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RE: 2020 Chevy 2500HD Gas

Also has a 10 speed transmission? I think the gas truck is still a 6 speed, but with the new 6.6l of course. 10 speed is only for the diesel.
parker.rowe 09/20/19 09:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: 4.10 rear in new Ford F350

For doing truck things, I would always go with more gear. In a 1 ton truck, the difference in mpg would be negligible. You may even gain mileage towing.
parker.rowe 09/19/19 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Laramie 5.7 HEMI towing MGP

between 8 and 9, closer to 8. I agree as well. Just about any gas truck will get these numbers pulling a full height travel trailer. If you get better, then that's great. But expect around 8 going in and you shouldn't be disappointed.
parker.rowe 09/19/19 06:58am Towing
RE: Winterizing using an air compressor

Yep, good step by step. I forgot the outside shower one year. Still need to replace it, because it definitely cracked that winter. Luckily it was just the showerhead and valve assembly that broke, and not the pipes leading to it.
parker.rowe 09/17/19 06:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Seeking Towing Guidance - Looking to pull TT with Expedition

Looks like you have all your numbers, which is a good start. If you go by the door jamb GVW you have 1540 payload (7500-5960) If you go by the axle ratings you have 1840 payload (7800-5960) Looks like you numbers for the 2400 are really close. You added propane, battery, and WDH, which is good. I think it's doable. I'm sure you'll get lots of options though! EDIT: For comparisons sake, my trailer is 5300 dry, 6500GVW Truck is in my signature. My only complaint is being down on power for steep hills. I doubt you'll have that issue.
parker.rowe 09/15/19 08:26pm Beginning RVing
RE: 5.9 Cummins Diesel Towing capacity

So what you're saying is when i put it in 2nd it will move to another gear like 1st? No, he is saying the torque converter clutch isn't active in 2nd gear with the factory setup. That means the converter is slipping and this heats up the fluid. Convertors are suppose to "slip", so it isn't broken, per se. But the fluid will run a lot cooler if you lock the clutch in the torque converter when you are forced to pull hills in second gear. Not sure what your options are to accomplish that in your year/model truck, but I'm sure someone here does.
parker.rowe 09/15/19 06:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Cost associated with re-engineering a whole new motor/supporting systems and completely re-tooling the factories? IMHO, they did that. Had a engine that was pretty cheap to run, and real dependable back when using points and carb. Instead of putting Fuel Injection on that when needed to clean the exhaust everything had to go V. Ford put throttle body on the 302 V8, and made big improvement in power and economy. Why not the 300 inch 6? If they had, then would not take much to add the turbo They added fuel injection to the 300 as well in 1987 and it was the standard F150 engine until 1996 when the truck was completely redesigned. Even with EFI the 300 had only 145 hp. And physically was a monster. They would have been better off to design a new straight six then continue with the 300. It didn't even have a crossflow head.
parker.rowe 09/04/19 06:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Wouldn’t they simply lose that market share because spark engines are gutless compared to diesels so buyers will look elsewhere? This entire thread is about how gas engines don't have to be "gutless", and why people like towing with turbocharged engines like the ecoboost (or turbodiesels) vs a NA gas engine. Diesels were pretty gutless too before they added turbochargers. Turbos are simply a great fit for towing if the engine package is designed to handle the abuse. Engine load driven power adder that can compensate (to an extent) for air density changes. Diesel fuel isn't magic. Just different.
parker.rowe 09/03/19 09:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Part throttle with a turbo is also an important difference as to why it feels like they tow so well too. Turbo's are load dependent. Let's see if I can explain simply.... You a cruising at 1/4 throttle. You hit a hill...engine is working harder (more load). Turbo boost increase, power increases, you go up the hill without having to push the throttle more. This doesn't address the tow rating increase, and obviously there are limits to this, but it does explain why people like the way towing with a turbocharged engine "feels".
parker.rowe 08/28/19 09:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Rebel and Rotella Gas Truck Oil vs the Ike

Did they ever say what the total weight of the trailer was? I’d love to see the acceptable operating range for the oil. Is that available somewhere? I towed my 7000 pound boat over the weekend with my GC EcoDiesel, and oil temps got into the 250’s. According to my gauge, those temps were barely above the half way mark which doesn’t seem right to me. According to the article attached to the video, the trailer was 10,200lbs. They said they where to the floor almost all the way up the Ike, but made it up at par time (8min), or close enough anyway.
parker.rowe 08/28/19 06:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Pathfinder (2017-2019)

A friend of mine is a Nissan tech. He told me he has gotten really good a replacing CVT transmissions. It saddens me to see what the Pathfinder was turned into. He sent me a picture of a previous gen (the xterra/frontier style) V8 Pathfinder he worked on with 300K miles that was in great shape. I think that your choice of an eco boost F150 will give you a LOT more flexibility in choosing a camper!
parker.rowe 08/28/19 06:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 F150 rumors

Back when Ford was making the Crown Vics/Grand Marquis/Lincoln Town Cars, they went from a 5.0 to a 4.6 (if memory serves me right), and if this is correct, the Police Intercepter version of the Crown Vic had a beefed up 4.6. To what extent I don't know, but do know the 4.6's were pretty stout. The difference was cam profiles and duel exhaust. It made about 25hp over the civilian version. Cams were the same. Just a normal 4.6 with dual exhaust. They had oil coolers and different driveshafts for running high speed...a few other things I'm sure. But they didn't make any more power than a civilian crown vic/grand marquis with the optional dual exhaust.
parker.rowe 08/27/19 12:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

I've yet to see one on the road yet. I have seen several roaming around the Texas hill country and even a lifted one with what looked like 37's. This is mostly due to all of the rock climbing off road parks around here like Cline Ranch and Hidden Falls. I've seen a lot on the road here as well. A couple already with new wheels, bigger tires, led light know, the standard mall duty Jeep package. Of course, a lot of dealers kit brand new trucks out like that and sell them that way, since it is so popular in this area.
parker.rowe 08/23/19 03:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

I like them, but after watching TFL pull a 7k trailer up the hill at pretty much 6000 rpm the whole way, I would wait for the ecodiesel as well. Even though it will have a slightly lower tow rating, I think it will be a more pleasant truck for towing near the rated limit. I have the same V6 in our minivan. It's a great engine, lots of power, but needs a lot of RPM to get anything done. For smaller trailers it will be great, way better than a regular Wrangler for midsize truck duties.
parker.rowe 08/23/19 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are these stickers needed??

A campground requiring an RVIA sticker is simply trying to eliminate school bus, and cargo trailer conversions (which look like **** anyhow), and is a simple foolproof way of doing this. Charles My cargo trailer conversion did not look like ****. It was very well done and received quite a few compliments. Guess my friends setup wouldn't be welcome stickers on it!
parker.rowe 08/12/19 09:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

I guess people think just because something has pushrods its old outdated technology? You know overhead cams aren't exactly a new development either, right? OHC engines designs are almost as old as pushrod setups.
parker.rowe 08/06/19 06:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Stranded/broke down

Fuel pump would have been my first guess too.
parker.rowe 08/05/19 06:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cleaned out the Radiator today.

646,000 on the 2013 Chevy 3500 SRW diesel, figure it was time to pull radiator because changing fan clutch. It's near impossible to clean out while in truck. The truck still did not get hot like the 2010 did. Never seen temps above 215. 646,000 miles? Nice!
parker.rowe 08/01/19 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

Nice boost in power but, what will the MPG be? I am glad I pulled the trigger on a 2019 (rather than wait for the new platform) and got the tried and true 6.2. I am only towing 8000lbs. I think many were expecting more of a 'raising of the bar' by Ford. To be honest, as much at a 500ft lb modern HD gasser would have been cool, It didn't expect the numbers to be as high as TFL predicted. Makes more sense for them to beat the competition by 10-15hp/ft lbs, and leave power on the table for the later "arms race". I think it will most likely be capable of those numbers, but no need to put all the cards on the table now. The power curve does look really nice though. Thats what all those cubic inches gets you!
parker.rowe 08/01/19 04:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

Another article on this, apparently they are detuning this engine for the f-450 as well as the f-53 to 350 hp, and 468 tq. Godzilla engine Still no towing numbers. That is only on the cab and chassis models since they have to go through different emissions testing than complete pickup trucks. Yep, they explain it in the video. It seems they aren't actually detuned, they just limit the RPM. If you look at the dyno chart at 3900rpm you see its right on the money.
parker.rowe 08/01/19 10:41am Tow Vehicles
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