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Old 09-05-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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I am on my first trip through the mountains of Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming etc. On day 4 I got to go over Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado 10,870 feet. This was my first real mountain pass in the RV. The RV has 15,000 miles and is towing a 4 down Jeep CJ7, rear axle disconnected.
I did not think it would be this hard, 4,000 rpms and 35 miles per hour and that was a strain a real strain. Then the San Juan Skyway same issues. Is this just the way it will be or do I have another problem? I had the RV checked in Amarillo for this issue and they said all was fine.
I am a flatlander so maybe this is to be expected. Any advise would be appreciated.

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Old 09-06-2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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I don't own that model, but those are some big mountain passes and about what I would expect from that drivetrain with a TOAD. Not only the inclines, but elevation are affecting your engine performance as you likely know. It's one reason many that frequent the west buy "oversized" in terms of powertrain.

That engine doesn't mind spinning at 4000 RPMs, it near where it produces peak HP. Just get used to the added noise and take it easy. The component to be concerned about IMHO is the transmission. Often times tranny temp's can spike on long ascents not only to the the added stress of the climb, but also the lowered coach speed and thus less efficient heat transfer at the radiator. Perhaps others have an opinion with that drivetrain, but consider investing in a real transmission temp gauge if you dont already have one. The stock one in many Ford's is more of a dummy light with an arm in my opinion.

Sounds like a fun trip BTW.

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