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SWilson

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About SWilson

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    fish slayer
  • Birthday 10/03/1968

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    Steel Erector / General Contractor
  • Interests
    Fishing!
  • Location
    Loxahatchee, Florida

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  1. SWilson

    Key Largo Guide Recommendations

    Captain Drew Nobregas, young captain, native of Tavernier. He runs a 22 Pathfinder and probably one of the best charters I have been on. A great guy to spend the day with. 305-393-2332
  2. SWilson

    Input needed....1/2 ton towing the larger Pathys

    Never doubted your statement. I'm very familiar with Ford's claims on tow capacity, since we have a fleet of them. Our F450's have a 32k capacity!!!! There is NO WAY I would let my guys pull that amount of weight. Heck, you're over the 26K GVW FDOT rule for CDL's.
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    Input needed....1/2 ton towing the larger Pathys

    Dang! I seen a few F150's towing 5th wheel campers, white knuckles and all. I was hoping to see that eco - boost haul 13k on I - 95! I don't have a bumper pull trailer rated for that much weight, only 10K on a pintle hitch. That still would be interesting...
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    Input needed....1/2 ton towing the larger Pathys

    Do you happen to have a gooseneck hitch?
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    Input needed....1/2 ton towing the larger Pathys

    Just discussing, not arguing... I can load a total of 18,700 (trailer and load) on my HD "Diesel" and tow it safely / stop safely, even in an emergency stop situation, can a 1/2 ton or a Tundra do that? Ok so let's reduce the load... I guess loaded, my 2300 weighs 5 - 6k (just a guess). With brakes on the trailer (brake per wheel - 4), the 1/2 ton truck will stop the same or better as an HD "Diesel". I find that hard to believe. I know my old F150 had nowhere near the braking power and it pulled 6k like crap. I'll have to disagree about the exhaust brake. I'm in good ole flat Florida and they do make a huge difference, when used in conjunction with the Tow / Haul feature. The Ford exhaust brake works a little different than that of a Jake Brake on a semi tractor or crane. It's a single stage system that that works when you touch the brake. It does not retard when you let off the throttle. I will always choose a HD Diesel to haul whatever needs hauling. All the links on the internet will never replace personal experience. At 50 years old, my butt has sat in a lot of trucks and towed a lot of equipment and boats. Jason P, I love the Tundra commercials but some folks don't know that those Goldhofer trailers are self propelled...
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    Input needed....1/2 ton towing the larger Pathys

    One thing not taken into consideration is the exhaust brake on the modern diesels. Combine the three; trailer brakes, exhaust brake (working with the tow / haul function) and the HD truck, they will stop faster / better. I'm not an engineer but I do manage a fleet of trucks, in our construction company; just real life experience.
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    Input needed....1/2 ton towing the larger Pathys

    2016 F350 6.7 Crew 4 x 4 with 3:55 and 20" wheels. That motor has way too much torque for 3:73 gears (don't need them) but I bet it will light up the tires on dry asphalt
  8. Brad, Not sure of the pitch but I'll check it tonight when I get home. I believe it's the first year Mark was producing them from the Powertech blanks. The prop might be spoken for right now but if it doesn't get sold, I'll let you know.
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    Input needed....1/2 ton towing the larger Pathys

    There is absolutely no comparison between the diesel / gas. Yes the initial cost is (over gas) about 10k but that’s not just the diesel motor. It’s the entire truck; suspension, transmission, rears, hitch, everything is better. The difference between a gas motor oil change and a diesel is about $40. Fuel is about .45 per gal more for diesel. Not that much annually. DEF gets about 4500 miles a tank and about $20 to fill it. Ford has come a long way from the old 7.3 (sounded like a concrete truck / totally anemic) and 6.0 diesels. I’m on my second one since 2011. My current 2016 F350 has 187k on it, runs awesome and stops with little effort loaded. I’ll take my modern diesel any day… I look at it like this: Will my 2300 get on plane with a F150? Probably… BUT the F300
  10. I ran one on my 21RF. I believe its a 22 or a 23, can't remember. It's sitting in the garage if anyone wants to run / buy it.
  11. SWilson

    Input needed....1/2 ton towing the larger Pathys

    I think just the opposite of everyone else. We have a 23HPS, with a F300 and a hard T top. I would hate to tow it with an F150, or any ½ ton pick up. I had a 2009 F150 (company truck) set up exactly as above, but a Supercrew and 4 x 4. Towing my 2200V or my 21RF was terrible. At 70 mph, it would constantly downshift from OD, or it would never stay in OD. And of course, it sucked a lot of gas. I always see / hear guys making long hauls with those half ton trucks; it’s fine, pulls great, etc. I guess they haven’t drove a modern diesel 250 / 350, 2500 / 3500. Bigger brakes, better suspension, a ton more of hp and torque. Cruising along with traffic at 75 mph, 1700 rpm’s and getting 15 mpg, is not a bad thing and less wear and tear.
  12. SWilson

    Loose Power poles

    JEM, We use the same rigger. As many people use him also; there is a reason for that; he's the best... Brandon and Blake, First, I have the utmost respect for you guys and John. You have the best product in the market place and the best customer service, bar none! This is why I have always rigged Power Poles on our boats! Ok, I know a little bit about stuffing bolts in holes, maybe not in the marine industry but bolts are bolts and tension is tension. When you have solid round holes, in a bolt pattern (power pole mount itself) and you thru bolt on the jack plate bracket (as in my application), with slotted holes, no matter how much tension (not torque) you put on the bolt assembly, there will still be some slip. This slip intensifies when the faying surfaces are coated; in this case powder coating. Adding a simple bolt, with what we call a "hard hole" (no slot) will keep the connection from slipping. There really isn't much load on the 5th bolt, its just there to keep the mount (power pole) from moving.
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    Loose Power poles

    That's exactly why Mike does it. Slotted holes allow the poles to move; the 5th bolt prevents that.
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    Boat Covers

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    Boat Covers

    TTopcovers.com make a quality product that fits our boats. We have had ours for 2.5 years and it still looks great. We added the pockets for the powerpoles and the added material to cover the hull sides (TTopcovers did a great job)
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