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Old 01-20-2003, 08:10 AM   #15
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V8

right!!, I'd rather have a V8, BUT I want one that gets 35 MPGs at least. well, for that matter, I'd like a V6 that gets 35 MPGs. Is that asking too much?
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Old 01-20-2003, 11:25 AM   #16
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Everyone keeps mentioning WDH. What is that? Also, the book on my Caravan 3.3 doesn't say anything about torque--actually it doesn't say much of anything that any idiot couldn't figure out. I can't find any specs of any kind anywhere in it. Of course, it's just the book that came with the van, not the mechanic's book. Someone talked about weighing the trailer when you're loaded to go, but how the heck do you weigh the tongue weight on a truck scale?
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Old 01-20-2003, 11:37 AM   #17
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I hope this helps...
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Orginally posted by Patricia Romero

Everyone keeps mentioning WDH. What is that? Also, the book on my Caravan 3.3 doesn't say anything about torque--actually it doesn't say much of anything that any idiot couldn't figure out. I can't find any specs of any kind anywhere in it. Of course, it's just the book that came with the van, not the mechanic's book. Someone talked about weighing the trailer when you're loaded to go, but how the heck do you weigh the tongue weight on a truck scale?
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[b]Performance
Most 2003 Grand Caravans are front-wheel drive minivans, but Sport and ES trims do offer the sure-footedness of all-wheel drive.

A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower at 5200 rpm and [b]167 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm comes with the entry-level SE trim.

FWD Sport and eL models have a 3.3-liter V6 that pumps out 180 horsepower at 5000 rpm and [b]210 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm (optional with SE models).

Sport AWD, eX and ES models feature a 3.8-liter V8 that delivers 215 horsepower at 5000 rpm and [b]245 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm.

Found at: http://www.new-cars.com/2003/2003-dodge-gr...nd-caravan.html
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Old 01-20-2003, 11:37 AM   #18
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Pepper:

The first "tip" on the following link will show you how to weigh your tongue.


http://www.enjoythedrive.com/content/?id=26358

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Old 01-20-2003, 11:48 AM   #19
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WDH

Is Weight Distribution Hitch. This type of hitch setup moves the hitch weight over all of the wheels of the trailer and tow vehicle. It ties everything together in a way that helps prevent bucking of the trailer and makes for better handling.
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Old 01-20-2003, 12:26 PM   #20
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stabilising hitch head

Do you overthere use 'stabilising hitch heads'?
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Old 01-20-2003, 02:14 PM   #21
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Orginally posted by Patricia Romero

Someone talked about weighing the trailer when you're loaded to go, but how the heck do you weigh the tongue weight on a truck scale?
Pepper
Pepper,

Truck scales have multiple platforms, each of which weighs separately. If you park the trailer axle on one platform and the tongue jack (disconnected) on the next platform you can get both weights simultaneously.

If the scale has three or four platforms, you can weigh the tow vehicle at the same time if you wish.

The charge is the same; I paid $7.50 here in Phoenix.

Call the truck stop, describe what you want to do and ask when is the best time to use the scale.

If you have contacts at the mine, you might be able to use one of their scales.
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Old 01-20-2003, 02:22 PM   #22
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Do you overthere use 'stabilising hitch heads'?
Lex,

There are two kinds of "stabilising hitch heads" in use over here: the weight distribution hitch (WDH) and the anti-sway bar. The two are sometimes combined.

The WDH uses a torsion bar to leverage the tongue weight and shift some of that weight to the front axle of the tow vehicle and the trailer axle.

The anti-sway bar is a friction device for damping sway. It forms a parallelogram with the hitch and the friction opposes any lateral movement of the trailer.

There are other, more expensive, hitching arrangements that improve handling. These are only needed for large trailers, not for eggs.

Is that painting by your desk in the living room by Rembrandt van Rijn?
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Old 01-20-2003, 02:28 PM   #23
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torque

I think I've been here before. Oh well
now that we know what the torque is what is it telling us?
Is 167 at 4000 better then 167 at 4700
or
is 167 at 4000 better then 200 at 4000
or visy-versy???????
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Old 01-20-2003, 04:26 PM   #24
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Pleeeese!

This is all more than I need to know.........is'nt it? :o
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Old 01-20-2003, 08:16 PM   #25
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Sure, this is way more than you need to know! But, the long and short of it is that the more torque you get at the lowest possible rpm is best -- after all, torque is what gets you moving off the line. Ideally, you'd just love to have 350lbs of torque at 1500 rpm, but don't count on it... Really, we've been having fun with this, but very few people understand, or care, or even know, about torque ratings. V-8s are better than V-6s. Straight 6s are better than V-6s. And, larger V-6s are better than smaller V-6s. But, a good many people tow with little 4-bangers. Way back in the early 80s, we towed our Boler 13 with a Datsun 510 station wagon. It had a 2.0L 4-cylinder with a 4-speed stick. Not too snappy, but it towed.
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Old 01-21-2003, 01:00 AM   #26
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stabilising hitch head

Morgan,
I mean things like on the photo's.
Inside are friction pads that are pressed on the towball.
It's anti horizontal movements (sway?).
The blue one is said to tackle vertical movement too.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e2cef7be9cbcstabifix.jpg/> <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e2cef9741fe2alko.jpg/>

PS: the painting is not a Rembrant as I posted in the 'Hello world' thread.
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Lex-----Thats totally different than anything I have ever seen. Very interesting:O
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Old 01-21-2003, 03:15 AM   #28
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Stabifix 4

Some pictures of the newest stabilising hitch head (is that the right name?) are to be seen at:

http://www.stabifix.nl/persfotos.htm

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.
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