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RE: Tesla Model X Towing 5,000-lb Camper: 600-Mile Road Trip

This hasn't been mentioned yet - but wonder if constant heavy discharge, followed by fast charging, will take a toll on battery life. Much more so than an IC engine running high duty cycle. I'm far from anti-EV, in fact, I believe 99% (not an exaggeration) of commuting should be done with EVs. But the fact is battery technology is not quite there yet to support heavy duty-cycle. The motors are, and have been ever since GM introduced the first diesel-electric locomotive. 99.9% of rail freight use electric motors for motive, the <.1% being heritage steamers. As soon as we have reliable 1,000 kwh battery packs, with negligible Peukert factor, then bye-bye ICs. It does, more so near fully charged or discharged. However, most users have home chargers that do overnight charging and I suspect that many commercial uses will do the same. Tesla seems to be less affected than other brands by battery degradation and is working hard on "million mile" batteries. That would probably mean around 80% of new capacity at one million miles. That is a lot of miles, even for a commercial vehicle. Speculation is that they are already there and are just saving the announcement to make the battery day presentation more exciting. We should know in about 8 weeks.
Groover 07/30/20 07:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bumper pull versus fifth wheel

There is a lot of pessimism here but I have seen people tow more with less and do OK with it in certain circumstances. The ratings cover all towing conditions, many of which you may not experience with your trips. As for the complaint about 1/2 ton truck brakes not being adequate, they aren't supposed to stop the trailer anyway. But you do need to make sure that your trailer brakes are working well and that you have a good controller. And, drive a little slower just in case. I really haven't had good experiences with electric drum brakes.
Groover 07/28/20 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bumper pull versus fifth wheel

I am not endorsing towing that much with a six cylinder truck but I will say that when my daughter went from a 3 horse bumper pull to a very similar gooseneck horse trailer she said that the gooseneck pulled better. Probably due to being closer to the cab and better protected from the wind. That trailer isn't any taller than the bumper pull though and doesn't have much more tongue weight. It looks like a bumper pull with a longer tongue and a bed over the tongue. I absolutely would say no to a standup bedroom over the bed of the truck but the right gooseneck could be easier to pull than what you have. For short trips on level ground you can get away with quite a bit with careful driving habits.
Groover 07/27/20 11:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Front hitch to carry motorcycle

I would be concerned about it blocking the headlights and suggest that you rig some sort of stand to simulate where it might go before getting too far with this project. I used to carry bicycles on the front of my F250 and removed the front tires from them to reduce headlight interference. When I bought my class A I put a 250 scooter out front and it completely blocked my headlights. I dropped down to Honda Elite 110's and still suffer some loss of light. And that is with lights that are at the edges of an 8 1/2ft wide vehicle. You may get lucky and find that your lights will shine through the spoked wheels, I hope so.
Groover 07/23/20 10:18am Truck Campers
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

The price and build sheets of 2020 Silverados are either 2WD or 4WD, no AWD option meaning they have 1 transfer case not 3 as on AWD cars. There are two different 4WD options. -- 4hi, 4lo, and 2wd -- 4hi, 4lo, AWD and 2wd This thread has gotten confusing. AWD generally means All Wheel Drive. There have been several posts on here about the A setting meaning Automatic 4 Wheel Drive. They are very different things. I think that this last post should read that the last option is: 4hi, 4lo, Automatic 4hi and 2wd.
Groover 07/22/20 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: dodge 3500 frame

I hauled a similar sized and weight Fleetwood (maybe bigger, it was a 12 1/2ft model) with my '1991 F250 for 20 years. Hauled my family of 6 and towed a 21ft offshore fishing boat behind it a lot of the time. The frame flexed a lot but never broke. I did put a piece of stiff foam between the cabover and the cab roof to reduce bouncing and it seemed to help. Bottom line, I would have expected much more from your truck. I am sorry to hear about your problems. I have heard of frame issues with the diesel in earlier Dodges but thought that it had been fixed by 2009.
Groover 07/22/20 09:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Most American made truck

Found this on TMC. 2020 stats. My guess is the both the Cybertruck and the Rivian will both be high on the list. Looks like Cybertruck will be built in Texas. Rivian has a facility in Illionois but has not announced where the truck will be built. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50131222733_80ecf53a0a_c.jpg One thing to keep in mind is that Tesla exports a lot of vehicles too. I am fine with importing some parts as long as the trade is balanced. I suspect that Tesla is doing more than any other auto maker to balance our trade deficit.
Groover 07/20/20 12:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

There is an old saying that I didn't know it was true until I drove a friends Miata. "It is more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow." I had more fun driving that thing than I did my Vette that I had at the time. Of course I missed my Vette at the stop lights, but that Miata was like a little go cart on the road.Naw, I don't buy that. Or why do so many opt for the big diesel turbo? Slow cars are just that, slow. I think that may have been in jest. But that is not an absolute rule. At least with some of the tight tracks around here. A ton of HP just gets in the way and the lighter, better balanced cars are faster around the circuit. If you just want to have fun that can be true as long as the car feels fast. I remember driving a friends MG around 1982. The top was down and my rear felt like it was dragging the ground as I pulled out onto the road. I wound out first and second to the redline, slammed third, the engine was screaming, the wind was howling, my hair was getting tossed around and it felt like I was almost flying. I looked down at the speedometer at showed 45mph. It occurred to me that if I was in my Impala I would probably be doing about 60 and more concerned about what was on the radio than how fast I was going. That day I learned that the sensation of speed is more about the sensation than the speed. If you don't believe go take a gocart ride. If you are trying to get somewhere then a slow car can be really frustrating. Then again, if you are having a lot of fun on a public road you are probably driving dangerously.
Groover 07/17/20 09:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Modern 1/2 ton tow vehicle question

3.5L ecoboost is 13,200 towing and 3,230 max payload, in the base configuration. We'd get a 4x4 crewcab so it would decrease a bit. So yes it's right at the ceiling of the specs. I am not arguing it's a good idea. In what appears to me to be on of the dumbest things that I have ever seen the max payload package requires 3.73 axle which for some reason drops the trailer tow rating to 11,300lbs on the 4wd version. 11,500lbs for 2wd. Not being able to get both on one truck is insane in my opinion. See the specs on page 19 of the tow guide, 3.73 axle. Ford 2020 tow guide
Groover 07/15/20 06:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW

I fold my mirrors in drive thrus or when getting my mail, it saves a lot of stretching. Also when I have to park on a street and in some parking lots. I know that I hate parking next to a dually in most parking lots. Actually, when going shopping I generally take my Ranger because my F150 is so big.
Groover 07/11/20 07:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Achates opposed piston engines

Opposed as in similar to my 1965 Corvair Monza Spyder? In your Monza the cylinders are opposed to each other. In the Achates engine there are 2 pistons opposed to each other in the same cylinder. No head or valves but a crankshaft at each end of the cylinder. Ports for breathing like in a typical two stroke engine. A supercharger is used to force air through the ports. It has been around for many years, mostly in marine engines.
Groover 07/11/20 05:45am Tow Vehicles
F600 going into production without diesel engine

The F600 is finally going into production on August 17th but without the Powerstroke. Ford Authority, F600 This is probably due to the shortage of Powerstrokes which is due to Covid-19 in Mexico. Also, it is for the 2020 model. The 2021 model could come out not long after the 2020 finally gets going.
Groover 07/10/20 07:56am Tow Vehicles
Ford running out of diesel engines

Production of the Powerstroke is down 50% due to Covid in Mexico. Mexico issues This could help explain the news on the F600.
Groover 07/10/20 07:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Titan Cummins 5.0L

My biggest concern is that Nissan was the only customer and the engine was discontinued when Nissan quite buying them. I wouldn't plan on any resale value and getting parts or maintenance after a few more years may get challenging. After all, how many diesels does your Nissan dealer work on? How many diesel mechanics have worked on a Nissan (or the 5.0 Cummins, which means the same thing)?
Groover 07/09/20 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ram 3500 OEM Rear Air Suspension

Unless they have one heck of an aircompressor for the system it won't be able to respond fast enough to control motion. For rapid response dynamic shocks are generally needed. On the other hand, an air system will have plenty of time to respond to an off center load, including a high load that is pushed off center by road with a lot of camber for drainage. I would expect it to make the truck parallel with the road, not vertical to the earth unless they have gotten really fancy.
Groover 07/08/20 10:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

If you tow near capacity on many of the new trucks your trailer will weigh twice as much as the truck and traction can become a serious issue, even on the road. There AWD can help more than 4WD.
Groover 07/08/20 05:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I;m thinking of getting a set of these short shorts for doing jobs around the yard. Mowing the lawn, working in the garden etc. They look comfortable. My wife is less enthusiastic about the idea. Something about not being able to un-see that. I don't know, might be a trend setter. Just sayin. If you get some please don't post a picture. I am afraid that I won't be able to un-see that either.
Groover 07/07/20 12:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 15+ F150 - Breakaway Cable anchor?

Thanks for those who have offered suggestions. I have been under the truck and haven't seen any good independent locations (the bumper is integrated to the hitch and would likely be part of any failure) - but I'll look for a hidden loop as suggested above. For those who don't isolate the cable to a different mounting point - more power to you. I simply prefer the redundancy created by a separate mount. I have been looking for a good place myself with little success. For those who don't understand the hitch on the newer Fords is an integral part of the bumper. My guess is that it is placed outside of the crush zone so that if you are rear-ended the hitch will bend with the bumper and not cause whip-lash. It did just that when I got rear-ended a year ago. On the other hand, I would feel safer towing if the hitch was frame mounted like it used to be. That also might allow more aggressive use of torsion bars to better level the truck when towing. My best guess right now for securing the break-away is to attach a long zip tie to the spare tire with it hanging down far enough to put a clip on.
Groover 07/07/20 12:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla overtakes Toyota to become world's most valuable car maker "However, Toyota sold around 30 times more cars last year and its revenues were more than 10 times higher." For the June quarter, Tesla reported deliveries of 90,700, down 5% year-over-year (vs. 95,200 in Jun-19), compared to GM down 34%, Toyota down 35%, and Fiat Chrysler down 39%. For the June quarter, Tesla reported deliveries of 90,700, down 5% year-over-year (vs. 95,200 in Jun-19), compared to GM down 34%, Toyota down 35%, and Fiat Chrysler down 39%. Yep, Tesla is still about to go broke!
Groover 07/03/20 06:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I think at some point it will become a stretch to call it a car company. The growing amount of revenue coming from grid storage products, commercial and home solar and storage and of course the world wide Supercharger network differentiate Tesla from other automotive companies. Tesla sold a ton of software performance and feature enhancement updates to model 3 and y owners in the last quarter. I wonder how many software performance and feature enhancement updates Toyota sold. I’m not sure it’s a fair comparison. Completely different business model. Just sayin. D In the late 50's Ford and GM both tried to become all things to all people. I hope that Tesla learns from their mistakes. I don’t know much about car manufacturing but I think that is probably sage advice. I have mixed feelings about the plans for the model B entry level EV for the Asian market. Right now Tesla is considered a premium brand. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to jeapordize that. Leave that market to ford or GM....although they don’t seem to have much interest in it right now. I think Tesla’s entry into the truck market is a good idea. There is definetly a market for a premium high performance truck brand which is pretty much empty right now. JMHO I wasn't talking about just building cars. Both GM and Ford got into selling home appliances and radios. GM sold some motorhomes, Ford sold tractors, some campers and a lot of charcoal.
Groover 07/02/20 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
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