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RE: 2021 Chevy Tahoe with 3.0 Diesel

I have one of the last full size blazers with the 6.5 turbo diesels (1994) with around 300,000mi on it and when broke in it got 30mpg and today gets pretty near 27-28mpg. 27 with that little engine is not very impressive. I think it actually is impressive, since that little engine has considerably more power and torque than your 6.5.
rjstractor 11/29/20 02:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ford 7.3l Godzilla V8

There are a number of different tunes out for it. The Premium Tune for motorhomes looks to be the default on E450s. When you hear it idle, it sounds like a muffled big block :) https://fordauthority.com/2020/05/why-7-3l-ford-godzilla-v8-engine-offers-two-tunes-in-2021-e-series-exclusive/ That makes sense, being that it IS a muffled big block.
rjstractor 11/25/20 07:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Toyota motor homes

IMO, you might want to take a look at a low miles Rialta Class B motorhome on a VW chassis in the 1995-2000 year range. Small engine, yes, 22' long but much better design than the Toyota and less than $30,000. Chum lee I'm a VW guy, and the thought of maintaining a 25 year old VR6 powered Eurovan chassis hauling a motorhome around makes my wallet shudder!
rjstractor 11/24/20 07:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can you buy new what CA rents

I did not know the engines were different, I assumed they they had the same chassis in the rental units that they sold to you and me. Do you think the 5.4 V8 is more reliable than the V-10? If I'm not mistaken the 6.8 V10 is literally a 5.4 with a longer crank and block to accommodate two more cylinders. If you do the math the cylinder sizes are exactly the same. I suppose the 5.4 might be incrementally more reliable with fewer moving parts, but both are very reliable engines.
rjstractor 11/24/20 07:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacing 1972 16.5 Inch Rims Advice

check a tire/wheel store and see if late model 17's would fit. Really becoming common and cqan be had in all the same sizes pretty much. Also can find them readily on craigs list etc as factory takeoffs. Be careful if selecting a late model Ford rim as they are a hub centric design and not a lug centric. x2, late model rims don't even fit on my 2000 F250, so they are very unlikely to fit a '72!
rjstractor 11/23/20 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota motor homes

I agree with Ron. For the same money you can get a newer motorhome that is roughly the same size overall, but built on a much more robust chassis. Many years ago I sometimes drove a '92 4Runner with the same 3.0 V6 as is in that motorhome. Even in an SUV it was underpowered and it got maybe 13-14 mpg in city driving, 17 on the highway. In a motorhome it might get 10-12, not much if any better than a shorter motorhome with a gas V8 or V10.
rjstractor 11/23/20 08:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Surge breaks on a dolly

Class A motorhomes come in a vast range of weights and braking abilities. A small 12000 lb motorhome towing 4000 lbs of unbraked load will take a lot longer to stop. On a 50000 lb tandem axle motorhome, the weight difference and the stopping distance difference will be much less. It's never a bad idea to have brakes on the towed load, but it becomes a much better idea as the weight differential increases.
rjstractor 11/20/20 06:30pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Very pleased with my Chevy PU.

I still think we need a like button. x2. Probably won't happen since Zuckerberg was still in high school when this forum was created, and it still uses the same architecture! ;)
rjstractor 11/20/20 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Reliability of older Class C’s?

I wonder why a woman, with no previous RV owner/operator/maintainer experience, would want to buy an older used RV to take a trip (alone) from VA to WA. It seems to me that driving a car and staying in motels would be safer, easier, and much less expensive taking all actual and potential costs into account. You could take a tent, an air mattress, propane stove and ice chest for occasional camping, where it is safe to tent-camp, in attractive patrolled camp settings if desired. I don't know, maybe she thinks it will be a fun, exciting adventure that will test her skills and abilities, give her a sense of accomplishment and provide priceless memories? Like maybe the same reason most of us get into RVing??:R
rjstractor 11/17/20 07:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winterization of RV

If you're going to be staying in and/or driving the RV the whole trip, you shouldn't have to worry about freezing too much unless temps are extreme. If you are leaving it parked and unheated for any length of time, you will probably have freezing problems if daytime temps are below freezing. But nighttime lows of a few degrees below freezing with highs above freezing seldom cause any problems.
rjstractor 11/16/20 07:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Pro trailer back up assist

I've never used the system myself or seen it used, but from what I understand it greatly simplifies the backing process by automatically initiating the countersteer required to get the trailer moving the right way, and then turning the wheels the other way to straighten the trailer out, while not allowing the front end to swing into anything or jackknife the trailer. All that stuff is pretty intuitive to an experienced trailer backer, but with this system all you do is turn the knob the way you want the trailer to go. I'd like to try it at some point.
rjstractor 11/15/20 09:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Very pleased with my Chevy PU.

When I was doing landscaping I had a 2005 regular cab 2500HD 2WD. I had a dump insert installed and Timbrens on the rear. I regularly hauled loads that would make the weight police wring their hands and cry (almost 2 pallets of wet sod for example). It never lacked for power, even with the bed piled with green fir firewood and towing a tandem axle flatbed loaded with the same. Great truck.
rjstractor 11/15/20 08:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Reliability of older Class C’s?

The newer, the better. The late '90s and early 2000s Ford chassis were and still are very reliable. The GM chassis are equally so but not quite as common. Of course, this is predicated on wear items like tires, brakes, belts, hoses, fluids, etc being thoroughly checked and replaced as needed. For RVs this old, however, the condition of the "house" portion is probably more important to consider than mileage on the vehicle. Most motorhomes this old will have leaked at some point, which is not a deal killer as long as the leak was properly fixed and any water damage addressed. But major water damage issues are very common and easily hidden from the untrained eye. Buyer beware.
rjstractor 11/14/20 10:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: settle an arguement

So I went out to look at the white sticker-not yellow-on the door. Here is the gAwr for the front is 5200 and the rear is 6290. What is GAWR? We did not buy this truck new. There is a Federal Inspection sticker on the door where the truck was inspected in Yuba City, Caliornia. I can't imagine why it was inspected federally. There should be a yellow sticker with payload rating and tire pressures in addition to the white sticker, but anyway, GAWR is the Gross Axle Weight Rating. Simply put, it's the maximum weight that each axle can carry. So your rear axle has a maximum weight rating of 6290 pounds. To me this sounds a little low for an F350, but IIRC the F350 SRW was available in a number of varying axle and gross weight ratings.
rjstractor 11/13/20 09:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: No 3/4 ton trucks.

Found two 2020 F250 Ford diesels close to Tucson but they have 3.31 rear ends. Is that normal for a Ford diesel? I have been a gas man for a long time and don't know what rear ratios are good for diesel. Curly For a diesel equipped with the 10 speed trans, the 3.31 ratio is fine for all but the heaviest loads. Any trailer that an F250 can handle in terms of pin or tongue weight, a 6.7 diesel with that trans and rear axle ratio will pull it effortlessly.
rjstractor 11/12/20 02:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Experience with Sprinter Class C's

Yes, but I do not have a source--it was about 18 months ago. They would not pay for rebuilding the injectors etc. This is the case on any new vehicle. Vehicle warranties cover defects in the vehicle, not damage caused by bad fuel. It's true that bad fuel causes more damage in some vehicles than others though.
rjstractor 11/07/20 09:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Axle Ratio, new truck

A lot (sometimes too much) emphasis is placed on rear axle ratios with the new 10 speed transmissions, especially the diesels. The diesels have an insane amount of torque and can pull the higher trans gears while towing, even with 3.31 gears. The new 7.3 gas is a whole different matter. While it has great torque, it's still less than half that of the diesel. With the same trans ratios that the diesel has, 4.30 is a no brainer. If I towed that much weight I'd get a 4.56 if they offered it.
rjstractor 11/05/20 08:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevy will start selling EV retrofit kits in 2021

Pretty cool idea, I wonder what the cost will be. I read another article on that Blazer conversion. With 200 hp and a 60 kwh battery it won't have Tesla-like performance or range, but enough to get out of its own way and drive to work and back. The other article I read stated that it used the stock automatic transmission- I would have to wonder why they didn't just bolt the EV motor to the transfer case.
rjstractor 11/04/20 08:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford has released their 2021 towing guide

Ford 2021 towing guide You can get the highest tow ratings with max payload package. All of the F150 engines have received significant bumps in tow ratings. The 2.7 is now up to 10,000lbs, the diesel is up to 12,100lbs and the 5.0 is up to 13,000lbs. Maximum GCRW is 19,500lbs. If I recall correctly the maximum GCWR for a 1991 F350 was 18,500lbs. Things have really changed.Can higher tow ratings overcome basic physics (truck weight vs. trailer weight)---the ole tail-waggin-the-dog syndrome? A 5,000 lb. F150 pulling 13k? Seriously?! Since you specifically mentioned the physics of the weight difference between truck and trailer, what is the difference between an F150 towing 13K and an F350 towing 21K? The proportional weight difference is exactly the same.
rjstractor 11/04/20 08:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery problem

We have been to Autozone / O'Reilly's multiple times and every time the battery, alternator and starter tested 'good'. Question- did they remove the battery and do a full load test? Just checking the static voltage in the car right after driving it only tells you that the battery has a surface charge and that the alternator works. A specific gravity test (hydrometer) was suggested but that's a little tough (impossible) to do on a sealed battery. I'm with the others, the battery is almost four years old and is toast.
rjstractor 11/04/20 08:56am Tow Vehicles
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