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RE: Tundra vs. Silverado question

My 2014 1500 is just shy of 2000 lbs per door sticker. I've run down the road per dot scale close to 8400 with out issues. With that said, iirc Toyota used a 10.5" rear ring gear vs 9.5 or 8.5 in my case, as I have a V6, not an 8. Also typically a 4.10 ratio. Trans gears are taller overall. Reality, the GM typical 3.42 ratio and 4.5 2st gear in trans may be lower overall. Reality, both should be similar in handling, power can vary due to many factors. Marty My 2018 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LTZ (Short bed) w/the 5.3 is 1444 pounds. I'm very surprised at this 2,000 pound payload figure. A few differences, as noted I have the V6, smaller rear axle, LT vs heavier optioned LTZ, dual cab/6.5' bed vs 200-300 lb heavier crew cab option. Saw some reg cab 2wd V6 WT pkg setups with 2200 lb payloads. My reg 2500 had 3800, 400 lbs shy of a dually crew cab LS D/A combo. Things like power windows, 35 lbs per, heated power seats 40-50 lbs per eat into payload no matter the model. If you want payload, lots of bells and whistles, in many cases one has to up the chassis gvwr to get needed payload. If you have a family of 6, with 4 adult sized kids where we all wieghed 1200-1300 lbs, you need to upsize a chassis or three depending upon trailer to be towed etc. A few things MANY people that only drove cars until retirement and want to tow a trailer do not know or understand. Some like grit or myself that have been using trucks daily in commercial use, understand the different DOT truck classes, what there good for, how to license appropriately, legally vs arrenty ratings manufactures use .... As many have noted, realistically, OP should be in a DOT class 2b 8401 gvw or higher rated truck, not a 2a up to 8400 gvwr truck. I needed a 3500 SW with 4000 lbs of payload to haul my family with a whopping 6500 lb 24' long TT, by the time I added us as noted earlier, HW, generator, two Alaska malamutes, sometimes bikes, canoe, firewood etc. I would need a class 6 19500-26000 gvw truck to haul family, and trailer cummins12v hauls around. Marty
blt2ski 08/13/22 11:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tundra vs. Silverado question

My 2014 1500 is just shy of 2000 lbs per door sticker. I've run down the road per dot scale close to 8400 with out issues. With that said, iirc Toyota used a 10.5" rear ring gear vs 9.5 or 8.5 in my case, as I have a V6, not an 8. Also typically a 4.10 ratio. Trans gears are taller overall. Reality, the GM typical 3.42 ratio and 4.5 2st gear in trans may be lower overall. Reality, both should be similar in handling, power can vary due to many factors. Marty
blt2ski 08/12/22 08:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: My new-to-me 2018 Ram.

Hope you truly do not fill your truck with gaz.......it will not run very good at all! Deezal on the other hand, it will run really good. ALL the tricks no matter the fuel, from about 2014 on got some good jumps in power, better transmissions. We've all gained no matter your brand preference. Marty
blt2ski 08/11/22 01:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Insist dealership check vehicle under the exact same conditions

Had this issue once. Both tech and advisor said bring both in.....accelerated out of dealership lot, tech said got issue. You're running on 6 cylinders, not 8...... Sometimes you the customer has to help tech find the issue, as others have done like me. Yes, if I have to pay a bit of hourly to dodge guy or equal, at the end of the day, when issue is found, both are happy. Marty
blt2ski 08/11/22 01:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2012 Yukon not seeing trailer connected

Has the Yukon pulled a trailer before? If not, my last 3-4 GMs have a big fuse that needs to be added to a fuse box in the engine compartment, drivers side. Marty
blt2ski 08/03/22 09:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

Like ALL things great and small, this will work for some, the other 90%,it won't work. I can say the same about a 35seried dually, even a certain species class 8 has limits for some. Get over folks. It's a tool. Just because I find a 6oz tack hammer to be the best thing since sliced bread, doesn't mean it always the best hammer to have, hence why you can buy them to upwards of 10 lb heads lat I looked. Marty
blt2ski 08/03/22 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck tires

I've been disappointed the few times I strayed from Michelin. I'm not the only, but I've been disappointed generally speaking when I've bought Michelin! Only ones I've bought worth it from them, is an XDE M+S in a 225-70-19.5 LR G for my drive axle on Navistar. Otherwise, as someone said, black sidewalls that are round, appropriate tread and load capacity for driving I'm doing is that vehicle Marty
blt2ski 07/28/22 08:43pm Towing
RE: Truck tires

Duratrac for all intent and purposes, should be labeled traction tires. I have a set, yes noisy. Get some Cooper AT3, very little noise. But, if your not in snow and icy conditions, an aggressive highway tire would be a good option. Marty
blt2ski 07/26/22 11:06pm Towing
RE: Sumo Springs on 2022 F350 SRW

Soft Friday suspension......sounds like transit van I drive at work to a degree. I usually figured it was due to the LOOOOOONG rear overhang behind rear axle. Way softer than the sprinters we had. About literal usefull 2000 lbs less payload for same gvwr/25 series vans. Marty
blt2ski 07/26/22 01:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping in an EV.... Always charging...

59% choose camping in a tent??? I find that to be unbelievable; it would be very helpful if you would post links to your reference material. Maybe it's just me, but I tend to disregard references to data/surveys/studies/etc. that don't include a link; makes me think they are hiding something they don't want the rest of us to see (or it's just plain made up facts to begin with). For instance, do they include a pop-up as a tent? What about Hybrids? etc. etc. etc. I agree, links and references are good to support a claim, however I don't find it unbelievable. A lot of people camp in tents that you'll never see in a campground. Backwoods, epic hikes, beach camping, bike camping, backyard camping, scouts etc. I think about all the people that hike the Appalachian trail annually. Things like that. Add the Pacific crest trail from Mexico to Canadian border. I reference a place I've spent the night before. On literally a 1000" of snow and ice at the 11000' mark of my Rainier. One can add the 100 mile Wonderland trail going around Rainier. Marty
blt2ski 07/25/22 07:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping in an EV.... Always charging...

Hmmmm If camping is less that staying in a metal/wood framed unit, wonder what sleeping on 1000' of ice/snow glacier at 12000' level on Mt Rainier in a nylon fiberglass framed tent? Or on dirt? Ir hanging on a rock cliff tied to it... Many good comments, a few crazy ones....still, different strokes for different folks Marty
blt2ski 07/24/22 10:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

Not on fishing boat per day right now.....if the wind picks up, I could probably troll as many do behind stick boats.... Hoping wind does pick up, drifting on a race course is not a lot of fun. Even if it is only 70F, sun can get intense with water reflection. I have yet to have a truck, heavy equipment, puter program etc that I did not come up with an improvement that when I hit a combo of X years, Y provements to said item, that I went out and bought new one if in budget...... One would think Ron is of the same thought pattern. Marty
blt2ski 07/18/22 05:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

Ron, 8 so has a 4.3 first gear, 10 in the 4.5 relm, compared to your 3.5ish first gear. Better starting gearing. Less pedal easier starts especially on steep grades. I have not compared as closely on mid to top gears, possibly spaced closer, so assuming your like me, if I can't pull in OF, but in direct I could go redline, but back off to 2800 or so with past diesels, a taller ratio in trans will allow to go faster up a hill. No one is saying per say your combo is BAD. But from past experience going from 3 to 4 to 5 to 6 and a 7 sp, when the gears are closer together, yet over all splits are wider, even with the sam motor up front, performance, mpg etc is better. Think about how much better your current rig is vs last one with the 4 sp auto. Marty
blt2ski 07/15/22 08:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Old tow rig about ready for duty again!

Grit, What's wrong with rims you have?!?!? White spokes would also be period appropriate. Marty
blt2ski 07/14/22 04:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

^No 12V will just keep touting his old 6 speed slush box. Don’t worry, if Ram ever does pull their head far enough out of their posterior to be able to count gears, and offer more speeds, it will then and only then become a good thing in 12Vs eyes! ROTFLMAO ???????? Very TRUE!!!!!! I have to agree with this Ron. But I feel be it correctly done, or incorrectly time wise, the article does show the difference between an HO and STD power 6.7 Cummins motors. Just as it show difference in other two vs these. Still think it shows positive negative differences between these four motors, whether or not who ever is reading this, likes the results or not. Marty
blt2ski 07/14/22 03:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: just a little more power

Not anymore. Most HD pickup trucks only have one gear option these days. Not for gas trucks. Dodge offers 2 options, Ford offers 3. Gm is the only one that does not have an option. They haven't for a while iirc. There are only 3 major manufactures of consumer HD trucks, and 2 of those offer different gear options, with increased tow ratings for deeper gears, for the gas trucks. Issue with the RA deeper us better, it helps MOST in first gear assuming everything else is the same. BUT, with my GM 6.5TD, on a freeway grade of 3-5%, with the nv4500 I had, the 3.73 would have been the better RA ratio. As the grade got steeper, I dropped a gear, I could go to redline in next lower gear, same speed as 1800 in higher gear.....reality, I would assume a high percentage majority of us do not drive at WOT in the gear below. We do as I did in that truck, reduce rpm to 2700 to 2800, drive whatever that speed is. With the 3.73, I would have been going faster bt 5mph or so. Same thing occurs in my Navistar, having 7 forward gears, reasonably space apart, I've pulled hills better that higher up/torque motors with fewer gears. Both of these in first gear, due to lower overall ratio times torque, out pulled a basically double HP/torque Dmax. 6.5 by an additional%grade before stalling at 20k lbs. The IHC with lowest power, 30% at 30k lbs due to an overall low around 45-1 vs effective ratio of 17-1. Iff you want to talk 4% freeway grade speed, the Dmax at 320 HP more than left the 175/185hp of the IHC/GM behind. Reality, a lower ra may or may not help in actual towing experience. Depends upon the situation, what you want that truck to do or behave. Marty
blt2ski 07/13/22 04:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vs. Ram vs. GM Diesel HP/TQ Ratings

Article basically shows trucks are generally speaking putting out advertised numbers. Ford seems to have lowest or best lack of drivetrain loss. Dodge IMHO the most. GM in the middle. At the end of the day, in reality, ALL three models are great trucks, pull like no other trucks before. We as customers are winning, no matter which brand one chooses. Marty
blt2ski 07/12/22 08:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: just a little more power

Grit, Not sure it's a 7-1 ratio. It might be. BenK has used a ratio on bikes, a human notices 1 to 2 oz reduction on a moving part, vs needing 2 lbs on a non moving part. When I put 285s on my truck, about 10-15 lbs extra per corner, mpg went down 3 mpg about the same as when I've had 1500 lbs in the bed with stock 265 rubber. That's more in line with Ben's 16 or 32 to 1 ratio. At the end of the day, you and I and may be jimlin are on the same page, that wt reduction via tire or rim reduction, does net you more HP to the ground vs drivetrain loss. OP I have not seen come back with where they are HP low. If elevation, not sure lighter tires/rims will help, since one is losing 2 to 3% of HP per 1000' elevation gain. So assuming 6000 to 8000 ft elevation, that potential 20-25% power loss. Nothing short of a forced induction add on will help in this situation. Marty
blt2ski 07/11/22 12:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: just a little more power

For elevation power issues, ONLY way to truly counter that is putting some kind of forced induction on the motor. Ie a super or turbocharger. As Jim also pointed out, if you have heavier tires, that uses up HP too. Gearing may help, probably not enough to make it worth while as pointed out. At the end, a mild to moderate boost supercharger is best if you don't want to change trucks, or a turbo diesel new truck. Marty
blt2ski 07/11/22 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Grit, Op is looking to buy, not leasing. So doing mods as you recommended, or the 1800 lb/1.5" lift add a leaf, plus 2" front lift that I did, is doable, IF he wants to pay for it to be done. Or has tools himself. My mods allow me to put 3000 in the bed with little drop vs stock. Our newer trucks are way better than 15 series truck 19-20 years ago or more. Just like 25 series trucks are stronger than the ones I first bought in the 80s. Marty
blt2ski 07/10/22 12:00pm Tow Vehicles
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