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RE: 2023 Ford 40k towing, 500hp, 1200tq

Where's the 8000lb payload number coming from? 20% of the 40,000lb trailer? You all realize that 20% is not a required minimum for a gooseneck, right? Balance the load over the trailer axles, 40K no problem. You have to have some pin weight or your load will be all over the road. 15% gooseneck is a reasonable number. Nah, you can go lighter than that and be fine. People on this site don't tow much other than campers so they don't know how cargo trailers are loaded. A gooseneck loaded at 10% on the pin, which is typical for a TT camper, will be a lot more stable than the aforementioned TT given the hitch location over the axle.
IdaD 10/31/22 03:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 Ram Reveal

I leave my 15 mirrors UP (ANTLERS) because the spot mirrors work best in that position. My 01 I have towing mirrors and the spots work the same up or down so I run down unless towing. Personally I really like my 15 mirrors. X2 Don’t know why Ford owners make a big deal of mirrors, when their diesel still uses the Bosch 4.2 Pump. Because Fords have better tow mirrors and they use them all the time. By contrast, yes the CP4 is a steaming pile but statistically the majority of them don't fail on any given owner.
IdaD 10/31/22 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 owners…Hemi & 3.92s?

To reiterate the question in more simple terms, how handily will a 3.92 geared Hemi blow the doors off a 3.21 geared Hemi? won't.
IdaD 10/26/22 04:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 owners…Hemi & 3.92s?

I'd be looking pretty hard at a Tundra if I were buying a half ton. If it's a last gen truck they were pretty dated and fuel hogs but bombproof from everything I've ever heard.
IdaD 10/26/22 09:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7L Cummins VS 6.7L Cummins HO

Lets see, GM went to the Desmo pump as the CP-4 pain was to much for them. RAM reversed back from the two years of CP-4 failures. Saw a new 5500 with 9,500 miles with failed CP-4. Guess who still uses the CP-4? Here is a picture of the 5500 being unload at RAM dealer. We now know the CP4.2 pump doesn't tolerate air in the fuel especially after a fuel filter change and guess who didn't use a lift pump? Cummins used a asymetrical CP4.2 pump and they were failing like crazy and tried to switch to a symetrical pump but it was too late. Guess who doesn't use a asymetrical pump? You can package a turd anyway you want and you've ultimately still got a turd. I wouldn't buy a vehicle with a CP4 in it.
IdaD 10/23/22 09:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7L Cummins VS 6.7L Cummins HO

I would say the HO engine point is moot but the transmission may be worth the upgrade.
IdaD 10/21/22 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cummins vs Hummer Towing 6,000 lbs

9.7 does seem a little low to me for that setup even going 70. Not crazy low but I'd have guessed more like 11 at those speeds. It could have been a windy day, though. The interesting thing I've learned watching some of these videos recently is how efficient these EVs are in terms of energy use. Assuming this video is accurate, the Cummins carries 5 times the energy but can only tow roughly twice as far. I suppose even less impressive is that the Hummer needs a 3000 lb battery to carry a fifth the energy vs 31 gallons of diesel.
IdaD 10/17/22 03:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How many folks want an EV

EV hate is silly. They suck for towing and they suck for long distance road trips, and both of those are things my family does reasonably regularly. But for a secondary around town vehicle I think an EV would be great for us. As a bonus, where I live we have cheap electricity that's among the most renewable of any state. My wife has taken her Pilot on maybe 1 or 2 300+ mile trips in the last 5 years. It would be no problem at all for her to take another vehicle and leave me with the around town EV on those few occasions. On the more frequent occasions that the whole family goes for a long trip (or towing) we'd just take the diesel truck. The fact that EVs are poor towing and long trip vehicles doesn't make them useless.
IdaD 09/16/22 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Storing My Diesel Truck Over Winter Advice

I have a maintainer on my dad's old Powerstroke that's parked outside at my place. I also start/drive it periodically but short of that, I'd at least keep the maintainer on it. Similar concept, I also keep the camper plugged in to keep the batteries maintained over the winter.
IdaD 09/13/22 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tongue weight limits and wdh

Some factory hitches give you a rating with and without a WDH. My Ram just has a single max weight which I assume means don't exceed whether I'm using a WDH or not. Your Tacoma is probably the same. If you're really at 380 lbs empty I doubt you'll get it up to 650 lbs loaded assuming your hitch runs around 10%.
IdaD 08/25/22 04:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unbraked trailer, towing limitations

Actually it makes good sense. If you add a 2000 lb trailer to a 8000 lb tow vehicle that is 25% more for the vehicle to stop. Are you willing to follow 25% farther from traffic to ensure you can stop in time? Mathematically looks great, but I'm not sure it works exactly that way in real life. My vote is for adding surge brakes. Simple & effective. I towed car trailers for decades using them and never had a problem. I'm not sure surge brakes would be any easier than installing electric brakes and running the wires up to a 7 pin. But it's certainly another viable option.
IdaD 08/24/22 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.7 with spun connecting rod bearing

So Flowerjokes are still finicky about oil? Nothing new. U could run a Cummins on some goose grease and French fry oil and the only downside is getting hungry when you’re pulling grades and it smells like a fried turkey! Lol Love a Ford truck with Cummins...but in a Dodge with their just a different pile of problems I would agree the 68RFE is the worst HD trans option currently but the expense exposure is a lot smaller if it goes tits up vs the engine. I had some trouble with mine last summer that ran about $2500 to fix.
IdaD 08/16/22 09:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tundra vs. Silverado question

I won't go back to a half ton pickup, even if I stop towing. You get more bang for your buck in a 3/4 or 1 ton. Same. In comparable trim levels HD trucks cost a little more to buy and operate but they're still a better value.
IdaD 08/15/22 07:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon

Just from a resale standpoint alone I'd have a really hard time buying anything but a Tacoma in this segment.
IdaD 08/05/22 09:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

It'll probably be a pretty good EV for most buyers. There are lots of towing tests going on because it's new and Ford is pimping the tow capabilities, but in reality very few people are going to buy it with the intention of towing more than a utility trailer down to the home center and back. Kind of how most half tons are used, frankly.
IdaD 08/03/22 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Your Opinion On Air Bags

I like Timbrens better than airbags for the simplicity and price. Functionally they do the same thing, and yes they help with carrying weight.
IdaD 08/01/22 04:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Raptor R Scary Fast July 18

Fast=sucks fuel I think it's safe to say anybody dropped over $100k on a truck doesn't need to care about fuel economy. I think it's a cool truck just like I think the TRX is a cool truck. Neither is something I'd ever consider personally buying, though.
IdaD 07/18/22 03:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

PLEASE tell me what benefit an 8 speed would give me towing West Coast with my AISIN/CUMMINS 385/865 at 35k combined. I can tell you dropping a gear manually does NOTHING as it knows what gear to be in. Don't keep giving me MORE IS BETTER "Barbra Streisand". If you were to hook your unit up behind a new F350 you’d be amazed at the difference a few years, 4 gears and 100 hp make. It's incredible how blindly brand loyal some folks are. I like my Ram, at the time I bought it I thought it was the best diesel truck for my needs. Had I thought that about the Ford or GM, I'd have bought one of them instead. I'll do the same evaluation next time. There's no question that my Ram with a 8 or 10 speed, or even a better quality 6 speed like the previous generation Ford or GM transmission, would be a better truck.
IdaD 07/15/22 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

It's been about a decade now that comparing power between the three diesels has been irrelevant. More pertinent questions would by why the Ram's transmissions haven't caught up yet, or why GM and Ford can't figure out how to make a good exhaust brake.
IdaD 07/13/22 10:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

I have a big garage and shop, a bit of property and live in an area where a larger vehicle isn't a hindrance so I'd personally lean toward a fullsize truck. The cost difference should be minimal and you get a lot more space and better towing. Of what's on the market right now and based off limited knowledge my inclination would be either an F150 or the new Tundra if I were buying a half ton. If I were going to get midsize truck I'd without question get a Tacoma. With the resale values those trucks have they should be by far the cheapest option in the long run. Plus they're really reliable and nice trucks. Might be a little light depending on how heavy you load the trailer and truck. Any HD truck would of course tow much better than a midsize or half ton, but there's no reason you'd need one for that size trailer. The reason you may consider one is future proofing in case you want to get a larger trailer later on.
IdaD 07/08/22 03:51pm Tow Vehicles
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