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RE: Why Tesla's are bad at towing!

OK there are roughly 50,000 miles of interstate. I'm sure you'd want to add in all those miles of state thruways and such so lets call the total 70,000 miles. These are all multi-lane so let make a guess and call them 6 lanes, 3 each way, on average. Those will be more expensive to electrify so lets call that $1,000,000 a mile which works out to $70,000,000,000. Who is going to pay for that? I vote electric car owners should foot the bill. Plus the O&M costs.Not going to happen ever. But really do you think the first 1% would pay for all infrastructure and then the remaining 99% just come along and enjoy the ride. You mean like the EV owners are doing right now?
danrclem 12/05/19 07:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why Tesla's are bad at towing!

Funny part is, he is an actual Tesla owner and has made many pro-Tesla videos in the past. I guess he and the guys at TFL are right, the Tesla fanboys are fanatical and will go after you if you say anything that they perceive as a negative about Tesla regardless if it is true or not. Almost like a cult. Just, almost like a cult? LOL
danrclem 12/05/19 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

The Mustang isn't completely about speed. To me it's about a small sporty car that can be used for anything from getting groceries to racing down the 1320. A lot of the early Mustangs had a 170 cid inline six and that certainly wasn't a fast car. The Mustang didn't lead drag racing until 1968 1/2 when they released the 428 Cobra Jet. Most of the 1964 1/2 thru 1973 Mustangs either had six bangers or small V8s. They may put the Mustang tag on the EV but it won't be considered a Mustang by many. Carroll Shelby took used Mustangs, rebuilt them and called them a Shelby. To me they aren't a Shelby and never will be a Shelby. They originally went down the assembly line and had a Mustang vin stamped on them and not a Shelby. I tried to make the point about the economy roots earlier. As for the Shelby, IIRC Shelby bought new cars without engines, and the engines, and built the cars with his name on them. Not sure about Ford, but any A body GM car before model year 1970 with over 400 CID was built by a 3rd party. It is correct that that 1965 thru 1970 Shelbys were built out of new Mustangs. I don't recall the time period but it was much later than the originals were made. They bought used Mustangs and rebuilt them and put a Shelby tag on them. It was all about the money and to me the only real Shelby Mustangs were built during the 1965 to 1970 time period. I think the 1970 models were actually leftover 1969 models and they made a few cosmetic changes.
danrclem 11/20/19 04:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

This would’ve been better off as an Explorer with the Mach E name. This is not and never will be a Mustang. Ford tried to kill the Mustang back in the 90’s and we said no. We were fine for 25+ years! Now they are trying again. Trying to pass off an all electric crossover as a Mustang to the Hipster crowd. This is going to be deadly to the Mustang. Don’t do it Ford! You’ll be sorry. Can't have a Explorer that's faster than the Mustang. Anyways this name will not do any harm to the Mustang car, but perhaps Ford is anticipating a decline in car sales as we now know the Camaro will most likely get the axe and the future of the Dodge Charger is questionable. The Mustang isn't completely about speed. To me it's about a small sporty car that can be used for anything from getting groceries to racing down the 1320. A lot of the early Mustangs had a 170 cid inline six and that certainly wasn't a fast car. The Mustang didn't lead drag racing until 1968 1/2 when they released the 428 Cobra Jet. Most of the 1964 1/2 thru 1973 Mustangs either had six bangers or small V8s. They may put the Mustang tag on the EV but it won't be considered a Mustang by many. Carroll Shelby took used Mustangs, rebuilt them and called them a Shelby. To me they aren't a Shelby and never will be a Shelby. They originally went down the assembly line and had a Mustang vin stamped on them and not a Shelby.
danrclem 11/20/19 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

I wonder how many EV naysayers on here are going to suddenly think EV's are the best thing since sliced bread because it has "Ford" in it's name? I can assure you that it won't be me. Most of the vehicles that I have owned have been Ford and I have been a fan of the Mustang ever since it came out. I have a 66 Fastback Mustang and a 69 Cougar convertible in my garage. If they go to all electric vehicles I'd rather see the Mustang name die rather than be electric. If it has an electric motor in it it's not a Mustang to me and I bet a lot of other diehard Mustang fans will feel the same way. Not disrespecting your opinion and you are certainly not the only one, but out of curiosity what is it about electrification that turns you off. An E mustang has better performance, handling, reliability, lower maintenance, better ergonomics, better safety etc than an ICE equivalent. Again, no disrespect here. Just curious on people’s perceptions. Cheers. The closest way I can get to explaining it was at one time Ford wanted to make the Mustang a front wheel drive and the fans showed their displeasure with it so Ford kept the Mustang a rear wheel drive. To people like me it just wouldn't be a Mustang if the general concept of the car was changed. It really goes much deeper than that but I just don't know how to put it into words. There are just so many other names that they could give it without using the name of a legend.
danrclem 11/18/19 04:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

I wonder how many EV naysayers on here are going to suddenly think EV's are the best thing since sliced bread because it has "Ford" in it's name? I can assure you that it won't be me. Most of the vehicles that I have owned have been Ford and I have been a fan of the Mustang ever since it came out. I have a 66 Fastback Mustang and a 69 Cougar convertible in my garage. If they go to all electric vehicles I'd rather see the Mustang name die rather than be electric. If it has an electric motor in it it's not a Mustang to me and I bet a lot of other diehard Mustang fans will feel the same way.
danrclem 11/18/19 08:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ford 7.3 V8

^Yeah GM is still sucking wind in the gas HD truck engines, even with the new 6.6. Maybe they'll be under rated, hopefully. As to old engines, what about 351M Ford big blocks, 360 GM truck motors and old 360 Chrysler big blocks. LS7 is a really big small block too.....Ford had two 351 engines a Windsor and a Cleveland one a small block the other a big block. Wasn't the original GM big block a 348 porcupine? I thought both the W and C engines were small blocks and the M was a big block, but I don't know Fords very well. I do know parts aren't interchangeable worth a cr@p between an old 302 and a 351 though. Ha, didn't know the 348 was the predecessor to the 409. Makes sense as the 348 was the big engine before the 409. Learn something new every day! The 351 Windsor is basically the same block as a 302 with a taller deck. The 351 heads will fit on the 221, 260, 289 and 302 but the compression will be low unless you make other changes. The intake and rotating assembly won't interchange without modifications. The 351 Cleveland is a 335 series engine and it's physically larger than the 351 Windsor. Don't know if it would be considered a big block or not but I doubt it. The 385 series (429, 460) was considered a big block. The Boss 302 was a hybrid. It had the Windsor style block with Cleveland heads. There were some modifications made to make it work. The original Ford (FE-Ford Edsel) big block started out with a 332 and I think the 352 may have been made the first year too but not sure. They also made a 360, 390, 406, 410, 427 and 428 FE engines. I think there were also some different displacement engines made just for bigger trucks. They had another big block engine that was only put into Mercury, Edsels and Lincolns called the MEL. MEL stood for Mercury, Edsel and Lincoln. Not sure about all of the displacements of them but one was a 383.I don't know if the Cleveland was actually considered a big block but it was physically larger then the Windsor so we always referred to it as a big block. I remember GM had a V-6 made out of a big block motor in the GMC trucks mid sixties vintage, don't remember the displacement. I also remember mid seventies when Dodge put a non turbo Diesel Mitsubishi in a pickup long before the Cummins. Yeah I definitely wouldn't consider a Cleveland a small block but the reason that I wouldn't think it would be considered a big block is because the 429 came out at the same time or about the same time and it was bigger than the Cleveland. Might be a tweener. ;) I'm really anxious to see what the 7.3 can do in real world tests. I think I'd like to have one if they'll do what I think they will but if I ever do it won't be anytime soon.
danrclem 11/12/19 09:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ford 7.3 V8

^Yeah GM is still sucking wind in the gas HD truck engines, even with the new 6.6. Maybe they'll be under rated, hopefully. As to old engines, what about 351M Ford big blocks, 360 GM truck motors and old 360 Chrysler big blocks. LS7 is a really big small block too.....Ford had two 351 engines a Windsor and a Cleveland one a small block the other a big block. Wasn't the original GM big block a 348 porcupine? I thought both the W and C engines were small blocks and the M was a big block, but I don't know Fords very well. I do know parts aren't interchangeable worth a cr@p between an old 302 and a 351 though. Ha, didn't know the 348 was the predecessor to the 409. Makes sense as the 348 was the big engine before the 409. Learn something new every day! The 351 Windsor is basically the same block as a 302 with a taller deck. The 351 heads will fit on the 221, 260, 289 and 302 but the compression will be low unless you make other changes. The intake and rotating assembly won't interchange without modifications. The 351 Cleveland is a 335 series engine and it's physically larger than the 351 Windsor. Don't know if it would be considered a big block or not but I doubt it. The 385 series (429, 460) was considered a big block. The Boss 302 was a hybrid. It had the Windsor style block with Cleveland heads. There were some modifications made to make it work. The original Ford (FE-Ford Edsel) big block started out with a 332 and I think the 352 may have been made the first year too but not sure. They also made a 360, 390, 406, 410, 427 and 428 FE engines. I think there were also some different displacement engines made just for bigger trucks. They had another big block engine that was only put into Mercury, Edsels and Lincolns called the MEL. MEL stood for Mercury, Edsel and Lincoln. Not sure about all of the displacements of them but one was a 383.
danrclem 11/12/19 04:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires - too many options

Let the person who hasn't ever bought a made in China product and will never buy another made in China product cast the first stone. There are times you have no choice!!! I will ALWAYS buy US Made when possible or from a FREE Country. Could have bought a Chinese made boot but NO I spend the $$$ and bought top quality US Made RedWings. What products are made in China and nowhere else that you absolutely can't do without?
danrclem 11/05/19 10:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Texas couple killed

It was easy for me to get alcohol when I was underage and if drugs were legal it would be easy for our youth to get them too. I don't want my high school age grandkids to have easy access to meth and heroin.
danrclem 11/05/19 10:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires - too many options

Let the person who hasn't ever bought a made in China product and will never buy another made in China product cast the first stone.
danrclem 11/04/19 08:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford reaches tentative UAW contract.

Not all UAW workers get the big pay and benefits. I retired about 2 1/2 years ago from a supplier and we were UAW. I would bet money that when wages and benefits were totaled up that we didn't make half of what the big 3 do and that would be before their last contract. The UAW puts the big 3 in the spotlight to make them look good and they don't care what most of the suppliers make. They just wanted our money and we got very little in return. The last contract negotiations that I went through were a joke. They would shift things around a little and offer us the same contract over and over. That happened several times and then the last one that passed the local president wrote a threatening letter about what would happen if we didn't take this offer. The company hired quite a few people right before the last vote and offered a sign on bonus and it passed. The new workers weren't officially in the union but they were allowed to vote. The local said that they had to make us vote on every proposal which is a lie. UAW international didn't back us at all and even though most of us wanted to strike (up to the president's threatening letter) we weren't allowed to. The local and UAW international is in the pocket of the company that I worked for. Screw the UAW and the horse that they rode in on!
danrclem 11/04/19 04:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires - too many options

The next tires I buy for my truck will be Sailuns unless I hear some bad reports about them.
danrclem 11/01/19 08:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

Thanks everyone for the input! I really appreciate it! Based on the responses I think I will be "safe" so long as the math works. Since I am buying a new-to-me truck and the price difference isn't very large between the two styles of truck (from what I have seen) I think I am going to go with a gas 3/4 ton. This way we can grow to a larger camper in the future if we want without having to worry about the truck. Has anyone had a particularly bad experience with the gas variants of these trucks? (I would rather stay away from the diesel engines because I have never owned a diesel and have never worked on one before.) A Ford F250 6.2 gas will pull your camper with ease. I have one and it pulls my 10,000 GVWR camper with ease. It's a good engine and has a proven track record. The only thing that I don't like about it is the fuel mileage.
danrclem 10/23/19 01:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Just find a grid expansion graph from the 1940s to current and today's work will seem rather inconsequential. With all the modern technology today the extra 20% should be relatively simple. How on earth did the transcontinental rail get built with hand tools and dynamite even while we fought the civil war. What a bunch of wussies we have today. I should have known better than to get involved in this topic. Go ahead and hurl your personal insults. Have a good day.
danrclem 10/18/19 02:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

It looks like some flat earthers here are all bent out of shape that the days of rolling coal with GM.Ford and Dodge pickups are numbered.:B If the majority of the vehicles are EVs then the power plants will literally be rolling the coal to keep those batteries charged. Nope. It’s been calculated many times by many utilities all over the world. 20 percent increase in total grid load if tomorrow morning we woke up and every private vehicle magically became an EV overnight. BC hydros number is 19 percent. “Is there enough electricity in the B.C. grid to power EVs? January 18th, 2016 Yes, the number of EVs on the road represents less than 1% of all registered vehicles in BC. Even if all vehicles were to be replaced by EVs overnight, the demand on the grid would only increase by 19% over current base load. This is well in-line with the available capacity. Additionally, BC Hydro, in planning for future growth, is accounting for the electrical demand by EVs.” A 20% increase in the total grid load is huge no matter which way you look at it. I don't know what the numbers would be but it would take a huge amount of coal to increase electrical output by 20%.
danrclem 10/17/19 09:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

It looks like some flat earthers here are all bent out of shape that the days of rolling coal with GM.Ford and Dodge pickups are numbered.:B If the majority of the vehicles are EVs then the power plants will literally be rolling the coal to keep those batteries charged.
danrclem 10/17/19 08:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.7L 1050 ft lbs TQ at 1,600 rpm, 475 HP at 2,800 rpm

I think those extra 4 gears would make a big difference even if it didn't have more power. I think my 6.2 would benifit with two extra gears in between 2nd and 4th. I'm not going to buy a new one but I did it would have to be a 10 speed.
danrclem 10/15/19 11:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

If I didn't cut firewood and live on a road with a couple big hills I wouldn't have a 4WD. You may never get stuck and even if you do it shouldn't cost that much to get pulled out. Like you say if someone is around they'll probably do it for free. When I was a kid they very seldom cleaned the snow off of the road and almost nobody had a 4WD. People got stuck but mostly because they slid off of the road and a 4WD can do that.
danrclem 09/29/19 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Strike

So you see nothing wrong with Making $15 an hour to assemble autos? Domino's Pizza pays $15hr to deliver pizza in these parts and you also get tips.It is a free country. Let those that want to deliver pizza do their thing and those that want to assemble autos do their thing. Top chef for Dominos and the automotive engineers are the one's that will pull down the real money. Time to go back to school. 2008 GM CEO $14.9 million 2009 UAW worker $28hr. 2019 GM CEO $21.87 million 2019 UAW worker $30hr. I'm one guy who would've been tickled pink to have made those wages. Don't forget the profit sharing and fantastic benefits that were added to those hourly wages. I think the CEO is making way too much money but if he can pay me that kind of money so be it.
danrclem 09/28/19 09:23am Tow Vehicles
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