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More power for towing suggestions?
#31
So since this original post, I have towed the trailer from Ohio, to Colorado.

It did pretty good I suppose, since i'm not 100% sure what to expect.

On going up hills, it would slow down to about 50 mph, sometimes 45, while id say with the pedal pressed down perhaps  1/2 the way down, its hard to tell because I wouldn't know what it would feel like going to the floor, and hopefully I never will.. lol

Am I just being a sissy, whos afraid to press the gas pedal on his vehicle?? lol
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(08-30-2017, 04:01 PM)slow2day Wrote: What is the 8th. character of the VIN?  That is the engine code (unless swapped out).

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(08-29-2017, 10:01 AM)OutdoorFT Wrote: 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.

I had an airstream with a GMC van 3500 Duromax diesel 6.2 never a problem never overheated it was a 1996 towed it all over Az. New Mexico Texas, Nevada 9500 ft elevation. Even moose head Lake Co. over 10k ft, nice winter camp
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#34
Josh, I just finished doing a lot of towing my cargo trailer both empty and loaded up and down the mountain grades here in BC. As in 4 - 1,000 mile round trips moving my kid from Vancouver to Prince George.

I let the van do it's own thing going up a grade. If I was doing 65 at the bottom, I might be doing 45 at the top if I didn't have to slow down for a curve or three. Yes, cars were passing me, that's what the passing lane is for.... Rolleyes The only thing I beat to the top was some heavily loaded logging trucks.... Big Grin

It didn't matter if I was only going 45 at the top, I had to go down a similar grade pretty soon anyways... Big Grin 

If you're towing a trailer you're probably not supposed to be in overdrive anyways...check the owners' manual.

Don't put your foot to the floor, let it walk/run/drag it's ass up the hills. Keeping it cool is more important than how fast you get there!

It's completely normal to lose speed going up a hill..as long as you  make it to the top, don't worry!
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(11-10-2017, 04:15 PM)Almost There Wrote: Josh, I just finished doing a lot of towing my cargo trailer both empty and loaded up and down the mountain grades here in BC. As in 4 - 1,000 mile round trips moving my kid from Vancouver to Prince George.

I let the van do it's own thing going up a grade. If I was doing 65 at the bottom, I might be doing 45 at the top if I didn't have to slow down for a curve or three. Yes, cars were passing me, that's what the passing lane is for.... Rolleyes The only thing I beat to the top was some heavily loaded logging trucks.... Big Grin  

It didn't matter if I was only going 45 at the top, I had to go down a similar grade pretty soon anyways... Big Grin 

If you're towing a trailer you're probably not supposed to be in overdrive anyways...check the owners' manual.

Don't put your foot to the floor, let it walk/run/drag it's ass up the hills. Keeping it cool is more important than how fast you get there!

It's completely normal to lose speed going up a hill..as long as you  make it to the top, don't worry!

As much as I tell people all the time to be mindful, and not worry so much, I do it wayyyy toooo much. lol
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The very first thing I would do is find out what gear ratio your differential has. It's very possible you can get more grunt by just changing the ratio. As I said though, first find out what it has already.
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(11-10-2017, 06:25 PM)Ballenxj Wrote: The very first thing I would do is find out what gear ratio your differential has. It's very possible you can get more grunt by just changing the ratio. As I said though, first find out what it has already.

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i've also been researching performance tuners, seem like something that would help a good bit, just worry that something like that would be more of an issue for someone like me who knows nothing about mechanics.
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I would like to point out that trying to push your engine beyond what it was designed for to produce more horsepower is a recipe for a short lived engine. no matter what method you are using. gearing is everything not horsepower. a 20 horsepower engine with the right gearing can move tens of thousands of pounds, a 500 horsepower engine without the right gearing is only going to move rods outside the block. highdesertranger
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#39
One easy thing that I have done before is to go to a smaller diameter tire.
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(08-30-2017, 12:19 PM)Scott7022 Wrote: .... Then buy and oil filter and leave.

That's funny  Big Grin
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