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RE: bad starter......

I have fixed 2 "bad Starters" in the past week. Both had dirty or loose battery terminals. Check them yourself. In times past cleaning the battery terminals was part of routine maintenance, but now it is considered a repair. I wish I knew how certain we where the starter is bad. I don't know if Ford still uses the relay at the end of a short cable from battery. In times past, when I needed 1 more start to get to a shop, (Or on demolition derby cars) I would disconnect the cable from the starter side of that relay. Then a 2nd battery, hook (+) to that cable, and (-) to the relay terminal. When you turn the switch to 'start' that relay kicks in and the starter gets 24V most times it will crank. If you can get at the starter from underneath, rap on it few times with a mallet and it might start. If it does, don't shut it off 'til you get to the shop. OT but gave me a laugh. A friend called me 1 night, he was out of town and his teenage kid was broke down at a party. He told her to tap on the starter. When I got there with another starter, the 1 I had to take off was beat so bad it could not even be a core. That little cutie had half the HS football team beating on that starter
JRscooby 05/12/21 05:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

In the 70's it was 8 gal max in the Seattle area. My 74 K10 SNB had three tanks. OEM 16, 18 saddle on the other side and 30 where the spare tire mounted. But if the station would only sell you 8 gallons, hauling the extra MT tanks around did you no good. The only advantage was you could go to the station, get 8 gallons wither you needed it or not. In the instance now, the fact you could fill all those tanks means you could be sure 5 other people could not get the 10 gallons they need. But your talk of the 70s brings up a good point. Nearly 50 years, every once in a while something happens, the oil companies give the sack a good squeeze. Then many try to shake the hand off, but soon we tell them to get another grip. How long before nobody can sing base?
JRscooby 05/12/21 05:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gasoline/Diesel Shortages

OP here. Yes a short lived post would be nice. DW and I are planning to leave home for 4 months and head west on June 20. I plan to make my way to I84 then I81, I40 I65 to Columbia TN then US route 412 west to Springer NM. Unfortunately this route looks like it might not work form the reports I'm seeing. So I sat down today and started checking out alternate routes that will hopefully avoid any hard hit areas. My thinking is to get to I80/I70 west and so on. This is what so great about this forum. If this thing happens to drag on (sound familiar) hopefully enough folks will chime in and we can get an idea what areas are favorable for travel. One way or another this is going to be an interesting trip!!! By June 20 I'm sure they will be able to open the valves by hand if the have not solved all the issues. A much longer lasting problem is likely to be the bridge at Memphis
JRscooby 05/12/21 05:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

One nice thing about a Freightliner M2-106 MDT. Hardly notice wind at all. Well, my 106 inch cab Freightliner, with 20,000 steer, 22,000 lift axle and a pair of 23,000 drive axles could tell the driver when wind was pushing the side of the 17 ft long, 6.5 foot deep empty open topped bed. Add 30 tons of gravel in the bed, wind was less of a issue.
JRscooby 05/12/21 03:22pm Towing
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Does the front suspension rise or compress when you get all hooked up?I am still curious on the weight distribution effect on the front suspension. It looked pretty level even without the bags. I did notice the front end steering was a bit lighter without the bags though. I watched a friend hook up, as we where discussing his handling issue. The front of TV came up when the tongue was lowered. Latched coupler, jacked back up to hook the bars. When lifted jack off ground, the front was still higher than before hooked up. When he aired up the bags, the TV was level. Made a bet the scale would tell him front was still light. Never measured, but bet both ends of TV where riding higher with trailer than without. When readjusted the bars, handling improved
JRscooby 05/12/21 02:19pm Towing
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

^^^^^^^^ "do is give you a better chance to hoard fuel." ^^^^^^^^^^^ That wasn't very nice, was it? No need to get snarky. I'm thinking of those people who have a small fuel tank in their rig and can't get to another station to get fuel. What the heck is wrong with that? Sorry if I offended you. But If you had 1000 gallon tank, and it was MT you would be no better off than me with a MT 25 gallon tank. OTOH just like people when they saw TP in the store buy a 6 month supply so others could not get what they need. And I'm sure that this kind of thing happens couple times a month... And all this in convince to cry about, it is still against the rules to talk about the actions taken to be sure we don't prevent it.
JRscooby 05/11/21 06:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

For those of you who couldn't see the benefit of extra fuel, look today at gas stations in the Eastern US. Due to the Colonial Pipeline issue, what is happening to those who need fuel and are unable to get it? Let alone paying the increased cost of fuel if they can get some. Anyone? Anyone> Bueller??? Bueller??? Let me see, maybe I should haul a extra 500 lbs around for the life of my truck because something might happen? If that tank was MT when the attack happened all it would do is give you a better chance to hoard fuel.
JRscooby 05/11/21 11:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: St Louis

Unless going/coming from NE I prefer the road that follow the old US40-US61 thru the downtown area. Now it's called I 64, ties back into I 70 near Wentzville
JRscooby 05/11/21 06:59am Roads and Routes
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Snip... Just my thoughts... I hope the border re-opens some day so we can back to regular camping in the US. I agree with most of what you say, but one bit is mis-leading; He's from BC, eh! LOL. I understand a lot of things change when you cross the border, but I don't think "When you get struck by a sudden strong gust of wind, the force against 1/3 of the TT sidewall behind the axles and the force against 1/3 of the TT sidewall ahead of the axles cancel each other out." would be true on either side of the border, when it comes to wind pushing a trailer around
JRscooby 05/11/21 04:25am Towing
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Snip... Just my thoughts... I hope the border re-opens some day so we can back to regular camping in the US. I agree with most of what you say, but one bit is mis-leading; When you get struck by a sudden strong gust of wind, the force against 1/3 of the TT sidewall behind the axles and the force against 1/3 of the TT sidewall ahead of the axles cancel each other out. They do cancel with regard to introducing sway, but there is still a large force trying move the rig sideways. Reducing the action at the hinge TV/TT likely will reduce the oversteer, but even if you lock it solid it will take input from the driver to stay between the ditches. The OP might need to adjust his expectations.
JRscooby 05/10/21 04:39am Towing
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Your trip to the Cat. Make 1 pass, hooked up like you tow, another with just TV. I have never understood what useful info is gained with loose bars, but the change in weight of TV, and where that weight rides is important info. BTW, if you tell them it is re-weigh for the 2nd (or more) passes only charge a fraction. For an extra $2-3 get all the info. It's technically possible to back calculate with just the 2 measures but beyond most people's understanding of how to calculate. I don't see how that's possible because you'd have to guess at a variable. For example calculating tongue weight would be impossible from one pass with just the truck and the second pass with weight bars connected which will put weight on the front axle and ADD weight to the trailer axle. You'd have to guess what the tongue weight is. You can do it but you have to include the axle spacing and isolate for the unknown variables taking into account the moments created in the WDH. I'm not even going to try and explain the process...it's a whole lot simpler to just disconnect the bars and take another measurement. What is so important about knowing what what the TW would be while the trailer is not hooked to the TV? And if you think that number is important, pulling the trailer across the scales with bars loose will not give it to you because the front of trailer will be low. The TW that will change the handling is the weight the TV is carrying down the road. Getting that, and GW of the trailer so you can figure the percentage is simple if you don't add all the extra number from the loose bar pass. Now if you where planning to replace the TV, that pass might be worthwhile if you where smart enough to figure out what the change in wheelbase and overhang will do.
JRscooby 05/08/21 10:04am Towing
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

@Devo, no skin off my back, and you’re correct, no one with any sort of knowledge about thermodynamics or just good horse sense would disagree that heat rises, aerodynamics are more than partly attributable to frontal area and that the smaller, lighter of a trailer you’re pulling, generally the more economical it is on the fuel bill. But instead you basically pee’d on every RV owner with a big camper as if your (big 40’ long double and triple axle trailers, which are both sweet btw) choices are somehow morally or physically superior to everyone else’s. I find it mildly entertaining. Others probably only consider it poor behavior. The spiteful part is your weird incessant jabbing at anything Ram related because you got either a lemon of a truck or a lemon of a dealer, or both. Anyone with half a brain would have understood that from your initial postings on the issue. But somehow, you got the notion to put down anyone who owns the same brand of truck that YOU bought as well, but are now having a bad experience with it. A little nit picky but heat doesn’t rise heated air does, heat is omnidirectional and moves from a higher intensity to lower. That is what I think every time someone says “heat rises” . I normally don’t say anything because it’s usually not worth explaining. Air even a little warmer than air around it will rise. Water even a little warmer than water around it will rise. Can you educated people name anything that can flow that does not follow that plan? For that matter, hold a touch on a line on a piece of steel, the area above will turn red faster than below. It takes more coals on top of a DO then below to get the same temp. Likely by 5th grade I was educated beyond my intelligence, but the level I live, heat rises
JRscooby 05/07/21 03:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Your trip to the Cat. Make 1 pass, hooked up like you tow, another with just TV. I have never understood what useful info is gained with loose bars, but the change in weight of TV, and where that weight rides is important info. BTW, if you tell them it is re-weigh for the 2nd (or more) passes only charge a fraction. For an extra $2-3 get all the info. It's technically possible to back calculate with just the 2 measures but beyond most people's understanding of how to calculate. I don't see how that's possible because you'd have to guess at a variable. For example calculating tongue weight would be impossible from one pass with just the truck and the second pass with weight bars connected which will put weight on the front axle and ADD weight to the trailer axle. You'd have to guess what the tongue weight is. Well first you must understand the TW when the trailer is setting on the jack is meaningless. The number you need is the TW when hooked up, ready to go down the road.* Once you get that idea between your ears you have 3rd grade arithmetic following a 5th grade word problems. Now this is approaching the extent of my education level, other than what I learned making a living, but I will try to break it down. The 2 passes will give you 7 numbers. TV steering (S1), TV drive (D1), TV gross (G1), Combination steering (S2), Combination drive (D2) trailer axles (TA) and Combination gross. (G2) Want to know the TW while in operation? Add (S2) to (D2) then subtract (G1). Trailer weight? Subtract (G1) from (G2) How much of TW is transferred to steering? Compare (S1) to (S2) *And before you go talking accuracy, understand if you need a WDH, the TW that shows when bars are loose will be more than actual.
JRscooby 05/07/21 08:30am Towing
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Thank you for all the input. I added the airbags just as a recommendation from a friend. I sometimes forget to fill them up when towing and don't really notice a difference to be honest. The plan at the moment is putting better tires on. It is currently at the shop getting the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 3's installed. Then I'm going to load up the trailer and take it to a CAT scale and get it weighed; Once without the weight distribution and once with to see the different load points for the axels. At that point, I'll readjust as needed. I don't carry anything too heavy in the back. Just up to 3 dirt bikes (<700lbs). We then put all luggage and so forth in the front bedroom to help distribute the weight. After doing the above, I'll take it for a test drive and see how it does. If it's still white knuckled driving, I will spring for the ProPride hitch. That's a tough 3k bill to swallow for a hitch, but it's cheaper than a 60k+ truck. Finally, if all else fails we have discussed selling the trailer and getting a toyhauler RV. Talking big bucks there, so I'd like to avoid that! Your trip to the Cat. Make 1 pass, hooked up like you tow, another with just TV. I have never understood what useful info is gained with loose bars, but the change in weight of TV, and where that weight rides is important info. BTW, if you tell them it is re-weigh for the 2nd (or more) passes only charge a fraction.
JRscooby 05/06/21 01:42pm Towing
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Charging up at home is certainly convenient however electricity in the quantities needed for vehicle charging is not portable. When hurricanes or winter storms take down power lines then home vehicle charging will be left high and dry. To me, this issue is a wash. But I know that need electricity to pump the gas into cars. I have been in times/places where I could not buy fuel because phone line was down. Bell, once a railroad bridge went down, 2 days later you couldn't by diesel at any of 4 stations that normally have it on 150 miles of highway. Anybody that charged at home would have no issue. I would think that somebody that "fuels" at home is likely to be close to full "tank" than the guy that must go to a station. Say the ICE car can run 300 miles on a tank, EV 300 on full battery. If both full, can run same distance. But I bet there is better chance EV is charge unless there is advanced notice.
JRscooby 05/06/21 04:40am Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

If EV technology is sound, then it should be sound enough to stand on it's own. I am against all forms of "target subsidies" as that just allows politicians to select the winners and losers (based on who donates to their campaigns), or basically Robin Hood type wealth distribution (take from the rich and give to the poor). First, you protest the idea of government helping a new industry that has a chance to reduce the use of oil. But I bet you, like all other consumers would squeal like a pig under a gate about the increase in cost if government stopped the subsidies of the fossil fuel industry. As for the take from rich, give to poor idea, money does not breed. Rich mostly does not produce wealth, work does. Over the last 40+ years, the producers of wealth have had got smaller and smaller of share of that wealth.
JRscooby 05/05/21 01:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

The tongue weight will make trailer less stable. But it would be unstable in calm too. Fact is the large profile vehicle will be affected by wind. A lot of the solution must happen between the drivers ears.
JRscooby 05/04/21 03:20pm Towing
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

I remember when gas first broke $1 and there were plenty people saying they would walk before paying that much. Anyone remember the old pumps had to be set at half price because max was 99.9 cents? (of course you had to pay 2x the displayed amount) Price of fuel has always been a contention. And the gas stations moaning about the cost to replace all the pumps because the old could not price over a dollar? Not 1 station owner thought to round that $0.009 to $0.01? Change the last digit to penny, and the price could go to $9.99 with old pump.
JRscooby 05/04/21 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

A lot depends on how much you drive. My pickup, unless I'm going out of town, when my stock tank gets down to 1/4 tank, I put in 5 gallons. This will last at least couple weeks of normal use before back to that mark again. Before I hook up, fill the tank. This gives me at least 60% fresh gas. And towing, my little motor does better mileage the 2nd time I fill. Most times, I can run near 300 miles before I get to that 1/4 mark I call MT. Now if I had a extra tank, I would have to be sure it was MT when I get home, or would have more old gas next trip. Then there is the issue of the extra weight. 50 gal, about 400 lbs. How much fuel is needed to haul that weight?
JRscooby 05/04/21 04:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Inconsiderate People

Not sure a call to police for loud party is ever the best idea. Bad manners should never cause risk of death. If that's your philosophy then why bother having law enforcement at all? Any encounter can turn out bad. The bad behavior will continue if no one tries to stop it. You do the best you can but sometimes it's beyond your control. It's like not standing up to a bully-if there's no repercussion for their bullying it never ends. I did not say there is never a need for LEOs, but I can't understand why every problem must be faced with men in armor that seam to be afraid of everything. A loud party in our neighborhood normally means neighbor will let it be known next day/week others where disturbed. Couple years ago, a renter's game day party ran late and loud 2 weeks in a row. The third Sunday, all the cars that normally park in driveways where in the street. To get to game party they would need to park in next block. They found another location.
JRscooby 05/02/21 07:37pm Around the Campfire
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