Alright I don't really know where to post this. But Iv got a 97 with the 460 it's totally stock. I pull a 6000 pound bumper pull trailer. It feels like I am running it to the max even on totally flat roads I can't use fifth gear Iv got to run in 4th floored everywhere. I was just wondering if that is normal or if there is something wrong with my truck it seems underpowered. I'm wanting to get a heavier fifth wheel but not if I can hardly pull my camper as it is. Any input would be help full thanks
Well nothing sounds extremely out of the wack. I towed an 8000# 5th wheel, I had to be in 3rd (1:1 so the same as 4th on your ZF), and had to hold better than 3/4 throttle the whole time. If you're used to a newer truck (especially a diesel) the 460 may feel a bit anemic by comparison, but it still gets the job done. I think you had to be running just as well as me 'cause I never got over 5mpg pulling that camper.
Are you pulling through any large hills or against strong headwinds? How tall is your camper? I can pull 15,000#+ NH3 tanks at the farm easier than I could tow that camper just because of the large air resistance.
Hmm I guess I had higher hopes for my pickup I guess I'll have to get a Dmax Iv never towed with anything else but bigger trucks with a CDL I know a few people with diesels Iv wanted to tow my camper with there trucks but haven't
Iv thought about doing headers and all that till I can afford a new truck but idk how much that would help and if it would be worth it since I'm planning on getting a new truck in about a year anyways
My truck is a '96 F250 4x4 7.5L, C6 trans with 4.10 gears all stock except for the straight pipe from the cat back. I have only owned it for about a year now but it has always been a strong runner. I pull an 18' bumper hitch flat bed that depending what I'm hauling is between 4000lb and 7000lb. Recently hauled a '95 F150 4x4 so I had about 7000lb or alittle more total. I was could not believe how much power the 7.5 had on tap. I no trouble with hills or highway. But I only get between 4.8 and 8.1 mpg, but I still LOVE it.
Yes I think the gearing has a lot to do with that but you suffer on mileage not that I get much better I feel like if you buy a 460 you can't complain about having to buy gas or you should have got a diesel in the first place
I'm debating on banks headers and full exhaust for the next year but I really don't wanna spend the money unless it's really gonna make a big difference and plus I'm probably gonna sell it in about a year
Hmm I got a quote of around 400$ to do full exhaust so might be doing that I want headers but they are 1000$ for banks
And air horns are gone did that right away also I have a drop in synthetic air filter I guess that helps I didn't notice much