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RE: towing with gm 6.6 gas

To bad GM doesn't want to spend the R&D to upgrade the old Rat Motors. My 96 7.4L has 410 ft/lb torque & 290 HP, but limited to about 3.8K RPM. The 8.1L/496 inch cubic inches of displacement, is rated between 320 to 340 horsepower and 440 to 455 lb-ft of torque depending on the model year. Torque which isn't must different than the new Ford 7.3L : Horsepower is 430 at 5500 rpm, with 475 pound-feet of torque cresting at 4000 rpm Think if GM decided to redesign the heads for direct injection and up the valve train to be rated to around 4.5K-5K RPM, it would match or exceed the Ford 7.3L Toss in compression ignition, cam and it would be a screamer like my old L88. Plus, think (more hope than anything) it might not be that dirty of an engine smog wise But...GM hasn't seen enough demand to spend the bucks to to if an independent would come out with an upgrade kit...I'd be instantly in line
BenK 01/25/22 12:43pm Towing
RE: Tesla with a generator on a hitch haul

Yes and California also allows both EV/BEV & "plug-in hybrids" in high occupant vehicles (HOV) lanes New up here in N Cal are toll commuter lanes with just the driver. Paid via FastTrack overhead sensors...Time has had them down in S Calif for years. Does CA allow EVs use HOV lanes when there is only 1 person in the vehicle? If so, perhaps the owner chose the Tesla for another reason than their concern for the environment. This might explain why they have no issues with their choice for recharging.Yes. However this privilege does expire every 2 or 3 years. Worst case they will continue to put used Teslas on the market for those that need a lower entry price point. HOV is partially about clean air.
BenK 01/25/22 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing mileage/capability

You are caught in the age old "half ton" quagmire thinking they are all the same Mainly because of using marketing nomenclature. Better to use actual their GVWR & RGAWR That 95 GM 1500HD is a unicorn that is more 3/4 ton...and with extended cab +long several feet longer than the others, which is a key stability factor, but not the only What comes with bigger GVWR/RGAWR are BIGGER brakes, transmission, etc Why it towed the same trailer better than the others Look for 6k or higher RGAWR & +8k GVWR and longer wheel base Get it that you don't mind older and note that that these higher GVWR & RGAWR TVs has more margin. Therefore should have more left in them...unless previous beat the snoot out of them Oh...also note that a 95 +8K GVWR (3/4ton) 6K RGAWR is the SAME axle as the 1 ton dually of that era. Diff are in the spring pack & rear brake shoe with/wheel cylinder borel
BenK 01/15/22 10:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Curt BetterWeigh?

There are way too many other variables to take into account Like the stall point & clutch lockup of the TC, as it reads TC slippage...on that, the condition of the ATF might have an effect on slippage Rolling resistance, Cx, incline, ambient, etc But, nifty way to get a general or approximate ballpark Wonder how long before the OEM's start to include that into their TV's...maybe already and we just don't know it...yet...
BenK 01/14/22 12:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mystery Battery Draw While Parked UPDATE

Turn off any "automatic" anything Headlights, BlueTooth, navigation, monitir, etc They *ALL* check in on a regular basis and some have a "power up" & wake process
BenK 01/13/22 11:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM outsold Ford??

Devil is in the details... Like Musk saying that huge wiper he wanted isn't his is the engineers problem... Betcha it has hydroplaning issues & the fix was very large springs to keep the squeegee on the glass Wonder what Tusk said of the size of the motor & costs of that assembly ? Tesla removes 2022 production date from Cybertruck website Tesla has never been fantastic at meeting deadlines, so it’s not too surprising that the company’s ambitious electric pickup — the Cybertruck — is running a little late. Recently, reference to a 2022 production schedule was scrubbed from its website. The Cybertruck was originally announced in 2019, with Tesla promising that the vehicle would be rolling off production lines in late 2021. Then, in August that year, full production was delayed to some time in 2022. Now, that deadline seems to have been waived, too.
BenK 01/13/22 02:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity

Add that there will always be the: "sure you can", "I've done that for years and no problems", "I'd do it", "Go for it", etc... And yup, the OEMs playing marketing "king of the hill' games with marketing brochure numbers that are all over the place that makes easy for 'advisors' to comment the above. Too many times the OEM brochures are in conflict with their label & manual numbers. Then old salts can then say that Marty's 90's era 1 ton and it's 6K RGAWR is just GM's rating and that the supplier to GM of that axle assembly (AAM) rates it at 10,000 GAWR and even see them on flatbed slate sided trucks. On another thread, someone posted about a nifty doodad that calculates the weights without having to go to the scales and have been saying for years and years...the OEMs will soon have them standard and will be warranty basis for denial if it records over weights
BenK 01/10/22 11:52am Towing
RE: Curt BetterWeigh?

Been saying for years that all too soon...OEMs will have the capability to know when their product has been overloaded, over rev'd, etc Stored in memory and the first thing any service person will check before writing up the work order. Warranty denied will be common for those who overload. How often and how much over the specification will be determined by lawyers & marketing & quality/service groups
BenK 01/09/22 02:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity

There is also a possible confusion with MTWR with GCWR and tossed that and posted half ton (less than 8K GVWR) that the OP might have. Really posting for both the OP and lurkers out there that PM me asking because almost everyone uses marketing nomenclature...half ton, 3/4 ton, 1 ton and then the modifiers = HD, Heavy Duty, Super Duty, etc. Tried to keep it simple for the OP & lurkers, but it got out of hand, so posting latest and greatest model lines and their MTWR's...which fit right into the OP's numbers Current crop of half ton specs = Here Are Each Brand's Best Half-Ton Trucks For Towing The Best Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Half-Ton For Towing For the 2021 model year, the highest tow rating for a Chevy Silverado 1500 or GMC Sierra 1500 is found in an extended-cab four-wheel-drive model equipped with the company's 6.2L V-8 engine and its NFT towing package. This gets a maximum rating of 13,300 pounds. Silverado and Sierra models equipped with the 4.3L V-6 top out at 7,900 pounds, while those with the 2.7L I-4 bump up to 9,600 pounds. Trucks with the 5.3L V-8 can tow up to 11,500 pounds. Surprisingly, the 3.0L Duramax diesel tops out at a maximum towing of 9,500 pounds. The Best Ford F-150 Half-Ton For Towing For 2021, Ford reclaimed the best-in-class title for half-ton towing its F-150 pickup. Ford also has the largest number of cab and engine configurations in the class, along with available axle ratios, as well. This makes determining the actual tow rating of any truck a lot more difficult. (GM alleviates this confusion with stickers in the door jamb.) Confusion factor aside, the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6-equipped Ford F-150 can tow a maximum of 14,000 pounds. And this can be achieved with both Super Cab and Super Crew configured trucks in two-wheel drive. Ford 5.0L V-8-equipped F-150 can tow up to 13,000 pounds in all cab configurations, while the 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 is capable of up to 10,100 pounds for Super Cab and Super Crew four-wheel-drive models. Ford's 3.0L Power Stroke diesel V-6 is available only in four-wheel-drive Super Cab and Super Crew models and is rated at a maximum of 12,100 pounds in both. The company's base 3.3L V-6 is rated at a max of 8,200 pounds in all cab configurations, and the new 3.5L Power Boost hybrid-equipped trucks can drag up to 12,700 pounds. There are more, but this gets the message across that the OP might have a half ton with 12,500 MTWR Not to leave out Car & Driver's take on half ton towing = Best Trucks for Maximum Towing Capacity the full sized half tons Toyota Tundra | 10,200 pounds Nissan Titan XD | 11,070 pounds Ram 1500 | 12,750 pounds GMC Sierra 1500 | 13,200 pounds Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | 13,300 pounds Ford F-150 | 14,000 pounds snip...the +8K GVWR's
BenK 01/08/22 03:42pm Towing
RE: Towing capacity

There are over a dozen DIFFERENT ‘half tons’ and some are right up there or near up there with 3/4 tons and most are down in the same as full sized cars & midsized pickups Ford’s half ton Unicorn have a 7 lug wheel and GM’s half ton Unicorn have an 8 lug wheel. At one time these ‘HD’ half ton’s had same or nearly the same RGAWR’s & GVWR’S as 3/4 ton pickups Just trying to help this OP with metrics for them to figure it out themselves. They did say they already had the TV and looking at a trailer…the why suggesting of scaling the TV axle by axle and then using the trailer brochure numbers to figure an approximate situation for the setup. Edit…as they didn’t say which TV they have…just have a TV with a +12K MTWR Expected the OPs TV to come out nearly at RGAWR capacity, unless they have that fabled ‘HD’ half ton and even then, might have limiting issues with the RGAWR. Then with the TV’s actual weights, they can then look at other brochure specifications and still think they will find that those trailers will be way smaller than their original wants. Assuming the OP is going to stick to staying under or within the OEM’s specifications Here is a good site to read of those fabled ‘HD’ half ton’s All you need to know about this heavy half-ton unicorn There are articles of the Ford fabled half ton, but this one should do it….
BenK 01/07/22 04:31pm Towing
RE: Towing capacity

Have given up using marketing nomenclature (150, 250, 1500, half ton, etc) and if do, ask what their GVWR & RGAWR Most important is the RGAWR. That tells much Why provided a HOW2 figure it themselves with simple math and a trip to the scales. Even then, they will only have brochure numbers for the trailer they want. This is what drives more sales for the OEM…another newbie bought too small or too large and another purchase of either smaller trailer or bigger TV…or just drive it and deal with whatever crops up. Think like most newbies, this OP is looking for an OK from the collective and will get many as advisors have no skin in the OP’s situation… Where does OP say what truck they have. They haven't. No telling if as one noted, it may be limited by factory my 05 dw Duramax was limited to 4500 or 5000 lbs, as it did not come with a hitch of any sort. y He doesn't but the tow rating gives us an idea. Most 3/4ton and larger trucks push north of 14k tow ratings, so 12.5k suggests a high tow rating 1/2ton. Yes, it would be far better if the OP provided the full specs on the truck including axle ratings along with the specific trailer model including all weight ratings.
BenK 01/03/22 12:08am Towing
RE: Towing capacity

Buying my first travel trailer and have a question. My truck is rated at 12500 towing capacity and the toy hauler I am looking at is 9900 dry weight. Am I going to heavy? Best to truly know where you are in reference to YOUR TV, is to load it up as if going camping and weigh it. Axle by axle. That then will provide a baseline to figure out the trailer(s) you wish to purchase. Axle by axle, as the majority of any trailer (Fiver or tongue) will place it's weight on the TV's rear axle. Ditto most anything you load in/on the TV. Then, as noted by others, the trailer's 'dry' weight is the bare bones without ANY options. Nor stuff you will load into/onto it. Finally, the 'dry' weight PIN or tongue will provide the ballpark percentage PIN or tongue when fully loaded Edit...then do the simple math by taking your loaded TV weight + Hitch weight + PIN/tongue and subtract it from the 12,500 lb MTWR...that will be the true MTWR of your loaded TV Suggest either a smaller trailer or bigger TV if you are set on that trailer Ask that you post back on how it goes for other newbies or lurkers out there that might learn from your exercise. Not enough newbies ever come back with info to help other newbies or lurkers
BenK 01/02/22 11:02am Towing
RE: Tesla Cybertuck - Can we take another thread?

Didn't want to start another thread and chose this one to post... From the very early news of how Tusk was changing the way automotive is done...always wondered and posted way back on the semi thread : How will Tusk deal with a major recall without an extensive dealer network ? Here is one of the largest to date that know of for Tusk : Tesla to recall 475,000 cars in the US Tesla is to recall more than 475,000 cars in the US, according to documents filed with the US safety regulator. The electric vehicle firm announced it was recalling 356,309 vehicles because of potential rear-view camera issues affecting 2017-2020 Model 3 Teslas. A further 119,009 Model S vehicles will also be recalled because of potential problems with the front trunk, or boot. The total recall figure is almost equivalent to the 500,000 cars Tesla delivered last year, Reuters reports. The BBC has approached Tesla for comment. Snip... Or did I miss that Tusk has built an extensive network of service shops/etc ? Knew Tusk depended on his 'push' over WiFi system for software updated/fixes/etc, but this recall required hands on with hardware to be installed.
BenK 12/31/21 03:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Great cooling system on them there SilverAdos!

snip... Quick search didn't pick up much about that concern. snip... Heck, I'm still blown away that it didn't boil over! Search using 'deathcool' and there should be tons of comments from all makes As for not boiling over...agree amazing what the engineers have designed into our vehicles today! And, depends on how hard that truck was driving while that cap was not tight Thermal management systems for vehicles are designed for the limits of their specifications (warranty line) and has a LOT of headroom above that line. Like tow rating (MTWR)...these vehicles are designed for that MTWR, plus some more in margin. Anything below that, it should have almost no problems
BenK 12/31/21 02:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

To the PM's... Yup...assumed folks would understand my point and that point is that within the normal components available for this class of vehicles...most all OEMs will have about the same design attributes for their thermal management systems Meaning, within the competitive costing, the OEMs will mostly all have the same amount of coolant for the amount of BTUs that has to be rejected for that this case...towing heavy That boils down to the HP that is needed to do the work and that has a BTU/Hr number WOW...kinda sorts amazing... My 1996 K3500, 7.4l GMC Suburban's thermal rejection system's coolant capacity is 25 quarts and if you include the third (in series) heat rejection radiator, the total coolant capacity is 27.5 quarts...there is second in parallel coolant radiator is normally included in that 25 quart are all the vehicles you folks are talking about are included in their coolant capacity number Out of context, just looking at the total coolant amount. As it all boils down to (pun intended) the BTU's needing to be rejected per minute, that dictates the total coolant. Plus other factors like rejection/absorber surface area, GPM, CFM, PSI, thermal differential and a few laminar flow of both internal & external thermal carrier material(s)...
BenK 12/29/21 11:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

WOW...kinda sorts amazing... My 1996 K3500, 7.4l GMC Suburban's thermal rejection system's coolant capacity is 25 quarts and if you include the third (in series) heat rejection radiator, the total coolant capacity is 27.5 quarts...there is second in parallel coolant radiator is normally included in that 25 quart are all the vehicles you folks are talking about are included in their coolant capacity number Out of context, just looking at the total coolant amount. As it all boils down to (pun intended) the BTU's needing to be rejected per minute, that dictates the total coolant. Plus other factors like rejection/absorber surface area, GPM, CFM, PSI, thermal differential and a few laminar flow of both internal & external thermal carrier material(s)...
BenK 12/26/21 02:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is all DEF the same?

In an emergency... width=680 Wonder if consuming 140 proof increases the octane/cetane value...
BenK 12/24/21 10:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Great cooling system on them there SilverAdos!

If me, I'd have them flush the OATs coolant on their dime because they left that pressurized cap loose FYI if you don't know it...OATs (organic acid tech) does NOT play well with O2 in the system and they why the overflow bottle is now pressurized. That is to keep O2 out while checking coolant level. To check these days of OATs & HOATs, just look through the translucent overflow bottle body & the graduations molded into it The risk is that enough O2 was ingested into the coolant system to do its nasty work with the acid & acid etched metal (oxide) that turns into acidic, gelatinous globules that then stick to the cool-down surfaces of the radiator. That then rots the tube metal FYI for what it's worth...
BenK 12/22/21 11:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are chips coming available?

wanderingaimlessly, Great question Few know that the GDP per capita of Taiwan is higher than Japan = Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,900 as of 2017, while in Taiwan, the GDP per capita is $50,500 as of 2017. This stuff is in part of what my last job was before retiring Yes, political issues affect economic hugely Another question to ask: between Japan and Taiwan, which is the better or stronger American ally ? America is finally waking up to what they did to shoot themselves in the foot and there is still time. First the upper management of corporate America and 'some' of the general public. Though, there are still way too many who insist on the 'cheapest at any cost'...and...that cost is at the expense of American jobs, etc. A chip foundry costs $1B-$2B *MINIMUM*, plus the tooling for each different type of chip within or based on that process. Plus the training of the people directly and the millions of support folks in that new food chain. Yes, many aspects are the same as older processes and is where retention of works a key component of getting new foundries up and running...and...continuing to run well.
BenK 12/16/21 06:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Are chips coming available?

All better...good news ! Finally, these CEO's (past, present & future) will think twice before outsourcing CEO's...not politicians. As politico's can only manage outsourcing via tariff's, which begets counter measures (like tariffs on our stuff going over there)
BenK 12/15/21 10:27am Tow Vehicles
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