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More power for towing suggestions?
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Been doing some research but I'd also like to get input here hoping maybe there are some people who have been in my boat.

The 2000 ford E150 5.4l v8 that I have and will be using as a tow vehicle feels like it could use more power, I fear once I get out west climbing big mountains it will be an issue. So I'm wondering if anyone has any experience and suggestions of performance upgrades I could do. I've heard mixed things so far about an upgraded cold air intake system. The trailer I made towing is about 2900 lbs dry.
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I would say that unless you are badly in need of a tune up you are limited and already have the largest available engine. Despite the hype I don't think you would have a noticeable improvement with the cold air intake. One option would be a chip or computer tuner, not cheap. I'm not familiar with the process but it might be possible to have your tuning changed by someone with the tool.
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How much will the trailer weigh when full? Unless youre towing an empty trailer around the mountains.
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(08-29-2017, 09:41 AM)OutdoorFT Wrote: How much will the trailer weigh when full? Unless youre towing an empty trailer around the mountains.

I couldn't imagine much more than an extra 200lbs, don't have a black tank to fill, and I can't imagine much use of filling the water tank all the way.
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(08-29-2017, 09:43 AM)WanderLoveJosh Wrote: I couldn't imagine much more than an extra 200lbs, don't have a black tank to fill, and I can't imagine much use of filling the water tank all the way.

It shouldnt have any problems then if itll be that light.

One youtuber has an airstream and tows with a van. Overheated in the mountains. But thats a bit more weight than your trailer would be.
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I maybe be jumping the gun, when I first bought it and was towing it home, the guy said it had about a half tank of water in it, so while going up hills it felt it was struggling a little bit, I really had to floor it. Then come to find out, the guy also sold it to me with a full black tank. Perhaps I should try the hills again without all the shit, and see if its any better. I'm just a worrier I guess. lol
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What rearend gears do you have?
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^That was my first thought, probably a better gear ratio for towing than what you currently have in your rear end. Transmission cooler wouldn't hurt either.
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(08-29-2017, 11:03 AM)slow2day Wrote: What rearend gears do you have?

I have no idea, i'm not sure how I would find that out
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#10
downshift,first out of overdrive and then to 3-2 as needed,dont expect your van/trailer to keep up with cars
nothing wrong with going 45mph
think of it as you are riding a bike
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