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Posted: 12/26/20 09:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm a data geek. So for fun I've set-up an app to allow me to collect tow data while I make a trip across country this next week. I will post the results here when I return from the trip (around Jan 4th or 5th ish). I am leaving in the morning (Dec-27th) from North West Arkansas, and will travel I-49 South, then I-40 East to Memphis, then I-22 to Birmingham, then I-59 to Gadsden AL (area). Later in the week I will travel to Georgia (I-75 to I-285) and into Atlanta to visit family. On the return trip I will travel I-75 to I-24 to Nashville, and then finally returning to NWA via I-40 West and I-49 North.
With all the interstate driving, I thought it would be fun to collect data to determine the most popular tow vehicles (plus it will help time go by while on the road!). I will take note of every truck I see pulling a 5th wheel, and enter the counts into the app (the app is set-up to just tap and it will add the count).

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5th wheel towing only, and for personal recreation use only (no hotshot runners, or tag along campers, as this would need to be another data set on it's own).
I will measure Ram (5.9 and 6.7)
I will measure Chevy Duramax (noting the LBZ separately)
I will measure all Ford models (7.3, 6.0, 6.4 and 6.7)
I will measure anything over 3500 in a lump sum (4500's, Top kicks, Freightliners, etc.)
I will lump all overloaded 1/2 tons into the same group

I am pretty good at distinguishing truck models/years. The Rams are easy, as are the LBZs from other years of the Duramax. The Fords can get a bit tricky, but I can normally tell the difference if I get a good look at them.

I have posted a pic of the app I have set up. If I have failed to include anything, let me know. I will post the results when I return.[image]

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“I will travel to Georgia (I-75 to I-285) and into Atlanta to visit family.” OK. Later in 2021 might be safer. Looking forward to reviewing your data.


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I hope you won't be "tapping" the phone while driving...

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Second Chance wrote:

I hope you won't be "tapping" the phone while driving...

Rob


Probably pen and paper as it's so much safer. [emoticon]


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My only thought is don't get so fixated on collecting data that you don't pay sufficient attention to what's going on around you. Maybe let the passenger collect all the data, and you just alert them when there is data to collect.


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Looking forward to seeing the results! Thanks for posting.


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A couple of years ago, I would walk around a campground looking at trucks towing larger 5ers. Over several campgrounds from Texas to Colorado and back via Kansas and Oklahoma my results were generally as follows:

Ford diesels were number 1
Next and not too far behind was Dodge Ram, number 2
and a distant number 3 was GMC/Chevy.

Looking at the smaller trailers towed by gassers the three were pretty well equal.

I saw way more rigs that were under trucked than properly or over trucked.

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OP I am confident you can drive and chew gum at the same time.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

OP I am confident you can drive and chew gum at the same time.
How about drive, chew gum, note passing traffic, note which trucks are towing large 5th wheels, what brand they are, and then noting it all down, all at the same time? [emoticon]

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How about 1/2 tons that are not overloaded?

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