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RE: Chevy's I4 2.7 turbo engine

...So what is the advantage? Not better fuel economy, not lower purchase price, not lower maint/repair cost (supposition on my part but likely true) and you can't even open the hood and brag about your engine cause it looks like a little rice grinder! Not meant to disparage the OP's purchase, just don't see the advantage of it. The 2.7 is $1395 cheaper. So, lower purchase price. The OP has said that he will give us a report after his son get some miles on it. Then we will have a good answer to the question. Regardless, I hope that he is happy with his purchase.
Groover 11/21/19 10:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Getting Ready for First Tow with the EcoBoost!

The one drawback with surge brakes (“breaks” in forumspeak) on a van box trailer is when a sem eye blows by you in the hammer lane his bow wave pushes on the trailer which applies the brakes. This was a concern on one trip towing with our 85hp diesel back in the 20th century :) :) I have never noticed that while pulling my boat with surge brakes. Two things that I really like about surge brakes is that they self adjust for load in the trailer and they work all the way down to zero speed. I have had some rude awakenings when my electric brakes release early while stopping on a steep hill. Two things that I don't like are that you cannot apply them independently of the vehicle brakes and that engine braking going down a long hill could cause them to burn. The second may be more imaginary than real.
Groover 11/21/19 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I don’t know. The model X had the capacity to tow a 297,000 pound 737. I would think the truck would have the capacity to tow even more. I don’t know how heavy that train was that the Ford E-Truck towed but it had to be up there. The Ford E-Truck towed 1,250,000lbs. Ford E-truck pulls train
Groover 11/20/19 05:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ram 2500/3500: MotorTrend Truck of the Year

IMnotsoHO, Motor Trend awards are garbage. Most of their writers seem to be industry shills. I remember when the new Plymouth Duster was their "Car of the a Year". ;( That was a rounded fastback Valiant upgrade for those not aware. I don't know what your issue was with the original Duster. I had a '67 Valiant but my brother had a '72 Dart equivalent to the Duster. both were great cars. The Dart had the 340 Magnum in it and would hold its own against any Mustang or Camaro he encountered and was a lot more functional when you weren't racing. It had a huge trunk and decent back seat, plus it would tow his small boat. With the factory hood scoop, hood mounted tack, rear spoiler and lake pipes it was as sporty as any of the competition. The speedometer only went to 120mph but it would do 55mph at 2000rpm and you could take the tach past 6000. It ran on regular gas and idled smoothly but when you punched it, it was gone. They called some other cars Dusters later on. Maybe that is what you are thinking of. But, from 74 through mid 80's nobody had anything to brag about.
Groover 11/20/19 02:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ram 2500/3500: MotorTrend Truck of the Year

kinda surprising with both ford and gm offering new powerplants. Seems to me that it is a different truck every year. If one was any better than the others there would consistently be repeat winners. Just a way to sell magazines because it creates controversy. The owners of that truck love to brag about it. The owners of the other brands love to complain about it. I think that they only consider trucks with significant changes. Even if an older truck is still best it is not considered in this competition. This is concerning for GM. Their new trucks came out after Ram and still lost a lot of market share and gathered few accolades. I noticed that they never stopped promotions during the 5 week strike and had plenty of inventory. GM's story was that they had built up plenty of inventory. If the trucks had been selling well they wouldn't have had the capacity to build enough inventory. GM is having an emergency update on the new trucks already to better compete with RAM. Of course, they don't really want us to know that the were designed to be behind. GM redoing new trucks
Groover 11/20/19 09:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

@kw/oo I don't think you can get the powerstroke option. Wish you could. I just tried but I can't even find max payload mentioned on the build sheet so I must assume that it is still tied to the 3.73 axle. If I specified the diesel engine then the 3.73 axle the configurator dropped the diesel engine.
Groover 11/19/19 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Getting Ready for First Tow with the EcoBoost!

Don't forget to duck when going in the trailer! Seriously, I wish that U-Haul rented a trailer tall enough to carry a refrigerator standing up. Another thing: No tongue jack! You need a helper to pick up the tongue even when it is empty.
Groover 11/18/19 05:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The future cost of RV stay

Well if we're talking future I'm going to say there will be a power transmission rail embedded somehow in the roadway so electric vehicles will recharge while driving. They won't need to plug in.I don't understand why induction charging is not talked about for the future. Heck we can set our phones on a base and charge them. As our infrastructure needs replaced I would think this would be a option. Induction charging is convenient but not as efficient as plug in charging. I agree that it would be great if a universal charger with automatic operation could be made and installed in parking lots but from what I can find out induction isn't quite ready for how power applications. Remember, inefficient means that it gets hot and the more power the hotter it gets.
Groover 11/18/19 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy's I4 2.7 turbo engine

My son is looking at getting a 2019 Silverado 1500 truck. A lot of them on the lots have Chevy's new 2.7 turbo engine. This engine replaces the 4.3 V6. He won't be towing a camper with it. He is wondering about the reliability of this new engine. Right now he has a 2017 Silverado with the V6. Any info on this new engine will be greatly appreciated and I'll pass it on to him. Other inquiries like this haven't netted much information and if that holds true for this post YouTube has a lot of professional reviews. I don't own anything Chevrolet but my impression of their 2.7 turbo is that it is a good engine, not a great engine. In side by side tests 5.3 V8 has often come out better, even on fuel economy. When Chevy compares it to Ford engines they always choose the base naturally aspirated V6 from Ford, not Ford's 2.7 turbo. Head to head Ford's 2.7 turbo beats the Chevy on horsepower, torque, fuel economy and towing capacity plus it has been on the market much longer and has a well proven track record. To re-iterate, it seems to be good engine, just not a market leader. As long as he doesn't compare to other 2019 engines he will probably be happy with it.
Groover 11/18/19 07:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

I speculate GM Bolt is not selling well due to the dealer salesmen talk to the customer with an attitude similar to sarguy. Doubtful production is the issue. Part of it is that the Bolt is just not as good of an electrical car as the Tesla. I have a relative that owns one and he lives at the top of a 1,500ft hill which he has to descend to go anywhere. Because the Bolt won't stop the charging process until it is full he always leaves the house with a full charge and has to ride his brakes down the hill instead of using regen. So he is basically buying electricity to wear out his brakes. Also, if you can avoid 100% charge or discharge the battery lasts much longer so he doesn't have that option either. My son always programs his Tesla to stop at 80% unless he plans to make a long trip. Even at only 80% it still has more range than the Bolt at 100%.
Groover 11/18/19 05:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: The future cost of RV stay

western is correct. Although the massive upgrade can probably be spread over 20+ years and may not start for 10. Just as we have 30amp and 50amp sites now there will be a few added with a second 50 amp EV charging connection. Virtually zero are needed today.Not that easy to spread an upgrade over multiple years. Beyond the major problem of having construction going on continually, where do you start and stop? Do the best sites get the charging upgrade and need to be kept empty in case an EV rig comes around. Or do you relegate the EVs to less desirable locations so the best sites are available for the more common internal combustion rigs? Will you price the EV sites much higher due to the higher electrical costs and construction costs or will you pass the costs on to everyone including those who don't use either the sites or the extra electricity keeping the price increases more modest? What about groups traveling together when one has an EV rig? Do you break up the group or use all the EV sites for one EV? Plus construction of a new area will often require crossing a completed area increasing costs. Lots of issues to consider. I can remember when having a 15 amp outlet in a campsite was a luxury. Yet, somehow most campgrounds updated to 30 then 50amp service. Though not necessarily all of their sites. And, there are still a lot of National Parks with no electricity. It is difficult to predict the future but if the need for more electricity arises it is your choice whether to service the need or watch your business go elsewhere. It is not going to be all of a sudden, you will have a couple of years but it will always be your choice. Complaining about here is not going to do you any good regardless. But what to do and how much to charge for it will always be your choice.
Groover 11/17/19 03:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The future cost of RV stay

Exactly, But it is the service industry. No different than hotels. Those that don't have EV charge facilities will either upgrade or disappear. RV parks don't have to do anything they don't want to. But in 10 years RVers with EV tow vehicles or EV motorhomes are going to be looking for facilities with charge infrastructure. No different than people with 50 amp coaches looking for 50 amp serviced sites. Even though I am not a huge fan of KOA parking lot style campgrounds the only place I could find to stay on a recent trip to Ashville was KOA East. The thing that really impressed me was that they expand and grow to meet demand and their prices weren't unreasonable for the services they offer. So it can be done. Probably not by National Parks that are run from far off but the private parks will respond and people that value those services will have to pay the price. Capitalism will prevail if allowed to. Actually that KOA in Ashville was surprisingly nice. No major attractions on site but plenty of room to walk the dogs, a nice creek with ponds and very clean.
Groover 11/17/19 06:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: The future cost of RV stay

IMO a long range TV capable of pulling an RV is no where in the foreseeable future. It will take some new discoveries in material engineering to come up with a power storage device that would support that. And new discoveries are unpredictable. But as it is now no RV park could supply power to 50 electric TV being charged. BTW Elon Musk has apparently claimed that the vaporware Tesla P/U will pull 300,000 pounds!! LOL what sized brakes would that take? Normal brakes for the gvwr of the truck. Trailer brakes stop the trailer! Same as your gas or diesel truck. Marty With regenerative braking Tesla's use the brakes so infrequently that they recently updated the software to do a light touch now and then to take the rust off of the rotors.
Groover 11/17/19 05:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rotella for GAS Engines

Make sure it meets your engine oil required spec Zinc in many diesel engine oils will kill gasoline engine's CAT's This oil is designed specifically for gas engines with correct amount of Zinc/Phos that's specified by API SN+ requirements. It's not designed to be used in diesel engines. Sounds like it is just another oil for gas engines trying to capitalize on a famous brand name.
Groover 11/16/19 11:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Current crop of SUV'S

Why do they call them SUV'S when then vast majority of them are glorified station wagons? To me a SUV is a truck based full frame vehicle. Got to love marketing. Simple-SUV's sell, station wagons don't. I used to have a Taurus station wagon and loved it but Ford couldn't sell those. Make a similar vehicle with a sexier name and it sells like crazy. Kind of like Chrysler couldn't sell Volare's but put a few hundred dollars worth of bling on it, raised the price $10,000, called it a 5th Avenue then and couldn't make enough of them. It is often about vanity.
Groover 11/15/19 09:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric vehicles

Tesla has a proven track record of batteries going over 300,000 miles with less than 10% degradation which still leaves them with a longer range than anything else on the road. Even though that is over 20 years for the average driver Tesla is still shooting for over a million miles and may already be there. Unfortunately, it is going to take several years to prove that. From what I have heard other brands are not doing so well. My son's Leaf has lost about 30% with only 50,000 miles on it. The new Leafs have a totally different battery and will probably do better but not as well as a Tesla.
Groover 11/15/19 07:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rated engine power

I wonder how much the manufacturer can play with the numbers. I am more familiar with outboard boat motor ratings and know that they have to be within 10% of the rated power, more or less, doesn't matter which way. Today most brands are selling performance more than power and with computer controls the typical outboard makes about 109% of rated power at the prop shaft. It is common to use the same engine to make several different power outputs, frequently with nothing different but the computer programming. I have heard that one engine that is advertised as 225hp at the rated RPM (5500) actually makes about 270hp at 4000RPM. This is within the rules since that is not the rated RPM. This brand like to advertise how strong their acceleration is. It is amazing how people can find ways around the rules.
Groover 11/14/19 04:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rated engine power

On a related subject I would still like to know what the difference is between "certified horsepower" on the medium duty and apparently not certified horsepower in pickups. Also, why do diesels consistently dyno much closer to rated horsepower than gas engines? There should be only one way to rate horsepower and that is at the rear wheels with all standard items on. On diesels that should probably include numbers just before and just after particulate filter cleaning.
Groover 11/14/19 09:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

Very unlikely to find a 150 with HD payload, new or used. Almost just have to order, especially to get everything you want. Jerry The problem with this is that once you check HDPP about the only choices left are XLT or Lariet, engine and color. Most other boxes are not compatible with HDPP for some reason. I do like adaptive cruise control and don't understand why it is not available with HDPP along with a host of other modern widgets.
Groover 11/14/19 09:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

"Heavy-Duty Payload Package (Regular Cab and SuperCab with 8' box and SuperCrew with 6½' box; restrictions apply) increases GVWR to 8,200 lbs. for improved payload and towing; 17" 7-lug gray styled steel wheels; LT245/75R17E BSW all-terrain tires; heavy-duty shock absorbers; upgraded springs and radiator; auxiliary transmission oil cooler; rear axle with 9.75" gear set and 3.73 limited-slip gear ratio" The irony for the 2019 model is that HDPP reduces the tow rating since 20" wheels are required for the best rating but unavailable with HDPP. That also makes me wonder about the value of the 9.75" gear set since it reduces GCWR from 18,400lbs to 17,100lbs.
Groover 11/14/19 09:16am Tow Vehicles
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