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RE: Towing wreck - overloaded hitch

In the end it's all about money in this society...most societies...*BUT* it is how we get to that bottom line that matters...IMHO We enjoy freedoms few countries allow. Why anyone can pretty much do whatever they wish...until they take away someone else's freedoms. Why this thread indicates a DA has filed criminal charges...a life was ended...taken?...and that is where the courts will be charged to make the determination That then goes to liability for someone's actions From the OEM's of all components and systems. The TV's OEM sold that vehicle with a specification that was spelled out on all of their contractual documents. From the door labels, to the glove box manual, to the sales brochures, to the Internet based specifications, ETC... If the driver/owner of that TV had modified the TV, the TV's OEM is off the liability hook for those parts/systems/etc affected. The trailer OEM has a ditto liability and specification tree. If the Owner/driver made that trailer, then the driver/owner has the liability If the hookup/setup was not properly done, then the driver has the liability There are laws dictating "minimum" things to have and do. Like the safety chains (type, rating, etc) and hooked up *CORRECTLY*. Ditto the breakaway lanyard. ETC If speed was a contributing factor, then the driver is on the hook for that part If the condition of the coupler allowed it to let go of the ball (failed or worn latch), then the owner and driver are on the hook (liability). As they should have checked it before moving. Oblique, but germane, is the way the Anderson WD Hitch System works by placing all/most of the forces on the coupler latch...that, that latch was never designed to be used that way... By registering a vehicle above the OME's GVWR and operating that TV above the OEM's GVWR removes the TV's OEM off the liability hook The state DMV which accepted the money for a higher registration is NOT on the liability hook. They just licensed it for whatever GVW (NO "R") and it is up to the operator to manage that aspect... To the folks who say that insurance will cover no matter what...read the fine print. They can walk away and NOT cover if they deem so. Rude awaking for me in my first suit while in my twenties...my insurance said they 'would' insure and cover 'me'. As the policy was for my company...they did NOT have to cover me...the owner. My employees are named to be cover...within certain bounds...
BenK 10/31/14 11:42am Towing
RE: Turbo small displacement - displacement on demand- a winner?

snip.... I think the direct injection on the EcoBoost is a big step forwards. Do the Chevy and Dodge cylinder dropping engines use direct injection? I do not believe they do (feel free to correct me) so to me they are not nearly advanced as the Ford and don't have near the future potential. Direct gasoline injection was invented here. Isuzu was the first to my knowledge to offer a production ICE V6. It was for their truck line outside North America. This was in the late 90's Early 2000's had Toyota offer it here, but the injectors had a low GPH. So supplemented with port inject above a certain RPM/throttle setting Ditto GM on their Caddy line, but stupid exec's thought such a GREAT thing...they'd milk it by only allowing it on their high end and kept if from all others at GM GM's direction is NOT small displacement (V6) with a turbo, but larger displacement V8 with direct injection and variable displacement. Less stress on the bottom end than a small V6 forced fed. GM's V8 can shut down 4 cylinders to become a V4. Forced fed is an option soon to be offered, IMHO You can buy the GM direct injected gasser now. It is a variable displacement architecture I do not know if RAM has it, so those who know please chime in Next gen gasoline after direct injection will be GDICI
BenK 10/30/14 10:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing wreck - overloaded hitch

Ask if the licensing process for higher than GVWR has an 'R' in their documentation for the 'new' weight paid for? This was all new to me...that someone could pay a fee to have the state register their vehicle for whatever weight they wish to pay for This is an 'allowed' weight and guessing they also have rules that they filter before issuing that registration. 'R' as in *RATING* is not the same as 'allowed', or 'licensed'. That is where the misconception is, IMHO Would you go to the state DMV for warranty if your vehicle broke using the state DMV licensing weight? Would the OEM of your vehicle warrantee your vehicle using the state DMV registration licensing weight? The state DMV registration fee is payment for their road costs (heavier does more damage, therefore higher fees) and to protect their roads and structures. A 'RATING' is something the OEM says their product will, as a min, perform to. That is their 'contract' to you, the buyer/owner A 'FEE' is payment for the right to use their roads and structures...within the bounds they have (as most always say...maximum PSI of the tire to pavement contact) Like a circuit breaker might be RATED for 30 amps and those who try to draw 33 amps is over the OEM's RATING. Would that OEM warranty a circuit breaker that goes south because someone drew 33 amps? or as folks here think...'should' they? The door label is not the only place that vehicles RATINGS are listed It is the most visible and convenient. The VIN will lead to that data. Ditto anything else for that 'specific' vehicle. The glove box manual is generic. Ditto the shop manual and that will point to the vehicle spec labeling Again, this one is public because a DA has filed criminal charges. Most that folks here say never happened is because they were NOT criminal, but civil where one can pay off the other....that requires a NDA that forbids public disclosure...else lose the money and be subject to a suit for breach of contract (NDA)
BenK 10/30/14 09:47am Towing
RE: Towing wreck - overloaded hitch

The FIRST question my lawyers asked was: how deep are their pockets and who is their lawyer Then they had home office send a resume of those lawyers Only after they knew who they were going up against did they actually review whether 'we' were in the right or wrong Just because lots of folks do something does it make it okay, IMHO Lawyers always win in the end...MONEY is all they care about...but there are ok lawyers and know them as my in house gals and guys. Mostly IP lawyers
BenK 10/29/14 12:10pm Towing
RE: Turbo small displacement - displacement on demand- a winner?

Boils down to personal choice/preference/etc Boils down to PSI on the piston top Larger displacement will need *LESS* PSI on a larger dia piston than a smaller displacement ICE to produce the same power. Smaller displacement will need *MORE* PSI on a smaller dia piston than a larger displacement ICE to produce the same power. Forced fed means forcing in more air and the injectors will squirt more fuel according to the amount of boost (force) At full boost, that small displacement will have similar to more amounts of air as a larger displacement ICE With more PSI on the smaller displacement...the components must be designed to last over the warranty period dealing with those higher PSI's. Ancillary is heat rejection management. Smaller displacement will also have both less surface areas (both absorption and rejection) and thermal pathways to move the heat On cylinder activation/deactivation...there is a higher level of complexity. The first gen had them turn off a set cylinder each time. That lead to engine oil filling those deactivated cylinders. They now rotate that to all cylinders. So they all get a power stroke every few cycles Variable displacement can the also be forced fed...on top of deactivation Since larger displacement, less stress on the larger dia pistons Personally prefer variable displacement over small displacement forced fed
BenK 10/29/14 11:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2008 Chevy Max 1/2 ton pickup

Below the 'regular half ton' GVWR at 6.8K Regular 'half ton' is in the mid 7K's Meaning that this OP's 'half ton' has a bit lower capacity than a 'regular half ton'... The gvwr is 6800lb on the door don't see payload sorry I been out of town and not with my truck, I have pretty much decided on TT
BenK 10/29/14 11:32am Towing
RE: Towing wreck - overloaded hitch

All this stuff *WILL* be gone over with a fine toothed comb...by BOTH sides... Lawyers on both sides will try to twist the facts to fit whatever position they are trying to get the jury to agree with Expert witnesses will be hired by both sides to both forensically go over the data gathered and to hypothesize for the side that hired them trying to convince the jury their side is right They will actually weigh stuff and carefully note them. They will take parts to laboratories for testing to confirm they met spec. The condition of various systems/components will be reviewed by experts in that field. All will be both PE's and ME's, plus whatever discipline is deemed required or appropriate Yes, the press will overly hype the pictures and data This is where the OEMs shine. As they have had lawyers on the design teams since inception...all the way to the final decisions on where the various ratings will be listed. Why they chose those ratings and must be backed up with real test data. What the manuals, labels and marketing collateral will say They will also have all of the regulatory agency certification tests frozen and copied for both sides of the case. This includes all engineering and ancillary design team members note books seized and copied for both sides. Many of these will have whole pages/sections/words/etc blacked out (actually cut out of those copies) as 'company proprietary' 'Company Proprietary' can be disclosed, but only on very, very tight NDA's and only to certain parties. Normally 3rd parties that will then sum it up to whomever they are sided with...but...no details Insurance will become a HUGE factor and they all have a very, very large staff of lawyers. Plus hired guns (attack lawyers) Much, much, much more will be going on...and on...and on... How do I know this? I've been sued 4 separate times for wrongful death. My startups and me personally (named partner, on all documentation as one or all: designed by, drawn by, checked by, approved by) NONE of them went to court, but the other's named on the suit's did and two lost HUGE. My insurance loved the level of engineering documentation and design team documentation. Ditto the level of detail from the certification agencies (both the agencies and the various 3rd parties we hired to test...we were small and had no on site facilities to do those tests) Since I was also named as an individual in these suits...they said they'd cover me and if they didn't, then might/will lose everything plus jail time Was deposed once and the other three dropped their suit against us once they got the brunt of the documentation. That one deposition was them trying to get me involved with the design of the mechanicals of that accident (ski lift/gondola...we just supplied the controls and electronics/electricals) This is in part, why cringe whenever read someone advising that it is OK to go over the ratings...that they've been doing it with no issues for decades/100's of thousands of miles {edit}...must add a ditto for those contemplating tuners. Risk is that on 'highly integrated' systems...they touched or affected...and resultant effect is flaky behavior of an associated system (like ABS, or Traction Control, etc) Most will NEVER cross these bridges...but they are out there and some other guy does cross those bridges...
BenK 10/29/14 11:09am Towing
RE: 16" or 18" tires and how do I match rims

All tires have a recommended rim width *range* On the narrow side will provide better 'ride quality', but poorer handling On the wide side will provide better handling, but lower 'ride quality' All to do with the sidewall bendback (how much) Of course all with the same tire and same PSI/load
BenK 10/28/14 01:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 16" or 18" tires and how do I match rims

Find the spec for the higher class truck's wheels...rim width (bead to bead), offset and load rating Toss in hub centric or not. Hard to find after market alloys with hub centric designs Best to just go out and buy some take offs from that bigger truck OEM's ratings are what the regulatory agencies go by. You can have it legally changed (a licensed firm with PE/ME's signing off on the modifications, etc) but that will cost more than just going out and buying a bigger truck My eyeballs aren't good enough to see the differences between them. Like the disc's are thicker, the pads are thicker, the caliper is bigger, the MC has larger bores, the proportioning valving is different (if they have a proportioning valve body), software is different (mainly temp and safeties) and whatever else is out there that I've not found on my GMT400
BenK 10/28/14 10:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow vehicle fuel tank size

X2 and add that it is very much like 'safety margin' in my book Sub is a GMT400, so 42 US gallons. Also carry 5 US Gallon Jerry cans when going to remote areas. Have had a a bad tank on a trip to DisneyLand. Changed out the fuel filter the day before the trip. A week later back home...the next day leaving work had the Sub die. Towed home and took out the fuel filter to find it about 2x in weight. Took it to work and had the guys in the lab cut it open and take a mass spec. Rust (iron), dirt and more rust. Guessing one of the stations along Highway 5 didn't have it's filters in or bypassed. This also killed my fuel pump and had to drop that 42 gallon tank that had just been filled. I like...LOVE margin of any kind ! :B The nice thing about carrying plenty of fuel is that you can choose where you want to stop. You can pick a nice quiet rest stop, or visitors center and have a nice lunch. You can pick a noisy, stinky, crowded, smelling of diesel fuel truck stop/gas station. Pretty easy choice IMO.
BenK 10/28/14 10:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing wreck - overloaded hitch

This one covers many of the Polly Anna positions and advice on these types of forums...including the ones we don't normally hear about (NDA and if the NDA is violated...have to pay back their money and get sued for damages) Never heard of a law suit...now this one addresses thatNothing Wrong with over loadingThey never check overloadOK to modify and the OEM still has the liabilityJust return it to stock when you go back for warrantyIt is OK to go over the speed ratingI've been doing it for decades with no problemsand a BIG ETC Sure this owner modified, or had it modified and goes to taking the OEM off the liability hook. Those who modified it are now on the liability hook Again, design teams spec out the ratings to both meet the regulatory agency requirements (min) and design margin for warranty (AKA Safety Margin) Those who always say it's okay to go over the limits should take note of this and think about what they advise...and to those who think it only happens to the other guy...well tell that to the family of the deceased innocent's... Key to this one is that a DA has filed charges...where as the NDA'd ones did NOT have a DA file charges...
BenK 10/28/14 10:29am Towing
RE: UPDATE! Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

Unless force fed... :) A NA 3L will flow a MAX of 3L...but a forced fed can flow double or more depending on boost level Suitcase muffler too? Not sure, I never looked under the truck. I wouldn't worry too much, a 3 liter motor only flows so much air, and it would be rare for you to be running much over 3000 rpm, usually considerably less. One muffler is plenty for that little low rpm motor.
BenK 10/27/14 10:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire comments / experience / recommendations

The Michelins I have owned (and currently own) really seem to develop a lot of cracks in the sidewalls and tread. I never use Armor All or anything else - just water. Maybe it is due to the hot climate here, I don't know. Me too....think it depends where you live and/or spend lots of time Check out my bicycle tires...garaged and not out every day because have 5.5 bikes. So out maybe 2-3 times a week Live in The SF Bayarea...mild weather michelin Tire splitting
BenK 10/25/14 08:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Warranty Claim Denied

One reason I keep my vehicles a looooong time All of the new gadgets are of higher complexity, therefore higher cost to make and higher cost to repair/replace Highly integrated systems is next to start hearing stories like this Not saying that they will be coming in large numbers...just a few here or there, but with a surprising cost to repair/replace
BenK 10/24/14 05:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Interesting TV over the weekend.

Add that more and more of the advice here is off to dangerous Like on another thread over the Towing forum...a guy is complaining about a 'white knuckle for 600 miles'... He has no clue, but says towing for years...argumentative when advice was given (not just from me). Guess he only wanted to hear what he wanted to hear... Now he is coming around after days...weeks of the same advice Just like this original...the pictures are of folks who think it is just ducky for towing or a TV My cousin quit the highway patrol because of the continual dealings with folks who are a danger to the rest of us on the same roads. Yes, the numbers/percentages are small...but there are accidents that take out innocents out there I no longer argue/say yes or no and just provide information for them to make their own decisions...but way too many only want to hear: "sure you can" stuff Ditto no longer try to help at camp grounds. Folks get upset. I just ID them and try to remember to avoid them if I see them out there...
BenK 10/23/14 07:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Interesting TV over the weekend.

Just because someone doesn't ever see them...does it mean they don't happen... Just because someone did see one, two or more...does it mean it will happen to everyone... Just because someone didn't read about, does it mean they don't happen... Just because I used to read the Calif Highway Patrol magazine and the gore posted in them, does it mean everyone out there likewise read them... Driver competence's bell curve has at one end...idiots who should not breed to the middle of that herd to excellence on the other end Coming back from Boise, between the Oregon border and Winnemucca...it got windy. The 'puffs' were blowing me around. So slowed down from about 80MPH down to 65MPH...then one big puff blew me over one lane and I was holding the steering wheel TIGHT on my K5 Blazer. Lucky there was no vehicle on that side of the center line... Pulled over and put it into 4x4 to drive WAY off the shoulder. Spent the night there in the K5 (wasn't towing anything that time). Woke up the next morning to see several on their side. Ditto one time on the Calif/Oregon border. The Highway Patrol was stopping traffic and forcing everyone to pull over. Up ahead were several semi's on their side... It happens...even to well setup to the REAL ratings and with good drivers...
BenK 10/23/14 11:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas/Diesel and Resulting Transmission Temps

Similar because this is comprised of several sub-systems to the main thermal management system Many, many variables and that there are controls that vary the FPM/GPH/PSI/etc between them. Another is the computers. Not just the ECU, but the tranny CPU/etc Tranny CPU has torque management duties and it WILL throttle that back if the temps reach the safety thresholds (several levels)
BenK 10/23/14 11:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

Most all things designed/engineered are NOT for the good days when even a riding lawn mower "can do it"....but the worst day when Mr Murphy crosses your path Either you have the right sized and/or setup correctly...or not....no time to go back to the store for bigger...better components or systems, etc Too many think it only happens to the other guy...tell that to that other guy... The design team tells you where the ratings lines are...along with fine print. That is their contract (warranty) to you, the buyer Note that marketing and lawyers are part of the design team... You know Roy the one point that keeps getting brought up is "emergency maneuver" or some other such safety term. I maintain the point I made a couple of pages back that most of us in an emergency are not going to be experienced enough to come out of it in a satisfactory manner. It's just the way it is. And you're absolutely right, not disputing that at all. So why do we do it? Because in a non-emergency situation, I can safely tow 25,000 lbs with an F150 in 4Lo. But not if I encounter an "emergency", especially at speed.
BenK 10/22/14 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Interesting TV over the weekend.

17's...19's...20's...were laughable on TV's back around 2007 when I took these pictures...they are now standard OEM TV faire and driven by the fashion statement crowd. Cruising the local boulevard running errands when came across these guys parked in a handicap spot. Is this a H1 or H2...I'm not into these things Stopped and asked and all they could do was exclaim how wonderful he is able to afford the VERY expensive VR tires (P class)...asked about lowering their ground clearance with that step and they looked at me like I was crazy...they would NEVER take this off pavement http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/PaintedHummerRicer.jpg width=640 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/PaintedHummerRicer.jpg width=640 I saw a H2 Hummer with 24" low profile wheels towing a triple axle enclosed trailer along the Oregon coast over Labor Day. No idea how far he was towing or how heavy. The Hummer owner could be the new poster person for the old saying, you can't fix stupid. Those drug dealer wheels and low profile tires have considerably less load carrying ratings than the stock wheels and tires. :E If you have seen those thin spoke wheels that expose the rotor and caliper in almost full view, that was the style wheel. No WDH, just a bling hitch: http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/A/M/AM3413_100.jpg He did have air bags pumped up to keep it level.
BenK 10/22/14 11:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

Many times it boils down to what an OP *wants* to hear Then they call advisors a derogatory: "The Weight Police", in order to put down what they didn't want to hear Many don't understand the difference between 'can do' vs 'should do' The 'half ton' of today used to be the 3/4 or 1 ton of bygone eras. What has NOT changed are their GVWR's Betcha the percentages between 'half ton' vs the higher class TV's is something like 80/20, or even higher So the OEM demographicers are smack on target with their marketing of 'half ton' as the main pickup/SUV offerings Ditto the OEM marketing numbers to the public. They know that most all will NOT read the fine print, and if do, won't understand the ramifications...so they will normally take the MTWR as an absolute....we read that here most all the time
BenK 10/21/14 11:15pm Tow Vehicles
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