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Old 06-11-2015, 11:39 AM   #99
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Here is my first rig, definitely a "medium-sized" setup - 2001 Safari 25 towed by a 2006 F-150 Lariat 4x4 5.4L with 3.73 gears.

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It couldn't make it up a 6-mile 8% grade in NC so I got this - a 2013 Ram 2500 Laramie 4x4 CTD with 3.42 gears. I'll claim it is a medium-sized rig; it's not a 1-Ton dually or an International.

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After doing all the math, the F-150 GVWR was slightly overloaded, but I had over 1600# of margin on the GCVWR. The truck should have made it up that hill. With the F-150 I had to drive 55 to get 10 mpg. I have gotten around 14 at 65-70 with the Ram. It goes up hills without seeming to labor. I see the turbo gauge come up to 25% to 50%, but the truck seems to be loafing. I love not having to worry about getting up the hill around the next curve.

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Old 06-11-2015, 12:40 PM   #100
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After doing all the math, the F-150 GVWR was slightly overloaded, but I had over 1600# of margin on the GCVWR. The truck should have made it up that hill. With the F-150 I had to drive 55 to get 10 mpg. I have gotten around 14 at 65-70 with the Ram. It goes up hills without seeming to labor. I see the turbo gauge come up to 25% to 50%, but the truck seems to be loafing. I love not having to worry about getting up the hill around the next curve.

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That 5.4L in the year you had, only made 360ft/lbs of torque and worse 320hp, according to wikipedia. At 20% drivetrain loss that's 288ft/lb of torque going up a hill. Under load. So it's actually no surprise if did so poorly.

When you compare to the CTD's torque 800ft/lbs at 20% drivetrain loss you're only down to 600. Big difference.

Hmm.... think I need a CTD. Wonder what kind of engine mods I could do.
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:54 PM   #101
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Just pulled her out to get some sun... Didn't use my load leveling bars, or adjust the shocks - so she sits a bit "butt" heavy...

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Old 06-25-2015, 08:48 PM   #102
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Here's my setup, picture was taken last year.

2013 F150 with HD and max tow packages. 2014 19FC.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:43 PM   #103
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Here is my rig. 2008 Range Rover HSE (L322), OEM Westfalia hitch, Blue Ox Sway Pro with 1,000# bars pulling 2014 International Serenity 25FB.
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Old 06-30-2015, 07:21 PM   #105
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That 5.4L in the year you had, only made 360ft/lbs of torque and worse 320hp, according to wikipedia. At 20% drivetrain loss that's 288ft/lb of torque going up a hill. Under load. So it's actually no surprise if did so poorly.

When you compare to the CTD's torque 800ft/lbs at 20% drivetrain loss you're only down to 600. Big difference.

Hmm.... think I need a CTD. Wonder what kind of engine mods I could do.
Yep, that explains wht the CTD is so much better. It doesn't explain why the F150 with 1600# of GCVWR margin couldn't climb the hill. I LOVE the CTD.

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Old 07-06-2015, 09:15 AM   #106
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Well, not new, but the scenery looks so nice near Cumbres Pass, New Mexico, had to post it.

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2013 Tundra / 2007 Safari 27FB. No issue towing through the Tioga Pass
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