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RE: 2018 coachman freelander 26ds flat towing

Read on line that some RVer's only use 80 percent of towing capacity as a safety factor. Don't worry about this for pulling a car. This advice normally applies to travel trailers, because many new buys are too lazy or just don't know they need to calculate hitch weight against payload to find their actual towing limit, for 1/2-tons and smaller. Flat-towing has not hitch weight, therefore you have no payload concerns. Use the 5k rating to its fullest, but do make sure you have a braking system.
carringb 08/06/20 07:28pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Ford V10 vs Pending V8

I suspect neither of these reasons are the reasons why and that it's possibly related to the old chassis design still being used (chassis modifications maybe needed for 10 speed), but not likely. All the same though, it's likely just an economic decision and not a capability decision. A class C would be more capable as a gasser F450/550 super C than an E450 Van cutaway. But normal C's on van chassis's are price point vehicles, comparatively. My point wasn't that the 10-speed isn't capable (it is). It's that the rest of the current E-series driveline can't cope with the extra torque that would be delivered by the lower gearing in the 10-speed, so they'd have to limit power in those gears. The E-series is still using a Dana 80 housing with a modified carrier for 10.75" gears and a small-ish driveline. All F-series are now running the Dana M series axles. BTW - Tuning and certification for the 7.3L is now common to the E & F-series over 14,000 GVWR (and Ford claims power levels are the same, only the certification method differs). Exception that fleets can select the "economy" tune in the E-series. There just isn't much advantage to stuffing the 10-speed under there unless they also upgrade the rest of the drivetrain. Which I hope they do. But they already previewed the 2022 changes, and it's limited to an smaller doghouse. No drivetrain changes were posted.
carringb 08/06/20 07:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What kind of trailer plug is this?

In the past when GM didn't have the 4 pin with the 7 pin they included a 7 to 4 pin adapater plug as a std accy. Good point. OP - Did you check the glove box, or in the under-seat storage? There might be a plastic bag with the adapter you need. Should be with the manual that also tells you how to buy the trailer camera package from GM. I don't know if aftermarket cameras are compatible.
carringb 08/06/20 11:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can a brake controller get weaker over time?

X3. Almost certainly a trailer brake problem, not a controller problem. I think the suggestion for corrosion at connections is on the right track. Or even at your 7-way connection. But also make sure you don't have grease contamination. Did you recently service the bearings or pump grease in the zerks?
carringb 08/06/20 11:50am Towing
RE: What kind of trailer plug is this?

Yup. Coax for trailer cameras. One for the back, one for inside. 7-way to 4-way adapters are available at every parts store, and many big box stores, and are under $10.
carringb 08/05/20 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Payload Rating vs Tongue Weight

To put it simply... If your owner's manual calls out a tongue weight limit that is lower than the hitch receiver, there is some other structural limitation in place. As mentioned above, receiver assemblies may be used on more than one model. If your specific case, there's likely concerns with the rear unibody or subframe strength. Double check your receiver is even rated for weight distribution. I suspect its not. So... don't exceed any of the following: Stated hitch limit or payload or RAWR. Without the ability to use WD, the RAWR may become the actual tow-weight limit for your vehicle.
carringb 08/04/20 09:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dinghy Tow Tacoma w/Manual Transmission

2 Wheel drive; rear. No trust in owners manuals on the subject. Have 2011 Ford Edge, manual says it's flat towable, but both Ford and Dealership said no. Along comes 2020/2021 Edge and manual reads same as my 2011, and they advertise it's towable. = V6 Edges ARE flat-towable. It's clarified in the Recreational Towing sections (vs the Emergency towing section, which says dollies must be used, because an accident could prevent putting it into Neutral Tow mode).
carringb 08/03/20 10:50pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Recommend a TT (rough roads, no campgrounds)

X2 in Nash. Same chassis as ORV, but they offer smaller floorplans.
carringb 07/27/20 11:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weekend warrior flooring question

Curious as to what Lincoin floor is? Is that a brand or design? It's a very durable rubber flooring brand, with a distinct round-bump style. Apparently originally intended for aircraft, but I see it used most often for a non-slip commercial surfaces at ramps in hospitals and other high-traffic areas. Also pretty popular with SportsMobile vans. It was a factory upgrade through WW at least in later years. width=800
carringb 07/27/20 02:46pm Toy Haulers
RE: '07 Lincoln Town Car Towing

Crown Vic SxS Transporter
carringb 07/27/20 09:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: '07 Lincoln Town Car Towing

The 07 has a different rear suspension than the earlier town cars. They lowered the rating then, prior to that it was 5000lbs. I highly doubt that any Panther ever had a 5000 lb tow rating ! They were rated for 5,000 pounds through the 1995 model year. Besides the lowered tow rating, the only changes were a new steering wheel and the aforementioned spare tire change. But you are correct that an external transmission cooler was recommended for towing.
carringb 07/26/20 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weekend warrior flooring question

If you install an underlayment below the laminate, it won't make any noise. You do have to leave it floating, otherwise it'll buckle in the summer or split apart in the winter. My Weekend Warrior, also a 2008 Billet, had the Loncoin floor, and it was great!
carringb 07/26/20 07:52pm Toy Haulers
RE: '07 Lincoln Town Car Towing

Same here. I'd have zero hesitation with that setup either. I tow 2,000 pounds with my Focus without issue. A lot of enthusiasts speculate the change was due to the donut spare becoming standard. I would certainly carry a full-size spare when towing.
carringb 07/26/20 05:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Transit diesel

The 2020 Transit was slated to get the 2.0L. But dealers didn't order many, and they can't meet existing orders for EcoBoost AWDs (and many other configurations), so Ford cancelled the 2.0L diesel for 2021. There's a lot of unhappy folks because their EcoBoost orders aren't being built before the model year cut-off and Ford isn't automatically carrying them over to 2021s. The dealers have to re-order. Speculation is the diesel will return whenever EcoBoost AWDs aren't backordered so far. BTW - the 2020+ Transits have an 11,000 GVWR and 4600# FAWR now. And the 10-speed transmission. Also the 2021 Transit gets a nice walk-through option, with an electronic parking brake, modified shifter location, and step-on floor plate. I'm sure it's being done for Amazon, but it might be a nice option for motorhomes too. 2021 Ford What's New (large PDF)
carringb 07/24/20 12:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford Transit diesel

The first couple years of the 3.2L had their issues. Mostly associated with the emissions systems, but that was all combined with a lack of qualified service techs, so I'm sure some dealers didn't fix things right. I'm not sure Ford should be blamed for a broken windsheld however. Or low ground clearance at the rear of a coach.... Or for damage to said rear of coach when the driver doesn't understand how departure angles work...
carringb 07/24/20 07:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mount brake controller with velcro?

Using the standard bracket, I don't think it would be secure enough. The Prodigy P2 has an optional pocket mount, and this does work well with velcro. The P2 brakes the same, but doesn't have as fancy of a screen. I don't know if the P3 will fit the P2 pocket mount. width=480
carringb 07/23/20 11:39pm Towing
RE: Big bang sound

Check the frame above the axles. Under-spung axles can hit the frame. Trailer don't have bump-stops, and the ultra-lights often have ultra-weak springs.
carringb 07/23/20 09:54am Travel Trailers
RE: new Ford E450 Class c

Where did you get the info about the 2022 chassis. It's in the "2021 What's New" Publication, after all the Transit stuff. 2022MY WHAT’S NEW E-SERIES NEW FEATURES • Improved 7” diagonal rear-view camera screen in windshield rear-view mirror assembly • Revised Shuttle Bus Package to include LH exhaust routing option for 158” WB – Order Bank Q2 • New scalloped engine access cover – affords greater leg/knee room in footwell areas • FIRST TIME EVER - Standard Embedded Modem with improved performance, greater capability/bandwidth to support multiple Wi-Fi users • Carbonized Grey replacing Magnetic Note: This is a large PDF, so I don't recommend clicking if you're on mobile: 2021 What's New Lot's of good stuff for the Transit in there. I suspect we'll be seeing a lot more motorhomes moving to that over the Sprinter.
carringb 07/22/20 04:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: new Ford E450 Class c

All I've seen, also on tube yube, is that the dash (gauge area only) is different, with a different steering column and steering wheel -- similar (maybe the same) as the current F series truck lines. I've also seen 2021 Class C's on our local RV lot with the V10 chassis still used...most likely 2019 or '20 chassis the manufacturer stocks up on. Ford skipped the 2020 model year, so it would be a 2019 chassis. Ford is changing the doghouse for 2022, which starts production in January. No pictures that I've seen, but they promise better egress into the house from both the driver and passenger seats.
carringb 07/22/20 11:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: "scrubbing on 2015 equinox, new blue ox

Are you sure you removed #16, and not the row above or below it? It does sound like this might be your issue: "The removal of the ABS fuse is to disable the active return feature of the electric power steering to allow the wheels to steer more freely during tight turns at low speed."
carringb 07/18/20 05:22pm Dinghy Towing
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