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Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-13-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 37,421
Posted By jcl
But it is OK to pay for their heating and cooling...

But it is OK to pay for their heating and cooling costs? Why would they care what the power was being used for?
Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-02-2019, 08:15 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,281
Posted By jcl
You weren’t threatened, since you apparently...

You weren’t threatened, since you apparently weren’t believed. And what you posted wasn’t opinion.

Aside from that, where do you think there is an 85 mph speed limit for a trailer? Texas has...
Forum: On The Road... 09-29-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 789
Posted By jcl
We know the area; live in Vancouver, are in...

We know the area; live in Vancouver, are in Penticton every few months, and drive to Calgary regularly via Banff.

If you are crossing at Osoyoos, you will be in the Okanagan, and it is worth...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-25-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,281
Posted By jcl
Oh dear, that is a very unfortunate analogy. ...

Oh dear, that is a very unfortunate analogy. Your train has wheels at both ends, mounted on bogies, it doesn't just have an axle or axles in the middle of the train car. It is the two sets of...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-25-2019, 03:14 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,281
Posted By jcl
Agreed on the distance to the hitch ball, but...

Agreed on the distance to the hitch ball, but sway isn't worsened, the propensity to sway is, but that propensity is also reduced by the WD and anti sway hitch itself, so the net result is a gain,...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-25-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,281
Posted By jcl
You continue to ignore the contribution of the...

You continue to ignore the contribution of the distance from the TV rear axle to the hitch in terms of contributing to instability and sway. It has been pointed out before.

The TV rear tires you...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-24-2019, 11:09 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,281
Posted By jcl
So the truck scales at 8000 lbs without the...

So the truck scales at 8000 lbs without the trailer, and 9800 lbs with the trailer attached? That is quite a tongue weight. And despite 1800 lbs of tongue weight, the front axle was only lightened...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-24-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,281
Posted By jcl
Yes, but when you have a front end alignment done...

Yes, but when you have a front end alignment done the truck will be loaded to its usual load. Do you align for empty or loaded?

And note that the truck is designed to carry a load between the...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-20-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
That would seem to be great training for someone...

That would seem to be great training for someone researching how people process information, how denial works as a defence mechanism, how logic is used to process new ideas, and so on. Science...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-19-2019, 10:48 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
This claim is so ridiculous, and yet repeated so...

This claim is so ridiculous, and yet repeated so often by those who would deny science, that corrections are published and easily accessible.
...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-19-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,238
Posted By jcl
I think the Colorado that you already have is...

I think the Colorado that you already have is well matched to a FC23. I would pay attention to the receiver currently installed on the vehicle, use a WD system and pay attention to setup of the...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-18-2019, 11:52 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
Fully agree. I don't know how many have actually...

Fully agree. I don't know how many have actually been to a lithium mine. This one, SQM, is in northern Chile, in the Atacama desert close to Antofagasta. They have been around since the late 1800s...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-18-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,378
Posted By jcl
It is very concerning that you don't know the...

It is very concerning that you don't know the difference between a U-Haul cargo trailer and a travel trailer in terms of towing setup.

U-Haul allows the trailer weight to exceed the tow vehicle...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-17-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,605
Posted By jcl
Actually, if you are going to rely just on the...

Actually, if you are going to rely just on the ratings, then the 5000 lbs and the 4 passengers and the “good load” are mutually exclusive. The 5000 lb tow rating for your vehicle is based on one 150...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-16-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,605
Posted By jcl
Just wondering. Do you also recommend driving at...

Just wondering. Do you also recommend driving at 75% of the speed limit at all times, eating no more than 75% of the recommended daily allowance of certain foods, and reducing passenger count so as...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-16-2019, 04:44 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,802
Posted By jcl
Actually, hitching up adds a significant amount...

Actually, hitching up adds a significant amount of weight to the tow vehicle's rear wheels (more than the tongue weight) and then a WD hitch removes a small portion of that. And the user can decide...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-15-2019, 07:04 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 11,935
Posted By jcl
No, it wouldn’t. Nothing about hooking up the...

No, it wouldn’t. Nothing about hooking up the same trailer to each truck improves the F250 braking distance compared to the F150. This is just basic physics.

What may come into play is the fade...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-15-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 20,118
Posted By jcl
The 10 speed matters because it can spend more...

The 10 speed matters because it can spend more time with the torque converter locked up. That, and other improvements in the transmission, are where the efficiency improvements come from.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-15-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
Agreed, but it will be km here. With different...

Agreed, but it will be km here. With different rates based on congestion zones (downtown, tunnels, bridges) and time (rush hour vs not). I also expect different rates based on vehicle size and...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-15-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
It is misleading to focus on what the efficiency...

It is misleading to focus on what the efficiency of one component in a system is.

A fuel tank is pretty efficient, but it supplies an internal combustion engine that has a peak thermal efficiency...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-14-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,619
Posted By jcl
To figure out the direction for future electric...

To figure out the direction for future electric tow vehicles, it helps to look at what is happening with light and medium duty trucks, and in fact buses, as the technology is all transferable.

We...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-12-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 11,935
Posted By jcl
First question to ask is how will you use the...

First question to ask is how will you use the truck? Will it be used solo, eg for other than towing the FB27? Will it be a dedicated tow vehicle? Do you plan to carry a lot of additional cargo...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-12-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 11,935
Posted By jcl
No, the dry weight is under 5900 lbs. 7600 lbs...

No, the dry weight is under 5900 lbs. 7600 lbs is the GVWR if it is loaded to the maximum, something that is not likely to be reached.

Power reduction at higher elevations is an issue for...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-11-2019, 10:13 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,281
Posted By jcl
RAM calls for 50% FALR on their 2500 and 3500,...

RAM calls for 50% FALR on their 2500 and 3500, but only 33% FALR on their 1500. Might be a limitation of the strength of the stock receiver.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-10-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,452
Posted By jcl
The 200-250 mile range is with standard loads,...

The 200-250 mile range is with standard loads, and an RV is likely to be lighter. Also, that was with one battery pack, on one frame rail. Make it two. The target audience is local delivery for...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-09-2019, 11:49 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 11,951
Posted By jcl
I think you meant that a turbocharged engine is a...

I think you meant that a turbocharged engine is a great joy to tow with. With that I agree.

My factory stock 3.0 gasoline inline six (twin turbo) reached peak torque at 1200 or so rpm. It was...
Forum: Base Camp 09-09-2019, 11:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 755
Posted By jcl
You presume a lot to pronounce that you are safe...

You presume a lot to pronounce that you are safe because of your choice of tow vehicle, while the rest of us are risking people's lives by "ignoring safety."

Some of us have been doing this for a...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-09-2019, 11:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,452
Posted By jcl
Yes, but he has the "benefit" of an organized...

Yes, but he has the "benefit" of an organized trucking lobby working to keep their members free from having to comply with regulations.

If it is any consolation, over the coming years there will...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-09-2019, 11:23 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,378
Posted By jcl
The numbers are off, but let's go with your...

The numbers are off, but let's go with your example of 150 mph and 120 mph. You are ignoring that other trailer design factors (including the moment of inertia of the trailer) are variables. You...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-09-2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,378
Posted By jcl
There doesn’t appear to be an acknowledgement...

There doesn’t appear to be an acknowledgement here that 10% isn’t magic, it is simply a rule of thumb for typical North American trailer designs, with their typical moments of inertia. Euro trailers...
Forum: Base Camp 09-09-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 755
Posted By jcl
This is called FUD, or fear, uncertainty, and...

This is called FUD, or fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

The RAV 4 is well matched to the Basecamp. Make sure the hitch is set up properly, watch the weights, and you are good to go. I would have no...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-09-2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,452
Posted By jcl
Your volcano anecdote is not true according to...

Your volcano anecdote is not true according to the US Government.



Full details here: ...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-02-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 507
Views: 59,433
Posted By jcl
More Freightliners ...

More Freightliners

https://www.act-news.com/news/daimler-celebrates-industry-milestone/

The eCascadia (Class 8) is the same info as the link above, but also noted in this story is the release...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-26-2019, 05:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,150
Posted By jcl
Max Tow on the Expedition is listed as including...

Max Tow on the Expedition is listed as including a larger radiator, trailer brake controller, pro trailer back up assist, and 3.73 electronic limited slip axle.
Forum: Airstream Motorhome Forums 08-16-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,104
Posted By jcl
The US government uses Merz for Mercedes in the...

The US government uses Merz for Mercedes in the NHTS listings, so that is likely what the DMV should use. Merc is shorthand for Mercedes outside the US, particularly in the UK. Just like we might...
Forum: On The Road... 08-13-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,743
Posted By jcl
We'd love to have you all visit us, but perhaps...

We'd love to have you all visit us, but perhaps we could be spared the "here is what is wrong with your country" rhetoric. It is insulting.

Thanks

We cross regularly between the US and Canada,...
Forum: On The Road... 08-12-2019, 10:51 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 85,977
Posted By jcl
I see you are back in Grande Prairie. Are you...

I see you are back in Grande Prairie. Are you stilling planning on going through Jasper and Banff (via Hwy 40 through Grand Cache)?

Great trip log.

Jeff
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-09-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
I think BMW made some strategic mistakes on...

I think BMW made some strategic mistakes on alternate fuelled vehicles.

First they pushed hydrogen, for years, as an ICE fuel. I couldn’t understand why, if you had hydrogen, you would want to...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-09-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
3.0 litre. Trunk badges don’t indicate actual...

3.0 litre. Trunk badges don’t indicate actual displacement with BMWs.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-08-2019, 11:29 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
The real problem with hydrogen, whether for fuel...

The real problem with hydrogen, whether for fuel cells or as a fuel in an ICE, is obtaining hydrogen. While it is plentiful, it isn't plentiful in the form we need it to consider it a fuel. ...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-08-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
OK, fair request. Climate change discussion...

OK, fair request. Climate change discussion moved to PM.

I had a previous role leading an engineering team developing LNG fueling systems for transport (road, rail, marine, heavy equipment). ...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-08-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
Nope :) But the scientific method would be a...

Nope :)

But the scientific method would be a good thing to follow. Come up with a hypothesis, design an experiment to test it, if you are able to show that your hypothesis is a better one than...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-08-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
I didn't deflect, I answered your question. I...

I didn't deflect, I answered your question. I gave you a source to follow up on (NASA). I didn't think you needed the link to the studies. Your response was that you didn't want to talk about it...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-05-2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
Don’t listen to the politicians. Listen to the...

Don’t listen to the politicians. Listen to the scientists. But incontrovertible? That is a loaded word, sort of like “alarmist”

Not really interested in debating individual data points, it is...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-05-2019, 07:53 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
That isn’t true. It is actually ranked #7 on the...

That isn’t true. It is actually ranked #7 on the most frequent climate change denier list of arguments.

In the 1970s the scientific consensus was that we were warming. There were media reports...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-05-2019, 07:15 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
That is from NASA scientists. Some of whom are,...

That is from NASA scientists. Some of whom are, literally, rocket scientists.

It isn’t any one data point, or model, that provides a degree of confidence. It is the consilience of the evidence.
...
Forum: Our Community 08-05-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,519
Posted By jcl
A few days back I prepared home made Hot Italian,...

A few days back I prepared home made Hot Italian, and Chorizo, sausages on our BBQ grill.

A few days before that I smoked ribs on our BBQ, and then used a home made Kansas City style BBQ sauce for...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-05-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
If in fact the climate was changing as slowly as...

If in fact the climate was changing as slowly as it did due to natural factors over eons then there would be very little to get excited about. The temperature isn't the problem, the rate of change...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-04-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
Always good for comic relief!

Always good for comic relief!
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-02-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 20,911
Posted By jcl
You are mixing up battery electric vehicles, and...

You are mixing up battery electric vehicles, and power generation. BEVs can become a big part of the mix, with significant benefits, even if they are charged up with power from a mix of fuel types. ...
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