Originally Posted by iqraceworks
I’m thinking about towing my 19ft Zinger travel trailer (approx. 4,500lbs loaded) out to Colorado from Missouri with my 04’ Ram 1500 Hemi. With a load distribution hitch, sway control, and Firestone airbags….the truck tows the camper great and seems to have plenty of power.
One thing I’ve never done is tow up in the higher altitudes….we’re thinking about going to Pawnee Campground out by Ward Colorado this summer, where the elevation is around 10,000 feet. I’ve driven small cars up in the mountains in Colorado, and it’s amazing how much power they lose from being in the higher elevations.
It’s around an 800mile trip there….the stretch from Denver to Pawnee gains 5000ft over 50 miles, so it’s going to be a hard haul I think.
What kinds of issues (if any) will I have to deal with when towing through the mountains at higher elevations? Overheating? Loss in power? Overheating transmissions and/or differential? Breaks overheating?
Before trading our 30' Toyhauler, in for the Axis...we pulled it all over Colorado...with our '08 F150 4 wheel drive...our Toyhauler had brakes, so Ron installed a brake controller on the truck...we had the sway bar, etc.
The F150 pulled it loaded with the dresser..weight 8-9000 lbs ... with no problem...just use your gears...and on downhill stretches gear down to slow rather than brakes...take it easy...don't push it .. Ron sez your Hemi has more power than our F150...if your truck is in good shape you shouldn't have any issues. REMEMBER..if you are on I70 west out of Denver ... there is a steep incline into the mountains...take is slow...and when returning east..when you drop down that incline...gear down..save your brakes so you don't burn them up...your transmission can handle it.
(I looked at map...you are going to Estes Park area...have FUN !)