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RE: A trip to the CAT Scale

If it goes good, head out! If not, adjust some more. I found when I put more wieght on the front than I started with, truck steering was not as good as slightly less. My goal was always out as close to what I lost with trailer attached, back to FA. If I lost 100lbs no wd, I tried to out 60-80 back. Marty
blt2ski 05/25/20 10:18am Towing
RE: PSI of LT tire after upgrading from P rated tire

The generic tables you have found, work for ALL brands of tires. As long as you compare size for size with in brands. That is a federal standard. No I am not surprised that a 10 ply tires, holding x lbs, assuming with in specs of a P metric, is the same max load. I personally on one of my SW 3500 years ago, found no difference in handling in an 8 vs 10 ply when both were at 60 or less lbs of psi, same loads etc. Only time the LR E came into play, was when I put 2 yds of gravel in the bed, then 80 vs 60 lbs of air did help. For most folks, getting the lowest load rating that is above what they will be at. Marty
blt2ski 05/24/20 02:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Heavy Chevy!

I did not find that my 89 R3500 4bbl or 88 k3500 tbi454 motors we overall great power house rigs. Think most of it was tall gearing in th400 trans. No low end get up and go. The 88 had better overall throttle response and pulling power. My 81 292 4 so Muncie could out pull both of the 454s getting loads moving or get up steeper grades. Probably due to that low first gear in trans. Freeway wise the 454s were good. If I could get the load moving. I personally prefer the 88-2000 body style. That truck is a nice find. A beefed up 700r4 would be a good trans to change out the th400 from. Lower first gear, and an OD to boot! Marty
blt2ski 05/23/20 11:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Got my New Tires for the Tahoe

Grit, Cummins You both probably know at 45-50 osi, that tire size is good to 4509-5000 lbs per pair. Is OP ever going to be that heavy on a 1500? I was barely that heavy with my SW CC K3500 with 6 people, trailer, two 150 lb malamute in bed, rack generator etc, did I mention kitchen sink?!?!? As said, the sidewalk tire placards mean well, not always correct. Marty
blt2ski 05/23/20 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Got my New Tires for the Tahoe

My son runs 35-40 on his reg cab 1500 pickup with that sized tire. You're probably over inflated some. 50 will be way over, even towing! Enjoy them none the less. Marty
blt2ski 05/22/20 04:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Oh Boy

Many of todays rigs with 3.42 gears, due to the 6+sp trannies, have an overall low lower than those of us with 4.10 and 4 sp auto trannies...... Just because one is above manufacture warranty/weight ratings, does not mean one is unsafe! I've seen rigs below factory ratings, that WHERE UNSAFE! As the trailer was swaying side to side, or one knew there were no brakes on trailer, and the total was way over the braking ability of the TV in and of itself. Legal weight wise, no! Altho in some cases, it could have been ticketed for non working brakes if it could not stop, or hold the trailer during a field test by an LEO! THings like this, best to keep ones mind open! As I recall a day and time in an OM for my post 1990 GM C/K pickups, I could increase my tow rating by 50% IF I staying under 25 mph! Many loop holes here and there! Marty
blt2ski 05/18/20 11:48pm Towing
RE: Owning a Cummins Diesel?

First off Don, cumming from a GM, you need to learn to speel Cummings motor correctly! That way you can piss off them Cummings deezal fans. Any way, I'm up way the heel too late here on the left coast, I'm going to bed! No, I have not been drinking.....I should claim to have been eh?!?!? Marty
blt2ski 05/17/20 12:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Factory tow ratings apparently assume empty tow vehicle

My dually has a payload of 16,500lbs approx. so I round to the nearest 500... :h Easy, 20 on rear duals, upwards typically of 12k on front axle. My case IF I want to go that heavy, 32k gross less 12k empty, is 20,000 lbs of payload. I'll go to 14,000. Over that, things get really squirrely. Marty
blt2ski 05/14/20 03:33pm Towing
RE: Factory tow ratings apparently assume empty tow vehicle

If at max gvw, you have NO ability per say to tow something, unless you can do it with zero lbs of hitch wiegt. If you need hitch weight added to tow rig, you have too small a tow rig
blt2ski 05/14/20 11:30am Towing
RE: Factory tow ratings apparently assume empty tow vehicle

Best way to figure out max trailer, is loaded truck from gvw. divide that mumber by HW % you need. if you have a 1000 lbs, 10% hw, gives you a max 10,000 lbs trailer. if pulling a 5W with say 25%hw, you have a whopping 4000 lbs max trailer! Them advertisers are great at their jobs, leaving a lot of details out of the fine print! Marty
blt2ski 05/14/20 07:51am Towing
RE: Factory tow ratings apparently assume empty tow vehicle

No options, a fully loaded leather crew cab can add 500-100 lbs of wieght to the truck too! Marty
blt2ski 05/14/20 07:20am Towing
RE: Gas, Diesel, Gears and Towing

BIG ISSUE! not being mentioned. GCWR is a performance rating. IE how fast it will go at gcw, with X s ft of frontal area, at a given aerodynamic flow, on a given Y% grade, on a given temperature day. The JSAE specs have this minimum as 35 mph, or 40 mph depending upon the gvwr of the truck. IIRC this is an over or under 15K lbs. So if said truck is a 550, and it goes 37 mph.....meets spec. Same with a 15-45 rig, if it goes 40+ mph, it meets spec. This may NOT be your spec! If you have a trailer that that gives you a total of 100 sq ft, spec is max 80 sq ft, you may very well find yourself going slower that that 35/40 mph. OR, you may find yourself going faster, it that given trailers aerodynamics are better overall than the base version tested. One may overheat, the other may not! You may find this speed to be too low! so it does not meet YOUR spec, but meets these engineers that feel this is a minimum spec! Another spec. minimum gradability this is 12% IIRC. If you are like me, you drive on roads and grades that are in the 20-30% range, you may very well stall your rig out, and not go up said hill! Been there did that done that, to the tune of a $3000 auto trans that was geared too tall in first gear! I can name many roads here in the seattle area that are at or above 15-18%, including multiple driveways of decent size that a minimum spec rig will not go up! There is a formula that can tell you how steep a grade you can pull, based on tire diam, axel ratio, 1st gear in trans, and torque of the motor. HP means nothing at these slow speeds! On a freeway grade, HP is the better number to use, again, there is a formula that will tell you about how fast you can go on a freeway grade too..... BIG trucks, ie class 6 and above, the sales reps have the ability to drivetrain spec a rig to be either a freeway rig, or more of a local off road rig. My Navistar for example, is more of a local rig. WIth a 175/335 non turbo V8, it moves 26K on local roads, on a freeway, I'm missing some 50+ HP. BUT, do to its really low 10.08 first gear, 4.33 axle gears, same diam tires as my old 05 dmax dually, it can pull 30K up a 30% grade. Granted a freeway grade of 2-4%, I'm doing 30-40mph. My dmax on the other hand, can only do a 25% grade, at 20K lbs! But same load on a freeway grade, I'm doing 50+ mph! Depending upon what roads are in front of me, tells me which rig I want to do the towing with. As one will get close really fast, but not make it to the end, if there is a steep grade. The other, will get to the end, but do it in what should be a slower overall time, assuming both get to the end. Also, a rule of thumb I learned back in the 70s, max trailer behind a truck is 2x GRAWR. While you can go a bit higher, this is where the tail can wag the dog issue, push the TV down a steeper hill etc ratio. Can you do more, oh sure. I have found thru the years this ratio to be a good one for how much I want to keep max weight wise on ANY of the trucks I've owned, from a 76 Toyota, to the largest the Navistar dump flatbed. Staying under the given ratings. NOT ALWAYS hunky dory! If you load a trailer incorrectly, while you have rating to work with, if the tail is too heavy, you have no hitch wt, trailer fishtail sways by are not safe, yeah under ratings. But you are an accident waiting to happen! Many things to keep in mind when it comes to what is the best, worst, or what will be ok towing. I'' also take my 96 K3500 CC as my best overall family towing. I was typically towing some 2000-3000 lbs over the gcwr. BUT< compared to the auto rig with a 14500 gcwr. My 5 sp 6.5td pulled, did not overheat etc compared to my rig with a 12500 gcwr. It could out pull at low speeds my dmax too, a bit over 30% at 20K lbs. Again slower on the freeway! Put 80K miles with my family of 6 in that truck at 15-16K lbs total. Up to local ski areas in the winter, yes I towed an rv trailer in the snow, chained up multiple times. A few longer trips in the summer, a few weekends in summer, more in winter skiing.... Choose your rig wisely! Do not always trust the numbers! Marty
blt2ski 05/11/20 10:02pm Towing
RE: Gas, Diesel, Gears and Towing

Also look up federal bridge laws, this says you get up to 20k lbs per axle 34,000 per tandem also there is a 37k lb for two axles. Difference being HOW far apart the axles are, to "bridge" or spread the load on the road bed. This is an engineer based design limit of the road. Even if a manufacture rated an axel at 30k lbs, you can only out 20k lbs and legally run down the road. There are a couple of exceptions, but for those pulling towing carrying in the RV world, those exceptions will not work. At least from this forum standpoint. In type A MH bus chassis relm, you can get to 24,000 lbs on an axle. I've been pulled over at 150% of my dump trucks manufacture GVWR, No overload ticket as I was under the bridge law amount. Altho about 1200lbs iirc my paid for license. Got a 10 day up license by a ton, sent on my way down the road. aLL Leo's in wieght divisions care about is you having paid the tax, so damage you are doing to the road is paid for via registration. Marty
blt2ski 05/10/20 05:56pm Towing
RE: TIres, looking for long wearing, all weather load range E

Toyo M55 great traction100k on rear of my dually. Agree grit too
blt2ski 05/08/20 08:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Tahoe

I have yet to see a Tahoe with coils on rear.
blt2ski 04/29/20 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Tahoe

A travel trailer will cause a LOT of HP needed vs a boat or equal smaller frontal area trailer. Me running down the road at 15K with my equipment trailer. about 70 sqft of frontal area, I need 105HP to go 60 on a level. Change that up to my old TT with 90 sqft, I need 135HP. With ET and my bobcat at 18000 lbs total, I need 115hp at 60. Now to blow you away some more, my Navistar at 26000 lbs and 70 sqft, also need 135HP. So that extra frontal area is equal to 11000 lbs of trailer weight, due to the wind drag! TO make a LONG story short, the OP would be better power wise, gear wise etc with the new rig, as it has 50 or so more hp, torque, 6 forward gears starting with a 4.10 in first vs 3.08. Also, at elevation, as noted in colorado at 8-10000', you are down in either case some 30% of sea level HP. Only way to fix or help this is more HP at sea level motor, ie a 6.0 or bigger higher HP motor, or a super/turbo charger, then you have sea level HP at 10,000 ft or there about, then you start to lose it as non inducted motors at 3% per 1000' elevation gain. marty
blt2ski 04/26/20 03:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Prodigy Brake Control ?

I agreeing with those that think it is the trailer issue, not prodigy issue. I've had and owned multiple trailers in the past. If one is working, next is not, 99%of the time, the trailer connection is usually the issue. Dirt grime or equal on trailer plug us usually issue. Sometimes the wire connections in plug.......check the trailer first. Marty
blt2ski 04/24/20 11:07am Towing
RE: Wanting to upgrade truck tires. Need advice.

When buying, cheap may mean an older casing design. Newest versions will get better mpg generally speaking. I gained .5-1 mpg with a Cooper AT3 vs a Discount tire hwy style tread. Something to think about. I prefer Cooper or Toyo brand tires. Marty I like Toyo , but see nothing special about them for the price you pay for them . Currently running a set on my Ram truck . Might see 40-45 K out of them . I have not bought them for a couple of years. Might be why Les Schwab is not carrying them any more. They are a bit pricey for what one gets. Altho the M55 on the rear of my dually, and a proxies suv on my wifes ML320, both got 100K miles on them. Thats unheard of in my world. The AT/HT versions I've had, get around 50-60K miles, more normal for my type of driving. Even Coopers are getting on the pricier side of things. But still reasonably priced for mileage, traction etc one gets from them. Marty
blt2ski 04/24/20 08:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wanting to upgrade truck tires. Need advice.

When buying, cheap may mean an older casing design. Newest versions will get better mpg generally speaking. I gained .5-1 mpg with a Cooper AT3 vs a Discount tire hwy style tread. Something to think about. I prefer Cooper or Toyo brand tires. Marty
blt2ski 04/23/20 11:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle for 10k bumper pull

Not saying you will find either of these. GM has a 1500 with a 6.2 V8 with more HP torque than a 23/35 series truck. I know of one person pulling a 12kbboat from E Was over Stevens pass at 50+ on 4-5% grades. That is plenty fast for that road. An interstate would be 60'ish. The other, probably a better chassis setup. Ford's F150 has an 8400 gvw option with the 3.5 Ecoboost. So no loss of power until you hit 8-9000' elevation, which I don't believe is possible on east coast. Last year or two has an 8 or 10 so auto..... With a WD system, either of these has ability to pull you just fine too. Only issue, might be payload, depending on hitch weight, passenger wts etc. When I had 4 adult sized teens, that trailer, I would at or just above these two trucks abilities chassis wise, power no. A couple, these are options. Family of 6 that weighs in at 1200-2300 lbs, not happening. Marty
blt2ski 04/20/20 05:05pm Tow Vehicles
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