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Old 04-06-2016, 09:53 AM   #61
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Oh and my 14 duramax maintains speed without struggling at all with 12000 lbs on 7% grade
I can't wait to finally put my Dmax to the test when I go pick up my new toy hauler next Friday!!!
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:56 AM   #62
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After reading this thread I'll be interested to see how my 6.2L F250 does pulling our 9000lb (fully loaded) 5er through the rockies.

(I am already wanting an F-350 diesel DRW, even tho' the F-250 is new, but that's just forward-thinking for future-proofing (bigger 5er in a couple of years, once we no longer need something to accommodate kids)
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:08 AM   #63
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This thread caused me to go back to the original post 3 times this evening. Just making sure I read the OP's weight correct. Anyone that doesn't think there are half tons that would tow the _______ out of that trailer have not used a modern half ton.


100% agree. A different newer half ton would do great.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:23 AM   #64
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Dustin and Karen are good folks, Should have told them I sent ya...LOL... Did you get a look at the old jeep they are restoring?
With that set up y'all should have had no issue with the grade, so I'll bet he was in 2nd. Ours is pure stock and in D in drops into 2nd a time or 3 but maintains 60-65...but we do have a few more horses with the L33.
I'm not sure if the HP tuning programs do anything about the torque management programing. Is he on any of the Chevy forums? There is a ton of info to be found...seems the best thing for these trucks is free flowing exhaust, intake and tuning.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:29 AM   #65
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Whew, lots of great posts!

Yes, we were in the NC mountains, heading to the Smokys of TN. The Saluda pass did our alternator in (or purely coincidental)- C&D auto repair is highly recommended if you break down in Saluda!

The Truck is outfitted with air intake, spacer, and tuned with HP tuners for 93 octane and 4:10 gears. My husband thinks he may have pulled in the wrong gear. We were in 2nd, and he corrected me that he was not floored. He was 1/2-3/4 throttle, 4000 rpm's and maintaining 40mph speed most of the way. He has the LM7 motor. Also, yes we were in tow mode as well.

We will be traveling mainly in the mountains here, but I do want to take it to Grand Canyon and the Grand Tetons eventually. There are mods we can do to the truck to make it more capable if thats truly the issue but part of me just says I should trade in my sedan and get a GMC Denali so we can take the dogs more easily too. I don't REALLY want to do that. His truck has sentimental value, and I don't want him to part with it.

To the poster who said "Don't worry about the mechanics of it, he needs a new truck"- either you're the same kind of guy my husband is, no need for a reason to upgrade, just need to. Or, you dislike Chevy's, in which case I'm not listening to you anyways. hahaha
Oh no ! You miss judge me ! I do like Chevy's I just got this one ........for no reason ! I am pretty sure he is going to need a new truck !
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:29 AM   #66
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Dustin and Karen are good folks, Should have told them I sent ya...LOL... Did you get a look at the old jeep they are restoring?
With that set up y'all should have had no issue with the grade, so I'll bet he was in 2nd. Ours is pure stock and in D in drops into 2nd a time or 3 but maintains 60-65...but we do have a few more horses with the L33.
I'm not sure if the HP tuning programs do anything about the torque management programing. Is he on any of the Chevy forums? There is a ton of info to be found...seems the best thing for these trucks is free flowing exhaust, intake and tuning.
Yep, Paul had us fixed up in less than an hour, including part drop off time. We missed our turn and ended up on their road, thank goodness it turned out the way it did. I was not sure how we were going to make a u-turn around there. Dustin said the Saluda pass keeps his business going

Great shop! And I love that they specialize in restoring old war jeeps/trucks.
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Old 04-06-2016, 11:31 AM   #67
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We will be heading up to Mama Gertie's in Swannanoa on the 15-17th. We will be going up the Old Fort pass on I-40 towing a similar trailer (Coachmen 292BHDSLE 7,000 lbs per the scale). Will let you know how a newer half-ton does going up and coming down!
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Been told numerous times that I have too much truck or is that truck big enough to pull that fifth wheel. Why yes it is big enough to pull mine and yours with nary a twich. Go up the grades at speed in 12th gear at 1400 rpm and down with no problem. You drive and pull what you want but just don't be undertrucked for your weight and what you do pull with.

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My RAM will just drop a gear and keep on going up then ride the Exhaust brake on the way down
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My wife and I had a 2004 Avalanche with the 5.3L V8. It was very under powered at only 295HP new. The newer 5.3's have A LOT more HP to them. Our camper is a 30 ft Wildwoond 28dbud that weighs in at 5900 dry. It did pretty good for the short trips to Gettysburg, for the most part, except for a few steep Appalachian hills, the only time my butt really puckered was going to the Harpers Ferry KOA, as you cross the long bridge in W VA taking you over the Shenandoah River, there is a very steep hill before your turn into the KOA, I had it to the floor and honestly if I had to go 500 feet longer before I turned, I don't know that it would have made it. Now we have a 2013 Ram Hemi, 395 HP, 415 Ft. lbs torque.....
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