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Old 05-10-2010, 11:16 PM
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OK, here's the deal. My '05 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 with a 4.7L is driving me nuts. To the point that I wish that I hadn't bought it. The throttle response is null on the highway. I push on the pedal to go up a hill or to just accelerate and there is nothing until it I push far enough and it downshifts. When using the cruise control, the speed will fluctuate 5 mph and is downshifting all the time when windy or climbing even the shallowist of inclines. I pull a trailer from time to time with a GTWR anywhere from 2500 to 6000 lbs and it is all the truck can do to pull it down the road without shifting all the time. It has a 4 spd A/T and I believe 3.55 gears. My neighbor has an '06 and he has the same problems. Is this normal and if so what have others done to correct it or does my truck have problems?
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:27 PM
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First off, welcome to the forum,

This forum is full of great looking trucks, and packed with great mod ideas.
There are loads of knowledgeable and experienced people here, so expect numerous responses soon.

As for your issue, 4.7L, 4x4, 3.55 gears is not IMO, a truck for towing anything more than a small single axle trailer. With the smaller engine, and the steep gears, it will likely have enough trouble pulling itself at highway speeds, let alone a trailer.
I am NOT familiar with that combination, but do alot of trailer towing, and in my experience, the specs you gave, match the symptoms you describe.
Chances are that a full tune up, and possibly a performance tuner (AKA Chip) could render you better results, but there is no substitute for Horse power and gears!

Here's where I let those familiar with the 4.7 / 4x4 give real world advice.

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A 1500 is not made for heavy towing. A 1500 is for light duty use only. You should have purchased a 2500.
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