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RE: Jake Braking A 5er Down Long Steep Incline

I tow in tow mode and use cruise control all the time with the exhaust brake engaged. The OP has a 2019 F-350, I have a 2018 F-350, my exhaust brake has no auto, it’s either on or off. We have a 2011 F350 and the true engine compression brake (not exhaust) is only off or on with setting the Tow Haul Mode. I agree with Ron, please explain all recent HD pickup use an exhaust brake, which uses some means of restriction of the exhaust gases. Now PacBrake offered a Load Lash device for the Cummins 6.7, that was more like an engine brake. It's not a true exhaust brake, but merely uses the transmission and the back pressure of the engine. It works and it's efficient, but Ram owners , I beleive, have true exhaust braking. The 2011 through 2014 Powerstroke didn’t have an EB switch but did have a turbo that was capable of creating some back pressure. In 2015 the Powestroke turbo was upgraded, an EB switch was added and the EB performed considerably better. The Cummins EB works very similar to the Powerstroke in that it is the turbo that is creating back pressure. However, because Cummins engines use stronger exhaust valve springs the EB can be used to generate higher back pressure without danger of the exhaust valves “floating” and coming into contact with the pistons. For this reason the Cummins can generate the same negative horsepower at 3000 rpm that the Powerstroke can at 4000 rpm.
4x4ord 11/25/21 08:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jake Braking A 5er Down Long Steep Incline

So long as you have a steep enough hill and or enough weight pushing you the auto EB will develop full back pressure during grade braking. Full on vs auto will not make any difference with a heavy trailer on a steep grade. If , during grade braking, cruise control holds your truck back better than auto EB does then it is because CC is applying your wheel brakes. If you are using your EB to slow you down …. full on is the better choice. If auto is selected during deceleration the EB will do very little unless your foot is touching the brake pedal.
4x4ord 11/23/21 10:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jake Braking A 5er Down Long Steep Incline

Auto mode is useless unless you are towing a lighter RV and smaller grades at least with RAM trucks. I also set my cruise control at a lower speed to maintain the actual speed I want. It varies depending on how steep the grade is. I also on steep grades select the gear that puts me up near the redline for best braking. I am glad I don't have the ability for the truck to apply my trailer brakes. I like controlling me descent with cruise and proper gear selection for the grade. I never use Auto mode, I have tried but found it useless for my large load. Could there be something wrong with your truck? The EB on the Cummins should generate 60 lbs of back pressure on a steep grade with a heavy load regardless of whether it is set to auto or full on.
4x4ord 11/23/21 07:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jake Braking A 5er Down Long Steep Incline

For down hill descents I run the exhaust brake on “auto”. When the auto EB is selected the back pressure is regulated to try to maintain the speed the truck was travelling the moment either the throttle or brake pedal were released.. Say you are coming down a steep grade and you have the EB set to auto. The speed you are travelling when you release the throttle is the speed the EB will try to maintain; If you come to a curve and apply the brakes to slow down a bit the new speed set point will be the speed you are travelling the instant you release the brake pedal. After the curve if you want to speed up a bit simply touch the throttle slightly until you are travelling your desired speed again …. a new speed set point will be stored the instant you remove your foot from the throttle. When using the auto EB the wheel brakes (truck and trailer) will only be applied in the event the EB is unable to provide enough back pressure to control your rate of descent. In this case the truck will slowly accelerate with the EB providing full back pressure until the engine reaches red line (4000 rpm), at this point the wheel brakes are momentarily applied to slow the rig down a bit at which point the brakes are released and the truck starts to slowly gain speed again. If having this cycle persist is not desirable you can apply the brakes to slow down enough for the transmission to drop another gear.
4x4ord 11/23/21 06:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jake Braking A 5er Down Long Steep Incline

If you had the cruise set it is possible that your truck’s computer may have intermittently applied the truck’s and trailer’s brakes to maintain the 55 mph. (This feature is on trucks equipped with adaptive cruise control) If you have your towing display selected when going down a steep grade a bar graph will display the level of trailer braking being applied during the brake applications.
4x4ord 11/22/21 10:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: truck weight F350 diesel

I don’t think I’ve weighed my 2021 but my 2017 F350 weighed 8380 lbs. (F350 4x4 crew cab short box SRW Platinum diesel).
4x4ord 11/22/21 07:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500/Cummins

^^^^ x3:)
4x4ord 11/22/21 03:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Carrying a 500 lb motorcycle on the back of a Solitude 5er

^^^Thanks, it often draws attention when I use it.
4x4ord 11/16/21 09:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Carrying a 500 lb motorcycle on the back of a Solitude 5er

I have an enclosed aluminum trailer that I've pulled behind my fiver several times. I also built a motorcycle lift for carrying my bike on the back. I think the trailer is safer ... a little less convenient and in some cases illegal. Loading too much weight behind the axle of a fiver causes the trailer to be more prone to sway. My bike is about 800 lbs and the lift and hitch probably another 200 or so pounds. https://i.imgur.com/SENEy4Xl.jpg
4x4ord 11/16/21 06:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert auto leveling system

With a little practice anyone can learn to back up a single trailer. I've had many people come to me and ask me to teach them how to drive a class 8 truck/trailer combination before they go to take their commercial test ... usually within half an hour they can back up pretty decent. I bet almost any commercial trucker could having you backing up a fiver in no time.
4x4ord 11/16/21 12:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best sliding hitch recommendation

My personal opinion is that a sliding hitch is unnecessary especially with the new fivers. The nose of the newer fifth wheels is designed to allow adequate clearance while towing with a 6.5 foot bed.... I like my B&W nonsliding Companion. If I had a manual slider I would never take the time to unpin and slide it. If you feel you need a sliding hitch I would recommend an automatic slider such as the Superglide by Pullrite. click
4x4ord 11/14/21 10:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: is running exhaust brake all the time ok?

Have EB on Cat in FL60. Rig is 25 years old. It has BD exhaust brake that is turned off only on downhills in rolling country, EB will engage when not needed. The only drawback I can see is in city type traffic when EB engages, following vehicles are not aware of truck slowing due to no Brake light. No failures, original disk pads. But it is a nice feature to get tailgators to back off! Separate note, I've never checked, but the newer OEM integrated exhaust brakes, do they activate the brake lights when they kick in? Under the right conditions one can scrub some speed pretty quickly without touching the service brakes. I looked behind the truck when hooked to the fiver during the last night tow and did NOT see any brake lights on the truck... I can see them light up the front of the fiver compartment door. That is always my concern as well... I kind of like my rear cap in 1, solid piece Wihen towing heavy down a steep grade the Ford service brakes come on, if needed, to hold the speed back when cruise control is set. Without cruise set the wheel brakes will be applied at the engine red line to slow the engine down some before automatically releasing. So without cruise control set the computer does what an attentive driver should do. Additionally the Ford system uses the time the brakes are applied and the brake application pressure to calculate an approximate brake temperature. If required a warning will be flashed up to inform the driver of potentially hot brakes. No kidding? On one hand that is a seriously impressive highly integrated system. Is that all models or trim levels? Do they all have active collision avoidance now? Or do they have a similar system just for the towing function as you described it? The practical side of me is having trouble accepting that this is a good thing, making vehicle systems even more complicated and allowing even more stupid human trucks to not have the expected affect! Only trucks equipped with adaptive cruise apply the service brakes to prevent gaining much speed on a down hill running on cruise control. The computer automatically applies the brakes which, when necessary, initiates downshifting of the transmission. Relying on this system when towing a heavy trailer is not very reliable …. the response time is too long. Interestingly, trucks equipped with ACC will manually apply the brakes even when running with ACC off …. ie while using regular cruise control the service brakes are still applied. I often press cancel on the CC to allow my truck to coast down hills. Whether the feature that applies the brakes to prevent over revving of the engine works on all trucks or not I don’t know. It works very well….. it brakes (including the trailer brakes) hard enough to slow the rig down a bit, then the brakes are released and if the load is heavy and the grade is steep enough the engine rpm will once again start to climb. My guess is that this feature encourages some people, towing very heavy, to go down grades a gear faster than they should.
4x4ord 11/07/21 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best truck for large 5th Wheel

'My truck's unladen rear axle (hitch installed) weighs about 3470 lbs. My trucks's GRAWR is 7230 lbs. So a pin weight of around 3700lbs should be just fine.' Based on this, it sounds like a 1 ton will have room to spare. I am just not sure if this is all I need to consider. I heard stability in wind and rain may make a dually a better choice. Is there a big difference? I may have to look at a lighter 5th wheel. I have never driven a dually, except for a motorhome. My preference seems to be a 1 ton SRW. Coming from a f150, it is hard to imagine a 1 ton not being enough. Live to learn. Any suggestions on high quality 5th wheels on the lighter end of the scale (15k) loaded? Thank you for all the replies. MC The thing you want to avoid is loading your fiver in such a way as to generate a light pin. A 17k fiver with only a 2600 lb pin will not tow as nice behind a SRW truck as a 17k fiver with a 3600 lb pin weight behind that same truck, regardless of what the numbers say. No matter what you do there will be some sort of compromise .... getting a lighter trailer will likely mean compromising quality or size. A dually will require some compromise while unhooked. The SRW one ton might mean compromising on some weight numbers.
4x4ord 11/06/21 11:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best truck for large 5th Wheel

For a fiver with a GVWR under about 17k a SRW 1 ton works excellent. A long box is a little nicer with the fiver hooked up and a short box is a little nicer when running around empty with the truck. For a fiver with a GVWR over 17k a dually is a little nicer. The Solitude 378 is right about where you could go either way. If you buy a triple axle fiver you might be able to go a little heavier before needing duals. My fiver weighs very close to 17k with my motorcycle on the back bumper and my choice for a truck is a 1ton 4x4 diesel crew cab short box. Sorry, that is a very bad generalization! Loaded to GVWR,16,800# times 22% would be 3,696# not leaving much room for passengers and gear in the truck. In addition a DRW will be much more stable with that load. There is nothing hard about driving a DRW, DW and I have one as our only vehicle. I think we agree that at 17,000 lbs some will want a dually, .... for instance you would want one but I definitely would not. My truck's unladen rear axle (hitch installed) weighs about 3470 lbs. My trucks's GRAWR is 7230 lbs. So a pin weight of around 3700lbs should be just fine.
4x4ord 11/06/21 09:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best truck for large 5th Wheel

For a fiver with a GVWR under about 17k a SRW 1 ton works excellent. A long box is a little nicer with the fiver hooked up and a short box is a little nicer when running around empty with the truck. For a fiver with a GVWR over 17k a dually is a little nicer. The Solitude 378 is right about where you could go either way. If you buy a triple axle fiver you might be able to go a little heavier before needing duals. My fiver weighs very close to 17k with my motorcycle on the back bumper and my choice for a truck is a 1ton 4x4 diesel crew cab short box.
4x4ord 11/05/21 11:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: is running exhaust brake all the time ok?

Have EB on Cat in FL60. Rig is 25 years old. It has BD exhaust brake that is turned off only on downhills in rolling country, EB will engage when not needed. The only drawback I can see is in city type traffic when EB engages, following vehicles are not aware of truck slowing due to no Brake light. No failures, original disk pads. But it is a nice feature to get tailgators to back off! Separate note, I've never checked, but the newer OEM integrated exhaust brakes, do they activate the brake lights when they kick in? Under the right conditions one can scrub some speed pretty quickly without touching the service brakes. I looked behind the truck when hooked to the fiver during the last night tow and did NOT see any brake lights on the truck... I can see them light up the front of the fiver compartment door. That is always my concern as well... I kind of like my rear cap in 1, solid piece Wihen towing heavy down a steep grade the Ford service brakes come on, if needed, to hold the speed back when cruise control is set. Without cruise set the wheel brakes will be applied at the engine red line to slow the engine down some before automatically releasing. So without cruise control set the computer does what an attentive driver should do. Additionally the Ford system uses the time the brakes are applied and the brake application pressure to calculate an approximate brake temperature. If required a warning will be flashed up to inform the driver of potentially hot brakes.
4x4ord 11/05/21 01:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: is running exhaust brake all the time ok?

Using the exhaust brake isn’t going to hurt anything but I find the higher engine rpm of the shift points annoying when using the EB when it’s not needed so I only use mine when towing over about 15000 lbs. In my case the longest I’ve owned a pickup has been about 100k miles and at that point the brakes still had over 50% wear left. The EB is wonderful for heavy trailer towing and especially in the mountains but the rest of the time I’ve got no use for it.
4x4ord 11/04/21 05:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

back on topic, I just placed an order for a 2022 4 door Bronco to take over daily driving duties from my current F350, the F350 will live in my garage and only be used to tow the fiver moving forward. It will take around 6-7 months for it to arrive I'm being told so I'll get to enjoy it next summer. It should be a fun package to drive around and use for off road use for hunting, hiking and plain old dirt road driving. I think you made a wise choice. Which model did you get? Wildtrak with the Lux package and towing package in Cactus Grey. I ordered the exact same car for my daughter. It was ordered around the first of June ..... hopefully she'll see it by next summer, but, still haven't got a VIN number or build date.
4x4ord 11/03/21 08:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's New LT6 Engine

It's not just the power.....
4x4ord 11/02/21 10:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 GMC Sierra Reveal

505HP/1087 lbft of torque along with Super Cruise is enough to get me thinking my Super Duty days are coming to an end.
4x4ord 10/22/21 11:13am Tow Vehicles
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