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RE: Safety chain placement

Second, I have yet to see a configuration that would allow the breakaway cable to be pulled when the coupler separates from the ball but the chains are still attached. It would require some very specific-length cables and attachment points such that the cable is pulled if the ball drops more than a couple of inches, and that assembly would still need to be able to articulate as the rig makes turns and traverses hills and valleys. That setup only exist in theory as best I can tell... You are correct that your cable lengths need to be closely set and I have mine where when the safety chains are fully extended the breakaway switch is pulled, but the 7 pin cable hopefully will still be connected. I have tested my configuration by attaching all the cables/chains with the tongue off the ball and at the same height as it would be normally and then slowly pulling the TV forward till the chains are taught. Here is a picture of what my "ACTUAL CABLES/CHAINS " looks like and this is not a theory, but real and I'm sorry if you still don't believe it's possible, but I know along with a lot of other folks in past posts say it is ;): http://i1325.photobucket.com/albums/u639/12491/E-350%20Van/16%20Dec%202007%20Trailer%20CIMG0001_small_zpse4ukfkg6.jpg width=600 Larry I posted before reading through JBarca's post linked earlier in this thread... I stand corrected as I now see that it *is* possible to set up the arrangement such that it'll pull the safety cable before detatching. (I've been wrong before... It happens...) ;) There is, of course, the eternal debate as to whether or not this is the preferred sequence. On my particular vehicle, I would have a difficult time making it happen as there is no other attachment point for the safety cable anyways. Unlike JBarca's bumper, I don't have a tow-capable bumper with the auxiliary safety chain connections on it. In fact, on my particular truck, the nearest thing to an attachment point that's NOT a safety chain connection on the receiver is another three feet farther up the frame, adding to the challenge.
gijoecam 06/01/15 11:16am Towing
RE: 5.4 is a screamer!!!

NO you don't need to go to 4.30 gears. a waste of money, and NO they won't give you better MPG. 2500 RPM is 2500 RPM no matter if you are in OD or 3rd gear. Best thing. Lock out OD. That little button on the end of the shifter. Press it, and you will see a little icon on the dash that will tell you OD is turned off. It will then hold 3rd gear longer, because it can then lock the torque converter. With the OD on, and running in 3rd. the torque convertor is not locked up, and can cause the trany to heat up and the engine actually runs at a higher RPM that 3rd gear. Locking out OD will stop that. The TC will lock in 3rd gear if the conditions merit it whether or not OD is locked-out. Locking out OD stops it from dropping into 4th and lugging and/or constantly shifting in and out. If it'll hold OD on the flat-lands without hunting between 3rd and 4th, let it. It's not going to hurt anything. If it won't, lock out OD and let it do its thing. I agree that it's got to rev to make the power you need to move the shoebox through the air. Personally, I though tthe 5.4 was a dog in my 2000 F150, let alone in the super duty (another 1500 lbs of truck) pulling a bigger trailer... It's not going to set any land speed records, but it'll get you there. Getting back to the original question, I don't think you're going to see any significant mileage gains by re-gearing, and if they do, they'll be miniscule, if they can be measured at all. It takes a certain amount of energy to do the work of dragging the rig over any given hill, and there's no guarantees that the engine running a couple-hundred RPM higher will gain you any efficiency.
gijoecam 06/01/15 10:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2013 F350 getting new turbo today

That looks like a blow-off sticking or being slow to respond to me... But the graph certainly shows the surging pretty clearly! I guess it could also be the turbo itself not spinning consistently too. Hopefully this fixes it! I haven't heard of too many of the new diesels having issues, but I'm glad you're getting it sorted out!
gijoecam 06/01/15 10:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Safety chain placement

The way I read the DOT requirements for the breakaway cable, it specs the switch must be activated to apply the trailers brakes after the trailer has separated from the tow vehicle. It does not specify "when" in this chain of events. Where the safety chains are presumably keeping the rig together ? Or after a total breakaway ? Strictly speaking, it "sounds" to me like the reg is saying "after the hitch connection has failed, and also after the safety chain connection has failed". Right, wrong or otherwise, I have my breakaway cable connected in a way that the pin would only be pulled in the event the safety chains failed, and the trailer is totally disconnected from the truck. Personally, I would not want the trailer brakes locked and sliding, especially if it happened to be wet pavement, while the trailer is still hanging on by the chains. YMMV....and your connections may vary as well.... I agree with you on this for two reasons: First, it's the only thing that makes sense. Locking the trailer brakes while the trailer is still attached to the tow vehicle by the safety chanins isn't a good idea. Second, I have yet to see a configuration that would allow the breakaway cable to be pulled when the coupler separates from the ball but the chains are still attached. It would require some very specific-length cables and attachment points such that the cable is pulled if the ball drops more than a couple of inches, and that assembly would still need to be able to articulate as the rig makes turns and traverses hills and valleys. That setup only exist in theory as best I can tell...
gijoecam 06/01/15 09:22am Towing
RE: Evasive Maneuvers when towing

When it comes t other drivers, I think everyone else (the OP included) has it covered. When it comes to wildlife, I have a 'One Meal Policy:' If I can eat the critter/object/thing in the road in one meal, I don't even think about taking evasive actions. On larger animals, like dogs, deer, etc. my policy is to brake as much/hard as is practical for the conditions, and hit it if necessary. I know it'll do some damage, but likely not as much as parking the rig in the ditch will. For the largest of the critters (bear, moose, elk, elephants), the law of tonnage wins-out. I'll do what I can to avoid them.
gijoecam 06/01/15 09:10am Towing
RE: Vortex II Vent Fan Reliability Improvement

Double-tap...
gijoecam 05/27/15 05:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Vortex II Vent Fan Reliability Improvement

Thanks. For $10, I ordered two because I can always find another project for one of these!
gijoecam 05/27/15 05:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Water Heater Acting Strange

Found a small piece of web/nest in the burner tube... Didn't fix the problem... pulled the orifice out and discovered it had the tiniest of bits in it. Blew it out and it's back to normal! I got some good pics I'll post when I can get too my computer this afternoon...
gijoecam 05/25/15 08:05am Tech Issues
RE: Water Heater Acting Strange

The video didn't capture it well, but the orange is from the thermocouple and ignitor tips glowing orange. The flame itself was actually blue, but sounded weak and unsteady. A couple of times, when it lit, the flame backed up into the burner tube and made the jet-roaring noise that happens when the propane on my bbq is running out. Eta: also, I didn't touch anything since putting it away in the fall... What could cause it to be getting more fuel or not enough air? I'll pop the tube off and see if there are any spider webs down it, but I would think those would obstruct the gas flow too, not just the air...
gijoecam 05/25/15 04:56am Tech Issues
Water Heater Acting Strange

Video Hey gang, First trip of the season this weekend. It was kind of last minute, so I only had three days to de-winterize, clean, and prep. When we fired up the water heater, this was what it started doing. It runs for a few minutes like that, then quits. I thought it was a supply issue, but lighting the three burners and firing up the furnace has no effect on it whatsoever, and the tank is more than half full. Temps are in the upper 70s during the day, low 60s at night, so I don't think it's a pressure issue. I did find a cracked supply hose on one side of the switching regulator, but changing tanks made no difference whatsoever. What could be causing it to puff like that? Orifice clog? Valve issue? I'm at a loss... I'll pull the burner tube out after breakfast, and can use the electric element in the mean time, but would appreciate some suggestions. Thanks!
gijoecam 05/25/15 04:02am Tech Issues
RE: Vortex II Vent Fan Reliability Improvement

I ordered one of those reversible PWM controllers on ebay as well. I thought it would be perfect. I tested it on the bench with my original single-speed Vortex fan and immediately found two shortcomings: 1. it produced an objectionable whine at every fan speed. 2. when in the "off" position, it still drew several milliamps of current. To actually turn it off and prevent battery drain, I would have to add a second switch. I'm sad to report the same results. I wired it up in the campground yesterday and on anything short of full power, it sings like a bad bearing! Utterly unbearable... Maybe that explains why heng uses resistors rather than a pwm unit? Suggestions on a quiet one? I can handle wiring the reversing switch I guess.
gijoecam 05/24/15 12:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Now I've seen it all...

I am guessing a lot of you land loving RVers in here have never been on a boat ramp before. I would encourage some that say this is a bad feature to get a lawn chair and go sit for a day at a busy boat ramp. Know what's funny? I've done exactly that at the ramp in the video! I used to live about a mile away from Elizabeth Park, and on Sunday afternoons, I'd ride over there with a six pack cooler and a sandwich, and watch the antics. Man, I could tell you some stories!
gijoecam 05/22/15 01:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Now I've seen it all...

Found a video also... Clicky (Footage is from Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI and the Ford Yacht Club in Grosse Ile, MI... I grew up two doors away from FYC and regularly launched out of Elizabeth Park for years!)Thanks for the footage - I'm a Grosse Ile native and Elizabeth park was a great hangout spot. We launched a cruusier out of there as well - lots of time on Lake Erie catching perch and Walleye Small world! (And the internet has made it even smaller!!)
gijoecam 05/22/15 06:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rare find. Used HD F150.

If it happened once, I'd think the same. But there are two entries... That seems strange to me.
gijoecam 05/21/15 04:46pm Towing
RE: Rare find. Used HD F150.

Oh, and the build sheet confirms the HD payload package: AA3BG HEAVY DUTY PAYLOAD UPGRADE PK :)
gijoecam 05/21/15 12:38pm Towing
RE: Rare find. Used HD F150.

I ran the VIN... It does, in fact, have the EB. It was registered to Brantal Contracting LTD and was serviced at Orchard Ford Sales (wherever that is...). 7-lug wheels make it a HD payload package for sure. Also worth noting is that the original owner purchased a 48 month/100,000 mile Ford Extended Service Plan for it, and that should be transferrable to the next owner for a nominal fee. That's the NEW-CAR ESP which is slightly better than the USED car ESP they sell... (I wouldn't expect the Honda dealership to tell youthis though...) But something is fishy... It had service work done at 27,120 and 37,123 miles... The listing shows the mileage as 23,xxx... Could be a type-o in the service history, but two of 'em? Not so sure...
gijoecam 05/21/15 12:36pm Towing
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? It's really wonderful... Right up until it doesn't work, then it's the biggest POS ever invented! I'm not a fan myself...
gijoecam 05/21/15 11:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Now I've seen it all...

This has GOT to be the most ridiculous 'feature' I've seen on any vehicle. Ever. There are no words to express my disdain for this 'feature.'..It's getting old in here. Old? I'm not even 40 (yet)!! I'm not angry over the feature, it's more of a 'shake my head in disgust' sort of reaction... Yet another dumbing-down of the driving skills for life toolbox. (and for the record, I prefer a manual transmission, but sadly it's not been available in a vehicle that suits my needs in more then 20 years...) Like I said in another forum, it's cool to see existing technology that's already in the trucks being used for new and innovative (industry-first?) features. They're adding a few short wires, a switch in a spot that was already a blank-off panel, and some new programming bits and bytes. The electronic brake control, electric power steering assist, and cameras were already there. In terms of rearward visibility, I can see that being an issue with some short-tongue trailers and fifth wheels... But there's no reason you couldn't use the mirrors at the same time... I think that, to make it more useful, a remote control option would be a better choice... Link it to a smart phone with a secure wifi link and a dead-man switch, and allow me to step outside of the vehicle and maneuver it like a life-size RC rig, and I'd be ALL OVER THAT!!!
gijoecam 05/21/15 10:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Now I've seen it all...

Found a video also... Clicky (Footage is from Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI and the Ford Yacht Club in Grosse Ile, MI... I grew up two doors away from FYC and regularly launched out of Elizabeth Park for years!)
gijoecam 05/21/15 08:37am Tow Vehicles
Now I've seen it all...

This has GOT to be the most ridiculous 'feature' I've seen on any vehicle. Ever. There are no words to express my disdain for this 'feature.'... If you can't figure out which way to turn the wheels, maybe you shouldn't be towing the trailer in the first place? Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist Feature Now, is the technology that enables this cool? Yeah. The nerd in me marvels at it. Is it at all practical? As far as I'm concerned, it's utterly useless. I'm confident that I'd be able to do it faster and at least as accurately...
gijoecam 05/21/15 08:31am Tow Vehicles
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