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More power for towing suggestions?
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I tow 7000 pound through the Rockies with a 5.4L. It slows on the steepest climbs but going faster isn't going to save me that much time in the long run. On the flat it is so smooth I tend to forget the trailer is back there. My Expedition has a tow package including a 4:11 rear end.

You options may be a better rear end ratio or changing the computer for more performance. Expensive options would be a better transmission with more gears. A Super charger for the 5.4L giving it 500 HP ($5000 I think) A V-10 or a different truck.

Now then, I have towed in the Rockies for decades and I can tell you that it takes a huge amount of power to fly up steep climbs and you can bet even the few trucks that can do it are being fed a lot of fuel doing so. Then when they get to the top they end up slowing anyways because the sign at the curve says 40 MPH and you had better pay attention because a curve doesn't care how much power you have.

So relax and enjoy the view. It is normal to strain running up hill.
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(08-29-2017, 11:41 AM)WanderLoveJosh Wrote: I have no idea, i'm not sure how I would find that out

WLJ, Here is a link with the codes needed to find out your axle type and gear ratio.
http://www.blueovaltrucks.com/tech-artic...r-sticker/

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Thanks for all the replies, I feel better now, and perhaps that I'm over reacting lol
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if your van did not have the factory tow package you probably have freeway flyer gearing. those are meant to give you the best fuel economy and are very poor for towing. 200 pounds of gear and supplies in the trailer? obviously no boondocking is intended, right? highdesertranger
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It's a rough guess I literally have no idea how much weight. The reason I didn't imagine a ton of weight is because I'm coming from living in a van for over a year, where I did only boondocking. I also don't own a ton of stuff. Could be more weight. But I couldn't imagine a bunch more.
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When I bought the van, I was told it was a 5.4L... upon looking under the hood earlier I come to find out its only 4.2L.. what I really need to know is do I need to sell it and find a truck with a 5.4?
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A V6 will strain in the mountains. Do you have brakes on the trailer?
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(08-30-2017, 08:00 AM)slow2day Wrote: A V6 will strain in the mountains. Do you have brakes on the trailer?

Its actually a tritan V8 4.6L. But yeah the trailer has brakes.
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Josh loads of stuff available for the Triton V8 4.6 and all of them will hurt your wallet over the short and/or long term. Just go slow my friend. Gearing is the best change, but not cheap and you'll use more fuel. I used to pull my speed boat up to the interior of BC over the Couq Hwy. Made famous by the TV series Highway Through Hell or Highway to Hell. Stupid step grades, would see people with smoked motors or actually on fire all the time. I could maintain 80 miles an hour if I wanted to. Dodge SRT10, 8.0 liter or 502 in cubic inches, viper motor in a quad cab. I didn't as it cost too much and I would end up having to coast into the gas station at the bottom of the hill. 8 miles to the gallon average, Hammer it and it goes to five pretty quick.

Air intake/ bolt on mods do little to nothing. Tuners work and might be an option, and as they can clear some stupid trouble codes you might want to look in that direction. But the easiest is don't feel like the fat kid running up the hill. Feel like the smart kid with all the time in the world; free so you don't have to rush back to the hamster wheel of life. Go slow...and let the zombies rush past to their cubicles of death.

Stage three Motorsports has tuners and a good reputation. Not a Ford guy so... All I know from personal experience. BUT SERIOUSLY GO SLOW!!
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(08-30-2017, 08:03 AM)WanderLoveJosh Wrote: Its actually a tritan V8 4.6L. But yeah the trailer has brakes.

I did not see where you said if you have a tow package on the van.  If not there are a couple of things you need to check on and possibly add:
  - Does you van have a transmission cooler?
  - Do the trailer brakes activate when you brake the van?

As to adding power, there are a lot of things one can do.  The issue is how much money do you want to spend?  The simplest, fastest, and least expensive way is to get a custom computer chip.

IMO find out if you have a problem first.  My dad drove all over the west in a '53 Chevy pulling a 14' travel trailer.  Sometimes you just gotta downshift and go slow.

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