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Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-29-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 9,344
Posted By elkhornsun
Two advantages to 4WD with one the availability...

Two advantages to 4WD with one the availability of 4 wheels for traction when you need it which includes in sand or dirt at a pull-out or side of the road should you need to pull off the highway for...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-29-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,342
Posted By elkhornsun
With a diesel engine and a heavy 5th wheel...

With a diesel engine and a heavy 5th wheel trailer that produces more air drag than any other RV you mileage will not be stellar. Without the trailer attached plan on 15 MPG and with it attached a...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-29-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,768
Posted By elkhornsun
With your current rims you can change out the...

With your current rims you can change out the tires for ones rated at 3750 lbs. or higher at 80 PSI from Toyo, Nitto, BFG, and possibly others. That adds 1100 lbs. of payload capacity at the rear...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-01-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,395
Posted By elkhornsun
At this point in time only Toyota uses the SAE...

At this point in time only Toyota uses the SAE J2807 testing standard so the tow ratings and braking distances and acceleration times are not indicative of real world performance or problems. I had a...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-01-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,288
Posted By elkhornsun
He should be looking at something with a dry...

He should be looking at something with a dry weight under 3000 lbs. and there are some very nice trailers in this category. More and more trailer manufacturers are making very light 16 and 17 foot...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-01-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,832
Posted By elkhornsun
Fleet truck operators have been teaching their...

Fleet truck operators have been teaching their drivers to plan their trips. If they need to get to their destination to pick up or drop off a load in 5 hours and it is 300 miles away then driving at...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-01-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,650
Posted By elkhornsun
We now have 1-ton trucks towing over 30,000 lbs....

We now have 1-ton trucks towing over 30,000 lbs. which would not have been possible with trucks sold a couple of years ago. Ram and GM for example have beefed up the frames and suspension members and...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 12-01-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,526
Posted By elkhornsun
I did make an error in my earlier statement that...

I did make an error in my earlier statement that the diesel engine affects payload as it really does not. The weight of the diesel is carried by the front wheels and a camper's weight is carried by...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 12-01-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,526
Posted By elkhornsun
Blahargoue Titan may make an aftermarket tank...

Blahargoue Titan may make an aftermarket tank that can replace the factory fuel tank on your truck. Most of their replacement tanks hold 56 gallons or more of fuel. My 2011 truck has a 36 gallon...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 10-13-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,025
Posted By elkhornsun
I have 200 Watts of solar and two 110 Ah 12v...

I have 200 Watts of solar and two 110 Ah 12v batteries and the only time I need 110AC is if we feel the need to run the air conditioner. Average use for us of the AC is less than 2 days out of the...
Forum: Boondocking 10-13-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,801
Posted By elkhornsun
The efficiency of the charge controller is also a...

The efficiency of the charge controller is also a big factor and a reason they vary in price. The batteries are also limited as to how fast they can recharge so the controller is going to clip the...
Forum: Boondocking 10-13-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,164
Posted By elkhornsun
Consider also the noise being generated for you...

Consider also the noise being generated for you and your neighbors. Quietest will be the Honda and Yamaha. In terms of getting any warranty or service work done or getting parts, there are more...
Forum: Boondocking 10-13-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,572
Posted By elkhornsun
Start by reading these two books: ...

Start by reading these two books:



$13.49 Solar Electricity Handbook - 2012 Edition: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy - Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 10-13-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,582
Posted By elkhornsun
Costa Rica has a larger percentage of heavy...

Costa Rica has a larger percentage of heavy trucks as it has no rail network with the ones that were installed designed only to take bananas to the docks for the ships to take to outside the country....
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-10-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 19,603
Views: 1,242,781
Posted By elkhornsun
One expects bears in that neck of the woods but I...

One expects bears in that neck of the woods but I had not realized until recently that the Vancouver area leads North America in mountain lion attacks. And the mountain lions look at you as...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 09-23-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,582
Posted By elkhornsun
Can't not tax billionaires and have companies...

Can't not tax billionaires and have companies like Apple and Burger King and General Electric and Intel each parking billions of dollars overseas waiting for the next amnesty as under Bush when the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-23-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,120
Posted By elkhornsun
With a 5th wheel weight of more than 10,000 lbs....

With a 5th wheel weight of more than 10,000 lbs. the diesel engine is needed and for more than 15,000 lbs. a DRW truck or SRW with 19.5 wheels and tires are needed to handle the load on the rear...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-23-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,915
Posted By elkhornsun
Usually the Z71 package has different wheels and...

Usually the Z71 package has different wheels and tires and these do the most to reduce the payload capacity of the trucks. You also pay for rock shields and different shocks that will be of no...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-23-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,239
Posted By elkhornsun
DEF consumption is a percentage of the amount of...

DEF consumption is a percentage of the amount of diesel burned so you will use more per mile driven when towing a heavy load than when driving without the load. My truck's consumption of DEF ranges...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-23-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,869
Posted By elkhornsun
A little late to make a change in the gears. With...

A little late to make a change in the gears. With the terrible fuel economy mentioned the OP's truck probably has taller gears and so the engine is struggling much of the time when towing and outside...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-23-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,671
Posted By elkhornsun
Guess they stopped teaching reading comprehension...

Guess they stopped teaching reading comprehension in Texas further back than I thought.

You may not need mud flaps and I do see trucks every day that don't "need" them but are throwing rocks up...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-23-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,440
Posted By elkhornsun
For a 5th wheel you will need a Ram 2500 and...

For a 5th wheel you will need a Ram 2500 and depending upon the weight of the trailer you may need the diesel engine. If the dry weight of the 5th wheel is going to be over 10,000 lbs. then the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-23-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,163
Posted By elkhornsun
Go to the GM website and download their towing...

Go to the GM website and download their towing guide and get the information straight from the horse's mouth so to speak. I know that for the GM 2500 trucks with a gas engine the towing capacity with...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 09-23-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,594
Posted By elkhornsun
Go to tadibrother.com for lots of gear and even...

Go to tadibrother.com for lots of gear and even complete wireless kits. Garmin's 760 GPS can be bought on Amazon for $500 as a kit that includes the Garmin B20 camera. It works well enough to see...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 09-23-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,659
Posted By elkhornsun
Forget the GVWR which is a calculation done at...

Forget the GVWR which is a calculation done at the factory based on the stock configuration, which is easy to change in numerous ways. A truck designed to tow 12,000 lbs. or more can easily manage a...
Forum: Allison Transmission Forum 09-23-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 1,233
Views: 283,166
Posted By elkhornsun
Why the double drain which uses twice as much ATF...

Why the double drain which uses twice as much ATF none of the transmission manufacturers recommend this be done? Double draining assumes that there is "bad" fluid remaining in the transmission with...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-28-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,414
Posted By elkhornsun
One can hope that Congress acts on behalf of the...

One can hope that Congress acts on behalf of the little people for a change and cuts back on the mandated purchase of biofuels on behalf of the big ag corporations. The law stipulated a fixed volume...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-28-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,099
Posted By elkhornsun
I use twice as much oil in my diesel and more...

I use twice as much oil in my diesel and more expensive oil and I change it at half the mileage to avoid engine damage from soot buildup that is common to the diesel engine. I paid an extra $9,000...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-28-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,611
Posted By elkhornsun
All the truck manufacturers calculate a load...

All the truck manufacturers calculate a load rating based on the weakest link as the truck is configured when it leaves the factory. Often it is the rims and tires that limit the load but the...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 05-28-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,526
Posted By elkhornsun
The main limitation is the tires at the rear...

The main limitation is the tires at the rear axle. Two E rated tires with a load capacity of 3200 lbs. or 6400 lbs. for the pair minus a 3,000 lb. truck weight leaves a 3400 payload capacity. Dual...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-20-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,646
Posted By elkhornsun
You are recommending that people break the law...

You are recommending that people break the law and disable the federally mandated emissions controls. No different then telling someone to go ahead and buy a kit to make their assault rifle fully...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-18-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,180
Posted By elkhornsun
Hard to understand why anyone would care about...

Hard to understand why anyone would care about soot and nitrate emissions from engines. Who really needs to breathe anyway? And they don't want me tossing my garbage out on the street or putting my...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-18-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,008
Posted By elkhornsun
It is a good idea to have enough tow vehicle that...

It is a good idea to have enough tow vehicle that you can bring it to a stop with the trailer even if the trailer brakes are not working or your trailer does not have brakes. My Chevy Tahoe took...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-18-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,419
Posted By elkhornsun
All GM heavy duty trucks do not require a WD...

All GM heavy duty trucks do not require a WD hitch as their frames are strong enough to take the stress. Many tow vehicles do not have a strong enough frame or may have a unibody construction without...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-18-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,712
Posted By elkhornsun
The cost can be less than $200 but you want to...

The cost can be less than $200 but you want to find a place with the laser sights to be able to do an accurate analysis of your axle. You will get your money back with longer tread life with the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-18-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,585
Posted By elkhornsun
Going from 245 to 285 tires on my truck changed...

Going from 245 to 285 tires on my truck changed the gearing by 3.7%. Trucks come with 3.42 gears that are 25% higher than 3.73 gears and the 3.73 are 25% higher than the 4.10 gears and no one worries...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-18-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,099
Posted By elkhornsun
A diesel engine is an added expense when the...

A diesel engine is an added expense when the truck is purchased and is more expensive to fuel and more expensive to maintain and much more expensive to repair. If you are towing 15,000 lbs. then it...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-18-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,646
Posted By elkhornsun
But it would be illegal and stupid to do so. I...

But it would be illegal and stupid to do so. I add DEF once every 3,000 miles and get it at the pumps at the truck stops when I need it. It reduces emissions by 97% so why would you screw with that...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-18-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,135
Posted By elkhornsun
Air bags usually increase sway in a truck and are...

Air bags usually increase sway in a truck and are no substitute for the factory suspension to add load capacity. Overload springs will add to the load capacity without changing the ride and handling...
Forum: Going Green 05-12-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,557
Posted By elkhornsun
12 volt panels are producing an output voltage of...

12 volt panels are producing an output voltage of 17 volts and even allowing for line loss there is still 16 volts reaching the controller. I did some calculations for power with the panels tilted...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 04-27-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,519
Posted By elkhornsun
The sticker is based on the weakest link with...

The sticker is based on the weakest link with your truck. The rear axle and wheel bearings are rated at 10,900 lbs. and with your truck weighing in at 3200 lbs. or less at the drive axle that leaves...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 03-29-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,326
Posted By elkhornsun
Modern crystalline solar panels are designed to...

Modern crystalline solar panels are designed to function with the sun coming in at an angle. There is a gain by tilting and rotating the panels throughout the day and tracking the sun but with the...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 03-24-2014, 01:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,060
Posted By elkhornsun
With newer trucks the differences between a 2500...

With newer trucks the differences between a 2500 and 3500 truck is very slight. With the 2011 and later GM and Chevy trucks the 3500 adds an extra leaf pack and can come with DRW. Axles and wheel...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 03-17-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 827
Posted By elkhornsun
Largest trees in terms of diameter are found in...

Largest trees in terms of diameter are found in Sequoia National Park south of Yosemite. This park includes the General Sherman sequoia which is the world's largest tree.
Forum: Boondocking 03-13-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,629
Posted By elkhornsun
I have found that 100 Watts solar for a 40 Amp...

I have found that 100 Watts solar for a 40 Amp discharge will bring the batteries back to 100% rain or shine before the next evening. A Trimetric meter will enable you to accurately see how much of a...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 03-13-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,526
Posted By elkhornsun
The load limit is primarily that of the rear...

The load limit is primarily that of the rear tires. A 2500 truck may have a 10,900 lb. rated rear axle and wheel bearings but it is the two 3200 lb. rated tires that set the payload capacity for the...
Forum: Duramax Engine Forum 02-26-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 26,589
Posted By elkhornsun
GM increased the power output of the engine and...

GM increased the power output of the engine and not its fuel efficiency. It takes a certain amount of work or fuel to pull a load or take it to a higher elevation and to overcome air drag. The new...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-26-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,935
Posted By elkhornsun
How do you figure that. Ask the people with the...

How do you figure that. Ask the people with the old Ford powerstroke diesels or the GM diesels that needed $5,000 fuel injector repairs or head gaskets replaced how much they "saved". GM has changed...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-26-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,343
Posted By elkhornsun
Automatic transmissions absorb some of the shock...

Automatic transmissions absorb some of the shock between the drivetrain and the load and this makes parts last longer. Towing capacity is greater with the automatic transmissions and for towing...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 02-26-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,987
Posted By elkhornsun
Great source for quality backup camera components...

Great source for quality backup camera components is Tadibrothers.com One of the problems with the inexpensive wireless units is lack of range. Tadibrothers sell wireless transmitter and receiver...
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