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RE: Are these stickers needed??

A campground requiring an RVIA sticker is simply trying to eliminate school bus, and cargo trailer conversions (which look like **** anyhow), and is a simple foolproof way of doing this. Charles My cargo trailer conversion did not look like ****. It was very well done and received quite a few compliments. Guess my friends setup wouldn't be welcome either...no stickers on it! https://scontent.fphl2-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/66772060_2119096318219526_7205613774336688128_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_oc=AQkJB5uIbnweS5gb5pkIbWXEL9CN6No0tqJR6a-pcaY18FMwX2V7YPNCPQxLxTXchek&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl2-2.fna&oh=0b2b8b2c8466c72a01b4ed21f91d3b5c&oe=5DD4DD44 https://scontent.fphl2-4.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/66504271_2119096381552853_1302198122386030592_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_oc=AQnUT9O_G3fmcsfdGAs99_AUid0SSQhqZKYzba9D-879E8-9k6XmIO2sAad8ZXD2kU8&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl2-4.fna&oh=026fc17881472377a27dfd05df1239c6&oe=5DE0A746
parker.rowe 08/12/19 09:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

I guess people think just because something has pushrods its old outdated technology? You know overhead cams aren't exactly a new development either, right? OHC engines designs are almost as old as pushrod setups.
parker.rowe 08/06/19 06:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Stranded/broke down

Fuel pump would have been my first guess too.
parker.rowe 08/05/19 06:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cleaned out the Radiator today.

646,000 on the 2013 Chevy 3500 SRW diesel, figure it was time to pull radiator because changing fan clutch. It's near impossible to clean out while in truck. The truck still did not get hot like the 2010 did. Never seen temps above 215. 646,000 miles? Nice!
parker.rowe 08/01/19 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

Nice boost in power but, what will the MPG be? I am glad I pulled the trigger on a 2019 (rather than wait for the new platform) and got the tried and true 6.2. I am only towing 8000lbs. I think many were expecting more of a 'raising of the bar' by Ford. To be honest, as much at a 500ft lb modern HD gasser would have been cool, It didn't expect the numbers to be as high as TFL predicted. Makes more sense for them to beat the competition by 10-15hp/ft lbs, and leave power on the table for the later "arms race". I think it will most likely be capable of those numbers, but no need to put all the cards on the table now. The power curve does look really nice though. Thats what all those cubic inches gets you!
parker.rowe 08/01/19 04:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

Another article on this, apparently they are detuning this engine for the f-450 as well as the f-53 to 350 hp, and 468 tq. Godzilla engine Still no towing numbers. That is only on the cab and chassis models since they have to go through different emissions testing than complete pickup trucks. Yep, they explain it in the video. It seems they aren't actually detuned, they just limit the RPM. If you look at the dyno chart at 3900rpm you see its right on the money.
parker.rowe 08/01/19 10:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: A little more on the New ford trickeling out

Direct injection is dirtier than port injection in regards to PM (particulate matter). In some cases, gasoline direct injected engines spew more PM than diesels, but much finer particulates than cannot be seen. This is why gasoline direct injection engines have soot on the pipes like old diesels used to before DPF's. Benefits of direct injection.... You don't have to wait until the intake port opens to inject fuel into the cylinder. Therefor you can control injection timing and even have multiple injection events per stroke. You can wait until at the end of the compression stroke to inject the fuel so it doesn't pre-detonate. With a port injected engines, you have to inject the fuel into the cylinder on the intake stroke while the intake valve is open and run the risk of that fuel pre-detonating on the compression stroke before the spark plug ignites. Because of this, direct injected engines can run at higher compression ratios then port injected engines making them more efficient. You can also inject a small amount of fuel on the exhaust stroke to cool the cylinder. This all helps reduce the chance of knock and allows you to advance timing for more power. That's pretty much it. I've seen lots of info about issues with relatively low mileage carbon buildup on the intake valves with strictly direct injected engines, because the injector is no longer spraying fuel in the port and keeping things clean (they are usually pointed right at the back of the intake valve). I believe some manufactures are using, or adding port injectors back to direct injection engines as well.
parker.rowe 07/30/19 08:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering a newer tow rig....

" A 6.0L Vortec will amaze you if you are used to a peanut port big block." Lol. 6.0 Vortecs are great engines and very reliable, but to be amazing compared to a port injected 460, you'd have to remove at least 1 spark plug wire from the big block. Little less hp and more tq, somewhat comparable actually. Plus the vortec big block in BenK's truck does not have the terrible TBI peanut port heads anyway. They won't set the world on fire, but they are decent.
parker.rowe 07/30/19 12:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Older Rig Updates: Cooling and Power

Just wanted to make a small update, since a lot of time these threads never get updated with results to help future searchers. In short, the changes I made seemed to have fixed the cooling issues. We made a long trip out to IL and back this summer to visit friends, during the killer heatwave that was going on. A big bummer though, I had to go back to a factory 3.73 rear and the factory computer tuning. Not because I didn't like the 4.56's, but because there were some setup problems with the gears that would could not resolve in time for our summer trips. I have a parts truck here that happened to have 3.73's so I swapped them out. I had a few long steep hills where the fastest the truck would go was 45mph in second, with my foot to the floor for minutes at a time. So full power at 3500rpm, with the AC on max. There were also other hills that required second, but I could go as fast as I was comfortable spinning the engine. The highest the truck got was 210F...before the changes in this thread it would hit 230 with no indications of stopping, even with the AC off and the heater running to get us to a pullout where we could let it cool down. So being able to motor up hills without everyone sweating and being generally miserable, was huge. Personally, I feel the exhaust changes are the big player here. I'm not sure how much the fan does at 45mph, but engine is trying to move a lot of heat out the exhaust under full power for minutes at time, not just a few seconds fo quick acceleration unloaded. The fan and HD clutch did great things for the AC at idle, and at low speeds, but it is LOUD! Fine with me though, if it does the job it is suppose to do. I am currently shopping for a deal on a big block suburban or crew cab though. Wanted one for a while, and as we do more and more long trips it seems like a good time!
parker.rowe 07/30/19 09:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: A little more on the New ford trickeling out

That link says it will be direct injected. All the other information I have seen was pretty specific that it will be port injected. EDIT: This must have been a typo on their part. In the engine cutaways you can clearly see it is port injected, and there is no where in the head casting they show for a second set of direct injectors. I'll be honest, I am not in the market for a brand new truck. They are all out of my price range! But I have been checking every other day to see if ford has release the power numbers on the new 7.3 Gas.
parker.rowe 07/30/19 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 rough ride question

I have E range tires on my half ton. They where new take-offs from a Titan diesel, and were inflated to 80psi when I got them. The truck would bounce all over the place without the trailer hooked up. Really harsh ride on the littlest bumps, even with the lighter 1500 suspension. Dropped the pressures to 45 all around and it rode 10 times better unloaded.
parker.rowe 07/22/19 02:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Burb and Expedition future Diesel?

Well, the power ratings for the new Duramax 3.0 are better than the last diesel they put it 1500/2500 Suburbans. The old Detroit 6.5 was 190-215hp and 430-440 ft lbs of torque. If they think it will sell they might do it. No way to guess at this point though.
parker.rowe 07/19/19 05:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dmax Suburban for sale - $60k

^ where’s it listed? Facebook Marketplace. Located in Halethorpe, MD It's white, listed as 2004 Chevrolet Suburban 2500. Says the swap was done by Duramax Specialties and it has an LBZ. I reread it and it says it needs a few trim pieces and one heated seat doesn't work, so not perfect I guess. No leather seat rips or rocker rust though, which is pretty uncommon in gmt800 trucks in my area. See if you can find it, if it's legit it seems like an cool truck. I love Suburbans but can't swing 25K for a truck at the moment.
parker.rowe 07/19/19 04:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 GMC Sierra Towing

A TV and trailer tongue loading...it is NOT a hard fulcrum like a teeter-toter, but compliance from the tires and suspension (AKA Squat) which adds another level of geometry to account for Then the weight of the TV forward of the rear axle's axis of rotation. Does the OP have a standard half ton with short bed?...extended cab and that added weight...crew cab and that added weight and all of the options this half ton has up there Another assumption is that, since the OP says 'strong' might mean it has the 6.2L, which is typically optioned with lots and lots of goodies Hows about that 2" 'leveling' modification? What is that? Body lift, lift blocks on the rear axle, or ??? My first guess for a 2" leveling on an IFS GM truck would be a torsion bar crank/adjustment. Leveling is almost always a front end lift, since most pickups ride higher in the back from the factory.
parker.rowe 07/17/19 03:33pm Towing
RE: Dmax Suburban for sale - $60k

^Doubt it. It’s a scam or junk. If it’s legit, you should have already bought it and make a bunch of money. Seems legit. I've seen my share of scam adds, it doesn't seem to check any of those boxes. You never know though. I don't have that kind of money for a 15 year old suburban though, or I'd go check it out. There is also one for $15k but it is in rough shape. $24K is a bit higher that a similar condition/age duramax pickup in my area (except for those guys who ting their trucks are gold plated). No one cares about suburbans around here, they all want them big dezul's to put 6" stacks and stretched tires on. 3/4 ton SUV's are kind of a niche market.
parker.rowe 07/17/19 02:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dmax Suburban for sale - $60k

There is a super nice 2004 dmax swapped suburban near me. They are asking $24K! It is pretty much perfect though, I think the swap was done by the same company. Looks factory.
parker.rowe 07/17/19 11:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Yukon XL Denali Transmission Temps

Since the engine and transmission cooler share space, keeping the engine cooler helps too. Higher revs are actually better for this, so let it shift and rev if it needs to. Make sure the thermostat, radiator cap, and coolant are in good shape, as well as the ignition system. This. From the factory the run the trans fluid through the radiator cooler first, then the external cooler. My trans temp, as per a scan tool, usually matches the engine temp pretty closely when climbing hills...AS LONG AS the torque converter is locked. Once the converter unlocks the trans temp can start creeping up. Your truck is already running at 220 normally, so if it is getting warmer than that pulling those killer hills you have our there, it is not a stretch to think it would hit 250-260. I feel like that is high, but I'm not an engineer that designed the thing. :) My truck runs around 180-185, sometimes slightly warmer pulling hills. Rarely hits 200. But this is because I have a 175 thermostat in it rather than the factory 195. I think the ECU intervenes at 270 trans temps and gets more aggressive with torque converter lockup. Make sure you don't have a bunch of leaves and bug buildup in the cooling stack. I found a whole bucket of leaves between the AC condenser and the radiator when I had to replace the radiator a few years ago. Cleaning that out helped me a lot.
parker.rowe 06/20/19 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing signature???

Thanks for trying, but I get the following: We're sorry. An error has occurred. We are unable to process your request due to an error with our site. If you receive this message again, we may be experiencing some system difficulties. An email has been sent to our development staff to diagnose the problem. Once again, we apologize for this inconvenience. Just came here to ask this same question. I get the same error on both rv.net, goodsamclub.com, and trailerlife.com No way to get the "My preferences" on any version of the forum.
parker.rowe 06/14/19 06:36am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Engine torque

Here is a fun video comparing trucks with one having well over twice the torque: 400 vs. 935 Apples and oranges bruh. The 300hp/320ftlb in our son's Mustang would beat a new Powerstroke like a red headed step child in a drag race too, with 1/3 the torque and 150 less hp. Does that mean a car is faster if it has less power? It can be if it weighs less, power to weight ratio. And the mustang might win if the truck is stock, if the truck has been tuned not so much. I think that was his point. The 2.7 truck weighs a bunch less than the power stroke truck.
parker.rowe 06/10/19 12:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dealer Service Rant

Speaking of flat rate... the flat rate book is a primary reason for hastily done work. In recent years, it has become more and more unrealistic, especially for warranty jobs. I know guys who left the trade because they simply can't make any money at it anymore, and these are competent, conscientious mechanics with years of experience. I can see where that might be the case sometimes. I've seen plenty of hourly techs do terrible work too. Some techs just don't care, and they usually bounce from dealer to dealer too. You get good and bad workers in ever industry. My friend seems to consistently do 70hrs a week of quality flat rate work, some weeks even more. This is at a busy Nissan dealer. I can't see a good mechanic making really good money without flat rate. He as been doing it for almost 20 years. We aren't that old so there are definitely mechanics that have been in the business way longer. I was only in the business for 2-3 years as an hourly tech doing basic stuff. Now I sit in front of a computer at home all day writing code. I guess my point is, not all mechanics are crooks, and some of the good ones do work at dealers. But I too have had and heard my fair share of horror stories.
parker.rowe 06/06/19 09:13am Tow Vehicles
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