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RE: Have our trucks got too much power yet?

Too much power I'm sure the turbos are still good. :E The driver's shorts, not so much....
rjstractor 12/08/19 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Creative Towing

The 13L is soffered in the US, but it cannot compete with the Cummins offerings. Some of our 140+ dealerships throughout the US are also Ud And Isuzu dealers and we are in constant worh their corporate offices all the time as their largest dealer network in NORTH America. The reason why they don't offer ther bigger trucks offered elsewhere is because they don't sell well compared to the current competition from the domestic brands since it has less power and capability than what is already offered in the US.  The 13litre is not avaiable in the US, Only the 8.8 ltre. HinoUS XL class 8 with 9 litre Diesel Well seeing NA has a complete aversion to Cabovers, I find it not surprising they do not sell well in the US. As it stands all Japanese and European OEM's are very busy with Global Sales On the other hand US HDT's are mainly rextrited to NA and what I gather a pretty nasty turn down in sales for 2019 I wouldn't say NA has a "complete aversion" to cabovers. There are lots and lots of the small Isuzu and Fuso cabovers around my area. They are very popular in landscaping applications and small box trucks. The medium to large cabovers (with up to 24') box used to be popular about 20 years but not any more. I drove one a few times, they were very nice trucks, much nicer and well built than what Ford, GM and International had to offer.
rjstractor 12/08/19 07:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why Tesla's are bad at towing!

I've ordered a Cybertruck to pull my RV and if I get 150 to 200 miles between charge, I'll be happy because that my normal stop for gas, lunch and toilet breaks anyways. You might get close to 150-200 miles depending on how big your RV is. IIRC the Model X consumes about 700-900 w/hr per mile on the flat and up to 1800 w/hr per mile on a steep grade towing a 4500 lb horse trailer. I'm assuming the bigger, heavier Cybertruck towing a bigger, heavier trailer will consume more power, say 1 kwh per mile depending on speed and terrain. The 200 kwh battery in the Trimotor Cybertruck might get you close. As battery tech improves, so will capacity. If an electric pickup could get up over 300 kwh in battery capacity it would seriously be in business for RV towing. Of course, the more juice a battery holds the longer it takes to charge. You're looking at two hours for a full charge on a battery that big.
rjstractor 12/06/19 07:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Have our trucks got too much power yet?

"I live in a place that has the highest gas prices in North America but relatively cheap electricity. I am seriously considering a PHEV as my next vehicle." YEA but think about all the Salmon you will be killing. Why? the two main salmon rivers are the Skeena and Fraser. They don't now, nor will they ever have dams on them. BC gets about 90% of its power from hydroelectric-from the Columbia and Peace rivers. The BC power from the Columbia doesn't harm any salmon- because the dams downstream in the states take care of that... all joking aside, it's too bad we can't (or won't) develop hydroelectric technology that allows for fish passage. Hydro power is literally solar energy.
rjstractor 12/03/19 08:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

^^ This is an issue that many EV proponents refuse to acknowledge. They assume that EVs will experience the same 30-50% reduction in range as an ICE powered vehicle. I have a theory on why this is not accurate. I'm not an engineer, but here's my theory. EVs are much more effcient than ICE vehicles. They move a vehicle with a lot less wasted heat (energy) than a comparable ICE vehicle. However, a trailer takes the same amount of extra energy to move it down the road, regardless of what it's hitched to. So, say that an unladen ICE powered pickup takes 100 units of energy to move it from point A to point B. A much more efficient EV takes only 50 units of energy to move it from A to B. Add a high profile trailer, and say that takes an additional 100 units of energy to move from A to B. The ICE pickup now takes a total of 200 units to go from A to B, a doubling of energy required or a halving of range. The EV now takes 150 units of energy, still more efficient overall, but instead of a 400 mile range it's range towing is just 133 miles since it's energy requirement has tripled over an unladen vehicle. TFL's real world testing has shown this, and even towing a lightweight, low profile trailer cut the Tesla Model X's range in half.
rjstractor 11/30/19 10:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Some more food for thought The tug o war between Tesla and Ford 150 was not fair I admit. Not only Tesla weights more it also has way MORE power aka Torque. How much is unknown, however Ive seen EvWest vids with their race car BMW Which uses Tesla drivetrain and baterys and it puts 4000 lbs of torque to the wheels,yes 4 THOUSAND Id think Tesla truck has at least that maybe more,so even with bigest 4x4 and diesel Ford or anyone else has no chance to outpull Tesla Will see Tug of wars between trucks are just silly publicity stunts that prove nothing, although they could have at least put the Ford in 4WD. My AWD VW Golf wagon could beat an empty 2WD pickup in a tug of war as long as nothing broke. Put 2000 lbs in the bed of the pickup and the result is different even though HP and torque are the same. The winner is the truck with the most traction, as long as it has enough power to use it.
rjstractor 11/30/19 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Have our trucks got too much power yet?

Interesting idea, would seem to have an application for the trucking industry. Sounds expensive though. You would also have to figure that the weight of the system would count againt the amount of available cargo capacity, but maybe the math would work out. Although I haven't seen one in use yet, there are companies manufacturing electric trailer axles for the trucking industry. I believe there is government policy in place that allows the GVWR of the trailer to be raised by the additional axle/battery weight so the payload is not affected. Bosch has one in development but not yet in production. It really sounded like well thought out technology until I read the bit about using the electric axle to move the trailer by itself. Uhh, they should figure out the part about a trailer only having wheels on one end, and you need something to support the other end and steer it. Joking aside, the estimated 4% fuel savings might make it viable in the trucking industry, which generally doesn't seem to be interested in flashy, sexy tech unless it can reduce per-mile operating costs.
rjstractor 11/30/19 08:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane Question

Thanks all for the responses! I plan to take our trailer up the mountain to our local ski area, they have power hookups but want to prepare for worse case scenario and have enough propane to make it through a cold night. Thanks! Brian If you're on a good 30A power hookup, you can supplement your furnace with a ceramic or radiator-type electric heater. This can save you a lot of propane.
rjstractor 11/29/19 10:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Hard to say. But if it follows the model x range reduction rate of 35 to 50 percent that will still leave a 250 mile or 400 km range. My 2500 GMC could barely go 200 miles or 300 kilometers. Not that we need a truck but it would work work for us. If the towing range reduction were in line with gas or diesel TVs (30-50%) the EVs would work great. But real world testing has showed that the Model X range is reduced to less than 1/3 of it's non-towing range. When TFL tested a Model X pulling a 4500 lb horse trailer, they could barely complete a 75 mile trip on a charge. The car consumed up to 3.8 times as much power towing as not towing. I'd expect similar results with the pickup.
rjstractor 11/26/19 06:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Apologies if this has been said, but a couple of points about the cybertruck- at a base of just under $40k, it will be the cheapest available. The reason for the cheap price? Assembly uses no stamping presses or paint booths- the body is laser cut and folded, the stainless alloy being to hard to stamp.. Agree. Or it could be Tesla's loss-leader for a smooth entry into the truck-pick up segment. For those who would get limited use out of a truck the Cybertruck has huge functionality. Short of pulling a fifth wheel it literally shames the standard pickup half ton. We are sedan / hatchback people. But the Cybertruck is appealing to us. The wife would love one. The only aspect it falls short on IMO is towing range, if real world towing range mirrors that of the Model X. Driving for 90 minutes and then charging for 45 minutes won't appeal to most RVers. But as battery tech and charging infrastructure improve those issues will sort themselves out.
rjstractor 11/26/19 02:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

That wasn't tempered safety glass. If it was, it would have broken into small pieces Think it had an inner layer of plastic, like the windshield Ask if anyone knows if DOT allows plastic laminate side glass. Otherwise, emergency folks won't be able to break the glass to rescue folks Plus, will the jaws of life be able to QUICKLY get people out of a burning cybertruck ? PS...IMHO...exoskeleton is just another word for monocoque...or unibody Laminated side safety glass is common nowadays. We use a fancy handsaw to cut it, and it cuts pretty fast. Any time we have to use hydraulic extrication tools to extricate someone, it doesn't go real fast, despite what is shown on TV. The best way to save a person trapped in a burning car is to put the fire out, which on an EV is a huge challenge. I'm sure there will be some differences in how this vehicle needs to be addressed for vehicle extrication. I'd love for Tesla to drop one off to practice on!
rjstractor 11/26/19 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy's I4 2.7 turbo engine

^^ My 1.8L turbo four in my VW makes it's maximum torque from 1500-4500 rpm and rarely sees over 2500 rpm. It drives almost exactly like a little diesel.
rjstractor 11/25/19 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

You're right, Google shows no Superchargers but Tesla lists 3, including the one in Ritzville. I saw two more in Eastern Wa but not along I90. Anyway, I'd happily lose a case of Canadian beer as long as the winner shared! :)
rjstractor 11/22/19 06:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

I would take that bet...if I owned a model S. The model S would have to make it the 280 miles on a charge to win the bet. No problem if we stayed at legal speeds, but could an S go that far on a charge through the winds and rolling hills at 100+ mph? I would think that speed affects range in an EV like any car. Speed definitely affects range. I would think at that speed the gasser would get half the gas mileage as well though. No idea how big a gas tank is on that car so hard to say. The range of a model S is 370 miles at highway speeds. Might be a quick 10 minute Supercharge involved. I think the model S would be way more fun though. Nice cars. Ok, you're on! :) No Superchargers between Seattle and Spokane. There is a public EV charging station in Ritzville but I don't know how fast that will charge a Tesla. Maybe 2 hours? I'll have to stop for fuel there too but that only takes 5 minutes. All joshing aside, the performance of the new EVs is incredible. I think most, especially the Teslas are much more powerful than they need to be and have sort of become playthings for the rich. I'd like to see more affordable and readily available EVs on the market. Right now my local VW dealer has 12 eGolfs sitting on the lot for about $30K. If I were in the market for a new car I'd seriously consider one, although their practical winter range is a little too short for comfort.
rjstractor 11/21/19 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

I would take that bet...if I owned a model S. The model S would have to make it the 280 miles on a charge to win the bet. No problem if we stayed at legal speeds, but could an S go that far on a charge through the winds and rolling hills at 100+ mph? I would think that speed affects range in an EV like any car.
rjstractor 11/20/19 08:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

3 seconds zero to sixty? What time does the Shelby or Boss do? New Shelby does 3.3 Original 427 Cobra 4.3 1968 KR only 5.6 Mach E sounds pretty good at 3.0 Don't race for pinks with your gasser. All depends on how far you're racing. I'll take my wife's 120K mile Kia Forte and race any just about EV from Seattle to Spokane. ;)
rjstractor 11/19/19 08:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The future cost of RV stay

My boat has an electric trolling motor on it and I charge it every night in my campsite after using it all day. When camping, I don't think that the electric car/truck would require the the 15 - 30 minute charging time. Whatever system was provided in a campground could easily be an over night type deal. Comparing the charging requirements of an electric trolling motor to an EV is like comparing the fuel requirements of a lawn mower to a motorhome. Charging an EV on a standard 30A 120V RV site cannot be done overnight. A 50A 240V plug can do it, but as has been stated the electrical grid of most campgrounds can't handle it. If you are charging your EV, you will have nothing left to run your AC, microwave or anything else.
rjstractor 11/18/19 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

I can't figure out why Ford used the Mustang name for this car. Other than slight styling cues, this thing looks a lot more like a Honda Crosstour than a Mustang.
rjstractor 11/18/19 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: The future cost of RV stay

What are park owners doing now where there is heavy use of golf carts by guests? Surely they are charging the carts. A golf charger can run off a 15A 120V circuit and charge the cart in a few hours. It takes a lot more juice to charge an EV in the same amount of time. EV owners could just plug their vehicles to a 120V outlet, but the charging rate is so slow it wouldn't be practical unless they could have the vehicle plugged in for days on end.
rjstractor 11/17/19 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rated engine power

^^^I find that interesting. Do these apps ask for the vehicle weight then time how long it takes for the vehicle to coast in neutral as well as time how long it takes to accelerate? I'm not sure. I imagine it's a lot more sophisticated than that, using the phone's accelerometer and GPS, as well as data received from the vehicle's OBD2 port. Vehicle weight is part of setup I would think.
rjstractor 11/17/19 09:22am Tow Vehicles
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