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RE: What is your speed uphill?

I've never been a pedal to metal speed freak towing. On hills depending upon the power available. If I have to shift down to keep my speed, If I need to redline it to hold 60mph, I throttle back to 70-80% of redline. This reduces the noise, I potential overheating, better mpg from a hill pulling standpoint etc. I might be down to mid maybe low 50's, oh well. I've had rigs where the gear splits are so wide I slow 15 moh. Others same motor, more and closer split gears in trans where I drop 5-10 mph. If the road is steep enough I have to get into 1st gear to stay moving, now said grade has my attention, especially if it's in the min 20% relm. I deal with what I have to work with, call it a day. Marty
blt2ski 03/16/22 07:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: It's past time

Scooby I've seen 2-2.5% of NW fuel is from Russia. Other parts may be higher mind you. Marty
blt2ski 03/10/22 10:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: US might have been wrong about Ethanol

I can't hear videos, most don't have CC built in..... I have a rather "green" oriented family, I could never understand why ethonal in gas was good. I went from needing 10 gals of gas per x mile's, to needing approx 11.x gals of gas along with a shade over a gallon of ethonal. I'm still trying to add up how that helped us get less dependant on oil, fewer emissions, got less power...... Had the same issue with dmax with diesel mixed with biodiesel. Not as much of an issue with GM 6.5TD or my IDI7.3. hard to tell with smaller 2-4 cyl Motors in trackhoe, skid steers and sailboat. The newer computer controlled had more fuel loss etc My 02 on this Marty
blt2ski 03/07/22 11:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing performance - F150 vs F250

The GM and Ram with the small diesel would be a good option as well as the eco boost for doing elevation dives above 6000' too. My 1500 has a factory 2000 lb rating. I've done 3000 lb loads with out issues. Stock was not as much fun per say as with a 1500 lb helper spring. My suspension drop is now about half of stock. If doing what you are, a 2500 would be the better option. An ext cab with with bed should have 3000 lbs if payload, 4000+ lbs before going over axle ratings. I'd license the truck where I am at 12,000 gvwr. I'd be legal towing a 10k 5th wheel. My 1500 as is son's, other has a Tacoma 4x, all have 8k plates. Techniques I'm good for 2700 lbs of payload legally speaking. I would not tow a 10k trailer ,5w no! Ball mount shorter local distances yes, RV across the country no! That's with my V6. The other option motors yes. Good luck on choices. Marty
blt2ski 03/07/22 07:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cooper AT3 XLT

My son's 305-65-18 Cooper AT3's are quiet on his lifted 1500 reg cab. Not recalling if I had the 2 or 3 in the stock 245-75-16 on my C2500. They also were quiet. I got around pretty good in Seattle WET snow all thing considering I had an open rear diff. I really don't think you'll have any issues with them. Marty
blt2ski 03/06/22 10:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cooper AT3 XLT

Had literally 40 Coopers on different trucks, trailers, spouses Astro Van in the 90's. I have yet to have a blow out due to a case issue. Micheblows on the other hand. Wish I would have put the AT3 on my truck last summer vs the GY Duratrac. Nothing wrong with the GY's. BUT the AT3 is quieter on the freeway etc. traction snow wise in maybe a bit less to more depending upon Type and style of snow/slush you are in. Utah should not be an issue with AT3's. I too found the BFG AT to be the worst snow tire I've had. Both sons are running AT3's too. Probably because I've been buying them since the early 90's. Schwab is selling a private brand Salun tire. Seen a bunch running around the Seattle area. Thought about that option last summer too. Marty
blt2ski 03/04/22 08:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Fire Ford SD 6.7

Well Allstate is talking 'totaled' I was really hoping for repair. I have some photos and will post them. I'm not sure if I need to replace it with another diesel, we got that truck when we were pulling a fiver. We have a heavy 25 foot TT now, so maybe a 1/2 ton might work. If you like Diesels in general, one of the GM/Dodge 1500 diesels would be a fine rig for a 25', assume in the 7-8000 lbs relm. Even the mid 5.xL V8 gas rigs would be fine options. Marty
blt2ski 02/19/22 09:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hope this is OK for this forum - DEF question

where does the empty jug goes after it is empty? chevman Left in the cart in the WalMart parking lot in a planter area. Best SA answer yet!
blt2ski 02/19/22 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hope this is OK for this forum - DEF question

where does the empty jug goes after it is empty? chevman In the back of the van, pickup bed, back seat....usually squashed with the air out until I can put it in the proper disposal can. Marty
blt2ski 02/19/22 09:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ordered!

Curious how that price compares to a similarly loaded 2500 diesel. Ron, Just looked up the price of a 3.0 diesel. Shows a $995 msrp over the 5.3 option. The I4 turbo gas is base, at 1500 less. The 6.2V8 is 1500 more than the diesel. Truck i built for myself came to a bit over $50K. i did lowest tripm option, ie LT with the 3.0 diesel. I could not get any rear axel option other that the 323. marty
blt2ski 02/13/22 09:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ordered!

Curious how that price compares to a similarly loaded 2500 diesel. I'm not positive if still true, diesel and 6.2 gas were ea MSRP about $1000 option. So for a 7-10k trailer, a better option than a 2500 if you keep you payload need under 2000-2200 lbs max. With that said, I've had 3500 in the bed of my truck hauling gravel and a pallet of wall block, handle worst than a 2500. But put a 2nd pallet in a 2500, both are about the same! I've pulled 8500 with no handling issues either. My max generally speaking for any truck is 2-2.5x RA capacity. Marty
blt2ski 02/12/22 04:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing mileage/capability

Grit, Their were some 400 & 800 GMs badged with 1500HD that for ALL intents, were 8600 gvwr 2500's. Wolves in sheep's clothing. The 400 HD 1500's you are referring to, in 88 they were 2500's, the 1500's had a 6600 gvwr, and the 3500's an 8609 gvw. No dullies until 90-91. 89 maybe 90 an 8600 2500 came out. Only engine option was a 350. The 454 was in a 9200 sw3500. When fully 3500 came into play, the 8 lug 2500/3500 and DW 3500 got the 350/454 options, and 6.2/6.5 diesel options. About this time iirc the 6 lug 2500 became a 1500. So one could get a 6600 or 7200 gvw version. The 7200 version is really no different than what you and I drive today. Please note I'm going by memory. From owning an 88 K3500, 89 R3500 square body chassy cab, a 96 K3500 crew cab, 2000 reg cab C2500. Marty
blt2ski 02/12/22 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing mileage/capability

Actually, the 1500HD in the late 90's, into mid 2005 or so. Had the C14 SF ra, HAD a 4l80e trans iirc the actual gvwr was 8300 or 8400. It had 10 ply tires, same frame etc as an 8600 gvwr 2500. You could ONLY get this with a 454 or 6.0 gas rig, crew cab with a 6.5' box. A VERY capable tow rig! But as noted, not a lot of them around. Marty
blt2ski 02/11/22 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota Tundra vs Ford F150 Hybrid Fuel Economy Tests

Grit You have at least one thing going for you and your drive that back of the pack has to deal with. That's a commercial driver log book. Electric would be really bad for you and him if you both were to drive 90 mph. Both having to stop a scale house, both having to show electric log book. BOTH getting retro tickets for driving 90 mph in a 60 or 70 mph speed zone. This does happen to peeps. This issue can happen, be it if the driver is an owner operator, or an employee. Fortunetly, you in your pickumup don't have to stop at the 3-5 scale houses you would pass in your twice daily 300 mile commute. You might also have to stop on return trip, sleep at wieght scale in you back seat or equal. As you will have been on the road with out showing proper rest if your electronic log book was checked! MPG is part of a given issue for all of us. Marty
blt2ski 02/10/22 04:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 6.7 fuel filters

chevron Delo 15-40 is going to be hard to get for the next year or so. They can not get enough of the additives to make the oil. They've shut down 5 gal manufacturing, moved that quantity to the gallon jugs. Along with only guaranteeing 70% delivery to dealers etc of last years volume. its hard to get right now. Don't be surprised if a LOT of things are short changed until we ALL get thru the shipping/manufacturing issues/slow downs etc caused by covid etc. Marty
blt2ski 02/08/22 09:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It's past time

Something I had not thought of. I was kinda keeping the one that way. But new other threads have popped up, then usually die........ Give me a day or two to get it to appropriate person. Marty
blt2ski 02/07/22 06:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian Electric Truck takes on the Ike Gauntlet

I can’t speak to other EV’s but speed makes a huge difference for us. We live in BC where most of the interior secondary highways are 80 or 90 kmh and occasionally 100 kmh. The EPA rating for our car is 570 kilometres ish. Easy to achieve on secondary highways as all the little towns along the way cause you to slow down to 50 kmh quite often. But if travelling on the trans Canada or American interstates etc our range drops to probably 20 percent less than the EPA rating. Having said that our Jeep Grand Cherokee was about the same though. Speed really cuts into efficiency regardless of the fuel. Not an expert. JMHO. No different down here in the southern Salish Sea too. Today diesel is still the best fuel option for a vehicle if you want power, mpg and distance per fueling. That is not to say an EV won't get there....or be a bit less like gas is. Hybrids certainly have a place too! All or many the Washington st ferries are diesel hybrids. ALL of these fuel types have a place. Speed, aerodynamics, tire type, wind against or with, road bed type, weight, to name a few things that cut into the generic term of mpg! its a how much or bad will it be. Marty
blt2ski 02/06/22 09:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rivian Electric Truck takes on the Ike Gauntlet

time2roll, I'd love to suffer with you! I think there is going to be plenty of suffering from ALL sides until better batteries built, quicker charging, more charging places closer together, before electric rigs can come into play, and or taker over the ICE rigs. With this said, EV's have the power it seems to pull larger loads, with out overheating as bad as ICE rigs per say. Doing 70 up the road it did, is doing fantastic IMHO. A TD in a 25/35 rig may pull that trailer at those speeds, not positive the biggest ICE motor in a 15 series will! With the above said, it would be also I teresting to see how much fuel per say was used at the legal towing speed, I believe 55 in CA, or 60 generally speaking in the other states and Canada, vs what appears to be a pedal to the metal speed test! How much farther would the maxed out speed limit rig be able to go before charging the battery(s)? To add another comparison to what many other comparisons others have thought up! Marty
blt2ski 02/05/22 10:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How's that 6.6 gas working for you?

I'm pulling semi frequently a 6500 lb trailer with a 4.3 V6 dual cab 4x. I'm positive the 5.3 would be faster, quicker etc. Especially with the 8 or 10 sp trans. With that said, the 4.3 6 sp pulls this trailer power wise every bit as well or better than the BB 454 3 sp auto setups I used when I bought said trailer back in the early 90's. Granted this is an equipment trailer with a smaller excavator, so not a lot of wind resistance vs an RV trailer. I did put a 1500 lb helper spring on it, it does not sag as much as stock with 3900 lb springs. I did gain about 1.5-2" of ride height..... balanced this out with a 2' Leveling strut kit..... rides better too. I've gotten 25 on the freeway at 60 mph, a friend of mine with an equal 5.3 has gotten 22-23. Hes about 3 mpg less in the city. Both of us have the cylinder shut off option. If you do not get this, you can figure getting 2-4 mpg on the freeway less than having this option. I don't get as much now, with the lift, and putting heavier taller tires on it, I've lost about 2-3 mpg all around. Not a lot of seat of the pants power loss pulling my trailer or otherwise. I have not heard any good or bad about the TD in the 1500's. But with a 25-40 mpg epa city freeway rating. That's with the extra $1000-1500 cost on it! Good luck on choice! Marty
blt2ski 02/04/22 05:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota Tundra vs Ford F150 Hybrid Fuel Economy Tests

Even class 8 OTR truck companies worry about mpg. A tenth per gallon can be around 100 gals of fuel per vehicle per year. If you 100 rigs going 100k Mike's per year, that's a 30-40,000 cost savings per year for many fleets this size. Eve a dime per gallon if fuel can add up May not seen like a lit if money in some comparison s, over time it can be Marty
blt2ski 02/04/22 08:35am Tow Vehicles
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