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Old 10-25-2013, 06:22 PM   #81
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Choices, choices, choices and I can't even make my mind up about the Formica.... groan...
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:10 PM   #82
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I tend to agree with cpaharley regarding turbo boosting the smaller engines.
I investigated both p/u trucks before settling on the 2013 Silverado with 5.3l
and all the towing options ( also looked at Dodge ). Yes, it does have flex fuel capability and I am averaging 12l/100 kms. combined. I am anxiously awaiting to try towing our Escape 19 due to hatch on Dec. 10. Will give fuel consumption numbers as they become available.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:16 PM   #83
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Here is mine- the first one is on the front window square
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File Type: jpg Escape_21'_on24inch_192inch_wide_BLACKJACK2.jpg (159.4 KB, 12 views)
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:18 PM   #84
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Hey Jim, are you going with reflective vinyl graphics?

Isn't Blackjack normally two cards?
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:24 PM   #85
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Which ever Escape provides I'll be happy, yes 2 cards, but that wasn't part of the graphics offered. At least he agreed to drop the 21 off the graphics as I pointed out that Blackjack meant 21.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:30 PM   #86
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I'm naming the unit in memorial to a labrador retriever long since gone that I dearly loved, here is his official name as listed with AKC: Captain BlackJack of Falls Rd has been verified for use for this breed.
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:36 PM   #87
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I was just thinking about turbos and trailers and am leaning toward the possibility that they could be a good match in some situations. (I'm thinking here of the smaller end of the pickup range like many here tow with - not the dually monsters for towing the land whales) Depending on how the manufacturer implements them in a pickup, a turbo could be used to providing extra power only when needed i.e. climbing hills. Theoretically, the smaller engine could provide plenty of power in the flats and low speed situations while allowing for higher mpg's. The turbo could kick in when needed in situations like climbing or needing faster acceleration. I suppose the potential problems would lie in over stressing the smaller engine, but that should be taken in consideration in the engine design itself. I suspect problems arise when turbos are added to engines afterward, rather than being part of the original engine design process.

I've also wondered about the possibility of hybrid pickups with the electric motor being used in times when more power is needed, again allowing for smaller higher mpg engines. Especially since electric motors are all torque. There the problem would probably lie in the added weight of the batteries decreasing load capacity.
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:48 PM   #88
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Jim, you can do up literally any graphics, and they could print them in the vinyl.
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:01 PM   #89
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Using a search engine shows a lot of clip art for "blackjack". The clip art can be used by any vinyl graphics business. There may be a charge for some registered clip art. There are vinyl graphic businesses in most any city that can do the aplique. The company that Escape uses for graphics can do the same.
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:14 PM   #90
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Jim Bennett, It's best that the graphics be cut-out as any sign shop can do rather than screen printed. 2 and 3 colour cut-out graphics are done all the time by sign guys and they ALWAYS look better than screen printed clear vinyl.
34 years in the vinyl graphic business allows me that claim.


CPAHarley Once seen, the spirit of Captain Blackjack of Falls RD. would agree
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