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RE: Place your bets now!

Yes I'm hard on transmissions. Especially if first gear is really tall like the th400. Tallest ever on market. Load one down in my case 15-20k gcw, try to go up a 15-20% grade, stop and go traffic all day long, even with 4.10 gears in pumpkins. Thing get overheated really fast, stalling out was not uncommon. Yes I did have an aftermarket big cooler. Helped a little. I have more get up and go with my 6 sp auto, 3.42 gears and a V6 in my current 1500 than I did with the 88/89 BB 3500's I had. I would've had to drop to at least a 4.88 to not have as many issues as I did. Driving on a freeway is different than here in Puget sound local roads. Saw an article the other day, steepestroadin Seattle proper is 26.3%. Those grades wreck havoc with an improperly speed drive train. Marty This is why GM put the th475 in motorhomes and other applications that would see extended pulling in lower gears with a lot of weight. Same tall ratios, but straight cut gears to get rid of the thrust loads in the gear sets, for extended pulls with a lot of load and throttle opening.
parker.rowe 11/15/21 05:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Quality Hybrid Manufacturers

Looks like Starcraft dropped all their hybrid models too.
parker.rowe 11/04/21 01:00pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: GM's New LT6 Engine

If you are in the market for that kind of car, its a heck of deal too. I always thought the z06 was a lot of car for the money. But the new c8 is impressive. I don't like the center console, but the rest is awesome.
parker.rowe 10/31/21 01:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

There is no adjustment you can do to get rid of the push from getting passed or getting hit by a crosswind. From my experience, the bigger the speed difference between you and the person passing you, the more you will feel it. A push is not the same a sway. I think a lot of people get it confused. I'm not sure how to describe it but real sway but its no fun. I'm sure someone here has a great description.
parker.rowe 09/25/21 09:22pm Towing
RE: SUV for pulling hybrid

We've been towing our Hybrid for the past 6 years with late 90's Suburbans. Starcraft 239TBS, about as big as a hybrid gets. 6500lbs GVW. First a 1500, now moved up to a 2500 version. 1500 did fine, but there were some hills that would slow us down to 45 or so. Don't forget, this is with trucks that are almost 25 years old as well. My FIL tows the same sized hard side with a Ecoboost Ford Expedition, and used an 04 Tahoe before that. He also had a hybrid (Roo 233) he towed with the Tahoe for a few years. If you make sure it has a real tow package, you should be fine. 2500/3500 Passenger vans are also a great fit if you don't want 4wd. I've seen a few family's using the Nissan NV's to tow campers in our travels.
parker.rowe 09/21/21 06:26am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Loss of power when driving

Well, I was able to get someone with a Code reader to go over and check it for me. It was creating 2 codes - The first was P0327 and the second was P0332. According to what I have looked up on them, one is Knock Sensor 2, circuit low bank 2 The other code was - Knock sensor 1, circuit low bank 1 I'm still suspecting a fuel filter which is nearly impossible to find with an adapter kit to take it from 3 ports down to just 2. I have tried to order from numerous places and they all seemed to be back ordered. I won't be back at the RV until around Oct at the earliest. If not then, December will be my next attempt. I would check the wiring for the knock sensors. It may be pulling timing way back if the knock sensors are not reading correctly, as a failsafe. that would make it loose a bunch of power and it could backfire when you get on it, as you reported. But it is odd for them both to fail at once so I would inspect the wiring harness to the sensors. I'm not sure why you are suspecting the fuel filter when the computer is reporting a problem reading both knock sensors. Not that it hurts to replace the fuel filter.
parker.rowe 09/07/21 09:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford F250 7.3L

I would not pay extra just for navigation on any vehicle that comes with CarPlay or whatever the Android version is. You can also play music from your phone and do handsfree calling. Lots of functionality there. I have an older version retrofitted into my truck and love it. Just requires a cable to my phone instead of bluetooth.
parker.rowe 08/26/21 10:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with 2004 Lincoln Aviator

Something else....the 4 valve 4.6 is not a low rpm engine. So it will seem like it is working harder to pull, as most of the power is higher in the rpm range. It should do the job but it will take a little RPM on the hills to maintain speed.
parker.rowe 08/17/21 11:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: tow truck THIKS its overheating

Trouble is if Ford gives you numbers that are normal but people have their own idea of normal so then cost of warranty service to tell the customer all is normal goes way up. Who would just run at 240 coolant temperature and think all is normal? If the needle is not moving all is normal. If there is an actual issue the needle moves up or down from normal. At this point don't second guess it... slow down. Yep, the early 90's ford pickups I owned were the same way. Gauge was more like to old idiot lights, but people want to see gauges. Your either cold, normal, or in trouble. Not sure if Ford did the same when they switched to the mod motors in the mid 90's, but I think this is a pretty common practice.
parker.rowe 08/06/21 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Heated hose

... Many parks will ask you to fill your tanks and disconnect city water if they expect a freeze. This is what they do around here at the state parks, so a heated hose wouldn't help. If its going to be cold enough, then make everyone unhook at x time and turn off the water. We just make sure the tank is full and have no problems, but we have never had to deal with temps where they have the water off all day. Latest we camp is for Thanksgiving. OP, might help to call where you plan to camp for Christmas and see if they turn the water off. Could save you some money on that hose!
parker.rowe 07/20/21 10:51am Beginning RVing
RE: expedition or tahoe for 33' TT

When I owned a Tahoe I chose it over the Expedition to get the rear leaf springs. The Expedition had rear coil springs which makes mods to improve load capacity or leveling much more difficult. What is important is the final gear ratio and usually it is much too tall so as to improve EPA fuel economy numbers during testing. If one had 3.73 gears and the other had 3.21 gears I would go with the former. Weight is only one factor when towing and Ford spells this out quite nicely in their towing guide. The frontal area of a travel has a huge impact on the total load on the engine and drive train for the tow vehicle. I would go with a 1500 or 2500 class pickup with a crew cab over an SUV any day if planning to do serious towing. Tahoe has had rear coil springs since 2000, when they switched to the gmt800 platform. So either one you choose now will have rear coils. If you are buy brand new they will both have independent rear suspension. My FIL recently upgraded from an 06 Tahoe with 3.73's to a 2016 Expedition with 3.31's, both with full tow packages. His trailer is a bit smaller at 6500 gross, but he told me it was an improvement in every way. Power, trailer handling, all of that. Granted, it's 10 years newer. I'm sure a '16 Tahoe would do ok, but none that he found to test had a tow package. But the eco boost is a great engine for moderate trailer sizes.
parker.rowe 06/24/21 07:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: What a deal!---no thanks

Dude I work with was offered $11,000 for his truck-outright purchase, not a trade. It's a 2006 Chevy 2500 Duramax with 190,000 miles. 05-06 duramaxes go for good money still if they are in good shape and still have rocker panels. Even before the current market craze. Ones around 100k miles where in the low-mid 20's last year. This is crew cab 4wd models.
parker.rowe 06/23/21 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck - family of 5 and 65lb dog

Do you have to have a pickup for a 5th wheel? Do you want/need 4wd? How heavy of a trailer? I know tons of people on this site say they pack all the seats in a crew cab and it works great. I wouldn't want to do long trips like that personally. Sounds like you are not ready to do that either. 2500 Suburban or Ford Excursion. If you are willing to spend some money and travel for a super clean older truck, you can find some low mileage models. 1 ton van. If you need 4wd, there are companies that do conversions. https://duramaxsuv.com Considering the current diesel market, they have decent prices on duramax converted gmt800 and gmt900 suburbans. Basically a frame off rebuild that you can customize as you want and your wallet can handle. Really nice factory style installs where everything works like it would in a duramax pickup. If you want new, and you need a 3/4-1 ton crew cab, a Dodge mega cab is going to be the most room you can get.
parker.rowe 06/22/21 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

I have to say, I saw the picture of it on it's side and it came through it much better than I expected. I'm amazed all the glass, including that huge glass door, is still intact! If you are willing to put the work in and use it less then perfect, and go in with your eyes open knowing there could be hidden issues, go for it. Take off the awning, fix the trim, and seal up that crack in the fiberglass (maybe some sealer covered with eternabond, maybe throw the vent cover over top for good measure), and camp away. I've seen people camping in worse that hadn't been flipped over.
parker.rowe 06/08/21 07:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: ANTS

I use this, https://www.homedepot.com/p/TERRO-Indoor-Liquid-Ant-Killer-Baits-1-Pack-T300/202532940 it's some awesome stuff, once they find it, they take it back to their nest and kills off all their relatives. Terro has worked great for us for everything EXCEPT carpenter ants. I read they only go after sweet things during a certain times so baits don't always work well with them. It's also why they don't always seem to go after food like other ants. Other ants Terro will wipe them out in 24hrs, it's like magic. Carpenter ants I've always had to kill the old fashion way, with windex or bug spray.
parker.rowe 06/07/21 02:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: New camper towing

Just some more really world experience. We had an 2009 AWD Traverse. No tow package. Added a hitch and towed a similar sized pop-up. No trailer brakes either. Didn't add a trans cooler or anything else. Did not have any issues. Pulled great, stopped great, transmission didn't hunt, ran at normal temps. This even included pulling a few grades (at least as much as we get on the east coast) We really liked the Traverse while we had it.
parker.rowe 06/02/21 06:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: More Stuck Camper Jacks

ATF soaking it overnight has freed things up for me in the past. Marvell Mystery Oil and PB Blaster have also worked after soaking in. Are they over run and jammed or just corroded in place? If corroded, a couple of whacks with wood block from the top and bottom may free the threads. I second ATF. I have had more luck freeing stuck engines with ATF and PB than motor oil. Should work similarly with a jack, if it can be unstuck.
parker.rowe 05/29/21 12:18pm Truck Campers
RE: SRW vs DRW

Considering that all equipment to be equal if the rear brake line is blocked and only the 2 front tires are active: Adding the back brakes to the active front brakes will increase stopping friction 100% Adding dual rear wheels will increase stopping friction another 50% All stopping with the brake pedal depends upon the friction of the tires on the road surface. If you are not locking the rear wheels stopping a SRW setup (I assume that is rarely the case with 2500-3K on the pin?), then the "extra friction" from the two more tires are not going to make it stop any faster. So if the physical brakes are the same, as they often are in SRW vs DRW 3500's...and you don't need more rubber to stop the tires from locking up, then where are you gaining braking power? If anything the extra rotating weight of 2 more rims, class E tires, hub adapters, etc are making it harder to stop. I think that is what Grit was getting at.
parker.rowe 05/14/21 08:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

I don't like to be a "showoff" so I held back on posting my pride and joy. But when asked I can't hardly deny my friends. Note the non restrictive pour spout. https://i.imgur.com/XD0Lmehl.jpg It's perfect. Emissions delete all the things! :D
parker.rowe 05/06/21 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

I just like to have the option to choose fuel stations without worrying too much about having to stop "right now!". Not so much for price, but to be able to pass on ones that are hard to get into, or say I'll just fuel up after we are settled in at the campsite. We still stop way more often then the range on my tank, but that doesn't mean I want to try to combine every rest/stretch/bathroom stop into a fuel stop as well. I just like the extra options a large tank provides. It's like the argument about the new 8-10 speed transmissions. Will the trucks do the job without them...sure. Is having more options a bad thing? I don't think so! I've considered installing a 25G side saddle tank from a Tahoe into my Suburban in addition to the stock 42G rear tank, with a switch to pump fuel over to the main tank.
parker.rowe 05/06/21 03:41pm Tow Vehicles
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