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Old 06-02-2014, 03:32 PM
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Towing over the Northwests mountains?

So I bought a travel trailer this weekend (31 ft that is 8K lbs)

I know I am going to not be happy with the truck going over the pass the way it site now (stock with K&N intake) so I am going to order a MBRP 4" turbo back (no muffler) exhaust and a programmer or chip of some sort.

The reason I am in this section vs the normal area is I want feedback on towing up hills not just flat.

Reading around it appears that these are two popular options:

6 Position Customized Switchable Chip, Ford (1999-03) 7.3L Power Stroke

Power Hungry Performance - Phoenix™ Chip

Are these both ideal especially for heavy towing up our passes? I will do an EGT gauge when I do the exhaust.

Don't want to spend a ton but want something that works more than I want something that is cheap.

Thank you!

truck is a 2001 4x4 f-350 35" tires with 150K miles.
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gauges are a must. more important than the chip id say.
As far as a chip, go with the PHP hydra.

Even stock, your truck will pull that trailer just fine through the pass
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:06 PM
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gauges are a must. more important than the chip id say.
As far as a chip, go with the PHP hydra.

Even stock, your truck will pull that trailer just fine through the pass
Thanks! ISSpro is a good customer of mine so I will be using their stuff

I will order the 1600 degree gauge, tranny temp, and boost gauge I guess.

Thank you! My truck feels like a dog even with a few yards of bark in it so Im curious to see what it feels like with 8K lbs in tow lol
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sure its running in tip top shape? no boost leaks? my buddy hauls a 40' fifth wheel all over the states with his bone stock 7.3. slow going, but hauls no problems. You shouldnt even feel the bark back there.

regardless when you get gauges youll be able to see what the truck is doing, and the tunes will certainly wake it up. Good luck
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:29 AM
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sure its running in tip top shape? no boost leaks? my buddy hauls a 40' fifth wheel all over the states with his bone stock 7.3. slow going, but hauls no problems. You shouldnt even feel the bark back there.

regardless when you get gauges youll be able to see what the truck is doing, and the tunes will certainly wake it up. Good luck
I think its running fine but yes gauges will help me tell. I should say the only time I noticed the bark was when I had 2+ very wet yards going up a very long steep hill and it was not like the truck struggled, I just noticed it a bit. I pick the trailer up today and will just tow it home until I get the gauges. I guess the first hill I see I will know of something is wrong

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so the ISSPRO is spendy! Are they that much better than say an autometer for $100 less?
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If I can answer any questions you have about the hydra chip I will be happy to do such!!

Just shoot me a PM

Jay
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If I can answer any questions you have about the hydra chip I will be happy to do such!!

Just shoot me a PM

Jay
Thanks just sent you an email!
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8k is nothing. I used to have PHP tunes on my OBS and really liked them. I towed a 39 foot Teton trailer from Washington to southern Idaho last year. Trailer weighs 14k dry. Gabbage
Hill was just over 40 mph which I thought was great. Tune it get some gauges and it will be a different truck. More than performance though I will stress safety first. The best tow mod I have ever done is a quality brake controller. I use the Prodigy. Follow that with a set of airbags. Sorry getting of subject
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8k is nothing. I used to have PHP tunes on my OBS and really liked them. I towed a 39 foot Teton trailer from Washington to southern Idaho last year. Trailer weighs 14k dry. Gabbage
Hill was just over 40 mph which I thought was great. Tune it get some gauges and it will be a different truck. More than performance though I will stress safety first. The best tow mod I have ever done is a quality brake controller. I use the Prodigy. Follow that with a set of airbags. Sorry getting of subject
not out of subject at all! any and all towing tips are well received! I had very little sag today towing it (lust under 800 lbs tongue weight) But I do have the weight distribution bars.

I have a basic brake controller that came with the truck and it appears to work Okay but need more wheel time to tell. Is this the one you have?
Amazon.com: Tekonsha Engineering 90885 Prodigy Brake Control: Automotive Amazon.com: Tekonsha Engineering 90885 Prodigy Brake Control: Automotive



Think first thing is gauges, tune and exhaust (in that order)
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