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RE: 1" to 3/8" thread adapter?

So it’s NPT for the big side? What about the 3/8 thread? If it’s NPT then you could just bush it down. That pipe cap will only get maybe 2 or 3 full threads due to the thickness of material. Is that enough to hold it?
Grit dog 02/02/23 08:34am Tech Issues
RE: New Super Duty on order

Sucks gas? No way! Just ask the 20mpg empty guy who posted here a couple days ago! Lol
Grit dog 02/02/23 08:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Super Duty on order

3.73s will pull 12k fine. But get 4.30s because you can and it will pull better for basically free.
Grit dog 02/02/23 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: New (to us) 2500 Suburban

Was thinking about this yesterday as I was following a new Escalade El and a new Burb Premier side by side down the road. Burb had a hitch stuck in the receiver. Thought there’s a guy who probably wishes he had a HD to haul all his wifes **** on camping trips!
Grit dog 02/02/23 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: New (to us) 2500 Suburban

But as dad pointed out. Just another reason our govt, as great of a country as it is, is so utterly wasteful it’s sickening……can’t wait to support them again this year soon (tax time….) $3.6M a piece to make 10 HD Subs? Just like the old $1000hammers! Isn’t this what Duraburb does for like $50k BYOS ( bring your own suburban), minus the bulletproof glass and cool radios?
Grit dog 02/02/23 08:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wiring 4 awg charging wire to upgrade 8 awg factory wire.

You want to connect to the opposite terminal on the ACR from the one that goes to the batteries like I said earlier. But the easy way to figure it out is check continuity of the existing wiring. Mine has 4 awg on both the line and load terminals - and yet, the wire from the truck is only 8awg. Odd. But I am of the understanding that I should remove the ACR completely and replace it with this MPPT/DC-DC charger. If so, I would just move the load cables from the ACR to the charger and run a new 4 or 6 awg directly from the tuck battery straight to the line, or incoming, terminal on the charger. Am I misunderstanding? Ok yeah that’s weird as I can’t think of where the 8ga in would be spliced to a 4ga before the ACR. ACR should be first thing in line. It’s just an automatic disconnect from the truck 12v power. ACR is just a voltage sensing relay. If it sees +13.6v or charging voltage when the truck is running, from the source it latches and provides power. If not it unhooks from the truck when the engine isn’t running. DC DC charger could run after the ACR but ii presume they already perform that function.
Grit dog 02/01/23 11:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Old truck, new look…

^This ones “loose” too. Got the trademark Mark VI cold piston clearance and sometimes it gulps a little oil. Another skill for the boy. He’s never experienced any of our vehicles that “use” oil. Never heard or seen me harping on checking oil. Now he’s got an old Tahoe that inhales oil (gotta fix it I think faulty pcv) and this truck. Good learning experience. He got a Low Oil light in the Tahoe once. Told him his truck doesn’t have that nanny. It’ll run fine until it doesn’t….
Grit dog 02/01/23 05:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New (to us) 2500 Suburban

Perfect vehicle! LS and 6 speed trans….. And folks say they wouldn’t sell if someone made a HD suv again…. If HD SUVs were selling well before, the manufacturers never would have discontinued them. Don't give me this baloney about EPA or whatever... They would have found a way to make it work if there was enough money involved. I agree with you. 15 years ago. And I believe the newer crew cab pickup market played a hand in it too. And about emissions standards. Heck give ‘em a 11k gvwr and kick them into the next category. Now they’re all used up. The few nice ones left are disappearing quickly. And big SUVs are as popular today as they ever were. I still think at least one of the big 3 could clean up for a few years making a 3/4-1ton long wheelbase suv again. Big gasser and a big diesel option. For me? Nope. But they’d sell like hotcakes in UT, ID and AZ at a minimum! No one with more than 3 kids can buy a new rig capable of pulling a big trailer for over a decade now.
Grit dog 02/01/23 05:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel to Gas Power Observation

^Agree, not even a contest. Like comparing the taste of a basketball and a watermelon just be use they’re both round and the same size. A good exhaust brake on a smaller displacement diesel will blow the doors off the biggest gasser under your hood in grade braking. Hands down.
Grit dog 02/01/23 05:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel to Gas Power Observation

^At least GM will get a 10 speed to go with the lowest powered gasser, next year. But bottom line all the gassers now with 8-10speed gear boxes pull real well compared to anything in the past. 10 speeds is the practical limit though. Actually 9 is. My 10 speed half ton is only about 150rpms between 9 and 10. Virtually imperceptible and it never really downshifts to 9th. If you need a downshift from 9th it hits 8th right away.
Grit dog 02/01/23 02:36pm Tow Vehicles

No beatings here. Again, I watch fuel economy about as much as I watch what I eat…(in the Mc Ds drive thru atm). But I have hand calculated a few times on a few vehicles. Usually when bored on a road trip and never been way out of whack like some claim. Although I know how to properly adjust for tire size etc.
Grit dog 02/01/23 02:29pm Towing
RE: Diesel to Gas Power Observation

^What he said.
Grit dog 02/01/23 11:30am Tow Vehicles

@Cummins12v98, do you really notice any difference in MPG towing tandem with that little trailer? I tow my 18’, around 3500 pound Ranger boat tandem fairly often, and I don’t notice any difference in MPG vs just one trailer. I’d believe it. Never pulled doubles but when we had our old truck and TC, mileage was not much worse towing a 6klb boat. Maybe 1 mpg less but I don’t ever really track fuel mileage. And the combo handled better dragging an “anchor”.
Grit dog 02/01/23 11:27am Towing
RE: No 110 Volts to Hot Water Heater Element

Intermittent suggests a short somewhere. Probably harder to find. But easier if it’s not working.
Grit dog 02/01/23 11:21am Tech Issues
RE: Diesel to Gas Power Observation

Now we’re cookin with gas…..or diesel:… We got the 20mpg HD gasser club, roflmao, you do realize that’s not a thing,right? Vs the diesel has been more expensive for 20+ years, also umm not true. And the guy who “won’t chime in” but followed that statement with a paragraph of chiming in… This is the makings of a good old fashioned debate!
Grit dog 02/01/23 09:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Frame Stiffing to reduce Porpoising?

Or to sum up 8 pages, it’s a big camper on a pickup truck. One that arguably flexes more than new trucks and it’s ok. If you wanna find a shop to disassemble frame cross braces, probably pull the trans, move/re-rout brake lines, fuel lines, electrical, drop the tank etc and then try to fit/cab it all up to fit back in there like it was after doing idk what to the frame, have at it. It’s a bad idea on all fronts. That’s all. Easy peasy….. On a similar note I had a new 89 Dodge 1 ton truck at work that the guys would constantly overload so bad it would sit hard on the bump stops. (Not my truck and wasn’t the boss, just a high school kid turning wrenches.). They broke the frame on one side right over the axle. We paid a shop to repair it. (In 1990). Then the other side broke the same way. I copied the first repair. And the truck frame was still in one piece years later. But that was FAR easier than what is being proposed here…. And it was a work truck that got the tar beat out of it daily. Whole diffenrrt scenario
Grit dog 01/31/23 08:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Diesel to Gas Power Observation

I watched for 5 minutes, but couldn’t bring myself to waste an entire 20 minutes on this. I’m never one to give much credence to anecdotal statements about what is selling or what isn’t. As I am generally interested, I’d love to see real sales numbers of what the breakdown is of diesel vs gas in HD trucks (as well as 2500 vs 3500 sales). I know you used to be able to find that, but I haven’t seen it in a while. The truck that they bought is a pretty truck. But I really can’t see buying a DRW with a gasser. I hope they are happy with their purchase. I wouldn’t be. Ha, right? Regardless of the resale market, good diesels will still bring more and sell better. Now take the biggest fanciest truck you can buy and give it the lowest powered engine (yes i know ford makes a lesser gasser too) and see what happens to resale…. Fine if you’re one of those “keep ‘em til the wheels fall off” people, but that dude will take the biggest bath in history when his flavor of the day changes again in the near future! Sooo many reasons to require a couple economics classes for everyone in high school and this idiocy is only one of them. Lol
Grit dog 01/31/23 05:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dinghy charging from MH

The only way you will ever be able to maintain/charge a "toad" battery is with a DC-DC charger. Have it permanently mounted in the toad, close to the battery. You can pick up B+ from the tow vehicle via the standard 7 pin connector. You need to be ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that B+ from the tow vehicle does NOT connect to B+ of the toad ! Thus way require some relays to keep these two systems isolated ! Using separate brake/turn signal lamps is a good first step !! disagree in the OPs case….if the brake lights are the only draw. And assuming it’s not for days on end in city traffic. OP, you’ll need to have a larger connector on the RV that has 12v constant wired into it. Like most all truck receptacles. Do yourself a favor and skip the round 6 pin. Nothing wrong per se except they are basically not used in hardly any applications anymore. You don’t need the other 2 pins in the 7 way (backup lights and trailer brakes) but run your 4 pin wires to the 7 pin for lighting and add the one for 12v+. Scrap the 4pin or whatever makes sense. Know that like theoldwizard said you’re not going to power much from that but you’ll get more current in than just brake lights remove. But like most things, the diagnosis is vague. And not having context, you could just have an old battery. Or ??
Grit dog 01/31/23 02:56pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Frame Stiffing to reduce Porpoising?

^Uhh, yeah they are both “flat” for the purposes being discussed here. Save for some o them newer trucks with an actual crown in the bed.
Grit dog 01/31/23 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: 2010 Duramax electric brake voltage??

There’s 2 Canadians who haven’t read their owners manuals….lol. Always think when I see someone rolling down the road here with their big 5ver like they’re the rubber ducky leading the convoy, are they one of those folks who don’t even know where the tow haul button is, much less have any redeeming qualifications that make them at least relatively safe to drive a miniature semi truck? Cracker Jack box and a big wallet or line of credit is all that’s needed.
Grit dog 01/31/23 08:58am Tow Vehicles
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