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Old 01-26-2014, 09:39 AM
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Little dissapointed towing 5er

I just bought a 2000 Jayco Eagle 293 with a stated dry weight of 8800lbs. I towed it home (100 miles) with my 2005 f250 3.73 CCSB 4X4. I have to say I was not real impressed with the towing. My truck has egr delete, 5" diamond eye, edge cs for a monitor, stock size tires no lift, air lift bags at 35psi and I was running Matts unlimited tow tune. On the interstate I was having a hard time maintaining 65mph. There was a wind 25-35mph. Am I expecting to much from my truck? Would I be safe to run the 8k tow tune if I don't hammer the crap out of the truck (not studded)? At 55 mph it pulled OK. I just thought the truck would do better. I had a 7000 lb travel trailer before this and didn't know it was back there.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:15 AM
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Was that a head wind? If so, head winds suck big time.

What was your trailer before? A fifth wheel or bumper pull?
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Was that a head wind? If so, head winds suck
What was your trailer before? A fifth wheel or bumper pull?
It was cross and head winds and the old camper was a bumper pull.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:28 AM
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That's your answer. Head wind at that speed and a different type of trailer.
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Hello.

Is the new trailer taller than the old one? A higher wind profile could definitely affect how it pulls in the wind. Perhaps you might want to look at the wheel bearings and brakes on the new trailer. If one is not turning well, it would make the trailer feel a lot heavier than it actually is.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:35 AM
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Is the new trailer taller than the old one? A higher wind profile could definitely affect how it pulls in the wind. Perhaps you might want to look at the wheel bearings and brakes on the new trailer. If one is not turning well, it would make the trailer feel a lot heavier than it actually is.
New trailer is taller. It was all gone threw at the dealer before I picked it up. We had to pull it down a ice covered road when leaving the dealer and the wheels all were turning like they should and the brakes are working as they should. I just thought that I should be able to pull 9K at 65 mph without feeling like I have the truck floored. That is what I bought a diesel for. I have owned the truck for 3 years and love it but pulling the new 5th wheel home I was not impressed with it and I hope that my summer of camping is not dampened by having a hard time pulling the camper.
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Try pulling it on a day that is not windy and see what happens.


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I was wondering if anyone else is pulling the same type camper with the same truck and if they were feeling like they were struggling. I know that pulling on a day with no wind would be totally different but how often are we able to do that. Just hoping that the camper isn't to much for the truck. By everything I have read and seen it shouldn't be.
Is anyone towing with matts 8k tow tune without studs?
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Did you pay attention to your vgt% while towing? I wonder if your unison ring is sticking, or maybe a boost leak. I pulled my 16,000 lb. 5th wheel over the rockies last year and did the speed limit the whole time from what I remember. That was 100% stock, before any mods. Hopefully you're just having a simple issue.

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didn't look at vgt but I was running 12-24 lbs of boost depending on the terrain and wind. I just cleaned the turbo about 5k miles ago. Was getting a over/under boost code haven't gotten it after cleaning it.
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