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standards allow for towing considerations from RVIA
the new levels will encompass a majority of vehicles that
tow RVs, there is good news for the RV industry in the
President Bush signed into law
the first increase in automobile fuel economy in 32 years,
mandating automobile manufacturers meet a (CAFE) standard of
35 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2020.
separate fuel economy standards for cars and trucks will be
maintained with different standards to be set for pickup
trucks weighing between 8,500 and 10,000 pounds and for
medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Second, the framework for
establishing fuel economy is based on “one or more vehicle
attributes” which will allow consideration of vehicle towing
USRider Cautions Horse Owners about Carbon
Lexington, Ky., (Oct. 15, 2007) –
Two children and their grandparents from Tomah, Wis., were
killed by carbon monoxide fumes inside the horse trailer where
they were sleeping the night of Oct. 11. The family runs a
well-known Clydesdale horse-breeding operation called Clay’s
Clydesdales. They were in Madison, Wis., for the World
WAYS 2008 FORD F-150 STANDS OUT FROM THE PACK.
Ford F-Series, America’s truck
leader for 30 consecutive years, sets the standard for strength
and toughness – with more trucks on the road with over 250,000
miles than any other brand. Ford continues to raise the bar to
give truck customers more of what they’re looking for. The 2008
Ford F-150 introduces new models, features and options that take
“Built Ford Tough” to a new level. Here’s a look at just a few
of the ways the F-150
Heavy Duty Pickup
Trucks, New Race. The Year of Emissions.
excitement builds with each jet ride to the next new truck media
launch, biggest year I can remember for major truck changes.
Most of it brought about by the new low emission laws for diesel
engines that began January 07. GM totally redesigned the whole
truck. Ford has the most mechanical changes with a new nose and
diesel engine, Dodge changed the diesel for the new emissions
law and reintroduced it's CC model.
from the Factory or Aftermarket?
can't resist accessorizing trucks to fit our needs as well as our personality.
It's common to spend another $3000 on accessories after we buy the
truck. Trailer hitches, brake controllers,
running boards, as well as performance mods to the engine and
transmission, add up quickly. Top selling accessories are....
2004 Dodge Cummins HO Budget Hop
Up by Gary Scott
I got my first
diesel in the fall of 2003. I was nearing retirement age and my
wife and I decided that a pickup and travel trailer would be he best
combination for us as I wanted to keep the pickup bed open to haul
my dirt bikes and mountain bike. We were really looking for a low
mileage used diesel because I'm a Scotsman and try to save where I
can. You'll see examples of my frugality as you read on.
GM Plans First Light Duty V-8
Clean Diesel for North America
N.Y. – General Motors Corp. will introduce a new, state-of-the-art
4.5L V-8 Duramax turbo-diesel that improves engine fuel efficiency by 25
percent, reduces CO2 emissions by 13 percent and cuts particulates and
NOx emissions by at least 90 percent for North American light duty
trucks and the HUMMER H2 built after 2009.
Dodge Expands Commercial Presence,
Charges into Class 4–5 Segment with
All–new 2008 Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs All–new
chassis cabs showcase dominant commercial capability, durability
More on Dodge Ram....
Nègre of the United Kingdom has invented a zero-pollution
vehicle. It involves no combustion, and it costs roughly $2 to
run for 124 miles. It can reach a top speed of 68 mph and can be
recharged in two minutes. And most surprisingly, it runs on
|HEAVY-DUTY PICKUP PLANS HALTED
Both Nissan and Toyota say they have ceased plans to
enter the heavy-duty market.
look at the 2007 Silverado and Sierra.
Still waiting to drive the new truck, but I am excited that the
seat belt is back in the ceiling, adjustable and the end of side
terminal batteries. The new GMT900 platform from which the 2007
2006, MrTruck.TV will have it's first episode about this year's
SEMA. So much to see, so little time. We run each day of
SEMA finding top stories and new products for your truck & SUV.
the wagons, pickup trucks from India are headed this way. They
already sell tractors here,
All of the vehicles will be
four-wheel drive, turbo-charged with "clean diesel" technology
and get up to 39 miles per gallon. Coming late 2008, the
of the report...
The Best Tranny Pans, Differential, and Valve Covers.
PML knows how to keep you
covered! You hear me complaining about oil
capacity on this website constantly. Now I found a way to add 2 or 3 more
quarts of oil to your tranny and differential. The more oil, the more
cooling ability, the longer your truck will stay out of the shop and on the
road! Pulling trailers builds extra heat in your engine, transmission and
axles. You need extra oil capacity and a cover designed for cooling, not the
stamped flat pans and covers truck manufactures buy 100,000 at a time from
the cheapest bidder. It's up to you to give your truck the longest life.
Click for more.
2007 Tundra, the Limo that Tows Trailers Fast,
2007 Tundra introduced at the National Western Stock
Show & Detroit Auto Show. Nice for Toyota's
50 anniversary to introduce a true full size truck. Known as dependable, Toyota trucks may now set benchmarks for how
full size trucks are designed. I'm impressed.
read the review...
Active Fuel Management Cylinder Deactivation shows in the dash
when switching from V8 to V4, all seamless you wouldn't know it
if you didn't look at the indicator in the dash. This is part of
reason this new Tahoe gets 21 highway mpg EPA rating on the
4x4.. Even with a bolder bigger nose, the Tahoe has 8% less drag
as wind resistance. The dash has more digital info with a tire pressure read out
CELEBRATES ONE-MILLIONTH DURAMAX DIESEL.
DMAX Ltd., a
joint venture between GM & Isuzu Motors Limited, was established
as a diesel engine company in 1998. GM first introduced the
Duramax diesel in the U.S. in 2001 model year. GM’s heavy duty
diesel pickup market share has jumped nearly tenfold in the six
years Duramax engines have been offered.
New 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500
with Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine is first Chrysler
Group BLUETEC vehicle and first to meet
stringent 2010 truck emissions standards in all 50 states.
6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine achieves 2010 NOx
emission standards three years early, making it the
Ford Expedition EL, longer, stronger and a 6-speed. I took
the new Expedition through the winding Washington hills as fast
the tires would hold me. It handled superbly, with no
resemblance of the old leaning SUV's we drove a few years back.
took the 07 Sport Trac off road near Camp Pendleton. With front
& rear traction control, it climbed like a rock crawler. Having
traction control instead of limited slip or locking
differential, allowed me to turn corners in 4WD, have traction
and no wheel hop. Roll Stability Control, standard on the Sport
Trac, great for a truck with an empty bed as well as stability
in bad road conditions. I think all trucks need it.
Dodge is back in the cab & chassis world. The new 2007 Dodge HD
3500 Cab and Chassis will offer the new 6.7L Cummins and an all
new 6-speed automatic. 52 gallon fuel tank, 50,000 psi flat
|GM announces 2007 Duramax details, at
least for the C4500. And plans for 2009 plus V-8 Diesel in 1/2
tons. The new Duramax LMM to replace the LBZ and LLY, so we will
see the 4th generation after the first of the year.
Cover for the Chevrolet SSR.
CA – PML announces an aftermarket differential cover for the
Chevrolet SSR. The cover features extra capacity, sand cast
aluminum construction, and a drain hole with a magnetic
drain plug. PML designed this cover for the Torsen 10 bolt
rear axle found in 2003-06 SSR with automatic transmission
and other GM vehicles such as Trailblazer, Envoy, Colorado,
Canyon, Olds Bravada, and Buick Renier.
This differential cover increases fluid capacity by 0.5
quarts over stock. The increased capacity reduces
temperatures, lessening wear and tear on the....More....
By Jake Morton
For many of us
with 1994-1997 Ford Power Stroke Diesel’s, there is a limit to
how much horsepower we can make. In 1999, Ford redesigned some
things and power levels went up considerably, especially when
adding aftermarket devices. For a long time, all the early
Power Stroke owners could do was a chip or programmer, exhaust,
and an air intake. Anything else was just out of the question,
price wise, for most hobbyists, daily drivers, and
do-it-yourselfers. But now.....
there's help for the short-short beds. New from PopUp, the
SB116. The long short bed solution. It's "16" inches
of extension. Before you loose your pickup trucks rear window or
worse, check out the solution. Shortbed trucks are the most
popular. But the trailer manufactures don't know it yet. Finally
backup with the tailgate down and without hitting the propane
Rollin’ Rollin’ … Keep that Trailer Rolling…’
of the worst things to happen with a horse trailer is a
mechanical break down on the road. If you have never been
there, thank your lucky stars. There are... reasons
Read it now....
Cool 2007 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Diesel Transmissions
Inglewood, CA – PML announces an
extra capacity sand-cast transmission pan for the 2007
and newer Dodge Ram 2500 & 3500 trucks with diesel
engines. The transmission on these trucks is the Dodge
68RFE. This pan fits both four and two wheel drive
models and increases the transmission oil capacity
aFe 54-11022 Ford 6.0L Power Stroke
Install, battery box & air box replacement.
13hp and 67 torque improvement.
aFe did it again. The 7.3L Power Stroke battery box replacement
version has been out for a while. Now aFe has done the same
powerful version for the 6.0L with the biggest gain in power
you'll see from a cold air intake system.
Read the install
PML Ford F250 Differential Covers Install,
If you've read your trucks owner manual, there is a different
schedule for normal use and "severe or trailer towing". For some
maintenance schedules you change oil twice as often for severe use. Towing
stress creates heat, heat breaks down the oil faster and you know what
happens next. A lot of us overload our trailers especially using
3/4 and one ton pickups.
Dodge Ram HD BladeRunner Charged Air Manifold advanced
FLOW engineering (aFe) introduces the BladeRunner Charged
Air Manifold (PN 46-10012) for the 03-07 Dodge RAM HD Cummins
turbocharged diesel pickup trucks. The first in a series, this
new line of charged air manifolds utilizes a patent-pending
Multiple Directional Vane (MDV) Technology to improve air
delivery to the engine. The multiple internal vanes smooth the
airflow at critical transition points for up to 32.9% CFM better
airflow than stock.The combination of internal vanes and a less
restrictive mounting bolt design produced dyno-tested results
ranging up to 17HP and 50 lbs x ft Torque at 1975 RPM over the
Hemi aFe install by MrHemi 18 more horses!
“The Durango had … sort of a delayed
throttle response, or lag, when you accelerate from a complete
stop..... Well, that annoying little lag is a thing of the past
- throttle response is now where it should have been all along."
Read the whole install article..
Urges Horse Owners to Use Air Pressure Monitor
Helps Prevent Dangerous Blowouts. Lexington, Ky.
(Sept. 8, 2006) – Flat tires are the leading cause of
disablements involving horse trailers. USRider is involved
in a research project with Dr. Tomas Gimenez to test the
benefit (if any) of using air vs. nitrogen to inflate tow
vehicle and horse trailer tires. An electronic air-pressure
monitoring system is being used to assist with the research.
During the research, Dr. Gimenez and USRider have noted
significant safety benefits resulting from using this
introduces a dual version. I saw it at SEMA and brought it home.
Rated for 2000# tongue weight. Updated
Review: Hell-Ya Hitch Helper did keep the nose heavy
trailer from dragging the jack again & some of the wavy pavement
between Salida & Green River through Utah, felt better. Even
curves seemed easier to handle. Towing a 8000 lb Featherlite
SURV, after attaching Hell-Ya, measured again & found the truck
set up an inch higher. Of course I had to be extreme in my
SuperSprings introduces overload stabilizing
spring for Class C RV Ford E450.
With the great rear overhang Class C motorhomes have, they need
a little help. The SSA21 sets on top of the factory spring and
self adjusts to improve handling and stabilize the load.
Industries RV3 5th-Wheel to
Gooseneck Adapter Do you have too
many hitches for all of your different trailers? There’s bumper
pull, gooseneck, fifth wheel, you name it there’s just too many
combinations out there sometimes. Pop up industries helps out
here by offering their fifth wheel to gooseneck adapters. This
handy little product allows you to tow your fifth wheel camper
using the gooseneck hitch you already have in the bed of your
truck thus eliminating one hitch from your collection. Pop up
industries has been around for years starting with their PopUp
Gooseneck ball hitch and now with many hitch extensions for
short bed trucks,
New Truck Repair Technology
comes to Horse Trailers
If you follow
my articles, you know how big a fan of new technology I am. At the new
Transwest Truck Trailer RV facility, is an
awesome machine called a Road Simulator. Looks kind of like a dyno, but
does use rollers to test brakes rolling resistance and balance. Transwest uses it to test all their new horse trailers so
they are ready for your roads. It can find
just a torn axle seal leaking on the brakes. It would surprise you how
many "new axles" on new trailers are over greased, limiting your trailer
brakes ability. With the kind of traffic we
pull trailers in, testing brakes becomes routine. And worn suspension
maybe be causing your rig to ....More....
USRider Shares Tip with Horse Owners to Avoid
advancing technology, life continues to become a bit easier.
USRider would like to warn its members about is the potential of
being locked out of a vehicle. This can happen when two very
common technological conveniences get too close – your cell
phone may scramble the electronics in your key fob. Instances of
this scrambling have already been reported with the....read
USRider Reminds Drivers, Dangers of Using Cell
Phones While Driving.
Featherlite unveils striking enhancements to
its horse trailers and living quarters
Introduction includes new Featherlite/Sierra Interiors
Collection & ‘wave’ side panels Transforming its entire
horse trailer product line, Featherlite is excited to announce
the beginning of a new partnership with
Sierra Custom Interiors and to introduce its new
‘wave’ side panels on horse trailers. With the new partnership,
Sierra will produce Featherlite’s entire line of standard and
standard with options living quarters, while the new side panels
notably alter the exterior look of the Featherlite horse
unveils ultimate SURV for outdoor enthusiasts. The amenities in
Featherlite’s newest Sport Utility Recreational Vehicle (SURV) Model 7941
make it the ultimate hauling vehicle for outdoor enthusiasts and their
motorized equipment. The durable aluminum SURV’s enhanced style and
functionality is highlighted by a spacious garage, two slideouts and a
The 40-foot fifth wheel with 12-foot garage features two space expanding
slideouts, including a 12-foot slideout with sofa sleeper and dinette and a
slideout in the bedroom area.
Cimarron Trailers to Hold a Drawing for Private
Roping Clinic with Legendary Instructor Rickey Green. A lifetime opportunity for two lucky
team ropers. They will be giving away a two-day private roping clinic
with renowned team roping clinician Rickey Green for two winners of a
drawing held on Oct. 27th, 2007 at the USTRC National Finals
in Oklahoma City. Entry forms for the drawing will be available at
participating Cimarron Trailer Dealerships April 1 - Oct. 24, 2007. The private clinic will be held Dec. 1-2, 2007 at Rickey Green’s ranch
in Stephenville, TX. Cimarron Trailers will provide both of the
winner’s with hotel accommodations and meals during the clinic.
For more visit
from each event, pictures & commentary,
"Hart Horse Trailer Safety and Tech Tour," With
the latest trailer safety and technology accessories on
exhibit on tour, come by and watch demonstrations We'll
be displaying some helpful technology for safe towing. Stop by,
see our display and ask questions.
Click for the "Tour" schedule,
see when we'll be in your state.
Coach review, Logan built steel trailers and then in
2004 they added the XT & XTR aluminum skinned horse trailers as
consumer demand for aluminum skin trailers grows. I toured the
Logan factory, seeing new innovations I hadn't seen before. Like
the rod on the drop down windows that you can easily reach no
matter what your height is. Even the slam latches on escape
doors (right) are lower than I've seen on other horse
Featherlite Trailers merge
with Universal Trailers.
The world is a better place
because Henry Ford decided to quit working for Thomas Edison and
struck out on his own to invent the first assembly line.
Cimarron Trailers carries on the American tradition of starting their
own company to prove they can build a better custom progressive
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Electricity, far from the
City … And everyone else. By: Hosspuller
Once upon a time,
horse camping meant a canvas tent to keep from getting wet and a
saddle for a pillow. Today, horse camping means a horse trailer
rig with all the features of … home. Electricity makes a
person comfortable, at home and at camp. The opposite is also
true; electricity can make a person dead, at home and at
camp. This article is about your camping rig operating on 120
volt AC current and a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI or
Enjoy the Read....
Blowouts are not fun. And even whipping your trailer
doesn't let you see the rear axle in a safe way or at night. Pick your
reason, the cost of tires, safety, calm horses, or just
the pain it is to change a tire. Been waiting for something like
Pressure Pro to help me monitor tires on the fly..Click
Don’t buy a used car without Carfax!
Get the real history of any used car.
People do some strange things to cars…
Don’t make a $10,000 mistake!
Find out how much history your truck has, free
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