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RE: It's time for a replacement truck

Having been looking at a replacement myself, IF you can swing it.....the gas versions from 2014 on seem to have better HP/torque specs in general. ALong with better mpg's. For 25/35 series trucks, not as much mpg....but 15 series a 20-30% improvement in most brands and models. They still got the power boost of upwards of 30% depending upon brand etc. Example, I've been looking for and at GM 1500 dual cabs with the 4.3 V6. 2013 and before, 4 sp trans, and 220'ish hp/torque motor. 14+ is a 6 sp trans, 285/305 hp torque spec abd about a +4 mpg gain across the spectrum. With that said, the years you are looking at, the diesels will have better performance overall. For the miles you are driving.....I have to be honest, not sure you will EVER get the initial cost back of the upfront costs. Yes you do get some back at the end. But depending upon how long of time frame, how many miles you drive......How many factors in the which fuel to use vs the other you want to throw into the equation..... WIth the above said. Find the best priced, nicest, your spouse likes, fits your buts seats you can find, buy it! and enjoy the drive to and from. Yes a lower powered rig might take you a few hours more. I will assume you are retired, most do not seem to mind the extra time here and there. as others have mentioned, glad neither of you are hurt! Marty
blt2ski 03/28/20 01:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

I need a 54" to get around the flatbeds I tow with. 36" might work with a typical full size SW rig. BUT, add a camper and the supports, or a dw, or _________. For OP, ONLY real way to know how big a rig you need, is to take and make up a plan of where you want to keep things inside, how, in what kind of containers things are held in. Examples, if you think 6' is wide enough, the inside is probably 5' 10" due to sides. So if you are thinking 2' for shelves per side, 2' of walk way. The walk way s only 22". Or if you get 25" containers, put them long way per width of trailer, you are now down to a 2" width pathway. So a 7 or 8' trailer may be a better option. BUT, now you ahve probably added another 200 lbs to the trailer. Which if you get one with say 2 3500 lbs axels, 7000 lbs plus say 1000 lbs of HW. Giving you a max 8000 lbs of total trailer and cargo. Tare of trailer goes from 1200 to 1400 lbs, You guestimate initially 6800 lbs of cargo inside.....if you add said 200 lbs ot the hitch, you stay under the axel ratings. or need to go with 2 4000 lb axels. You can not just GUESS or otherwise what sized trailer you need. Be it cubic feet, width, height, rated gvw.... guesstimating is good, then add some lbs of air for cargo weight, maybe some inches to width if possible, length, height etc. THEN, and ONLY then, you may not need to expand later. WIth this said, having to go bigger, expand if doing a business, can be a good thing too. Or you may find you want one trailer going one way, a 2nd another way. In which case, having two trailers, one smaller, the other larger per say is good also. Also, MANY cargo/equipment trailers are sold by payload. This payload is the sum of the axel(s). With a small prints note of " must have adequate hitch wt" ie weight of trailer. If you are assuming say 10% HW on the above 1200 lb trailer, with 7000 lbs of axels, they may say, you have 7000 lbs of payload, but you need 1200 lbs of HW. NOT, the 700 or so you may be thinking. SO you are 500 lbs overweight per manufacture specs. You will again need a trailer with the 4000+ lbs axel option. I ran into this specing an equipment trailer. I was putting 12000 lbs including a 1000 lbs of air for stuff I could not think of, they tried to sell me a dual 12K trailer, with 4500 lbs of HW needed. I wanted a dual 7 or 8K trailer so I only needed around 1600-2000 lbs of hithc with a total trailer weight of 16000-17000 lbs. A lot of things many of us are not positive about. Watch out for sales snakes. Marty
blt2ski 03/28/20 11:18am Towing
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

While a V nose is better from an aerodynamic standpoint, ie better mpg's, lower HP needed to pull the same load etc..... If you find your self in a place, we all do, that you need to jack knife the trailer backing into somewhere. This style does not allow it. For that matter, many of the flat front trailers also have a tongue that is 6-12" too short depending upon how wide the trucks hips are. Keep this issue in mind when looking at trailers of any type or style. Marty
blt2ski 03/27/20 07:23am Towing
RE: Ford, GM, FCA Agree to Shut Down US Plants

As noted earlier, many of these items should be made here, or at least in NA! As China makes a high % of the n95 masks needed. Malaysia IIRC makes 80-90% of the surgical gloves for the world. Issues with this virus have slowed both places from producing appropriate quantities of products for the world over! I can understand why some manufactures move plants to be more regional per say. Marty
blt2ski 03/25/20 09:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011 Ram HD 3500 DRW Cummins 68RFE 523k miles!

My 2000 GM or 92 IHC are not rusty buckets. They have seen better day, have worked, made money etc.....But they do run etc. with that said, glad there are still some OLD vehicles on the road, saved from the junk yard etc by people that want to keep older rigs around. Marty
blt2ski 03/24/20 10:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

Cummins If your son is loading what I think he could be. A slightly longer trailer with dual 5k axles might be a better cheaper option in long run. His trailer would ride rough empty. 6k trailer springs have very little fkex, add in 10ply LR e tires at 80 lbs per side. A 1200lb empty trailer is going to ride rough! Just as my 2600 lb equipment trailer, 2300 on axles, 300 he rides rough for the same reason. Load it to 10500-11000 on axles, 1500 hitch. Smooth riding son of a gun. Marty
blt2ski 03/24/20 10:17am Towing
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

My Son has a single axle enclosed trailer single axle. He added heavier duty springs. NOT happy with the unloaded ride! Looking into adding one axle with brakes. My dual 6K axel equipment trailer rids as rough as some of the single axel trailers I've towed. Put an appropriate load on either, ride smooths out! Not sure I will agree that singles are worst or better than tandems per say. Both styles have positives and negatives all there own. Marty
blt2ski 03/23/20 11:00pm Towing
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

THIS trailer culd be all anyone needs. 1100 lbs capacity, folds up, fits in a corner of a garage or equal....... Some need to get off there the high horse, and realize, trailers like trucks like all things in life, come id different sizes and specs to meet different uses. A hardware local hardware stor bought out by Lowes, used to have over 200 different types and styles of hammers. HD matched them for a bit. Now if you find 20 hammers on the shelf, you are having a good day! Single, tandem, duals on single or tandems.....how much do you need to carry, you will have flat like it or not, be prepared to change or get it changed out.....yadda yadda..... And Grit, its only 2 pages if you go to my forums, and change out the how many posts are on a page from 10 to 20. A bit nicer when threads are replied to alot. Marty
blt2ski 03/22/20 03:05pm Towing
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

To add to my above legal thoughts. IF the trailer hitch weight, outs your tow rig at manufactures GVWR, it is probably BEST if your trailer has brakes on it. Not saying a TV can not stop an extra ton or so. Probably best to install then at 600-800 or so dollars, than deal with rear ending someone. Marty
blt2ski 03/21/20 02:36pm Towing
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

ANY trailer with brakes, legal rules not withstanding, stop the whole unit quicker. I put a set on a single 3500 lb axel, getting towed daily by a dually flatbed. We stopped at least 5-10' quicker brakes vs no brakes. Trailer tyiclly was around 2500 lbs total. I legally did not need them behind this truck. But my SW 25 series trucks did. In Washington state, legal varies from 1509 up to 4500 lbs if trailer. This is based on registered gvw. Which is bought in 2000 lb increments. Reality, 40% of 10000 lbs gvw is 4000lbs of trailer. So legal with 35 series truck with 12k plates. 25 series with 8k plates is limited to a 3200 lb trailer. So pulling it empty or loaded is illegal. Read legal requirements in the state(s) you are going to tow something in. MANY type A motorhomes get ticketed because their towed car behind, has a 4500 or more potental gvw, so they have to disconnect and drive car seperate until it has working brakes. Plus a ticket for non functioning brakes, which is a moving violation. That follows your driving record. Unlike an overweight ticket that many on here worry, pice etc about. That is a non moving violation, that does not go on your driving record in most cases. As I'm finishing thumb typing. IIRC, ant dual+ axel towed type vehicle, needs working brakes on all points of contact with the road, no matter the gvw % requirement. Marty
blt2ski 03/21/20 12:18pm Towing
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

From handling trailersof approx equal size, dual and singles..... The singles do turn quicker backing, and track inside following more than tandems. Due to the tandems second axle scrubbing slowing the trailer down turning in either direction. A single I have found needs a bit more HW than an equal weight tandem to tow in a nicer way.... You might be able to get a single with a solo 6K axle, vs say two 3K axles. You would then have literally 300-400 lbs more payload, as you do not have the tare weight of the 2nd axel. Yes, you should be able to order, or aftermarket brakes on a single trailer. I did this to a Single 3500 lbs trailer I had. With this all in mind....not going to say which is better per say, only both have plus and minus's depending upon where and how you are using the trailer. Marty
blt2ski 03/20/20 07:16pm Towing

GM 12 or 15 passenger van, best newest option out there. Next IMHO, MB sprinter van, 12 or 15 passenger. These are also available in 4wd. But probably very few and FAR between. Last on list, Frod transit 15 passenger due to long rear overhang. Drive a cargo equal daily. Does not carry weight well at all. The 12 passenger is better. Marty
blt2ski 03/19/20 09:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Idler and Tensioner Pulleys Ram 6.7

Sometimes, g no doing with gut is best choice Marty
blt2ski 03/18/20 07:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bye-bye Tom Brady

Who?!?!?what? Where?!?!???
blt2ski 03/17/20 12:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: All Quiet On The Western Front!

Dang near everything in wa st is cancelled, closed or equal....... Then again, I live 20 min from ground zero where 30 something folks have died. Marty
blt2ski 03/16/20 10:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Idler and Tensioner Pulleys Ram 6.7

Not saying the OP has this issue. BUT some of you that do a LOT of freeway miles like Cummins12v, will get more miles out of wear parts like this. If you are like me, you do more city or idling, a wear part may not last as long as the warranty or standard service replacement is recommending. Way back in the day, I had a friend that had IDI7.3 diesels in his ford SD truck/pre F450 versions. Std like expectancy was 100K-200K miles for that motor. He rebuilt them every 3-4 year. As he does yard fertilization's, the motor was what ran the pump. So they would run/idle 12 hrs a day, 5-6 days a week. At the end of the year, they had 40-60K miles of wear, even tho he only drove some 20K miles a year. Or does the OP drive in a lot of dirty air dusty conditions? that too could wear a part like this out sooner than expected. In the mean time, not every one is like you, how you drive, operate your rigs etc. I'm one of those on the lower side of when I need to do things! marty
blt2ski 03/15/20 11:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Calorado

Mike, Your 4.3 made maybe 200 hp or so. The new one is 285HP and 305 lb ft of torque. With the newer 6 sp, this puts more torque to the rear wheels than my C2500 with a vortec 350 can in first gear. My swag, it will pull just fine! But like a LOT of smaller lighter chassis rigs, payload is usually the enemy! Marty
blt2ski 03/06/20 11:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 2.7 eco boost

Lwiddis Freeway or city? I have a friend with a 5.3, gets 14-16 city, 22-23 on freeway. Sons rented a 4.3, got 18-20 city, 24.x on freeway. Im only pulling my 6k equipment trailers, having a hard time thing a 4.3 with more HP, better torque to rear wheels will pull equal to my Vortec 350 which does better thamy tbi or 4bbl 454's. I'm sure a 7sp 2.7EB will do as good or better too. Especially if one is at 6-10k elevation with the turbo. Only issue with Frod is suspension. Marty
blt2ski 03/04/20 06:09pm Towing
RE: Valve stem extensions for DRW

Never used on in 30 years of owning a dually! Correct chuck and filling inner tire, checking pressure is a piece of cake! Incorrect chuck or pressure guage, and yes, you have problems all around. Prefer to get rims with bigger holes to get to valve stems if correct chuck etc is not available. marty
blt2ski 03/03/20 11:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 2.7 eco boost

A 350 HP twin turbo lawnmower engine......wish I had one of these for my mowers in my 35+ year career in landscape maintenance industry. The damage I could do to a person's lawn....such fun! Some of you need to take chill pills. Marty
blt2ski 03/03/20 06:24pm Towing
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