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RE: MPG test ecoboost vs ecodiesel

Yep looks like FCA and Ford are five years, 100,000 miles and GM is six years 100,000. Was sure they all had ten year coverage. But they all have the same issue with rust Ford GM Ram Hope you don't think buying a Ford or GM will solve your rust problems! Actually, buying a Ford would, in fact, solve the rust problem. The aluminum body doesn't rust (or so I've been duly-informed by the corrosion protection engineering manager). It may oxidize or corrode, but it does not rust. ;) Rust is, by definition, oxidation of a ferrous material.
gijoecam 02/24/15 03:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lock for a Shelby 5104 coupler

Do you use that lock on this exact model coupler? Got pics of mine the other night... It's not the exact same model, though similar in function. The hole for the coupler latch lock is at approximately the same height off the top of the coupler as the one you linked to...
gijoecam 02/18/15 02:19pm Towing
RE: Lock for a Shelby 5104 coupler

As I looked into this, wheel locks, tongue locks, coupler locks, ... We all agree though: If a theif really wants it, they can get it. Thoughts? Thoughts: 1) I absolutely agree. If a thief truly wants it, they'll get it. 2) There's no need to armor-plate it with steel bars in the windows and anti-tank weaponry... You just need to make it something less than an easy target. Thieves are lazy... If they have to work, they're going to find another one to mess with. Your job is simply to make yours a little bit more difficult to steal than the next guy's.
gijoecam 02/18/15 02:17pm Towing
RE: Lock for a Shelby 5104 coupler

Nope. Used my brother's truck from work, and the site was sloped weird. Trailer rode down the road tongue-high so I had to adjust the tongue height for him to catch it with the truck when we were leaving. It wasn't difficult at all. Inch the truck back until it makes contact, adjust the height until it's straight, and in it went! It only took as long as it did because it was a manual tongue jack.
gijoecam 02/17/15 05:22pm Towing
RE: Lock for a Shelby 5104 coupler

When camped, I attach the hitch to the coupler and padlock it. That way both the trailer and the hitch is secured with a hardened padlock. Yes, it is still only a padlock, but better than nothing. Couldn't a thief pull up, slide the hitch into his hitch receiver, and done? Well it would take two thieves and some time to do that. The trailer will have to be adjusted to the correct height and then the truck backed in just right to insert the pin. Unless the trailer is parked in a secluded spot, that ain't gonna happen. If they can cut the padlock, that is how it would be taken. I've done it before... took about 40 seconds. (Forgot the coupler key at home, drove two hours and wasn't going back for it!)
gijoecam 02/17/15 05:11pm Towing
RE: MPG test ecoboost vs ecodiesel

But a 8 speed transmission vs a 6 speed That would be my point, they say that the Ram with 3.92 gears was turning 1900 RPM @ 65 MPH. Well I have the 3.92 gears and @ 55 MPH the RPM is 1500 looks like 1700 not 1900. What's the ACTUAL measured operating RPM? Not what the gauge shows... The gauge can be off a tick. Two otherwise-identical trucks running at 1800RPM could be showing 1900 and 170o if the needle is off just one tick either way. Really? wonder why there are any gauges whats so ever,if we don't like what they say "its wrong " "they can't be trusted" "calculate by hand, measuring cup and slide rule" Touched a nerve, did I? Because it's not conceivable that an analog gauge could be off a touch? Well then clearly the digital rev counter from the ECU in my truck is off, and obviously the GPS speed is a couple mph off the gauge, so the satellites must be out of alignment or something... Gauges are inaccurate. Calculated values based on erroneous values compound the error. My point was simply that there could be differences between your truck and the one in the test that explain the difference in rpm at a given speed. Your gauge could be off a bit low and the tested truck's could be off a thick high. You could have slightly larger tires or your tires could, for whatever reason, have a slightly larger rolling circumference, or any of a plethora of other differences.
gijoecam 02/17/15 05:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lock for a Shelby 5104 coupler

Do you use that lock on this exact model coupler? It looks the same to me... I'll try and remember to get a picture of it when I get home this evening...
gijoecam 02/17/15 02:13pm Towing
RE: MPG test ecoboost vs ecodiesel

But a 8 speed transmission vs a 6 speed That would be my point, they say that the Ram with 3.92 gears was turning 1900 RPM @ 65 MPH. Well I have the 3.92 gears and @ 55 MPH the RPM is 1500 looks like 1700 not 1900. What's the ACTUAL measured operating RPM? Not what the gauge shows... The gauge can be off a tick. Two otherwise-identical trucks running at 1800RPM could be showing 1900 and 170o if the needle is off just one tick either way.
gijoecam 02/17/15 01:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Serpentine Belts and Hoses

The vehicle I just retired this spring was a 98 Explorer with almost 230,000 miles on it. It had: -A Goodyear Gatorback belt installed at approx. 30,000 miles. -Original hoses. -K&N Air Filter installed at 50,000 miles, cleaned at 150,000 miles. -Wiper blades were installed in the summer of 2000. (SilBlades) The hoses were not dry-rotted, cracked, or soft in any way. I'm not sure what they were made out of, but my hat's-off to Ford's materials engineers for the choice of material!! Honestly, had the belt let loose, I was prepared to change it on the side of the road. On most modern vehicles, the worst thing that will happen is the loss of AC and power steering. Most, if not all, vehicles have some level of fail-safe cooling system that will allow you to limp it some distance even if the belt fails. Timing belts, on the other hand, need to be changed when the service schedule calls for it.
gijoecam 02/17/15 01:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: dry truck weight

To the first question, the only way to truly know the dry weight of his rear axle is to weigh it. By comparison, my 2010 F250 with a V-10, crew cab, short bed tipped the scales at 3140lbs. To the second, the tire pressure on the door sticker reflects the OEM tires' recommended pressure for the maximum axle loads. So, for example, my door sticker lists the max pressure as being 65psi because, at its 6600lb rear Gross Axle Weight Rating, that's the air pressure Bridgestone recommends running at to support 3300lbs per tire. The tire is rated for something like 5600lbs @ 85psi, but there is no reason to run them at the max pressure on the sidewall if they're never seeing that load. That being said, I run them inflated to the pressure for the load. So, when it's empty, the recommended pressure is something like 55psi. Loaded for a weekend of camping, trailer in-tow, they run at 65 if my memory serves because, loaded-up, they are seeing 4280lbs, and that's the recommended inflation pressure for the tires under that load. So, all that being said, adjust the tires for the load they're seeing, plain and simple.
gijoecam 02/17/15 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Difference in Gearing

The 3.73. Hands down. With the 4-speed 4R70E/4R75E behind the 5.4, it's not going to set any land speed records, but it'll get you there. The fuel economy difference between the two, even empty, is negligible. With the 3.73 gears, you'll never be merging onto a short up-hill on-ramp, trailer in-tow, wide-open throttle, thinking, "Gee, if only I had opted for the 3.55, I'd be getting fractionally better fuel economy on my way to work..."
gijoecam 02/17/15 01:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lock for a Shelby 5104 coupler

I use a Fulton Gorilla Coupler Lock. It's not a great fit, but the most secure I've found. http://www.pacifictrailers.com/FULTON-Gorilla-Guard-Brass-Trailer-Coupler-Lock-BHLO-0600/ :)
gijoecam 02/17/15 01:05pm Towing
RE: Newbie Tow Vehicle Help

On paper, it *might* be possible, but I can guarantee you it won't be a pleasant experience. Trust me. I toed that line with my F150 the first summer we had the travel trailer (only rated for 7300lbs, loaded trailer was 6500 IIRC) and it worked, but it wasn't a lot of fun. If I had known how much more pleasant of an experience it would be with the 3/4 ton pulling it, I wouldn't have waited until the second summer to upgrade the truck!! Night. And. Day. Honestly!!
gijoecam 02/17/15 12:59pm Towing
RE: Surge Brakes

Personally, I'd do whatever it takes to swap them out for electrics long-term. I've had surge brakes on a boat trailer, and they were miserable to work on, impossible to adjust consistently, and could not be modulated independent of the tow vehicle. Having had electrics on the last two campers we've owned, I fail to see ANY advantage to running hydraulic brakes on a trailer.
gijoecam 02/17/15 12:55pm Towing
RE: WDH - I think I understand

Weight is distributed across both of the tow vehicle axles, nothing much changes on the TT axles. All of the hitch weight still goes on the tow vehicle. So you still add the full hitch weight to the tow vehicle. GVWR - Actual weight of tow vehicle = What you can carry. Incorrect. Generally-speaking, with your typical 30-foot travel trailer, and most pickups, you will get a dead tongue weight distribution of roughly 1/3 on the trailer, 2/3 on the tow vehicle using a weight distributing hitch. Obviously everyone's rig is unique, and your mileage may vary, but that's a decent approximation for a lot of the rigs out there. So, generally-speaking, if you have a 900lb tongue weight, when it's all said-and-done and adjusted, you will be bearing approximately 2/3 of the tongue weight across the tow vehicle's axles, and the remaining 1/3 will be borne by the trailer's axles. Many of us have actual scaled weights to show the weight transfer. I'd be happy to share my numbers with you to let you do the math if you think it would help you understand the physics involved. Ultimately, what APT wrote is a spot-on assessment of how they work and what happens.
gijoecam 02/17/15 12:52pm Towing
RE: Here's what I learned on the scales today

Once you have the three weight tickets, shoot me a PM with your email and I'll forward you a copy of the spreadsheet I made up a while back. Fill in your numbers and it'll do the heavy lifting for you. I keep it on my phone via Google Drive so I can play with it any time I change the setup significantly.
gijoecam 02/13/15 12:30pm Towing
RE: North American Truck of the Year

As for the V8 Ecoboost/Ecobeast I can only report what I was told. If they choose to lie then that is on them. Sad if that is what he was doing IMO. Don I wouldn't call it lying so much as protecting proprietary and confidential information. All Ford employees sign a confidentiality agreement, and to reveal proprietary and confidential information could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. Needless to say, compromising company secrets is 'frowned-upon' by management for obvious reasons. :)
gijoecam 01/20/15 10:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: North American Truck of the Year

Being an engineer, I applaud innovation but I'm also very critical in that the essence of good engineering is to design by/to function. I'm not convinced Ford had that in mind for a working truck, but to be fair the actual percentage of truck buys who buy trucks to have something in the bed a handful of times a year has risen exponentially... Don't need much truck to haul groceries and hockey equipment. Repairs to that aluminum body are going to be expensive every way around. The insurance companies are not keen on them - I know this to be fact. Will be interesting to see how it ultimately proves out. Nothing innovative at all ,Aluminum has been around in automotive bodies forever in whole or parts. Insurance companies could care less they will charge what ever extra it will cost to repair and so far it seems to be between $100 and $200 a year,each individual will make their own decision. To me the never rust is a major plus,and yes I know al oxidizes. Nothing innovative, huh? You have no clue... In terms of using aluminum in a vehicle? Ok, I'll give you that one. But using all aluminum bodies on three quarters of a million vehicles a year? Nobody does that (yet). Just the manufacturing and assembly of the body alone took an 8 billion dollar investment in infrastructure, equipment, and new technology. The entire manufacturing process of the aluminum body is an utterly amazing feat, and to be able to do it on the scale Ford is required significant investment from the raw materials suppliers too... 5 years ago, nobody could have done it because nobody could pedicure the amount of aluminum needed to make that many vehicles. Ford essentially owns all the output currently available from the aluminum industry to sort the f150 and super duty for the foreseeable future. It'll be interested to see the commodities cost for GM if they jump on the aluminum bandwagon too.
gijoecam 01/15/15 04:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: For the Mathematicians:

Now that I know how to doi it vertically, how can it be done horizontally? For example, if I want to torque my hitch ball. I suppose I could flip my shank 90 degrees and torque it vertically using the various methods suggested previously, but what if this could not be done? How could I do it? Bruce Obviously flipping the shank 90 degrees is the easiest way to let gravity do the work for you. There are any number of Rube Goldberg-esque methods one could employ to turn the applied force horizontally, but I suggest the easiest.
gijoecam 12/26/14 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Tiny Homes

We saw the same episode and wondered exactly the same thing. Ok, so maybe they wouldn't have gotten the rooftop terrace, but all her other wants and needs could have been met for the same money in any of a dozen RVs. Oh, and it would have had heat, AC, and no composting toilet. Ok, so it wouldn't have had the reclaimed wood on the walls and ceiling, or the tile floor and fancy sink (which I've seen at Lowe's). And yes, it would have looked like a camper rather than a house... but in my opinion, it would have been significantly more functional...
gijoecam 12/25/14 06:35am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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