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RE: F150 w EcoBoost 2.7

You have a good truck. Use Tow/Haul trans mode, keep that engine spinning over 2200rpm by limiting top gears. The best you can expect is 10mpg. The cost to upgrade trucks will buy a lot of fuel!
APT 05/03/21 09:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford as a tow vehicle

I recommend using Tow/Haul trans mode all the time to disable AFM. :) If that still doe not meet your expectations and want to jump to Ford, then I recommend a 3/4 ton 7.3L if your TT is 7500 pounds dry. If 7500 pounds loaded, then the half ton will handle well. I recommend the 3.5L Ecoboost twin turbo engine, not the regular 3.5L.
APT 04/28/21 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 ton diesel vs. gas

Comparable, no, but more than good enough as long as you accept a little higher engine speeds.
APT 04/27/21 05:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nokian Rockproof tires?

IMHO, the BFG MT KM3 and Goodyear MT3 look great on every vehicle I've seen in person. This Rockproof may have an even better side profile than those 2, but I've never seen IRL.
APT 04/23/21 07:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nokian Rockproof tires?

I love the Michelin LTX M/S tires for all driving! Great grip in rain, snow, dry while quiet and long lasting. But it looks very humble compared to every AT tire. I'm a Nokian fan, have some WRG4s on my Subaru. The Rockproof looks cool and has great reviews too. I'd try them if in the market!
APT 04/22/21 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Questions about Reese straight line setup.

If you have a 3/4+ ton pickup, I wouldn't worry about the 1200 pound bars as I do not think you have to restore 100% front axle weight as I recommend with half tons and smaller TVs. Use those bars until they break!
APT 04/22/21 08:39am Towing
RE: Towing with Auto Leveling

Agree with above, but here is some more detail. Do you remember see-saws or teeter-tooters? Push/sit on one side, other side goes up with a fixed fulcrum in the middle. That is the same physics as dropping a trailer tongue on a tow vehicle ball. The fulcrum is the rear axle, and the "other side" is the front axle. A WDH restores weight removed from the front axle. Here is a typical example: 1000 pounds of TW Drop the tongue on the ball TV rear axle increases by 1400 pounds. TV front axle loses 400 pounds. Air bags or auto leveling suspension does not change those weights. If someone were to adjust a WDH to restore all 400 pounds lost on the TV front axles, the rear axle would only have about 800 pounds more than unhitched with about 200 pounds going to the TT axles. I like what HarleyEnough said about suspension height as "an artifact of the real purpose, a measurable artifact of what it's really doing".
APT 04/13/21 07:03am Towing
RE: 9th Gen 2500 Burb...cooled seat option?

Suburban was not optional for LT, only LTZ. 2500 was not offered with LTZ trim :(. I agree, I prefer the Chevy front end. I added the LTZ chrome grill overlay, and there are similar or Denali-like grills on Ebay for the Yukon.
APT 04/12/21 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: 9th Gen 2500 Burb...cooled seat option?

Option only in the GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLT. If you are looking at pictures online, check out the front doors where the switches are for memory, heat, and cooling.
APT 04/11/21 01:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Docking station with USB C

Wishing you a speedy recovery, philh!
APT 04/10/21 07:18pm Technology Corner
RE: Chevy Tahoe 5.3L as tow vehicle

Any reputable transmission shop should have one in stock. You can order one for under $100, but a local transmission shop should do it for under $300 installed. I agree that brand doesn't matter for this item.
APT 04/09/21 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy Tahoe 5.3L as tow vehicle

Stick to 5k dry. With 3.42 and the 4-spd, please upgrade the trans cooler. Keep it in 2nd and 3rd gears and you should be fine (if not slow at times).
APT 04/09/21 05:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM announces their Electric Silverado half ton.

Thanks for your feedback and personal examples, Dad! I am considering adding a Bolt as well due to relative purchase cost.
APT 04/08/21 06:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Docking station with USB C

It seems that you want something more like a KVM switch so you can use all the inputs and outputs between any 2 computers. Something like this USB-C dock/hub may work for you. It sounds liek your desktop may also need a PCI USB-C card.
APT 04/07/21 05:57am Technology Corner
RE: Docking station with USB C

What are you trying to accomplish by connecting the docking station to the old desktop?
APT 04/06/21 05:55am Technology Corner
RE: Looking for SUV recommendation

I think any of the 3-row mid-size SUVs should work (with proper towing options). Most have a naturally aspirated V6, but something with a turbo-4-cyl will likely be better towing at higher elevations. Can you afford a 2020 Subaru Ascent? I would tow that with my wife's 2020 Buick Enclave if I had to. 9-gears and plenty of power.
APT 04/05/21 08:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Escalade/Denali or Suburban 2500

All 3/4 ton Suburbans (and Yukon XLs) 2008-2013 have 3.73 axle ratios. That helps make up some power difference from the 6.2L with 3.42 axles, but the 3/4 tons are also heavier. For your targeted weight, either should be fine. Since you are not using a WDH, you may want to budget some some for of rear suspension aid such as Timbrens or Air Bags.
APT 04/05/21 08:00am Towing
RE: Towing up grades with "M" and 1 gears

M mode for GM is not quite manual. It is more like range limit for the top gears. The number displayed is the highest gear the transmission will automatically shift into. I tow in M4 or M5 with Tow/Haul enabled depending on the situation. Same engine/transmission as your van. I tow around 70mph and have had the trans shift into 6th gear. There is not enough torque at 2000rpm to push through the air. So, speed drops, then double downshift to get back to target speed. I lose the grade braking feature in M mode, but I can do that myself by hitting '-'. That engine/trans can sing at 3000rpm for 300k miles.
APT 04/05/21 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Suburban Diesel Fuel Mileage Test

Bionic, video showed cruise set @75mph during some shots, but unsure if that was the whole trip. The host said while he wasn't hypermiling, we wasn't driving quite as aggressively as he normally would. Weight (at least 300 pounds of extra for LWB) does not have much impact on fuel economy. This is also aligns with people who tow RVs. :)
APT 03/26/21 10:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Suburban Diesel Fuel Mileage Test

$1k upcharge for the diesel on the Suburban is the lowest of any diesel in the US market today. I bet that option costs more in a few years. Also, resale and the driving experience of the diesel is different than the 5.3L. 4WD EPA estimates are 20mpg city, 26mpg highway. That's almost exactly the same as my Subaru Outback at 20/27. I cannot imaging getting 22mpg in a full sized SUV as a daily driver. I had a diesel(gate) Passat. No mathematical analysis could justify the upcharge in that car. But I loved driving it for 80k miles which was better than almost every mid size 6-cyl car I had before (and my current Outback 3.6)..
APT 03/26/21 08:12am Tow Vehicles
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