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94 DI DRW 2wd pulling 13k up a rocky, rutted, dirt hill
So I have a 5th wheel that when i parked it, the road was fine, the road coming into the property is now pretty rutted and there is a 90 degree turn right before a steep grade with a diagonal runoff rut going down the road. This is the part of getting out of here that im worried about. The hill is about 75yds long and im guessing at the grade, but im going to say 8-10%
I bought this truck a couple months ago with its sole intended purpose to haul this 5th wheel. A 94 Direct injection turbo diesel powerstroke Dually with 4.10 factory LSD, 2wd, 5sp MT. I just put on 4 new 235/85-16 Yokohama Geolander A/TS on the rear axle. I have the 6637 intake, and Thursday im going to have a 3"dp to 4" full "off road" exhaust, an oil change and an exhaust manifold leak fixed as well as my fifth wheel hitch installed, so i hope to be able to do this by the weekend or next week.
The Trailer is a 40' double axle 5th wheel, last time it weighed about 14k loaded up and full, but it will weigh around 12,500-13k when i pull out of here. Not sure what the pin weight will be.
Anyone have any experience with anything like this? I'm worried that my 2wd wont make it up the grade. Obviously I'm going to have to go pretty slow, in low gear the whole hill, but my biggest worry is that ill lose traction and end up digging a hole under the rear axle, or rolling backward and go off the side of the hill, lol. I'm hoping the pin weight will keep the rear axle firmly planted and prevent traction loss, but i have absolutely no experience with this setup. Any advice, stories? I brought it out here with a 4wd GMC gasser, but sold it this summer to find a diesel. Despite not feeling like i needed it once we moved from this location, am i going to regret not opting for a 4wd?
94 Powerstroke Crew Cab DRW 5sp 4:10 LSD - Mods: 6637, Diamond Eye 4" Turbo back (3" DP) On the way: TS 6 chip (Stock, High Idle, 50, 75, 100, 140HP) 3" IssPro Turbocator Boost/Pyro
74 Bronco - Mods: 5.8 EFI, NP205, AOD/W, Tilt steering, Front disks, PB, PS, LOTS of custom work