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Old 11-05-2017, 02:10 AM   #11
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It's a 2K pound trailer Why should a V6 truck have difficulty with that as long as it doesn't have some huge like 60 sq-ft frontal area on it? (some of the 4-cyl trucks even had 2K+ tow ratings depending on the axle ratio).
I've towed a 4K lbs enclosed trailer up & down the west coast with my 2.9L... I don't know how different the 3.0L power curve is, but with 5-10 more HP (I don't have the '03 spec in front of me) I just don't see why the 3.0L couldn't at least hang with it.
Stopping the thing and sway-abatement are areas of far greater concern with RBVs & trailers (especially with shorter wheelbases like my BII)

I agree with Will and RonD. You probably need to modify your driving habits (let that 3.0 sing once in awhile). Changing rear end ratios may help too, though this would depend on what is currently in there now (combination of your axle ratio and tire size). Swapping the axle whole is generally the easiest way to change ratios if your desired ratio is something that was offered factory. Not hard to do on the ground or in a driveway (get some wood blocks or thick plywood to put your jackstands on if they want to sink down into the ground).
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It's a 2K pound trailer Why should a V6 truck have difficulty with that as long as it doesn't have some huge like 60 sq-ft frontal area on it? (some of the 4-cyl trucks even had 2K+ tow ratings depending on the axle ratio).
I've towed a 4K lbs enclosed trailer up & down the west coast with my 2.9L... I don't know how different the 3.0L power curve is, but with 5-10 more HP (I don't have the '03 spec in front of me) I just don't see why the 3.0L couldn't at least hang with it.
Stopping the thing and sway-abatement are areas of far greater concern with RBVs & trailers (especially with shorter wheelbases like my BII)

I agree with Will and RonD. You probably need to modify your driving habits (let that 3.0 sing once in awhile). Changing rear end ratios may help too, though this would depend on what is currently in there now (combination of your axle ratio and tire size). Swapping the axle whole is generally the easiest way to change ratios if your desired ratio is something that was offered factory. Not hard to do on the ground or in a driveway (get some wood blocks or thick plywood to put your jackstands on if they want to sink down into the ground).

The 2.9 makes its torque 1000RPM lower then the 3.0. A 2.9 will tow circles around one.
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