Links for Discussion + Towing & hauling


Towing the Line: understanding towing equipment ratings
http://www.offroadadventures.com/articles/view/id/251
A walk thru of hitches, weight distribution, and tow vehicle GVWR. Serves as a warning to those who exceed legal limits and wreck.
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Type: Discussion Tech Topic: Towing & hauling

Caterpillar's Truck Spec Training Guide: how to understand sizing engines for load
http://www.cat.com/cda/files/2221872/7/Truck_Spec_Training_Booklet.pdf
Thinking about torque vs. horsepower? Curious how the heavy trucks size engines based on application, grades, and weights? Get some thoughts from Caterpillar on it.
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Type: Discussion Attributes: Dyno results Tech Topic: Engine, Towing & hauling

GVWR & 3/4 ton pickups: easy to exceed, but does it matter? "Guess my truck is not enough. A Cat Scale tale"
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25301844.cfm
A nice discussion on the overloaded state of many 2500 series pickups, and the differences between them on the 3500s.
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Type: Discussion Attributes: Numbers Tech Topic: Towing & hauling Make/Model: Chevrolet 2500HD; Dodge 2500; Ford F250

GM 6spd vs 4spd Tranny Chart
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25292086/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1.cfm
GM owners discuss towing with the 4L80e 4 speed automatic versus the new 6 speed. Some comments deal with towing with older GM automatics (TH400) that have a very high first gear (2.48:1). Includes a comparison spreadsheet showing the differences.
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Type: Discussion Attributes: Numbers Tech Topic: Towing & hauling
Year: 1991, 1992, 1993 ... 2009, 2010, 2011
Make/Model: Chevrolet 1500, 2500HD, 3500, 3500DRW Engine: GM 5.3L V8, 6.0L V8

Chevy 6.0L: get the 4.10 or not?
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25183267.cfm
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Type: Discussion, Tow report Tech Topic: Towing & hauling
Year: 2009, 2010, 2011
Make/Model: Chevrolet 2500HD, 3500, 3500DRW Engine: GM 6.0L V8

Axle ratios: 2011 Chevy 6.0L with 4.10 or 3.73?
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23930744.cfm
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Type: Discussion, Tow report Tech Topic: Towing & hauling
Year: 2009, 2010, 2011
Make/Model: Chevrolet 2500HD, 3500, 3500DRW Engine: GM 6.0L V8

Power loss as altitude increases: normally aspirated 2%/1000ft and turbos 1%/1000ft.
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25188324/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1.cfm
As the air thins out there's less to burn in the cylinders...various thoughts and comments along those lines.
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Type: Discussion Tech Topic: Towing & hauling

Has Owning A Diesel Pickup Lost It's 'Edge'? Why BUY One Nowadays - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1078563-has-owning-a-diesel-pickup-lost-its-edge-why-buy-one-nowadays.html
Discussion on the old reasons for buying a diesel engine vs. the current realities. "I want input from ALL diesel owners.....Gas owners.....Anyone with an HD/SD with an opinion.....I know the topic has been discussed in different threads here..... ...more
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Type: Discussion Tech Topic: Engine, Towing & hauling Engine: Ford 5.4L V8, 6.0L V8, 6.2L V8, 6.4L V8, 6.7L V8, 6.8L V10

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Tow Vehicles: Too low of a gear ratio?
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24812203/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1
Various thoughts on gear ratios, both in the axle and in the transmission, and the effects on towing performance.
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Type: Discussion Tech Topic: Axles & transfer case, Towing & hauling