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RE: Battery electric has competition

Hydrogen has very low energy density and requires very high pressure tanks or super cold storage. Not at all sure that I would want to store hydrogen in my garage either. Hydrogen might be well suited for trucks and trains but not cars at this time. You would probably need batteries anyway to smooth out the power demand and store power from regeneration.
Groover 07/26/21 12:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck pricing

There was news a few weeks ago that Ford had received a large shipment of chips and is trying to get thousands of trucks to consumers very soon. I know that you are looking at a GM product but supply anywhere eases stress everywhere. Personally, I don't expect the Tesla truck to have much impact on the market for at least 9 months. However, we are in a bubble right now and anything bought now will depreciate rapidly when supply does catch up.
Groover 07/24/21 06:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel

If you're within weight limits, it should work. Be prepared to get 5 mpg when towing. Keep it under 65. My daughter gets about 11mpg towing her 3 horse gooseneck with living quarters behind her 2013 Ecoboost at 70mph. You can figure about 85% of what a diesel would give under the same situation.
Groover 07/23/21 06:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax Turbo adventure conclusion

"The dealers refused to work on it without seeing the code for themselves." Probably due to the manufacturer's rules. I had pictures of the message but the code itself would disappear before I could get to a dealer. So all that it was doing was annoying the heck out of me.
Groover 07/23/21 06:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

It really isn't that hard to just not click on a thread that you have lost interest in. I do it almost every day.
Groover 07/23/21 05:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax Turbo adventure conclusion

Glad that you got if fixed. It really is appalling to me that vehicles don't come with good on-board diagnostics and meaningful error messages. I used to work with CNC machines. One brand had excellent error messages that you could generally take to the bank as to what the problem was and that was over 30 years ago. We had another brand (German made) that generally displayed error messages that were totally irrelevant. Trouble shooting was a nightmare. Guess which brand I only bought one of. Unfortunately in vehicles it seems like they are all equally bad. I can sympathize with your problem. I recently had a problem with my truck that only revealed itself under heavy loads. You generally don't want to take a 16,000lb trailer with you to the mechanic but then the mechanic can't re-create the problem. I had another issue where the code would appear randomly but would clear itself before I could get to a dealer. The dealers refused to work on it without seeing the code for themselves. Both situations clearly call for better on-board diagnostics and that burden shouldn't be on the customer.
Groover 07/23/21 05:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Speed limits

I wish someone would explain the problem with differential speed to our lawmakers. I am not a commercial truck driver but I believe that having lower speed limits for them creates more problems than it solves. Truck differential speeds is one reason that I am looking forward to the Tesla semi. The Tesla semi has enough power to pull the vast majority of hills at whatever speed the cruise control is set on and with regenerative breaking speeding going downhill has no benefit as the energy can be saved by other means.
Groover 07/22/21 06:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

There have been test versions on the road for years but they really didn't make financial sense due to low fuel price and high battery price. Now that fuel prices have gone up, battery prices have come down and battery production lines are in place all of the pieces of the puzzle are falling place. In spite of the fact that Elon is often reported as one of the world's richest men he and Tesla both have been cash poor and really had to watch their cash flow. Cars kept the cash flowing better than semis would have. With 2 more gigafactories going into production by next spring Tesla should have a lot better cash flow soon. At least Elon is not using taxpayer money. Even though subsidies have ended for Tesla he still makes a more compelling product than the Bolt are really every other competitor, which are all getting subsidies. The semi is not nearly as far behind as the Boeing/Lockheed rocket being developed for NASA. Sometimes new things take longer to come to fruition than expected to.
Groover 07/21/21 08:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.8 3-valve towing FW

Both engines would probably serve you well if you don't have too high of expectations on performance. A lot of V10s went into motorhomes and seem to have served well. You don't hear much about the 6.2 but you almost never hear about it breaking down either. A six speed transmission will help quite a bit. I towed quite a bit with the old 460 when it was the most powerful engine available at 230hp. No speed demon with a load by today's standards but I always got where I was going. I later had a 2 valve V10 that pulled a little better. Either the 3 valve V10 or the 6.2 would offer 20% more power than the 2 valve V10.
Groover 07/20/21 07:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Speed limits

A point perhaps worth considering regarding a LEO and driving is that they are not an average driver taught by mom and dad how to pilot a car. They undergo rigorous training behind the wheel. They are taught to be observant of all things and situations. They are taught to be keenly aware of their surroundings and more. Their drivers ed teaches them by actual scenarios how to react in a multitude of traffic situations. Things like a pursuit chase - they learn by controlled training how to react to their surroundings, what to expect from other drivers etc etc. Bottom line is that a LEO is far better equipped to handle a vehicle than the average driver is. But, traffic deaths for LEO's is right up there with firearms for the leading cause. I frequently see police vehicles at the body shops in town. They do occasionally kill people and go to jail for irresponsible driving. They are human and deserve as much grace as anyone but they get way too much now. Keeping their image cleaner would make their lives much easier in my opinion.
Groover 07/19/21 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Speed limits

I have no problems with a cop doing 10 over without his lights on. There are a lot of times where they need to get somewhere in a hurry, but it does not constitute the use of emergency lights. Many people just assume that they only do it because they can, when in fact there are many instances where it is needed. A friend of mine who was a Sheriff assigned to graveyard shift DUI had to this all the time. It is a lot harder to see if someone is swerving and drunk looking from the side of the road so he had to catch people while he was driving. He would come up to a batch of cars and check their driving. If they were not swerving or acting erratically then he would speed up(many times over the speed limit to catch up) and go to the next batch of cars. He got many drunk drivers off the road doing this versus those who waited on the side of the road just checking radar. He also did this when he caught a DUI suspect and they resisted a breathalyzer. Case in point was one accident wear a drunk driver killed four members of a family of five. Only the young daughter remained alive and in critical condition. The drunk driver refused a breathalyzer so my friend had to get a warrant for his blood to be drawn at the nearest hospital. Every second counts and the longer you wait the lower his blood alcohol level gets. It is imperative that he got there fast as possible so the @$$hole does not get off from killing a family, but it does not constitute emergency lights. Then there is my dad who was a police officer for over 30 years before he retired several years ago. When he was a sergeant, he had to stay readily available to his officers when they needed him which were anywhere between 3-9 officers on a shift. When he got a call where one of his deputies needed his assistance, then he had to rush over there so they can get their problem solved and move on to the next task. Many times he got multiple calls from different deputies. He would use his lights when it was a true emergency, but many times the call did not warrant emergency lights yet he still needed to get their ASAP. Being short handed as he was, the longer the deputies were on a call, the less deputies he had available if an emergency did pop up. So no, I don't care if they go over the speed limit without their lights because I know there are many instances that warrant it. These are just a few off the top of my head. From what I understand going over the speed limit legally requires the use of emergency lights except in specific instances. Those instances require the police to have a judge approved warrant with the time and route on it. Nobody, including police, should be expected to break the law intentionally. If the law is unreasonable the law should be fixed, not ignored. Loose enforcement of the law leads to subjective and selective enforcement that is too often corrupt or can give the appearance of being corrupt. More than ever we need police to avoid the appearance of being corrupt. Just think how much violence could have been avoided in the past year if police had watched their appearance more closely. I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and remember when their police department sought certification about 35 years ago. The first thing that they had to do was give up all official policies that were illegal. Can you imagine what would happen to a company that had policies that required illegal behavior? And think about how it undermines the very authority that the police represent. I am strongly in favor of law and order. But it should be reasonable and clear and it must apply to EVERYONE equally. And that includes judges, other police and especially lawmakers. Actually, since those people are the ones responsible for the laws they may deserve an extra dose of enforcement instead of the total immunity that many are privileged with now. I understand that being a law officer is a tough job and that many work too many hours. Some of that needs to corrected but keeping a clean image would take away a lot of the disrespect that they suffer from now.
Groover 07/19/21 07:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Heres a reason why Tesla is the best Munro engineering disect Ford machE https://youtu.be/m1kHsd3Ocxc And don't forget that Ford is better than everyone other than Tesla. I can't imagine what it would be like to work on the Ford system. why didn't they just reverse engineer to copy Tesla's as what Elon did on F150 for their Cybertruck -- and substantially improve on it even. I think that we are going to have to wait a year or two to get the answer to that question. The Cybertruck is a radical design with the potential to be much less expensive to make and maintain but the proof will be in the results. I think too that we will have to see how the cosmetics play with the consumers, kind of like Dodge back in the 90's with their radical new look.
Groover 07/18/21 12:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Heres a reason why Tesla is the best Munro engineering disect Ford machE https://youtu.be/m1kHsd3Ocxc And don't forget that Ford is better than everyone other than Tesla. I can't imagine what it would be like to work on the Ford system.
Groover 07/18/21 05:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Speed limits

Speed limits need to be set to what the police are really going to enforce. What is legal and what you can get away with should be the same thing, especially as self driving vehicles become more common. One of the main issues with using Tesla self driving is that it won't let me keep up with traffic in many places. I can't blame manufacturers for not allowing people to use their programs to break the law since they could be held liable. Tesla does allow 5mph over the speed limit on non-divided roads and 10mph on divided roads but that generally isn't enough to keep up with traffic. If the cars were programmed to strictly follow the law there would be chaos on the roads. Limits should be limits, not political devices. They should also be reasonable.
Groover 07/18/21 05:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

SEC law suit is now on going and is the second one that I know of. First one Tusk lost and judgement was $20Millon from the corporation and $20million from Tusk. Normally as both punishment and to warn via that 'lesson' to not do it again. This one looking like billion$ if Tusk loses, but he (Tusk) has a huge following that might include folks making judgement... Again, personally think Tusk is a genius, but not as smart as he & others think he is... He may be an idiot but he has been behind more tech progress in the last 20 years than anybody else I know. The value of Tesla is largely based on the expectations that shareholders have for what Elon is going to accomplish in the next 5 years. Take out Elon and the shareholders will learn what real punishment is. If the SEC wants to protect shareholders they need to keep that in mind.
Groover 07/16/21 09:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: tow truck THIKS its overheating

Have you plugged a code reader into it that can read what the computer thinks the temperature is? It could be a bad gage or it could be the temperature sender. Use the code reader to check temp with the engine cold and still off and see if that makes sense.
Groover 07/16/21 09:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 Expedition - Rear spring upgrade

The legal class that the Expedition and the F150 are in require them to have crumple zones in the rear of the frames just in front of the bumper. I freely admit that I don't know what the factory logic is but they don't recommend using the weight distributing hitch on those vehicles to move a lot of weight forward. I suspect that the stresses on the crumple zone have a lot to do with that. For the 2018 Expedition Ford recommends measuring how much the front of the truck rises when the trailer tongue is dropped on the hitch. Then, adjust the bars to reduce that rise by 1/2. This is independent of any weight in the vehicle.
Groover 07/04/21 03:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

yawn, Tesla is so last year :) Actually, not just yawn, but be really asleep as some were caught on video while driving a Tesla. I hate to say it but I may have been asleep at the wheel of my Tesla for a few moments while driving late a few nights ago. Totally unintentional but if I was autopilot earned its price in those few seconds.
Groover 06/30/21 11:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: New F-150 Electric P/U

A gas powered generator to charge an electric vehicle doesn't make sense. A lot of things that don't make sense to do on a regular basis make much more sense if only done when you are in a bind. If you can get by 90% of the time with plug in only and only use the generator as a bridge to cover the last 10% until infrastructure catches up it starts to make quite a bit more sense. Even more so if you need to have a generator along anyway. If Ford let us use the battery in the electric truck to provide AC power for camping a large generator run a few hours a day sounds better than a small one running all of the time.
Groover 06/30/21 11:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: trailer brake issue

Don't use dielectric grease! Use contact cleaner / lube. Why no dielectric grease? Dielectric grease is actually an "insulator" for lack of better words, do not use it between points of contact. The point of the grease is to prevent corrosion of the terminals. Corrosion is a much more effective insulator than the grease is. The downfall of grease is that it catches and holds dirt so some effort to prevent contamination when the connectors are not plugged in is beneficial.
Groover 06/30/21 06:41am Tow Vehicles
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