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RE: towing/payload

I didn't realize how heavy ATV's are. My Kodiak 450 is 591 lbs. empty! Wow, I would have thought the 450 would have been lighter weight as well. My Grizz 700 is spec'd at 648 lbs wet...full oil and fuel but no accessories. It sure is a lot of fun to rip around on though.
RedRocket204 11/17/14 03:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: towing/payload

Just want to point out to the OP a common issue that does occur to help push you towards 3/4 or better, 1 ton. You have the quad and the TT. The family grows and now you are looking at adding an ATV or even upgrading your TT to a larger and heavier trailer. Have you seen those bed mount ATV haulers that hold 2 ATVs? Don't even think about hauling 2 ATVs and TT with a 1/2 ton and honestly, I would not even consider 1 ATV and TT with a 1/2 ton no matter how you slice it up. Yes, you will see some doing this but there is no way they are not overloaded. Do yourself a favor and try and reasonably talk with your wife and point out the safety involved and why it is a much better idea to go with a 3/4 or preferably a 1 ton. It is your family's safety you are talking about. FYI, I haul a Grizzly 700 in my bed and pull my loaded 8500 lbs TT up into the mountains with a 1 ton and have 0 regrets. I could easily get the DiamondBack bed cover to haul 2 ATVs if I were to choose and that may be an option at some point.
RedRocket204 11/17/14 08:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2wd vs 4wd

...experience and an 'educated' foot... Here's the thing...regardless of what vehicle you're in, 2wd, fwd, part-time 4x4, awd, the experience and 'educated foot' is by far the most important piece of being able to safely drive on adverse road conditions.
RedRocket204 11/14/14 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2wd vs 4wd

But at low tide it flows out to sea, the level is much lower, and has no (or minimal) salt. You may be correct that the fresh water flowing out, when at low tide, has less salt in it but keep in mind, you have now drenched the bottom of your vehicles and the beach sand gets kicked up into every nook and cranny and that is still loaded with salt. Just a FYI to make sure and always run your truck into some sort of under carriage spray to get as much of it off as possible. Then hose off any other areas you can get to. It may not remove everything but it should help. When I ran my truck around on the beach, I went ahead and got one of those soaker hoses and attached it to a 2x4, turned it on and slowly ran my truck over it. The soaker hose seemed to do a decent job at spraying water up and all over the place. I did this as it was easier to rinse the under carriage of my truck as I was on the sand frequently surfing the north OR coast. However, I never ran my truck in the sea water, no other water crossings either, but would see people driving out into sea water all the time.
RedRocket204 11/14/14 12:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Topper (solid) or Cap ?

I actually have a system to remove my old six pack shell by myself. Just bend over inside the bed using your legs to lift the shell slightly moving it in steps to its balance point. When the rear is on the ground. Go to the ground and Continue to move the shell back off the bed a small distance at a time. I had an older full size truck LB with a canopy and would do the same. And actually, someone showed me another trick...take a long dowel, broom handle size which is longer than the width of your truck bed, and put that between the canopy and truck rails about 1/2 the way up the truck bed. Then you can roll the canopy back much easier and remove it the rest of the way per your instructions. Now, back to another point though. My newer full size truck with LB and a purchased new fiberglass canopy, seamless style glass all around it. That canopy is A LOT heavier that any other I have ever had. I am pretty sure it weighs upwards of 300lbs. I can remove it with the help of one additional very strong person but it is still a struggle. Forget trying to get it put back on with only two very strong men. It really takes 3 strong men. I was absolutely shocked at how much this new canopy weighed.
RedRocket204 11/14/14 11:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: For you who don't like the GM truck's IFS system

Obviously, no real truck owners care what those who own a lumber wagon slug truck with a solid front axle thinks since those owners will never realize how excellent the IFS is. DUH!!! Ever see what the front suspension is on real offroad vehicles is, like the Baha racers etc? IFS always of course!!! So often it's nearly impossible to teach the un-knowledged the way things actually are because their minds are locked totally shut! Wow! Slinging insults at those you want to buy in to what you are posting? un-knowledged? really? Classic.
RedRocket204 11/13/14 12:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2wd vs 4wd

If you drive using engine braking more than using your service brakes, 4wd does handle slowing better on adverse surfaces. Bedlam. 100% agree with you. You are not saying 4x4 stops you better, you are saying it helps slow you better while maintaining traction. Seems a lot of people don't get this...and I guess the experts who disagree all live in parts of CA that doesn't get snow or ice. I guess their experience trumps all.
RedRocket204 11/12/14 05:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: For the Ford lovers

Scrap? That F150 should recycle like a beer can ;) BTW does it require a deposit? :) Oh, yes it does...yes it does. Want to know how much?
RedRocket204 11/11/14 08:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: OMG, don't let the trueth blind you.

You are trying to make an issue out of something that simply is not an issue. I've been a paid firefighter for over 22 years and in that time I've put out many car fires, including a couple of old style VWs with magnesium engine blocks. Contrary to what you have said, you CAN extinguish a piece of burning magnesium with water. Rather than hitting it with a straight stream, a wide fog pattern is used to indirectly cool the fire. When the mag cools sufficiently, it stops burning. There are many materials in today's cars to be concerned with in the event of fire, like gasoline, rubber and especially the high amount of plastic in car interiors. A few components made of magnesium don't make cars any more dangerous. JMHO. Common now! You know better than to bring facts to RV.Net
RedRocket204 11/11/14 07:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2wd vs 4wd

If you had to ask...you don't need it. Me on the other hand...I know what I prefer.
RedRocket204 11/11/14 07:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Another question on winter traction

Your post reminded me of this which happened back in 07' Portland, OR Yes, I was living on the north OR coast commuting into Beaverton during that storm. Portland is filled with drivers that have very little experience driving on conditions like that. Every single one of those drivers in the video should not have been on the road that day. I drove from Beaverton, 75 miles to home that day without a single issue. Difference being...I have lots of experience driving in those types of conditions. You should have seen the overwhelming amount of white knuckled, paranoid drivers on Hwy 26 that day. They were an absolute danger on the road.
RedRocket204 11/09/14 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Another question on winter traction

OP, Do you even know if the driver had the vehicle in 4x4? Some assumptions here unless you asked them...certainly not trying to be rude here. Just too many inexperienced drivers driving in adverse roads conditions with an invincible attitude. You seem to find a higher percentage of these types in areas where driving on snow/ice is not as common.
RedRocket204 11/09/14 09:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesels...Ford vs GMC vs Dodge

The knitting circle is strong with this thread.
RedRocket204 11/08/14 07:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Relocate batteries to reduce tongue weight

You could always transport them in the back. Then when you get to your destination hook them up. Uh, you mean disconnect them to transport? How will the mandated emergency trailer brake system work? There needs to be an available and charged battery hooked up to the system while in tow.
RedRocket204 11/01/14 09:14am Toy Haulers
RE: Run antifreeze from the fresh water tank?

If you don't put rv antifreeze in the fresh water tank, how do you winterize the fresh water pump? Release all of the standing fresh water in your fresh water tank, then operate the fresh water pump until the line no longer has water in it. Then proceed on winterizing the remaining lines, low points, water heater, etc.
RedRocket204 11/01/14 08:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Keeping Things Cold on the Road

I'm curious how propane fueled vehicles run with the propane shut off :h
RedRocket204 10/31/14 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sequoia door-jamb sticker

The owner's manual says we can tow 9100#s. Does anyone believe that? We sure don't. Yup, right there with you and no way would I tow something even close to that heavy with our Sequoia...besides the fact that 9100 lbs and 12XX lbs payload never seems to "workout" for anything real world. A TT at below 6500 lbs should be a very good fit for the Sequoia. Ours weighs between 8000 - 8500 lbs and I also now will load a 650 lba ATV in my truck bed so a 1 ton was a good fit for what I am doing.
RedRocket204 10/29/14 07:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sequoia door-jamb sticker

Towing capacity of the Sequoia is 7400 lb, you are well below that.... ...I expect the numbers will be very similar. Actually, they are not very similar...however I will say that they should be. 2010 was the Sequoia redesign before Toyota adopted the new SAE standards for tow capacity. I am not at home (I can look at the manual when I return home later this week) but recall our 2010 Sequoia Ltd 8 passenger with 20" wheels was rated for a max tow of 9100 lbs. However, if you noticed, the following year with no major updates to the Sequoia but with the new SAE standards, the tow capacity dropped by about 2000 lbs. Here is a picture from my 2010 Sequoia Ltd 4x4, 8 passenger with 20" wheels and power seats passenger/driver: http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii301/_RedRocket_/IMG_1050_zps38cf84d4.jpg Would I consider towing 9100 lbs with our Sequoia? Not a chance!
RedRocket204 10/28/14 08:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do Weight Distribution Hitches Matter much?

I suggest you go to the site below and review the information there re weight distribution hitches. http://www.etrailer.com/faq-weightdistribution.aspx Not sure if you noticed it...but you responded to a 1 1/2 year old thread with the most recent reply from 1 year ago. :)
RedRocket204 10/22/14 07:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: average GPM concerns

Power to overcome aerodynamic drag increases as a CUBIC function of velocity. Going twice as fast takes 8 times as much power! It's cubed? I always thought drag increased with the square of the speed, but I'm no physicist. Food for thought: atdynamics - AERODYNAMICS 101, TRACTOR-TRAILER AERODYNAMICS I seemed to recall that a good portion of resistance was actually from under the vehicle/trailer and from the rear as air will hold, not releasing increasing the drag. The above link goes into that detail a bit but equates drag at about 25% in different areas. Another area that shocks me is those who go and lift their truck but also want better MPGs. :h
RedRocket204 10/21/14 07:01am Tow Vehicles
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