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RE: New Ford 7.3 V8

As usual, some respond without reading,/comprehending my entire post. HINT: I said MOST!! I stand by that statement. If it doesn't apply to you..... Don't get your panties in a bunch. BTW..... 797 HP is available stock. No need to even tune it. I know what you meant, and most people I know who have tuned their own diesel truck also installed hard parts or configured hard parts on their truck in one fashion or another or have a garage do it. In many cases they tune the truck to take advantage of these hard parts. Very few people that I know only tune and that is it. Although, the tuners themselves have to get their hands dirty in the tuning process as well. There is a lot more involved than just hooking up a laptop and doing a remap. Lots of dyno and driving time especially for street driven tunes and even more so for tow tunes. Tuning a fuel map on an ECM is no different than configuring a carburetor, adjusting timing on a distributor, or replacing a cam. The difference is that these parts were fixed back in the day and could not be adjusted as you are driving. With today's engines, they are not fixed and can be adjusted via the ECM. One of the main reasons why they are adjustable is due to emissions requirements (both gas and diesel) and in many cases power can be added(up too a point) by removing this emissions tuning. However, you still need to add hard parts to increase power past this point. For N/A engines, you can't get that much added power and will have to start adding hard parts if you want to get any real increase in power over 30hp. For forced induction engines, a lot more power can be had out of the box especially diesels due to how the restrictive the factory tuning is to keep the engine within emission standards. Well over 50hp can be had with FI engines with just tunning.You know you may have a point about hard parts. Most if not all of the tuners I speak do know how to cut the muffler off. I guess that counts as a hard part. :B
Huntindog 11/13/19 02:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ford 7.3 V8

Those were the days when Hot rodders actually got into the inner workings of motors, porting heads, lapping valves, fitting piston rings. installing cams.... Nowadays most just tap on a keyboard and "tune" a motor... The Tuners never get any grease/oil on their hands. Hard to see that as mechanicing... More like playing a video game. Tuners never get grease on their hands? Really? Guess all that stuff I got on my hands when I replaced my turbo/manifold for performance turbo and manifold, removed my EGR/DPF/SCR, installed turbo back exhaust, installed head studs, and so on was not actually grease? Tuning doesn't create horsepower. Hard parts still do. Tuning only unleashes it. That is really good stuff. These dolts building and tuning 800 plus hp daily drivers just don't know how to work on engines. Just try and imagine 800 hp 40 years ago and tell me that wouldn’t be an absolute handful to drive much less taking it to work every day. Sometimes we let nostalgia get in the way of reality. As usual, some respond without reading,/comprehending my entire post. HINT: I said MOST!! I stand by that statement. If it doesn't apply to you..... Don't get your panties in a bunch. BTW..... 797 HP is available stock. No need to even tune it.
Huntindog 11/13/19 01:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Insulating exposed tanks

My second TT was similar to yours. It could sustain some pretty cold temps IF, I ran the furnace nonstop. Even though it did not have an enclosed underbelly, the heat ducts ran right across the tops of the tanks under the floor. Enough heat radiated into them to make it work. I did have frozen dump valves from time to time. I did not have hookups either. Just ran a Honda EU2000.
Huntindog 11/13/19 01:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Insulating exposed tanks

My second TT was similar to yours. It could sustain some pretty cold temps IF, I ran the furnace nonstop. Even though it did not have an enclosed underbelly, the heat ductd ran right across the tops of the tanks under the floor. Enough heat radiated into them to make it work. I did have frozen dump valves from time to time. I did not have hookups either. Just ran a Honda EU2000.
Huntindog 11/13/19 01:37am Travel Trailers
RE: New Ford 7.3 V8

I miss the old days. They were IMO, what hot rodding was all about. The Chevy SB had so many possible configurations that one could swap things aroung and build a motor such as the 383... A motor that chevy never produced. Those were the days when Hot rodders actually got into the inner workings of motors, porting heads, lapping valves, fitting piston rings. installing cams.... Nowadays most just tap on a keyboard and "tune" a motor... The Tuners never get any grease/oil on their hands. Hard to see that as mechanicing... More like playing a video game.
Huntindog 11/12/19 07:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Screws being pulled out on Awning

I appreciate all the replies. It is not new. It is a 2015 that I bought Friday. I had not seen this issue. There is no warrantee other than a 30 day major appliance. their warrantee's are just about worthless anyway. The salesman called me today to see how it towed and I told him about this issue and a few others and he basically told me to have a nice day. Im not sure what im going to do about it. Its a Apex with a fiberglass skin over Azdel over aluminium frame.If you can't do the work, then find an RV tech - there is a website where they are reviewed - I forget the name, or search in the RV_Camping section of your local Craigslist. I know of 5 other people with this same issue, different brands of campers. The fix is using molly rivets.That would be an easy fix.... Unfortunantly, it is not the best fix. The proper/best fix is to get it attached to the framing members somehow. I actually like grandpakips idea.. Just be sure that the decorative wood piece is stout and spans a couple of studs. Molly rivets into the wall (though somewhat stronger than screwing into the it) will just leave a bigger hole in the skin when they pull out
Huntindog 11/12/19 12:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Screws being pulled out on Awning

Try riveting those areas. I just installed awnings over my windows and they came with screws and rivets for walls with no backingBad idea. The rivets will pull right thru the thin skin. Basically, no backer, no awning.
Huntindog 11/11/19 02:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Screws being pulled out on Awning

Is this a new TT? It sounds like there may not be a backer board/plate for the screws to bite into. Could be that this was an aftermarket installation, or the factory forgot to install them..... Or maybe the screws just need tightening... Though I am skeptical on this, as none of my awnings have ever loosened up. I am hoping for you that this is a new TT, under warranty, as a missing backer board is a pretty serious issue.
Huntindog 11/10/19 05:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replace or reseal skylight

I am in AZ which gets a lot of sun. My skylight cracked in about 5 years. It was only 20.00 or so for the part. You are in FL which also gets a lot of sun. You skylight is yellowing, which means the degradation process is well underway. I recommend replacing it, and be be done with it for awhile. Your money, your choice.
Huntindog 11/10/19 12:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2012 6.7 Diesel

When the CP4 failure rate first popped up from 2011 to 2013 there was some formal and maybe a review by National Safety folks. The Ford actual CP4 failure rate was 6 out of 10,000 with plenty of those being water, ethanol, DEF, or gasoline in the fuel, which is not the fault of Ford (or Bosch). I suspect as the motor and fuel industries have learned about the sensitivities, that the failure rate has gone down. Yes, it sucks if it happens to you, but the odds are low. I use Ford fuel treatment and try to buy from high volume stations to lower my personal risk.I had the actual documents back in that time period. That was a couple of crashed computers ago, so I no longer have them. But as I recall Ford had a failure rate about 1/2 of GMs. Ford was in the 2 per 10,000 range and GM was in the 4 range. That did not jibe with what was being reported on the forums back then... At that time, there had not been a single GM report of a CP4 failure.... But there were a number of reports on Fords... Many of them being denied warranty. I dug into those reports, and have idea why there was the discrepancy in the NHSTA reports and what was being reported on the forums. It seems that the NHSTA only documents warranty claim failures. And since Ford was denying a good number of claims, then those claims would not be included in Fords failure rate. GM was quitely fixing their failures under warranty, but their NHSTA failure rate was higher as a result... In reality, both brands likely had similar rates, though the Ford forums did have a number of reports of DEF mistakenly being put in the diesel tank.... It is likely that some of those people tried to get Ford to warranty this.... It is doubtful that many suceeded at that as Ford had a very strict protocol on how to check for DEF diesel contamination. So overall, I doubt that had much of an impact on the rate.
Huntindog 11/08/19 05:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery storage

Related to my TT battery’s winterization, am I good just plugging in the TT? Will this keep the battery warm/charged? Most campers have WFCO converters that are supposed to automatically switch to "float mode" to keep a battery topped off. Unfortunately most WFCO converters operate only in adsorption mode and NEVER switch to float mode. If your converter operates this way it could overcharge your battery if left connected for a long period. This may cause the water level to drop and damage the battery. I believe you would be better off using a dedicated float charger. True That. It is amazing to me that the most common convertor on the market is the worst one.
Huntindog 11/08/19 08:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck batteries

Luck being what it is, they will probably give up when it is most inconvienent. ^^^^^^^ This. No matter how you look at it, your battery's best days are behind it. It will fail at some point. Depending on how you use/depend on your truck.... It could be anything from a minor pain to huge needlessly expensive deal. As always, your money, your choice.
Huntindog 11/08/19 03:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Filling Propane While Traveling

If I am on the move , I just pull into a place that fills propane. Often they call fill it on the TT, just like a motorhome with built in tanks. If I am stationary, and it is a cold weather trip, I bring extra tanks. I just returned from the Utah mountains. 2 weeks with temps into the single digits. I brought 5 extra propane tanks, and still had to make a run into town to refill them. Also, when stationary, I will use some 20# tanks. I just set them in the tray and hook them up. The advantage is that sometimes the closest propane is an exchange seller.
Huntindog 11/06/19 11:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ford reaches tentative UAW contract.

Actually, no one here is bashing union in general. Oh there have been a few general bashings.... I think Fish was one of the first. I have been a Union organizer, member and Shop steward since 1994. I can tell you from experience, that not all Unions have it as good as the UAW, or the public sector Unions. They are the most sucessful, perhaps too suscessful for their long term good, and some of them like the UAW get a lot of press.... Some public sector Unions such as teachers enjoy good press.... In spite of the built in negotiating advantage they have as public sector Unions. Many Unions are still fighting the battle to get their members into the middle class..... Which Unions were a prime driver of creating. Many things that we now enjoy, and think of as a normal right came about because of Unions. OSHA, 40 hour work week, vacation pay, sick pay, holiday pay, greivances for unfair discipline, etc. These things (and more) exist now in both Union, and non Union companies because of Union efforts. The non Union companies went along and provided them or were forced to by legislation to keep up with the Union standards. The UAW has members that often do highly specialized jobs,(skills) that will not transfer easily to another company.... And the automakers have a highly cylical business that makes obscene profits in boom times. With that much money available, thay are often able to secure contracts that are unheard of in other industries.... But they usually suffer in downturns. As for the bad actors that pop up in Unions occasionally... Whenever there is a huge pot of money available, there will be those that cannot resist partaking in it... It is part of the human condition. I will point out that there have been PLENTY of people in the management/company side that fall into this catagory as well. I have worked both Union and non Union, and have seen the benefits, and downsides first hand. I believe that Unions are necessary to balance the unfettered power that companies other wise would have. If they were to disappear from the workplace, we would see many benefits that we take for granted disappearing as well. This would go for Union and non Union workers alike. This is false. I was fed this propaganda too until I researched it myself. The 40 hour work week was created by Henry Ford long before his plants were unionized because he thought that his employees would buy more Model T's if they had time off to enjoy them. Henry Ford, along with Jewish(Saturday) and Christian(Sunday) religion, also played a big role in the two day weekend long before his factories were unionized. Paid sick leave was first created in foreign countries, and is still not a law in the US even though most companies, union and non-union, give it to their employees. Paid vacation came about because employers in the early 1900's saw that their employees having time off made them more productive. Holiday pay is not required in the US and is up the the employers discretion. Many companies offer it for the same reason they offer vacation and sick pay, to attract workers. There have been recordings of Holiday pay in US companies long before unions were even established here. There are many other things that unions take credit for, but had little or no impact on their implementation. Many of these things just took a natural progression as communication became more instant and the traveling time between places decreased. People were able to be more selective on where they wanted to work, and employers had to find way to entice the best employees. Ummm, here is some more for you to research on. Henry Ford was late to the party. He did what businesses are still doing today; He saw which way the wind was blowing and decided to jump in and look like a hero. History of the 40 hour work week And what I stated was true. If you look at the link you posted, all they talked about hours per day worked and it was common to work six or seven days a week so that would 48 or 56 hours a week working eight hours a day. Henry Ford was the first implement a five day 40 hour work week(as it stated in your link) without any of his factories being unionized. If you click on the "statement" link in the article you posted, it will take you to this article which is exactly what I stated. The 40-Hour Revolution You seem to want to point to a single point in time when the 40 hour week became the standard. And you want it to be Ford in 1926.. And you do not want to give unions any credit for it. The truth is that this was a HEAVY lift, and it took a long time, with Unions being involved in the effort long before Ford got on the bandwagon. The tide was already shifting when he made his move. If you were to actually read my link with all of the different events and time periods, you would see that unions had been involved it the effort for a long time. And that Fords move was NOT the end of the effort. That happened quite a few years later. And yes unions were involved in the effort BEFORE, and AFTER Fords move. I give Ford credit for being an astute buisiness man and recognizing that he could get great press by accepting the inevitable before many others... He got to own the moment in time. That behaviour is still going on today. For example: Read the news and you will see quite a few companies are jumping on the 15.00 HR minimum wage bandwagon. It hasn't happened nation wide..... YET. But it does appear that this too will happen at some point. So these companies are jumping on board early for the favorable press.... And yes most Unions support this effort.... I personally wish they wouldn't, but they are.
Huntindog 11/05/19 07:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford reaches tentative UAW contract.

Actually, no one here is bashing union in general. Oh there have been a few general bashings.... I think Fish was one of the first. I have been a Union organizer, member and Shop steward since 1994. I can tell you from experience, that not all Unions have it as good as the UAW, or the public sector Unions. They are the most sucessful, perhaps too suscessful for their long term good, and some of them like the UAW get a lot of press.... Some public sector Unions such as teachers enjoy good press.... In spite of the built in negotiating advantage they have as public sector Unions. Many Unions are still fighting the battle to get their members into the middle class..... Which Unions were a prime driver of creating. Many things that we now enjoy, and think of as a normal right came about because of Unions. OSHA, 40 hour work week, vacation pay, sick pay, holiday pay, greivances for unfair discipline, etc. These things (and more) exist now in both Union, and non Union companies because of Union efforts. The non Union companies went along and provided them or were forced to by legislation to keep up with the Union standards. The UAW has members that often do highly specialized jobs,(skills) that will not transfer easily to another company.... And the automakers have a highly cylical business that makes obscene profits in boom times. With that much money available, thay are often able to secure contracts that are unheard of in other industries.... But they usually suffer in downturns. As for the bad actors that pop up in Unions occasionally... Whenever there is a huge pot of money available, there will be those that cannot resist partaking in it... It is part of the human condition. I will point out that there have been PLENTY of people in the management/company side that fall into this catagory as well. I have worked both Union and non Union, and have seen the benefits, and downsides first hand. I believe that Unions are necessary to balance the unfettered power that companies other wise would have. If they were to disappear from the workplace, we would see many benefits that we take for granted disappearing as well. This would go for Union and non Union workers alike. This is false. I was fed this propaganda too until I researched it myself. The 40 hour work week was created by Henry Ford long before his plants were unionized because he thought that his employees would buy more Model T's if they had time off to enjoy them. Henry Ford, along with Jewish(Saturday) and Christian(Sunday) religion, also played a big role in the two day weekend long before his factories were unionized. Paid sick leave was first created in foreign countries, and is still not a law in the US even though most companies, union and non-union, give it to their employees. Paid vacation came about because employers in the early 1900's saw that their employees having time off made them more productive. Holiday pay is not required in the US and is up the the employers discretion. Many companies offer it for the same reason they offer vacation and sick pay, to attract workers. There have been recordings of Holiday pay in US companies long before unions were even established here. There are many other things that unions take credit for, but had little or no impact on their implementation. Many of these things just took a natural progression as communication became more instant and the traveling time between places decreased. People were able to be more selective on where they wanted to work, and employers had to find way to entice the best employees. Ummm, here is some more for you to research on. Henry Ford was late to the party. He did what businesses are still doing today; He saw which way the wind was blowing and decided to jump in and look like a hero. History of the 40 hour work week Pay attention to the timeline: 1867 and Mayday. 1926 and Ford goes to 40 hour week
Huntindog 11/05/19 03:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Slideout gasket replacement

I have replaced them in both of my slides. There are quite a few types available, and I suppose any number of them could be made to work. I opted to find the exact replacement. I figured it would go smoother that way. Shop hard for the best price. Many places are pretty proud of this stuff. I did manage to get a good deal. The actual job was pretty straight forward. I don't think you will have any trouble with it
Huntindog 11/05/19 03:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ford reaches tentative UAW contract.

Actually, no one here is bashing union in general. Oh there have been a few general bashings.... I think Fish was one of the first. I have been a Union organizer, member and Shop steward since 1994. I can tell you from experience, that not all Unions have it as good as the UAW, or the public sector Unions. They are the most sucessful, perhaps too suscessful for their long term good, and some of them like the UAW get a lot of press.... Some public sector Unions such as teachers enjoy good press.... In spite of the built in negotiating advantage they have as public sector Unions. Many Unions are still fighting the battle to get their members into the middle class..... Which Unions were a prime driver of creating. Many things that we now enjoy, and think of as a normal right came about because of Unions. OSHA, 40 hour work week, vacation pay, sick pay, holiday pay, greivances for unfair discipline, etc. These things (and more) exist now in both Union, and non Union companies because of Union efforts. The non Union companies went along and provided them or were forced to by legislation to keep up with the Union standards. The UAW has members that often do highly specialized jobs,(skills) that will not transfer easily to another company.... And the automakers have a highly cylical business that makes obscene profits in boom times. With that much money available, thay are often able to secure contracts that are unheard of in other industries.... But they usually suffer in downturns. As for the bad actors that pop up in Unions occasionally... Whenever there is a huge pot of money available, there will be those that cannot resist partaking in it... It is part of the human condition. I will point out that there have been PLENTY of people in the management/company side that fall into this catagory as well. I have worked both Union and non Union, and have seen the benefits, and downsides first hand. I believe that Unions are necessary to balance the unfettered power that companies other wise would have. If they were to disappear from the workplace, we would see many benefits that we take for granted disappearing as well. This would go for Union and non Union workers alike.
Huntindog 11/04/19 11:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dexter 7K axle seals

I have a friend that bought the same. He ended up replacing his axles. The rubber "springs" had degraded to the point that they had to be replaced. His shop tried repositioning (clocking I think it was called) to get them back, but they would not hold the new position. I suggest having them checked over by a good shop, before throwing money in parts at them.
Huntindog 11/04/19 10:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bent Axle

The axles most TTs come with are barely adequate under ideal conditions. Upgrading axles has made it onto my to do list on every TT I have owned. My present TT came with 5200# axles. It now rolls on 7000# axles. I really wanted 8000#, but there were some clearance issues I could not resolve. This one of my top suggestions in improving reliability on your TT.
Huntindog 11/04/19 06:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

For EZ lube axle, what brand do you use for the wheel bearing grease. Thank you -PeterDo not use a grease gun on your axles. In order to use this zerk feature, and completely purge the old grease out (maybe) it would take almost 4 tubes of grease at each greasing.... And it would most likely get past the inner seals and onto the brakes. That creates quite a mess... Just don't do it. This is what I've read for a while...so I called Dexter and asked their tech dept. They said using the zerk is the preferred method for greasing the bearings each year. I specifically asked them about grease getting past the rear seal. They had no concern as long as a hand pump is used. Wonder why they recommend as the zerk as the primary method? It would be a liability for them if they recommended something that could be a safety hazard for their customers. That said, there is no doubt the hand method provides more piece of mind and ensures all is well with the internals. The printed manual states that annual disassembly and inspection is required maintainence. It is on page 84.
Huntindog 11/03/19 11:50pm Travel Trailers
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