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the time is getting closer to us pulling the trigger on a travel trailer. the ones we have been looking at are around 30-35 foot and around 8-10k lbs.
i picked up an OBS f350 srw 2x4 auto with 3.55 gears. suspension is bone stock. and as it stands there is no reciever hitch on the truck.
so ive been searching thru here for a while and have found some good suggestions, but here is my question.
what would yall suggest i should look into. either from a safty stand point, a "this **** is pretty cool" stand point, or "from my expirience you might want/need" stand point.
basically a lot of towing will be local (within an hour or so from home), but there will be some trips from OKC to the Macon GA, south texas, Phoenix Az areas. i got this rig for an awesome deal. id rather dump my money into building what i want, than spending an extra 10k on a newer truck.
so that said:
im sure the gears will be an issue. what is a good all around gear to go with to get a balance of power/mpgs. im guessing a 3.73 at a min, but probobly more around a 4.10? keeping in mind that the truck sits stock, id like to go to a light lift (around the stock height of a 4x4, so tires will get a little larger)
is a air ride system something that will be needed pulling these weights? if not needed is it one of the "nice to haves"
the truck has a trailer brake controller, unknown brand off hand, ill take a look and post up. might need an upgrade?
as far as truck power goes, its stock to the bone. i plan on an intake exhaust a DP tune. possibly some injectors and Hpop at some point. i think this should have plenty of power from what im doing.
any thoughts on tires? something that looks nice but still has a good tow rating?
anything for the interior upgrades? the truck has 265k miles of fat a$$ wearing down my seats. as much as i hate to say it, im looking for some newer chevy cloth seats. we have a work truck thats an 05 2500. feels like im in a recliner.
gauges. fuel presure, trans temp, egt. any point in a boost gauge? or will an egt tell me everything i would see on a boost gauge.?
speaking of trans temps, a trans cooler.... go for a 6.0L cooler or after market?
will an intercooler be worth the investment in the long run?
anyway i know that was a slight ramble, but i know you guys have more honest answers than i can find most anywhere else.