Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-16-2014, 10:33 AM   #31
Site Team
 
dcheatwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,379
I've never noticed any loss of power, tho I have been warned to watch out for it. Up to 13,000 feet so far.
__________________

__________________
2013 Rockwood 8282WS
Reese Revolution Pin, Reese 16K
2008 Tundra Limited Double Cab 5.7L
Air Lift 5000 w/Wireless Air

dcheatwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2014, 02:47 PM   #32
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Michigan
Posts: 285
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vallgrlx2 View Post
We recently bought a 28ft travel trailer approximately 5702 dry, payload 1898, GVWR 7600, hitch weight 687 pounds. We will be traveling to mountains, approximately 8700 ft (Colorado and Wyoming)

It appears we will need a 3/4 ton diesel truck. Wanting to avoid having the truck near the house (smell), we thought we could park it near the trailer and use it only for towing TT. Does anyone else do this? Phase two cars at home, than another JUST for towing TT?

Is it possible to rent a diesel truck for use with TT?

Vallgrl2
28 foot Coachmen Catalina 243 RBSAttachment 67588

You don't need a diesel or a 3/4 ton truck. I tow a 30 foot Forest River TT and with everything loaded into it weighs in at 8,000 lbs., my tow vehicle is a 2013 Ford F150. it has the max tow package and the ecoboost twin turbo six. This thing tows like a diesel. I towed the same trailer with a 2010 F150 and the 5.4 motor and it was always hunting gears up and down when you hit a hill or went down a hill. The 2013 just goes with little effort.
__________________

__________________
Stovebolt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2014, 03:13 PM   #33
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 2,426
Quote:
Originally Posted by dcheatwood View Post
I've never noticed any loss of power, tho I have been warned to watch out for it. Up to 13,000 feet so far.

It's not really something to "look out for" like it MIGHT happen. A naturally aspirated engine produces less power as you climb- always. There are calculators out there you can use to determine how much. If you are producing 400HP at sea level, you will lose 156HP at 13000. Back in carb days you got to change out jets to account for this. Now the computer controls the A/F ratio.

Edit: Temp affects air density and engine capability as well. I would assume humidity (and maybe other factors) would, too.
__________________
dustman_stx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2014, 05:55 PM   #34
Senior Member
 
Stormrider151's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: South East
Posts: 915
Something to consider about a Diesel engine is that they don't like to sit unused for long periods. If it is a dedicated TV you would need to drive it frequently to keep it well maintained. I have a buddy that made the mistake of buying a diesel motor home he doesn't use very often. He has all kinds of issues with it that are simply from lack of use.


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________
Retired Fire Dept Battalion Chief
2016 Ever-Lite 232RBS
2012 F150 FX4 W/Max tow & Ecoboost

Getting old ain't for wimps!!!
Stormrider151 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2014, 07:46 PM   #35
Member
 
jriddering's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 163
I was recently told to keep diesels running good you should "drive is like you stole it". Lol. Makes sense to me.

Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
__________________
Jim and Carol

2012 Crusader 290RLT
2010 Ford F-250 King Cab Diesel
Harley Davidson Edition
jriddering is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2014, 10:05 PM   #36
Senior Member
 
cstover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Where the USCG sends us.
Posts: 357
Just went out and sniffed my diesel truck and the wife's gas car. They smell the same.
__________________
cstover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2014, 10:41 PM   #37
Senior Member
 
Stormrider151's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: South East
Posts: 915
Quote:
Originally Posted by jriddering View Post
I was recently told to keep diesels running good you should "drive is like you stole it". Lol. Makes sense to me.

Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
Crank em in the morning and shut em down at night. It's a working engine and not a grocery gitter.
__________________
Retired Fire Dept Battalion Chief
2016 Ever-Lite 232RBS
2012 F150 FX4 W/Max tow & Ecoboost

Getting old ain't for wimps!!!
Stormrider151 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2014, 11:08 PM   #38
Senior Member
 
Taranwanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: NEPA
Posts: 1,446
Quote:
Originally Posted by cstover View Post
Just went out and sniffed my diesel truck and the wife's gas car. They smell the same.
Best post so far. You win the thread, my friend!
__________________
2015 XLR Hyperlite 30HFS5 (mods being performed regularly)
2009 Salem LA 292fkds (gone)
Nights- ('12)23 ('13)23 ('14)15 ('15)31 ('16)27 ('17) 20
2016 Ford Fusion Titanium (gulping gas again, camping support vehicle)
2014 Harley Davidson FLHX (XLR cargo)
2011 Ram 2500 CC 4X4 CTD, B&W Companion (toy hauler hauler)
Taranwanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2014, 10:24 AM   #39
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,702
Quote:
Originally Posted by dcheatwood View Post
I've never noticed any loss of power, tho I have been warned to watch out for it. Up to 13,000 feet so far.

I never noticed any loss of power either and have crossed a half dozen passes at 9.5 - 11K. Was worried about it before our 10 week CO/UT trip but don't worry about it anymore.


2010 F250 5.4L 3.73
2011 Flagstaff 831FKBSS
Equal-i-zer 4pt 12K
__________________

2011 Flagstaff 831FKBSS
2010 F250 4X4 5.4L 3.73 LS
EQUALIZER E4 1200/12000
lbrjet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2014, 11:43 AM   #40
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 361
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vallgrlx2 View Post
Thank you for all the helpful ideas...looks like DH and I will be looking for a gasser after all.

Merry Christmas!

Vallgrl
Hubbie and two Scotties
Soon to be owner of:
Coachmen Catalina 243RBS
Soon to owner of
Truck!
Do you ever plan on getting a bigger trailer? If so, buy the truck that will do the task now so you don't have to buy twice. Yes, that is a voice of experience.
__________________

__________________
2012 F350 Lariat CC SRW 6.7L Powerstroke
pwrstroke2012 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
diesel, truck

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:42 AM.