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RE: 2020 GM/Chevy gas 6.6L max towing test

At the end of the test they were going 2600 RPM at 25 mph. Truck wouldn't downshift. I wonder what would have been different if they put it in manual. To be honest I never put mine in manual, but I have not towed the IKE. I use manual mode in a auto tranny for that type towing. I made a living for over 11 straight years with manual transmission LDTs so I know better than the ECM which gear to select and at what point a gear shift is or isn't needed. Of course these test are better suited to for those that don't want to do the thinking/shifting for which gear is needed at that moment. Results would be different up and down hill using manual mode by a experienced operator........or a smarter engine/tranny operating ECM.
JIMNLIN 10/21/19 07:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Oops, Dodge just threw you under the bus...

This is one reason why I never understood all the hate on this site for the Tundra. Sure, it didn’t have the highest payloads of 1/2 ton trucks but it was always more than the Ram, yet no one complained about the Ram. Hate ?? I've been a rv.net member since '03 and have never saw all this hate you refer to. Now what I did see and still see is some Tundra owners bilge about the Tundra being equivalent to a 3/4 ton truck which it isn't. It is a good stout 1/2 ton truck with small 4xxx lb rawr which carries the load in the bed like rv folks do. More experienced truck owners pointed out the differences. The Ram 1500 LD has been on Rams Body Builder website for several years so nothing new there. Low payloads come from low GVWRs but isn't indictive of the trucks actual/legal/safe load carrying capacities. We can go through any LDT makers weight specs and find a certain configured truck with a low payload number....or a high payload number. What payload one sees on a certain brand dealer lot isn't indicative of all trucks of the same brand.
JIMNLIN 10/21/19 07:44am General RVing Issues
RE: 2020 GM/Chevy gas 6.6L max towing test

Lets be realistic, anyone who tows 16,000 lbs up and down the IKE on the regular is not buying a gasser anyway. Good point. That 40' LEQ is one heavy trailer and not a good choice for a gazzer with 401 hp and just 4xx torque. I imagine after the first year bugs are worked out GM will uprate the 6.6 gazzer a bit. JMO.....I would like to see Ike testing done by experienced haulers who know how to keep a engine in its power band by manual shifting. Down hill engine braking ? Any gazzer will do poorly with 16k-18k lbs pushing .
JIMNLIN 10/17/19 07:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 F-150

Any issues pulling a 3000 lb 2014 Shadow Cruiser (18') TT with a new 3.3L Ford F150 Supercrew? Thanks for your thoughts. Sure not much info to make a informed recommendation. Heres some numbers for you to chew on. I found a 2014 Shadow Cruiser M-185 with a 3100 base weight and 2735 lb CCC = around 6k gvwr. Looking at Fords 2019 F150 supercrew 3.3 engine shows the GVWRS range from 6100 to 6500 lbs and tiny 3350 rawr which equates for around 1100-1200 lb in the bed payload. The 3.3 F150 has a 5000 lb tow rating with the 3.55. and a 7400 lb tow rating with the 3.73. Rcommendation depends on the truck and trailers numbers.
JIMNLIN 10/17/19 06:22am Towing
RE: Campsite Sanitation - Beware

WE have lots of large COE lakes in my state....some were built in the '40s/50s and 60s. Back then we dumped the kitchen/bathroom sinks out on the campsite. later as common sense prevailed COE had bacteria tests ran on many of the older campsites and found extremely high feces and foods bacteria levels. Result was thankfully no more dumping anything. Some older sites were closed. I and fellow campers had a altercation with a blue tote dumper. We were leaving and just pulling up to the dump station. Good lord turdz/paper/female napkins/etc was running down the middle of the site and road. I asked the guy if he was going to clean his mess up....course he says to mind my own business. Nearby campers got in on the action. They followed him to his campsite and others called county health folks and got the camp mgr/park rangers involved. The blue tote guy had to pay for a haz-mat clean up. He actually tried to leave but two county sheriff deputies put a stop on his leaving. That was one time zeros like the blue tote guy got caught and had to pay.
JIMNLIN 10/17/19 05:51am General RVing Issues
RE: How cold can you go?

So, how cold can we reasonably expect to camp without disaster striking? Would high 20's/low 30's be OK or is anything close to freezing too risky? There is no generic answer to your question. To many varibles... wind camper insulating value tanks locations under belly enclosed 3 season vs 4 season not all 4 season campers have the same insulating values or same type of heated tanks. etc There all different. We livid in a so called 4 season 27' 5er for one winter while the house was being built. Underbelly was not enclosed. It had two grey and one black tank exposed. We had a heat blanket on the bottoms and then had them encapsulated with expanding foam. Heat tape with a thermostat for the fresh water hose. The unit was permenant with mobile home skirting all around so no issues with zero temps and 40 mph winds.....other than severe interior sweating on all the outside walls. Two dehumidifiers cured that issue fast.
JIMNLIN 10/17/19 05:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Sealing Granite Countertops-How and How Often?

Google sealing granite counter tops for the reasons its recommended to add a sealer once a year. Brand sealer. Both of my instalers say just use a good brand.
JIMNLIN 10/15/19 06:22am Around the Campfire
RE: Sumo Springs

I can see the need with torsion suspension on a trailer as they start to sag but in some cases they do put more bounce in std leaf spring suspension. Much depend on the suspension age/type on the trailer. They will help squat on any type suspension.
JIMNLIN 10/15/19 06:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help understanding Truck Capabilities

OP...this comes up often when some one with a '00 to '06 1500HD asks about pulling a 5th wheel trailer or carrying a truck camper. Some think the 1500 HD is a std duty 1500 truck which it ain't. This is a paste and copy from a Silverado/Sierra forum for a bit of input on what your truck is................... ***The 1500HD was the old 2500 (non HD) replacment. At one time GM offered a 8600 lb 3/4 ton and a 9000 lb 1 ton single rear wheel truck. They came out with the 2500HD at 9200 lb and a 2500 at 8600 lb. The changed the 2500 to a 1500HD (I think it was so they could claim the highest towing capacity in the 1/2 ton market). When they brought out the 2500HD they dropped the 9000 lb 3500 single rear wheel truck. The 1500HD was only available with a 6.0L but you could get 3.73 or 4.10 rears (the 2500HD was only offered with 4.10 ratio unless you got the 8.1 or the 6.6). The 2500HD was offered with the 6.0, the 8.1 or the 6.6 engines. The 1500HD has a 4500 lb front axle and 4500 lb front suspension vrs the 4800 front axle and 4500 front suspension in the 2500HD. The 1500HD has a 6000 lb rear axle and rear suspension vrs the 6900 rear axle and 6084 rear suspension on the 2500HD. The 1500HD was only offered in a crew cab with a 6.5' box vrs a full line offering for the 2500HD. The max payload of the 1500HD was 3129 lbs. vrs 3606 for a comparable 2500HD. This info was found in the 2006 Chevrolet Truck Order Guide*** As some others have said GM gives these trucks a 6000 rawr. The truck rear axle may weigh in the 2700 lb range leaving approx 3000 lb in the bed payload. The truck sure won;t have any issues carrying a 3k load or stoping or moving it down the road. You have a very popular truck with those that like and use them. Weigh the trucks front and rear axles that way you know how much real world payload you have to work with.
JIMNLIN 10/10/19 10:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Eternabond vs Dicor

caused one trailer owner to loose his new trailer roof warranty. Care to provide details? This sounds ridiculous... Not really. The trailer owner had a brand new trailer and bit into the add Eternbond thing and you won't ever have to do anymore roof maintance thing some like to push. From his discription he applied it over much of the roof fixtures/jacks/cap seams. He had the trailer back for some warranty issues and someone from the dealership saw all the bandaids laying on the new trailers roof. Apparantly Eternabond was not a factory approved sealant. The trailer owner was a rv.net member ("novice" or some thing like that). He was a prolific new poster 4-5 years back. Had tons of questions. Nothing new there as trailer owners on other rv websites have talked about that problem when applying it on a new trailer. Much also has been posted on the net about resale value of a new trailer concerning the use of Eternabond. I did a quick google and found several websites where both issues were discussed. Interesting subject as some members have said their trailer mfg had no issue with using the product.
JIMNLIN 10/08/19 09:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Time

Think I am going with what has worked on the last two 5er's. Another set of Maxxis. Thanks to All Good plan. You know what to expect from them.
JIMNLIN 10/08/19 09:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: ST Tires ???

Look on the side of sailun tires and see where they are mfg. Why everyone looks over this in these discussions beats me. Meaningless reply as the Sailun S637 16" load G are top shelf right now. They've been on the market for over 10 years and have that long term service record that the Endurance may hve some years down the road. The 16'/17.5" Sailuns got there start in the service trailer industry. Later rv owners looking for a better load G and load H tire that would stay together long term started using them. The Sailuns have that earned years and miles of trouble free service over on the commercial side unlike the Endurance that simply hasn't been there yet. JMO but when Endurance owners around the trailering world , report 3-5 years of actual use and 30k-40k miles of trouble free then a statement can be made what type of service they can give. Just being on the market for 2 years and X months is not a indicator how they will do long term. I've said before...the Endurance may have that long term service record from around the trailering world (rv and non rv).
JIMNLIN 10/08/19 05:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Time

The Endurance is built just like any fabric carcass P/ST or LT tire with two polyester carcass (body) plies and 1 or 2 nylon caps under the tread plus the usual 2 steel tread belts. The Sailun S637 has a all steel ply carcass plus the twin steel tread belts. Its intended for regional trailer service work and also rv trailers.
JIMNLIN 10/07/19 12:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nascar Follies

It had to happens sooner or later but it came at the right time for K Larson and the 42 team. Good win. Seems like the Camero guys are finally getting the slug worked out for them to compete. And what a nitemare for the 9 and 22 car the first few laps.
JIMNLIN 10/07/19 08:11am Around the Campfire
RE: New to towing, hitch weight question

My wifes 2016 1500 chevy 5.3 6L80e 3.42 gears 4wd trailer package OEM reciever is rated at 1250 lb load and 11k lb tow. Look on the bottom of the hitch on the truck for its load and draw weight rating.
JIMNLIN 10/07/19 07:45am Towing
RE: Tire Time

Or put the Sailun S637's on it, then you have a steel ply carcass tire, which would not require the full 110 lbs on inflation. 90-95 should be fine. Chris Good plan unless the OP's wheels are rated at 80 psi max. Never over pressure a tire or wheel. BTDT on both back in my younger knew it all days...even after my tire dealers told me what can happen.
JIMNLIN 10/07/19 07:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: ST Tires ???

OK, Going to buy LT tires, thats what I have now and never had a problem. Thanks to all who wrote. That would be your safest/best bet. There is no fabic ST tires in 16" load E/D/C that compares to a commercial grade all steel ply carcass LT tire like the Michelin XPS Rib or a bridgestone R-238. Both tires have enough tread to run 50k-70k miles and 7+ years of trouble free service....something a 16" ST E with those thin 9 or 10/32" tread depth isn't capable of doing.
JIMNLIN 10/07/19 06:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lot's of rain in the last 16 hours. So the wife..

Great pictures. Wifes family is from the Green Forest/Berryville area. Those streams like your pics always seem to be running pretty clear after a big rain event. Nothing like NE OK flatlands around Vinita/Miami area where streams are always muddy from farm land. I just got 3.8" from the same system that started 10 oclock saturday nite and just now still getting showers. My creek is mud brown and seldoim clears up. NW AR is a beautiful land.
JIMNLIN 10/06/19 09:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Towing small utility trailer behind 5ver

Can someone provide a link for what state's this is legal in? I've searched and can't seem to find reliable info. Alabama specifically. AS others say those clicky states websites aren't accurite in many cases. Or they don't tell the whole story. Having towed for a living in a eight state area I found the only law enforcment departments that had the experience to answer combination/weights questions was a local state troop post. Either drop by or give them a call. The dispatcher can get you in contact with one of the posts certified size and weights officers to answer your questions. Not all state troopers are certified size and weights. Same with about all city/county leo's. They, like anyone, have a opinion on the subject.
JIMNLIN 10/06/19 08:58pm Towing
RE: Eternabond vs Dicor

How do you folks tell if its Dicor or a similar product. I've used nothing but Dicor on my '97 31' 10" trailer. The last time I had any issues was in 2008 when the OEM sealant cracked a bit around one side of the skylite. Simply worked it loose with a putty knife and added self leveling Dicor. looks like OEM. The trailer has never leaked. Eternabond laying around the roof on all the fixtures/roof jacks/etc looks like bandaids which affects resale and has even caused one trailer owner to loose his new trailer roof warranty. If you go with Eternabond work it down per instructions and add Dicor (or similar brand self leveling sealant) around the edges like the pros and like the jplante4 picture. Great stuff for its intended use but is not a permenant fix like some say.
JIMNLIN 10/06/19 08:40pm General RVing Issues
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