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Author Topic: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting  (Read 16264 times)

timatoe

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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #40 on: January 31, 2015, 03:07:50 AM »

I think so too.
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #41 on: February 02, 2015, 03:25:15 PM »

I did some measuring and if I want to attach a tow bar to my jeep bumper, I would need a 12" rise hitch to keep the tow bar level. How legitimate is a 12" rise hitch, and how important is it to have flat tow bars while flat towing? If I use the shackle mounts on my front bumper as attachment points, how important is it to put a close fitting pin in there? If the hole is 1", can I use a 3/4" pin? One of my shackle mounts is slightly dented in due to an impact with a boulder.
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #42 on: February 02, 2015, 03:46:36 PM »

The tow bar needs to be relatively level.  "They" say that unlevel bars are the reason for most failures.

As for the pin, my recovery points are 1" and I use a 7/8's pin.  Don't know if that'll work for you or not.  Tractor Supply has a decent selection of hitch pins pretty cheap.  http://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchDisplay?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&pageSize=&beginIndex=0&searchSource=Q&sType=SimpleSearch&resultCatEntryType=2&showResultsPage=true&pageView=image&searchType=1000&cm_askwd=&autoSuggestURL=AutoSuggestView%3FcoreName%3DMC_10001_CatalogEntry_en_US%26serverURL%3Dhttp%253a%252f%252ftsc-prod-lb01.crossview.inc%253a3737%252fsolr%252fMC_10001_CatalogEntry_en_US%26catalogId%3D10051%26storeId%3D10151&searchTerm=hitch+pin

I'm actually building a drop hitch, well it'll rise from the motor home, but it won't be 12".  I have one of these.....  http://www.harborfreight.com/8-in-1-adjustable-ball-mount-hitch-95991.html that I bought just for that reason for my truck.  That was before I had a trailer though, and the new tow bar for the motor home goes into the 2" receiver and doesn't use a ball.  You're welcome to use the one I've got if you don't wanna pick one up at HF.
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #43 on: February 02, 2015, 04:58:30 PM »

Does anyone in the sacramento area have a flat tow setup with the brake buddy that I could try out? I mean can I test tie somebody's jeep around to check out the performance before I commit to buying a brake buddy and tow bar of my own?
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #44 on: February 02, 2015, 06:00:53 PM »

My old tow bar uses 7/16" pins and my D- ring bumper mounts are 7/8". I just made bushings from heater hose. That ball mount Tim offered should give you a good rise. You could always do a test pull before you get a Brake Buddy, just go easy on the brakes with an empty PU.
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #45 on: February 04, 2015, 09:29:07 PM »

Id never flat tow.  But thats just my opinion. 

Bend a wheel?  Blow a tire? snap a rear axle?  Bend a control arm?  Lose a u joint and take out a balljoint? 

Too many variables for me. 

I would rather go slow up the hills pulling in a plain gasser truck and take a little longer to my destination any day.
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timatoe

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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #46 on: February 05, 2015, 10:21:39 AM »

Id never flat tow.  But thats just my opinion. 

Bend a wheel?  Blow a tire? snap a rear axle?  Bend a control arm?  Lose a u joint and take out a balljoint? 

Too many variables for me. 

I would rather go slow up the hills pulling in a plain gasser truck and take a little longer to my destination any day.

I would much prefer to tow with a trailer (that's why I bought one) and with my truck that's not an issue.  But, with the motor home, while it's small (only 21') it's also only powered with a 350, I need all the weight savings I can get.  If I had the 454 like the larger class A's (or a V10 like Doug's brother's class C) I'd just do the trailer.  I towed a truck on a trailer with my old 1/2 ton Dodge from here to OK and it did alright but it was very taxing on the truck.  I guess I just figure I'd rather have to get the Jeep to roll straight than have a dead tow rig.  We go slow enough though, hopefully there won't be any issues for anyone.
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #47 on: February 14, 2015, 07:57:44 PM »

Worked on it some more. Putting aux reverse lights in. Also out in a second fuse block for any towing accessories I will need. I'm still waiting on the weight of the trailer to determine what I will do.

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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #48 on: February 15, 2015, 11:19:21 AM »

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timatoe

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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #49 on: February 15, 2015, 05:48:37 PM »

Are you planning on sleeping in the back? 
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #50 on: February 15, 2015, 07:40:50 PM »

In the back or in the cab. The bench seats are huge.
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #51 on: February 15, 2015, 07:41:55 PM »

The lights worked really well tonight. Made parallel parking much easier on my dark street. The only problem is I spent more on wire than the lights themselves.
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #52 on: February 15, 2015, 08:27:26 PM »


Worked on it some more. Putting aux reverse lights in. Also out in a second fuse block for any towing accessories I will need. I'm still waiting on the weight of the trailer to determine what I will do.



Which fuse block is that
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #53 on: February 15, 2015, 08:35:03 PM »

Looks like a Blue sea fuseblock
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #54 on: February 15, 2015, 09:02:01 PM »

Blue sea from west marine. I did more searching and should have bought a bussman fuse block and relay block in one.
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #55 on: February 15, 2015, 10:08:00 PM »

Thanks pat.
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timatoe

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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #56 on: February 16, 2015, 05:37:20 PM »

In the back or in the cab. The bench seats are huge.

My concern was making sure you insulate yourself well between the bed floor and you, it'll suck the heat right out of you.  I don't know about the bench seat for a week of sleeping.  I slept in the back seat of my Super Duty for one night, nearly the worst night sleep ever.
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #57 on: February 26, 2015, 02:23:30 AM »

I did some research and the combined limit for the truck is about 11000 lbs. the payload of the truck is 2200 lbs. gvwr is 62-6700.  Truck weight is probably close to 4000 lbs so that leaves about 7k for the trailer and jeep.
Can I ask where you researched all this at? I did some research for the truck I just bought. I determined my capacity for towing is at 9k. The MJ is light so I figure if a trailer weighs 2k I won't even be at 6k. I will only be towing once or twice a month, maybe 3 hours at most one way.
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #58 on: February 26, 2015, 02:44:09 AM »

Nvm GCWR-GVWR=capacity
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Re: 1991 Chevy c1500 electrical troubleshooting
« Reply #59 on: February 26, 2015, 07:54:57 PM »


I did some research and the combined limit for the truck is about 11000 lbs. the payload of the truck is 2200 lbs. gvwr is 62-6700.  Truck weight is probably close to 4000 lbs so that leaves about 7k for the trailer and jeep.
Can I ask where you researched all this at? I did some research for the truck I just bought. I determined my capacity for towing is at 9k. The MJ is light so I figure if a trailer weighs 2k I won't even be at 6k. I will only be towing once or twice a month, maybe 3 hours at most one way.
I found the service manual online.
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