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Old 04-05-2016, 04:01 PM   #1
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What does your truck do on steep inclines?

Hey all!

We pulled our 35' Apex 300bhs, 5900 lbs through the mountains 2 weeks ago and were surprised at the amount of power the truck lacked on the steeper passes. We watched our temp climb as we went up a 6% grade, and the 7% grade later was just pitiful. We have a 2005 5.7 Silverado Z71 4x4 with the tow package. The truck was floored and losing speed.
Is this normal? Husband is now on a truck shopping binge, but I think many may experience this, just not sure. We stayed in the right lane and just kept it floored. We made it, though our alternator decided it was time to go. (That's another story).

What do you drive? What does your trailer weigh? What are your experiences? What are your thoughts on this?

P.S. The truck has 4:10 gears.
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:14 PM   #2
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That's pretty common for TV's with gasoline engines. Also 5900lbs is the UVW, so you're probably close to 7000lbs towing. Add a few things in the TV and you're pretty heavy.

If you plan on towing in mountainous areas regularly, I'd suggest looking seriously at something with a diesel.
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:23 PM   #3
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That's pretty common for TV's with gasoline engines. Also 5900lbs is the UVW, so you're probably close to 7000lbs towing. Add a few things in the TV and you're pretty heavy.

If you plan on towing in mountainous areas regularly, I'd suggest looking seriously at something with a diesel.
My husband can't stand the smell of diesel (he's an ASE Master tech,too!) with some of the gas vehicles towing 8k-9k lbs, I have to think there are other options.

Our tow capacity is around 8500 #. What good is a tow capacity if you can't even tow less than that?
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The reality is is that you need more truck if you want to tow safely and comfortably.

Some may say my truck is overkill, but you will not hear me complaining.
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A 3/4 or 1 ton gasoline TV would tow it pretty well, but it's still gonna wind the RPM's in the hilly country. Probably not as much as your current unit though.
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Our tow capacity is around 8500. What good is a tow capacity if you can't even tow less than that?
That 8500lbs is rated in perfect conditions and on flat ground.
And winds, air resistance, passengers/cargo in truck and inclines and that 8500 number isn't as relevant.
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I have a 2008 F350 and a 7800# 32iks. My truck barely notices the weight behind me. I gone up some steep hills on I25 in NM and Colorado with my cruise control at 65 and no hesitation from my truck. The only time I really feel anything is when there are side winds a-rocking the trailer.
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No reason a properly equipped Gasser can't pull your trailer. We went down through the Smokies with our unit. All up almost 18k truck and trailer with 4 adults and yes the truck revved but held it's speed going up. Get the most gear and biggest engine you can get in whatever brand you decide you want. In a Super Duty Ford you can get 4:30 gears, 4:10's in Ram/Dodge and the GM Twins.
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My little 6 with 3.31's don't struggle at all on steep hills. My Apex is about 500lbs lighter than yours though.
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:20 PM   #10
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Yep. My little 6cyl gasser is towing 7500lbs and holds the speed limit on extended 6% grades while not going over 2500rpm.
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