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RE: Truck Scalping

Just an FYI for people wanting to order a new truck. I had a co-worker that ordered a new F350 with the gas 7.3 on December 31 last year. He just got it last week. Wow!!! Well it will take a while to get things up and running, but the party of Will block all legislation, even good legislation. The people will not get a win from this administration was not able to block legislation to force the move of some chip manufacturing back to America, so things should improve.
JRscooby 09/16/22 05:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How many folks just want to gripe about EVs?

not me ,were being used as a testing ground ,don,t see china pushing ev,s. I don't know what China is pushing, and don't really care. I was always told the US should lead. And I bet EVs sold in C are a higher percentage than in US. Would also bet China has fewer cars per person than US, and the average person travels fewer miles in car than US. As for the testing ground, think diesels have been doing that already. Personally I take issue with tax credits for EV's, or anything else FWIW. If they're so great they can stand on their own merits, no incentives needed at someone else's expense. The government does not generate any money so the credit is payed for by other taxpayers. But for over a century the tax payers have been helping the oil industry. And as a population, even the people that don't much use cars are paying the cost of climate harm. Well my only gripe about EV's.. Can't afford one. My biggest complaint is development has been blocked for so long. If advancements made in last 10 years had been done 17 years ago I would have 1 in driveway.
JRscooby 09/16/22 03:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: Diesel Ram Owner Forced to Scrap Truck !

Another great example of the gubmint trying to be involved in every single aspect of one's life. And morons keep voting for the morons who promote it. From what I see we just get to vote for what part of our lives we want interfered with. And the ones that call it gubmint are willing to accept interference in the most basic issues, as long as they can be treated better than others.
JRscooby 09/16/22 06:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Productions Ends in January

Coming from a certified diesel tech, great!!! Any diesel with the word ECO in its name is a ticking time bomb! Even the newer HD diesels aren’t as reliable due to the emissions carp they slap onto it! Kind of reminds you of the 70's when we smog equipment stated on gas burning cars. Performance went from decent to less than mediocre. But now, granted almost 50 years later the emissions are worked out and the cars perform better than ever and are more reliable to boot. Now it's the diesel engines turn. It will suck for a while, but the manufacturers will eventually get it right. I have been saying this for a while. When the emission regs first hit cars, the manufactures tried to clean the exhaust, lost performance and economy. Many people started to buy pickups, that did not need to meet the standards. (Look at the average late '60s car/pickup then average mid '70s car/pickup. In 5-6 years the difference in comfort level disappeared) The increase in use of pickups caused standards to move up in weight rating. Then economy standards, and price of gas, forced manufactures to clean up combustion instead of exhaust. Now the manufactures are working to clean the exhaust. If everybody that did not need a diesel would stop buying they would work on cleaning combustion. BTW, I don't think any RV is too heavy to move with a spark plug engine. Back in '73 I often pulled out of quarry grossing 110,000 got a speeding ticket grossing near 80,000. And that was with 427 GMC, with a carburetor, point and coil ignition.
JRscooby 09/16/22 06:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Ram Owner Forced to Scrap Truck !

I had a 2008 Ram. People were telling me for years to delete it and put a tuner on it. I had to replace a turbo and the company I bought it from said I would need a minor tuner for it to run right. If I ran it on the lowest tune when not towing a heavy trailer it would clog up the emissions. With no tune it ran fine. I sold it a few months ago with all of the exhaust intact. The guys deleting these newer trucks are crazy. There is plenty of power from the factory to pull anything they are rated for. Adding more will only break things and cost you more money. They're not deleting them for power. They are deleting them to get rid of the "problematic" emissions equipment. This is the reason, IMHO, that any truck smoking should be stopped and checked. If something has mal-functioned a fix-it ticket. Show court repaired, no fine. But if truck is modified, it ain't yours no more. 15 years now the manufactures have been selling "problematic" emissions equipment. If you buy one, and are not willing to deal with the problems, state should sell the truck to highest bidder that will keep it working right.
JRscooby 09/16/22 05:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Raising Trailer

If it was me I would consider the brakes adjusted and go on vacation. When you get home you can check the adjustment again. I’ll second that. Makes no sense. Nothing will magically shrink or stretch…without receiving some noticeable wear. Often new shoes do not match drums real well. It does not take a lot of stopping to wear the high spots enough to get brakes out of adjustment. For tire change, what do you use to level when camped? Put your magic tool on those boards. (Keep trying at home so don't need schooling on side of road)
JRscooby 09/15/22 04:01pm Towing
RE: Brakes grabbing

A molded cord is a good idea. I have had good luck by after checking to make sure all is good, then putting enough silicone sealer to fill the cap. Water can't get in, and nothing can shake loose. Lol, now that’s a real trucker fix goober job. Well if a mass produced cord will work for you, good. And if your boss sells the molded cords, you can't suggest anything else could work. But if you need the tongue to be over 20 feet long, and expect to drag that tongue out of a pile of material, you don't want splice or junction box at the end of a store-bought cord. Nearly fill the cover, put it back on, wipe of what is pushed out, and somebody looking close enough to see it deserves to find something wrong. If a "real trucker fix goober job" can last doing that kind of work, most RVers will never have a problem unless they drag it. And BTW, dragging will kill a molded one too. Cut it off, save the rest of cord.
JRscooby 09/15/22 06:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Diesel Ram Owner Forced to Scrap Truck !

Dumb for not keeping emissions equipment. Then listed as deleted. Just wonder if he rolled coal at the wrong time. Got to wonder if someone from NJ DEQ replied to the ad and he boosted how much power and how cool it is to roll coal And just think about how little outrage when the owner of a 15 YO car, can't afford to put valve guide seals in, gets forced to park because of a little smoke. IMHO, if a vehicle is smoking, stop and check. If something is wrong, give a warning and "fix it ticket". But if the vehicle has been modified in a way that might cause the smoke, order a tow, send driver down the road kicking rocks. Sell the truck to highest bidder, under condition will be repaired to meet emissions before hits the street.
JRscooby 09/14/22 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Ram Owner Forced to Scrap Truck !

Not a lawyer, but have heard in civil case, if you do not show up for court the party that does wins what they asked for. Could this be a issue?
JRscooby 09/14/22 05:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Brakes grabbing

hopefully OP has solved problem. If not I have seen wires get loose or pulled out of replacement 7 way plug on trailer pigtail and short or power a circuit inadvertently. Wintertime towing can fill them with road chemicals and corrode all the connections in them also. Always recommend replacing with new cord and molded plug. A molded cord is a good idea. I have had good luck by after checking to make sure all is good, then putting enough silicone sealer to fill the cap. Water can't get in, and nothing can shake loose.
JRscooby 09/13/22 04:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Brakes grabbing

Follow up Went to a trailer repair shop. Installed new break away switcch. Brakes are working fine now.I will check each individual wheel when I get home and check for good ground and chafed wires. Thanks for the update. Watch your controller pretty close for a while. Backfeed from break-away has damaged some. ^^JR...no sense to dig a deeper hole, just reread my last two posts. You were correct, you have no idea, nor do I on the info given. Now you asked me to explain my earlier reply. I did...you still are not comprehending what I said. "Even a light touch to the BRAKE PEDAL", can cause the issue I described. Yes, you talked some silliness that you have know idea. You said problem inside axle tube. A brake will not lock electrically unless power can run a circuit thru the magnet. If there is a short inside the tube, or a broken wire causing open circuit. power does not go to magnet You obviously have never replaced wiring inside the axle tube, when needed. The chafing to wire inside, leaving lots of bare wire, will shock you! I should of said check the ends where it goes in axle. That is the only place it will chaff. Now there is a good chance that over time, or holding brake on/pulling BAW pin, the wires will burn the insulation off I have BTDT, so I'm speaking of personal experience. Have owned 4 RVs, and a dozen other type trailers. I have owned over a dozen trailers, some that where pulled over 100,000 miles a year. Right now I own 1/2 of 2 car trailers, my RV, a utility trailer, tool trailer, and a end dump that I pulled the light wires into the bed rails over 25 years and 2 million miles ago. Trailer lights are an easy fix, for anyone that can understand what is normally a simple ground problem. Anyone can service a couple slow moving, small, lawn equipment trailers. LOL. The guy that has to pay the guys to stand around because the 7-8 trailers are not ready when grass needs cut. BTW...your house payments must be really small, that you can make them, by helping someone get their trailer lights working. That is good, if you are not taking advantage of friends or relatives by overcharging. Well, friends and relatives don't pay, unless working on CMV. But when work was slow I put name and phone number on the wall of scalehouse. I did not only fix lights, anything that would get a CMV put out of service. Several guys did the same kind of work, and after a while I was called for most light work. Easy, yes. If you understand, and no C&RKW has richarded around with it.
JRscooby 09/12/22 04:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Storing My Diesel Truck Over Winter Advice

Over the years of parking dump trucks for the winter I have found, by pulling samples and having tested, it is better to park with fresh oil in them. As for the fuel issue, I always wanted full. Not so much for the condensation issue, but more because in the spring, when work was slow but starting, a few days of fuel on hand helped.
JRscooby 09/12/22 02:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Brakes grabbing

Hey JR, this is a common issue, but normally takes at least a light touch of pedal, that can result with braking similar to pulling the pin. Very aggressive, tires chirp/maybe smoke. As Grit mentioned, turning the gain way down will help, but braking will be diminished. It starts mostly intermittent, due to the wiring moving/bouncing inside the tube. Quick fix..cut the wires going through tube, and run new cross wire outside the tube. Sorry, I do not have enough info to tell the OP what the problem is. Lol, you should have just stopped there, while you still were correct!! Well, over the years I have made house payments going out to help the people that must get trailer lights working so they can leave. For the last 8 years I have maintained a fleet of lawn maintenance trailers. And all that time I have never seen a trailer that had more than 2 conductors going to the wheels. In every case, 1 is ground, the other gets power only when the brakes should be applied. Now the OP can do what he wants, but the only way the wires inside the axle can cause a brake to lock at random is some cut and run new wire clown has put a hot wire inside the axle. Without power from somewhere contacting a wire that goes to the magnet, power will not apply the brake. It is possible a bad spring inside the drum could cause trouble, but much more likely a short where the brake wire is close to another wire that has power. If the OP was having trouble with brakes not applying when should, I would suggest he check for voltage and ground every connection. If was good before going into axle, then nothing at wheel end, then and only then would I consider replacing, or less likely bypassing, the wire inside axle. (More likely, I would disconnect at each end, so could pull enough to make repair where wire goes thru housing. Wire inside the tube is pretty well protected) But for brake grabbing or coming on at random? Problem ain't in axle. And Cut and Run New will not solve the issue
JRscooby 09/12/22 01:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brakes grabbing

Hey JR, this is a common issue, but normally takes at least a light touch of pedal, that can result with braking similar to pulling the pin. Very aggressive, tires chirp/maybe smoke. As Grit mentioned, turning the gain way down will help, but braking will be diminished. It starts mostly intermittent, due to the wiring moving/bouncing inside the tube. Quick fix..cut the wires going through tube, and run new cross wire outside the tube. Sorry, I do not have enough info to tell the OP what the problem is. But what I can say is unless a cut and run more wires "tech" has really screwed up already the problem is NOT a short in the axle. Unless something is wrong elsewhere, the only time current flows in/out of axle is when break-way or controller signals apply the brakes. Now there can be a short 2 ways; brake wire to axle. The magnet does not get power/shoes don't move to drum/brake does not work. Or brake wire to ground wire. The magnet does not get power/shoes don't move to drum/brake does not work. The 3rd, and most common issue is a broken wire (brake or ground) in that case the magnet does not get power/shoes don't move to drum/brake does not work. As the OP is not saying the brakes are failing to apply, the issue is not wires in axle If I was tasked with fixing I would first ask if any trailer lights on. I suspect that the issue is the brake wire is getting power from someplace it should not, most likely in the plug.
JRscooby 09/12/22 08:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Brakes grabbing

^Agree more info, year of trailer also. Often times a trailer with lots of use/miles, can have brake wires shorting inside the axle, due to worn wire insulation. Jerry Can you explain how "wires shorting inside the axle" can cause a brake to grab?
JRscooby 09/12/22 06:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Truckers.....flashing lights?

Go on YouTube and watch Bonehead Truckers videos. It's scary out there now, no wonder they passed more stringent DOT training laws. I have been retired for a decade, so maybe things have changed. But when I was working I could almost always guess which driver had learned by working with older drivers, and which had passed a government approved, company paid for training class. (When hiring driver, the school was disqualification) Think about it. There is a pretty large cost to sending somebody to school. Do you think company wants to spend that money, then not get a driver out of it?
JRscooby 09/12/22 04:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Towing truck camper (expecting first experience today)

Back decades ago when most to truck only had a sling we often carried dollies to carry 1 end of a vehicle. Only lifted a few inches. Most likely your camper would be too heavy, so we would pull rear driveshaft.
JRscooby 09/12/22 04:22am Truck Campers
RE: How many of you own an EV?

IDK, but doubt Ron would have posted the pics of his friends accident, if reckless driving/excessive speed was the cause. I'd give the driver the benefit of doubt, maybe the throttle malfunctioned, maybe a medical issue, who can say? The good thing...no one was injured in an accident that destroyed the car! Jerry I could see other problems could cause the accident. OTOH, I would think a alert driver, driving rationally in a residential area, could pull the wheel off the column, and get stopped with much less damage. Apparently the only thing driver could think to blame it on was the steering wheel. From what I have heard of the performance claims of Tesla, most like is somebody was playing with a new bb gun, and shot his eye out.
JRscooby 09/11/22 12:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truckers.....flashing lights?

Back in the day drivers where taught by drivers. Now they are "trained" by instructors. Instructors, and the companies they work for think the light flash will cause accidents. And on a rough road, it is hard to know for sure the high beam came on/off, not just a bounce. (I was taught headlight off/on at night/ on/off days. And when I see the invite, I check for myself to be sure I have room) For some years drivers used CB. Then that changed to a children's band so that no longer works I don't think I ever skipped the "thank you". In my cage, the only time I will use my flash is 2-lane or if I see another truck moving fast enough to overtake both of us. Signal to get left lane open ASAP, even if I need to drop speed.
JRscooby 09/11/22 08:27am Around the Campfire
RE: How many of you own an EV?

WOW! By the pictures it looks like a dry residential street. The driver lost control? And it is the fault of the shape of steering wheel?
JRscooby 09/11/22 08:00am Tow Vehicles
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