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Old 06-17-2008, 08:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Noob looking for advise.

I am leaving July 11th and going to ride the Piute trail in Utah and I am wondering if there is anthing that I should do to my truck before I go. The reason I am asking is 1. This is my first diesel as I have always been a 454 guy, 2. last year we took by brothers '02 Dodge and we had to pull over several times coming back through Colarado to let it cool off. I don't want this embarasment.

The trailer I'm pulling weighs 3900lbs, will be hauling 4 LARGE atvs, approx 1000lbs each, camping gear and food for 5 and 5 adults. My truck is a '07 classic, crew cab 3500 w/a 8.5" steel flat bed. My mods to date are only alum. rear diff. cover, diff. temp., boost, and egt gauges. I currently have a alum. trans pan and Trans Go Jr ordered from Merchant that I will install as soon as they arrive.

Any suggestions to help durability and fuel mileage will be greatly appreciated. Money is a little tight so please keep that in mind. Thanks for your time.

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Old 06-17-2008, 09:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Obviously, keep the speed down. You'd be amazed what 5 mph slower can do for your fuel economy. On grades, lock the trans in fifth, she'll like you better for it. Other than that, you should be just fine. The Allison will do wonders for grade braking as well, which is when you want to use the tow/haul button. On flat roads, don't use tow/haul as it'll contribute lowering fuel economy - unless you feel it necessary, but shouldn't be a problem. I forget anything guys?

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Old 06-17-2008, 09:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Moved to the Towing section! Brought back by popular demand!
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well said BigBlueBurban and just to add to what BigBlueBurban said no jackrabbit starts and start slowing down before red lights and stop signs that shold calcute to better economy and write your milage down check it when you fill up and when you get back frow utah let us know what kind of milage you got
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Hey Rob, you need to make a garage. I wanna see that truck of yours.

An additional tid-bit of advice, use the tow-haul to slow down when coming to stop lights and such. Saves your breaks a lot of wear and tear.
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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well pulling over is not an option. Well that is not totally true. I have once, I lost a hub and wheel on my second trailer. The friggin' thing past me up, and I just knew I would need it. Just keep an eye on your egt's. That is really the most important gauge on a diesel. If it starts to get hot (1300+) down shift or back out a little. Don't be scared about the fan clutch, they kick in a little late. But, when it does it will cool down the water temp. I pull heavy in so.cal heat, and truck along just fine.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Pull Over?

If your truck is running right you should never need to pull over with a load like that.
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Old 06-20-2008, 06:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the helpfull info guys. Thats exactlly what I was looking for.
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'85 SR5, 529s,birf elims, ifs calipers & fj rotors.
'06 GTO, Spice red,M6 w/GMM Race,18s.
'05 700EFI, '08 800HO EFI.
'05 650 KLR, '06 TW200 (wifes)
'08 RZR
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