never heard anyone complain that they have too much truck. Well let me be the first. I have multiple trucks and would much rather overload my SRW F350 than use a large truck for trailers in the 20-30,000 lb range. A dually one ton would be the perfect truck in my mind for trailers in the 18-30,000 lb range in my opinion.
4x4ord 10/02/14 08:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It's just a dog or is it?

Sorry to hear of Baxter's fate. The lady that I described was faced with a difficult decision. Although I chose to only report on the financial aspect of her thought process her decission was not void of emotion. I know saying good bye to her pet caused her to shed deep tears. Ultimately though she felt that trying to prolong his life was not only unwise from a financial standpoint but might be quite selfish from an emotional standpoint. She felt trying to prolong his life would definitely cause him to endure suffering and in the end he could very easily not pull through anyway. Although we all might have different lines that we will use in determining our injured pet's fate most of us will at some point consider it a financial decision at some point. At that point we will likely consider the depreciation of the pet. In other words it is unlikely that many people would be willing to spend large amounts of money on a 15 year old half dead dog.
4x4ord 10/02/14 08:22am Around the Campfire
RE: Too much stuff

I am like many Americans and have a fair bit of stuff I don't get rid of because I might use it someday, but that day never comes. A few years ago one of my garages was full of that kind of stuff. Then someone came along and asked if he could rent one bay of my garage. I figured I could go through the stuff and through out any stuff that wasn't quite valuable in order to free up a bay to rent out. And so I did. After awhile he got more stuff and asked if he could rent out a second bay. I figured " OK I'll go through and only keep the really valuable stuff and throw everything else out. And so I did. After a while he got more stuff and wanted to rent out the whole garage. At that point I through out the rest of that valuable stuff and have never missed it.
4x4ord 09/30/14 02:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: It's just a dog or is it?

The story is most definitly true and although I understand where you are coming from I can also see how someone would think it is ridiculous to spend thousands of dollars on a half dead dog. I honestly don't know how much I would be willing to spend on our dog if it were in a similar situation but I am quite sure my wife would put me down if I spent $2600 on him.
4x4ord 09/29/14 01:03am Around the Campfire
RE: It's just a dog or is it?

Would you consider spending spending 2600 on a $1200 dog? Is it your position that everyone has such a choice? I ask because while I have that kind of financial freedom, there are many devoted pet owners who do not. I suppose there may be some who just can't afford a $2600 vet bill. In the case of the woman who owned the dog described, she could have come up with $26000 if she needed to but she is an accountant and so for her it was a matter of working the numbers ... he was 5 years old so had depreciated some and was not worth spending that amount of money on. She had him put down and bought a new one.
4x4ord 09/28/14 06:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: DAY 7

Good for you. Quitting was a huge struggle for me. That was about 20 years ago. I haven't missed it a bit.
4x4ord 09/28/14 10:11am Around the Campfire
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