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RE: All 2024 GM HDS get the 10 speed Allison.

Given that GM, Ford and Dodge now make very fine and reliable transmissions for the HD trucks, who really cares who makes them? I don't, I'm just glad that all 3 mfg have excellent diesel engines and excellent transmission to go with them. Pick what you like best. These are ALL the DETAILS one needs today! None of us are replacing 3 and 4 spd auto transmissions like clockwork every 30K miles as I did with some of the TH400 and early 4l80e transmissions! CLutches lasted me 80-90K miles. I have over 125K on the one in my Navistar...... Marty
blt2ski 11/04/22 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 Ford 40k towing, 500hp, 1200tq

Roy, To your point of tail wagging the dog. Back in the early 80's, a ratio I remember, grawr x 2 = max trailer wieght for a give chassis. That's worked pretty well for me, with an occasional x2-2.5..... Then as they did then, spec the HP/torque, transmission, tire diam, then gear ratio based on final drive ratio of transmission, For the driving you do! Marty
blt2ski 11/04/22 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cargo trailers to tow behind an RV

A SA trailer is generally speaking, no more destabilizing than a blow out on a vehicle with a single tire on it. Granted a dual axle, you can remove the tire, tie the axle up and tow it to a repair yard...... Reality, you're screwed if you have a blow out of any sort. Not prepared to fix it your self, or not able to due to physical issues of some sort. Marty
blt2ski 11/03/22 10:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Cargo trailers to tow behind an RV

I'd do a 10' box, single axle in the 3500 minimum to preferred 5000 lb 6 lug with electric brakes on either axle capacity. A 10' trailer you can put your 13' canoe on it with very little overhang on the trailer. Probably easier to get it onto the trailer vs sprinter. Those are 9.5' tall, vs a cargo trailer at 6-8' depending upon interior hieght. A 12' box would be better, but that's as long of a single axle I would go. 14' us usually a dual 3500 lb axle trailer. Your sprinter should have no issues towing a 3-5000 lb trailer assuming you have the payload for the 400-700 lbs of hitch weight. I drove one for work for 200k miles. Iirc it had around a 200/400 motor, 5 gears. If it now has one of the 6 or 8 sp trans that MB offers, you'll be better off yet. I believe GCWR was around 15000, which is on par for diesel pickups back in the day with similar speed motors. I still wish we had sprinters vs the transits we have now. A much better designed van from a wieght carrying standpoint. I'd run down the road at 10-12k gvw with a 2500, performed fantastic. Marty
blt2ski 11/01/22 08:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

I've noticed used car dealers have a lot of stock. New dealers both used and new are on the low end. That could be because new dealers only want the cream of used trade INS to sell. Diesel gas on 25-55 series trucks. Seems to depend upon brand. Ram trucks are pretty high percentage of diesel. I have seen a reasonable number of 25/35 series rigs with hemi's. Ford and GM. Ford is top in the DW C&C rigs, cab and chassis. Depending upon owners, varies on fuel version. Large construction, Kewitt and Atkinson doing the new light rail. Appeared that ALL of the Ford rigs were gas, be the C&C, or SW crew cab pickups. State of WA DOT trucks I saw over last two days, also gas for same versions. Saw one 650 that was gas too. Smaller construction companies with C&C rigs varied around 50-50. Both for pickups and C&C rigs. Wrecker/tow rigs, 70-80% Ram Cummins. Rest Ford psd. Saw a few GM 45/55 trucks. Don't have the visual what to look for to see if G or D fuel. Less than 10% of that size rigs that I saw. That's my travels around Puget sound from Seattle south to Olympia, west and north to Bremerton to Tacoma. Marty
blt2ski 11/01/22 09:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 Ford 40k towing, 500hp, 1200tq

15% is only 6000 lbs. 20% is 8000,assuming a 40,000 trailer. Thats 34000 on tandem duals, 6000 lbs of HW. With this said......assuming 14000 payload, including the bed for a C&C ie can and chassis, that a 6000 lb chassis, doable with a base reg cab. OR, they are using axle wts for max gvw. Which could top 16-18k lbs. Or if one uses bridge laws, 20k rear, around 8-10k for front depending upon tire width. Marty
blt2ski 10/31/22 06:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 owners…Hemi & 3.92s?

Id stay in the 3.42, 3.55 or 3.73 on how you drive. The 3.92 will not accelerate that much faster. GM for what it's worth, with an Eaton kicker is the best strongest one used vs Dodge. Toyota gas an electric Eaton, iirc 4.10 gears, 10.5" r&p.they chew up fuel! I dought you'll find one, but the GM / Dodge 3.xL diesels could be fun too. But have to admit, they are a bit shy HP of the gaz rigs. Plenty of torque. As many have said, as have you, many ways too look at this, all are correct, ALL are wrong too! Marty
blt2ski 10/27/22 11:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 owners…Hemi & 3.92s?

For how you drive, a 3.0-3.5 ratio would be best. The 3.9+ tatios just burn fuel on the hwy. IF you are like me, drive in the 0-50, 10-15% max at 60+ mph. Then lower gears make sense. Marty
blt2ski 10/26/22 08:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ordering a ‘23 Powerstroke

^^^It seems to me both you guys should be driving GMCs ….. are the HD GMs not made in the USA?h BUT, What would they have to complain about then? Marty
blt2ski 10/26/22 07:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Shopping new tires - is my shop confused or am I?

I'm wondering if the sales rep was pulling a semi fast one on you, in that, that is the tire he had in stock per say. Vs the real one you need that is a week out. My daughter had this issue at Discount last Friday. The fellow tried to sell her a 205-65-16 for her Subaru Outback. OM states a 225-60 for summer or winter with no snow chain use. Or a 205-60 for winter chain use. The 205-65 was tall by 1/2" over her 225's. He had basic blizzack in the one size in stock. Nothing else I looked at tire options, went that's a great Midwest dry snow tire. Horrible he wit it typically 31-33f and sticking snow. Cooper had a nice looking NW tire. Went back yesterday, different person. Won't have the tires for a week, rims too. Pay by x date, you can't get the $100 rebate from Cooper, showed AAA card, got an additional $100 off. Along with correct 205-60 size, new rims for these tires. He'll mount/install in November. Less than $1000 including our city/states 10.5% salestax. She's a happy camper! Back to tire issue, yes I think as noted, 3000 is probably an XL pmetric tire. Great for my 1500. DONT buy for an 8lug 25/35 series SW truck. An E rated tire should be in the 3500-4000 lb relm for the newest ie last 5-10 year versions of those trucks. That XL tire would have worked on the older 8600-9900 SW 8 lug rigs, not today's. Marty
blt2ski 10/13/22 10:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM vs Ford tow off. Who will win on the Ike?

So are these ICE trucks, or Hybrid trucks or full electric trucks? Sorry I have a tough time watching most Youtube videos as they want to talk and talk and talk aiming for that magic 20 minute mark instead of just giving you the information. Most don't also have CC, so semi deaf folks like me can't hear what they are saying? No I have not looked at video! Marty
blt2ski 10/12/22 11:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TIRES,,,,,need 4

Grit, Are those for GM or Dodge? Marty
blt2ski 10/10/22 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ordering a ‘23 Powerstroke

Fish It's been known for years, assuming using the same axle, that taller gears due to bigger teeth are stronger than lower ones. Then putting in a say 12.5" diff vs an 11.5" did gears, those gears generally speaking weigh more, more drive train loss, fuel used etc. With that, a 4.10 12.5 will be stronger than an 11.5" rp. I'm sure their are other positives to the larger gears.... At the same time, are the front diffs getting larger to meet power going to them in 4wd? Yeah I'm asking questions along with some facts that I know. I also know there is no real right or wrong regarding this issue. I'll leave it at that. Marty
blt2ski 10/07/22 12:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ordering a ‘23 Powerstroke

I think you just explained why the CUMMINS does NOT need more than a 6 speed. Agreed. But could sure make great use of the extra gears… Personally, comparing the 6 he has vs the 10 sp. He should appreciate the 4.5 1st gear vs the 3.5 he has from an easier starting standpoint. Then being as lower gears are spaced closer together, rpm range used should be less. This should also allow a higher RA so lower RPM at 60-70 like he drives, still a lower overall low gear to start with. Possibly even able to computer program to not use first unless really loaded, or on a grade say steeper than 10%. I'd like these option with 1500 4.3 V6! I'm only a 300/300 gaz motor with 3.42 gears! This this pulls better in first than the BB 3sp pos TH400/4l80e transmission with 4.10's! Marty
blt2ski 10/06/22 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TIRES,,,,,need 4

* This post was edited 10/05/22 11:16pm by an administrator/moderator * Huh? It was censored. Lol, you're gettin' doxxed by rvnet, Matt! Not me, but do agree with what was first paragraph "Opinions...... stink ??! I also agree with grits long winded GY Duratracs comments. I'm about 20k miles. The front edges do wear quick! I'll swag my city driving at 80%,is causing this issue vs grit having 80% highway driving speeds, does not cause issues like mine. I can't hear tone on a piano above an octave above middle C between Eand F kekeys. I hear E tone, F I hear hammer hitting the wire tapping. I hear these tires! Yes great in snow, not so great on sheet ice/snow, not enough micro sipping. After market sipping voids warranty! Boo hiss!!! Should've stuck with Cooper AT3 like I had on 2500, both sons have on their trucks. Marty
blt2ski 10/06/22 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TIRES,,,,,need 4

I've been disappointed the few times I strayed from Michelin. I've been disappointed the couple times I've had Michelins. Me three! In AZ I've heard and read on here, a really bad place for tire longevity. Unlike here in western WA st. I've seen 8-10 years in tires an the sidewalks etc still look fine. I'm usually replacing about this time frame no matter tread depth. I do have 20 years on some of them french made 19.5 all steel case medium duty tires. They're ready to go away for many reasons. Then again if you get a week of 80f temps, its a bloody heat spell. 90F and all kinds of overheating messages come out in the news. If truly on gravel and dirt roads. A slightly wider tire than recommended might be better than recommended or a bit too wide. This will usually protect the sidewalks from sticks stones etc. An ave to aggressive AT tread might be best depending upon how wet, snowy vs dry it is in your area. A friend of mine that belongs to a jeep off road club, most are running GY Duratracs. I have a set on my 1500. A bit aggressive for most of the driving I do. The Cooper AT3 would be a better choice. I have Cooper HT3 on a transit 250 cargo van at work. Great in dry and rain wetted roads. Not so great in the wet snow we have. I could see them doing well in a dry compact snow ice situation. Slush or loose snow, one needs tire chains. No right answer. Marty
blt2ski 10/05/22 10:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TIRES,,,,,need 4

Cooper HT or AT3 Like my French built sailboat. Not the tires. The XDE M+S I like in a 225-70-19.5 LR G. Marty
blt2ski 10/05/22 09:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ordering a ‘23 Powerstroke

My only question is why order a new truck (and wait several months to get it) if you only plan to keep it for a year? Good Point He keeps trucks a year, puts 50k miles, needs an oil change and tires, time to trade the truck in....... Normal MO for the OP... Marty
blt2ski 10/04/22 10:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Load Range F Tires

^Good points, if the OP wasn’t hand wringing over $10 more per tire. Not sure he’s even remotely interested in re-shoeing the whole trailer in med duty tires and new rims. Grit, Being as OP has already ordered new tires, my thoughts are out the door per say... You're probably correct on not wanting to spend the $100-200 more per tire for the 17.5 or 19.5 tires. Another size that might work better is a 265-75-16 krE tire. Iirc those are good th 3400 lbs or so. You can find all steel case versions of these along with 235s. One issue I had not thought of, if backing the trailer over a typical cement curb at higher than base idle speed, that hit to the tire could break the cords due to the point load put on the tires...some wood rams made out of 4x6 or 6x6 material could extend the tire service life some. Then when not jumping curbs, these make great blocks when the trailer is unhooked. Marty
blt2ski 10/01/22 04:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Time for new tires already?

All that said, skinny little tires on the front of a heavy diesel dually combined with very few running true steering tires on LDTs is one of the worst recipes for long tire life. On my 05 DW D/A 4x, I kept the 216-85 rear tires, put a same diam reves per mile 245-75-16 hwy tire. On IHC, put 245-75-19.5 instead of stock 8-19.5, again, same diam etc....both doubled the front tire life due to the fatter tires on the front. Steering, braking was better too. Marty
blt2ski 10/01/22 02:46pm Tow Vehicles
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