To provide another ongoing story we decided to buy a used 2006 Ford F250 Power Stroke diesel that was reacquired by Ford. (Buy back as a problem truck) So we are taking the risks we wouldn’t recommend the average person do. That might be enough to tow the 15,600 lbs of trailer that the truck is rated at in our Rocky Mountains. We’re at 16 mpg empty and 9 mpg pulling a loaded trailer. This we have to improve. This truck is a trailer towing test vehicle. We can tow gooseneck, 5th wheel and a up to a 12,500 # bumper pull trailer. It’s equipped to haul a slide in camper as well.
So far with aFe CAI, 4 inch exhaust and Superchips, we have 438 hp, 847 ft/lbs torque.
DEBO Step®. My old knees don’t like me climbing on my tailgate. I like Debo Step because it’s not in the receiver hitch like most aftermarket rear steps. So I can use it with a trailer and with the tailgate down. Rated for 400 lbs, I can walk up my tailgate to retrieve cargo. It slides under the bumper and locks into place. One of my favorite toys, I mean tools. For more, www.debostep.com
EZ – Connector, RV Pro Plug and Max Brake Wireless Trailer Light Tester Those of use that tow trailers every week know how many times we drop the coupler on the ball and plug in the wire connection (and wiggle the connection for contact.) Spent my share of nights with a flashlight in my mouth in the rain as I work on trailer lights. Fuel injection and electronics make our trucks more trouble free, now trailer wiring and electronics make tracing trailer wire problems a breeze. What do you do when you don’t have someone to check your trailer lights while you run the blinkers and light switch? The rest of the report…
CNG, is it the Answer for the Fuel Crisis?
Forget veggie oil, bio-diesel, power programmers and hydrogen water separators. And hear the gospel of CNG/diesel. The beauty of this system is if I can’t find a Compressed Natural Gas fill up station, I just run on diesel. We’ve now had time to run several tanks through our test truck in a loop using both CNG and diesel together at 2 to 1. We reduced our fuel cost per mile 23% to 27% with Colorado prices. Almost double that with Utah prices, Read the rest as one of the most important reviews this year…
This was the winter to remember in Colorado. So snow plows ,were among my favorite article reviews this year. SNOWSPORT from ACI, the tonneau cover folks, is a strong plow. It’s a extruded aluminum residential seven ft. plow that works keeping your lanes clear. No hydraulics, the plow angles and lifts by hand. You drag it backwards instead of raising it.
GO Weld, (right picture), may not be your first accessory choice, but it’s cool. Imagine being able to plug a wire feed welder into your trucks batteries and then go back and weld on your horse trailer broke down on the side of the road. GO Weld’s are on many Humvee’s in Iraq along with plasma cutters for repairing military trucks. We’ll have the full article soon.
aFe aluminized 4 ” exhaust, cat-back, install took 2 hours.
BrakeSmart trailer brake controller from Transwest Truck Trailer RV
Co-Pilot GPS. I take my laptop on trips and having a 17″ screen to see the GPS map, helps me. At 70 mph, looking at a little 3″ screen is dangerous. The sensor on the right is all that goes in your truck, USB cord to the laptop.
They are bold and sexy! I consider them the best built mudflaps I’ve found. The new model has a polished aluminum yoke, and heavy wall aluminum tubing. Still adjustable in, out and up, down. Which is so good for my truck reviews which range from a tall H2 to a Nissan Frontier. And I review new trailers too, any mudflaps can protect your trailers from mud, that’s a slow speed problem. But the damage comes from…. More…..
Of course a few breakdowns along the way, first one the IPCM in Oklahoma. Then an injector blew the top out in New Mexico. Ford warranty and road side assistance rescued me.
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Gen-Y Hitch heavy duty adjustable drawbar for today’s powerful trailering trucks: These steel adjustable, multi-ball, multi-height, or pintle, is the highest trailer rated hitch I’ve seen. The one I’m using from Gen-Y Hitch is rated for a 16,000 lb. trailer with a 2 inch shank. Their newest hitch is the Torsion Flex Hitch that isolates how your trailer bounces verses your truck for a smoother ride. Read the review...Tuson Trailer Tire Pressure and Heat Monitor: Trailer tires are the bane of my existence. I found the solution, with tire pressure units inside the tires out of the way, amplifying the wireless signal to the truck and just a wireless receiver monitor in the truck cab. I can use it with any truck or SUV, I trailer with. Tuson goes to 203 psi, And it also shows the internal tire heat.For the whole story click….Weigh-Safe: Do you know your trailer tongue weight, asks the judge? On a bumper pull trailer, if you have too little tongue weight, the trailer can sway and be dangerous. If you have too much trailer tongue weight, truck can squat excessively, aim your headlights to the stars and stress your trucks rear axle, brakes and suspension. What you need to know...
Shocker Hitch, New 9 ” offset. FREE Shipping, Gooseneck Surge with New Shift-Lock 30K coupler. Gooseneck air bag cushion coupler for 4 inch round tube, 4 and 4.5 in square tube. Click for more...
The Fuel Box and new Dual Fuel Box: for tools and extra fuel to stay on the road longer. I like good tools, a tool box and fuel tank company in California makes this quality combo all in the US. It’s called The Fuel Box. The fuel tank is separate from the tool box....Read more...Tuson Sway Control, ultimate trailer sway control for safer trailer towing. A module that controls sway on bumper pull trailers. It will actually steer the trailer left and right to keep the trailer towing straight. MoreHoof Grip, it’s Super Floor, been around for years, in horse trailers, in barns, sidewalks, sale barns, vet clinics, patio’s, dog kennels, playgrounds and truck beds. Made from ground tires (recycled) it gives cushion and traction. First place I saw it was on playgrounds. around merry-go-rounds where kids fall down and bounce back up unhurt. See the review and install….
GanderLock for Goosenecks: Protect your trailer as well as your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat screen TV. Goosenecks if you just lock the coupler, the thief's loosen the set bolts, slide out your adjustable couplerRead the Review
My mechanic Ruben has rebuilt my project truck's automatic transmission as "Overkill" making it better than original factory tranny. His work is amazing. Check out his website (ColoradoTrans.com) or call 303-776-1191. See the video's of my transmission rebuild
CA Conversions can convert almost any diesel to a Allison Automatic Transmission. Diesel engines are hard on transmissions. Transmission failure is common towing heavy trailers. CA overbuilds Allison transmissions keep you on the road not on the side of the road. Read More:
The Flip-Over Ball gooseneck hitch converts to a smooth bed in seconds. Just rotate the handle and Flip the ball over. In seconds you can have a level bed for all those jobs when an ordinary hitch ball is always in the way. More...
Another short bed solution. Short bed truck hitch. Is it for you? See the story, Click for more...
25 to 50% longer tire life. Stop tire cupping, vibration and premature wear on those expensive truck, RV & trailer tires. Centramatic automatic wheel balancers have been saving money on tires for semi-trucks for over twenty years. Now you can automatically balance your tires, wheels, hub and rotors or drums while you drive. More
We decided to have our own towing test truck. Now we are going to keep the products on our own truck to be able to give a longer review and how things standup long term. Rest of the report
MrTruck.com Presents: New for the "EZ Connector Horse Expo Tour" Updates from each event, pictures & commentary, With the latest trailer safety and technology accessories on exhibit in our tour, come by our display. We'll be displaying some helpful technology for safe towing. Click for the "Tour" schedule,
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