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RE: Toyota Tundra vs Ford F150 Hybrid Fuel Economy Tests

Who buys a p/u for it's fuel economy? More than you think, depending upon that person's needs. My current one is the most mpg oriented one I've owned. Most I've worried about, but not really. At the end, I retesting results.... Marty
blt2ski 01/28/22 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: AGM battery

Time2roll No I could NOT have it shipped. As not only was parts place I was at out, disributo and manufacture was out. If your sitting on the side of the road, in my driveway with a dead battery, are you willing to wait upwards of 7 typical,nim on 2 weeks waiting for FedEx to deliver me a non hazmat item from across the country..... Shipping right now for many items is not what it was 18-24 months ago. Marty
blt2ski 01/24/22 10:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bought a second truck.

It's amazing how many have not had trucks on scales. I've wieght all of mine, know fr/rear light wts too. If you load them on a regular basis, it's good to know generally speaking correct light numbers so one does not put too much wieght, looks incorrectly etc you truck. As a comparison, my 96 CC K3500 crew cab was 6600 empty. With in a few lbs of a current reg cab truck. Marty
blt2ski 01/23/22 10:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing with gm 6.6 gas

Actually, including the lower first gear behind the 6.6, lower axle gear of 4.10 option, the 6.6 has as much or more torque hitting the ground than you 05 D/A combo. Other than passing fuel stations, the gas motor would be and is a good option. If you're at higher elevations ie I've 5-6k alot, the diesel would be better. Only because it is a forced induction motor. Put a supercharger on it, elevation power loss is not an issue. The newer gas motors are good power houses as compared to past motors. My 4.3 V6 with a 6sp auto pulls every but as hard or better than the 4bbl/TBI 454 BB gas motors I've had. The 6.6 has more HP/torque yet. Other than the brain electron between my or your ears that diesels are better..... These newer motors are good options. Marty
blt2ski 01/23/22 10:10am Towing
RE: Bought a second truck.

My 1981 and 2000 reg cab C2500's were around 4800 dry, with 8600 factory gvw the had just shy of 2 tons of payload. My 1500 dual cab 4x I'd 5300-5400 empty per GM. I'm generally 5700-5800 including my phat arse coming out of the dump. I have a factory gvw of 7200. A few lighter trucks around. Marty
blt2ski 01/22/22 11:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: AGM battery

Gel+easier than AGM) and lithium(easiest) are shippable too. All four battery types need haz mat markings. Lead you pay thru the nose with FedEx. Lithium if need be can go air. Other three can't. At least per MY options at work! Marty
blt2ski 01/22/22 10:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: AGM battery

The only people that would truly get any advantage with an AGM vs typical lead starting battery, would be those that operate with items needing a large battery draw. Such as snow plows, winches, night time off road lights, having an inverter installed for 110 use.... Being as AGMs can generally speaking handle more than 5-6 total discharges like a lead starting battery. Your chances of buying batteries prematurely lesson. Like ALL things great and small, when we have more than one option, there are pluses and minuses to all the options. So depending upon the individual plus/minus, how they fit your individual needs, one can come up with a which is better. Last fall buying a battery for my 1500, the lead bats had a upwards of double warranty lifetime, more cranking amps, both maintenance free......no AGM s in stock. Simple choice in my book. I was thinking about AGMs for some of the reasons I mentioned Marty
blt2ski 01/22/22 08:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: AGM battery

Possibly. Not just Ford's. AGM batteries can be charged at 40% of lost amps vs lead at 25%,gel at20%. So if you have too small if a power source, the battery will not charge correctly. Or you will blow up power source, ie alternator because you are working it too hard This is a big issue in boats, with house battery makeups many times bigger than land yachts. Marty
blt2ski 01/19/22 09:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

I'd take a 20" wide single on the back of ALL three DW rigs I've owned I've duals. Assuming BOTH setups have the same overall width. Supers are lighter in wieght, better mpg's, just as stable. Every test I've seen show better faster stopping, the majority of the time better traction. More carrying capacity due too the overall light tire/rim combo. About a ton more on a typical 5 axle truck trailer. Only reason duals seem to stay around is the operators brain says 4 -10" tires per axle is better. I'm personally seeing more tractors and trailers with supers than I did 20 years ago. As noted, there are in reality, none available in sizes smaller than 22-24" rim diam. Marty
blt2ski 01/17/22 10:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

I want super singles tucked under the SRW fenders instead of a dually. Going to be a bit narrower between the wheel wells and that is fine by me. What would that do for you over a 3500 SRW with 18's that have a lot of carrying capacity ? Super singles you could get tires in the 5000+ lbs relm. But reality is, not a big deal unless you have a 10-20k RA capacity. The other SS do, is give you more tire width, for a higher capacity DOT load. As you need 20" of tire(s) per corner to get your max 20k per axle. With the typical 10" tire width of a SW truck, you only have 10k of wieght you can put in that axle. Even if the sum of the parts are over 10k lbs per DOT FBL specs. The lr e 18's I have on my truck are good to 4000-4500 lbs per. On par or greater than some of the 35 DW rigs I've owned. Per FBL specs, I get 5500 or 11000 lbs on the RA. Not that I'm going to recommend this mind you. I would prefer SS on my Navistar vs the 4 225-70-19.5 tires I have. Marty
blt2ski 01/16/22 10:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

First off, the nishiit pickup was a turd on most of not ALL accounts, specs etc. What I'm trying to describe, is typical HD DOT class 2 truck chassis. IE the typical 8600-8800 gvwr truck most or many of us grew up with. DOT range of 8400-10,000 lbs gvwr. My 2014 GM with it's 7200 gvwr has been labeled a std 15 as mine is, a LD 2500 in the early 90's, HD 15 in the 70's to 80's time frame. Falls in the LD DOT 6001-8399 range. Same emissions etc as DOT class 1 of 0-6000gvwr. My opinion, of course I'm probably hairbrainded on this. Manufactures with today's smaller higher powered small engines, higher than most BB V8 of your rigs, could up the springs of my truck, out a 9.5" RA like the V8 rigs have. Put a 5-6k set of rear springs, us the smaller V6 diesels, in GMs the cylinder shut off 4.3, 5.3 and 6.2 motors. One might not get the whole 22-26 mpg freeway empty miles the 15 series are getting. The V6 diesel instead of 30-40, 25-35 mpg. Yes towing no one gets much more than 12 maybe 14 on a blue moon day. A CC SB truck will wieght in at 5509-6000 empty, vs 8-8500 for the current 25/35sw truck equals. My 96 sw3500 was 6600. 05 DA DW 7300 empty. Yes GVWRs are now in the DOT class 3 relm, ie 10,001 to 14k. Cummins12v's DW 3500 has a chassis etc on par with 1990's GM/Ford 45 series trucks. Is that truck truly a 1ton DOT class 3 truck? My 89 dw R3500 was in reality class 2 truck with it's 10k gvwr. I'm sure I've gone on a different tangent than OP was thinking. But as many note, marketing vs reality are two different creatures Marty
blt2ski 01/14/22 08:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

In mkirsh's and others example re 25 vs SW35 series. Reality is the 25 need to be lightened up literally gvwr wise! Make it a true beefed up 6 or 8 lug 15 series. Back to more online with the first one I bought in 81, most recent 2000, 6000-6800 grawr, front 4000-5000. The ability to get the smaller motors like the eco boost, smaller diesels that GM and Dodge have. Make it so the 25 does not compete per say with a SW35. For me and my use, not towing much over 10-12k lbs, 3000-4000 lbs of payload. A truck in this axle wieght class will do that fine. I don't need or want the heavier frame etc that the current 25/35 series trucks wieght in at. I ran into a person at a fuel station. His crew cab short back d/a wieghed a 1000 lbs MORE than my 05 DW crew cab did! Don't get me wrong, I've always felt the DW 35's were under speed when I was first buying trucks in the 80's .nothing between a 10k gvw and a 20k. Now there is basically nothing between a 7500 and 11000 gvw truck. Maybe that truck is useless. But I'd bet there are lots of us in or have been in contraction, towing per DOT rules etc, that a beefed up version with the smaller motors better mpg empty etc would be better than the 15's we're driving. Grit and a few others probably fit this truck size as I do. Marty
blt2ski 01/14/22 01:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy/GMC 1500 Recall

Mine has a 17" spare, the main rims are 18". Both tires are 31.5" in diam, same revs per mile........ Marty
blt2ski 01/12/22 08:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Price breaks on new Pickups?!

Sorry Grit, You get the pizza on March 32nd!, April 1 is just the discount!
blt2ski 01/11/22 08:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity

Even with my SW mid 90's K3500, by the time I loaded spouse, 4 kids, rack, canoe, 2 125-150 lb malamutes with crates in the bed, a bike or five. I had all but 700 lbs typically of it's approx 3000 lbs of payload filled up. So an approx 7000-7500 lb trailer with 700 being HW. Yet most would say I had upwards of 12000 lbs to work with! HAH!! Marty
blt2ski 01/09/22 12:03pm Towing
RE: Towing capacity

Where does OP say what truck they have. They haven't. No telling if as one noted, it may be limited by factory hitch...as my 05 dw Duramax was limited to 4500 or 5000 lbs, as it did not come with a hitch of any sort. Legally speaking, OP can pull what ever they want. From a warranty and performance std that is given, pulling more wieght, or frontal area and a few other factors may make it so they have no warranty per say. Reality, no one answering honestly knows IF the OPs TV can pull said toy hauler safely and sanely! Marty
blt2ski 01/02/22 01:58pm Towing
RE: Diesel anti-gel additive

One thing to do with fuel conditioners, be it for gas or diesel. Don't put it in with a full tank, then walk away! Turn the motor on for 5-10 min, so the conditioner gets into ALL the fuel lines, filters etc otherwise you're really not helping you potential problem With this said, I've had good luck with products by Bell industries for the diesels I've owned and own now. Gas Sta-Bil has worked well, both std red, and marine dk blue version. Marty
blt2ski 12/19/21 11:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: winter camping advice

I used to go thru at worst, at least a 10 gal tank if temps were 0-20F at a local ski area with a Fleetwood Prowler back in the 90s to early 2000 time frame. one Issue I had, knew problem, did not fix until 9 yrs in, there was a drain Tee that would freeze up and keep water from getting into the bathroom, and from the hot water tank to the kitchen. fter removal, no issues with lack of water any where. My tank was under a couch in the main living area, so no freezing issues. Being as you have power, having plenty of battery is not an issue. You might want more than a single size 24 that was seems std for power outages. Along with access to a 2500-300wt generator. We also had the vent covers on the roof. This worked well in snow. except if it was blowing 30-50 mph, then snow came in. Once you had 2-3' on the top, no issues with snow getting in. no do not use a slide in the out position if you get snow! or at least have many supports under it so it will not sag out, bend etc As noted, even with the furnace going full time it can get cold. Have crtains etc drawn to keep the warmth in. Single pains with frost over! also as noted, if reasonably permanant spot, you can put plywood, straw bales etc to make a skirt under to keep it warmer under you to a degree, so you should be warmer above....... Big issue, i could go home 50 miles away towing the trailer to dry out, warm up, dump the tanks, altho some times it took longest 14 days to melt. Then again, its usually not below freezing in greater seatlle, but we do get a week or two with temps no higher than 32F..... I would want to be starting the adventure a month or so ago myself, so you are preping in warmer temps etc.... Good luck. marty
blt2ski 12/08/21 09:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: House Battery

I prefer the two 31 option. BUT as noted by one poster, carrying a 31 is too much. But they can carry a 24, so the three 24's if they fit in or on the battery tray, would be the better option for that person. Marty Why do the batteries need to be carried? Just leave them in place year round. I believe the person saying carrying the batteries ment for him even exchanging them. Some of us can not, nor should leave them in an RV during times of non use. Ie a storage lot, no 110 to trickle charge the batteries during say 6 months of non use. That's an 18-20+% discharge. So best to keep at home where it's warmer, and you can setup a trickle charger. Marty
blt2ski 12/05/21 03:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: House Battery

Based on my usage of a size 24 deep cycle lead battery, if temps are in the 20's, you'll get about 12 hrs running just the heater fan per battery. 3 size 24's got me on par typical use as 2 size 31's. I prefer the two 31 option. BUT as noted by one poster, carrying a 31 is too much. But they can carry a 24, so the three 24's if they fit in or on the battery tray, would be the better option for that person. On the other hand, if wieght is really an issue, like is is for some water/land yachts, I saw that a size 24 lithium battery has about the same usable AHr as an 8d battery which is 3-4x heavier. Or about equal to 3 size 31's. At the end of the day, choose your poison, the only best/worst way is how you use your rig etc. Marty
blt2ski 12/05/21 02:39pm General RVing Issues
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