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Old 03-04-2016, 09:47 AM   #11
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Thanks Chewie I was kind of leaning that was as it is only a 20 minute difference for me on the overall trip. I figure it may be worth it to save the wear and tear on my tow vehicle.
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Old 03-04-2016, 09:48 AM   #12
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We have an 8,000 lb. TT pulled by a Ram 2500 w/lowly 5.7 Hemi, for a GCVW of 15,000. We also live in NE Ohio & took I71 to I75 for our stay at the KOA in Gatlinburg. At all times we were able to maintain highway speeds in tow/haul mode & only dropped 2 gears twice - on the steepest passes. With no engine brake I just kept it on tow/haul mode downhill & tapped the brakes occasionally. Ram recently replaced my Hemi under their 100K powertrain warranty, so I only got about 7-8 mpg in the mountains... However, on my daily commute I get 15-17...

IMO the Excursion w/V10 is just as capable but due to older engine/tranny technology gets lower mpg. Make sure you plan your fuel stops accordingly!
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Old 03-04-2016, 09:50 AM   #13
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I am taking a trip to gatlinburg Tennessee in about 3 weeks. I am in North East ohio and my route is taking me through West Virginia and Virginia to Tennessee etc... I seen some of the down hill grades are pretty steep 5% I was wondering if any one has made this trip. And how do the brakes hold up etc... I am running a Ford excursion with v10 and pulling a Coachman 292 bdhs with outdoor kitchen fully loaded with gear around 8000 lbs.. I can also go sort of out of the way over to Cincinnati OH through Kentucky. Not sure about the mountains on that path.. I guess in a round about way I am asking for advice or knowledge of the areas to see what my best options are.. Thanks for the help in advance.
Use T/H and gears Up and Down! Now I see you are saying "in about 3 weeks" if you go the 75 south route check about the "land slide cleanup" also! Youroo!!
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:17 AM   #14
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If you do go the I77 through West to I81 to TN the Worst Mountains are the West Virginia I77 part. The Virginia I77 and I81 through TN are not bad at all.

If you do go I77 the two tunnels near the WV - VA line require that your propane be shut off going through the tunnels. Big Walker & East River Mountain Any way they are only a few miles apart. An RV fire shut down one of the tunnels a few years back for months.

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Husband is not handy at all, in fact I am the handy one. But not when it comes to diesels. But I am aware of the 6.0 diesel issues so are staying away. We are going to look at a V-10 gasser tomorrow. It's an '04 with 124K on it, but is in our price range. I'm sure the axle is the same as yours. Do you know what the tow capacity is for it? We have a Roo 21SS (about 4500 lb) now, but want the option of upgrading and towing more in the future.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:20 AM   #16
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Karrun the max trailer weight is 9,600 lbs. For 4x4 You will need weight distribution hitch and sway bar to tow that kind of weight though. I have attached a chart.
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Karrun the max trailer weight is 9,600 lbs. For 4x4 You will need weight distribution hitch and sway bar to tow that kind of weight though. I have attached a chart.
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We have a Husky Centerline TS and brake controller now with the Durango, so would just need to get it set up with the X
We have an apptmt to see the X tomorrow morning, got my fingers crossed that it works out.
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You will like it. It is a night and day difference. I had a Durango before as well. I liked the Durango but the x is head and shoulders above it.
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If taking I-75 south from Kentucky into Tennessee be sure to ckeck to see if rock slide is cleared and the south bound lanes are open.
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I am hoping the rock slide is cleared. I am heading out on the 18th of March.
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