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RE: New Trailer and Truck

^Nope, not in NM. RVs are exempt from CDL. May need a class E depending on weight, but not in the OP's case. I did dig deeper into this and it seems you do need the class E license for anything gross combined over 26k which the OP will be over that amount.
librty02 09/20/19 03:28am Towing
RE: Pulling with 1/2 ton

Watch this—> Https://youtu.be/M75Sm7XaIdY I seen that video when it first came out and it is completely based on opinion and not facts whatsoever. I even commented in his video about it and he completely blew me off because he knows that it's the truth. There are soooo many different versions of a half ton truck today that his blanket statement is completely false.
librty02 09/13/19 07:02am Travel Trailers
RE: New Trailer and Truck

I currently pull a TT (<10k) with a 08 Ford Superduty (SRW). We are looking at switching to a new trailer (5ver) and likely a new truck. We are considering a Grand Design (Solitude 344gk). It maxes at around 16k lbs. We really love the new 2020 GMCs. I also intend to put a fuel tank in the bed (1000 lbs) and a heavy hitch (Hensley). My dilemma is SRW vs DRW. I really prefer a SRW (size, parking, etc.), but don't want to make a mistake and have to replace the truck in 2 years. I live in NM, so altitude and mountains are a real effect, but we want to use it to travel the country as I retire. Any real world advice/experience would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. If you don't have a CDL already you may want to look into your state laws for towing an RV also as it looks like you will be required to have a Class A CDL for any combined gross weight over 26,000 lbs. All states that I know of go off the GVWR of both vehicles combined not off of what they might weigh when loaded. A 14000 GVWR truck and a 16800 GVWR trailer would put you at 30800 lbs combined. If it were me I wouldn't even consider a SWR for a 16.8k GVWR 5th wheel...
librty02 09/13/19 03:38am Towing
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

This is all the same blah blah blidddy blah blah that was said 10 years ago that the little V6 couldn't either...there was no way...it's not possible...it's gonna blow up... wellllll that V6 has been doing what all the blah blah blidddy blah blah naysayers said it couldn't possibly do for 9 years now and has been the biggest seller for those past 9 years also...
librty02 09/12/19 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can 4 wheel steer make a comeback?

I remember GMC Denali pickups having 4 wheel steering If I recall correctly it was in the mid 2000's...my old boss had one. It was a sweet truck top of the line for its time but you didn't see many of them out there.
librty02 09/04/19 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Inline maybe a better design, but they just dont fit in vehicles well anymore. Curved down hoods, shorter front ends, etc. The V block engines barely fit now. Look under the hood of a V8 diesel with turbos. Its shoved way under the cowl, and all the way to the radiator support. Then add 2 more cylinders to that length... BTW I have a 3.5L Ecoboost. And either I have a bad one or there's alot of people that fib about their mpg. I got 7.9mpg towing a 30ft enclosed all aluminum 7.5ft wide trailer that weighed about 5000lbs loaded. And I havent seen 20mpg on the EVIC (which always reads high) in a LONG time. Turbocharged gas engines need fuel. Yep you must have got a bad one, had the improper gearing, too high speed...etc I've towed over 60k now with my 2 ecos and they consistently get 10 or better and that is not per that lie o meter that is hand calculated. The lie o meter always tells me above 11 and that is towing my 7000lb 30 foot travel trailer through the mountains of pa, west virginia, and north carolina. All engines need fuel and my 2 turbo charged ecos require less fuel to do the same as any naturally aspirated gas engine I have owned towing or not...the 5.4 and 5.0 being the absolute worst...
librty02 09/04/19 12:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Who said a gas engine would get the same mpg as a diesel? HP to HP that would most likely be possible... Aaaaa you did. Then you doubled down and said: IF a boosted V8 was designed and done so correctly I bet it could get very close to what a diesel engine gets unloaded in mpg's. Maybe more. Towing who knows. I'm saying that is thermodynamically impossible. A fuel that has less energy can't do the same amount of work. It's impossible. It's like saying an 400hp alcohol engine will use the same amount of fuel as a 400hp gasoline engine. They both make the same amount of power but the alcohol (methanol) engine will use around 2X's the fuel to do it. Engine design has nothing to do with the amount of BTU's a fuel has. Nothing. If you don't believe me go to some towing forums where owners have the Ecoboost and the Ecodiesel and see what they get towing and not towing and come on back here and report if you found any that are close. (Yes, I know the Ecoboost has more HP but I will let you account for that if you want even though they use the same pulling the same trailer down a flat and level road.) Show me where I did ?!?!? I said it probably would get close to the diesel and that is no lie for sure I've owned both...been there done that. And I'm not referring to half tons either...heavy duties...and as I have said before with the 30% difference in fuel cost and the upfront price of the diesel...it would be a tight competition for a lot of people like I've stated before. I would much rather have the ecoboost over the ecodiesel any day that's for dang sure.I've driven them and they are just so dang slow it's not even funny but that's an entire different subject :R
librty02 09/03/19 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Who said a gas engine would get the same mpg as a diesel? HP to HP that would most likely be possible... Aaaaa you did. Then you doubled down and said: IF a boosted V8 was designed and done so correctly I bet it could get very close to what a diesel engine gets unloaded in mpg's. Maybe more. Towing who knows. I'm saying that is thermodynamically impossible. A fuel that has less energy can't do the same amount of work. It's impossible. It's like saying an 400hp alcohol engine will use the same amount of fuel as a 400hp gasoline engine. They both make the same amount of power but the alcohol (methanol) engine will use around 2X's the fuel to do it. Engine design has nothing to do with the amount of BTU's a fuel has. Nothing. If you don't believe me go to some towing forums where owners have the Ecoboost and the Ecodiesel and see what they get towing and not towing and come on back here and report if you found any that are close. (Yes, I know the Ecoboost has more HP but I will let you account for that if you want even though they use the same pulling the same trailer down a flat and level road.) deleted
librty02 09/03/19 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Let me first state that I am a big fan of the 3.5L Ecoboost engine. I had on in both my personal F150HD and F150 work truck putting over 250k miles combined on with the 3.5L Ecoboost. The main problem with putting a gasoline turbocharged engine into an SD is heat. Gasoline turbocharged engines create a lot of it when worked hard for a sustained period of time. This is why the 3.5L Ecoboost has an open deck block even though most turbocharged gasoline engines put in cars are closed or semi-closed such as the infamous Supra 2JZ block which is known for handling high psi and over a thousand horsepower. This is needed to carry away the cylinder heat when you are under a sustained high load such as towing. Most gasoline turbocharged engines in cars are not under high loads for a long duration of time like a truck is when towing so a closed or semi-closed will offer enough cooling in these applications. Most HD/SD V8 gas are iron closed deck designs for a reason. This aides in long term durability in their duty cycle. These engines can have a closed deck block and still remain cool because they are generally at high rpm when under load which is moving air in and out of the cylinders at a high rate which aides in cooling. While turbocharged engines move a lot of air into the cylinder to compress it(which creates more heat), they generally operate at much lower rpm which causing more heat buildup in the cylinders and block. Diesels are an iron(CGI) closed deck design, but even though diesels are turbocharged like the Ecoboost they retain a lot less heat within their blocks due to their higher thermal efficiency. It is much more efficient at converting thermal energy into mechanical energy so an open/semi-closed deck is not needed to keep them cool under high constant load. There is much more to it than slapping any ole engine into an SD/HD truck application and calling it good. Many things would have to be considered. I am not saying it will never be done(especially with the new cooling tech that was just discovered) or that the Ecoboost is not a long lasting durable engine. I am just saying that the cooling requirements of an SD/HD duty cycle is probably the reason why Ford has not put a small 4.X V8 Ecoboost in an SD. Boom! Nailed it! Let me also say anybody that says a turbo gas engine will get close in fuel mileage HP to HP does not know what they are talking about. The difference is going to be between 25 to 30% and that's a BUNCH! Just the BTU difference is a bunch and the gasoline engine can't make that up. The diesel is at WOT air wise and the gasoline engine can't make that up. The gasoline engine makes more power and the diesel is way more efficient. That's just the way it is. That's why my race car has a gas engine in it but it is towed to the track with a diesel engine. :) Who said a gas engine would get the same mpg as a diesel? HP to HP that would most likely be possible....TQ to TQ not so much as the diesel would obviously have more than any gasser for sure. IF a boosted V8 was designed and done so correctly I bet it could get very close to what a diesel engine gets unloaded in mpg's. Maybe more. Towing who knows. I've owned a few heavy duty diesels before and they were def fuel guzzlers and in my area diesel fuel costs an easy 30% more than gasoline does.When I towed a 5th wheel with the diesel I was lucky to get 11 mpg's. A gasser doing the same would get 8. There goes that 30% fuel cost difference. The diesel would do it easier yes but the gasser still got the job done. I was lucky to get 14 mpg's around town with any diesel I had. Most of this blah blah blah I'm hearing is the same as 10 years ago when Ford introduced the 3.5 ecoboost and 80% of the folks out there said no way it couldn't, it can't its gonna blow up but 10 years later they are proving the "it can't" "it couldn't" wrong :)
librty02 09/03/19 10:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

^No, a V6 Ecoboost doesn't have the high duty cycle longevity that the bigger trucks are designed for. Would it work for the weekend warrior/commuter/soccermobile F250 folks? Sure, but the fuel mileage would be out of "Eco" mode more than in a 150 and it would drink gas like...a big block anyway. Most things are a compromise in life, Ecoboost is no different. Advantages, hot rod engine with great towing characteristics. Disadvantage, it's still a small engine working it's @ss off when you mash the pedal uphill with a trailer on the back. Moreso than a naturally aspirated engine that makes it's power with physical displacement, not virtual displacement. Yes as I didn't state a V6. It would have to be a boosted V8 as the heavy duty trucks are just that...heavier...and that would absolutely kill the diesel sales as it would most likely get close to the same mpg's as the diesel also. I beat the socks off my 11 eco with 130k on the clock with over 60k towing on it now always getting at least 10mpg with at least 7k behind it without one single issue other than the back slider glass going bad but that's not an engine issue. Now the 18 gets 19 mpg in the city not towing and 10.5 towing. So I stick behind what I said above because IF a boosted gas engine was avail for the heavy duty trucks it would kill the heavy duty diesel sales and the 1/2 ton sales at the same time.
librty02 09/03/19 08:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Do remember when the EcoBoost came out 10 years ago (yup! 10 years now...) and this forums was predicting mass doom and gloom? If you believed everything you read on RV.net, the highways would be littered by F150s needing turbos and timing chains or burning holes through their blocks. Oh and we'd all be stuck behind lines of cars while some idiot in their V6 grocery getter can't climb hill.... Timing chains (phasers) are sure an issue. LOTS of guys are having issues with the Gen2 motor and a cold start rattle - I am one of them. Ford has come down with the grand "it's normal" response. Gen1s had a lot of issues with stretched timing chains. Turbo failures aren't uncommon (I had one), and more than a few Gen1s holed their blocks in the early days. Overheating under load was also an issue. Course, when you sell as many as Ford has the failure % is pretty low overall. I'm happy with my 40k mile 2018 Gen2 3.5 except for the cold start rattle. Hasn't broken yet, but it sounds like cr@p. ESP covers it I hope if it ever grenades. I dumped the Gen1 EB I had at 120k miles since it was wore out. These small motors get worked hard to make the HP they do. There's a reason Ford isn't putting them in the Super Duty. Because the automakers don't want to stop making $9,000 more on the diesel option... ^^^^^ This exactly Do you really think Ford cares what they put in a vehicle as long as it sells? No they don't. If they put a boosted gas engine in the super duty it would most likely sell like hot cakes to the average rv towing guru like most are here...but that would be a downside to Ford's earnings as that boosted gas engine might only be a 2k option while the diesel is in the 10k option range now. Say they would lose that 8k off of 30% of the super duties that they sell...that would be one heck of a hit in the pocketbook...and that is something they def don't want to do...
librty02 09/03/19 07:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sway problems

Sweet!! Now just make sure those trailer kings are rated for speeds above 65mph most that I know of are not so watch going that 72 with 1 finger on the wheel. I have the Carlisle Radial HD's that are rated for 81mph and in the 3 years I have had them now have been great tires.
librty02 08/27/19 12:42pm Towing
RE: 2019 Keystone 330RL Rear Wall Delamination

Keystones rear walls are hung from the rafter above and float. They are not and will not be solid like the laminated sidewalls.
librty02 08/27/19 07:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Sway problems

Yeah how far have you towed it so far? Is there any uneven tire wear at all?
librty02 08/27/19 06:42am Towing
RE: Sway problems

Have you measured actual tongue weight when loaded? I might simply be unloaded too much once you load the toys in the back. Sorry i should have mentioned no toys. Just me snoring at night in the bunk. I’m going to check the trailer suspension and tires. I saw that the trailer king tires are not very good? Maybe better tires? Oh sorry didn't see that. Hmm that is strange I'd def check the WDH set up. Are the tires TT tires aired to max cold psi? I never had an issue with my trailer kings in the past but my Carlisle Radial HD's do run alot smoother than the trailer kings and with a higher speed rating too.
librty02 08/27/19 06:23am Towing
RE: 5th wheel or bumper pull

Worse excuse ever IMHO! "First, we didn’t like the steps" Other reasons are understandable. Those new morryde steps would def be a deal breaker for me. If a new trailer I was looking at had them I would not purchase that trailer TT or 5th wouldn't matter. Those steps to me are absolutely useless. Cons to me are: Where I park it at home I wouldn't be able to set them down so I couldn't get into the trailer when stored at home. Secondly when traveling those steps come out far and we get into the trailer every time we get fuel. I can see someone coming past them and taking them out for sure. Thirdly the fact that they take up so much room inside the trailer when up. A larger rig has 2 sets. Say one is in the bedroom you're stopped along side the road somewhere for the night you can't even walk around the bed in most I've seen with a bedroom door. Dumbest design ever for people who actually still utilize their trailer while traveling. Pro? Well honestly I see not one as I've never had a trailer that didn't have stable steps :R
librty02 08/27/19 06:19am Towing
RE: Sway problems

Say it ain't so....it's a 3/4 ton it can't have sway issues...lol sorry had to just take a jab at the you can't tow anything unless it's a 1 ton dually crew that's on here.... In all seriousness like said above check your tongue weight loaded with your toys in the back. Take it to the cat scale. A lot of times these toy haulers are tongue heavy empty to compensate for adding weight in the back but some not enough or you just may have to arrange things differently inside. It sounds to me you are under the minimum 10% required tongue weight giving you that sway effect. Also have you messed with the WDH settings at all? A WDH set incorrectly can ruin anyone's towing experience.
librty02 08/27/19 06:12am Towing
RE: 5th wheel or bumper pull

Hey, new guy here. I have a 2019 F-250 6.2L 3:73 and debating on getting a 5th wheel or bumper pull TT. The 5th wheel I'm looking at has a dry weight of 10k and is 35 feet in length where as the bumper pull is 39 feet in length and it's dry weight is 8300#. Please give me some opinions on why you would chose one over the other. Thank you all in advance for helping the new guy. Where do you live? Where do you plan on towing? How long distances do you plan on towing? Just curious as the truck will handle that travel trailer no problem but your total length will be really long and with a gas engine gasoline stations are hard to find on the road with enough room to get a 60 foot total length rig and and out of. With a diesel engine it would be no problem using the big rig fuel pumps. In your case I would prefer the 5th but it is on the upper end of your tow capacity hence why I asked where and how far you plan to tow.
librty02 08/23/19 06:08am Towing
RE: 5th wheel or bumper pull

Is your F250’s payload up to 2,000 pounds of 5er pin weight plus hitch, people and stuff in the cab? Or 1,100 pounds of TT tongue weight, the hitch and people and stuff in the truck? Champagne on a beer budget? A 250 gas model will be more than capable of taking the pin or hitch weight of either trailer. I almost purchased a completely loaded 2018 250 6.2 Lariat supercrew 4x4. It had a payload rating of 3100 some pounds just as much as a diesel 350. The only Issue I would see here is the 3.73 gears with the heavier 5th wheel. Can it do it heck yeah it can and is rated to. That weight is on the high end of tow capacity with the 3.73s somewhere in the 12500lb ballpark if he would have the 4.30 it would be 15000lbs.
librty02 08/23/19 06:04am Towing
RE: Deep cycle battery for AC?

I highly doubt that your trailer is going to be able to carry the weight of the batteries! If he were to go the Lithium route a 100Ah 12V weighs in at only 31 lbs. Your typical group 24 81Ah battery weighs in around 50 lbs.
librty02 08/16/19 04:59am Travel Trailers
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