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More power for towing suggestions?
#21
Josh

The weight adds up quickly. I have six 5 gallon water bottles to add to my 30 gallon fresh water tank. That is nearly 500 pounds in water alone. Food, especially canned food adds up quickly as does clothing. Put up a solar panel, 50 pounds. Add a extra battery for another 60 pounds. It all counts in the long run.
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Honestly at this point its easier for me to spend 2 grand in upgrades rather than trying to sell the van for a good price and then find another vehicle.

The dry weight of the trailer is suppose to be 2421lbs with a cargo capacity of 1072lbs, So lets assume I can keep the weight around 3000lbs, maybe 3200 just for laughs.
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#23
Some times you just have to learn by experience. Slow down, shift down and eventually you will get there.
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(08-30-2017, 09:29 AM)bullfrog Wrote: Some times you just have to learn by experience.  Slow down, shift down and eventually you will get there.

Ive seen a couple people mention shifting down, I may sound like a moron, but could you explain this a little more.. just a scenario, driving down 70 through colorado, some of those grades are pretty steep. What would be the best technique? keep in mind i've never shifted while going up a hill before
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#25
Take it out of overdrive and drive slower.
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(08-29-2017, 02:05 PM)gsfish Wrote: 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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Mine is 3.55, is that good or bad?
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You don't HAVE to downshift. The truck will downshift itself if your foot is to the floor and it slows enough. It is better if you do it manually before it gets to that point and you lose your momentum. I-70 is fun but not too bad. There are some steep climbs like as you approach the tunnels from the east. The run up the other side is called the gauntlet. A long steep climb that truck sites have used to see how well various trucks can tow a load uphill. I was very impressed with the new Expedition with the Eco-boost, they had to let off the gas to stay at the speed limit. The $65,000 for a new one not so much.
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I type in my vin number and this is what comes up....

Vehicle Type: Van
Year: 2000
Make: Ford
Model: Econoline
Trim: Base; XL; XLT
Engine: V8, 5.4L (330 CID); SOHC 16V; EFI

is there a 100% way to identify what engine I have, i'm going insane! lol
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#29
Check the engine number against the vin engine could have been swapped. Why change V8's? Makes no sense. But backyard wrench pullers do all sorts of stupid. Stop in at Ford have a free coffee and ask the guy quietly, while looking sheepish to come and tell you what engine you have. Then buy and oil filter and leave.
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What is the 8th. character of the VIN? That is the engine code (unless swapped out).
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