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RE: TV upgrade?

Yes it will. And a 350 will do better than that and a 450 will do better than that. However in all honesty. Your 150 doesn't have the right options for a TT that size. Not all 150s are created the same
Terryallan 09/26/16 09:46am Travel Trailers
RE: silverado 1/2 ton with 5.7L V8

AFAIK GM doesn't offer a 5.7L engine but rather as standard a 5.3L. That said, one would have to know far more about the particular truck you're talking about - model, year, body style, 2wd or 4wd, transmission, axle ratio, etc to be able to intelligently discuss it's towing capabilities. 5.7 liter is the most famous Chevy v8 of all time commonly called the 350 small block !!!!! But you can't get it now
Terryallan 09/26/16 09:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Bullet 269rls with F150...Need your thoughts...New to this

Seems to me. You are good to go. As long as you don t want a golf cart in the bed
Terryallan 09/24/16 06:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bullet 269rls with F150...Need your thoughts...New to this

You should have no problem with the bullet. Provided you have the right gears You did not say what your towing capacity is. Both payload and tow cap are required. Higher gears 3.31, 3.15 and such are not for towing I have a 150 with 7350 giver Has 3.73 rears, and 5.0 motor. That = 9300lb of tow cap. IF you have that much tow cap You will be good to go. My TT is 4800 dry. And 7400 giver. My 150 tows it great.
Terryallan 09/24/16 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: TT Tire Pressure Rookie Question

Make them all the same. Bottom line. and forget about the Nitro. It is useless. Nothing but a money racket.
Terryallan 09/23/16 07:16am Beginning RVing
RE: 4x4 vs 2x4

Well "those who know how to drive=2wd" probably stay home during winter where I live. The rest have 4wd because staying home is not an option. Wet grass? I wish. Just because some never learned to drive. Don't mean those of us who did, stayed home when no one had 4x4. Makes one wonder what they would have done in the days with out it. Many of todays drivers really can't drive. Todays vehicles do almost everything for them. Just passengers more or less. If the fancy stuff quits working. They will just sit and watch the drivers go by.
Terryallan 09/22/16 07:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4x4 vs 2x4

Floor mounted levers confused so many that they are now gone and dash mounted electronic shifting of the transfer case is the norm (not all, just most). Lost with that is 'N'...was for the PTO, but most won't know what a PTO is... Interesting! My 2015 Ram Tradesman has a floor-mounted transfer case lever with a Neutral position. Wow, it is a sad day when a simple floor mounted lever is confusing!! No wonder most people get confused when confronted with three pedals on the floor and only two feet to operate them!!! Floor levers Confusing??? Agree, but Only to people with no driving skills. I grew up in a time when the only 4x4 vehicles around, were Green, or Blue, and had big white stars on them. (Army), Navy) the rest of us learned to drive without 4x4, and in truth didn't miss it. But I did want one to play with. My first 4x4 was one of those. A DJ3A Willies Jeep. It had 3 levers To put it into 4x4 You had to stop. Lock the hubs, put the shifter in Neutral, Push the right lever to the middle, then pull the left lever to the middle, then push the right lever forward, and then pull the left lever back. After that you put it in what ever gear you wanted, and BTW. It had a top speed of 35 MPH when in 4x4. You could move the world, but slowly. So when I say 4x4 is not needed to tow. It isn't needed for people who learned to drive without it. I have NEVER been stuck on wet grass. Never figured out how you could let that happen. And I have never need 4x4 when towing, and I have towed on ALL kinds of surfaces, and camped in NP CGs, Sand CGs, Dirt CGs. whatever. Plus. My TT is parked on a down slope in the back yard. I have to pull it up hill in grass to get it out. It has always came out, wet or not. So in fact. 4x4, or 4x2 is a personal choice. Not needed for towing. Well, by people who learned to drive without it any way. My new to me 150 has 4x4. but only because it had it. It was not a requirement.
Terryallan 09/20/16 06:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel vs gasoline

Prolly be less expensive to just buy a newer MH. I'm betting it will cost a bunch to do that swap. Nothing on the gas MH will hook up to the diesel. So you are looking at AC, heat, major transmission mods, or new trans altogether. And you will more than likely need to beef up the suspension as the diesel is heavier than the gas, and of course a new fuel tank. Not worth it IMOP
Terryallan 09/17/16 08:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do I not blow up my city water connection check valve?

I run "pink stuff" through the water lines via the on-board pump. Then use an air compressor attached to the fresh water city inlet and pump air to push the pink out and it all goes in the holding tanks then. Using air via the city water inlet will definitely get rid of any trapped water. (This works for me). The entire process still only takes about 15 minutes. On my old TT I used pink stuff, However on the new one, because I can't get to the inlet side of the pump, I just use air thru the city water. Never thought about doing both? Why should I do pink, and air?
Terryallan 09/16/16 11:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: 4x4 vs 2x4

Does the elocker in the Ford 2wd rear ends help? Gman Yep, only mine was a Limited Slip.
Terryallan 09/16/16 10:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Nissan Titan

Terry my posts are meant as informative albeit a bit tongue in cheek sometimes, haha. I understand your thinking on it, and it's a "safe" way to go if one does not understand a vehicle beyond sitting behind the steering wheel and making it go. Anyway, the OP just turned in one half ton for a very similar other half ton, so he must not have been worried either, just didn't like his choice in new trucks.....or the yota has a better lookin sticker. I quite understand vehicles. My job is to make them move. One of your vehicles prolly moves as a direct result of what I do. Payload is NOT tow capacity. And tow capacity is NOT payload. Many things determine the payload, and many things determine the tow capacity. But you do have to have enough payload to carry the tongue. But then some trailers, say boat trailers, don't have so much tongue weight. The main things for towing, of course are the rear gears, and engine. Then of course you have to account for the weight of the vehicle itself. A regular cab truck will tow much more than a quad cab truck with the same engine, and gear. Every pound you put in the TV lowers the towing capacity. And yes contrary to what some believe. the rear gear is just as important now as it has ever been. Being involved with the engineers while they are developing capacities, and tolerances. I know there are reasons behind the decisions to put certain capacities on vehicles. And then there is the fact that not all so called 1/2 ton trucks, or even heavy duty trucks are created the same. Just because they look alike. does not mean they perform alike. Something is different. Or all trucks would have the same capacities. Of course. Sometimes the engineers don't seem to have a clue about how things really work. That's where we come in. Just cause it works on paper, don't mean it will work on the floor. and in truth. I don't care what brand anyone buys. We make just about every brand move. From Maserati to Fiat.
Terryallan 09/16/16 10:31pm Towing
RE: Towing with a Nissan Titan

On one side of the coin, that's a fair amount of trailer for a half ton, but on the flip side , none of the weight cops on here would be saying anything if it was a beloved max tow max whatever Eco Boost ford. Bottom line, it's a very capable half ton truck and 7000lbs is not out of line for any newer half ton in good shape. If you have the higher geared rear end, it won't be as fast as lower rear gears. Maybe have to drop a gear sooner, or pull a hill a little slower. However, what the masses here seem to forget is that for a particular model truck, the chassis' are basically the same. Same frame, front end, rear end strength, brakes, etc. You may want to upgrade a couple things depending on how hard or far you're pulling, like a transmission cooler if it doesn't have an external cooler, or maybe the rear suspension. But at that, you have a wd hitch so suspension shouldn't be a problem. Hooker up and go! Actually a 7400lb tow capacity is NOT all that good for ANY truck. And no matter what it is, when you hook a 6600lb DRY TT to a 7400lb tow capacity truck. It is over loaded when the family gets in. Y'all need to think in practical terms and beyond just what you read.....just a little, cause that's all that's needed in this case. Yes the old bisquit is right. Tire ratings and rawr DO matter. But a 2klb payload rating on the ops truck is decent for most half tons. Tow rating is typically determined by 2 things, for the same truck model. Rear gears and a trans cooler. You're gonna run this guy off to sell his camper for a dome tent, or have him in a 350 Dooley before it's over. If Nissan makes the Titan with 7400 and up to 9400 or whatever towing cap, I guarantee it has the same axles, wheels, frame, brakes etc. May have a heavier rear spring. Will have a lower rear end and probably a better trans cooler, but that's it. Plus with a wdh and a max of 12-1400 lb tongue on that trailer, the ONLY thing I'd worry about is keeping the trans cool pulling grades or super hot weather. Heck he said it's only a few weekender trips. Some of you would rather trade up than add a trans cooler and some overloads. I know a guy like this. Great family friend, like my second father. He goes thru more trucks and campers. Think he enjoys it actuall but new truck, bigger camper, truck is too rough, smaller truck, smaller camper, camper is too small, bigger camper.......etc. fact is, any of the combos he's ever owned were just fine and he's used them in most combinations, but he gets to reading and not thinking and then he's trading in his truck again. Some of you could find something wrong with a piece of warm apple pie and a scoop of ice cream. I guess IF you are smarter than the engineers that designed the truck, and set the limits. Then it is ok to go over them. Me, I'm not. I honestly believe that if the designers say it won't do more then there is a reason why. My previous truck had a towing capacity of 8000Lbs. My new truck has a capacity of 9300Lb. After having driven both trucks. Is there that much of a difference in the towing ability of the two? Yes there is. Rear gears make a world of difference. All the difference in the world.
Terryallan 09/16/16 11:30am Towing
RE: Towing with a Nissan Titan

On one side of the coin, that's a fair amount of trailer for a half ton, but on the flip side , none of the weight cops on here would be saying anything if it was a beloved max tow max whatever Eco Boost ford. Bottom line, it's a very capable half ton truck and 7000lbs is not out of line for any newer half ton in good shape. If you have the higher geared rear end, it won't be as fast as lower rear gears. Maybe have to drop a gear sooner, or pull a hill a little slower. However, what the masses here seem to forget is that for a particular model truck, the chassis' are basically the same. Same frame, front end, rear end strength, brakes, etc. You may want to upgrade a couple things depending on how hard or far you're pulling, like a transmission cooler if it doesn't have an external cooler, or maybe the rear suspension. But at that, you have a wd hitch so suspension shouldn't be a problem. Hooker up and go! Actually a 7400lb tow capacity is NOT all that good for ANY truck. And no matter what it is, when you hook a 6600lb DRY TT to a 7400lb tow capacity truck. It is over loaded when the family gets in.
Terryallan 09/16/16 07:02am Towing
RE: Towing with a Nissan Titan

I'll have to check on that payload rating. Wife and 2 small children, we are light packers when it comes to towing. We don't usually fill fresh water tanks etc. We have clothes, towels, chairs, small bikes for the kids. I'm sure there will come a day when we take a week long trip but right now it's mostly weekend trips. 6600lb is the weight on sticker on trailer Then NO!. That tells me you only have 800lbs of towing capacity for the truck. figure you and the wife 300lbs, leaves you 500lbs of towing capacity, and then a 50lb WDH leaves 450lb. Then take off the bike weight, and the child weight. You need more truck, or less trailer.
Terryallan 09/15/16 08:37pm Towing
RE: 4x4 vs 2x4

4x4 or 4x2 is a personal choice. Honestly in my 30+ years of towing a camper. I have never needed 4x4. I had them, and have one now, only because it had everything else I wanted. 4x4 did not enter into the decision. Honest truth. A 4x2 truck will tow better than a 4x4. It will be more stable. Why, I don't know. But my 2WD trucks have all been more stable, and steady than any of my 4x4 TVs. Maybe it is the height. I have talked to others that found the same thing. 4x2 is just better for towing. My 2004 F150 4x2 was much more stable than my 2013 4x4 is. Neither has sway problems. But I can feel the TT more with this truck. So it is your choice what to get. Your money, your truck. You are the only one you have to please.
Terryallan 09/15/16 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It's not just FCA

Given the choice between building big vehicles that sell and little vehicles that don't, I, like Ford, would choose to build and sell the big ones, rather than build and store the little ones. Yep yep Kind of reminds you of the Chevy Volt joke. The gov said you have to build them. But no one wants them. but you have to build them anyway.
Terryallan 09/15/16 11:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire blowout video on I 26

IMOP, All MHs, and big truck should be required to have "steer straight" units installed on the steering axle. A "shock" that helps the driver keep it straight during a blow out Who is to say he didn't have one? I have a Blue Ox true center but never had a front tire blow out so can't say if it helps any or at all. What I do like about having one is that mine is adjustable on the fly and I can adjust for road crown and wind. I have seen them in action. When you have steering tire blow out. With the brand I saw. You could control the truck / buss with one hand. Prevents the flat from jerking the wheel out of your hand. I also remember they were demonstrated at Rockingham race way.
Terryallan 09/15/16 11:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire blowout video on I 26

IMOP, All MHs, and big truck should be required to have "steer straight" units installed on the steering axle. A "shock" that helps the driver keep it straight during a blow out
Terryallan 09/15/16 09:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: It's not just FCA

Thing is. As a axle maker. I'm pretty sure there are already a LOT of "American" vehicles already made in Mexico, and other out of country places. We ship axles all over the world, and many of them come back in "American" cars. Ram HD trucks (not all) are assembled in Mexico. They have a track with a wall they drive the trucks close to, To measure the amount of noise the "quiet" diesels make. GM makes many models off shore. Ford has made cars in Mexico for decades What I am saying. Is don't get excited about it now, if you haven't already been excited about it. It is getting so much attention now, because of the election in November. To know where your vehicle is assembled. Check your window sticker, and the content label. You could be surprised.. BTW. While I do care where passenger cars are made. More of them than not get my axles. So I don't really have a dog in this race.
Terryallan 09/15/16 05:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: How I remove and install axle grease caps

My covers / caps are rubber. I just pull them off
Terryallan 09/14/16 08:20pm Tech Issues
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