And what an adventure!
So the salesmen who sold me my 2005 f350 said he had a 13' camper trailer he would be willing to give away. Never one to shy away from a new toy, I accepted and went to pick it up 50kms away and haul it to my uncles acearage another 100kms away. This would be my first tow with my new PSD.
I took every degree of preperation I could to prepare to pick up my mystery trailer but unfortunately bought a multi-adapting straight hitch. Once I arrived to pick it up, I noticed how much lower the trailer frame was than my truck! Regardless, I hitched it up, leaving about 4" of clearence from the back end of the trailer
On a side note, the trailer turned out to be a late 70's smelly *** POS, but I see potential in restoration. Does anyone have some good info or sites on "vintage" trailer restoration?
After a Keystone Lite with Mr.Salesman I hit the highway. Within 10 minutes I noticed my EOT/ECT delta spiking sometimes to 16 degrees and usually sitting in the 208 (ECT) - 218/220 (EOT). Now it was only 10 degrees celcius (im canadian) outside and the trailer would only be around 1200lbs so Im wondering if I should be concerned about the temp the truck was situated around? Might the ridiculous angle of the hitch/trailer combo affect my engine?
I arrived at my uncles. Ground was very soggy as spring has been attacking the 4' snow banks. I went to back the trailer up and immediatly got stuck in skag/mud. I have highway tires definitley not suited for my situation, so I engaged 4x4. I could only rock the vehicle back and forth (i start with a crawl in drive to engage the 4x) but it never fully seemed to engage. This worried me as it was working fine all winter with no problems on-the-fly. could my lack of movement interfere with the 4x4 engaging? I dont have any way of telling if it is damaged other than jacking it and spinning the front tires. Anyways, after all was said and done I beleive the 4x engaged about 50 feet later but had no real way of checking.
And thats my story. Im just looking for some thoughts and opinions on my temp deltas and my 4x4 problem. The truck has been fine the 2 1/2 months Ive had it. Had the STC fitting replaced in the HPOP 5 days after I got it(!!) and I plan to do an egr delete and coolant flush/oil cooler replacement. Any help would be greatly appreciated!