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Old 04-02-2014, 06:46 PM
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Hi, I am new to all of this. I have lots of questions and some of them may sound dumb and I apologize, but that's why I am here to learn what I don't know so bare with me.
First of all I am towing 25 ft camper trailer, I have sway bars and brake control installed. I purchased my Ram for the towing job believing it would handle my 4800 pound camper with no problem. Well there's seems to be a problem, somewhat. I don't know if it's my inexperience or what but there is a lot of bouncing and tugging going on. I've been thinking that if it had a tune up and some front end work it could alleviate some of its struggle. It's an older truck 130000 miles on it. I wanted suggestions for boosting horsepower. Plugs wires, additives???
A friend of mine suggested I use the thing on the floor called a gas pedal....lol but I feel like it just shouldn't have to work that hard. I did put new exhaust on which it needed badly, what else can I do to increase my towing performance?
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It's important to have everything in good order for towing, shocks, brakes, perhaps change trans fluid before you tow, etc. That being said a 25' camper has a lot of windage and will put a strain on a 4.7. I've towed a trailer about that size behind my dad's 4.8L GMC and was surprised how heavy it felt compared to my hemi Ram. Better shocks, maybe helper leaf springs or air bags in the rear. As long as your truck temp stays normal and transmission overheat light doesn't come on, you should be fine. Even with a hemi, on hills, my truck will be reving pretty high, it's normal with any gas truck. If you tow alot, you might do a colder thermostat, like a 180F. I'm a big fan of synthetic oil as well. Good luck, be safe!
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I used to have the same truck and towed a similarly sized camper. The 4.7 gets it's power at higher RPMs and will rev high at times. Wind resistance and hills will add a lot of strain. Just remember when your towing you have to take it slow. Watch how you load your camper. Too much toungue weight will cause bouncing and taking too much off the toungue by overloading the back of the camper will increase sway. Good luck and have fun.
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Both hydrex and RogerMedic71 make good points, especially making sure the trucks principal components are all sound.
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Having only towed utility trailers before I had no idea what to expect. The salesman at the camper lot told me I could pull this camper with my traverse which I found right away does not like to tow. With a six year loan on it didn't want to blow it up towing. I was pretty disgruntled. I love the ram, looks nice and seems stronger but yeah, it still feels heavy behind it. Having shocks put on it and tune up. Break out camping mid April. We shall see how it's first outing goes. Going to Hocking hills , test run for Gettysburg this summer.
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Good luck. One thing I have learned is that just because something is rated to tow a certain amount, doesn't mean it is going to tow it well. A 4.7 is definitely going to rev to make power towing. The upgraded shocks should help if the other ones were worn out.

I noticed you said you have sway bars, but do you have a weight distribution set up? If it's set up wrong, it's not going to tow well.

At the RV lots, they generally overrate tow vehicles to get a stronger commission. Do not take their word for tow capacity lol

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Weight distribution , they went over it with us but, it was sketchy, I used my best sense and tried not to put much in it. Camper has front end stowage with the usual type things for set up, blocks,tool box ,etc. I was told to load it from the center out. Also any weight riding inside the camper should be over the campers axles. Is there anything else?
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.......and yes, it needs shocks, it's wreckin loose at 65 all by its self. Like driving a spring when I hit bumps/ potholes. The front end work is pretty apparent, just how much is the scary part $$$$. I took it in for an oil change and the exhaust. They found a power steering leak.......quoted me $900. Said something about the rack and pinion.?? He lost me at $900. I keep fluid, have never seen a drip. No bawling turns fine. Bouncy, but it's a truck. I know enough to know its not the pump.
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Sounds like you need a new shop. A new rack and pinion is only like $250. It's not gonna take 8 hours to change out.
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The place I bought the truck from will do parts at cost and free labor for as long as I own the truck! FREDDYS BIG LOT DELAWARE OHIO! I got a great deal on the truck and he has already don't a ton of work on it for me, even had the top of the cab painted at no cost. funny story with that....some other time. I also got both half shafts replaced for $100. I dropped yesterday with a laundry list of things to go over. New shocks and look for that
" leak" and couple other small things. Another great thing about Freddy's is I can take my truck in and have it cleaned and detailed once a week! I owe him this plug, great guy great experience!
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