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RE: May have towed too much weight

when I was comparing a pilot vs my highlander, the pilot was rated to tow 5,000 lbs. towing a boat, 3500 towing a trailer. bumpy Two tow ratings on one vehicle is the most bizarre thing I've ever heard. some rigs in the past had a ball vs 5w rating difference. Ford had a poster out that deducted 2500 lbs if you were over 80sq ft of frontal area, another 2500 from 100-120 sq ft. A "NOT recommended you tow a trailer over 120 sq ft. This issue is so common, it's not funny if you've ever looked at ratings for vehicles from the smallest to largest over 100,000 lbs of capacity. Marty
blt2ski 05/27/23 07:48pm Towing
RE: '21 RAM Big Horn 3500 DRW CC/LB 4x4 with NEXEN Tire WOES!

ive only had one Micheblow tire that was any good, that is was an XDE M+S in a true truck tire 225-70-19.5 LRG tire. ALL of the LT or P metric tures didnt do so well. Glad micheblows work for someone generally speaking. In the meantime, I've found Cooper to be better tgan micheblows. Toyo too, but they are asking for too many of my kids per tire. Good Year a mixed bag...... Glad OP has issue fixed?!?!?!?..... marty
blt2ski 05/25/23 03:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: '21 RAM Big Horn 3500 DRW CC/LB 4x4 with NEXEN Tire WOES!

the 235's in reality are about a 1/2" diam larger than the 245's. Not enough to worry about, since if one DID go to the 245's, the effective ratio will be lower. Potentially a bit more torque to the ground. The fronts won't have as many issues with the outer tire edge wearing quicker due to the wider and shorter sidewall. Should have better handling. At least it has on the three duallues I've had going with a wider shorter profile front, keeping the same diam rears in a higher profile. Just to be different, look at Coopers too. The AT3 and HT have been good performers for others i know here in the PNW. marty
blt2ski 05/23/23 07:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Will Air bags make a big difference?

Not enough hitch weight? That is typical of the issues you mentioned in my experience. Marty
blt2ski 05/19/23 08:04am Towing
RE: Valve stem extenders for inner wheels (DRW)

Have had 3 duallies....... Not sure what valve stem extenders are, but rumour has it, they are WAAAAAAAAAAY over-rated. As noted, get a chuck that fits your rim openings, same with the gauge, and you will be fine. I personally prefer the gauges and chucks with the straight end, and an angle for the outer dual. Marty
blt2ski 04/26/23 11:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 Duramax Dyno

ford4x im not too surprised by the more torque at the rear wheels than flywheel. I've seen it a couple times with GM before. Dodge has done it frequently. Im not recalling this happening with Ford diesel's. HP being down 10-15% is pretty common for all three brands I mentioned. Marty
blt2ski 04/26/23 09:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Twisted Receiver Square

Now that you say it’s a diesel I would skip it. Look for a non problematic gas engine, with a good hitch! Why would you suggest a gas engine? hes getting the 1500 series diesel, not the 6.6. I have not heard or seen of issues with the 3.0 GM diesel. Drove a sprinter or two for 300k miles. No issues with those. Ive heard of a couple issues with the Dodge V6 diesels. Not enough to scare me from one if it fell into my driveway. "Dodge Guy" in his job ust have seen a few to many of these smaller diesels have problems. Hence his get a gas motor comment. As far ashitch issue goes..... if crrent one can get taken off reinstalled correctly, a new one corret, frame is not bent etc. I wouldnt worry about it. marty
blt2ski 04/23/23 11:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: time for a diesel?

I've found gassers in in the 4000+ relm to be just a noisy and obnoxious as a deezal in the 2500-3000+ rpm range. Depends upon the how far back you go 70's vs current models. Elevation hurts non forced induction motors be them gaz or deezal! Put a low boost hp gain super charger on the 6.2, that would wake it up at elevation. more than one way to skin the cat per say. just takes $$, and thehiw do you want to fix the issue. marty
blt2ski 04/14/23 12:38pm Tow Vehicles

I used to get +2mpg with my 96 6.5TD towing my Bobcat trailer at 18K GCW vs my TT at 14-15K lbs gcw. All because of the additional 20 sq ft more frontal area. ALong with typically on a grade, I could be a bit faster, and a gear taller! The max sq ft the current tow ratings is 80 sq ft. How many normal full height RV trailers have less than 80 sq ft of frontal area? So with that in mind, How many of you are over your tow ratings with your almighty ICE rigs? Thought so! QUite a few of you! as was I at 90 or so sq ft. Not to mention in that 96, I was over my gcwr per GM of 12500 due to the emanual tranny vs the POS 4L80E at 14500 gcwr! Weight as mentioned is not a killer for mileage, wind resistance is MORE important than weight! Just like generally speaking, a 5W with no bedroom slide, smooth fiberglass sidewalls will net the best MG at any given GCW vs other styles of trailers. AN airstream is close! Not quite. A tenth or two less mpg. Marty
blt2ski 04/10/23 08:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Cummins/Aisin Failures

Even the formula spouted by one person for ball mounts, was like a clock, but only correct once in a range of 1-1500 lbs of HW. Reason, a pickup starts tail high! so you pull less weight off of the front initially. BUT, as you go with more weight, the tail drops, and you pull more weight off the front as your hitch weight increases! To a point you might be pulling 1-2 lbs off the front, for every lb or 100 lbs of weight you add. My Navistar for instance, only has 60-100 lbs off the front, with 1500 lbs added to the rear. His formula said some 300-400 lbs. 1500 on a 16500 RA that takes some 5-6000 lbs before the springs even think about compressing. Meanwhile my 96 CC, when I had the stock 6400 lbs springs, I took about 400 lbs off the front. When I installed 8400 lbs springs, it dropped to 250-300 lbs. Same as my 8500 lb rear spring 05 DW CC GM. The percentage amount 12V is talking about, or the formula used for ball mounts, works to a point. BUT< one needs to remember that many other factors need to be included as to what is or may be the final number if you are going to depend on math alone! But, either formula, you need to take into account, spring capacity, softness, wheel base, where the pin/hitch weight is centered vs RA. When you can add a factor to the formula for these issues, you can come closer with math. Marty
blt2ski 04/01/23 11:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help making a decision on truck purchase.

Keeping what you got isn't free. I'm already off to a rip roaring start this year. Went to pull my trusty 2002 Silverado 3500 out of the barn, won't barely move. Bunch of transmission codes. I think my 2015 Silverado 1500's torque converter is coming apart too. It's got the "shutter" that everyone posts about and it's right in that mileage range where the torque converters go bad. Just Saturday it started throwing a message "Service 4WD" and won't shift into 4x4. A common issue at least in the 88+ ifs units, was for the 4wd electric part to engage the coupling will go out. Its been awhile since I have heard about this issue..... Good Luck with this. Marty
blt2ski 03/27/23 06:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help making a decision on truck purchase.

cost of new vs used, assuming used is paid for, used can be perile more expensive than new, depending upon the what needs repairs. add in IF you use the rig for work, lost days of income etc. At one time it was best to get rid of working pickups in the 100-125k mile relm. today closer to 200k miles. IF repairs start costing more per year tgan payments, better to get a new one. marty
blt2ski 03/27/23 01:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Seven States to Ban the Sale of Gas Powered Cars in 2035

Turtle, I know about the dam issue here in Wa st. Along with some not too happy about the wind mills too. Not positive about what is the true answer to the issues are. Probably a mixture of some sort. Nothing is totally positive at the end. marty
blt2ski 03/27/23 07:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help making a decision on truck purchase.

Jerry, Looking up the specs, they do say a gvwr of 7000. BUT it has two 3700 lb axles! So the trailer suspension shoukd be able to go higher. The BIG question woukd be frame etc. When all is said and done, with proper loading etc, the three I saw online at Winnebago are towable by a majority of the 15 series trucks. I can find exceptions, my family of 6 in a crew cab with 1409-1500 lbs of HW, to name one that a 15 woukd not work. Id be pitentially over loading the 9200 gvw 3500's ive had in the past. I woukd pull them as i woukd not be over thee RA by 500-1000 lbs. IF the OP need a newer truck, a properly setup 15 should be looked at for the reasons they stated. A 15 will not be smaller in size propirtions generally speaking enough to say its smaller. marty
blt2ski 03/27/23 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Seven States to Ban the Sale of Gas Powered Cars in 2035

Turtle Biggest issue I see with lithioum battery setup is the mining part, Hopefully as I mentioned before, as part of permitting, the mine will have to have the most recent clean mining techniques, along with updating as this mine goes on. With the ability for local federal government agencies to shut down or fine if rules are not being followed Fines need to be outragiously high, or the mine will do things incorrectly, pay the fine wich is cheaper than per latest regs..... Reality, which is worst, oil or lithium mining? niether today, is what many of us call clean or healthy in many ways. marty
blt2ski 03/26/23 08:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help making a decision on truck purchase.

Grit, That part where it list wieght, later the hitch wieght.... a bit confusing to me... as most trailer soecs list an axle, hitch and total.... assuming you're correct, I'm reading and understanding correctly. Yes, you woukd have about 1400 lbs of payload for clothes, food etc. I'll stick with one has up to around 7000 on acles, an additional 1500 hitch, for a total of around 8500 gvw. I never have liked gvwr's that are not listed as the sum of the parts. I would bet a proper setup GM with a 5.3, 6.2 coukd pull this trailer at wieghts im showing. Even the TD or turbo 4cyl have appropriate specs to do so. its more of an issue from a paylod standpoint for the trucks themselves. I also think my 4.3 woukd generally speaking pull it too. Elevation might be an issue above 5-6000'. I'll still get from point A to B in one piece. My biggest worry would be the AAM 8.5" 10 bolt RA. A 9.5 like in the V8 rigs, no questions. no right or wrong per say. marty
blt2ski 03/26/23 07:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Seven States to Ban the Sale of Gas Powered Cars in 2035

Turtle, For long trips with larger loads, I'll ahree with your comments. I personally believe that in a few years the over 10,000-50,000 gvw rig doing local delivery with in cities at 100-200 mikes max per day are with in design relm. That could help in local pollution issues etc. Probably hence why some of us, see EV's as a good coice for some, not so great today for others. LP is another fuel, good for the city iI grew up in, most of the police, parks dept, DOT etc rigs are LP with some EV hybrids in the mix today. These alternate fuels can work. Yes ive shown a municipality as an example. I have family with hybrids, one bought a BMW EV recently. I dont see these working for me anytime soon. It woukd work for spouses rig. Cost will kill the EV option for many people. especially lower income. marty
blt2ski 03/26/23 09:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help making a decision on truck purchase.

the trailers i looked up have what I will call an artificial low gvwr. Yes brochure is 7000 lbs. Empty wt is listed in the 5300-5600 lb on axles, 1100 on hitch. so about 400-500 lbs of payload. They do have two 3700 lb axles. In my view this trailer can go down the road at 7000 on axles 1400-1600 on the hitch. Which is doable by the heavier setup 15 series trucks. This is granted as large of a 5w I would want to tow. I woukd also assume OP is single or with a soiuse. If OP has 4 adult sized teens as I had, they woukd need a 25 series for oayload purposes I would also want a 15 with a min 9.5" RA. Toyota jas a 10.5" iirc on some models. At 7' wide, a 5w, aerodynic ussues will be less than a ball mount. if ordering new, the Ford with the HDPP or GM with its equal would be only choices imho. These two options give those rigs a payload in the 2500-3000 lb relm. As noted, going from a 4sp auto 25 series, to a newer 15 series with the 8 or 10 spd, even the 6 sp as I have, I went from 10-13 to 17-22 with my GM V6 with equal power to my vortec 350. Better overall performance. I am missing 1500 lbs of door sticker payload. Thats a semi easy fix. my 02 on this Marty
blt2ski 03/26/23 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Seven States to Ban the Sale of Gas Powered Cars in 2035

way2roll, While i stated a hopefull goal, i did not state some things that worry me. ie many of the things you mention. Which hopefully as part of permitting process, some of the things you mention will be ways to control run off, slides of left over muck etc. i have a (multiple/ superfund site in my backyard per say. dept of ecology etc, know their is no way to clean these places up. its more of a how to contain these sites. The one im thinking of, i drive in and on it weekly at a minimum. other projects like the oil line from canada to gulf states. i have no issues saying im ok with it, but the part some want to run across an aquifer, thru known sacred lands etc. Boo Hoo that the longer route costs more. At the end if the day, as noted my many, oil gets tax write offs for this, so we the people pay for it. Hopefully, their will be better options, better lives ahead. If not, hopefully some if us can say we tried. marty
blt2ski 03/23/23 10:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Seven States to Ban the Sale of Gas Powered Cars in 2035

for those of you that work or play in places that get somilar rules thrown at them..... how many have truly caused issues? how many got delayed due to technology being unable to do the requirement? so things get delayed..... i can think of MANY government recomendations and regs that got passed over my time on this planet. many that got delayed due to the abilities of industry etc for many reasons not able to meet the regs. EV vehicles have a place. At the moment, not able to meet specs for us all. Not a problem in my book today. When 2034 rolls around, hopefully tech, mines have opened to meet lithium and other material needs have come online, we might meet regs. If not, then relook at regs. Targeted emission regs on both gas and diesel rigs have moved due to the ability of industry to meet regs a few times. Vehicle manufactures have generally speaking met the MPG requirements, giving us more piwerful engines, cleaner burning, and better mpgs. LP as noted is goid for ICE rigs in a semi enclosed environment, ue fork lifts. Its been a decade or two since ive seen a gas or diesel smaller forklift. Theyve been DC or LP. Cutting emmisions way down. My grand daughter might see this new tech as the norm, kids are liking it. I hope it works.... marty
blt2ski 03/23/23 06:48am Tow Vehicles
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