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Old 07-24-2015, 09:12 PM   #1
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towing questions rockwood mini lite

Have a question wth towing my 2016 Rockwood Mini lite 2304KS. I have a 2014 Ford F150 5 liter V8 4 x 4, 3.55 rear end and the trailer towing package. Took my first trip with the camper and truck struggles to maintain Interstate speeds. The transmission is constantly shifting between 4th and 5th gear. Is anyone getting the same performance ?
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:30 PM   #2
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That doesn't sound right at all. That's not a very big trailer. It would almost seem that the trailer brakes are on or dragging. You shouldn't have any problem pulling that trailer.
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:29 AM   #3
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towing questions rockwood mini lite

Do you have/use tow mode? I have a lite trailer and can accelerate up steep hills with my 5.7 hemi. No struggles at all


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums and cruising speed is rock solid. It will not down shift unless going up steeper grade. Tow mode makes huge impact
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Sounds like you have not engaged the towing mode. Should handle fine. Later RJD
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What is interstate speed? And how many gears in that tranny?

If you're traveling above 65mph, I'm not surprised that you're having trouble. I have a 2502 and usually tow at 63mph.

The trailer is a parachute, the faster you go, the more it resists.
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Thanks for the tips. I have 6 speed automatic transmission and was in tow haul mode mode the whole time. Interstate speeds range 70 to 75 mph. I did check my trailer brakes after several miles and they were cool to the touch. I do have a manual shifter on the transmission, should I try using it for towing?
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Try driving at 100. Should improve a lot.

That's kph. About 62mph. For most gas trucks, 60-65 is the sweet spot. Drag does not increase linearly with speed. If I recall correctly, it is a square relationship.

Your RV tires may not even be designed to go above 70 mph. So that may be a safety concern as well.
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Sounds like your truck is responding normally for the conditions you're creating. I would use tow/haul mode and stay below 65mph.
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Just my opinion but I would definitely keep it down under 65. If you have the China Bombs you are asking for a disaster!! If they are load range C, I do believe they are rated for a maximum of 65. You might also want to invest in a TPMS as they may give you early warning for a tire failure.

When I had the TT I usually ran between 55-60 in the interstate. Much less fuel being burned and a more relaxing trip. More than once I have seen either a 5er or TT pass me doing 70 or more and later found them on the side of the road.
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2013, F-150, V6 no eco-boost, tow mode, 60-65 NJ to Fl, towing a '04 FR Surveyor about 4300 lbs. It's not happy over 65MPH, and neither am I.
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