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Old 08-15-2015, 06:40 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the responses. I decided this morning to not risk damage to the van and took the F-450 instead. Van is more suitable for the family,but with the diesel I didn't even know it was behind me. I guess the next logical purchase is a crew cab pickup. I guess it never ends. Thanks again and I'm looking forward to this forum. Happy camping!!
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:31 PM   #12
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Good move borrowing the diesel as to not damage the family van in the long run....
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:13 PM   #13
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The 450 is actually my truck but is a regular cab where my van has a bench seat in the back I was planning on putting the kids. I'm gonna see how the van pulls it tonight as a trial around the block. I've got some pretty decent hills around here. Maiden voyage this weekend...can't wait. Thanks again guys!
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:50 PM   #14
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Oh I just assumed. Good luck and it may be fine with the van. If not, you know what to do...
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:27 PM   #15
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Be careful in the mountains if you go with the van. Going up a mountain isn't the only aspect you need to consider - coming down safely is another major consideration. I'm sure others on the forum are more experts on braking mechanics than I.

Good luck!
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:53 PM   #16
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Don't even hook it up to the van. It won't work. Promise.
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:14 PM   #17
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We camped next to a guy last week who was towing with one of those big 16 passenger type vans. He had a big TT (at least 26 ft) and said that old van pulled it great. He's been using it for years and was very happy with it. He called it his "Chester the Molester" van. We were in the north Georgia mountains, so he's got experience on some big hills.
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What is the van's payload? Should be on the door jamb sticker with your tire pressures.

The 4.6 with the 4.10 gears should do fine. Pretty bullet proof engine. 4 speed transmission won't help though. Payload???
Do you know if you have a transmission cooler?
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:09 PM   #19
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Thanks everyone, the mystery is solved. We are currently camping in the Poconos and went up the NE extension and I80. Van did unbelievable and never went above 3000 rpm at 60-65 mph. I'm relieved and impressed. Thanks All
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Be careful in the mountains if you go with the van. Going up a mountain isn't the only aspect you need to consider - coming down safely is another major consideration. I'm sure others on the forum are more experts on braking mechanics than I.

Good luck!
You can go up too slow lots of times but only come down too fast once.
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