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Old 09-08-2016, 08:21 AM   #1
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Damon Intruder / Ford V10 / losing power / Newbie

I have a class A 38' RV with a ford v10 with 47K miles. I know there is weight involved but i just recently went thru virginia, west virginia (Hwy 77) and experienced what i consider, considerable power loss on hills. I went from about 65/70 mph to 45/50 mph quickly. I am a new class A owner, so is this normal ? or is there an issue with my engine or trans ? I have to downshift (which brings rpm's) to around 3500 to 3800. It seems to be struggling a bit, is this normal ? Any other roads situations, it seems ok though. Thanks again, any info would help.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:29 AM   #2
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Sounds normal, look into a 5 star tuner, helps but 60 up them hills is normal.
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Loss of power V10

What is a 5 star tuner ? Thank you
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I would say that it's normal. When I had a V10 bringing it up 4500 rpm's was normal.
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I was going to tow my enclosed trailer with my bike, but wasn't sure of the loss of power i was experiencing. Total trailer/bike weight is 2300 lbs, would this still be ok to tow with ?
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Sounds about right are you towing too?
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What year???

There are basically three versions of the V10, and HP varies from 305 hp to 362 hp

305hp / 310hp versions up to about 2006, then 362 hp afterwards.

YUP, Hauling 15-20,000 lbs up and down hills will be challenging, especially at high altitudes.
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It is a 2002 model year v10. I would be towing about 2300 lbs.
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Would it be ok to tow approx. 2300 lbs behind my 02 damon intruder RV with a V10 ? Thanks
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You're right on the borderline between the original 275 hp V10 and the 310 hp. Either way you will slow down on hills. I used to run the Grapevine a lot with a 275 hp version in a 33 ft pulling a CRV about 50 was max speed with that combo. For non left coasters the Grapevine is considered a tough hill north of L.A.

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How do i find out what HP rating i have in my rv ?
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I just found out i have the 310 HP version of the V10.
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I believe you can use a VIN check program to get all the info on the engine and trans.

I have a 99 V10 that shifts down alot climbing hills. I can only do 40 mph, in second gear, climbing the hill up to Fancy Gap, in I believe, NC., while towing a 2600 lb car on a dolly.

The engine gets loud and sounds like it's comming apart but it does it.

The old V8 engines had large bore cylinders. They turned slow and steady.

The V10, although a smaller engine, is a small bore engine and can spin faster.
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I believe you can use a VIN check program to get all the info on the engine and trans.

I have a 99 V10 that shifts down alot climbing hills. I can only do 40 mph, in second gear, climbing the hill up to Fancy Gap, in I believe, NC., while towing a 2600 lb car on a dolly.

The engine gets loud and sounds like it's comming apart but it does it.

The old V8 engines had large bore cylinders. They turned slow and steady.

The V10, although a smaller engine, is a small bore engine and can spin faster.
My 99 chassis coach had the 275 hp V10 I think the 310 came out in late 2001.

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