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Old 05-29-2014, 09:35 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Charles Firth View Post
I have to remember at least to me I'm pulling a lot behind me.
Hey, Chuck, I'm Wright from Richmond.
You just had the epiphany we all get. You are hauling a mobile home. Although your trailer is a bit more aerodynamic than mine, it still puts up a fight with the wind. It is heavier than my 2604WS, too. Towing in the 55-60 mph range will get you the best compromise between good mileage and elapsed time on the road. My tach reads 2200 at 60 on a level road with no headwind and I'm getting 11 mpg.
In the mountains, I slow down to the 45 mph range. Staying at that speed gets me over Afton Mtn. at about 3200 rpm. No use bustin' ***** UP the mountain when you're just going to come down the other side in lower gears coaxing the brakes to keep that mutha from shoving you into eternity.
You'll find your "sweet spot" for all towing conditions with experience.
Now as to the mirror concern. You are sitting much further away from the right side mirror so your field of vision is smaller. This is common to all tow vehicles unless equipped with wide, tall, west coast mirrors (as on semis). I discovered that at about the time a car appears in my right mirror, it is still far enough behind to squeeze the trailer over. I mean the SOB has been watching my right blinker and knows I'm trying to get out of everyone's way so I just ease on over.

Hve a good summer with your 'Jammer!

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Old 05-29-2014, 10:35 AM   #12
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Afton Mountain is hard on most vehicles not to mention if you are towing anything. I'm not sure I would attempt pulling Afton with my current setup. Maybe after I have a few more trips under my belt. Thanks again for the responses, you can always count on great opinions here, and people not just telling you what you want to hear.. SALESMAN " WITH THAT F250 YOU CAN HAUL ANYTHING WE HAVE ON THE LOT " sound familiar ???

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Old 05-29-2014, 11:04 AM   #13
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After working in the motorcycle indiustry for a while, where I was comparing our Norton and AJS products to our Japanese competition, I got used to 4-cylidner engines running at 12,000 rpm or more in normal street driving.

After moving to the US, it took some time before the relatively low engine speed of big Detroit V-8 engines becme "normal".

The modern vehicles have so much computer control, and a lot of it is designed to stop abuse of the mechanicals, I figure if the computers are letting an engine run at 5000 rpm when climbing a hill, then so be it. I don't even bother with turning the O/D off - I figure the computer knows more aout it than I do.

If the high rpm bothers you so much, just back off the gas a bit. My '01 Ford V-10 (it's in an '02 motorhome) gets up around 4200 rpm on some of our Cascade mountain passes, but that's a liter or more bigger than your rig and has more torque. The MH has a max gross of 22,000 lb, and I estimate we're probably 2000 lb below that limit ( 2 people, 2 Labradors, about 40 gallons of fresh water and the typical equipment for 2 weeks max away).
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:13 AM   #14
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So far our Tundra has done a great job of towing. It has the 5.7 with a 6 spd trans and 4.30 rear gears. Most of the time towing with tow / haul mode on with 6th gear locked out. 60 - 65 mph @ 2000 - 2200 RPM. In the mtns and steep hills it will gear down to 4th and will maintain 55 mph @ 3000 or so RPM's. Coming down steep grades she's locked in 3rd or 2nd depending on the grade with some light brake tapping to maintain a lower speed. 70K miles on the Tundra with the original brakes. More than recommended maintenance on the drivetrain.

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