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RE: Another tow capacity question - very confusing!

Forgot to mention that weighing the whole setup, axle by axle, is the best way to know where you are in reference to your ratings Then, decide if you believe in the ratings system or not To find the 'true' MTWR, weigh your TV fully loaded, ready to go RV'ing. All people, pets, ice chest, cargo (in/on), WD Hitch system, etc, etc Then take that weight and subtract it from your GCWR. That will be your true MTWR Here is how the ratings system looks like: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/HowmuchshouldItow.jpg~original width=640howmuchcanitow howmuchshoulditow
BenK 05/21/15 04:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Another tow capacity question - very confusing!

Too bad the OEM's don't list this type of info anymore. This is the GCWR for GM vehicles, year 2001. NOTE that there is fine print that modifies all of those columns and rows Sorry for the size...any smaller and the fine print is unreadable http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/GCWR_2001_GM_TowingGuide.gif width=740GMGCWR GMGCWRchart GCWRchart TOWGCWR SubGCWR GCWR GMT800, so if it still has the OEM receiver...change it out to a traditional design. About $200 bucks and approx 1 hours labor
BenK 05/21/15 04:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rare find. Used HD F150.

Thought to now include my option list from the glove box label as a just in case someone else doesn't believe... Note the F60 option and again, which is the 1 ton front snow plow prep package and only cost $60 bucks back then Full up option package (highest at that time) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/09270001_Sub_glv_bx_rmVIN.jpg width=640mysubglove mysuboption suboptionlable optionlabel
BenK 05/21/15 04:24pm Towing
RE: Rare find. Used HD F150.

My Suburban GMT400/1996 was before the weight stickers on the the newer TVs door... So here are my numbers: 5,250 curb 8,600 GVWR 3,350 lb cargo/payload over curb My 2014 smog certificate...note that this is an official state document and the info supplied by each OEM for that VIN... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/EngineTranny%20AUTO/IMAG0089BWrdcd.jpg~original width=640mysub mysuburban mysubsmog mysmog http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/09270005_Sub_Dr_main_rm_VIN.jpg width=640 mysubGVWR mysubdoor mysubdoorlable doorlabel subdoorlable Mine weighs in around 7,200 at the local garden scales, county weights&measure certified, with me (180) and toolbox (+200) and misc stuff (+50) Also has full up option package, SLT, 4x4, big block, and over sized wheels and tires 8,600 minus 7,200 1,400 lbs cargo/payload All with a 6,000 RGAWR...that AAM rates at 10,000 GAWR. The 6K GAWR GM lists is around 2,000 more than most 'half ton' TVs Oh...also ordered the F60 option...which is the 1 ton front snow plow prep package My FGAWR is 4,250 and near most half ton's rear GAWR.
BenK 05/21/15 04:15pm Towing
RE: Ford has new backup assist

Chicken or egg...meaning: is it that society is ALREADY dumber and therefore needs these technologies... technology is trying to make people dumber and dumber
BenK 05/21/15 01:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Now I've seen it all...

good point...now noodle this...which is still readable or is in existence today? Some stone tablets found today are thousands of years old!!! Try to find a computer (outside of a museum) that can read an 8" floppy? Heck, even a 5.25, or a 2.5...double heck...even CD's & DVD's on some newer. My type writer still works and folks can still read the stuff written via it...but my Windows 97 word processor software won't even load on any of my computers today...some of the doc's written on that old software is not readable by today's word processors... Most all analogies has two or more edges to them... Quills and ink left the stone tablets and chisel guys in the dust. There were likely many who claimed a real scribe needs to be able to understand the delicate nature of a stone tablet and inscribe it just so while at the same time not breaking it. Along came the typewriter and scribes said it was the end of handwriting (might of had a point) I remember thinking my parents were dumb for being unable to program the time into thier VCR, now my kids roll thier eyes at me for not fully utlizing all the features on my smartphone. My point, damn I forget but it was a good one!
BenK 05/21/15 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Now I've seen it all...

Think..agree that we must have crossed paths...many times... How many truly understand 'real time'...even folks in these OEM design centers? Not put that request into the queue...but real time as in clock cycles Then the master-slave hierarchical architecture and how that is so important on any 'system'... PS...had email back in the 70's way before anyone knew what the heck email was... Or what command line is... So...yes...too many folks do NOT understand what this all means...or that all things engineered/designed/tested/certified/etc are NOT for the good days out there...but for the worst day out there when Mr Murphy crosses your path... Nor do they understand that in these 'highly integrated' vehicles...that, say the integrated brake controller...can affect ABS, torque management, the auto tranny, their built in anti-sway system and whatever else it touches...which is EVERYTHING that the main computer...heck even the slave computers...communicates with and controls...
BenK 05/21/15 12:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Now I've seen it all...

This is for the "righty...tighty"..."lefty...loosey" crowd...which will then get confused as to which end of the knob means that'a'way... Is it the top, or the bottom of the knob???...or does the manual use CCW and CW...or 'turn it right'...which might mean the bottom of the knob to some out there...or am I wrong in assuming that means the top of the knob??? Wonder if this is 'highly integrated' into the vehicle's computer system(s)??? Assume this is in a 'fly by wire' vehicle...where the steering assist is fly by wire...the throttle is fly by wire...the brakes are still directly connected to the human via the pedal, but the ABS/traction control/torque control/anti-sway control/etc are all highly integrated... So, do you use the throttle pedal or is there a button to push on this new feature for throttle? Or is it preset in speed? So if going up an incline...will it know to give more throttle? Will that dig a hole if slippery? Do you brake, or will this feature brake for you? How will it know when to brake? Will it sense a child standing in the way? Or does it depend on the human watching the LCD to see that kid and brake accordingly? So which way do I turn the knob to make trailer go that way?
BenK 05/21/15 12:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Now I've seen it all...

Not saying an absolute, but depends on which ones I'm a technologist and some of the stuff we dealt with while working in the laboratories are just coming into product offerings now...a couple decades later... Not absolute...meaning that if one is bad...they are all bad Or meaning that if one is good...they are all good Anyone who thinks IP is so good...have they gone to the RFID Chip in their neck/arm/etc ? Why not? Even Mexico City staff has them in their arms. Mandatory...else fired. The only way to get into their buildings etc... That is around the corner for our vehicles...maybe...no more keyless fobs...but just your arm/hand/neck/etc...no more lost keys, or fobs... How wonderful that would be...right?
BenK 05/21/15 11:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Now I've seen it all...

Recently...read of a guy in England who drove off of an elevated freeway following his GPS Wife died and he had to navigate through many road barriers, signage, etc to get to the end of the unfinished elevated freeway...Darwinian IMHO more of a 'shake my head in disgust' sort of reaction... Yet another dumbing-down of the driving skills for life toolbox. We hear that in GPS threads too.
BenK 05/21/15 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Now I've seen it all...

Whenever can...purchase digital clocks with analog faces So much info is lost with digital faces At a glance...can see the positioning in reference to the rest of the dial. With a digital face...just a number and have to noodle is it half, 1/4, 3/4, etc and much more Hope folks do know that we live in an analog world....not digital...right? As for automatic trannies...anyone ever really step back and listen to the directions of all of the comments of automatic trannies? What is Tow/Haul? Should I use Tow/Haul? Should I lock out OD? Should I worry if I don't use Tow/Haul? Why should they even ask...it is an "AUTOMATIC", or do they NOT understand the definition of what an "AUTOMATIC" means? We are also moving into a generation who does NOT know what a "red-line" means... That started with the "idiot lights" instead of gauges in the dash...
BenK 05/21/15 10:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rare find. Used HD F150.

HD for sure but $35,000 seems a bit much.... Wonder how much more a 'real' 3/4 ton (8,600 GVWR) would cost? Betcha the OEMs make more $$$ on their half ton sales than their higher class sales
BenK 05/21/15 10:23am Towing
RE: Backing up made easy

Ditto...and remember when high schools had a mandatory drivers ed course and had to pass it in order to graduate...along with passing the swimming test... Parallel parking was the dreaded test for over half of the class. Mostly the gals, but guys mixed in there too...we thought of them as wimps...
BenK 05/21/15 10:20am Towing
RE: 2011 - 2014 6.7 Powerstroke PCM update. Did You?

Anyone know if this software/firmware update will then mess up tuners? What about other after market add ons that has a software/firmware component ? Heck, can even see after market stuff without software/firmware and just not on the listing of the new software/firmware... Anyone remember the days when they bought a new HDD/etc for their computer...to find that it is NOT supported by their OS and/or it's rev level? That still happens today... My biggest concern would be that it doesn't 'break' it right away, but under certain conditions...it might act up...or go into limp mode...or stop the vehicle or kill a component on the spot...
BenK 05/21/15 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Now I've seen it all...

How will the newbies ever learn HOW2 ? Goes with self parallel parking...automatic wipers...auto braking...auto lane change warnings...and a big ETC Soon, auto driving vehicles and I'll pass on them. Will also watch out for them when cycling/walking/etc. Most accidents have a 'human error' component...now wonder if the term will then include...'computer error'... All things designed/engineered/etc are NOT for the good days out there...but for the bad days out there...
BenK 05/21/15 10:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rare find. Used HD F150.

Thought there was a 7 lug "max tow" too? Or was it the "super duty" ? :) How many of the 14 or so 'half ton' offerings has the 7 lug wheels ? Thought both the "HD" and the "Max Tow" had 7 lugs... :h Also read that there is a "HD tow" option...is that the same as the F150HD? :h No wonder the OP is confused as to which 'half ton' this one is, or any of the other 'half tons' out there...:R Now if a GM...it's the 10 bolt and 12 bolt diff cover that says it is a 'half ton' and the 'HD' half ton has 14 bolts...but then there are three or more 14 bolt diff covers...but heck...all of the 14 bolt diff covers has ~6K RGAWR's...so for sure they are the 'HD' half tons... :R One 14 bolt diff cover has a 7K RGAWR :E BUT...this isn't offered on any of the fake half tons...but higher class...such as the fake 3/4 ton "HD" versions with GVWR's in the +9K range...:R You can also tell by the fact that these fake 3/4 ton's has a Duramax :B And... the regular 3/4 ton's are gassers :C Ford does a better job of component based ID'ing...as GM switches directly to 8 lug wheels for the fake half ton...AKA "HD" version. So gotta take a look at their tail end to see which diff cover it has...:S Wonder what RAM's non GVWR ID is for these fake half tons are... :h Nephew's fake 3/4 ton says 2500 Heavy Duty on it's side, but 8 lugs so it has the +9K GVWR closer to a 1 ton than the regular 8.6K GVWR of a regular 3/4 ton :C
BenK 05/20/15 01:12pm Towing
RE: Rare find. Used HD F150.

The only way to truly tell is with it's GVWR 'Regular' half ton's range in the 6K GVWR up to 7.4K GVWR The "HD" version with the 7 lugs is +8K GVWR and have read of a 7.8K GVWR Key is that the RGAWR is NOT in the 4K range, but up close to the 6K range These are for those who insist on only owning a 'half ton'...and why I call them 'fake half tons'...
BenK 05/20/15 12:57pm Towing
RE: 2016 Ford F350

Marketing...their demographic's/survey's of the largest segment buyers...fashion statement crowd drives all this...these days... Just MHO...
BenK 05/19/15 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Friction sway to Blue Ox sway Pro

Just remembered...IMHO...there is also a push/pull from the bars being bent (push, the + portion of the graph) more and 'unbent' (pull, the - portion of the graph) more, but no time to really noodle that...yet Key to that, IMHO, is the chain mechanism. The amount of 'swing' (that imparts that push/pull) is way less than other brands with longer chains to the pivot point) and think could increase that push/pull even more if no chain, but a solid bar of some design What all this means is that the Blue Ox Sway Pro system does have resistance to sway...hence sway control built in as part of its design My next setup WILL be a Blue Ox Sway Pro BlueOxSwayPro BlueOx (my crib notes for future search)
BenK 05/19/15 10:59am Towing
RE: Friction sway to Blue Ox sway Pro

Without your setup specifications, all is out of context and just adjusting the dials/knobs/etc...plus tossing in parts changes without really knowing what the heck... What are your: TV GVWRTV FGAWRTV RGAWRTV GCWRTrailer GVWRTrailer GAWRTrailer lengthTrailer actual weightTrailer actual tongue weight Mod's to the TV? Lifted and whether suspension or bodyTires/wheelsetc A sideview picture, on level ground would help tons and is part of what others are saying that the setup is key, along with the properly sized components. Orientation of the setup, on level ground, is to have the TV drop as per the manual and the trailer level at it's highest pointing...I like pointed slightly down and that has solved several I've adjusted (only thing done) and many here on these forums There is anti-sway built in via the architecture of how the bars provide resistance to both directions of swing. Discussed here: Eating Crow - the "new" Blue Ox Sway Pro Pg3 Here is the graph Ron Gratz made up, but you'll need to read the accompanying text to get the total gist... http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w386/RonGratz/BarTipLoad15Degrees_zps450cc99e.png width=640BlueOxGraph BlueOxForceGraph ForceGraph
BenK 05/19/15 10:36am Towing
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