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Old 01-01-2012, 08:01 PM
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Finally got to tow our camper after getting everything fixed on the 2004 Ram 1500 I just picked up. Trailer only weighs 2600 loaded, but the 4.7 has no pop pulling. Bang on the pedal and it's not very quick to downshift even in the tow/haul mode. Only got about 9.5 mpg on mostly highway. Still, its a more stable platform and feel much better pulling with the truck than our 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5 L. Curious that the Suby gets about 13.5 pulling while the Ram gets 9.5. Thought I might save a little gas, but only saving wear and tear on the Suby. Oh well. The life of trailer camping, I guess.
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That's not too bad, my trailer weighs roughly about the same as yours and with the Hemi I'm only averaging 11 mpg. So that 4.7 isn't doing to bad.
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Have you looked into getting a programmer for your truck? I can say that I dont do much towing but I added a programmer to my truck and and exhaust and new intake and I am getting 20 MPG now driving down the road at 60 on my way to work. I was previousally getting 13.5 MPG, the trade off is that I am running a superchips 91 octane tune so I have to put premium in it but I dont mind for an extra 6.5 MPG.
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I have thought about a chip. Is one better than another? I but a regular paper filter back and and will compare gas mileage next time we tow.
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that sure doesn't sound right. My dad's 2005 4.7L will tow that weight and get at least 14 or 15 mpg at 65-70mph.
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my 02 RAM will not do under 13mpg and i live in the hills. my average is about 17 and i can get 21 when i am trying.
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I just did a 1200 + mile trip towing about 2,600 lbs also and averaged about 13 mpg. I used a weight distributing hitch and it was like driving a freight train. No sway, no wiggles, and when you have it set up properly the rear end was the stock height with no sag, amazing. It puts the weight of the trailer tounge between the trailer and rear wheels of the truck, not on the ball hitch, great set up!
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Only got 8.5 towing into wind on hiway! Ack! Got about 10mph slowing down a bit with no headwind on the way back. Not sure what is going on. Just had plugs changed, but maybe need a tuneup? K&N drop-in does seem to do better than the paper and also filled up with 93 octane on the way home.
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Curios if you have a tonneau cover or cap on your truck. What are you pulling?

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What are you towing? Do you have tonneau cover or cap?

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