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Old 04-16-2018, 07:46 AM   #85
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I wonder if the steel storage tanks for LNG weigh more than the diesel tanks? If so, that cuts into the already limited weight carrying capacity of the smaller vehicles used in towing RVs.
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I wonder if the steel storage tanks for LNG weigh more than the diesel tanks? If so, that cuts into the already limited weight carrying capacity of the smaller vehicles used in towing RVs.
I would presume yes, steel LNG tanks weigh more than plastic fuel tank, presuming your fuel tank is plastic. This is of course not taking into account weight of LNG or fuel. Have no clue if MFG's account for this in there claimed carry capacity.........

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These new engines burn CNG or LNG, not gasoline. Big difference. Industry has been using Diesel engines converted to burn these fuels for decades. The only difference here is the engine is designed from the beginning to burn them.
Yes, I was referring to CNG and LNG gaseous fuels. I was in the industry.

There are diesel engines converted to gas, but the ones I was referring to were designed as gas engines, based on diesel engine blocks and cranks.

The point was that in engines designed for similar HD service, running on gas extends the life, and the service intervals. And that these engines are available in heavy trucks. Maybe not in Montana, but that is a Montana issue, not a gas engine issue.

That was in contrast to tj's claim that there are no big gas engines in trucks, and his often made suggestion that the service life of his 3406 Cat 14 litre engine in his Kenworth is proof of the inappropriateness of towing with a 3.5 litre Ecoboost.

On an Airstream note, many here have done or plan to do the Alaska Highway. Many may go through Jasper Alberta. The electrical generating station in Jasper uses natural gas for the townsite. There is a Cat 3616 natural gas engine there (340 litre displacement). It was designed as a gas engine, but built on a diesel 3616 block. First G3616 engine in the world.
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I wonder if the steel storage tanks for LNG weigh more than the diesel tanks? If so, that cuts into the already limited weight carrying capacity of the smaller vehicles used in towing RVs.
Yes, LNG tanks weigh more than diesel tanks, but it isn't just the tank, rather the system weight. An LNG tank is a cryogenic vessel, so it is essentially two tanks, one inside the other, with a vacuum between. Then you may need to add in a vaporizer, since LNG has to be warmed up in order to use it. If it is an HPDI gas engine (Westport direct injection of gas and diesel in the same injector) then you will have a high pressure cryogenic pump, controls systems, and so on.

You won't see LNG on smaller vehicles not just because of the weight, but because of the cost of the system, there isn't a payback. You do see (and will see more) CNG, as it is a simple pressure vessel.

With larger trucks, the weight isn't so much of an issue (smaller percentage of total vehicle weight) but there is an issue with vehicle packaging, as the LNG system takes more space than the equivalent diesel fuel system.
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I would presume yes, steel LNG tanks weigh more than plastic fuel tank, presuming your fuel tank is plastic. This is of course not taking into account weight of LNG or fuel. Have no clue if MFG's account for this in their claimed carry capacity.........
Of course it is taken into account. These are heavy duty trucks designed for commercial use. Weights are legal issues there, as well as being competitive issues between brands.
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No one is arguing, at least no one with engineering background. The high school crowd still does though...
That’s funny, considering first the unimportance of engine power once past a reasonable power/weight ratio. Or, use an acceleration test. 0-60 in 20-seconds is more than adequate for a tow rig. Is, “good”. (Thirty seconds is where things fail off).

“Satisfaction” is around here defined as “not knowing what the hell is going on” with the rig via feedback; thus the emphasis of what’s not needed as those or that replace vehicle factors which ARE important. Compromise not justified.

Think you missed the mark: junior high school arguments (engine power; emotion) where dynamic factors towing or solo have precedence (senior high; formulas).

Those advocating a “test” are correct. And it won’t be about 0-60 times (that’s covered) nor will it be about fuel economy (40% penalty at 60-mph versus when loaded same). Those are already factored.

It will be about distance in braking the rig to a complete halt, and otherwise not rolling over sooner than the TT under the same conditions with a better vehicle.

Braking. Steering. Handling.

Solo duty is first.

Guessing that’s never been a consideration, either. What’s best. With testable proofs.

Want to avoid problems? Vehicle design class matters: COG, Independent Suspension, and a suitable wheelbase (no real benefit past 120”)

Neither is it payload or tow rating. Those might narrow a field, but that’s all they do. Hitch rigging is ALSO factored. A non-starter.

Drivetrain fuel? Seriously?

You guys should argue paint colors. Interior appointments. They’ve the same “weight” as you’re making emotional arguments.

Ignoring what does matter.

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Wow, it has been hard to dodge the many insults and inferences slung back and forth - but an interesting read.
If only I would have been able to read this information before undergoing the expense to trade a late model F150 in on a Ram 2500 TD in on a GM 2500 HD. The money I could have saved!
Lighten up fellows, the insults serve no one.
Yes, I graduated from HS...even studied engineering and have an advanced degree. But, you know what...I still put my pants or flight suit on one leg at a time.

To each their own as their ability to pay factors in. We have a common interest in Airstreams. That can be said without insult to the folks either with 16 footers or 30+ footers. What is best for you may not be best for me. Heck, I had to have two doors on my last two AS to be happy!
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As to what’s “fun” there’s a difference.

So long as one will say in person what’s written, where’s the problem?

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Yes, I was referring to CNG and LNG gaseous fuels. I was in the industry.

There are diesel engines converted to gas, but the ones I was referring to were designed as gas engines, based on diesel engine blocks and cranks.

The point was that in engines designed for similar HD service, running on gas extends the life, and the service intervals. And that these engines are available in heavy trucks. Maybe not in Montana, but that is a Montana issue, not a gas engine issue.

That was in contrast to tj's claim that there are no big gas engines in trucks, and his often made suggestion that the service life of his 3406 Cat 14 litre engine in his Kenworth is proof of the inappropriateness of towing with a 3.5 litre Ecoboost.

On an Airstream note, many here have done or plan to do the Alaska Highway. Many may go through Jasper Alberta. The electrical generating station in Jasper uses natural gas for the townsite. There is a Cat 3616 natural gas engine there (340 litre displacement). It was designed as a gas engine, but built on a diesel 3616 block. First G3616 engine in the world.
....nothing new...Johnson Fuel Liners, Newcastle, Wyoming..was running Hall Scot engines on propane in the 1950ís, pulling propane tankers, they switched to diesel in the 1980ís...
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As we age, our reaction times increase. That thought can be followed to perhaps driving slower and not tail gating to improve the chance of avoiding an incident. One can make other safety conscious thoughts like planning to avoid rush hour traffic in major cities or not driving in snow or ice conditions.

Somehow during the 50s to 70s before disc brakes and all kinds of other "safety" stuff, the folks hooked up and towed with what they had and lived to tell the tale.

All this new equipment comes at a cost we all pay, but still can not fix the mistakes of inattention while driving or going to fast for the conditions. The weak link is still the person behind the steering wheel.
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Tow vehicle

I pull a 28í fc with a f150 super crew. I think itís perfect. Just returned from a long trip to southern Florida from upstate NY and back. This pickup rides better than most luxury vehicles.
For any tow vehicle it has to have the right setup.
I run 65 mph with no issues. I avg from 11 to 12.5 mpg.
When we r not towing, the F150 is a nice 5 passenger vehicle. My wife is not afraid to take it shopping as itís not too big.
As long as you do your homework you will be fine.
The weights of the different AS models vary quite a bit. Make sure your vehicle tow specs equals what the RV weighs.
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The diesel 3/4 ton will tow better. Period. But it will not be as smooth for a daily driver.
The F150 ecoboost can handle it. But it is easy to exceed payload, if you carry much in your truck.
If your primary function is towing, go 3/4 ton.
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I've been following this post and see you have a 2018 international serenity. I'm looking at getting the same, a 27 footer! I was wondering what you tow with. I'm looking at getting the F-150 3.5L Ecoboost. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance?
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I've been following this post and see you have a 2018 international serenity. I'm looking at getting the same, a 27 footer! I was wondering what you tow with. I'm looking at getting the F-150 3.5L Ecoboost. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance?


I tow my 28í with F 150 XLT super crew max tow haul 3.5 ecoboost. Not problem at all with power. I did put Propride hitch on which helps with stability in heavy traffic. Did use Blue Ox for awhile.
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Is any one towing a 27FB with a GMC 1500 6.2 4x4 crew cab short bed with max tow? What is your experience and satisfaction level?
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