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Old 08-06-2018, 06:02 PM
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Thanks. The truck tows much better than I thought it would. Granted the V6 makes 310 HP, which is decent, but I think the 8 speed transmission is the main reason it tows so well. I remember the days when gas engine trucks were constantly searching for the right gear, shifting between too low of a gear and too many RPM, and too tall of a gear and bogging the motor. This engine/transmission always seems to have the right ratio, and doesn't feel like it is working very hard. I know I am not towing much weight, but it definitely does better than I expected. It is working very well.
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:16 PM
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Having an aluminum trailer is a big factor too. The fact that your setup is not as wide really makes it track well within the air pocket the truck makes through the air. I have a double wide aluminum snowmobile trailer that I tow with. I can Barely get three machines on it, and it is over 8 ft wide, so it sticks out on both sides of my Ram. The diesel doesn't know it is there. Also when I pull my raptor Toyhauler, That is the first trailer I have ever pulled that the truck really feels the weight.
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Old 08-14-2018, 09:05 PM
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The 4.8 liter V8 in my Silverado only puts outs 270 HP but that's enough for me. The only time I remember it shifting up and down searching for the right gear was when I was pulling my trailer at 85 MPH. I put it in tow/haul mode and it still did it. So I slowed down to 80 MPH and it quit. I shouldn't have been doing 85 anyway.
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