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RE: Yes I did it, 2015 F-150 and 35 foot TT

What gets lost in these types of threads (mainly 'half ton') is that most anything 'can do it'...heck even the Space Shuttle 'can be towed' by a half ton... 'How well', 'how long' and the biggie...how will it be able to manhandle it when Mr Murphy crosses its path? Not just ability to get it going and how fast, but its ability to manhandle, meaning maneuver, stop, etc within its specifications. Those specifications has stopping distance at maximum ratings and over the OEM's ratings will have the whole thing take more distance to stop A VERY good example is that half ton towing the Space Shuttle and am guessing for a few miles...going...maybe 10 MPH or so....how long can it do that? A bit over rating and will wear it out sooner than later. Being over rating just a small bit will NOT wear it out as soon as towing a 'dry' Space Shuttle weighing in at approx 165,000 pounds empty Also, most only see/think of the good days out there when a riding lawn mower 'can do it', but all things designed/engineered are not for those good days, but for the worst day out there when Mr Murphy crosses your path. Either you have the right sized stuff or not...no time to go back to the store for bigger/better...nor time to re-setup. Either it there spot on or not Will the driver be able to manhandle it? That is a guess or only when you actually experience that situation. For me...I want as much margin as I can find/pay for/etc...no just barely for me and my family...but that is just me...who many use the derogatory 'Weight Police' in their attempt to discredit something they do NOT want to hear/read...there is no policing on these freebie forums...other than the rules each of us agreed to when we signed...
BenK 07/28/15 10:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Yes I did it, 2015 F-150 and 35 foot TT

Good for you and hope you post the ratings for your half ton...as many newbies like you, will assume they are all the same One lurker PM'd me wanting to sue one adviser here who espoused similar claims as you have...even saying been doing that for years and years with no problems...but turned out he did not have a 'regular' half ton, but one of the fake half tons... That poor guy who took that guys advice ruined his vacation when his F150 burned up its differential. Spent all of his money & then some on the motel, mechanic, etc stuck in the middle of no where for a few days. Even lost his deposits down in Florida...he and family had to return home with credit card bills to pay... Told him the advice here is worth the price paid...nothing and that there is only one person responsible for the setup...the driver. And that could have been his spouse who did NOT select & setup the TV So, what are your F150's ratings? GVWR, FGAWR and the biggie RGAWR PS...most gassers get about the same MPG towing heavy...not matter what sized ICE going similar MPH/inclines/etc...called the amount of energy to move the same/similar trailer at the same MPH & Inclines.
BenK 07/28/15 05:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 fan clutch issue: second act

My point exactly....but to be more specific....if they do NOT have temp sensors inside the radiator, or on the out put, or at the ATF in and out of the radiator, or any other potential cause...not much different than current diag port readings... They need to read temp DIFFERENTIALS between in/out's of the ATF flow lines If the differentials are low...then "that" line is not getting cooled (rejecting heat)....or the amounts of heat is greater than the radiator can handle...pointing to possible blocked radiator liquid flow and/or air flow Meaning...if it is going in at 270*F and coming out at something like 220*F...there is only 50*F headroom...where it should be something like 180*F... Again, if just onboard computer info...it will just tell it is too hot...
BenK 07/27/15 07:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 fan clutch issue: second act

Very dependent on WHERE they measure..if only on board computer & it's sensors...not miuch different than previous Now if they installed more sensors, then a better chance of nailing the culprite...
BenK 07/27/15 12:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3 tow vehicle choices for single long haul tow-need help

Glad it worked out...even after so many potential 'worst trip ever' path crossing by Mr Murphy... :) It is the whole package that really matters and size is a bigger part of it...why I own a 8.6K GVWR Suburban Again, it is the whole package...not just any one factor...like HP and the go most advise as the most important. Manhandling the setup is more important IMHO Happy to hear that your relatives will enjoy that trailer!
BenK 07/26/15 04:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Opinions On 2016 Nissan Titan w/5.0 Cummins Diesel?

Marketing 3/4 ton, or real 3/4 ton with a +8K GVWR ?
BenK 07/26/15 09:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Upgrade to Yukon xl Denali...super happy

When did GM install the 6.2L gasser into a 8.6K GVWR ?
BenK 07/26/15 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler vehicles can be hacked

ANY computer can be hacked...that has any kind of EXTERNAL CONNECTION...even then it can be left exposed by getting a nasty installed via some software loaded onto it's system...it can hide till a connection is made later... After decades of comuter news where they report infected/hacked/etc...folks here think not hackable...AMAZING to me Ask if anyone has anti-virus software on their computer, cell, etc....even MAC's... Part of my amazement is that there is little difference between today's vehicles vs any personal computer...heck even Target/IRS/etc with their $Million plus buck servers gettin hacked...why do folks think vehicle OEMs who think "El Cheapo" for most components would choose high end computers and software????
BenK 07/26/15 09:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is the risk of exceeding payload?

Not to worry...they now can weigh you without pulling you over.... Just pay attention at weigh stations NOW...there are over head boxes along with embedded gauges on the pavement that can weigh while moving along on the freeway Plus....all too soon...each vehicle will have load cells and the ability to "tell" when overweight....
BenK 07/26/15 09:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is the risk of exceeding payload?

First know that there are MINIMUM performance specifications mandated by various Government Agencies of all OEMs who sell vehicles here that they MUST have tested and certified to meet... Generally, they meet those specifications and control how their buyers use them via SPECIFICATIONS and RATINGS So, first decide if you, the OP, believes in the OEM ratings system or not If not, then know that you have taken the OEM(s) off the warranty and liability hook...to be assumed by yourself or whoever is driving the setup If yes, then learn how that system works and that the fine print modifies the specifications. Going over any rating won't have the wheels instantly fall off...unless WAY OVER...they will just fall of sooner than later... Many do NOT believe stopping is a performance item, but I do and weight it higher than 'go'... There are stopping distances vs the OEM's ratings for each vehicle. Going over their 'max rating' will have it potentially take it longer distance to stop... Remember or if you didn't know, that all things designed is not for the good days out there when a riding lawn mower 'can do it', just like a half ton 'can' tow the Shuttle...but for the day Mr Murphy crosses your path...either you have the proper size components/systems or NOT spot on....there will be no time to go back to the store for bigger/better...nor time to re-setup...AKA ability to manhandle the situation PS...only the driver is responsible for the setup...makes no matter someone else chose and setup...or that the driver has a stack of printouts from folks telling them 'it is okay'...'you are good for it'...
BenK 07/24/15 09:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford dealer can't make Integrated TBC work

Suggest you get their warranty for this work and the comnponents in writing... Since only a few years of OEM integrated trailer brake controller...suspect there might be many revisions. Both for the TV's software and the controller They might have to re-flash the TV's software Worst case would be hard wiring differences.
BenK 07/23/15 08:08pm Towing
RE: F-150 fan clutch issue: second act

That appears to me as still just a symptom...the root cause will be what is making the ATF run hot... Hope something dumb and low cost to fix...like a partially plugged ATF cooler inside the main radiator...
BenK 07/23/15 07:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 fan clutch issue: second act

Sounds like they never found the root cause... Sure, they know the four first level flags telling the ECU to turn on the fan, but do they know what the flow chart looks like for secondary and tertiary flags looks like? That is in the logic diagram for the ECU, but the root cause can still be in other areas of the thermal rejection system. Like plugged to low flow of any of the liquids/lubes/etc to the coolers or thermal exchanges A good one suggested is that the TC isn't locking up and leaving the TC in hydraulic slip, which is normally in the 15% range. Meaning that the power input to the TC has a lost 15% due to hydraulic shearing inside the TC Seems that they replaced or took out the TC...what was their report on that? If me, any time a TC is taken out, replace with a complete rebuilt or new. Min would be new friction material in it's clutch I'd now suggest taking the main radiator out and have it boiled out or flow checked. All three systems of it...assume it has an engine oil and ATF section in addition to the engine coolant section... and a BIG ETC...air flow to the various radiators?
BenK 07/23/15 03:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck 17" Wheels

Driven by the Fashion Statement Crowd...Laughable when they first came out Larger dia brake disc does have a longer moment, but centrifugal forces becomes an issue. Think larger fly wheel needing more braking to slow/stop...even though longer moment (lever arm) Other issues crop up with larger dia disc made of cast iron and is the fly apart speed is approached and dependent on the tires revs per mile or dia. The big one for the Fashion Statement Crowd is reduced 'ride quality' with the higher weight of larger dia wheels and brake discs As for the load rating of both the wheel and tire...in the early stages of transition to larger dia had limited sources and options At very high prices Now the choices and prices have come down a bit With the masses going towards this type of 'look', choices and ratings are coming up there. Personally, I like 16's and the look it has on a TRUCK...
BenK 07/23/15 03:07pm Towing
RE: Chrysler vehicles can be hacked

Just the first of an upcoming explosion of these and the 'kids' will continue to play games with these... OBTW...many of the interns we hired were working on black badge programs mentioned in the first youtube... Sample #1 Digital Carjackers Show Off New Attacks Hacker autohackers autohack autonomous Sample #2 Digital Carjackers Show Off New Attacks Firewall the auto WiFi....well, if you have a cell phone with you and turned on the Blue Tooth to monitor the engine/tranny/etc...well you may have just compromised your fire walled auto WiFi...or just plug it into the diagnostic port to read codes... Or...you replace something and got the parts from any brand automotive supply store...if it has any potential connection to the various computers or the vehicle network...it can have something embedded in it's PROM that will allow anyone who has the code...to take over your vehicle... PS...buyers have pretty much asked for all of these bells and whistles...plus to have them 'Highly Integrated'...be careful of what you ask for...
BenK 07/22/15 04:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler vehicles can be hacked

All it will take is for someone to plug one of these or like one of these into their vehicle...or own one with OEM DVD players running WiFi... Amazon...Pupug WiFi 3G Android 4.2 Car DVD Player For Ford Mondeo Focus Stereo Radio WiFi 3G GPS (7 Inch, Black, Silver) DVDWiFi wifi http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61DpbZFxP7L._SL1001_.jpg width=640 Or this marketing ad over in China for a Ford.... Ford car DVD GPS mutimedia system, OEM Factory Headunit for Ford C-max, Focus, S-max, Mondeo cars, All-In-One Indash Sat-Nav radio Specially made for Ford, DVB-T TV tuner optional, ipod ready, HD Digital Touchscreen of 800 * 480 Resolutions, Original steering wheel match, Bluetooth handsfree and USB Port / SD Slot/ Aux In! Some dvds come with TPMS, Notebook, PIP function, Virtual CDC Ipod ready! You are now visting the most professianl and famous Car dvd gps player stock market in China! How many marketing ads have come out in North A with kids kept 'busy' back there viewing DVD's that are not wired, but WiFi fed? Or that they are playing games with each other and buddies over the Internet via vehicle WiFi... You can firewall all you want and just one 'feature' can then become the back door... As posted here a loooong time ago when many were touting the GREAT 'Highly Integrated' stuff on our vehicles...that they will now have to have anti-virus/firewalls/etc just like their home PC's... I'm going to buy some anti-virus company stock...issue is which one will come out with a 'vehicle' based product "FIRST"....
BenK 07/22/15 01:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler vehicles can be hacked

went and found that Volvo YouTube... Volvo Self Stopping Car autonomous selfdriving There should be many others as more and more autonomous vehicles come on line for the folks who think it is a GREAT idea...like the key-less fob, remote starting, lane change warning ding-ding, self parallel parking, self reversing into a camp site, etc, etc
BenK 07/22/15 11:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler vehicles can be hacked

Anyone ever pay attention SiFi movie plots ? Last time checked...over 85% of their IP came to be...Terminator anyone? The summer interns hired while I was at SunLabs wanted to take over Gates home when they found out his home was going to be 'PC' based controls... After telling *NO* and that they will be able to trace it back to Sun...an arch rival.. Early 90's and still think some of those kids did hack into some of the servers...before I told them *NO*... When 'highly integrated' XYZ's came to be...many here touted that against others who did NOT like 'highly integrated'...mainly trailer brake controllers The steering wheel is no longer directly connected to the steering box on many and going to be most vehicles today. The steering wheel is connected directly to a potentiometer or some such position sensor (think El Cheapo) Another 'fly by wire'. Can't wait, or has it been done already...for the OEMs to 'highly integrate' steering into their anti-sway and traction control system Anti-Sway & traction control are 'highly integrated' with the ABS system. Along with the future booster...where your brake pedal is no longer going to be connected directly to the MC piston rod Another 'fly by wire'... Autonomous test vehicles driving all over my area (SF Bayarea) has had many accidents, but this had the first human injury accident. I'm not a fan of self driving vehicles just yet. Too much to be explored and 'fixed' Search 'Volvo automated accident' where during a self parking demo it plowed into the news folks. Think it broke that one guy's leg who was thrown onto the hood PS...no Internet needed...just WiFi/BlueTooth/etc to do whatever you wish to any computerized 'thing'...and...already there with the keyless fobs...remote start...etc, etc, etc PPS...LEO kill switches are in testing...moving out of Alpha and into Beta (live on street)...no more pursuit of 'new' vehicles...just push the 'kill button'...am assuming that they have to either 'aim' it or somehow tell 'only "that" vehicle'...
BenK 07/22/15 10:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody towing 36', 9000lb TT with F150 HD payload ecoboost

RGAWR of approx 4K vs 6K...2,000 lb difference is only one, but the main rating difference
BenK 07/22/15 10:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler vehicles can be hacked

Just like so many don't know or understand what "Fly by wire" means... Many think their throttle/pedal is directly connected to the throttle butterfly shaft PS...WLAN, wireless local are network...is just an older acronym for WiFi...the current acronym... Albeit with newer IP (that Fidelity thing)
BenK 07/21/15 07:58pm Tow Vehicles
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