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Old 05-29-2020, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
There probably is no linkage..electronic. Many vehicles release the parking brake when shifting out of park.
If you look back at Fords there have been a few this happened to. My brakes were mechanical.
Old 05-29-2020, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by DrewsCrews View Post
That false sense of security saved me a few years back...Bought a Durango for the family and it also towed well....has the 8 speed with the dial shifter. Long story short..liftgate up, backing down the ramp so I can see the bunks...set E brake, shift into what I thought was Park..get out, load boat, get back in...hit the button to lower the liftgate, wont go down, try again..nada..look at the dash..tells me I cant lower it in gear...GEAR???? I was in reverse!!! I was on the ramp, out of the car, in reverse, loading the boat that was only held back by the E brake.....I must've been in neutral as I rolled to the desired trailer depth, and the shifted into reverse. LUCKY!!!
That's what I thought I did maybe but when the tow driver went out he had to take off the mechanical parking brake and he said the shifter was totally loose he could just fling it back and forth.
Old 05-29-2020, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Ex Nuc View Post
Ideally, the tow vehicle should weigh more than the load + trailer being towed. It's one of the reasons why a semi-tractor weighs about 20 tons, typically about the same as a fully loaded 53' semi-trailer, which weigh about 20 tons.
What...no...

So you're saying that HD pickups with 30,000LB tow capacities should (or do) weigh 30,000LB or more themselves with a GCWR of 60,000LB? For a pickup? Not sure where you got that idea, but it's incorrect. You're saying a truck that weighs 8,000LB shouldn't be towing anything that weighs more than 8,000LB. That's just nonsense.

Most class 8 trucks weigh less than 20,000LB and have 80,000LB GVW which is the combined weight limit of the tractor and trailer. If the tractor weighs 17k then that means the trailer can weigh up to 63,000LB, nearly 4x the weight of the tractor.
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Originally Posted by DieselDrax View Post
What...no...

So you're saying that HD pickups with 30,000LB tow capacities should (or do) weigh 30,000LB or more themselves with a GCWR of 60,000LB? For a pickup? Not sure where you got that idea, but it's incorrect. You're saying a truck that weighs 8,000LB shouldn't be towing anything that weighs more than 8,000LB. That's just nonsense.

Most class 8 trucks weigh less than 20,000LB and have 80,000LB GVW which is the combined weight limit of the tractor and trailer. If the tractor weighs 17k then that means the trailer can weigh up to 63,000LB, nearly 4x the weight of the tractor.
I agree, that’s nonsense. My F150 with just me in it runs right around 5900-6000 lbs. my fathers 2500 Ram Cummins is right at 7000 lbs I loaded. To think I “should” only be able to pull 6000 and his only 1000 lbs more is... well crazy. Mine feels planted and good up to about 8000-8500, north of that I don’t like towing with it. His I’ve towed 10,500-11,000 and it towed well.
Old 05-29-2020, 11:36 AM
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Never used chocks at a ramp.
But then I’ve never lost a truck and trailer back into the water, either.
Hmmm..... Something to think about in the future.


Fire caused by short when wet —- either battery or wiring anywhere inside.
Old 05-29-2020, 01:33 PM
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Many cars and trucks have had "park to reverse" transmission issues that often result in very serious injury or death to anyone nearby. Just google "park to reverse." They are typically the result of design flaws and in current vehicles, even in software. Beware.

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