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RE: can someone please explain this for me?

So 2005 saw significant improvements, but it is generally accepted that the 99.5MY to 2004MY trucks were underrated and can safely handle near to, if not equal, payload. But you really have to watch those tire ratings on the early F250. Yes, my 2000 F250 has the camper package with the auxilary springs, and the LT265/75R16 tires are rated at 3415 lbs each. So I would feel comfortable at 6800 lbs gross rear axle weight, even though my GVWR is only 8800. Loaded to 8800 lbs., the truck is barely even touching the overloads.
rjstractor 02/16/20 07:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric Powered Trailer - Airstream

It appears that this will not have its own battery(since they talk about making it lighter) and will rely on power from the tow vehicles in order to operate the electric engines. If this is the case, then it will not extend the range of a BEV since both the trailer and BEV are using the same power source to move the combined weight. It would, however, assist an ICE vehicle since it does not rely on battery power to travel down the the road and can also make enough energy to power these electric engines at the same time. I was wondering about this as well, since there was no mention of battery capacity. I would think that if the trailer did not have its own battery of at least 50 KwH, it would have the effect of drastically shortening the combo's range. Come to think of it, it would almost have to have its own battery. Suppose the trailer's electric "engine" (lol) was similar to the 80KW motor used in the Nissan Leaf. I would think that would be about the minimum size motor required to propel the weight and aerodynamic drag of the Airstream at speed. You would have to engineer a plug/coupling that could handle 400 volts at around 200 amps. Since physics is what it is, that's a hefty plug. Now I'm wondering how they make a trailer lighter while adding a motor and battery.... :?
rjstractor 02/11/20 08:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Compact Class C

Phoenix Cruiser
rjstractor 02/08/20 08:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2020 Chevy 2500/3500 trucks

I suspect that those major differences referred to in the article referred to the 3500HD dually. It still boggles my mind why all 3 OEMs have a 250/2500, a 350/3500 SRW and a 350/3500 dually. The physical differences between the SRW trucks are minimal (the exception being the Ram rear suspension), while the differences between the 350/3500 SRW and DRW trucks are more significant.
rjstractor 02/08/20 09:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pick up truck remembrance !

I think I've owned almost more trucks than I can count... 1964 Chevy C10- was completely junk when I bought it and I'm surprised it ran as long as it did after I bought it (3 months) 1986 Mazda B2000- nicest driving mini truck you could buy at that time, but ridiculously underpowered by today's standards. 1987 Mazda B2600 4x4- gutless but very tough little rig. The weight police would wring their hands black and blue at the loads I towed and hauled. 1978 Ford F250. 460 V8 (not stock, swapped in), two tone orange and white. Beautiful truck that would pass anything but a gas station. 1972 Ford F100- 302 V8, 3 speed column shift. Had it for a short time when I was poor, and used it for a daily driver for a while. Was a terrible daily driver, but wish I still had it! 1992 Chevy K1500- 4.3 V6, 5 speed manual, not a lot of power but a pretty capable 1/2 ton. Got better mpg than the aforementioned Mazda B2600 and was twice as big. 1994 Ford F250- 460 V8, 5 speed manual. Was like driving a giant sports car than didn't handle very well. Nothing seemed to slow it down. A few years without a truck, then.. 1984 Chevy C20 "light 3/4 ton". 8 lug wheels but only 7200 GVWR. 305 V8 with 4 speed auto. Worn out, gutless gas-guzzler. 2005 Chevy 2500HD. 6.0 V8, 2WD, regular cab. Set up for landscaping with a dump bed. Super tough truck that could easily haul ridiculous payloads and not complain. A few more years and.... my current truck, 2000 Ford F250 4WD Supercab, 7.3 diesel 6 speed manual, bought from my dad who was the original owner. Probably not for sale at any price.
rjstractor 02/07/20 07:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 24’ Class C. Chevy 4500 or Ford 450?

You can't really go wrong with either. But in your shoes I'd be tempted to wait a little while and see if you can get a Ford with the new 7.3 gas. I don't know if the narrower, more compact engine will result in more legroom or not, but the engine has significantly more horsepower and torque than either the V10 it replaces or the GM 6.0 V8.
rjstractor 02/02/20 01:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

I’d like to see the same test with the same trailer but a 6.7 truck instead, I think other than the downhill performance we now have a near diesel performance gas option. Since a 6.7 truck pulled almost twice the weight just a couple minutes slower, I would think the 6.7 pulling 16K would be significantly faster pulling the same trailer as the 7.3 gas. Having said that, it was still very impressive. My old diesel of the same displacement could not come close.
rjstractor 02/02/20 09:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing a 2640lb 16ft TT with a Ford Ranger 4.0L?

The lower tow ratings on the manuals has to do launching on a hill. The relatively tall first gear ratios and lack of off-idle torque in these types of rigs make launching on a steep hill murder on the clutch. By comparison, my F250 diesel has a super-low first gear and a lot of off-idle torque, so I can launch a heavy load on a hill without slipping the clutch. I apologize that I didn't see what your price range is, I was going to suggest looking for a first-generation Toyota Tundra, but a quick search shows those to be almost ridiculously expensive.
rjstractor 02/02/20 09:18am Travel Trailers
RE: F350, 10k GVWR differences

Here in Washington, said 10k door sticker truck would probably have a minimum 12k legal gvw due to how this state licenses trucks. So you may want to make sure they do not ask for a copy of registration. Here, take base wieght, times 1.5, to next higher ton. If the truck empty wieght is 7000 lbs, times 1.5 equals 10,500. Next higher ton is 12,000. That's how much tonnage you would be required to buy. Even if the door sticker is less than 10k. Marty Yep, Washington with its goofy weight calculations. My old 2500HD regular cab gas only weighed 5200 lbs empty, so they tagged it at 8K even though GVWR was 9200.
rjstractor 02/01/20 10:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: F350 Super Duty vs 3500 Denali vs The Ike Pulling 30k lbs

I think it makes sense to increase perfect score to 10 minutes when towing the loads that the dualies are now capable of towing. It also falls in line with SAE towing standards that have slower speed requirements for DRW pickups.
rjstractor 01/25/20 07:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3x3" receiver hitch!

Also impressive is the 21,200 lb towing/2120 lb tongue weight rating on the hitch, the full capacity of the truck, without requiring WD. A far cry from the stock hitches of 15-20 years ago that only had a 5,000 lb weight carrying rating.
rjstractor 01/25/20 04:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

Human drivers kill thousands every year, but we somehow live with that. We'll all be dead before this technology really takes hold, so it doesn't matter. All part of human nature. Yes, human error kills tens of thousands per year, but if self driving cars malfunction and kill 100 per year they will be branded unsafe. Case in point- a software problem with the 737 Max caused two crashes, killing around 350 people. Despite transporting 6.5 million passengers safely in one year, the aircraft is grounded indefinitely. For some reason we find it acceptable for human error to cause accidents and kill people, but unacceptable for a tech malfunction to cause accidents, even at a much lower rate.
rjstractor 01/21/20 05:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Winch Option with the Tremor Package

"It pulls it like it's nothing". I like the videos these guys do but this demo was kind of dumb. A 15K rolling load isn't a test at all, especially since you could put that Kenworth on a gooseneck flatbed and pull it up the Ike with that F250 diesel with no trouble at all. I'm pretty sure my ATV winch can pull a 15K rolling load on flat terrain, although I would have to anchor the ATV to something.
rjstractor 01/18/20 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

There have been a few instances of crashes that have occurred when cars were in Autopilot mode. Like an airplane, the car will pretty much drive itself, but yet requires the driver to pay attention to what is happening. The problem is that it's human nature for us to only pay as much attention as we have to. It's easy to get lulled into a routine of reading a magazine or playing with a phone while you should be watching the road, and in the extremely rare instance where your can cannot differentiate between the sky and the side of a semi truck a crash occurs. We as a society tend to be much more accepting of human error than machine error (even when that results in death), and that along with the fact that humans only pay as much attention as they think they need to will make the transition to fully autonomous cars problematic and messy.
rjstractor 01/16/20 08:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing a vintage car?

Haven't bought yet, not looking for a show car. Probably buy a nice driver condition so dings, etc. won't be a problem for me. I do use a Readybrake now for my truck and Tahoe. Great towbar. I nice driver condition vintage car might not cost the $100K plus you see on Barrett Jackson, but will still cost a pretty penny to get one in decent shape. The modifications you will need to do will likely reduce the car's value by more than the cost of a trailer, but it's your money. :) $100K? I guess it depends on your definition of "vintage car". I have seen "daily driver" capable cars from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s around here for less than $10K. In fact, I have a 1966 Chevelle 4 door sedan (needs transmission work, Powerglide) That I don't really want to sell, but if somebody offered 4 or 5K for it, I would just have to let it go (it has the 230CID inline 6). 1950s cars will be in the $15K to $25K range in driveable condition, a great deal more if restored, but never in the $100K range. I think you misunderstood my reply. My point is that the $100K cars are the rare, perfect cars you see on TV. But having said that, a nice, clean, running and driving vintage car from the early '60s can easily be $15K or more. Hack it up by welding a tow bar on the front would cut the value in half.
rjstractor 01/15/20 08:32pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a vintage car?

Haven't bought yet, not looking for a show car. Probably buy a nice driver condition so dings, etc. won't be a problem for me. I do use a Readybrake now for my truck and Tahoe. Great towbar. I nice driver condition vintage car might not cost the $100K plus you see on Barrett Jackson, but will still cost a pretty penny to get one in decent shape. The modifications you will need to do will likely reduce the car's value by more than the cost of a trailer, but it's your money. :)
rjstractor 01/12/20 06:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Chevy 8.1 truck with low miles?

^^^ Agreed, although Ford phased out the lousy 4R100 for the 2003 model year.
rjstractor 01/11/20 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: How To Calculate Tow Capacity

Yes, there is usually a sticker that lists the UVW (unladen vehicle weight). But even those are not always accurate, since it will not include anything installed after the coach left the factory. The dealer probably won't have a scale, but as part of a test drive if you are serious about buying you can take it to a truck stop where they will have a certified scale. And 2,000 pounds of minimum payload is just my personal preference, many have gotten by with less and some need more.
rjstractor 01/10/20 07:55pm Dinghy Towing
RE: How To Calculate Tow Capacity

Rich Thanks for the reply, but I'm still confused. Is the GVWR (16,000) the empty weight and GCWR (23,000) the maximum load including the toad? So if I weigh the motorhome and it's at 17,000 then I have 6,000 load left (23,000 - 17,000), right? But since the hitch max is 5,000 I still can only tow 5,000 (if I have a tow bar rated at least 5,000), right? So if the Jeep loaded is under 5,000 I'm OK? But if the motorme loaded was 18,500 my max load remaining is only 4,500 (23,000 - 18,500) and that would be the limit that I could pull as a toad, right? But then my confusion is how does the front and rear GAWR figure into this? In this case they total 17,500 (6,500 + 11,000). Can somebody please explain? This weight questions are actually pretty simple and often overthought. Your GVWR (stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of 16000 pounds is the maximum loaded weight, not the empty weight, of the motorhome by itself. The GCWR is the maximum weight of the motorhome and trailer (or tow vehicle) combined. So doing the math, when fully loaded the motorhome can still tow 8000 pounds. But all of this math is basically irrelevant, because the motorhome hitch is only rated at 5,000 pounds. That's the maximum weight the motorhome can tow because in this case the hitch is the "weakest link". Tongue or hitch weight does not really factor into the equation in the case of four-down towing because the motorhome only carries half the weight of the tow bar itself, probably 50 pounds or less. So, as far as towing a toad goes, this motorhome can handle any that weighs less than 5,000 pounds. But a bit of unsolicited advice, make sure that the motorhome itself has enough payload capacity to handle the weight of passengers, water, food, beer, and anything else you plan on loading into the motorhome. Personally I'd look for a motorhome with at least 2,000 pounds of payload capacity.
rjstractor 01/10/20 12:18pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep Ecodiesel, vs Pentastar, vs Ram Hemi, vs Ford Godzilla

Impressive that the little diesel was overall the fastest, although when in 4WD the big Ford was pretty much an even match. I'm surprised that no one has commented on the Ram Rebel getting beat by the diesel Wrangler. Even with the elevation, on paper I would have picked the Hemi to smoke them all in a drag race. I think that the Ecodiesel in the Gladiator will make a sweet little towing machine. Too bad it will cost as much as a comparably equipped Ram 2500 CTD....
rjstractor 01/07/20 08:37pm Tow Vehicles
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