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My 06 1500 Ram 4x4 quad cab gets bad gas mileage while towing my 27ft 5th wheel,How can I improve the condition?
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towing will kill mileage on anything, so you gotta live with it. Ways to improve it at least are with a cold air intake, exhaust, and diablo predator tuner to get the most HP out of the stock setup.
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...gears... what stock gears are you running now...along with the suggestions above...4.56 gears (stock is either 3.55 or 3.92)
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Towing kills mileage...it's just the way it is. Here's some tips to help improve it a little bit:

Keep your speed between 55 and 60 on the open road and constant.

Add a cold air intake and a freer flowing exhaust. Better air in and more air out really helps the engine run efficiently.

Install a lower temp thermostat. A cooler running engine runs more efficiently.

Get a programmer. Bully Dog has one for the HEMI that has a tow mode that may help. They also have a couple of products that claim to maximize mileage. One of the best programmers for the HEMI is the DiabloSport programmer and I suggest you check out DiabloSport's website for more info on their unit. Edge Products also makes a unit called "Mileage Max" an inline module you plug in. They don't specify which engine it works with, though.
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for programmers Diablo an Superchips are the top 2....Diablo if your heavily modded and need custom tuning options and Superchips if the mods are light....the other mfgs work great on diesels but on gassers they don't hold a candle to diablo or sc.
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thanks for the reply guys!! I'm looking in to the diablo unit. The wife wants a bigger 5th wheel which my 06 ram cannot pull.At that time we will look at the diesel. Thanks again
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