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RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

Has to have commercial plates because its a 2500? That is a bogus law. They must charge you more for commercial plates to justify that kind of stupidity. Are you subject to all commercial driving requirements or is it just restricted to driving on commercial vehicle allowed roads? Quit stirring the pot. Lol Or just a humble brag that you don’t live in a big city?
Grit dog 09/26/20 11:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tailgate

^ Seriously? You obviously don’t mind getting ripped off...or waiting over a month for a tailgate. $5000....Lol Guess I shouldn’t poke fun. If everyone was frugal, resourceful and motivated there wouldn’t be anything to buy cheap. $5000.....still astounded by that.
Grit dog 09/24/20 06:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Settle this for Sequoia and 4Runner owners...

Yosemite Sam, wth are you talking aboot? Been drinking or what?
Grit dog 09/24/20 06:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wifi in Remote locations

Thanks every one I usually don't care if I have WiFI but I enjoy having access when I want it.. I was not sure if there was a service that your could purchase that would give you more access.. I believe you mean internet service. WiFi is a means to broadcast and receive internet signal. WiFi doesn’t care if you’re in Brooklynn or Antarctica. It works the same as long as you have internet availability.
Grit dog 09/24/20 06:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where to sell a Toad

FB, CL, Offer up
Grit dog 09/23/20 10:24pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Peak Blue Platinum DEF

Frankly as a retired chemist I'd be more likely to believe this if they explained what miracle additive they are using. Otherwise it sounds like marketing BS. DEF is plain and simple 35% Urea and I don't know what 'deposits they were referring to. Searching google for 'def deposits' gets zero hits. The magic ingredient is PLATINUM! Says right on the label! Why else whould it cost more for urea and water? lol Peak Blue Platinum DEF, with Advanced Snake Oil Technology!
Grit dog 09/23/20 05:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 3500 DRW first impressions towing

Nice! Those are bad @ss trucks!
Grit dog 09/22/20 11:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Campers and Boating?

Not a question of launching boat with camper on. Basically the same as without other than the lack of seeing boat driver. But a pain to break camp every day to launch and retrieve. Unless you don’t unpack.
Grit dog 09/21/20 11:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

Jayco, 1999 just called me. They want their opinion back and said to let go of the past. And since the Triton engines have now had a longer run than the 460 and continue to be in production in the class 4/5 chassis, as well as being regarded as one of the best powerplants of the last 20 years, I gotta say this is pretty much ONLY your opinion. And generally when you think you're the only one right and the rest of the world is wrong, you generally are wrong.
Grit dog 09/21/20 12:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford F150 STX V6

First, let me say that we are old hands at towing and knowing how to pick a tow vehicle that will pull the trailer we have. We have had our current vehicle since 2006 and have safely towed several different rigs with it since then. My post here wasn't to debate the safety of the truck we are thinking of getting as it pertains to our trailer----I was simply wondering if anyone else out there has this truck and what their feelings are (pro and con) on how it tows their rig! It's not like you can take a potential vehicle for a test drive, drive it home and hook it up to the trailer and drive it around for a while to see how it handles! Thus my original question. We don't need a new truck right now. Our current vehicle is well maintained and has less less than 90K miles on it---which is not something you will find in most 14 year old trucks! What prompted this was hubby's retirement plans---the clock has begun ticking and we thought it might be prudent to buy a new truck now, while he's still working and bringing in a paycheck, rather than waiting until we have to buy a new truck and we'd be tapping into a fixed budget (post retirement). Our current truck has only the basic technology that is found in the newer trucks and if we wait until we need to buy a new truck, our trade-in is going to be almost laughable. Anyway, thank you one and all for your thoughts/comments---they are appreciated. And a special shout-out to Mitch, who lives just up over the hill from where we are! Happy trails! Couple comments, you did ask about tail wagging the dog handling, so to back track and say you know how it will tow is contradictory. Regarding the value of your current truck, trade in will be somewhat laughable now, as most trade ins are. However the value is good for what it is. And even in a couple years, at your rate for mileage, low miles full size truck, especially if 4x4 and crew cab, will be very good considering it's age. That said, IMO, unless you really want or need a new truck right now, I'd wait. This year is a cluster for vehicle values due to the Rona. You're not going to take a bath on your truck if its cherry and low miles, even years from now. It's depreciated out and the nice ones bring good $. And since you're planning on a loan, why not just start making your payments now, to yourself. Then you have the cash and a NEW truck in a few years rather than no cash and a used truck in a few years.
Grit dog 09/21/20 08:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

The problem with the new Ford gas engine is,since the old 460 gas,they have had problems with there new engines like the 5.4 and V-10 spitting plugs..For that reason alone,I would personally pass on the first year or two on new Ford engines.. They are only newer compared to your 1997. They haven’t had that issue since 2008. Read more here. http://www.fordproblems.com/spark-plug-ejection/ While old habits die hard and when talking vehicles that old, the likelihood of other issues besides spitting a plug are probably greater. Fun fact, buddy has a 2014 or 2015 E450 box van for work with a 5.4. It vomited a spark plug a couple years ago. Not a valid reason to stick with a 30 year old truck though, IMO.
Grit dog 09/21/20 08:45am Truck Campers
RE: Wheelbase question

Short box will tow fine.
Grit dog 09/21/20 01:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F150 STX V6

According to the spec sheet: 2020 F-150 STX 4x4 Supercab; 145" wheelbase; 2.7L V6 Ecoboost; Electric 10 speed Auto w/Tow Mo. GVWR #8500 According to the trailer's specs (the same trailer listed in my signature line below) the GVWR is #7200 We don't load our trailer down with lots of gear so we are well under the specs listing there. I'm not worried whether the truck could handle the trailer, weight-wise, I'm more worried about the "feel" of how it tows. We don't want anything that is going to be difficult, a case of the tail wagging the dog (despite using sway bars). Just for reference, our current truck is a 2006 Ford F150 Lariat V8....it's been the best tow vehicle we've ever had. Which are you worried about? The size of the truck or the power. A new F150 will obviously handle a trailer as good or better than a 14 year old one. Look at the power specs. The little 2.7 Eco has more power more torque and a much lower peak torqu and flatter curve than your Triton motor. Plus more than twice the gears. Do the math. It’s more truck than your old one and it’s the second “weakest” engine in the lineup.
Grit dog 09/21/20 01:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F150 STX V6

You’ll probably be ok but you broke the rule...buy or select the trailer first, then match a tow vehicle. What trailer is first on your list? What’s the max trailer weight and payload of the truck? What makes you assume the trailer they have listed isn’t the one they’re towing?
Grit dog 09/21/20 01:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: To Upgrade TV or Not

Yeah, a lot of variables here to make a competent recommendation on the info given. However stiffer rear suspension and stiffer tires generally improves the conditions he’s experiencing. Don’t need to get a new vehicle to do that though. Within reason. Also his perception of “how” it should tow comes into play too. Like what’s his basis for comparison?
Grit dog 09/21/20 12:59am Towing
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

Looks like a beautiful site. Just looked at the pictures. Agree, you can’t fill in appreciably against the trunks of the trees unless you left tree wells. However with none of us knowing the entire topography of the area or other challenges you have, it’s almost impossible solve your problem and generic suggestions are all you’ll get. Furthermore, unless you know the ground type and groundwater levels, many of these suggestions may be ineffective as well. You need to find out what you CAN do and then what will work of those ideas.
Grit dog 09/21/20 12:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Need Suspension Mods

Buzzcut1, Yeah, tires are rated at 3415 each so that will need to be upgraded. Thanks for that feedback. Anyone have E or F tire suggestions that are decent on the highway and are around 4k load range? I'm leaning towards Supersprings as well. Any of them. You need to be in the larger size tires to get the upper weight ratings though. Sounds crazy, but I feel the Firestone MTs, which I’ve siped, are lasting longer than the last 2 sets, 1 of which was Toyo MTs that are known for good tread life.
Grit dog 09/21/20 12:34am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suspension Mods

Tri-beard. If you have 5500lbs ish in a short bed camper, you should not let the wife pack it. Are you carrying rock collections like some of the folks here?
Grit dog 09/21/20 12:29am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suspension Mods

it sounds like you must have over load springs, that work as the truck body drops the springs come into contact with the overload spring perches on the frame. Your not loaded enough to make them come into play full time so they BANG every time the springs hit them As you crank up the air bags they you are raising the back so they never hit again. This. Ditch the airbags and add lower Stableloads . You’ll be all set. I'm not convinced that this is true with a 4000 pound camper. The lower pressures he was experimenting with should have allowed the weight to compress the suspension enough to get full engagement out of the various parts of his OEM suspension. I was having issues and called airlift who makes my bags and tech support recommended running up to 95 psi. I find I like the ride around 75 psi so consider trying out higher pressures. Air it up and see how high you can go before those extensions you talk about lose contact and you may find that you can go higher pressure and still be comfortable with the suspension. In addition to raising the vehicle as the pressure increases, the "firmness" also increases. It's a dance between the vehicle springs and the airbags and the goal is to find the sweet spot where they work together the way you want. This is a very interesting statement and I’d like to try it. Guess I figured the more air the bouncier. But what I don’t understand is how do you drove around with the rear end up in the air? Unless you’re really heavy on a lighter duty truck. I’ve got 4500lbs ish on an old 2500 and 60 psi levels it , full. 70 is about stock ride height. 90-100psi would look like it put a lift kit in the back. Like to know more about your setup bill.
Grit dog 09/21/20 12:27am Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

I've never been able to fuel up as cheaply as I did this summer. What I found funny is that over the Labor Day weekend there was a piece on the national news wherein some "expert" told the nation that gas prices would be dropping as soon as the Labor Day weekend was over and folks weren't driving so much Since then our gas prices have risen 30 cents a gallon. But in Minnesoooota, they’re **** near giving gas away. Cheapest is saw was $1.84 I believe and I don’t think it was corn whiskey. Even the “expensive” diesel there was about the same price as farm fuel here. Buying a vehicle based on your local fuel prices, unless it’s a short term deal or you don’t leave the area and know the historical differences, is futile. At $1.84/gal it’s basically a wash gas is 1/3 cheaper and 1/3 worse mileage. Out here road diesel is on par with gas, or a bit cheaper. So 1/3 more for gas + 1/2 the torque = no thanks for me and gassers.
Grit dog 09/21/20 12:20am Truck Campers
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