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RE: Question on changing legal GCWR

Another to consider about gears. If you go from a stock 30.5" tire, to next generally speaking diam of 31.5 or 32.5" diam tire. Your 4.10 gear setup just went to an effective 3.95 or 3.73. So if you go to a say 285-75-16 @ 32.5", you would need to go to a 4.33 or there about to keep your effective ratio at 4.10.... More to this than tow rating per a gear ratio chart like Ben is showing. Tire diameter also needs to be taken I to account, along with what that bigger diam tire weighs, taking HP away from getting to the ground turning said bigger heavier diam tire.... Marty
blt2ski 04/19/21 12:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question on changing legal GCWR

BUT the springs are at 6400. If going with lower of ratings....keep this in mind too. As far a axle ratios. If like me, more off the beaten path, lower gears are better. If you stay on main roads like the interstates, you can pull just fine the same load as a rig with lower gears. Hence my I would prefer 4.33s in a previous post vs don saying 4.10s. personal choice for how he pulls etc vs me. Marty
blt2ski 04/19/21 11:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question on changing legal GCWR

If you're going to change out gears, go to a 4.33. You're looking at $2g per pumpkin, you'll get more take off power which you lack with the trans in that rig. Marty
blt2ski 04/19/21 07:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Uneven Dually tire wear

Another way to solve fix, I've used. A bit old school, as I'm not suremost recent designed tires have this issue like bias and early radial design treads. Is deflate fast wearing tire by 2 psi, OR increase lessor by 2psi. Marty You are going backwards. It is the smaller tire that will slip, and wear faster. Ok fine, I knew it was one way or the other. As I've done that on an older R3500 dump flatbed I had in 90s. Had to do that with tires I had in 90 to mod ott's wi navistar. No issues wi 05 dually pickup. That's not to say issue could not be occuring with OPs rig. Marty
blt2ski 04/13/21 10:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uneven Dually tire wear

Another way to solve fix, I've used. A bit old school, as I'm not suremost recent designed tires have this issue like bias and early radial design treads. Is deflate fast wearing tire by 2 psi, OR increase lessor by 2psi. Marty
blt2ski 04/13/21 01:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uneven Dually tire wear

Have some one follow you driving. Look to see if on a corner if the inside turns faster or slower than outside. I noticed the inside right of my Navistar turning faster than outside left, fur to the Detroit locker not breaking free empty. I consequently wear out right rears a bit soo we than left. Yes, I'm grabbing at straws.....but you could have a similar but opposite problem than I have depending upon if you do or do not have a locking limited flip rear. Marty
blt2ski 04/13/21 11:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Real life Hybrid towing experiences

I have/had an older sister that towed an older Cub Cadet from the 50s with two different Toyota's. One iirc was a smaller chassis, 3500 tow rating, other a bit bigger with a 5k rating. She upgraded to larger as the smaller was capable power wise etc, bigger was better overall. She was typically the only one in vehicle. Based on a few comments, never followed my advice, she needed trailer brakes on trailer. If the trailer is over 1000-1500 lbs, I will HIGHLY suggest installing brakes. She went through vehicle brakes quickly, and had a few what I would call white knuckle braking experiences. Trailer dealer may not say you need brakes, legal in yours or my states may not say you need brakes, same with Toyota warranty.....out them on! Unfortunately she passed on 3-1 so I'm not able to get a y more specifics. While a lovely sister for 50yrs, unlike her father who was a brilliant engineer at Boeing, she was a librarian, not too mechanical. Even at that, not real smart from what and how she needed to tow properly or correctly. With above said, an areodybamic trailer should be towable with a hybrid. Like a non hybrid vehicle, the one with the larger motor, more fears in transmission etc will tow up hills etc faster. Good luck with choice. Marty
blt2ski 04/13/21 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

Impotent!? Hmm.. is that not when little guy does not work?!?!? I'm going sailing in some 15-25 knot winds, 2-4'waved here in puget sound, I'll deal with collateral damage after words! But, the ford base weights if like GM, final weight hast be plus minus 5 or 10 lbs of ALL options added at the end. This is tighter than most scales troops,or other local scales use at 20 lb increments. Reality, at least where I'm at, got new registration for my new to me 1500, I'm legal to 8000 lbs. Door sticker is 7000 or so. My navistar is good to 26000, door sticker and axl ratings give me 18200. Been pulled over at 27000. No over weight ticket. Just a 10 day up registration to 28000. $15 or so. ooohhhh, that hurt me pocket book! In real world, door sticker means squat! Marty
blt2ski 04/12/21 05:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sports chassis and similar units becoming obsolete?

It's also illegal in most states to tow anything over 4500 lb with out brakes. So the tow truck pulling that 17k trailer in reality was illegal. With that said, it is true most true full size mdt's will outlast a pickup by 2-3x as many miles etc. You can set them up nicely. BUT as noted, with current power specs of the 35dw pickups, getting an MDT with at one time power specs double to triple pickups, no need to step up to an mdt in the rv world. To say they will be obsolete! ROTFLMAO ?? a 35 series rig does not have the power and payload to do as I do, look up a 12-15 k trailer, and haul 3-6 tons of my case topsoil, bark, plants or some combo legally, safely etc. Or 6-8 tons of cargo only! Commercially speaking, the MDT is a better unit in most cases from experience than a 35DW rig. Current 35's, as are any pickup in ANY class 1-3 realm, better than the last 70s when I first started driving pickups. Marty
blt2ski 04/08/21 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended tow bar

I've extended the tongue on a few trailers that I needed more turning length, ie dually flatbeds where the typical 36-42" trailer body to ball spacing does not work or the trailer hits the corners of the 8' wide flatbed. So extending the tongue another 12-18" works well in this situation. Even an extension like the torklift will not allow one to 90 degree jack knife the trailer on a wider truck. Either may work depending upon multiple issues you have vs what I have or someone else may have. Choose poison carefully. Marty
blt2ski 04/07/21 10:28pm Towing
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

Gene, Your up to 8500 covers class 1 to 6000, 2a 6001-8500 does not include 2b 8501-10000 class 3 10001-14000 medium is 14,000 to 33000 heavy is 33000 on up. marty
blt2ski 04/03/21 09:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

Gene False on US definition of light duty truck. ANY truck meeting USDOT class 1-3 us a light duty vehicle. This is about 14,000 and light gvw. Marty
blt2ski 04/02/21 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Debating another tow vehicle

I was legal with a 12K total equipment trailer, 1500 lbs of hitch wt with my 8 lug single wheel trucks. Thats going back to my 88, 96 and 2000 trucks. Not to mention my 05 DW 3500, and my 82 IHC class 6. WD systems have no requirement in laws, at least here where I am in Wa st. Same with sway control. Altho having a trailer that goes IIRC 12 if not 18" side to side will net you a moving violation, along with getting red tagged so You can not move the rig until you show the trailer with not go sideways uncontrolled. If that takes a sway bar, great. If you can do it shifting weight etc with in the trailer, great. If not, you can find a low boy or tilt deck to get the trailer off the road! marty
blt2ski 04/01/21 09:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GCWR - Can't Be Changed?

Gene, ALL you have to worry about is warranty. With what you said re up to 14000 have, you're legal if pulled over to 14000 on your two axles. As far as legal gcw goes, again, legal us max your registered for. Probably upwards of 80,000 lbs. Assuming you have enough axles etc under you to carry the weight from the road bed engineer specs. But, if you blow your tranny up at 20k miles, doing 80k lbs, ford will deny warranty as you're over 18000 gcw. Yes, I've been pulled over at 150%of manufactures ratings, I have YET to get an aver weight ticket, as I've always been under registered weight/tax paid for damage I'm doing to roads at that weight! That's ALL an leo/cveo cares about from a weight perspective. I have had warranty denied due to above and beyond GM spec for what should or could have been under warranty. Marty
blt2ski 03/31/21 09:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: GCWR - Can't Be Changed?

Your gcwr/gvwr us a warranty item only. Most states you get the gvw/gcw you pay for. Here in Wa st, you would have an 8k registration, that is legal max you can have on your four truck tires. If you wanted to buy a 10 or 12k or up to around a 20k plate, you would be legal to that amount. Of course their are some other rules and regs you would not meet running down the road at 20k lbs. I can't recommend you do so, but you would be legal from a weight standpoint, but illegal from a braking standpoint. THAT law will hurt you way the heck more than the weight law ever will! Marty
blt2ski 03/31/21 08:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which E rated ties have the most weight capacity?

Ply rating and letter rating are "old school". DOT requires actual capacity (in pounds) be on the tire sidewall. Yep, Just threw in a random size (225/75R16) and came up with tires in load ranges from 104 to 121. 104 = 1,984lb 121 = 3,197lb Both will fit on your rims and lightly loaded, won't make much difference. But guess which one is likely to do better heavily loaded? Reality, that 104 vs 121 load index rating are probably not a heck of a lot different than a P metric vs an LR E/10 ply rated tire. Either one of the three ratings systems basically tell you the same thing. How much a tire will carry at speeds over 25mph. stay under 25mph, you can load to 150% of sidewall capacity, or at least at one time one could do so per say. Steel vs polyester sidewalls and treads do not give you more capacity for a given tire with the same load rating. they will be stiffer, usually a bit cooler running. SOme will last longer depending upon rubber compound..... Marty Actually those were just the extremes. They had several others. Why would you use a system that doesn't give you an actual load rating (ply/letter grade) when they give actual payloads? Even with this new system, you have to look up what the tire load rating says the tire can be loaded too. Both old systems had the max load at X psi on sidewall. New system has max load at x psi. Either of three rating systems work when used correctly.
blt2ski 03/28/21 06:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Which E rated ties have the most weight capacity?

Ply rating and letter rating are "old school". DOT requires actual capacity (in pounds) be on the tire sidewall. Yep, Just threw in a random size (225/75R16) and came up with tires in load ranges from 104 to 121. 104 = 1,984lb 121 = 3,197lb Both will fit on your rims and lightly loaded, won't make much difference. But guess which one is likely to do better heavily loaded? Reality, that 104 vs 121 load index rating are probably not a heck of a lot different than a P metric vs an LR E/10 ply rated tire. Either one of the three ratings systems basically tell you the same thing. How much a tire will carry at speeds over 25mph. stay under 25mph, you can load to 150% of sidewall capacity, or at least at one time one could do so per say. Steel vs polyester sidewalls and treads do not give you more capacity for a given tire with the same load rating. they will be stiffer, usually a bit cooler running. SOme will last longer depending upon rubber compound..... Marty
blt2ski 03/28/21 04:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cargo Rating

How is cargo rating any different than max camper rating in pickups per say.... Then if you have 6 peeps in said crew cab pickup that ave 175-200 per. Your chewing 1200 lbs of people weight vs 900. Yes been there did that done that when I had at the time, spouse, 4 adult sized teens and myself. Reality all I cared about is total payload! Marty
blt2ski 03/26/21 02:12pm Towing
RE: Bed liner - spray in

Grit, I've had bed liners too. I'd still take a spray in vs a drop in. Both can have the bed itself get dented etc. Especially if you drop some 50-100+ lb objects in the bed. Be them rocks, concrete wall blocks, larger logs etc. Issue I found the liners, is soil, bark, etc can get between the bed and liner, liner moving, the paint grinds away etc between the two. Reality, which is worst? Not sure. The spray in being reasonably non skid, vs liner very little. Access to ALL the internal bed tie downs etc. The spray is better in the end. My 02 Marty
blt2ski 03/23/21 09:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bed liner - spray in

I've had a few line-x liners. As noted, if you load pallets, gravel dirt etc in a true construction worker manner, they do peel, break lose etc. Or drag gravel out of the bed with an 188" wide tooth bucket on a track hoe..... Anyway......ice known folks in landscape biz that say both have same issues if you abuse things per day in a daily basis. Find out which franchise locally if you can has the best rep, go to that place. Marty
blt2ski 03/23/21 06:51pm Tow Vehicles
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