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RE: The Big Three's New Diesels put on a Dyno

Fake news. it's not fake news. These TFL guys are a little corney but they do a much better job than some of the automotive journalist and get much closer to real world use with the limited time they have these trucks. * Hitch up a trailer and drive it up a mountain.... see how long it takes...how does the truck handle * Hitch up a trailer and drive 100 miles and check the MPG * How much actual power do these things make? IDK, let's hook it up to a Dyno and see I enjoy these videos much better than anything motor trend and the like produce. Heck, while everyone was fawning over the Ridgeline it was TFL Truck that proved that you can overheat the transmission in a Ridgeline just taking it moderately off road on a real trail. Nobody else reported that sort of thing. Geeze you could give some folks a pot of gold and they would complain about the size of the pot. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/24/17 09:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Big Three's New Diesels put on a Dyno

In the last Video about these trucks, the MPG towing test, the Ford had slightly worse economy out of all the trucks. Maybe this is why...it flat out puts more HP to the ground. Maybe there are other factors too. I'm not sure. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/23/17 06:42am Tow Vehicles
The Big Three's New Diesels put on a Dyno

Here is the TFL video The results are... http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/Truck%20Stuff/1E1BEF91-2166-4D0A-96EC-79AF232E8907_zpsuiculg20.png width=640 Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/23/17 05:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Downsizing Our Trailer & Tow Vehicle

Grand Cherokee! I've seen lots of them towing smaller TT's. nothing wrong with them as a TV. I spoke with a man towing a 25 ft airstream with a 3.6 V6 grand Cherokee and he said he was really pleased with the combo. He had a BMW X5 before the Grand Cherokee and said the Jeep was a better TV. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/21/17 05:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2006 Explorer 4.6 v8 has no power to tow up mountains?

You are not letting the Explorer work. You are not use to letting it rev to 4500-5,000 RPM to climb a grade. Let it work. That's what it was designed to do. I pull much more than 1,500 lbs with my Minivan and it does a great job but I let it work. Let it rev...you are not going to hurt it. If your F450 had a V10 it would be running 4,500-5,000 rpm to tow up mountains too...it's the nature of a gasser. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/21/17 11:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: SUV tow vehicle

No way would I do it. You have more than enough motor. It not enough chassis. Truthfully, I wouldn't start with anything over 5,000 dry...imho. You have to carry the tongue weight and al the gear and people in the camper. Hot rod motor and all, your SUV is a half ton and will handle half ton type duties very well. Pulling a 10,000 lb trailer is 3/4 and 1 ton truck ranges. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/20/17 03:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Which Michelin Tire? Defender LTX M/S or LTX Winter

Neither Michelin tires are junk! The last two sets I had on my 04 Ram had 5/32" to 6/32" of tread left on them. They had to be replaced do to heavy dry rot! Will never own a set of them again. BTW my BFG tires did the same thing. There are a lot better tires out there then Michelin. Don I have had the exact same experience. Never again will I buy Michelin tires. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/20/17 05:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Downsizing Our Trailer & Tow Vehicle

If I were to buy a SUV for towing right now I would take a serious look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The V6 Pentastar is Fantastic and has about a 6,500 lb tow rating. There are many people towing with these Jeeps. I am seeing more and more of them on the road. If you can get a EcoDiesel model I think the tow rating goes up to over 7,000 lbs. Just have to watch the payload on these smaller rigs. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/18/17 10:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anderson Ultimate vs Pullrite Superlite

I don't have any info on the Andersen or the Pullrite but there is a new third option when it comes to this piramid "lightweight" fifth wheel hitch. That is the Demco Recon Here is the product page on eTrailer.com I like that it mounts to industry standard rails so no bed deflection. I also like that it uses a conventional hitch head. Demco hitch heads are single jaw and locking bar in design and are very secure. 21k lb rating and you can pick one up for about $500.00 ish. It breaks down into two pieces so it's still easy to manage. If I were shopping for one of these light weight hitches I would really consider one of these Demco Recons. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/18/17 02:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing with 2008 Honda Civic

Here is a few pics of an old PUP I had. This was a 68 or 69 Apache Eagle. I stil regret selling it. It weighed less than 600 lbs and had a scaled tongue weight of 75 lbs. it was a dream to pull. Rear of the trailer...notice the entrance door on the back. Yes that is a full awning. Under the pull out beds you can see the roof halves that fold up and made a hard cover to protect the camper while Stowed. When folded down like they are they made neat little under bed shelves for some lightweight stuff. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/102_1985.jpg width=440 Her is an interior shot looking from the door...the beds were on either side. Yes that iis bug spray. The camper had been sitting a long time. What was interesting about this Eagle was that it had the optional flip up cabinet instead of the dinette. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/102_1990.jpg width=440 Here is one of the beds. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/102_1986.jpg width=440 We never camped in it as it really did need new canvas and mattresses but I sold it to an Apache enthusiast and doubled my money. These things are out there but the closest I can find made today is the quicksilver camper. It's pretty fantastic. OP...I would make sure your son had a Transmission Cooler installed on the car and I would go camping. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/18/17 10:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: brake controller

I would suspect something other than the brake controller. I would be looking under the fiver for a loose brake wire or something like that. It's not usual for a brake controller to go bad. What brand of brake controller do you have? Have you adjusted the trailers brakes, have you checked all of your connections? Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/13/17 07:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can you overload a dually?

That's Crazy Ben! They didn't even bent the frame back before they added the brace.
jerem0621 03/13/17 11:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Intermittent jerky towing of 5th wheel

Okay, what you are using is called a Gooseneck adaptor. It converts the standard fifth wheel king pin into a Gooseneck hitch. Some fifth wheel camper manufacturers tend to discourage the use of this style adaptor as it can put increased stress on the fifth wheel frame and damage the frame. I think that a poster was alluding to this earlier in the thread. It's just another thing to check on. See if your particular frame manufacturer recommends a Gooseneck adaptor or not. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/12/17 06:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for part time TV for under $20K

Yes, the spark plug blow out issue on the early 2v V10, and 5.4 were blown out of proportion. Did it happen? Yes. More than a few? Yes... but was mitigated by properly torquing the spark plugs into head and not over tightening them. But when the blow outs happened there is a relatively simple repair kit for professional mechanics. I've personally owned four modular motors (and hundreds of thousands of miles) and have not had a single blow out or internal issue with any of my motors. Thanks! Jeremiah OK. What's an "early 2v V10, and 5.4"? BTW, I thought that the spark plug problem was on the 3V (Triton) versions. I am pretty sure it's 97-1999 pre PI(Performance improved) heads on the early tritons. These aluminum heads only had about 2 or three threads that actually engaged the spark plug. These did have a problem with blowing out of the head (literally) but was blown out of proportion. The 2000 and later 2V motors were IMHO some of the most reliable motors. In about 04 in the half tons and 05 in the HD trucks they went to a 3v head configuration on the modular motors. These motors originally had problematic 2 piece spark plugs. These were a PITA and would often break in the head! There is actually an extraction tool for these broken plugs. However, replacement plugs and later New trucks had a one piece spark plug that solved this issue. The biggest issue I have with the 3V motors is limited to the half tons (F150, Navigator, Expedition, and Lincoln mark LT) of the era... these were the infamous cam phasers that were imho a terrible design. My FIL has a 2007 Navigator with the 5.4 and his Cam Phasors failed... when we replaced them we used a lock out kit meaning no more terrible cam phaser. I digress... if you have ever heard a 04-09 F150 drive by and it was ticking it probably had a cam phaser issue. These are all overall good motors, not the fastest or most efficient, but really reliable and relatively easy to work on. Imho and experience. Thanks, Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/12/17 04:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling with half ton!

Well, I caved and we traded in the half ton Avalanche. I now have a Dodge 3500 with the 6.7 Cummins Diesel. Really happy with it, I have always loved the Cummins engine, and now it sits in front of me for towing my TT. I have more towing ability and weight capability than I will ever need (the most available), but the peace of mind is now priceless. Before the trade in, I bought a second hand Reese 14,000lb equalizer and dual anti sway bar system, so I will go ahead and use that anyway with the 1 ton Cummins. So now, instead of limiting to slowly towing to nearby campgrounds this summer, we're planning a trip to the Coast. I think the many threads and messages here on this board brought the reality of this home for me. I would have put too much expectation on my half ton. So, here's to hoping for a good camping season... Thanks for the guidance and advice everyone! Great decision! One you will not regret when it comes to towing. Set up that WD hitch correctly and use both sway controls and you will be towing with ease. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/12/17 04:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Intermittent jerky towing of 5th wheel

Could the IBC be malfunctioning? Also 1.5 miles with the brake away cable pulled is not a good thing. I can't imagine how hot those brakes got...or they don't work at all,
jerem0621 03/12/17 04:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New (to me) TV

Good report! How about a picture of ppl two of this nice rig. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/12/17 04:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for part time TV for under $20K

Just keep in mind that the V10 and the 5.4 are very similar in design. The V10 is a 5.4 with 2 more cylinders added. Well, THAT's disappointing. From what I've read, it's the design of the spark plug mount that gives the most trouble. If that's the same on the V10, I'll be disappointed. The 5.4's that had more issues were the ones with cam phasers found in the half ton chassis. The HD 5.4's were good motors. The V10 and the 5.4 did have some spark plug issues but these are very minor and very rare in comparison to say...one or two Diesel injectors going bad. These motors can also have Exhaust manifold studs break. OK. So have the spark plug issues been blown out of proportion? If you search hard enough you can find issues with all these trucks. Yeah, I'm finding that, too. Even with Toyota and Nissan. Also, if you want a 7.3 PSD then I wouldn't settle for anything less. They are old but they are relatively easy to work on. There are tons and tons out there with 100-125k miles which is barely broken in for these trucks. You just have to be patient and you will need to be prepared to travel. I've never owned a diesel. My dad was a mechanic. I grew up in a garage that worked on gas engines. I'm MUCH more comfortable with gas vs diesel. I could do most of my own wrenching on a gas engine. With a diesel, I'd need to find a good mechanic. I would prefer to find what I need in a gas engine. When I bought my 1999 V10 CC LB Dually I traveled over four hours to get it. 139k miles and I spent $5,500. Just scour Auto Trader, Craigslist, and Car Guru's and be ready to go travel to get your truck. Thanks! Jeremiah Thanks. Sounds like good ideas. Yes, the spark plug blow out issue on the early 2v V10, and 5.4 were blown out of proportion. Did it happen? Yes. More than a few? Yes... but was mitigated by properly torquing the spark plugs into head and not over tightening them. But when the blow outs happened there is a relatively simple repair kit for professional mechanics. I've personally owned four modular motors (and hundreds of thousands of miles) and have not had a single blow out or internal issue with any of my motors. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/12/17 04:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can you overload a dually?

IIRC the man had the frame straightened, reinforced, and carried on. Probably still out there doing this. Scary. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/12/17 11:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Silverado 1500 4.3 v6 - towing questions

Sounds like a good match...enjoy your new rig. Would you mind coming back and posting a tow report for the EcoTec 4.3 with your new trailer? Don't forget pics. We love pics. Have you thought about a weight distribution hitch or a brake controller? Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/11/17 02:33pm Towing
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