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RE: 2020 Chevy 2500HD Gas

It is only a 10% difference between the two. I would be surprised if you notice a difference.
Groover 09/20/19 12:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When are those new GM suvs going to be revealed?

Workers are on strike.GM has been very profitable since it dumped it's pensions on the taxpayers. Workers want their cut I guess. They are already getting their cut and then some. In spite of massive profits stock price has not had any real gains in the 9 years since the company went public again. I can only imagine what is going to happen during the next recession. The nearby GM plant is already paying more than twice the going wages for this area and the workers there have a reputation for laziness and resisting productivity improvements.
Groover 09/19/19 08:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Big Brother- Tag on your TC?

In Utah its illegal to put the license plate from your truck on your camper. The plate is registered to your truck, not your camper. Its just like putting your plate on another vehicle.If Utah is a state where both the truck and camper is legally required to have its own license plate, then what you say makes perfect sense. However, in states where a camper is not required to have a license plate, common sense says, IF you cannot see your truck's license plate with the camper on the truck, then you should relocate it to the rear of the camper or another location where it can be seen more clearly. I was told that in Tennessee it is actually illegal to put the plate on the camper. The law here requires tags to be "permanently affixed to the vehicle for which it is registered" so unless the camper is permanent the tag must remain on the truck. It is acceptable to put the tag on the front bumper but never required. The camper I had at the time hung out over 4ft and the holding tanks were below bed level so the only way to see the tag was to crawl several feet under the truck. I used it that way for years and never had a problem.
Groover 09/19/19 07:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Towing with my new Honda Ridgeline

16 MPG is pretty impressive for towing a cube like that. Yeah, there seems to be a lot of people that believe they know more about what a truck will do than the people that designed it, built it and provide the warrentee coverage. My only concern would be emergency stops. I would want trailer brakes on that trailer even if I did use a one ton dually to pull it. Over the last 40+ years I have had to make several stops where a small investment in trailer brakes paid off rather handsomely.
Groover 09/19/19 07:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

The biggest threat to green power? NIMBYs!
Groover 09/17/19 06:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

"There are no reasonable plans on how to decommission the nuclear plants at end of life. (3 Mile Island is one)" We can't even agree on plans for plastic straws and grocery bags. Time to learn https://youtu.be/OXtwwJYMfQk The video sounds great. The downside is that it was published 6 years ago and I am still are not seeing the fruits of the technology. But, this really isn't the subject anyway. The real subject is that some environmentalists tell us that we are facing the greatest catastrophe since the extinction of the dinosaurs but every solution proposed has its own problems that according to them makes it useless. If the coming catastrophe is going to be as bad as they say it is time to pick the path with the fewest problems and make a go of it. "Renewables" like solar and wind are great and getting better but so far they aren't even keeping up with growth in energy demand, much less reducing the amount of fossil fuel consumed. We need so more options. Sometimes it is a matter of picking the least bad choice and that appears to me to be nuclear, at least for filling the gaps for the next 20 years.
Groover 09/15/19 06:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

"There are no reasonable plans on how to decommission the nuclear plants at end of life. (3 Mile Island is one)" We can't even agree on plans for plastic straws and grocery bags.
Groover 09/14/19 09:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

UPS tried the electric local delivery truck scenario and quickly found out that 'being green' wasn't the way to go.Is that why UPS is buying 1,000 EV vans, converting 1500 trucks in NY, and 125 Tesla Semi on order? https://electrek.co/2018/06/15/ups-fleet-1000-electric-vans-workhorse/ UPS tried diesels in my area but quickly abandoned that and the drivers I asked about it were very happy to go back to gas. So, no more diesel trucks for you either?
Groover 09/13/19 03:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

I still feel there would more demand for a plug in hybrid than fully electric vehicle. The rear wheels could be electrically driven while the front uses a transverse FWD ICE power train. Cost of this hybrid system seems to be the biggest hurdle rather than going exclusively with with ICE or BEV. According to this report, there's a F150 hybrid coming Ford hasn't released much about the hybrid other than it won't diminish capabilities and will eliminate the need for a contractor to have a generator at the jobsite. But, it would make a lot sense if elements of these two hybrid systems are incorporated. Lincoln hybrid Explorer Police hybrid "Ford quotes some pretty lofty fuel savings estimates for the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility hybrid. The company claims that, in comparison to the previous Explorer Pursuit with the 3.7-liter V-6, the hybrid can save 1276 gallons of fuel a year." Read the article for the explanation "it accelerates the way a cop car should, and there is no funny business going on between the 10-speed, the electric motor, and the engine; they cooperate for the greater good of hauling ass. " I suspect that a pickup is going to need the main motor driving the rear wheels for traction when heavily loaded and that the hybrid will either be driving the front tires or the same driveshaft as the main motor. Keep in mind too that Ford is working with Rivian and may borrow some solutions from them.
Groover 09/13/19 10:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 2500- Airbag Question

I have the Firestone bags on my Ram 2500 , no complaints . What is the advantage of inside the coils ? The obvious advantages are easy install, the space is already reserved for the springs so minimal interference with anything else, less weight since existing brackets are used and the bags are fairly well protected in that location.
Groover 09/13/19 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

I have always felt that most people put too much emphasis on towing ability and not enough on stopping ability. With any vehicle that has a GVWR 3 or more times its GCWR it is obvious that you are not going to be able to stop in a hurry without good trailer brakes. Good tow vehicle brakes are good but without good trailer brakes you will never be able to stop properly. I have been towing over 40 years and have never had a case where my life depended on forward progress but have had many cases where being able to stop was vital. This is one area where class 6 and up vehicles have a clear advantage. Generally they are much heavier, have a lot of the trailer weight on the tow vehicle adding traction and have less horse power so that they can't be hotrodded so much. One the other hand, my experience with non-commercial trailer brakes has been disappointing and sometimes scary. On my heaviest trailer I gave up on electric drum brakes and bought a new one with electric over hydraulic disc brakes (at a considerable expense). They are much better but still suffer from a short delay and depend on a link to the tow vehicle that could fail without warning. I feel like we need to pause our examination of tow vehicles and take a good look trailer brake systems, especially considering how highway speeds have increased the past 30 years. For starters all new trailers with an axle rating over 2,000lbs should at least come with brake mounting plates so that brakes can easily be added. All trailers with an axle rating over 3,000lbs should come with brakes, not just de-rated to 2,990lbs so that technically they are exempt. And this especially includes rental tow dollys that are fully expected to go way over 3,000lbs when the payload is included. Let's look at the big picture instead of beating one issue senseless on a regular basis.
Groover 09/13/19 07:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

I just came across the article that has some interesting comments about the 7.3. 2020 For truck engines My favorite part: "The wear evident on an engine dismantled for our viewing after 3,200 hours of max-output running (that's 133 days of 24/7 flogging) is apparently so minimal that it's difficult to extrapolate a projected failure mileage." Also: "Built To Last Indefinitely The 7.3-liter's forged steel crankshaft features oversized main and rod bearings, and it's fixed to the block with four vertical and two horizontal cross bolts. Many of the materials in use are upgraded to turbo-engine specifications. The roller bearings on the valve tappets are carbon-nitrided, piston-cooling oil jets are employed, the valvetrain is fed much higher rates of oil flow, and the variable-displacement oil pump is designed to be able to increase oil flow to maintain pressure as bearings wear or when viscosity drops at very high temperatures." The are also some interesting comments about the new diesel and transmissions as well.
Groover 09/10/19 07:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: tires

I recently put on a set of Sumitomo tires out the door for $300 each. So far they seem to drive better and ride better than the stock Goodyear tires. Online reviews from people that have had them longer than me are great, some of the best that I have ever seen.
Groover 09/10/19 07:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: aluminum f150 body work

There are special tools for removing hail damage that might work for you. Instead of drilling a hole for a screw to pull with they use a special glue to attach the pulling device. After pulling up the dent the glue can be released somehow without damaging the paint. You might be able to buy a kit but getting a pro to do it should be hard or expensive. It probably won't be perfect but it will be much better.
Groover 09/10/19 07:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Goosebox vs. fifthwheel

This Reese Goosebox hitch allows a short bed Chevy to make a full 90* turn. As I stated earlier the new GM molded bed step provides zero value when hitching up. Link Since the hitch is basically centered over the axle the tires are in the way of putting a step where it really needs to be. I am surprised that no one has come out yet with a special bed for gooseneck/fifthwheel trailers with lower sides. It sure seems to me that it would offer a lot of benefits, especially if the trailers were designed to take advantage of the lower side rails.
Groover 09/09/19 07:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Goosebox vs. fifthwheel

I could turn 90 degree on my 2013 and 2018 Chevrolet when on level ground ground such as in the video. Front of camper is scalloped like so many today. On uneven ground it has come very close. I refuse to turn or back up at more than 45 degree. Puts too much stress ob=n the trailer and tires. People who try to help back up often tell me to keep turning and I sometimes have to tell them several times that my preference is to back up and forward as needed to prevent such sharp angles. The ability to make sharp turns is widely perceived as one of the key advantages of a fifth wheel or gooseneck. No wonder so many people have a hard time with your position. But, you are free to do whatever you want.
Groover 09/09/19 07:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can 4 wheel steer make a comeback?

One of the down falls of the earlier GM version had to do with tow/load capicity of the vehicle. Since towing stability is one of the major benefits low towing capacity would be a major drawback.
Groover 09/06/19 05:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Uncomfortable sofa bed

I replaced my factory sofa sleeper with one of these and have been very happy with it. Shop for seats It is a little pricey but it is more comfortable for both sitting and sleeping plus is much easier to convert.
Groover 09/05/19 06:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow dolly empty - 1500 miles

Please, before you strap any ballast to the dolly, be VERY CLEAR on how much the dolly WILL BE BOUNCING AROUND in transit, and, make sure you fasten the ballast appropriately, and, check it frequently until you are SURE it is secure. The weight of the vehicle on the dolly, and the suspension/shocks on the towed vehicle help dampen the bouncing around, . . . . substantially. The number of times I've dodged debris bouncing (off trailers) on the roadway, . . . . . . too many to count. Chum lee I second this. The bouncing is mostly controlled by the suspension of the vehicle on the dolly. I don't see adding weight as helping very much but it definitely adds to the things that could fall off and the force of the impact when it does bounce.
Groover 09/05/19 06:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

"Most modern diesels with VG turbos have very little lag. I would compare the turbo lag of my stock turbo on and stock tune my Cummins to the turbos on my old Ecoboost. With a tune, the turbo lag on my Cummins wasn't even noticeable." The diesel that I drive the most is a 6.7 Cummins but it is in a motorhome on a 2013 Freightliner chassis and is detuned to only produce 300hp and 660lb-ft. Maybe it doesn't represent what is sold in pickup trucks. But, the 2019 F250 that I rented a few months ago had very noticeable turbo lag that even showed up in the acceleration charts that I shared. If traction wasn't an issue the Ecoboost handily beat the Powerstroke off the line. On the Kubota tractor it is kind of hard to tell what the turbo is doing.
Groover 09/05/19 08:28am Tow Vehicles
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