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Old 06-25-2012, 02:05 PM
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Performance Chip – Towing vs. Hauling

I have a 2000 F350, 7.3 PSD, DRW, Auto, 2WD, Full gauges (EGT, Boost, Transmission Temp), Full 4” Turbo Back Exhaust, AFE Stage 2 intake, Tru-Cool Max Transmission cooler. The truck is used exclusively to haul a 2004 Lance 1161 in the bed Camper that weighs 4600 lbs loaded. It has all kinds of suspension upgrades that help it to gracefully do its heavy hauling task. I have no problems with EGT or Transmission temps. I see a max of 180 on the transmission and a max of 1100 degrees EGT over a long mountain pass. It gets 10 miles per gallon loaded.

I’m considering a tuner chip upgrade and have a question about towing vs. hauling. Each of the tuner chips offers a set of tunes for different conditions. For instance DP-Tuner has “80 hp tow codes- for towing weight capacity between 5 and 8k lbs. p-codes 1211,1249,0478 will be adjusted to not trip the SES light under normal driving conditions.”

My truck isn’t towing, it’s hauling. All 4600 lbs is in the bed of the truck. For the purposes of a custom tune performance chip, does my ‘hauling’ 4600 lbs. approximate ‘towing’ 4600 lbs?



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Steve
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:52 PM
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Yep, you got it right.
Basically they mean any extra weight added to the truck past it's curb weight.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:52 AM
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jesilvas:

Thanks for your quick answer. That's what I needed. I see you're in Nacogdoches. I've been there before and remember the beautiful piney forest. I drove all day across the flat dry parts of Texas starting in El Paso, and then all of the sudden there's the beautiful piney woods of East Texas. It's two completely different ecosystems in a few miles without radical changes in altitude. Pretty area. My in-laws live in Mexia.

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Psshh, you must've missed all the other mini ecosystems in between. Way more than two
The beauty with custom tuners is if you call them and tell you exactly what you're doing, they'll help you get the right set up on your tunes.
Also, that's a sweet set up you got going on. First, is that a shower? Two, is that a big cargo box on top of the camper?
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"Psshh, you must've missed all the other mini ecosystems in between. Way more than two"

No doubt. The hill country, Austin, to name a few.

"First, is that a shower? Two, is that a big cargo box on top of the camper? "


LOL. Shower, I like that. No, my hobby is astronomy and that's a light block shield. In the summer we head north towards flagstaff @ around 8500 feet to escape the heat, and in the winter months we go to the desert. It's all about getting away from light pollution.

And that is a big cargo box on top. Hmm, looks bigger now that you mention it. :-)





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