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RE: 2002 silverado 1500

Interstates started getting built in Eisenhower time frame. So 50's! But as noted, my 4.3 V6 has 50 more HP, down 35 lb ft of torque in motor, my 88&89 454's. 6 gears instead of three. I pull my equipment trailer with mini excavator better and faster with my 2014 2500. A bit better than my 2000 C2500 5.7 4 sp 4l80 trans. My son towed his dodge conversion van from Wenatchee over Stevens pas, which is way harder pull than I90 with his 05, 4.8 V8, 3.42 gears, 4" lift and 33.5" tires. He survived. A bit slow. Enjoy. Marty
blt2ski 10/24/21 02:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2002 silverado 1500

8000 lb trailer capacity less family of four, 600-800 lbs depending upon of kids are preteen vs adult sized teens. Puts you at around 7000 lbs max trailer. Maybe a bit less. To stay under factory gvwr of around 12-13000 lbs. You can sit, as noted, you might be slowish. You won't be the first trying to pull at max, slow more than you think you will or should. Don't let motor lug, find RPM that engine seems comfortable towing at on hills. My 2014 4.3 and 2000 5.7 have no issues in the 3000-4000 relm when really loaded on a steeper 3-6% freeway grade. Have fun Marty
blt2ski 10/24/21 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hello

LOL Ron, Depending on where you were in Bellevue, I was at two places their. Ne 8th and 128th. Hilltop just east of Somerset. Now I'm in Burien at am aunt's house Marty
blt2ski 10/19/21 05:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cold weather, generators, and campgrounds

Why on earth would you leave your water heater on overnight? Are you prone to sleep-showering? Some of us camped for 2-3+ days in temps from 0-30F NEED it on 24hrs a day so the tank will not freeze! A single night down to 20F, then back up to 40F the next day is not an issue. Oh and YES, I did have to break the no generators at night at local ski area once as many of us did. Due to LP running out at 2-3 am, Turning on at 5 am so we could electric heater heat rv. WIth 4 kids under 12 at the time, best option. I did apologize to fellow ski instructors/patrolers in the overnight lot, bought a beer or two at the end of said sunday and following weekend...No one bit my head off, as most of us had an issue in the 10-15 years I was up their at some point in time. We banded together and helped ea other. Marty
blt2ski 10/19/21 09:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Hello

Some of you must have known I was out with a really bad cold/flu I've heard and felt is running around. I've survived in the meantime....fortunately I've survived. I'll be heading out to do the work thing for the first time since wednesday. Hopefully i will survive. I guess to many are worried about folks turning generators on overnight when there is supposed to be a quiet time. Which I agree on. Having had to turn a genset on to warm camper on a 25F morning after we ran out of LP at 2-3am ...... Sheet happens.....but I bought a few beers for fellow ski instructors, patrollers in the parking lot. Every weekend I would have been tossed! Sunny here in between Seattle and Everett Wa. enjoy your day! Marty ps my truck rides rough with 35 lbs in the 80 lb rated tires! or I should tke the Rancho shock setting down to 5 or 6 from 7? maybe 8?
blt2ski 10/19/21 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cold weather, generators, and campgrounds

I guess it's good some of you don't use you RV as a ski hut as I did. In official generator off was 9pm, or lights out at area. That was 1am new years eve. Of course folks are partying in parking lot etc too. Hrs seem good to me. Seems a bit silly or wierd that many RV's did not have enough amp hrs, or dead'ish batteries for this to be going on. A possiblity not mentioned, some might only have electric heat. I find this hard to believe. My 02 on this. Marty
blt2ski 10/18/21 06:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

I was thinking twin traction beam..... I did know that was not the best Ford FA option. The SFA was the better one at the time.... Marty
blt2ski 10/09/21 07:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

Fish, Was that not the "twin traction" something or other front end? Iirc it was ok. I was seriously thing about a 96 crew cab from Ford, the 250 was a horrible turning truck with it, vs the 350 with the sofa excellent tight radius, GM ifs was in the middle. 5' or so difference between them. Went with a GM, not smartest choice, but still wish I had it, even with the 6.5TD. Marty
blt2ski 10/09/21 06:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: An upgraded option for the half ton Pickup crowd

Grit Reality is, only real difference between 1500"s you've been driving, and mine, V8 vs V6, 9.5" RA vs 8.5". I have same stock everything else. Other than now beefier front 2" lift leveling struts, adding a rear 1800 lb 2" lift add a leaf. Reality, 2 tons in rear does not hit bump stops on RA. Yes been there done that a few times. 5400 lbs of truck is a nicer commuter rig from Lynnwood to Ballard vs a 7500-8000 lb empty truck. Marty
blt2ski 09/29/21 01:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck question(s)

You don't need to go lower than a 3.42 with the newer transmissions. The 6 sp has a 4-4.1 first gear. 8 sp about 4.3, 10sp 4.5-1. The 8 & 10 sp has an overall low gear ratio lower than a 6sp/3.73 setup. Plus a slightly tall final drive, closer spaced gears, better power to ground etc. Marty
blt2ski 09/24/21 07:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: An upgraded option for the half ton Pickup crowd

Some of you should ask this question, as I have. When is the typical 8600-8800 gvw 15 series truck going to come back to market. Most if the current SW 25/35 series trucks are heavier tare, granted stronger drivetrain, ie higher gvw too. But no longer in the true HD DOT class 2 ie 8400-10,000 gvw range. Can you find a reg cab, 8' bed, base rwd truck that wieght under 5000 lbs empty like two I've had? An equal 15 series is just over 5000 empty. A 25 series is over 6000 EMPTY! I have not looked at Toyotas me specs, but if this truck has a 5-6k ra, 4-4.5k fa, sounds like a typical 25 series I grew up with, like them too! I'd buy another instead of my 1500, IF the manufactures would put some of the 15 series features in these trucks. Eco boost, 5.3 V8. Small 6 cylinder diesel dodge and GM have. No they will not pull 20k lbs, they're not ment too. But I could put my family of 6 that wieghed 1200 lbs or so with four adult sized teens. 7-8000 lb trailer behind it, and be safe. Get decent mpgs empty...... Kinda like the GM 1500HD from 96-2000, and new body style from 02-06 or so. 454/6.0 V8, 4L80E trans, 8 lug rims, 6k/4k rear/front axles, 10 ply tires,5600-5800 empty wight crew cab with a 6.5' bed......engines I mentioned 15-25 potential city hwy mpg gas, 20-30 mpg with the small diesels. Hope Toyota succeeds with this truck if it meets some of the criteria I mentioned. Nothing wrong with the 9.5" SF AAM 12 bolt RA. Had a few. Just wish I had it instead of the 8.5" 10 bolt behind my V6. Guess I shoulda bought a V8;eh! Marty
blt2ski 09/22/21 06:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 GM HD 505hp/1085tq

My 300/600 dmax did ok pulling what I pulled. Max around 23-24,000 gcw. We need that much HP/torque in class 3 and under truck because why?!?!? I know I know Testosterone!!!! ?? ?? ?? Marty Spend some time out at elevation where the grades are steep and you might feel different. I would welcome more power than the 350/800 my truck has when pulling through the Rockies. Your grades on interstates are no steeper than here in Wa St at sealevel. No more than 6%, except short bursts to 8%. Want to talk local, try 25% grades! Yes you have elevation to deal with. 3% loss per 1000' if you have a non forced induction motor. Figured that out in 91 with a TBI 454 at 14K gcwr, 500 below ratings in yellowstone. Going 15-20 mph up the 10-15% grades in the park. Went back a few days after 9-11 with a 6.5TD, Less HP, but at 16K lbs, puling the SAME trailer. But my four kids were now adult sized teens instead of 6 months to 6 years. Pulled ALL the hills 20 mph faster! 4000 lbs over gcwr! Reality, i doubt ALL that hp is hitting the pavement in todays motors. THe Auto transmissions need more HP to motovate a 10 sp vs the lder 3 spds. The NV4500 behind my 6.5TD only took 25-30hp vs 40+ for the 88 with the TH400. The original 5 sp Allison took 60-65HP to operate. Yes we are getting more HP to the ground. But also using more HP in drive train loss too. i would have no issues pulling an RV thru the rockies with my 05 dmax that was a 320/620 in reality. My 185/385 6.5 was a lot better trip than my 235/385 TBI 454. Marty
blt2ski 09/16/21 10:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 GM HD 505hp/1085tq

My 300/600 dmax did ok pulling what I pulled. Max around 23-24,000 gcw. We need thatuch HP/torque in class 3 and under truck because why?!?!? I know I know Testosterone!!!! ?? ?? ?? Marty
blt2ski 09/16/21 02:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: who's towing with gas and 342 vs 373

Not a 6.0/6.6 V8... But pulling 8000 with a 6sp/4.3 V6, I had no issues pulling 55 mph on a 3-4% grade in 4th. Ie basically direct at 1.05. 3500rpm or there about. I have a 285/300 motor. I don't think the naysayers realize that a 350-400hp gas motor will pull most trailers fine. Elevation as noted, above 5-6000', you will notice the typical 3% HP drop per 1000'. Unlike a turbo/super charged motor you will not not HP loss until 8-10,000 feet. If in the Rockies ALOT, get a forced induction motor. A once in a lifetime trip, a gas will get you from point A to B safe and sanely. Just slower. Marty
blt2ski 09/11/21 11:21am Towing
RE: ProPride and lifted 3500

To have deformed springs in one trip would take way more wieght on you RA than most of us will ever put on our trucks as personal/RV rigs. I've had trailer springs deform I the 50-70k mile range loaded at 80-100% ratings all the time. Truck springs with constant 80+% loads of gravel, soil, etc in landscape construction biz in 100k miles. I've not seen it except 20+ years down the road in personal use rigs. Also, remember, your trailer go to the dealer on a trailer, or more likely, pulled behind a 35 series rig with no bars. Don't worry! Marty
blt2ski 09/10/21 11:17am Towing
RE: ProPride and lifted 3500

SHould have been SWAG. scientific wild assed guess...... I noticed the change in my truck from a 31.5 to 32.5 tires. Also 10 lbs heavier! Latter is probably the biggest part. Then I only have a 4.3 V6. Raised it 2". I'm now about a 3.2 effective vs the 3.42 stock. Even at that, It does good. Lost 1-2 mpg tho..... If you can not get bars correctly connected to come home/get somewhere etc. I would not worry too much. With 40 years pulling with 8 lug 25/35 series trucks. I found it took 500+ lbs of weight off the front axel to effect how it felt etc. That is around 1500-2000 lbs of HW for a crew cab 170'ish inch WB. 6400 lbs rear springs. With 8500 springs, typical of duallys a decade back, then it was 2000+ lbs of HW to really effect the steering etc. my Reg cab 2500's was more in the 1000-1200 lbs relm. This is stock setups. You being lifted, taller tires. I'm not going to say my experience is equal. Marty
blt2ski 09/10/21 09:35am Towing
RE: ProPride and lifted 3500

Simple method to figure out you lower rating is old diam tire/new diam tire times rear ratio. (32/35)3.73 = 3.41 effective axel ratio. If you were stock at 31", then you are down to a 3.3 effective ratio. I'm assuming you have a DMAX with that high of a GCWR. Being as 3.73 is the only ratio, no way to tell where you really are per say now in comparison. SWG about 88% or 26,300 +/-. Remember gcwr is a performance/warranty rating only. Question becomes, what performance are you looking at etc. Holding 60 in DOD vs OD vs Direct at 1800 rpm......pulling an X% grade with out stalling in 1st gear. Marty
blt2ski 09/10/21 08:56am Towing
RE: 2022 HD trucks delivery date

Make sure said flooded rigs don't make it to your non flood area for sale. I know of a few that have shown up here in NW US. Give dealer enough proff they sold you a flood rig, owners got money back and great price on a new rig.... May not always happen. Marty
blt2ski 09/06/21 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tonneau covers that don’t leak

In 40 yrs of owning pickups, have never had a bed cover until I bought this used 2014 GM 1500 which has a roll up version As noted, heavier rain and wind seems to be enemy at back two corners. Only thing I can think of to fix, is adding some more, replacing exhisting rubber gaskets with thicker rubber. After looking a bit ago, something I had not noticed before. The stake holes are basically covered in front. But the rear ones are 75% uncovered. I would have to assume some of the water I've seen in bed is coming via here. Reality for my usage, the bed is water proof. As I keep very little in the bed, even when covered water will not harm it. If it water WILL harm the item in the bed, it goes in the cab, or when their is no rain, drive thru car washes in the forecast. Marty
blt2ski 09/06/21 11:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and others shutting down production.

Anyone thinking to avoid these trucks as possibly problematic? It might be because I like to think positive. I don't see much difference sitting waiting for a chip vs say a good, steering wheel, tires etc. It should in reality be a plug part in, drive way. As I type, depending upon length of sitting time. I could see an issue with fuel in gazers, ie separation of gaz and alcohol....... Marty
blt2ski 09/02/21 10:54pm Tow Vehicles
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