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RE: Check Me....I am OK with this set-up

This ^^^ Looks is just surface or a facade A 16 lb sledge looks like an 8 lb sledge...a 12 oz hammer looks like a 16 oz hammer, but there is a huge difference Ditto 2 tires from same OEM, same model, same tread, same size...but one is a passenger class and other higher class LT. Very different...costs more, weighs more, better construction, etc
BenK 01/25/20 08:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Chevy 6.0L 15 Passenger van

OP posted that his van has a 9,600 GVWR So already has LT tires on his 1 ton van
BenK 01/25/20 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

IMO...A Mr Murphy moment...when he crosses your path...or you cross his path... Either you have it spot on...or not...no time to go back to the store...nor time to reset up...nor time to learn the HOW2’s. On seat belts, either they are clicked on...or not... Always hope no one ever meets MR Murphy and it doesn’t only happen to the other guy... Folks range from high risk to conservative...lower risk...AKA playing the odds Bottom line just be cognizant of the risks and manage your risk management decisions... This is an RV forum...recreation...so be safe and enjoy your time RV’ing
BenK 01/23/20 04:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

Understand axle helper springs...this is from my 1980 Silverado. 1 ton coils using the bump stop as the upper end locator. Plus LT class tires most of it's life during my ownership. It did get KYB MonoMax's a few years ago Regularly hauled over 3,000 lbs of groceries for dad's grocery/butcher shop when he owned it. Gave it to me and continued to haul over 3,000 lbs of wood/gravel/woodpellets/etc till I donated it last year First time the rear axle bearing went was just like what happened on my 1973 K5 (decided to change out to GM 14 bolt and Dana 60 front). The bearing would lose a roller and dropped the backing plate onto the drum's rim. So added new bearing to the Silverado's maintenance routine https://i.imgur.com/NyEGouql.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. Again, personal choice stuff...and nothing is wrong there...just that on these freebie forums. When someone asks, they most likely do NOT have the background 'most' of the advisors have...which has me provide conservative advice to do their homework and make their own risk management decisions
BenK 01/23/20 10:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

It's all opinion... RGAWR is the main spec I look for in my decision for a truck and that is one of the Laws of Physics Haven't looked it up in a couple of years or so, but half tons top out at around 4,800 lb RGAWR, that hasn't changed much for decades. Not enough truck for my main TV...edit2...4.8K is the top end rating...most half ton RGAWR's are in the 3,xxx lb range...bell curve has low 3K's to 4.8K as top dog. My preference is for 6K or more RGAWR Yes, newer half ton's are rated to tow much more than before, but, IMHO there is more to it than MTWR...RGAWR is more important The OEM'S designed everything around the RGAWR and rude quality is high on these buyers "have to have" list Why more half ton owners discuss or have after market rear axle helper springs and higher class tires Nothing wring with that. It's a personal choice thing...just understand that adding higher spring & tire capacity does NOT increase RGAWR...that is a Law of Physics Sure, the OEM'S have design margins and note that by increasing spring rates e as t into those margins... Edit1...seat belts There was a time that they were not mandatory. Ditto other things like TPMS, safety glass, ABS, etc, etc, etc... Until too many were maimed or killed. So they became OPTIONAL Till folks continued to be maimed or killed...so DOT made them mandatory...to then make them either employed without human interaction...or madding buzzers that went off after you used them
BenK 01/23/20 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Turning your truck like a skid steer

Yup...another check off box to increase their offerings and profit for both initial sales and after in parts/service Had this on my Dune Buggy built from an old VW bug back in 1968-9. Corvair six and gear box. Built engine from a Spyder with loooong induction runners...IIRC about 18's long each and I added velocity stacks from JC Whitney that must have increased it another 4 inches or so VW Bug's have a handle parking brake on the tunnel. Juck yard a 2nd handle and hardware. Cut the cable loop at the handle and weld in the other handle on the other side of the tunnel. Nail the throttle and pull one of those rear parking brake handles and turn the steering wheel to the same side you just pulled and it would turn on a dime...on that one tire that has now stopped rolling. Mostly going up sand dunes...really tall sand dunes and then run down in almost the same tracks you went up Scary the first couple of times AFTER buddy showed me...as copied his setup and too chicken to do so on my own the first couple times one word = useless Another: Gimmick
BenK 01/22/20 06:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM wants to improve trailer brakes

My current setup does that...it all stops as one and the trailer leads the TV by the amount of TV brake pedal I dial in 'Dial in' meaning how much further the TV brake pedal is pressed Just a touch and hold it, will have the P3 turn on the trailer brakes and voltage is at the preset Hold it there and the TV's brakes never turn on, but the trailer brakes will continue at the preset and modified by the accelerometer's signal. Meaning it will continue to send more voltage to increase the trailer braking as long as the accelerometer senses deceleration Press the TV's brake pedal a bit more and the above is already in the works and then the TV's brakes will turn on via how much further I press the TV brake pedal Yes, would love to have a disc setup on the trailer, but don't currently own a trailer and just borrow them from buddies Some I've helped rewire their trailer brakes via LAadams post: LAadams I rewired my trailer brakes thread Unfortunately, Les used Photobucket and they are no longer a free hosting site, so the images have been blocked The ones who didn't, I just live with it and don't borrow theirs often. When I do, adjust their trailer brakes very tight and check them throughout the trip (do that with those that have rewired) Another OEM check off box to increase their profit margins for both initial sales and service/parts later on
BenK 01/22/20 06:02pm Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Was finishing my post on chips and now they all have problems, when my session timed out...so here is the rest of it Anyone saying that their chip is the best, is ignorant or just boosting to those who do NOT understand the magnitude of it all Plus, am of the opinion that Tusk does NOT stress test, nor runs regression testing of his products before he sends it out to his customers...who become test dummies for Tusk's products Tusk has been luck to date and am amazed at his insurance...they lack any over sight of his products Many of you folks are too young to remember this : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_FDIV_bug Our chips did not have this issue, but other issues and solved just like them...ion beam milling... And these types of issues continue to this day, but the general public does not know of them
BenK 01/20/20 01:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Many of you folks are too young to remember this : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_FDIV_bug Our chips did not have this issue, but other issues and solved just like them...ion beam milling... And these types of issues continue to this day, but the general public does not know of them
BenK 01/20/20 12:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

It is both “what an autonomous vehicle” sees and how it interprets what it sees Here is an image of what a 1917 AV sees, today’s should be much better...but there is no SINGULAR standard...yet. Embryonic still and hopefully moving ahead quickly https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/automobiles/wheels/lidar-self-driving-cars.html https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/automobiles/wheels/lidar-self-driving-cars.html How the software interprets what it’s sensors “see” is out in the wild....as....again, too many for a standards body to adopt...yet Artificial Intelligence and adaptive learning might speed that up, but will they all become a standard ? Plus, has the industry settled on the metrics of when it will kill?....Humans make that decision all too often...squirrels, bunny’s , dogs, etc vs an adult, a child, tree, ditch, etc. Or when shall it be allowed to break the laws? Like crossing a double, double center road line? On that, is there a standard for inter vehicle communications? Then who to sue...an autonomous vehicle will have many more to sue....computer hardware’s, software’s...plural. From the system, to subassemblies, to chips, to OS, to all of the layers on top thereof...maybe all of the integrators in between them all...maybe the service tech and his/her company they work for...and assume even more On top of all that...in there is only one human controlled vehicle in their mix...how will they react to a humans wacky decisions out in the wild...then multiplex that by millions of humans in the mix... Am 71, so maybe not in my lifetime... Edit...been a long time since my robotics days and hope there are many new industry standards existing as many in the making...patents will always be an impediment
BenK 01/19/20 09:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

All things engineered and designed are to a specification. That spec is the warranty from the OEM as to the capability of their product...that spec does have CYA fine print written by lawyers and service that clarifies and sets conditions to that specification(s) Capable for the times Mr Murphy crosses your path...to manhandle the situation Either the driver has the properly sized, setup properly and the biggie...the driver has the talent (sometimes luck) spot on...or .not. There will be no time to purchase nor setup spot on My advice is conservative to anyone asking, as if they have the knowledge/talent/etc...they wouldn't need to ask...
BenK 01/19/20 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

GM only puts the 6.2L on half tons, as, currently, the 6.2L does NOT have the duty cycle rating a HD requires I don't provide "sure you can or not" advice. As none of us advisers have any skin in YOUR setup...only the driver is held responsible First decide if you, the OP, believes in your OEM's specification If not, then go with whatever and/or follow the "sure you can" advice you are getting here If yes, then gather all of the specifications of both your TV and trailer. Plus, go out and weigh axle be axle, it fully loaded. If you do not have one or the other or neither...use their published GVWR & GAWR as their maximum weights Then do the simple math to figure it out Use the trailers published tongue vs dry weight to get it's tongue percentage. It should be 12% ro 15%, but note that many trailer OEM's use a 10% tongue to fake out newbies into buying too much trailer Then the WD setup. I've seen newbies lead in circles following contrary advice... Bottpm line goal is to have the trailer level to slightly pointing down when done and the TV leveled as per the TV's manual Good luck and post back on this thread on how it goes
BenK 01/19/20 09:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Another Tesla problem

A computer is NOT infallible...nor perfect... A sensor going bad or flaky will or can have the logger...log nothing wrong... For those who compare to an airliners autopilot...ask how many redundant systems and components a car has ? vs any airliner...
BenK 01/17/20 07:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

Never ending argument and you folks will have even more to argue over very soon... Compression ignition gassers are here for cars...and think soon for our trucks Diesel will still rule, but the MPG differential is much less I've never owned a vehicle based in part due to resale value. Get my money's worth and sell it when don't want to or can't fix it anyone. Most happy not having payments, but do make payments into a bank account for my next vehicle
BenK 01/17/20 06:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Coast on the uphills accelerate on the downhills

Your latest info says to me, that air flow is the main issue. Highway will have much more air flow than stop and go...where the fan is the key to keeping air flow up there Even if you have an El Cheapo radiator, running with just the driver, it should not behave like that...heating up in stop n go, as you still have the external aux ATF cooler Since a 2500, EVERYTHING is sized for HD usage. Thermal abilities are one of the main attributes making your truck a HD towing vehicle. The margins (head room) are there to absorb that kind of short term usage needing more HP in spurts (acceleration from a stop) Hope that is all there is, but you never know until the situation is completely fixed.
BenK 01/15/20 10:53am Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Regenerative braking is only as good as the amount of battery capacity and its rate of absorption Meaning, any battery has an absorption rate in voltage/amperes. You can tell the controller to dump more regenerative power, but the battery will NOT take much more without heating up FAST and shortening it's life span If you do have the large enough of a battery array, then the rate of power dumped into them is spread over many, many batteries so that it can brake harder Below some rate, mechanical brakes are a must Look up rail dust from trains
BenK 01/14/20 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Increases GVWR for 2020 Trucks

Up to a point...this is eating into their design margins and the cost is in longevity and service costs
BenK 01/14/20 11:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Coast on the uphills accelerate on the downhills

SweetLou is correct, but mainly for a forced fed ICE. Meaning the pedal (diesel's do NOT have a throttle plate) can force more than the listed displacement specification. A 6.7L can become a 8L/10L/etc...until it produces so many BTU's via more fuel injected, that the surface area of the thermal rejection system can NOT move those extra BTU's away fast enough to whatever rejection system component it has...that the metal will raise to glow, then melt On a N/A ICE, it can ingest a bit over the displacement specification via inertia ramming...AKA scavenging effect There are many other attributes that contribute to the BTU development of an ICE, but the above are the basic's If you wish to delve deeper into this area, here are the 2012 GM 6.0L L29 torque/HP curves just found for this discussion. They are from the GMPowerTrain site. Mechanically, these L96's are the same. The main difference is in the state of tune. There would be differences in the thermal rejection components and sub-systems This is for half ton pickups with L96 6.0L https://gmpowertrain.com/images/product_images/engines_plots/2012_60L_L96_SilveradoHDless10_SAE.jpg width=680 This for HD pickups with L96 6.0L https://gmpowertrain.com/images/product_images/engines_plots/2012_60L_L96_SilveradoHDgreater10_SAE.jpg width=680 This for 2500 Suburban with L96 6.0L. https://gmpowertrain.com/images/product_images/engines_plots/2012_60L_L96_Suburban_SAE.jpg width=680 This is for Express/Savanna 2500/3500 full sized vans with L96 6.0L https://gmpowertrain.com/images/product_images/engines_plots/L96_Express_Savana.jpg width=680 As a general rule of thumb, the best MPG while towing heavy is to choose an RPM just below to at peak torque. Going over that RPM will gain HP (torque x RPM / 5252), but cost MPG's and produce more BTU's Figure what HP you desire to tow heavy at and then choose the gear that keeps your 6.0L in that range
BenK 01/14/20 11:33am Towing
RE: Chevy 8.1 truck with low miles?

Not apples to apples There is a current reason why there are no tiny displacement ICE'S forced fed big block volumes of air in higher class trucks It is not just HP for TV'S...especially towing heavy. There is a thing called duty cycle...
BenK 01/12/20 10:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Coast on the uphills accelerate on the downhills

BenK maybe on to something with that engine radiator. I installed this in my 2007 3500 with the 4L80E transmission, https://oregonperformancetransmission.com/product/LNG-47391.html. The factory transmission coolers on the 4L80E were marginal at best. GeoBoy, that is one of the best types of low PSI, stacked plate radiators out there. Best if the connections between each plate is brazed together and think this vendor does so https://www.oregonperformancetransmission.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/LNG-4739_2_400x267.jpg width=640 Those which have gaskets, tend to leak over time. More so in dynamic applications with vibration. Solved by brazing the plates together with past filled with brass & heated to fuse them together...they even had upset areas on the plates that touched the other plate to lessen ballooning of flat surfaces in higher PSI applications OEM stacked plate types are good, but not as good as this type of stacked plate (flattened round tubing) I'm of the opinion to have as much external aux ATF cooler as you can stuff in. Main caveat is that the ATF must also be plumbed into the engine radiator and in extreme cold, a by-pass to remove the external aux cooler 'Was' going to install a larger external, aux ATF when still owned the 8.5K lb boat + trailer and my 7.4L continued to get hotter and hotter while towing. Until it also heated up just commuting to work (32 mile one way, Silicon Valley can get really hot during the summer and fall), which meant something else was wrong Installed a severe duty fan clutch thinking it was going bad. Instantly cooled it down for a while, but then it started to get too hot again. Turned out to be plugged radiator from DeathCool (Dexcool and coined it because almost lost the 7.4L). Had the OEM radiator rebuilt (new plastic tanks and rod'ed out the core). Still have the modified 180*F thermostat in there...think it's #3 Then never needed the bigger external aux ATF cooler. Will do so when I rebuild the 1996 Suburban. As the 7.4L will be 'built' and other goodies that will increase the BTU's to be rejected
BenK 01/11/20 05:15pm Towing
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