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    What should i expect towing in the rockies

    Never pulled a trailer through the mountains. Not sure what to expect. Windage, brakes overheating, transmission overheating etc.

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    Re: What should i expect towing in the rockies

    For one...fuel mileage will suck. You did not say what TV or what coach you have. That all will make a difference. Does your TV have an exhaust brake? Have you adjusted your trailer brakes? Just need more info on your rig.
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    Re: What should i expect towing in the rockies

    Trailrunner 24sle towed by a 2014 Ford F150 5.0l 3.31 rear end rated at 7900 lbs with tow package installed. Has factory brake controller. TT is going to be brand new.

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    Re: What should i expect towing in the rockies

    Depends where in the Rockies and if you're only doing the interstates. Obviously you're going to go over the mountain passes and some are higher and steeper than others. The interstates are designed more for the big rigs but IMO there's not much to see other than concrete and billboards. The US Highway routes are more scenic but are typically steeper windy and narrower. Your choice.
    Take your time going up and really pay attention going down. Use your engine brake and lower drive gears and use your brakes sparingly. You'll do just fine. We've crossed the Rockies from southern Colorado to northern Alberta without a hitch!!


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    Re: What should i expect towing in the rockies

    His F150 will not have an exhaust brake and brakes on the truck are probably not that big. The OP needs to take all the down hills very slowly and use the brake lightly and use a lower gear in the trans.. Alternate between using all the brakes and use just the trailer brakes to keep everything under control.
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    Re: What should i expect towing in the rockies

    Quote Originally Posted by rkjpierce View Post
    Trailrunner 24sle towed by a 2014 Ford F150 5.0l 3.31 rear end rated at 7900 lbs with tow package installed. Has factory brake controller. TT is going to be brand new.
    If it's a four wheel drive you can use 4x4 low range to help control your decent. Be very careful to not overuse/burn up your truck and trailer brakes. And don't let impatient travelers "push" you down the hills!!!!
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    Re: What should i expect towing in the rockies

    I am not sure of heartland trailrunner quality. First time buyer from heartland. Also i am uncertain whether my truck is enough to pull that trailer. Truck is rated for 7900 lbs towing, gvwr on trailer is 7500 lbs tow gcwr limit for truck and trailer is 12900. Pulling in mountains with two heavier than normal adults a child and a corgi plus luggage about 650 lbs has me thinking we might be overloaded. I weighed the truck with just me and a half tank of gas and was about 5200 lbs.

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    Re: What should i expect towing in the rockies

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob&Patty View Post
    Alternate between using all the brakes and use just the trailer brakes to keep everything under control.

    That is not good advice at all. It is best to set up your brake controller so that everything stops evenly and leave it. Telling the OP to use the weakest, IMO, link on an rv to slow the TV down is setting them up for disaster.

    A good rule of thumb is do not go down the mountain any faster than you climbed it, use your transmission and engine to help slow you down, do not ride the brakes but use them intermittently. When going down hill pick your speed of decent before you start down. Gear down your transmission to assist with the speed you want to keep. When braking you want to apply the brakes in such a way that they are allowed time to cool down. Depending on the hill I will let my speed go 5 to 10 mph over what I have decided I want my descending speed to be. I will slow to approx 5 mph under what that speed is and release the brakes. Repeat this process all the way down. Again it all depends on the severity of the grade.



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    Re: What should i expect towing in the rockies

    I am not sure where you got the gvwr on the trailer, but Heartland is advertising that number at 6900 with a dry weight of 4546.



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    Re: What should i expect towing in the rockies

    Base weight without options is 4546, however gvwr i did mark wrong. Dealer added options is where i got base weight. I figured my numbers this way. Weight without adults half tank of gas was 5200, add on 650 for passengers another 50lbs for fuel i am at 5900 lbs on truck. Dry weight on trailer is 4850. i figure in about 800 lbs in cargo. No water in any tanks so about 5650 on trailer. 11550 pulling down road in mountains truck is rated for 12900 gcwr can it work or will my truck fail me.

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