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RE: Change weight by adding washer to WD hitch?

The bars move fore and aft on trunnion style hitches as well. The geometry is the same regardless of the type of spring bar used. I've looked through several of the round-bar installation manuals and don't ever recall seeing a recommendation as such. It might be a decent rule of thumb, but it's certainly not a requirement as best I can tell...
gijoecam 12/19/14 03:04pm Towing
RE: Avoid induction cleaning on ecoboost engines

Personally, I don't see a problem. I have seen carbon build-up on the back of the valves in several engines I've owned, the latest of which was a 98 Explorer. I have photos from my 98 Explorer that had about 100k on it at the time. It ran another decade and 125K without an issue. https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2023/2168608665_fac7f0382e_s.jpgDSCN4222 by gijoecam, on Flickr Personally, I'm not concerned with the alarms others are raising regarding the matter. It reminds me of people seeing 'smoke' coming out their tailpipe every fall or foamy brown gunk under their oil cap and assuming their engine has a head gasket leak.
gijoecam 12/19/14 01:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fastest selling pickups

All the companies want bragging rights which is why Ford even goes so far as to include F-450 sales with its F-250 and F-350 trucks to boost the number of units sold each year. The F-150 is the top selling 1500 class truck but it is the Ram 2500/3500 that are the best selling in this segment and the units are greater than for Ford and GM/Chevy combined. Another trick I have seen is where Ford compares its numbers to Chevy but leaves out the GM trucks from the tally. Not sure where you got your information from, but the 2013 data suggests otherwise (with regards to 3/4 and 1-ton trucks) http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2014/04/who-sold-the-most-pickups-in-2013. Ford is the sales leader in any individual segment across the board. Even if you combine GMC and Chevrolet sales, the only place they edge-out Ford is in the 1/2-ton line-up alone. I'm pretty confident that this year's numbers will play out in a similar manner. I've got a list in front of me that list the top selling vehicles through December 2nd, and the F-series is, of course, the leader with 679,496 units. Chevy Silverado is trailing at 471,918, Ram comes in at 395,988, and GMC Sierra is at 188,397 units. Even if you combine the GMC and Checy sales, Ford still has the lead, and I wouldn't expect that to change in the last four weeks of the year barring an all-out stop-sale by Ford.
gijoecam 12/19/14 12:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Compass not working F-350

If it's not being corrupted by an outside signal, and recalibrating it per the owner's manual doesn't fix it, it's time to replace it.
gijoecam 12/19/14 12:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What are my options besides a Super Hitch?

What about one of those dolly wheels that supports the trailer tongue? I can't think of any of the manufacturers offhand, but it's essentially a hitch extension that carries the weight of the trailer tongue rather than the truck... I've seen them mounted on the back of Class-A motorhomes to support the massive tongue weights of stacker trailers...
gijoecam 12/19/14 11:59am Towing
RE: Finding Towing Capacity

GCWR minus the actual weight of the truck = towing capacity. The numbers published in the owner's manual are a good starting point, but they don't reflect the actual as-built weights of the vehicle.
gijoecam 12/19/14 11:54am Towing
RE: Change weight by adding washer to WD hitch?

You add/remove washers to ensure your bars are PARALLEL to your trailer tongue when under tension. First determine how many chain links are needed to be parallel, THEN add/remove washers until tension is correct. Why? The purpose of the spring bars is to transfer the weight. If they end up parallel to the frame on any given rig, that's just a happy coincidence, but that's not the goal. Plus, how exactly do you measure curved links as parallel to anything? That's a geometrically impossible feat! I do understand what you are saying about only having two links under tension... Obviously at that point, the angle needs to be changed. But if I'm running at one angle with five links, why should I increase my head angle and run 6 or 7 links to achieve the same weight distribution just for the sake of making the (curved) bars (vaguely) parallel to the frame?
gijoecam 12/19/14 11:47am Towing
RE: securing a travel trailer

The old story comes to mind: Two guys are walking in the woods, and they encounter a bear. One says to the other, "On the count of three, start running." The other says, "You can't out-run a bear!" to which the first replies, "I don't have to out-run the bear. I just have to out-run YOU!" What's my point? Stay with me... Thefts of campers, while exceedingly rare, do occur. The key is to make your camper harder to haul away than the rest of the targets. A wheel lock, coupler lock, etc. don't make your RV theft-proof, and they don't have to. They just need to make it a little tougher to steal than the one in the next site. If a thief really wants your particular camper, they are going to get it one way or another. But in my opinion, thieves are just looking for the easy steal, hence the reason they're stealing one in the first place! Personally, I use a 2-5/16" stainless steel ball that gets latched and locked into the coupler when I unhook the truck. Between the slide-out being out, stabilizers down, and coupler locked, the odds of them grabbing it and going are pretty slim. Yeah, they could always just wrap the safety chains up around the tongue and drag it off, and nothing I can do short of my physical presence will stop them. I take what I feel are reasonable precautions, secure it as best I can, and make sure I pay the insurance bill every summer. Beyond that, I'm not going to worry about it. If someone wants it, have at it! It'll be my excuse to buy a newer/bigger/nicer one the next time!
gijoecam 11/24/14 12:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Does sideways excite you?

Hmm, nice look... It shortens the maximum length of any single panel! No full length panels! That's why they did it. Howzzat? No sure I understand what you're saying... How does orienting the panels at an angle reduce their length?
gijoecam 11/24/14 11:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Speakers to Lights

CLICKY That should be easy to install and would cover the hole and look good too! Just need to figure out where to mount the switch, somewhere by the stereo would be easy. Just tap into the 12v feed for the stereo and it's done. Great idea, thanks! Would I be safer using the speaker wires as a pull string to get different wires to the lights or just stick with the factory speaker wires? Depends on the size of the wire they ran from the factory, and how they routed it. Won't really be able to make that call until you get in there and see what they ran, and determine if using them as a pull is even possible (likely not if they are stapled anywhere along their length)
gijoecam 11/24/14 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Safety brackets

I wouldn't lower the roof onto any supports to take the load off as this could result in one of the cables coming off the pulley and getting wedged, which would be a whole different disaster to deal with! On the Coleman/Fleetwood whiffle-tree setups, each corner is drawn up individually. It would take a catastrophic failure of the whiffle tree or brake assembly for the roof system to let the roof drop, and even then, the door will hold it up. Trust me... It will not let you lower the roof with the door in place. (Everyone tries this once by accident at some point in their ownership!) In the event the brake refused to hold, you could always secure the handle to the bumper in a pinch. :)
gijoecam 11/12/14 08:41am Folding Trailers
RE: For the Ford lovers

Does anyone know if the Super Duty's will also have this new aluminum body? Yes. The next-generation Super-Duty will assuredly have an all-aluminum body.
gijoecam 11/12/14 05:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: For the Ford lovers

Does anyone know if the Super Duty's will also have this new aluminum body? I think you will see the aluminum body Super Duty's in 2016 or 17. What I don't understand is why here in KC we are still making 2014's and will until we go down for Christmas vacation. Seem's odd to me that Dearborn in making 2015's at the same time we are making 14's. JMHO They are doing a staggered launch to maintain inventory and, therefore, maximize sales volume during the transition. They did a similar staggered launch over 18 months back in 96 (for the '97 model year) when they were still running then at three different plants. Trying to launch two plants simultaneously is a massive undertaking and requires twice as many of each resource-- engineers, suppliers, materials, equipment, etc. This is a much more efficient way to do it! ETA: I suspect, though I'm not 100% sure, that the '15 model year trucks will not be sold until after January 1st, and they will probably be making the '15 models into 2016. I heard a blurb on NPR this morning that the '15s won't be sold until after January 1st. The only practical reason for that is that a specific 'model year' vehicle cannot be sold across more than one January 1st. If they wait until January 1st 2015 to start selling them, they can sell the 2015 models until the end of 2016, in theory. Ford did this with the '96 and '97 model year F150s, and again with the 2003/2004 model year F150s. From what I understand, it helps maintain inventory of the outgoing truck, and lets them build some inventory of the new truck before beginning to sell them. Seems strange to me, but if demand for the old one is still high, I say keep buildin' 'em as long as you can!! I mean, heck, look how long they continued to build the Econoline vans!
gijoecam 11/12/14 02:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: For the Ford lovers

I cannot see repairing a damaged aluminum frame. I see a lot of either total losses or frame replacement. Aluminum isn't going to be as easily repaired/straightened as a steel frame would as it would lose a lot more structural integrity. Good thing the frames are steel then!
gijoecam 11/11/14 03:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: For the Ford lovers

The first 2015 F150 rolled off the assembly line this morning. Except they've been rolling off the assembly line in Dearborn now for roughly 9 months or so in smaller spurts... But today was the first day of full-on production for it. Scrap is not really a concern.... Not sure what they're talking about. You are off a bit ,plant went down end of aug. 8 weeks to retool here Didn't read the link, but, wrong. The body shop went down to retool (I was working next door at stamping... they literally piled all the old automation outside and heaped it into roll-off dumpsters) but they have been running the bodies through paint and final assembly for months.
gijoecam 11/11/14 03:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: For the Ford lovers

The first 2015 F150 rolled off the assembly line this morning. Except they've been rolling off the assembly line in Dearborn now for roughly 9 months or so in smaller spurts... But today was the first day of full-on production for it. Scrap is not really a concern.... Not sure what they're talking about.
gijoecam 11/11/14 01:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Backing up tip

Personally I find it much easier to back in over the passenger side. I'm able to pivot around in the seat and see that side just fine, rather than trying to squint into a mirror. I have a lot more practice backing to that side as that's the only way I can jack-knife it into my current driveway, and despite how narrow it is, I usually manage it on the first shot these days. But the key regardless of which way you go, is practice. Again and again and again. Every site will be different, every situation will present its own set of challenges. Every one will teach you something about handling your rig. :)
gijoecam 08/07/14 02:18pm Towing
RE: Too Much Truck???

For starters, a 9k trailer will have a tongue weight in the 1000-1300lb range. Air up the bags if you think it will help, just readjust the hitch to compensate for it with a lower drop to level the trailer back out.
gijoecam 08/07/14 02:13pm Towing
RE: Another Expy question

Here's another option for you: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-E-Series-Van-Handycab-12-Passa-Bus-7-3-Powerstroke-Turbo-Diesel-01-ford-e-350-handycap-12-/131258658959?forcerrptr=true&hash=item1e8fa0308f&item=131258658959&pt=US_Cars_Trucks THen send it over to Quigley for a 4x4 conversion, and you should be golden! ;) But seriously, you could pick up a used e-series with a diesel for under $20, then send it over to Quigley for a 4x4 conversion, and be good to go! More space then you could possibly use, 4wd, and camper-pulling would never be an issue!
gijoecam 08/07/14 02:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Another Expy question

If I had 40K to put into a vehicle that had to seat six large (or tall) people, had to have 4WD, and needed to be able to capably tow a decent size trailer, I'd be looking at a van. But not any van... www.quigley4x4.com http://www.quadvan.com/ Both come with full Factory support, and can be serviced or repaired at ANY Ford dealer nationwide. They use mostly off-the-shelf components from Ford. They're not cheap new, but used ones in good shape can be had in that price range easily. It's about a $13k option on a new one, but they can't be beat! There's a 2007 on ebay now with a v-109 and nder 30K on it right now! (Just thinking... Not sure if you can still order them or not as they are being phased-out for the Transit... :( ) ETA: I'm forgetting that they both convert other non-Ford vans into 4x4 as well... I'm a little biased towards the blue oval product myself...
gijoecam 08/07/14 02:03pm Tow Vehicles
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